climberbob (458) - 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. swesson (441) - 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.
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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.
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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. 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.
ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
I’m 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.
Lore (2671) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 6, 2017
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 that’s 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 it’s 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. There’s a lot going on: it’s 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. There’s 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 it’s 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. There’s a nice aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate which is rather pleasant.
dark brown colour, moderate sized creamy darker beige head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of sour cherry bonbon with cognac and dark chocolate, coffee, some herbal liqueur notes, maybe vanilla and dried plum; taste of a liquidized sour cherry bonbon mixed with moderately roasted coffee, dried fruits like plum and dates, hints of cognac, and vanilla, and tons of dark chocolate; very smooth, marvellous imperial stout 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. 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.
Leighton (21085) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
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.
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.