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RATINGS: 969   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.1
jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bottle 8/31/10. Batch 2010-1). Black color. Large tan, creamy head. Moderate roasted malt aroma with light fruitiness. Same flavor, with light burnt/smoke character. Long duration. Dry finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

3.9
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Big fan of this beer and was very happy to see it this year in a 12oz format. Very dark and very complex. As described, I think this could be served perfectly with dessert. I am saving 2 bottles of this, although I have been teetering back and forth on weather or not to the ABV makes it a suitable candidate, but it is so nicely blended right now, I’m not sure that time will do it a favor.

4.2
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Enjoy by 4/27/13. Appearance: Near black with very thick tan head that leaves lot of bubbly lacing. Aroma: Musty, dank and fruity with plum, molasses, spicy hops, chocolate and a touch of banana. Not too much roasted character in the aroma. Taste: Not as Belgian as the aroma, although there is still a decent amount of plum. Fairly strong roasted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate. Nice spicy hops on the finish, along with a long roasted bitterness. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body, very dry finish. Feels more effervescent than smooth and creamy (although it is that as well), belaying the Belgian yeast. Overall: I am really a fan of Belgian Imperial Stouts (need that added as a style), and I seem to enjoy them more than most since I always have big positive rDevs on these. Loads of flavor, but not quite as heavy as a standard RIS.

3.7
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Thick and frothy tan head on black beer. Aroma is clove, spice, soft roasted chocolate, and minor smoke on the finish. Taste is dominated up front by the belgian yeast with clove, pepper, and perhaps some candied sugar before opening up into roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee, and some ambiguous dark fruit. Clean, slightly thin feel in the mouth with appropriate carbonation. I’m not big on stouts with belgian yeast but this was a very nice beer I’d certainly revisit.

4.6
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Dark black pour into thick tannish-brown head that slowly dissipates into melting lacing and a swirl of pooling foam. Aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Intiial flavor of sweet dark chocolate that fades into a smoky oak barrel finish.

4.7
SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Pours pitch black with little, quickly dissipating brown fizz. Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, dark fruits and candy sugar. Tastes like cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, espresso, some dark fruit, and some Belgian yeast sweetness. Full-bodied with a smooth, silky texture and very soft mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Dark Truth Stout finishes bitter, a touch dry, and a touch sweet.

3.9
tmoreau (4753) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2011
12 oz. bottle poured to a tulip at Lunar Brewing Co.. Displayed a black/brown color, billowy, brownish tan, lasting head foam, and decent cling to the waves & swirls of lacing. The nose was some graininess, full & roasty malt, mocha notes, and an interesting combination of caramel, toffee, and treacle. The flavor added a little smoke & wood, medium hop bitterness to compliment, full body, dry finish, but a pleasant creaminess to the mouthfeel. Warming alcohol was subtle but effective. A different and welcome side of Boulevard that I have just recently begun to experience.

3.9
wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Pours an opaque dark, dark brown with a thick tan head that refuses to go away. Aroma of dark fruit and molasses. Taste is sweet dark roasted malt, espresso, prunes and bitter baker’s chocolate. Really delicious and robust. You could pair this with anything you enjoy with coffee.

4.7
Cybercat (6346) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Pours a rich, opaque sable with a very thick and rather persistent yellowish-tan head. Nose-filling aroma has tones of chocolate, quality coffee, fresh-cut wood and molasses along with hints of caramel and licorice. Fabulous flavor is rather sweet but not cloying, like mocha made from excellent coffee and fine chocolate. A woody overtone provides a little hoppy bitterness to offset the sweet flavor, and hints of caramel, molasses and licorice round out the lip-smacking flavor. Texture has substantial body and a fair amount of tingle, Finish is fizzy and has chocolate and woody tones. Recommended!

4.1
nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours an opaque brown-black with a big, thick beige head. Sweet, pungent aroma. Big chocolate tones, smooth and silky. Some delicate balancing bitterness. Creamy, mellow mouthfeel. World Class, this beer is phenomenal. Remains drinkable, never overboard with the ABV, thought there is some lingering warmth in the finish. Could really hold it’s own with any Belgian Stout. Luscious cocoa notes, dark fruit undercurrents. Great.


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