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Brew Review: Dark Truth

8 Nov

Brew:  Dark Truth

Brewed by:  Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, MO)

Style: Imperial Stout (9.7% ABV)

 

Boulevard is a very consistent brewery in my mind.  I have had a few of their offerings previously and been very happy with them.  The Dark Truth is their stout that is actually a year rounder.  Something you don’t necessarily find at most breweries.  Usually the stouts are left for seasonal releases or limited stuff.  My guess is that’s because people don’t really want to drink a super heavy dark beer in the hot summer months.  I also think that boulevard has the capacity to brew a lot so they are able to put this big boy out year round.  This is a somewhat fresh bottle so we will see how this goes, I opened this beer on 8-7-12 and I don’t know exact bottle date but I have a feeling its about 1-3 months old at this point.

Dark Truth pours out dark.  Enough said on that.  Its dark deep and lightless.  Exactly like an imperial stout should be.  There rises a huge mocha head from the top of the beer, the head is super thick with tiny tight bubbles.   The foam recedes slowly leaving great lacing and a really fantastic looking brew.  This is a perfect example of what a stout should look like. 

The aroma is interesting, I can tell right away that this is a fresh imperial stout.  There are hops right off the bat, earthy not much else but you can tell they are trying to push their way out from the huge mound of grain that was dumped on top.  There is lots of chocolate followed by sweet malts.  Not a ton of roast at this point.  There is also a hint of booze that floats around there.   a pretty solid aroma for the beer, nothing really fancy but I got everything I needed in chocolate, hops and some roast.

The taste was full and filling.  There are dark fruits, the hops are still present and provide a bitterness on the end of the sip that lingers.  There is a dark roast that wasn’t evident in the aroma that mixed with the hops to create that bitterness.  Along with the roast was dark chocolate notes.  There is that slight alcohol presence again that warms or numbs, depending on how you want to think about, the mouth and belly as you drink. 

This was still a really fresh bottle of the Dark Truth, I am happy I got a 4-pack of this as it will develop over the years and be a really nice treat in a year or two for a cool night.  The hops were still very present and I like roast with coffee and chocolate in my stouts.  Not bad in any way but kind of like LeBron it’ll take a few years for this beer to achieve greatness.

 

Final Grade: B

Brew Review: Single-Wide IPA

12 Oct

Brew: Single-Wide IPA

Brewed by: Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, MO)

Style: American IPA (5.7% ABV)

 

I have tried the Double-Wide from Boulevard but for some reason have passed on the Single-Wide this whole time. Maybe I figured that the Double, being part of some special series (the smoke stack series I think) would be better and I shouldn’t waste my time with the Single even though the Double probably got its roots from the Single to begin with. How shortsighted of me.

The look to this beer is great, it poured out a light amber, rich golden color with some orange and yellow swirling around in there to make a sunset-type look to the beer. That was only half the greatness of the look, the head that this thing came out with was amazing. Tons and tons of white head piled up like pillows or clouds in my glass. It was a very good looking beer, one that belongs in a commercial or something.

The aroma was also pretty darn good. There were tons of floral, fruity hops that rushed at me. I know big beer snobs always talk about grapefruits being something you can smell in beers, and while I do pick it up sometimes I don’t really mention it because lets be honest I think most of those guys/gals are reaching for something with that judgment, however in this beer I could definitely pick up the grapefruits and that was pretty cool. The zest that was brought out with the hops was well balanced by the sweet malts that held up the beer and proportionally kept it in line.

The taste was great, I will say that. All those hops with their fruity, tangy, floral aromas translated into flavors that burst on the scene in a smooth creamy delivery from a beer with a decent amount of carbonation. The hops presented a decent amount of bitterness but nothing that was out of line or didn’t blend in nicely with the other flavors. The hops brought forward light fruits like apples and pears that I sometimes taste in some Belgian beers. That was a very nice treat from this brew.

The brew was much lighter than I expected, the carbonation kept the beer lively and springy and the hops Boulevard used created such a bouquet of floral and fruity tastes and aromas it was hard not to think this beer as a heavy drinker. It was a very refreshing IPA, one that was well balanced and not an absolute hop-bomb that seems to be the trend for anything IPA or beyond. I am really glad I regressed and went back to the Single after trying the Double.

 

Final Grade: A