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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter late at night, my first from Boak's.

Looking at the bottle Monster Mash was not the darkest stout going in. When it pours, it sports a brown color looking porterish. In the snifter a black stout with a cream colored inch of fluff, nice stick.

Smell is off putting, in a way, it's a stout but the there is this other scent that I can only describe as New Jersey. Other than that your basic chocolate, coffee, vanilla and the like but not really.

Taste is what I would call an uninspired rizz, what happened here? Yeah, monster has stout character but where did the ingredients come from? It's roasted with light chocolate and some coffee sense, but it's not hitting. Not really hitting any vanilla and it could use some more sweetness to bring the taste score up a notch. The metal at the end really does a number on me.

Looking art the stout pour this did not look like the thickest stout, It's not. The body is medium with a very light carbonation. Mash just sort of comes and goes without leaving any disernable qualities, but the metal, yuck!! It needs more kick, not chewy enough to be called a rizz, American stout yes, RIZZ nope. The alcohol is pretty much hidden except for a bite at the end.

All in all this seems like a good effort from a brew comer, but falls short in several area's. Boost up the body, get more flavor in this than monster will be sitting pretty. I drank my 12oz over an hour and I did not enjoy it much, drinkable but not memorable. It scared me, but not in a good way.

BARFLYB, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Wasatch, May 08, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

LOOK: Dark brown color with a soapy off-white head. Good clarity and pours free from sediment. Abundant lacing is left on the glass, a sure sign of an oily black extravagance we call stout.

SMELL: Roasted, black malts come through big with some residual vanilla and coffee tones. Alcohol lofts above all else at times, but that is to be expected in stouts of this strength.

TASTE: Malt and alcohol come through big upfront, giving way to a leafy, herbal bitterness. Lots of solvent alcohol as well as stewed hops, astringency, paper and charcoal.

FEEL: Full bodied, somewhat dry for the style.

OVERALL: A pretty big beer without a ton of finesse, but gets the point across. Drinkable enough but certainly not up there with the elite in this style. Fun to give it a go though, and has its warming tendencies.

Stinkypuss, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured an antique mahogany from the bottle, while in the glass appeared tar black. A 3 finger mocha colored head blooms rather quickly on the pour to a foamy, whipped topping. Retention was good, still sturdy and respectable after 3-4 minutes while leaving a thin spongey coating for a lacing.

S: Fresh black coffee of moderate strength comes through. A soft roastediness that feels more at home on a Schwarz then a RIS. So far no signs of "the lots of hops" as advertised on the label. Hopefully they will appear on the flavor because so far this was rather lackluster.

T: A nice deep roastiness opens thing in a smooth and refined manner. Deep and earthy with a nice presence of wet coffee grounds and wet charred grains along with bitter chocolate is also evident and appreciated. Dark fruit is found but only slight traces of its 10.0% is detectable. Things conclude with dried creamer notes, and a roasty lingering fade that was exceptionally smooth, with a moderate strength per style.

M: The mouthful was silky at first, before swelling to a nice creaminess upon the hold. The body is a bit lighter then anticipated with a lingering bitterness of burnt grains.

D: Drinkability was very smooth and easy. The 10.0% was not a factor. What it lacked in complexity it made up with its smooth drinking nature. I would definitely have this again and recommend it just for its drinkability factor. A good intro beer into the style.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2010
Photo of Viggo
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ShanePB, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: roast, caramel, malts, sweet,

taste: chocolate, roast, caramel, sweet, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a pretty easy drinking beer for being 10%.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
1.78/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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 gford217
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jkane101 for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Poured jet black with no light penetrating this one. Generated a dense one-finger tan head that hung around a little while leaving minimal lacing.

S: Smelled of burnt coffee and roasted malts with a hint of hoppiness in the background. Sweet molasses smell become more evident as it warmed.

T: Initial slight malty sweetness overpowered by the burnt coffee flavor. Tasted a bit more dark chocolate that the smell indicated. Only the slightest hop finish.

M: Medium body and smooth with little carbonation. Bitter through the finish.

D: A decent impy stout from this new brewery. Definitely an interesting use of hops in this and not quite what I was expecting when I opened the bottle.

gford217, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikey711 for dropping this in as an extra in a late fall trade. Always up for an unexplored RIS!

Nice artwork, like the guy with the club. Pours black. Smells very good, an arousing mixture of dark malts, heavy chocolate, & light hops in sweet harmony. Honestly, I haven't smelled that since I held a...no, I can't say it.

Damn! Monster Mash rips up front with some seriously toasted malts that overwhelm the subtle niceties of the nose, as if someone scraped an airplane-sized piece of burnt toast into the mash. Luckily, I like my toast scorched. Underneath the blackened assault are low notes of chocolate & a faint tinge of hops as the beer begins to warm.

