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82 86 78 2 22 25

 
Review by everetends on 12/27/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2011
12 oz bottle I got in a four pack from Whole Foods I believe. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours up a abysmal black color. Dark as hell and as expected. Held to the light, nothing gets through. The pour got me about two fingers of darker mocha colored head. The head has some nice stick to it, with quite a bit of chunky lace all over the place.

S: The smell has an almost wheat like presence to it at first. That Belgian yeast quality comes through with a fruitiness, but that wheat brings some banana like presence as well. Things turn to the stout ways with some cocoa powder and coffee.

T: Starts off first with the chocolate and sweet notes. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder come through first. Then there is a hearty grain note to it. This is kind of muddled, finding notes of rye, wheat, and oat. Very hearty. There is a dose of bright hops that hits you from time to time. There is some dark fruity quality, maybe fig and prune. Things round off with a heavy roasted coffee quality.

M: Full bodied with a light-medium carbonation. Has a mostly sweet and sticky texture to it. ABV is bringing some heat in the throat and all the way down. Aftertaste is all coffee and sweet chocolate notes.

OA: Very tasty. This is a big ass stout. The grain bill is a bit on the crazy side and it does muddle some things in the flavor department. With that said, it still remains tasty and interesting. It is a big ole stout and has a nice balance of sweet and bitterness.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 05/05/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
Dark Truth- love the name: could be the title of my biography?
Deep mahogany brown pour to emerse itself into a blackness capped tall with a beautifully whipped smooth tan top that lifts to an inch tall with ease and massively thickens as it sits. Eventually it foams down to a thick skim and a huge curtain of pin holed lace grabs the glass.

Aroma is dry and semi smokey with a husky blackenedness, dark chocolate sweetness lightly lifted with some dark cherry and spicy fig tea fused espresso and a moderate tone of heat.

Complex leveled taster with lots going for it as it starts soft and dark with subtle sweet chocolate tones swiftly being noted with fig, cherry, and citrus. More subtleness underlies its sweetness as a breath of blackened husked dryness comes in and builds into the finish with smokey espresso and spicy, herbal, earthy, German-like hoppy bitterness mixing with dark chocolate bitterness. Warmth escapes late thru the mouth and nose as it has a very lovely complex drying finish.

Feel is about medium, perhaps a bit more porter/stout then Imperial girthed and heavy with thickness. Soft, smooth, dry, smokey, spicy, and subtle. Perhaps a notch more creamyness in malt would really boost this to a thicker, sinking, palate soaking experience. But as is, it's favorably easy to handle as its complex character and flavor tones make for a nice display of sweet, dry, and spicy. Another Smokestack series winner by Boulevard!

Price: $8.50 Served In: Goblet

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