thornecb (4781) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a tulip. Dark pit fruit, chocolate and espresso aromas. Spicy hot with chocolate and espresso upfront turning fruity in the lasting hot finish.
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours silky black. Head is a frothy beige. Aroma is lovely pit fruit, plum/prune, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Mouthfeel is velvety, rich. Decadent plum fruit and chocolate, light booziness and rye, finishes with dry bakers chocolate and a hint of herbal hop spiciness. Really nice, a touch hot, but at 9.7% this isn’t unexpected.
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from John’s Grocery Iowa City
Ar: Nose is lots of dried pit fruit - specifically black fig and raisin. Roastiness takes a back seat to fruitiness, but there’s a mild coffee aroma.
Ap: Pours a deep brown-black with a creamy 1" cinnamon head. Excellent lacing.
T: Rich, pit fruit flavors with some deep coffee on the finish. Loads of maltiness; this is exceptionally rich and drinks well as a dessert.
P: Thick body but a little over-carbonated for an Impy, IMO.
O: Really enjoyed this one. Love these impies with that decadent fig/prune flavor profile.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle 8/31/10. Batch 2010-1). Black color. Large tan, creamy head. Moderate roasted malt aroma with light fruitiness. Same flavor, with light burnt/smoke character. Long duration. Dry finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.
JoePeesie (915) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big fan of this beer and was very happy to see it this year in a 12oz format. Very dark and very complex. As described, I think this could be served perfectly with dessert. I am saving 2 bottles of this, although I have been teetering back and forth on weather or not to the ABV makes it a suitable candidate, but it is so nicely blended right now, I’m not sure that time will do it a favor.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Enjoy by 4/27/13.
Appearance: Near black with very thick tan head that leaves lot of bubbly lacing.
Aroma: Musty, dank and fruity with plum, molasses, spicy hops, chocolate and a touch of banana. Not too much roasted character in the aroma.
Taste: Not as Belgian as the aroma, although there is still a decent amount of plum. Fairly strong roasted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate. Nice spicy hops on the finish, along with a long roasted bitterness.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body, very dry finish. Feels more effervescent than smooth and creamy (although it is that as well), belaying the Belgian yeast.
Overall: I am really a fan of Belgian Imperial Stouts (need that added as a style), and I seem to enjoy them more than most since I always have big positive rDevs on these. Loads of flavor, but not quite as heavy as a standard RIS.
peteinSD (1431) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and frothy tan head on black beer. Aroma is clove, spice, soft roasted chocolate, and minor smoke on the finish. Taste is dominated up front by the belgian yeast with clove, pepper, and perhaps some candied sugar before opening up into roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee, and some ambiguous dark fruit. Clean, slightly thin feel in the mouth with appropriate carbonation. I’m not big on stouts with belgian yeast but this was a very nice beer I’d certainly revisit.
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour into thick tannish-brown head that slowly dissipates into melting lacing and a swirl of pooling foam. Aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Intiial flavor of sweet dark chocolate that fades into a smoky oak barrel finish.
SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with little, quickly dissipating brown fizz. Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, dark fruits and candy sugar. Tastes like cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, espresso, some dark fruit, and some Belgian yeast sweetness. Full-bodied with a smooth, silky texture and very soft mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Dark Truth Stout finishes bitter, a touch dry, and a touch sweet.
tmoreau (2902) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a tulip at Lunar Brewing Co.. Displayed a black/brown color, billowy, brownish tan, lasting head foam, and decent cling to the waves & swirls of lacing. The nose was some graininess, full & roasty malt, mocha notes, and an interesting combination of caramel, toffee, and treacle. The flavor added a little smoke & wood, medium hop bitterness to compliment, full body, dry finish, but a pleasant creaminess to the mouthfeel. Warming alcohol was subtle but effective. A different and welcome side of Boulevard that I have just recently begun to experience.