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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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BA SCORE
82
good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boak Beverage visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

nstroup, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ridgeline23, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

skriv, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BYOFB, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

facundoCNB, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

BigN8tion, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tommy2x, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of cvm4
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

cvm4, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

calcnerd, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Jason1337, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Trrogm, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Conniehophead, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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...

Tilley4, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Rojada1988, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

jtierney89, Jun 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jaybags, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Gww1864, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

jagada, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

thebouch01, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

yergermeister, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

JTSbeerislife, Mar 30, 2012
Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.