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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
750ml bottle $9 I will start off by saying I was let down by this beer but I can;t expect to love every single Boulevard beer. Dark black color as a stout should be with a head that was super foamy and actually delayed my drinking. The smell was weird, a little like a stout but not much, none of the promised aromas from the label. The taste was decent but average and again not really like a stout if you ask me more like a black strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Iím a Bully lover, so I was anxiously awaiting the release of Dark Truth. With the Boulevard track record pairing with one of my favorite styles, how could it go wrong? Well, first there was the slight delay in the release date...but surely this would only make the beer better. Popped the 750mL bottle tonight an poured an opaque black liquid with a big, fizzy tan head with a good amount of clingy lace. Hm, very little aroma - must be the oversized head. First sip, chocolate, soap (?), plums, and just a hint of burnt sugar. What the heck is that soap flavor, and why am I having flashbacks to the bad batch of Bourbon Barrel Quad? Something went wrong at my favorite Midwestern brewery in the latter months of 2009, and Iím afraid it dragged Dark Truth down with the BBQ! Slightly overcarbonated, but nice and smooth otherwise. This one will need a re-rate when the second run comes out, maybe the kinks will be worked out and this one will really shine!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Pours darkest brown in color with a huuuuge tan head. Great lacing. The aroma is, well, a little bretty and lactic. A little infected it seems. Maybe this was intentional. A little roast and some Belgian yeast. Flavor isnít that bad. Itís a little like Cuvee Delphine. Not quite as good though. Very Belgian with maybe a little lacto/brett. Berries, roast, chocolate, and espresso as well. Medium-full body with some smooth silkiness despite the low carbonation. Dry on the finish. I have mixed feelings on this beer. For one, itís probably infected. But besides that, itís not bad!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3023) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft at F.S. KC. Poured like you would expect from an impy stout. Surprisingly faint aroma of roasted malts. The flavor was dominated by bitter chocolate making it a bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750ml bottle from a trade or picked up while in south bend. my forgetful self canít recall.... pours a dark cola black with lighter reddish edges at the top and bottom of the pour. head started off thick and soapy but receds to a thin film of light tan coloration.... aroma of dark roast, black licorice, subtler chocolate tones and dark fruits. stays predominantly on the richer sweeter side of the house which is about what was expected.... flavors are roasty with chocolate overtones while dark fruits play a supporting role. anise and more fruit, almost on the tart side, come into play mid-palate and beyond. a little heat detection on the backend to boot which certainly makes itself known. body is on the lighter end with soft to medium carbonation. something makes this not sit that well with me unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Green hops with herbal notes and roast. Some chocolate. Green hoppy flavor with some lactose tartness. Dry bitter finish. A bit heavy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. A very nice pour, with thick and fluffy dark mocha head, good retention, and clumpy lacing. Very dark cola brown in color, yet not overly thick and oily looking as other big stouts. The unique aspects of this one come out right away in the nose. Big fresh plums and bready, nutty, rye toast. Some more fruits in there as well with cherries and pears. Also, caramel cookies, earth, and light whiskey. A very pleasant and engaging aroma. The body and feel of this beer is probably its biggest downfall for me. Thereís just too much cola-like carbonated, sugary sweetness. The finish becomes quite bitter, but thereís a decent amount of booze in there as well. The flavors are similarly complex like the aroma, but arenít presented quite so well because of the feel. As a result, the fruits, roasted, nutty grain breads, toffee cookies, and earthy-herbal bitterness in the finish, seem to blend and clump together. So much promise here. Just a bit off the mark. Could jump up to being a fantastic beer with a few minor tweaks I feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2010-1, 01-13 A- Body is a deep, thick, viscous, opaque-dark brown nearly black color. Pours with a big cream colored head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass- a very good looking beer. S- The belgian stout has a strange nose- milk, spicy belgian yeast, dark chocolate, a hint of funk, and a hint of roasted malt. T- Taste is very similar to the nose-only comes off more as a roasted milk stout. There is an underlying hint of Belgian yeast-but the milkiness, roasted malt, and coacoa take precidence. M- Medium to high carbonation-a nice, smooth velvety mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. D- Actually overall I find this beer to be quite odd. I love belgians and I love stouts-but belgian stouts-and for that matter-sour porters/stouts or weirder to my palate than the American Black Ale. Its fairly enjoyable and yes very drinkable-but weird-the fact that this is funky and not sour is certainly a benefit. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 03:55:38

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours black with a thin beige head. Smells great. Lots of chocolate very rich. Slightly metallic. Tastes nice slightly bitter. Not fantastic but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TizzleJizzle (537) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Smoky malty aroma. Poured a dark brown/black color with a kakhai top and nice lacing. Taste is alcohol, chocolate, coffee, toast, and caramel. Too watery on the palate for an impy stout. All in all, a nice brew, but there are far better imperial stouts out there. Cheers

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