durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from CanIHave4Beers. Cheers, Andy! I tried a bit of this from a larger bottle at a tasting a month or so ago and wasn’t impressed... but it’s not a beer that necessarily makes sense from just a taste. After sharing with a friend and drinking half of this 12oz bottle, I wished I hadn’t shared. Pours black with dark brown head. This stood out as not your average coffee/chocolate/roast malt/vanilla-toned stout. More complex. Yes, some coffee and chocolate were there, but big prune and stewed fruits, some bitter hop presence, some hints of ballpoint pen ink (in a good way, really). Big and bold in a flavor, and different. Full, rich palate. Nice one.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to andrew for this pour. Dark brown black with a beige head. Roast and band aid infection. Roasty chocolate flavors that seem good but that infection. I like you boulevard, stop the unintended infections. I guess that’s what happens when you toy with wild beers ... I will grab an uninfected one, one day and re-rate. 5/4/5/2/10
islay (2180) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 Initial rating, 5-14-11: 12 oz. bottle, labeled as best by 10-19-11. Appetizing aroma is tart and smoky, featuring tobacco, roasted coffee, dark pitted fruit, dark chocolate, tar, soy sauce, carob, chocolate-covered raisin, and barbecue sauce scents. I think I’m getting some dry hops in the smell. The aroma is really quite good, as it is strong, evocative, and pleasant. Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of dark taupe head and spotty lacing. The appearance would have gotten a 4 instead of a 3 if the head didn’t fade away so quickly and/or the lacing were more impressive. The taste begins tarry with a roasted bitterness reminiscent of coffee. As is usually the case with stouts, sweetness develops upon multiple sips, and the beer becomes chocolaty (rich, chocolate cake). Smoky, meaty, barbecue-esque finish. Loan, roasted coffee aftertaste. Medium body. Boozy. Fizzy and a bit oily. Overall, less substantial than I’d expect for the style, but a slow-sipper nonetheless. Boulevard Dark Truth is a solid and enjoyable beer for sure.
Updated rating from 6-17-11: 11.2 oz. bottle, split between my dad and myself on 6-17-12. Excellent aroma features chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate-covered raisins, light coffee, and caramel. Sharp and tart smell with noticeable alcohol. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a small amount of tan head. Lacing minor and unremarkable. Dark Truth tastes much like it smells, but with more coffee or even tar-like bitterness. Sweetness comes to dominate upon multiple sips. Fruity chocolate and caramel flavors. Lively, well-carbonated, smooth, and full-bodied in the palate. Boulevard Smokestack Dark Truth Stout is very good and memorable.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pitch black pour with a thin bubbly brown head. Good carbonation. Aroma was sort of a let down. Nothing really stood out. Flavor was malty and chocolately with a little bit of booziness. A good beer but nothing out of the ordinary.
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 (692) - 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 (6974) - 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 (8336) - 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.