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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Lupe on 02-28-2008

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Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale pours with a dark brown color. It appears black in the glass, with a thin, quickly diminishing tan foam. Nose is heavy roast, dark bakers chocolate, cream, oatmeal and vanilla. Flavor is a touch muted, roasty, dry and bitter. Notes of dark chocolate and roast. Silky. Has some depth to it. Better than expected.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending this beer to me. This is my first New Jersey beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is that of your basic Russian Imperial Stout: Some dark fruit, roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, light smoke and some alcohol. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boaks- Monster Mash Imp. Stout

A- Dark cola brownish black with a small tight foamy head.
S- Sweet malt, cola syrup, and fresh green hops.
T- Sweet corn syrup cola malt with a nice touch of green hops and cocoa powder. Alc. is quite present.
M- Sweet and cloying with a more mild bitter dry finish.

Overall- Just a tad too sweet for me. Alc. is too noticable. A boozy 1 that'll warm you and get you buzzed quickly.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alovesupreme
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very minimal head with a dark brown liquid that is more transparent than usual for the style.
Raisons dominate with molasess and a slight dark rum character.
Dark fruit with a little bit of hop presence. A roasted character rounds out the beer.
A full body probably the beers strongest asset. Carbonation could be a little higher.
An average RIS.

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Photo of whatname
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rough pour brought up a two-fingered head of frothy tan foam that held fairly well before dropping to a wide collar, but which also left little more than a smear of thin, tiny spots about the glass.

The nose is fruity, and edgy with floral/grassy/leafy hops. It's a bit perfumey. Beyond that, it's darkly caramelish like crusty-burnt-sugar; lightly chocolatey; and a touch roasty with an almost smokey edge to it. It smells more like a strong ale with a complex malt bill than a stout.

The flavor follows the suggestion of the aroma, although there's more roastiness to it. There's not a lot of depth or girth to the malt, but there are lots of hop flavors going on here. It's a bit perfumey, and the alcohol is mildly noticeable. But it's also leafy, grassy, a touch lemonish, and even spicy (that may be from the alcohol). An anise flavor is perceived within in the malt, but that may be from a combination of the darkly caramelized sugars and leafy and herbal hops.

In the mouth it's just medium bodied - I was expecting more given the "Russian Imperial Stout" designation. But, the delicate carbonation that initially reguired a rough pour at the outset leaves it quite smooth. There is, however, a brash bitterness that anchors it tightly, and then in combination with the alcohol gives it a slight harshness, negating the overall "smoothness" of it.

It finishes surprisingly soft as it seems to simply pass and then vanish for a moment before the flavors start rising again. What follows is herbal, gently spicy, anise-accented, and remarkably long lasting!

In conclusion, I find this beer to be mis-styled. It's a really interesting big beer (and I think it would be a great cigar beer), but it's far from being an Imperial stout as it doesn't have the maltiness to back it up and there's far too much hoppiness for the style. Furthermore, I think it needs a touch more maltiness just to balance it a bit. Not much, but a little. I enjoyed it, and I'll one day have another. I've reviewed it here number-wise as if it was a strong ale of some type, and not a Russian Imperial stout.

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Photo of prototypic
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks, dood!

Monster Mash is a very dark mahogany color. It's nearly onyx, but a few burgundy highlights are noted at the edges. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's about a finger and a half tall and recedes quickly. Lacing was moderate.

The nose is a little underpowered, but is pretty good. It features a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. They seem to be equally strong. Coffee is fairly strong in the mix and adds a nice element to the overall smell. Raisin and black licorice are noted, but are secondary, complementary scents. Alcohol is blended well. I'm not getting much at all. Impressive for a 10% beer.

Monster Mash is pretty good beer. It has a nice chocolate/roasted malt base. It's not sweet, but has more of a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. I like the coffee flavor quite a bit. It comes through loud and clear. It features ancillary flavors of black licorice, anise, light raisin, and molasses. Not bad. There's definitely evidence of a strong hop presence. It still tastes bitter and has a bit of a pine flavor. This bottle has some age on it, so I'm surprised to encounter that. I wish I would've cracked this one a little sooner. I suspect that a stronger hop flavor would warrant a score bump. Alcohol doesn't seem anywhere near the 10% ranger. It finishes roasty and bitter.

The body here feels medium-full with a little warming. It's nice and smooth. Damn near creamy. I'm tempted to pull the '4.5' trigger. Close call, but it's not quite there. Drinkability is above average. Monster Mash has a pretty good flavor and goes down easy, but a single bottle's more than enough. It's deceptively strong.

