RATINGS: 933   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
climberbob (454) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
12 oz bottle. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Completely black with a thin tan foam. lightly bitter, umami, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Everything a great stout should be.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (384) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Big, big, big stout. Reminds me of the first Guiness Extra Foreign I ever tried over 30 years ago. Pours out midnight black and a thick brown head. Rings of lace on the glass. You can smell all the goodness they brewed in such as espresso, figs, and a bit of cinnamon. One of my favorite stouts sampled this year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Wow. Oily black pour with a thick creamy head. Dense lacing, and a multi-faceted nose. Velvety texture and a wallop of an ABV. Absolutely terrific. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.7 abv best buy date (07/07/16) description Appearance: Dark brown slow thick pour jet black in the glass. No light. Tall Dark tan head long lasting with very good lacing. Smell: deep heavy notes of roast malt fresh bread and light hints of dark fruit raisins and peels. Taste/Palate: This one is big and bold and coats the tongue with wonderful dark fruits bid dark malty sweetness and espresso bitterness in the finish. Abv is well hidden.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mxyzlpltk (7) - WeSt palm beach, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015 does not count
Pour black with tan head, smells of dark fruit, maybe raisin and plum with some savory spice element and some slight roasted notes and dark chocolate. Taste of espresso roast, dark chocolate subtle sweetnes. Long complex finish that dance on my tounge. I think this is a great beer to end the night with.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1721) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Im not really sure why American brewers feel the need to ferment non-Belgian beer styles with Belgian yeast. In case of Boulevard Dark Truth Stout an imperial stout fermented with the stuff the result is rather negligible since the yeast character has little effect on the finished product. This is an excellent, classic, and all-around impressive and delicious brew Belgian yeast or not.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/13/15 and cost $3.79 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Inky black body thats virtually opaque. Pours to a fairly large, brown, foamy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Dark chocolate almost syrupy. Plenty of dark fruit as well, though its almost assuredly the yeast esters. Alcohol is noticeable, but blends well with the nose.

Taste: When I think imperial stout, I think of a palette just like the one here. Theres a lot going on: its both sweet and remarkably bitter. Strong dark chocolate flavors throughout; akin to German cake. Roasted malt is prominent as well and it helps bridge the gap between the sweet dark maltiness and the fairly intense bitterness that emerges on the apex. Theres a slightly burnt toast flavor, though more of a spicy bitterness likely due to the hops. On the finish I get a lovely dark fruit sensation as only then does the Belgian yeast become apparent in the palette. The alcohol adds a light vanilla sensation and is not distracting at all.

Drinkability: I had reservations about Boulevard Dark Truth Stout considering its a pretty potent brew at 9.7% ABV. Thankfully, it is not a beast at all as the alcohol lingers in the background and is only noticeable as a warming sensation in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is plenty full-bodied, though not quite the sticky sensation found in other imperial stouts. Theres a nice aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate which is rather pleasant.

RATING: 10/10

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Black with a big foamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain and coffee. Taste of roasted grain dark chocolate and bitter coffee with notes of citrus and white grapes on the back end.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appearance: solid black with an espresso crema head, tight and velveteen. Fades slowly, leaving an edge of lace all around the glass.
Nose: black roots, licorice, char and tar, oil and sludge; thick and dense. Blackened earth, singed and also nutrient rich. Branches and twigs, dirty. Brittle burnt dry bakers chocolate and toasted oatmeal. Cinnamon sticks mingle with graham crackers. Burnt caramel and werthers original.
Palate: smooth then burnt than sweet in the finish. Burnt, charred, and ashen woods throughout; the remnants of a brutal forest fire. Whole bars of bakers chocolate, fresh than singed. Cinnamon sticks are an afterthought. Cocoa and truffle powder. Underneath is nutrient rich earth, than fudge, than molten melted oats and chocolate. Black root and vanilla bean. Wisps of smoke in the back and breath. Definitely opens up as warms up. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: a very dense stout without weighing the palate down, an accomplishment given the sheer amount of malts and grains used in brewing this beer. Another classic addition to the Smokestack Series.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (19174) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours black with a big, creamy tan head. Superb character all around. Loads of coffee, dark roast malts, burnt sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Chocolate and dry roast malts in the finish. Great complexity to this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomaspwrs (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
I think Ive found my new favorite stout. :) My overall impression was of a delightful, dry dark chocolate... nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Texture was creamy with light carbonation. The substantial alcohol fit in perfectly without noticeable burn. Color was a rich deep black. I loved it.


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