Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage
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Reviews by buckobrock:
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to jkane101 for throwing me this extra.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass
Bottled on ?
Consumed on 25 August 2008
A - Poured at approximately 55 degrees F. The beer crawls out of the bottle forming a glossy pool of black into the pint glass topped with a taupe head two fingers thick. There is a thick film of lace grasping around the circumference of the glass as the head slowly creeps down the side.
S - Creamy chocolate and roasted barley entice the nostrils. I don't know if I'll be able to take a second smell before my tongue leaps out of my mouth. A hint of vanilla bean rides along a nice dark coffee aroma, and I register a slight dark cherry odor that complements the beer well.
T - Creamy dark chocolate arouses my sweet tooth. Espresso coffee tries to make its way onto the scene and is well greeted. Alcohol is almost nonexistent - surprising. A tingle of sweet caramel here and there. A bittersweet chocolate lingers on the tongue. Outstanding.
M - Well carbonated, this beer is quite deceiving. Appearing as thick as molasses on the pour, it seems very creamy and frothy on the tongue.
D - I'm surprised at how drinkable this beer is. 12 ounces just doesn't seem like enough even with the 10% ABV. I wish that we could get bombers of this one down here in NC. I'd definitely say this is one of the most drinkable RISs that I've ever had.
In all honesty I didn't know what to expect when I opened this bottle, but it's been a great surprise.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2008 01:50:17 | More by buckobrock
More User Reviews:
3.41/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 22:09:15 | More by Shade1951
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
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!
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 17:10:15 | More by Bouleboubier
Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.