Monster Mash is my first Boak's beer. It's a pretty good effort. I think it'd be a little better if the malt flavors came through a little stronger. I'd also like a stab at a fresh bottle (while the hops are buzzing). Nonetheless, it's pretty good otherwise. I'm glad I got to try it out. Thanks, Chris.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of deliriumfest
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Consumed on 2/20/09

Not really that much to say about this beer. Poured a dark black with no head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a few other subtle fruit flavors peeking through. Taste is alright but pretty watery. Mouthfeel is also watery with not much body and no carbonation but essentially pretty drinkable due to the fact that is just resembles colored water. Overall, a very unimpressive beer for a category that isn't even near and dear to my heart. Try again with this one.

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Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark black. Not too much carbonation on this one. Lacing is decent.

Lots of chocolate and roastiness. A touch of hops present as well.

It is very chocolately and the roastiness provides a touch of bitterness.

There is a good amount of creaminess and no chalkiest at all. Very mellow and no alcohol heat to speak of.

One of the easiest drinking 10% stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this an extra from rciesla, cheers Ryan, reviewed from notes

Poured black with a 1/2" of mocha head. Nice vicious look to it, average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & cocoa powder

T: Dryness, baker's chcolate & a touch of vanilla up front. Oakyness plus chalky dryness & rich chcolate as this warms. Finishes dry & oaky with a nice mocha presence

MF: Chewy, oily, & near zero carbonation

Drinks great for the style & ABV, not a bad take on the style

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark chocolate (almost deep enough to be black) with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Nice thick rings of retention around the edges with some thin wisps that skim the middle, flaring up nicely and leaving a solid cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is solid with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, some light hoppy character, and a tingle of heat in the backend.

The taste is rich chocolate sweetness that envelopes additional notes of coffee, a vinous tasting dark fruit tartness, dark roasted character, and a touch of hop bitterness underneath. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a suprisingly creamy feel at times and a slight alcohol burn coming out as it warms, leaving a warm and bitter aftertaste on the palette.

This was a solid Imperial Stout with rich flavors but I'd like to see the heat covered up a notch more to increase the drinkibility of this. All in all, a nice start from Brian Boaks.

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Photo of Dvarneckas
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle at Queen Anne Wines and Spirits in Teaneck. I love supporting local brewing in addition to my love of impy stouts...

A- Pours a THICK black liquid, light/tan creamy head, some lacing, medium carbonation bubbles.

S- Smell was sweet, creamy, chocolately, and some nut.

T- Taste was malty as expected. This was overly sweet (in a good way) for a RIS, total opposite of a RIS such as Storm King. I got a huge vanilla/brown sugar taste, some bitter hops in the back, but not overwhelming.

M- Sticky as hell. Creamy, just thick enough.

D- I love this beer. Looking forward to more stuff from this new brewer.

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Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of morimech
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A big foamy smash after a gentle pour. Took some time in order to get the contents of the bottle into the glass. The head had good retention, leaving heavy lacing. Weak aroma. I pick up mostly alcohol. Faint hints of dark fruit as well. The flavor was disappointing. Mostly solvent flavor. After the first sip I was hesitant to take another. Hints of plums, and chocolate helps elevate the score above failing. Hops are non-existant. The body is just ok. It does have a nice texture. Not a very good example of a RIS. I will not want another.

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Photo of njmoons
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upgraded my grade from A- to A. I love this stuff. A true RIS in great balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Awesome.

Massive Malt and Hops balanced is really nice and unique.

I have had a couple of well hopped RIS's but always with Northwest Hops (Cascades or the like). I am not a fan of them.

So Monster Mash with it's more European hops make for a great RIS option for me.

Apperance: Thick black, viscous, one finger head.

Smell: Hoppy Malty. Cherry, grass, sweet malt, and hop all there.

Taste: Awesome! Nice thick malt hits you first, them balances with hop flavor, and finishes well with a good dose of hop bitterness. Each sip a great experience.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick without the puckering sweetness of some RIS's. Great

Drinkability: at 10% alcohol this goes down wayt to easy.

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Photo of tjd112
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into Southampton Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch black, off-white head, moderate lacing

Smell - A good mixture of maltiness and hoppiness, chocolate prevalent

Taste - Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and "caw-fee" with some milkiness

Mouthfeel - Dry in front, sweet in back

Drinkability - Tastes like a stout of half the ABV of this beer, perfect as a desert beer

Overall - One of the best strong stouts I've ever had. Another win for the Garden State

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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
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