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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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BA SCORE
82
good

172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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 9InchNails
1.38/5  rDev -61.6%

As I popped open the bottle I noticed some crusty dried up, what appeared to be brown sugar coating the rim of the bottle. Weird. I have never experienced this. Also, when opened, the beer started to move upward as if it was going to topple over the rim.
I poured into a pint glass and I got nothing but head. It dissipated quickly. The tan head turns very frothy. A very cloudy crimson color beer with bubbles shooting straight up. Looks awesome.

I got a floral aroma at first whiff. Also some copper pennies.

Oh my god! What the hell is this! Tastes like soap, hand sanitizer mixed with sour raspberries. I had to spit it out immediately after the second sip. Gross!

I can't tell you because I spit it out!

Drink ability is piss!

I don't know if I got a bad bottle/batch. I don't know if I should call the HAZMAT team or not! I was really looking forward to this beer. The beer looked great too. Wow... Major let down. I hope I don't get sick. What's really sad is the appearance is what saved this stomach turning beer from getting a F rating.

9InchNails, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
1.58/5  rDev -56%

Pours black into my Brooklyn tulip glass. Even with a vigorous pour, there is very little head on this beer. What does form quickly subsides to a very thin lace around the glass.

The aroma, when a bit colder, has some slightly fruity hops in the nose, along with cinnamon and some chocolate from the roasted malts. I was expecting a very hoppy stout because of the label, (A big malty beer with lots of hops) but it's not impressively hoppy. As it warms, there is still a bit of coffee like roast, along with the smell of nail polish remover.

This beer should be called Monster Mess. It tastes like dirty chocolate, two day old coffee, and some slight rust. A little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The beer just tastes stale, even though a beer this big should last some time. A little bit of alcohol burn in the finish, perhaps just a bit more than acceptable. The almost completely flat body seems to intensify everything bad about the flavor. It does feel big and sweet, but without any lively character. Now that I'm done with this review, it's time to dump this thing down the drain.

jeffthecheff, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
1.78/5  rDev -50.4%

12oz bottle that I picked up at Oak Tree a couple of months back. Into my snifter.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that's so fleeting, it's almost meteoric.

S: Tons of heavily roasted malts, almost burnt with that godawful burnt tire aroma. Some cocoa in the back but this is actually quite repulsive. Citrusy hops are present but that only messes things up. I almost want to give up reviewing this beer now...

T: Holy crap, this doesn't taste repulsive! Awesome! Now, to describe it: Tons of hop bitterness up front that's blended in with the cocoa and the dark roasted malts before that super-heavy roasted malt flavor comes through on the finish. Quite bad

M: Decent carbonation but I'm having such a hard time drinking this, I can't be objective about the mouthfeel.

D: Thanks, 2 sips and I'm done

If you're a fan of the way huge impy stouts - WWS, Dark Horizon, Mikkeler Black - this might be up your alley. If you prefer something along the lines of Speedway, stay the fuck away.

DefenCorps, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of largadeer
1.95/5  rDev -45.7%

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Black with subtle amber highlights. Half an inch of head appears from a gentle pour, but it quickly recedes into a thin crown.

Smell: Extremely sweet and malty. Chocolate syrup comes to mind. Some ashy notes. Not a lot of depth here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet with flavors of milk chocolate and dried fruit. Medium-to-full in body. After the initial blast of sweetness, this finishes surprisingly harsh and bitter. Ashy, charred, somewhat astringent. Can't say I like this very much.

largadeer, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of irs
2.05/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

irs, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of IrishRedRock
2.17/5  rDev -39.6%

Pretty disappointing from the moment I cracked the cap on this 12 oz bottle. Poured flat, with no discernible carbonation, head or lacing. Somewhat smoky in the nose, with some roasted barley and dark chocolate in the nose. The smoky smell is odd. Flavor is also smoky, mostly roasted (charred) malt with some plum skin in the finish, and a lot of noticeable alcohol. Loaded with hop bitterness in the finish as well - not very balanced. Body is thin for the style, more like a booze-loaded porter. Got through about half of the bottle...no more. I wonder if laying this down for a while would balance it somewhat, as age might tone down the heat and bitterness into a more balanced beer. Given that it's already flat, however, I can't imagine much will improve this one. Pretty sure I have a bottle of Founders Imperial Stout in the back of the fridge...

