AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20Chad9976 (1523) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
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 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.