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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2013 11:33:15 | More by djrn2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually have traded to get a bottle of this as I had heard through a friend it was outstanding and needed to be tried, well needless to say that was all that I needed to jump straight into this one. Poured out of the bottle a deep inky dark black, completely opaque and looking like a dark hole to which no light will escape. Thick and viscous, it looked as though it was oil as it poured out. Really quite impressive and I knew I was in for a treat. A thin head of chocolate colored lace rose up out of it and never really got higher then a half and inch, but at the same time, never really got lower then that either. Rich tan colored lace trickled down the sides, and overall this had the look of a big full stout.

The aroma was very interesting and a little bit different than what I was expecting to be honest. Rich notes of burnt coffee and molasses were all over this, but as was a bitter hoppiness, very odd and seemed sort of misplaced, but I pushed through. There were some woody like alcohol notes laced throughout now as well, really pushing this forward and offering some nice depth. Hints of some dark obscure fruit coming up now as well, something like a plum or a raisin maybe. This carried over very well into the flavor with a good amount of cocoa coming in to play now. The alcohol was definitely noticeable in the flavor, however it was far from distracting. It was a rich earthy alcohol tone, not the harsh hot notes that would lend it to be a distraction. Lots of licorice and sugary notes coming up front now and being intermixed with a dark French roast coffee sort of flavor, if you can get that, interesting to say the least and definitely a good bit different. The feel was very nice, very full bodied with a good bit of carbonation sticking around long enough to get it that velvet like smoothness you look for in a good RIS. The finish was where it was at though. By the time the flavor moved on, a deep dark hop finish started to take over. A nice bit of pine like bitterness at first, then morphing into some nice bitter dark chocolate notes, before completely drying out and making you search for that next sip. Very well done and quite a bit different then what I was expecting.

Overall, for an under the radar stout, this was fantastic. I was quite impressed with the complexity in this one as well as the outstanding use of hops, especially in the finish. Really very well done and an outstanding version of the style. This was one of those that you just could not be disappointed in anyway with. I look forward to saving my other bottle for a little while to see what happens with this one, but if you see it around I would make a dash for it, this one looks like a goodie.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 01:18:58 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:50:23 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and some black chocolate. Taste is also a good mix between some roasted malt with light dry coffee notes with some subtle bitter chocolate with some light lactose notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well balanced classic imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:03:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 05:07:47 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A nice looking pour to this one. A dark, dark brown color with a small tan head.

S: While the appearance was nice, the nose was far from it. A decent roasted malt aroma with a slight smokiness. Unfortunately, there was a lot of acrid roast and coffee as well.

T: Luckily the flavor is a touch better, but not amazing. The roasted malt is the main component of the beer with a smokey flavor.

M: The body is a bit thin for an RIS, but the carbonation is right on: low.

D: This is really nothing special and in some cases, bad. I would not seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 17:59:34 | More by womencantsail
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On two at Capone's Black Friday event. This beer poured out as a thin looking brownish black color. The head was pretty neat looking, it appeared like it had speckles of black pepper floating on top. Very interesting looking. The smell of the beer is a lightly roasted aroma with some booze on the nose too. The taste of the beer was pretty good, you can almost get the Eisbock flavors from this one. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Overall I like the freezing technique but I'm not sure if it benefitted this beer that much. I would probably try this one again some day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 07:52:40 | More by Knapp85
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largadeer

California

1.95/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 23:17:13 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 23:30:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Thick molasses, malty nose. Nice well bodied flavor profile. Very mildly roasted qualities sit on a bit of a hoppy tone. A smooth liquid feel and a softer carbonation combine to make this a fairly easy RIS to drink. This one wouldn't have a problem standing up to many others in the same style.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 12:23:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 19:41:54 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 16:53:55 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap -served in a sampler chilled

A - A black opaque colored liquid w/ quick dropping khaki cap w/ semi-clinging lace

S - A toffee-like buttery nose w/ diacetyl and light roasted notes. There is a mild fruit element and dark sugar component as well

M - A sweet tinge up front w/ dense roasted notes and moderately high alcohol warmth on the palate w/ slight bitter and dry finish

T - The taste is a mix of acrid dark grain and caramel w/ a dark toffee and nutty flavor w/ subtle roasted coffee and mellow fig flavor w/ a mild dark sugar and mild alcohol element in the finish

D - I enjoyed this RIS, not the best by any stretch but fits the style ok even though it is slightly unbalanced w/ more sweetness than necessary, I would probably try a bottle and give it another go

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 16:57:17 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to name a homebrew Monster Mash for years, just haven't brewed one worth of the title yet. Thanks to dfclav for showing me Boaks beat me to it.

