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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2011
12oz Bottle Ė Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Dark Black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Big Dark malt and coffee aroma lingering chocolate also is there. The flavor was a thick mass of dark malts coffee and chocolate. Tasty beer this warms up well and was very drinkable. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and dark fruit. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with some dark fruit character before a bitter a coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pour is a jet black with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt with a nice chocolate and molasses. Flavor is stellar. Tons of dark roasted malt with a nice coffee and chocolate. Finish has some anise and a nice bacon meatyness. Very nice Impy stout with each sip bringing something else out to tantalize the sences.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle from CanIHave4Beers. Cheers, Andy! I tried a bit of this from a larger bottle at a tasting a month or so ago and wasnít impressed... but itís 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 hadnít 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
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 thatís what happens when you toy with wild beers ... I will grab an uninfected one, one day and re-rate. 5/4/5/2/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
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 Iím 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 didnít 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 Iíd expect for the style, but a slow-sipper nonetheless. Boulevard Dark Truth is a solid and enjoyable beer for sure. 8/3/7/3/16=>3.7 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. 9/4/9/4/17=>4.3 Combined: 8/3/8/4/17=>4.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
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, thereís a nice crisp hop influence too that you wouldnít see abroad but it really helps bring it all together in a perfectly coherent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2011
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.

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