IrishRedRock, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Viggo
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%

12 oz bottle, ghetto label. Big thanks to spacecoyote for the hookup.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, no light gets through, medium sized light tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, light bit of citrus, almost a bit of oxidized/soy sauce, chocolate milk, light roast, a lot of sweetness, but pretty interesting.

Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, lightly ashy, some floral, light chocolate, not a whole lot going on, alcohol jumps out a bit and the taste is just flat. Some plastic/bandaid going on too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, weird and drying in the finish. Smells good but huge flaws in the flavour. Thanks Carl!

Viggo, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

deliriumfest, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

jtierney89, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of ErinnA
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

ErinnA, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Risser09
2.55/5  rDev -29%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with no available light. A 1/4" tan head rises and lasts for a minimal time. the bubbles are mostly very large. Little lace is left behind on the glass.

Smell: Bland and tepid. Some espresso but otherwise this could be Camo for all I know.

Taste: Briskly alcoholic and intense. A metallic flavor gives way to some bittering hops. Nuttiness and coffee prevail, along with a strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Thin for a 10% abv RIS. Lots of alcohol, and more hops than you'd expect, also. Bitter espresso flavor is rudimentary but acceptable.

Drinkability:Could you expect more from a NJ RIS? The label is peeling off, it might be a re-used bottle, the recipe and execution are off. Over attenuated and a complete lack of detail. Decent at best.

Risser09, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of brentk56
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%

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

brentk56, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin tan head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of some coffee and roasted malts -- not much else. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts -- and a little booze. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. Drinkability is poor.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of grub
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

another fine brew that Viggo shared. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 7/09.

pours black and pretty opaque with a thin ring of fine tan bubbles. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. rich dark chocolate. espresso and coffee. bit of milk chocolate. light alcohol. caramel. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. earthy. bit of light citrus. anise. perhaps a touch of molasses.

taste is ok. slightly ashy roast and a hint of chocolate, but then it just seems to fall apart... the rich chocolate and coffee and nice caramel and malt complexity has almost disappeared. warming alcohol, slightly hot. touch of sweetness, but not in a nice caramel+toffee way. day old cold coffee. lackluster bready character. bit of lagery character - almost bock-like. wow, what a disappointment after the aroma.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-large body. just over medium carbonation with a touch of sting.

drinkability is ok. not very well balanced, and the flavour really leaves much to be desired. a shame that a beer that smelled so good didn't live up to it.

grub, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of morimech
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

morimech, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of clickpush
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

clickpush, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of cvm4
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

cvm4, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

mactrail, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%

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...

Tilley4, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of bundy462
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%

A: Black with a tan head. Head nor body is quite as thick as would be expected from a RIS.

S: Booze over a muted black licorice. Very slight chocolate and coffee. Very boozy.

T: Burn hops, everything else is killed by the booze. Big alcohol taste in this one.

M: Very thin for a stout. A good bit of prickly hops, slight burn from the booze.

O: Average compared with most brews, below average in the RIS world.

bundy462, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -16.4%

timjim1327, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Proteus93
3/5  rDev -16.4%

It's nice to have the opportunity to get in some of the locals while on vacation, so I picked one of these up in Philly at The Foodery on my annual beer run away from LBI.

A: Poured a rather thin-looking brown which left me kinda surprised that it ended up being so dark in the glass. It's not totally black, but more of a cola-brown... opaque body with that ring of brown around the top and edges. Head billows up pretty nicely on the pour, an easy two fingers, khaki coloured and bubbly - tiny, tight bubbles, sparkling against the light.

S: A rather rich maltiness, but not that big roasted aroma that might be expected. It has a pretty modest roast scent, paired with a dark fruit that comes across a lot more like a doppelbock than a stout. It's a little odd, though not horrible.

T: Again, it reminds me of a doppelbock in flavour. Malts are not very roasted, no chocolate/coffee like notes, and a dark fruity flavour. Hops pull through, though there seems to be the Cascade citrus which isn't really appropriate for the style.

M + D: It hinted at being thin while it poured and it followed up with just that. Body is about medium, but very light as far as RIS go. An assertive carbonation makes it a little more crisp than it should be, as well. Style-wise, it's pretty off track. As far as a beer goes, it's not undrinkable, but I was rather disappointed all around. It's not one I'd find myself seeking out again.

Proteus93, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ToddT
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

ToddT, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -16.4%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.