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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