Very thick brew, which coats the mouth & leaves the charred malt aftertaste in every crevice. For an RIS, this is in the heavy category...some I delight in having a couple of glasses of, this is too much for more than a single twelve ounce serving.

Very good beer that peaked with the smell, but is kind of all over the board. I'd be curious to see if it smoothed out with age & some of the rough edges might melt away. Promising beer that's already fun to drink.

maximum12, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Provided by OHLRangers in the Secret Santa Box.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a very small whispy head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Roasted malt up front with notes of dark chocolate. Coffee can be detected along with a touch green hops.

T: Dark roasted malt mingles with dark fruit in the start. The chocolate and coffee really come out in the middle. Slight bittering hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, on the flatter side.

D: Not bad.

tpd975, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sampled courtesy of egajdzis. I've also had this from the new label bottle.

Poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, roast, coffee, and chcocolate. Tastes of earhiness, chocolate, and lighter coffee.

Notes from 2/22/08

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA on 2/25/09.

A - Deeo walnut brown body with mahogany highlights around the bottom and one-finger creamy mocha-colored head that receded into a patchy film and modest lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate and a hefty waft of alcohol comprise the initial aroma, followed by a bit of dark fruit in the back. Hints of iced coffee and black licorice also make appearances.

T - Lots of chocolate flavor initially with hints of roasted malt, coffee and licorice, but really big on the chocolate. Not as much alcohol heat as the nose would seem to imply. Touch of earthy, herbal bitterness in the finish.

M - Thick and robust with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Dangerously drinkable for such a high ABV Imperial Stout. Monster Mash boasts a pleasant chocolate flavor and a nice creamy nitro mouthfeel.

ffejherb, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of morimech
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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 Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark clear brown with ruby highlights. A thick, light tan head reduces just a touch and leaves spotty lace.

S-Baker's chocolate, dark roasted malt and espresso. Nothing overwhelming but solid. More aroma release upon warming.

T-Rich, bitter chocolate with hints of espresso. A finer finish of creamy milk chocolate. A nice combination of bitter and sweet.

M-Medium body and quite smooth but feels just a tad light. Good lingering bitterness.

D-Nice flavours and well hidden alcohol. A solid beer but could use a touch more body to clinch it all together.

Deuane, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks, dood!

Monster Mash is a very dark mahogany color. It's nearly onyx, but a few burgundy highlights are noted at the edges. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's about a finger and a half tall and recedes quickly. Lacing was moderate.

The nose is a little underpowered, but is pretty good. It features a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. They seem to be equally strong. Coffee is fairly strong in the mix and adds a nice element to the overall smell. Raisin and black licorice are noted, but are secondary, complementary scents. Alcohol is blended well. I'm not getting much at all. Impressive for a 10% beer.

Monster Mash is pretty good beer. It has a nice chocolate/roasted malt base. It's not sweet, but has more of a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. I like the coffee flavor quite a bit. It comes through loud and clear. It features ancillary flavors of black licorice, anise, light raisin, and molasses. Not bad. There's definitely evidence of a strong hop presence. It still tastes bitter and has a bit of a pine flavor. This bottle has some age on it, so I'm surprised to encounter that. I wish I would've cracked this one a little sooner. I suspect that a stronger hop flavor would warrant a score bump. Alcohol doesn't seem anywhere near the 10% ranger. It finishes roasty and bitter.

The body here feels medium-full with a little warming. It's nice and smooth. Damn near creamy. I'm tempted to pull the '4.5' trigger. Close call, but it's not quite there. Drinkability is above average. Monster Mash has a pretty good flavor and goes down easy, but a single bottle's more than enough. It's deceptively strong.

Monster Mash is my first Boak's beer. It's a pretty good effort. I think it'd be a little better if the malt flavors came through a little stronger. I'd also like a stab at a fresh bottle (while the hops are buzzing). Nonetheless, it's pretty good otherwise. I'm glad I got to try it out. Thanks, Chris.

prototypic, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

black, but brown at the edge of the glass. 1/2" khaki tan colored head, fades to thin covering. just a bit of lacing. aroma is a bit smokey, black licorice, some sweetness. hops in there too.

taste of roasted malt, toffee, sweet oat, but then finishes a bit acidic, bitter coffee. could be thicker for a RIS, a bit thin for the style. lower carbonation, drinks fairly smooth.

overall - a pretty decent beer, but can be improved.

jmdrpi, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

koopa, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +11.4%

muskiesman, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boaks- Monster Mash Imp. Stout

A- Dark cola brownish black with a small tight foamy head.
S- Sweet malt, cola syrup, and fresh green hops.
T- Sweet corn syrup cola malt with a nice touch of green hops and cocoa powder. Alc. is quite present.
M- Sweet and cloying with a more mild bitter dry finish.

Overall- Just a tad too sweet for me. Alc. is too noticable. A boozy 1 that'll warm you and get you buzzed quickly.

NJpadreFan, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

sulldaddy, Jan 24, 2010
Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.