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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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82
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lupe on 02-28-2008)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the modest information that I gather, I really like what I read, even moreso I like what I taste.

The pour of this Russian Imperial Stout delivers the viscous, motor oil, malty look that I expect from great beers of the style. Certainly opaque, and as dark as they come. Because of the gravity and alcohol, the beer has a hard time with the head formation and retention but does nold only a trace of foam and lacing in the end.

Moderately strong aromas of roasted grains, toffee, and coffee permiate from the chalice. Heavy cocoa, espresso, and a toasty maltiness give an inviting first impression to the nose.

Flavors are much more bold than the taste. Very heavy on roasted grains and toasted qualities make me wonder whether the beer was actually brewed with espresso beans. The roasty qualities dwarf the caramel/toffee sweetness that are exhibited in the nose. Though some sweetness is present, they are dominated by toasty, toasty notes. Not much in the way of sweetness but the hops give up a lot of pine a grassy flavor from mid-palate on. A bit of licorice, anise, and raison does rise in the aftertaste along side of a bourbon-like booziness.

The body is creamy, rich and full. Think of a milkshake with the intensity of espresso. Still, a thinning happens with the alcohol and a dryness happens with the full hop bitterness. As soon as the bready, toasty, dry malt impression lifts, the sweetness left on the tongue makes we want to take another immediate sip. Effortless in the body.

Ultimately the beer has all the right stuff to meet the qualities of other good examples of the style but it needs something else to take it to the 4.5's of this site. Maybe more ester complexity, maybe more body will do the trick?!

Thanks Mikey711!

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted malt and flowery hops create a pleasing aroma.
Pours a large tawny mostly lasting creamy head that reduces in time to coat the charcoal brown hued beer.
Initial roasted grain presence fuses with hops to create an unique profile of subtle sweetness balanced by a bitterness that takes center stage in this imperial stout.
All flavors converge and slowly disappear to an appealing dry finish.
Rich and complex, intense dark ale shows alcohol presence but not sharp and having every dimension of a big beer one would expect.
Well done.

Photo of grandq
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just a shade shy of black with a really thin khaki head. The nose is a whole lotta raisin and molasses. Some cocoa nibs. Absolutely no booziness. Upon first sip, I'm struck by how sweetly malty this sucker is. Cherris, raisin and roasty notes follow and are obscured by a light wave of orangy hop tang and cocoa bitterness before milk chocolate coats. Finishes dry with a roasted bitterness - not quite coffee, more like over-toasted nuts - and a last second alcoholic burn. All blends rather nicely at optimal temp. Moutfeel's pretty thick and silky, but not approaching syrupy. Overall, really smooth drinker and holds its own in the style, though it could be a bit more robust and complex. Solid stuff altogether at any rate.
Big thanks to RblWthACoz for once again hooking me up.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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 sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling this beer at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark cocoa brown with creamy tan head of .5 cm that fades quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is brown sugar and roast malt with some hits of molasses.
First sip is fairly thick with slightly syrupy texture, body is smooth and silky on the swallo and the beer has almost no carbonation.
Flavor is rich malt with brown sugar and raosted note. Some dark chocolate mixed in the background.
No hops show up on the flavor and even the booze is well hidden for a 10% beer. This is a fairly enjoyable and drinkable Imp Stout. The complexity is a little shallow, but what is in there is tasty stuff.

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 thomscottson
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that lingers around a while. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, sweet chocolates, hints of alcohol, and some mild floral hop aromas.

Taste: big roasted malt base with some sweet chocolate, coffee, prunes, molassess, and some yeast. Bitterness is floral and makes up a big part of the flavor here. Alcohol is warming and mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, slightly syrupy at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth for quite a while between sips.

Drinkability: despite the cheap homebrew looking label, this is quite a tasty beer. Looking forward to some other offerings from Boak's.

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Conniehophead
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dbl_delta
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HopDerek
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BACTAdam for the pickup.

Pours a thick chocolate syrup color and texture with a tiny coffee colored tan head, little lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, and nuts. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, black cherry, some alcohol, with a touch of floral hop in the finish. Medium-full in body, smooth and creamy, yet with some stickiness. An excellent beer for a newcomer, very drinkable considering the ABV. Flavorful, but not too intense, more mellow for a RIS.

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich chocolate black into the brandy snifter, barely any carbonation present, no head, no lacing!
Aroma is heavenly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, as a RIP should be. Medium mouthfeel, subtle hoppiness, and the tinge of alcohol warms my throat!!
Very tasty, with enough sweetness to mix with the 10% ABV.
I'd drink this again, for sure!

Photo of skriv
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.