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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lupe on 02-28-2008

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 118
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich, 1.5 finger cream colored head with excellent retention. Beer is pitch black and opaque but a bit on the thin side. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick. Pretty nice.

Nose is smoke, roast, liquorice, anise, and logan. Aromatic and pleasant but the flavor combination could be a bit sweeter and a touch boozier.

Opens sweet prunes and anise with a dose of liquorice, roast and smoke in the middle. More roast and dark fruit in the middle with a sweet and oddly salty soy sauce presence. Ends sweet and a touch boozy with some logan and coca cola flavors. Aftertaste is honey and more smoke and roast. Solid.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down soft and warm with a clean finish and barely-there aftertaste. Decent but a touch thin.

This beer reminds me of a Darkness-lite. Flavor and feel is decent but each are a bit... lacking. This could be sweeter and the body could be a bit heavier. The high ABV is hidden well but that's hardly a plus since the ABV doesn't need to be that high to begin with. Solidly average.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled December 2014 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, extra thick dark tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Sweet with strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints as well as some hops bitterness.

Taste: Full-bodied with nice balance of both malt and hops. This is a "big" bear with both the hops and malts. It is dominated by a toasted coffee flavor, and it also includes some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Very good stout, and this is a big powerful beer. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. I will buy this again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

LOOK: Dark brown color with a soapy off-white head. Good clarity and pours free from sediment. Abundant lacing is left on the glass, a sure sign of an oily black extravagance we call stout.

SMELL: Roasted, black malts come through big with some residual vanilla and coffee tones. Alcohol lofts above all else at times, but that is to be expected in stouts of this strength.

TASTE: Malt and alcohol come through big upfront, giving way to a leafy, herbal bitterness. Lots of solvent alcohol as well as stewed hops, astringency, paper and charcoal.

FEEL: Full bodied, somewhat dry for the style.

OVERALL: A pretty big beer without a ton of finesse, but gets the point across. Drinkable enough but certainly not up there with the elite in this style. Fun to give it a go though, and has its warming tendencies.

Photo of Shade1951
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a BIG FAN of Russian Imperials. This one is drinkable, but on the disappointing side. It pours just about pitch black, with very little head. I assume this is largely because of the high ABV. For those who care about lacing, it does deliver.

The smell is... well, it seems kind of subdued. A hint of chocolate maybe. Smells also a bit like very dark chocolate - a bit acrid.

The taste is fairly true to the smell. Dark chocolate is more pronounced - the bitter kind of dark chocolate. For people who are looking for complexity, you may not find it here. The high ABV is reasonably well hidden, for those to whom that matters.

Mouthfeel is decent, if you like the feeling of a brew coating your tongue with bitterness.

This is not a bad brew! It's a sipper, not just because of the 10%, but because of the strong dark chocolate bitterness. It is very difficult, in fact, to drink more than a little bit of this at a time. That's not a bad thing, necessarily.

I am still sipping on this, and it does grow a bit on me as it warms a little. This has caused me to up my ratings by a bit.

Overall, I am glad I tried this ale, but I doubt that I would go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(poured into a standard tulip)

A: dark brown liquid... ample tan head, sort of creamy/glossy, killer retention and lace... absolutely terrible bottle label - did his kid draw that?

S: earthy, lightly floral/perfumy hops trying to poke through the curious soft roasty aromas (faint coffee, faint molasses... big malty foundation... all-in-all subdued though

T: darn malty at its core... mellow roast rising up midway, taming the malt a bit, but not exactly balancing it... firm, but super-polished bitterness sticks around... mildly bittersweet... the alcohol is damn near silent... not exactly 'stout' - more like a strong porter?

M: somewhat smooth, somewhat dry... not the least bit heavy or viscous - quite the opposite - soft-ish, almost cottony... perhaps a mild roundness... mellow-ass warmth

O: surprisingly good for what it is... wasn't expecting much... decidedly American stout flavors, however, strangely easy-drinking for 10%... great for the value!

Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a year old bottle, stored at cellar temp in my makeshift beer cellar.

poured a dark brown almost black pour with a finger of tan head which dissipated slowly and left behind nice lacing. smells very sweet, malty, nutty (pecans), oak, raisinets. the flavor is much like the smell at first but then has a slight oxidized off taste kind of giving it a cork flavor in the finish. roasted grains, toffee, nuts, sugary sweet chocolate flavors. the mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, medium body with, again for the style, high carbonation.

this isn't a bad RIS at all, and i'm glad i finally got to drink a bottle. i always see it but skip it since there's a million other things i want to try. had this one in the cellar and decided to go for it. worth trying at the least.. wouldn't mind having this one on tap.

Photo of cvm4
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours pretty black, doesn't seem thick or viscous but does have a 2 finger tan head.

S - Very light nose... A bit of roasted malts & light licorice.

T - Nondescript, light malts with semi sweet chocolate.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Needs to be thicker with less carbonation.

O - A bad portrayal of any beer in the class. A RIS should not be like this.

Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Never heard of this brewery before, so I was glad to receive a bottle in a recent trade...

Lots of anise present in the aromas for sure... smells like a licorice bomb to me... no booze detectable... perhaps hints of chocolate here and there but the main player is the anise... seems overpowering to me... almost like a double apple shisha or something...

The anise doesn't show itself quite as much upon sipping... fairly smooth... dark roasted malts with tinges of anise, some cocoa... pretty straightforward as far as the way the beer tastes... the real disappointment here is the super thin pilsner-like palate... nothing creamy or rich about this at all... seems even thinner than most porters... really hurts the drinkability and makes this beer seem very average at best...

One and done for me... I don't want to be too critical but the palate killed this for me... I couldn't get past it...

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

didnt know this beer was from NJ! Deep deep garnet color, almost black, with blood red highlights. Good clarity from what I can tell but it's so damn dark. Bug creamy off white head. No idea as to when the beer was bottled.

Kind of dead on the nose with faint charcoal roasted malt and chocolate. Some smoke and anisette.

Taste is kind of the same, extremely subtle. Medium body with good carbonation. Charcoal and thin malts on the front end, followed by roasted malt and some chocolate. No smoke on the palate though. Finishes extremely clean. Smallest touch of detectable alcohol. A little stringy feeling in the mouth.

It's impressive that this things so damn dark and high in ABV yet so damn drinkable yet its overall kind of bland. It's maybe a good intro to Russian Imperial Stouts? Kind Of? Not much bitterness, some, but its pretty balanced.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased 1/2012 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature snifter

Pours a nice frothy medium tan colored, 1/2” head, which reduces fairly rapidly to a thin film.
Black, opaque color

The aroma is fairly light, what’s here is some very light malt, faint yeast, and some whole wheat bread. The 10% ABV is not noticeable at all.

Nice crisp entry on the palate followed by light nondescript malt, some very mild dark unsweetened chocolate, and some ale yeast. It doesn’t taste bad, there just isn’t anything here. Medium full mouth feel with good carbonation. No notice of the ABV.

A decent if somewhat short finish of light malt and hints of chocolate.

Even though I have no bottling date info I do not believe this is old or past its prime, I just think it is a very, very average brew. Nothing here to excite or recommend. Even after it warms to 55+ degrees nothing comes out.
If someone gives you one to drink, fine, otherwise I would pass on this one.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Builds a huge, three inch, beige, frothy head after some cascading action in a Rohrbarh’s pint glass. The stout itself is black walnut while the head stands tall long through the session, leaving ample lacing.

This one is less bold than I had hoped for. There is some caramelized sugar with grassiness and a hint of bitter chocolate in the background.

The malt ranges from roasted to burnt and is fairly balanced with sweetness. Bitterness comes through in the finish. Overall, this has similar flavors to cold, black coffee and what one imagines to be cigarette ash.

A watery texture with medium body and soft carbonation. There is a mild astringency and lower alcohol than anticipated.

This one might pair well with a cigar or beef stew. It is short of the standard set by so many other examples of this style.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. A dark thick brown with nice lasting medium brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt espresso note and cacao. Taste is a sweet bitter roasted caramel malt with some notes of coffee and cacao, some dark fruity tones as well with some bitter hops. Palate is a thick sweet full body with moderate carbonation and a rich thick mouth feel. Finish is sweet bitter roasted caramel malts with some burnt espresso cacao, some dark fruit followed by some nice mild bitter hops for balance. Overall a very good, drinkable ( considering a 10% alcohol) and tasty Russian IP.

