Boulevard Dark Truth Stout

Sorry for the 3-day lapse in posting. I’ve been doing a lot of other writing and haven’t had much time to get a blog post up. Hopefully I won’t go this long again without a post!

Basic Info:
Dark Truth Stout
Origin: Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.7%
IBU: not listed
I drank this: bottle pour

This is a motor-oil stout in a lot of ways – it’s got a super-duper thick, syrupy mouthfeel to go along with a color so pitch black as to not allow light through at all, even when held up to direct light. It’s thick, is what I’m saying here. It should be thick – imperial stouts are supposed to be really heavy, suitable for drinking pretty much only when it’s cold and dark outside. There’s also a thick mocha-colored head that hangs out for the majority of the glass.

Scent-wise, there are some hints of fruity maltiness along with a heavy coffee/chocolate/smoke hit. There’s also a hint of something that I almost want to call licorice that I think is a result of the fruity/coffee combo.

Drinking this stout is part mouthfeel – thick and syrupy with more carbonation than I’m used to in this style of beer – and part flavor. The flavor is a combination of coffee (note: this isn’t a coffee stout – coffee just seems to be the best way to describe the really dark, roasted malt flavor), a sweet, fruity flavor that struck me as being slightly apple-y, chocolate (again: this isn’t a chocolate stout, either – there is a type of malt called chocolate malt which gives a strong chocolate flavor to beer, and I’d be dead shocked if there wasn’t a ton of chocolate malt involved in the brewing of this beer), a hit of alcohol and a hint of cream. So, to make that easier to read: mocha fruity booze cream.

The aftertaste was mostly chocolate for me, with a hint of alcohol warmth lingering in the background. Given the high ABV, the alcohol flavor is actually quite tame.

All told, I like it. It’s not my favorite imperial stout by a long shot (honors there are split between Founders’ Canadian Breakfast Stout, North Coast’s Old Rasputin, and Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout), but it’s good and, if you’re in the KC area, relatively easy to find. Save it for a blizzard and then enjoy.


About Kim

Kim spends a lot of time writing, thinking about writing, reading, writing more and dealing with writer's block. When she's not writing, she might be found having a beer. She often combines the writing experience with the beer experience. The combination tends to lead to more creativity but significantly impaired spelling.
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