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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6397) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
750, corked and baled. Thanks, Mike! Pretty sure it was Mike anyway...sorry about the sloppy record-keeping on this end. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that lasts every bit as long as the beer does. Stringy lace here and there on the way down. Big sweet pruney, plummy nose. Creamy, almost sticky body, fairly thick. Lively carb but not too awfully much of it. Very sharply ashy and dry mid-palate, very flavorful attack, lots of roast and ash and charcoal bouncing around. What’s great about this beer is how intense the dry ashiness is on the mid-palate when contrasted against the smoky sweetness of the finish and the pruniness of the nose. It really goes three different places without seeming to stretch its legs very much. Great balance of power and coherence in this one. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Corked bottle
Pours a nice mahogany with a foamy head of medium beige. Nose is Isopryl chocolate and cheap hairspray. Flavor is a thick, chocolate smoke with a touch of burnt sugar. Roasted malt sprinkled with sugar and a hint of chocolate pudding are present in the finish. Thick and lingering on the tongue. VERY nice beer; another winner by Boulevard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Dark black rich color, pretty dense with a nice solid head. Aroma is malty, light roasted malts, nuts and bread with a good amount of sweetness and cream. Flavor is sweet, creamy and malty with some brown sugar and chocolate with light roasted malts. This is right up my alley, nice and sweet and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2067) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a tall, chunky mocha head that has great retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma is roast, dark fruit, wet leather, smoke, dark caramel, spicy herbal and grassy hops, toasted oats, musty old charwood, espresso and some lingering sweet grains. Flavor is chocolate, coffee and spice right away, a hint of dark fruit, smoke, roast, spice, rye, slightly burnt granola, leather, tobacco, cooked berries and earthy toasteed wood. Finishes with spicy hops, char, roast and a bit of licorice. Palate is medium in body, with a fairly heavy and somewhat sharp carbonation and a creamy entry that turns a little thinner with a drier, slightly chalky feel in the finish. Really good stuff, just different enough to stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (642) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2010
It poured like a frothy; creamy espresso, deep chocolate brown with plenty of tan foam, eventually settling with orange hues. I smell caramel with some candied sugar and faint floral hoppyness. Some coffee aromas come out with warming and even a bit of bourbon. It’s sweet with touch of smoke and nice espresso/ chocolate bitterness. I describe this as a straight forward Imperial Stout. It’s got just a bit of alcohol, with the usual suspects holding a Player’s Ball on the tongue. The finish lingers. CAUTION: High Gravity. Hehe. :P

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle shared by Superdave at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks Dave! Pours opaque black with a thick brown head. The nose roasted malt, spicy Belgian yeast, light chocolate and smoky coffee beans. The taste is charred malt, spice, chocolate, bitter coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Courtesy of markwise. Pours dark with nice mocha head. The modest aroma is musty, spicy hops and some black licorice. The taste has a pretty nice load of dark roasted malts to go along with black strap molasses, sweet molasses, slight burnt malts, black licorice and spicy hops. Pretty nice really but the aroma comes up a bit short.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

No. 14 / Batch Number 2010-1

5/18/2010: Boulevard Dark Truth Stout... Aroma: Minerals and slightly yeasty, but not much else. Appearance: Near black in color, opaque; stagnant tan-colored head. Flavor: Dark fruit; some chocolate comes through when warmer; dry througout; COACOA with a medium bitterness; NO residual sweetness. Palate: Medium body; bubbly - too much carbonation for the style. Overall: Doesn’t taste much like the bottle description at this point, maybe when fresh? The residual yeast has consumed this beer...

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (9.7% ALC./VOL.; Best By 01/13) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #86 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2956) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
From trade with Blutt59. The aroma is chocolate, cereal grain, slightly sour (a little odd, but makes sense after I read that wheat and rye malts were used here), musty. The appearance is deep brown/black, opaque, attractive tan head, nice, thick and oily. Good lacing on glass. The flavor is chocolate, licorice, spicy. The finish is spicy, like rye bread, sweet, resiny hop bittering. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Very nice stout overall. Thanks, Bob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Pours a dark brown to black with a massive head. Looks good in a Duvel tulip glass-60% liquid,40% foam. As far as the aroma the first thing that sticks out is the Belgian yeast with its fruity esters mixing with the chocolate and roasted malt. Before even taking a drink it already reminds me of Allagash Black. The taste starts out with chocolate and roasted flavors and can be a little meaty then gives way to the flavors the Belgian yeast offers. Now it seems like there are two parts to this beer, the chocolate and roasted stout like qualities and its Belgian side. They both seem to vie for position but the Belgian yeast overtakes. To me it tastes like the same yeast in Sixth Glass Quad. Not my style of Imp. Stout but it is a pretty good beer.

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