Sunday, February 18, 2018

Boulevard Dark Truth Imperial Stout (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 11/09/2017

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 20C Imperial Stout

AROMA: Quite fruity for the style, likely due to the Belgian yeast esters. Dark malt is present with a dark chocolate character, but nothing coffee or overtly roasty. The Noble hops are difficult to discern and present just a faint, earthy/spicy character. Alcohol is present, but subtle. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Inky opaque black (44+ SRM). Brown foamy head, retains fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: An interesting combination of fruity flavors and dark malt; though it is not a sweet beer per se. Belgian yeast esters come through as plum, raisin, fig, etc. Dark malt base creates for an unsweetened dark chocolate up front. Actual roastiness emerges briefly on the finish and lingers into the aftertaste as a drying sensation. Little hop flavor other than a general spicy/earthy character. Moderate bitterness, though the malt accounts for much of that component. Alcohol is fairly tame, with a neutral flavor. Overall palette is a bit noticeably Belgian-like for the style, but meets the specs for the most part. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth with a lingering estery/spicy aftertaste which is a bit arid. The 9.7% ABV potency is difficult to ignore, but not obtuse. Good drinkability, but not entirely to style. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Somewhat controversial as a 20C due to the Belgian yeast, but mostly to-spec, otherwise. An interesting imperial stout for sure. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2015 original review here:

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