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On two at Capone's Black Friday event. This beer poured out as a thin looking brownish black color. The head was pretty neat looking, it appeared like it had speckles of black pepper floating on top. Very interesting looking. The smell of the beer is a lightly roasted aroma with some booze on the nose too. The taste of the beer was pretty good, you can almost get the Eisbock flavors from this one. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Overall I like the freezing technique but I'm not sure if it benefitted this beer that much. I would probably try this one again some day.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: roast, caramel, malts, sweet,

taste: chocolate, roast, caramel, sweet, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a pretty easy drinking beer for being 10%.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

black, but brown at the edge of the glass. 1/2" khaki tan colored head, fades to thin covering. just a bit of lacing. aroma is a bit smokey, black licorice, some sweetness. hops in there too.

taste of roasted malt, toffee, sweet oat, but then finishes a bit acidic, bitter coffee. could be thicker for a RIS, a bit thin for the style. lower carbonation, drinks fairly smooth.

overall - a pretty decent beer, but can be improved.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and some black chocolate. Taste is also a good mix between some roasted malt with light dry coffee notes with some subtle bitter chocolate with some light lactose notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well balanced classic imperial stout.

Photo of Dvarneckas
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Boaks Monster Mash Russian Imperial Stout, I was told is a 100 IBU, 10% ABV beer. This is a Big, Dark, Chocolaty, Hoppy Beer, but not as Heavy as most Imperial Stouts. I enjoyed nearly as much as Old Rasputin, both great beers to seek out and drink immediately or age.

Photo of brentk56
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Doesn't pour much like a RIS - the color is right but the head formation doesn't create the bubbles deep into the liquid that settle down into a frothy cap; this one just creates a tan head atop the liquid that quickly fades to a ringlet

Smell: Very roasty, with plenty of charred character; molasses and licorice, as well

Taste: Burnt black bread with dark chocolate, molasses and licorice up front, but by mid-palate, a plastic phenolic element arrives that ruins the flavor; the charred character lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat thin for the style

Overall: No telling how old this beer was but I note that earlier reviews of this were much more positive, befitting the accolades awarded the homebrew recipe; something has happened - either the beer doesn't age well or there is a quality control issue

Photo of ToddT
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark almost black topped with a tan head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt and alcohol are the dominate notes, there seem to be some earthy oak and tannin in there as well.

T- Roasted malt and first, sweeter than expected, toffee and caramel in the middle and then a dry slightly hoppy finish. The finish has a lingering aftertaste of coffee and bitter dark chocolate with a little heat of alcohol.

M- More than medium in body, but not heavy, and low in carbonation. The feel could be a little more creamy, it want to be but it’s just not quite there.

O- Solid effort and the 10.0% ABV is well hidden, but not one I’ll be looking to try again in the near future.

Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, sweet, murky-flavored ale.

Color in the pint glass is dark brown-black. They got that right. There is something coarse and off-flavor about this. Scent of coal dust. A hint of licorice, but hot with alcohol. Grainy, brown rice taste. Broccoli stems. Bitter only in the aftertaste, but not much aromatics from the hops. Reminds me of my own malt syrup home brew of years ago.

There are just so many fabulous imperial stouts, you can't even call this average. Lacks the sweet-hot mellow smoothness of the better examples.

Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to name a homebrew Monster Mash for years, just haven't brewed one worth of the title yet. Thanks to dfclav for showing me Boaks beat me to it.

Pours a big fizzy slightly darker colored head that fades semi slowly and a bit of lacing, head is too fizzy and not thick or creamy, the beer is darker murky brown coca-cola colored, but not nearly black, I hope the rest of the beer comes through better.

Nose has some darker malts, some light roast, a bit of creamy oats, some molasses, light vanilla, not much for roast and no chocolate, and a touch of burnt coffee, the aroma is very muted, the hops are there a bit, some earthy and light spicy hops, but also not crazy. After it warms quite a bit a slight yeasty aroma comes through.

taste starts with light roasty malts, the roasted is so much it tastes with a bit of an acidic light acrid coffee grind taste, which is dominant, a slight soured acrid coffee grind... eh, well then comes a slight creamy oat, a bit of molasses, some earthy hops and a bit spicy hops but not much, it tastes like it's been aged a bit too long, and most of the tastes seem to have slid. The finish lingers with some of the acrid burnt coffee grinds, a touch of chocolate is coming through finally but not much, and some light sweetness. As it warms the booze comes out a bit more, and a slight stale yeast flavor starts to come out.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, and decent carbonation, with a touch of warming booze.

