DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hugantic thanks to Lushawn for the bottle, a snazzy looking bottle at that...old world trappist-looking bottle and cap..Pours a smokey auburn, thick but not quite oil-like. Dense pillowy brown head. Nicely vibrant nose with some belgian mustiness around dark fruits like plum and maybe raisin, vinous character as well, then chocolate and toffee, followed by a casual smokiness. Flavors build upon the nose, the smokiness is lively, the grapey, vinous character is quite sensual, there’s a nice crisp hop influence too that you wouldn’t see abroad but it really helps bring it all together in a perfectly coherent beer.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black, large finely bubbled head, dark beige in color, lacing is fairly nice.   Lots of cocoa and darker chocolate on the nose.   A little roasty, with some strong apple skin on the back.   Roasty, a little astringent, noticeable alcohol, with a little cocoa/chocolate on the backside.   Apple skin and roasted malts linger.   Body isnt as big as I would have hoped.   Wished it was a bit richer overall.   Certainly dark, stouty, but not all that big.   Very minor raisin or dark pitted fruit on the backside.   This one definitely needs more malt to counteract the little bit of astringency I get on the backside.   Otherwise its not bad.
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours inky opaque dark brown with a medium brown head that has good lacing. Nose is a little soapy, plum, date, pepper. Flavor starts with dates, finishes with a spicy, smoky, peppery note. It is interesting because the nose promises clean and crisp but the flavor is much stronger, earthier, and long lasting than expected. Full body. Oily texture. Charcoal smoke remains for a long time. I like it.
Sledutah (6544) - Utah, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared with Doug and Eric at The Bayou
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Dry cocoa and tart
Taste: Tart fruits, smoke and roasted malts
A nice beer
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle at the Bayou- thanks for the smaller bottles. Pours a pure black color with a large brown head. A metallic roasted nose, some sour fruit and cocoa. The flavor is similar; a rich roasted malt, dry oats, dark fruit, some sourness. Very nice.
adayale (14) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boulevard Dark Truth Stout: Drank out of a snifter
Pour: It pours a deep, dark, and rich brown if not black color. The head is a nice frothy looking 3 ½ finger head that lasts. In the glass it is pretty much completely opaque with no light showing through at any point.
Aroma: Right when I opened the bottle I was able to get a whiff this beer. It has a great roasted characteristic to its aroma supported by nice chocolate notes. There is a nice dark fruit/molasses like sweetness and even a velvety vanilla aspect. I get a sense of some booziness in the aroma but just slightly mostly the chocolaty-roasted malts are the present characteristics.
First taste: A really smooth mocha like characteristic is the first thing that comes across with a nice smoky dry finish. There is a slight bitterness that is balanced brilliantly with its sweetness. A nice wine like characteristic comes across which I would attribute to the Belgian yeast used. At the beginning there wasn’t much of an alcohol flavor but as it warms up there is a little hint of alcohol characteristic that comes out. Strangely there is not much bitterness on the finish which goes someone against the grain of typical imperial stouts. Mostly just a nice dry smokiness that is short lived. I suppose the only main critique I would have is that I think it needs a bit more bitterness.
Overall this was a very solid beer that I enjoyed greatly.
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours ruby/dark brown with thick bubbly brown head. Aroma dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, licorice. Really enjoyed the taste of roast, malts, licorice, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits. Finish of roast, slight alcohol burn and slight hops. Somewhat bitter at first but really calmed down and I did not get the bitterness mentioned by others. Palate thick and creamy. Really a very nice Imp Stout
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
small bottle at the Saucer Little Rock, pours thick black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is heavy roast, smoke, charcoal. Flavor is big black and bitter, heavy roast, ash, light smoke, bitter cocoa. Nice and dry.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a thick, dense light tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, molasses, black licorice, with a musty background. The flavor is black licorice, bitter roasted malt, some sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Full body with average carbonation and a thick, lush mouth feel. Pretty good beer, not the biggest black licorice fan which this reminds me of. Still a very enjoyable beer and the alcohol is very well hidden.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from birchstick.
Pours dark, murky chocolate brown out of the bottle but settles in an opaque black with a small mocha head that recedes slowly to a thin cap.
The aroma is big and roasty with baker’s chocolate and espresso but has an interesting dark fruit note that I would attribute to the Belgian yeast.
The taste has a light roasted character with the coffee and chocolate coming through as well as the rye, which I didn’t get as much in the nose. It leads to a light spiciness in the finish that you don’t normally find in an impy stout.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but comes across a tad lighter than you’d expect in the style.
This is not quite the beer that the Boulevard Impy Stout is but it’s still tasty.