Pours a big fizzy slightly darker colored head that fades semi slowly and a bit of lacing, head is too fizzy and not thick or creamy, the beer is darker murky brown coca-cola colored, but not nearly black, I hope the rest of the beer comes through better.

Nose has some darker malts, some light roast, a bit of creamy oats, some molasses, light vanilla, not much for roast and no chocolate, and a touch of burnt coffee, the aroma is very muted, the hops are there a bit, some earthy and light spicy hops, but also not crazy. After it warms quite a bit a slight yeasty aroma comes through.

taste starts with light roasty malts, the roasted is so much it tastes with a bit of an acidic light acrid coffee grind taste, which is dominant, a slight soured acrid coffee grind... eh, well then comes a slight creamy oat, a bit of molasses, some earthy hops and a bit spicy hops but not much, it tastes like it's been aged a bit too long, and most of the tastes seem to have slid. The finish lingers with some of the acrid burnt coffee grinds, a touch of chocolate is coming through finally but not much, and some light sweetness. As it warms the booze comes out a bit more, and a slight stale yeast flavor starts to come out.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, a bit syrupy, and decent carbonation, with a touch of warming booze.

Overall not that great, the huge number stamped on the bottom starts with 061108, which I'm hoping this isn't from 2008, but it could be as you SHOULD be able to age a heavy RIS for that long easily, but this did not age well if that's the case. As clear from my review not so great a beer. It started with a fizzy bubbly head (not what I want in an RIS) and colors brown not black, the aromas were muted quite a bit and what was there was not great, flavors were mostly aged and muted and an overpowering sour acrid coffee grind, although its not too sweet and the booze isn't too strong, but just tough to drink not sure if I even want to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:20:44 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:46:05 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Nice and smooth, and not too strong-tasting or alcoholic, even for a 10%ABV stout. Pretty much perfectly balanced if you're talking general ingredients, and mouthfeel. A little lacking in flavor, but as far as drinkability goes, nice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 02:32:12 | More by Rifugium
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown/black with a thin tan head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is of anise/licorice with chocolate and dark and citric fruits. A hint of roastiness in the back. A bit boozy.

The taste is of sweetened dark fruits with a citric balance. Alcohol quite strong in a brandy-like way. There's a touch of roast in the drying finish.

It's at the fuller side of medium-bodied with mellow carbonation. Mildly astringent with some lingering stickiness.

A certain sharpness and mild astringency slow this down, though it mellows as it progresses. Not a bad one to sip on, though the body could use a bit more heft. All-in-all, a fine warming sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:04:27 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:58:03 | More by mactrail
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 21:47:03 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/01/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep cola colored pour..not quite black though. Smaller, quickly evaporating head..maybe 1/4 inch max. Some minor lace sheeting.

Smell- Heavy on the roasted malts and also a nice bittersweet chocolate nose. Nice aroma.

Taste- Hops come in strong in this brew. In fact they overpower the malt, which is pretty bold as well. Not quite balanced, but a nice chocolate malt backing. Really not much in the coffee area.

Mouthfeel- A bit of a higher carbonation level, but not too much complaints here. Lots of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine RIS. Hop head would especially enjoy this one. Tasty and would have again if had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 19:46:27 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-29-2011 11:05:56 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-09-2012 01:40:17 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown, near black with a small, off-white head that fades into a small cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of waxy, dark fruit, grapes, cocoa, and citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet, fruity, chocolate, and yeast.
Moutfeel is medium bodied, velvetty, crisp, mild tartness, astringent.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 02:06:56 | More by weeare138
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, with some minmal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice tones of toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with some toffee/caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, would never thought of this as a 10% ABV brew at all. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew. Definitely would recommend. Thanks Joe.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:32:23 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Smokestack glass.

Pours absolutely no head. Hence no retention or lace. Color is a stunning coal black.

Aroma: Chocolate, a small amount of booze, rich, not burnt or toasty, earthy hops. The smell is very smooth and inviting, but not very powerful.

Taste: Chocolate, now with some roasted malts, a lot of heat, earthy hops. It is very syrupy. I can't really tell if I like this or not, I am kind of on the border.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, and silky. Full bodied with some carbonation, but not a lot. Ends with a big malty aftertaste, fairly clean.

Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with this RIS, but it was decent. It just seemed to be very syrupy and sweet. I won't say I won't have it again, but it isn't something I would go crazy for.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 23:38:18 | More by mothman
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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
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