Overall not that great, the huge number stamped on the bottom starts with 061108, which I'm hoping this isn't from 2008, but it could be as you SHOULD be able to age a heavy RIS for that long easily, but this did not age well if that's the case. As clear from my review not so great a beer. It started with a fizzy bubbly head (not what I want in an RIS) and colors brown not black, the aromas were muted quite a bit and what was there was not great, flavors were mostly aged and muted and an overpowering sour acrid coffee grind, although its not too sweet and the booze isn't too strong, but just tough to drink not sure if I even want to finish it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Nice and smooth, and not too strong-tasting or alcoholic, even for a 10%ABV stout. Pretty much perfectly balanced if you're talking general ingredients, and mouthfeel. A little lacking in flavor, but as far as drinkability goes, nice.

Photo of irs
2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seriously? I feel stupid for paying $11 for this four pack. Cool marketing and I was in a hurry and I'd never seen it before. And a Jersey Beer, so I gotta try it.
One positive, I've got to say its easy drinking if the ABV is right. It tastes like a 5% amateurish attempt, not a 10% amateurish attempt. Very easy drinking for the claimed ABV. And its not repulsive, its just not worth the price of a DFH four pack.
Color is Brown, could be an Impy, good so far. nose is light, but smells of Impy...ok. taste? like someone watered down a passable Impy with a very tasteless ale - seriously tasteless - not Coors lite or anything, just something to add volume and carbonation, a lot of carbonation, which you don't expect in an RIS - Actually this is an achievement, because I can't imagine how you could dilute the taste of an RIS, but they've accomplished it. Its not "watered down" like Coors Lite. Its just like you took the spirit of an RIS and added carbonation and something else, and I can't figure out what...crystal malt fermented with the yeast equivalent of Chauncy Gardener and the hops equivalent of Walter Mondale?
maybe I just got some bad bottles, because this is the weirdest craft beer failure I've found yet. Its almost worth trying to figure out what it is. Once...then, never again.
If it was a free bottle from a homebrewer looking to hone his skills I could find something nice to say. But not something I would pay for.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa last week because I had never tried any of the beers from Boak before. According to this site, this particular beer won a homebrew competition a few years back so I was a bit eager to try this out in particular. Like so many others on here, I was a bit disappointed not only because it didn't live up to my expectations, but because I would have never guessed that this was a Russian Imperial Stout based on the look and taste of this beer.

This poured dark but had a lighter shade of brown around the edges. As for the head, it was frothy but didn't last long. The lacing had to be the oddest that I've seen in a beer in a long time as it was spotty and not in rings or layers. The taste was not that of a Russian Imperial Stout since it was quite smoky and had notes of roasted coffee. It reminded more of a Smoked Porter or a Dopplebock and the thin mouthfeel continued all the way to the burnt aftertaste.

This is pretty strong in the alcohol department and even if it was weaker, I couldn't imagine having more than one in a sitting. While this isn't the worst beer I've had, I can't see why this is brewed for retail sale. I'll try what else is available from Boak just to to see if this is an isolated instance or not but like so many others on here, I just can't get too excited about this.

Photo of clickpush
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle thanks to the ladies over at The Bottle Shop in Philly.

Pour: 12oz pour to tulip glass. 2.5 finger tan head over thin looking, super dark body. Tons of active carbonation visible along the edge of the glass. The initial head turns pocketed and rocky, sticking to the glass as it slowly descends. Looks amazing.

Nose: Somewhat light as far as this style beers go. Very roasty, a bit of metallic. We'll see if this opens up as it warms.

Mouth: High carbonation, metallic at the front of the pallet, closed up and tight. As it moves back it turns roasty, more stout like. But the mouthfeel is over bubbly, not true to style as a creamy, chewy feel.

Overall: Not one that I would pay money to revisit.

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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
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