Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage
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4.2/5 rDev +17%
Poured this into a pint glass. This is black as night. I held it up to the light and none could break through this beer. Minimal head, it was off white and dissapated rather quickly.
Aromas of sweet malty notes, with hints of caramel, maybe chocolate, certainly a citrousy hop note or two.
The taste is full bodied, very smooth, almost creamy. There is a great hop flavor in the backgroud with is very pleasant, not bitter at all. That brings a great addition to this stout already very good stout. Finish is clean and leaving you wanting more.
I could probably only have one of these as this is somewhat filling but very tasty.
Cheers to Brian for this one.
03-23-2009 20:46:35 | More by whitehouse50
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
This ale pours with a dark brown color. It appears black in the glass, with a thin, quickly diminishing tan foam. Nose is heavy roast, dark bakers chocolate, cream, oatmeal and vanilla. Flavor is a touch muted, roasty, dry and bitter. Notes of dark chocolate and roast. Silky. Has some depth to it. Better than expected.
03-16-2009 20:19:44 | More by Crosling
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Pours a deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared.
S - roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee
T - roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee, sort of a flat taste but i don't think thats a bad thing in this case
M/D - Not my favorite in the style, but the flavor becomes more complex as it warms. Nice mixture of flavors that subtly change throughout the glass
02-28-2009 04:42:31 | More by mikereaser
3.95/5 rDev +10%
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.
02-26-2009 02:13:19 | More by ffejherb
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...
02-26-2009 02:00:36 | More by IrishRedRock
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.
02-21-2009 01:38:01 | More by deliriumfest
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
02-07-2009 21:49:16 | More by tpd975
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
On tap at Capone's.
A-Pours a dark brown, not as dark as I like in the style.
S-Vanilla, some dark chocolate, some alcohol
T-Some nice caramel and vanilla sweetness in the front and some nice notes of barrel aging. But way too hot in the finish.
M-Nicely rich and creamy.
D-I am not a fan of big boozy finishes so one will do it for me.
01-28-2009 17:10:50 | More by sholland119
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.
01-13-2009 13:41:30 | More by Risser09
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-12-2009 23:30:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours a deep black moderately viscous stout. Creates a minimal, but thick and dense head which fades fairly quickly to a thin coating of foam. No lacing observed.
Faint but pleasant aromas of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla bean and some spicy/earthy hops.
Palate was too thin for an Impy Stout with a bit too much carbonation. Not much fullness or thickness experienced in the mouth feel as expected for the style.
Like the aromas the flavors were also fairly weak and wimpy. Dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, burnt caramel and earthiness are subtly perceived. Alcohol was slightly hot due to the thiness and reserved flavors of this stout.
With so many good to great Impy Stouts on the market this one is hardly worth seeking out.
01-12-2009 05:29:43 | More by macster
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
Got this one from number1bum, thanks Josh.
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a cola black with some ruby highlights and a two finger brown colored head. Some spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty weak, but what's there consists of roasted malts, spent coffee grinds, and some cocoa powder. Booze, cardboard, and fig in the nose as well, interesting to say the least, but not my cup of tea, err...beer. Taste starts off with a lot of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel, with a slight pine tingle. Coffee beans and brown sugar midway with a decent amount of smokiness as well. A warming alcohol and wax flavors towards the end on the tongue, but the aftertaste is almost non-existant and pretty watered down. I do enjoy the feel of this beer. Big, rich, smooth, and full. A very soft carbonation which fits well. Not bad, but not anything I'll be looking for down the road. Thanks again Josh.
12-22-2008 00:17:09 | More by BeerTruth
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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
12-17-2008 15:37:09 | More by hopdog
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
Original Rating Date:
July 26, 2008
Pours deep black, very little head. Mouthfeel spectacular and creamy like a good stout should be. Burnt, coffee, chocolate taste. Very good imperial stout but doesn't quite match up with the top of the heap. Best beer I have had from High Point and another local brewery that I must get out to.
12-07-2008 22:18:21 | More by Vendetta
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
12-01-2008 23:38:42 | More by NJpadreFan
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottle in trade with hopdog. Thanks!
Pours a black color with a short lived tan head. Smell is strongly metallic at first, then roasty dark malt. Taste is chalky dark chocolate and is moderately bittered and hoppy. Well balanced for a big imperial stout and the bitter chocolate flavor is nice. Well hidden alcohol and a nice oily body with light carbonation. A bit chalky flavor, but otherwise pretty nice.
11-16-2008 21:01:49 | More by JDV
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Part of NEPA BC split #19. New label on this one than the picture shown.
Pours a dark brown color, not black and not completely opaque which is a bit surprising for a RIS, with some dark reddish hues at the edges. About two fingers of khaki colored head build on top and leave a pretty good lace and some stick.
Smell is really weak and just not very interesting at all. Some bland roasted malt, a sniff of citrus hops and a splash of alcohol is all. As it warms there is a smoky, woodsy sort of aroma that comes out more, but overall this does not smell very impressive.
Luckily there is a lot more flavor than the smell let on. It's a nice combo of roasted and chocolate malt, with some molasses or brown sugar sweetness, too. There is some earthy, slightly fruity hop flavor. Nevertheless, at first I was thinking that something just didn't taste quite right, but as it started to warm a deep, smoky flavor came out that was very nice and rounded it out a bit. There were some uneven spots where I got a bit of wet cardboard sort of flavor, but overall this is pretty tasty, and the smokiness is nice.
Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of a medium body but still feels lighter than expected at 10%. It's quite creamy and pretty smooth, though, with a soft carbonation.
This is a pretty good, but not great stout. I know this brewery is quite young, and I think this beer is just a bit rough around the edges. Some nice things about this beer, and it shows some great potential, but it's not quite a really good stout just yet. I'd definitely be open to revisiting another batch down the line.
11-12-2008 23:11:30 | More by number1bum
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to ATPete for the bottle.
Pours very dark ruby with minimal head and a good ring of lacing.
Scent of roasted malts, some coffee, and grassy hops. Not bad, a stronger hop presence doesn't unbalance the scent and it is somewhat refreshing.
Taste of grassy hops and roasted malts start with an alcohol burn as it passes through the mouth, malts linger into the finish with some alcohol.
Mouthfeel is clean and light; nice, but not for an Imperial Stout.
10-24-2008 00:29:42 | More by paco1029384756
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.
10-12-2008 06:58:46 | More by DefenCorps
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
this brew comes in a pretty cheap looking label...
it pours up black in color with a decent tan head. the nose is nice roasty malts, chocolate, grains. I taste nice hop bittering, piney hops, big malts, chocolate. full bodied, low carbo....
"He could sell a Ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves!" -Tommy Boy
10-10-2008 20:09:24 | More by stumac
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
This little gem was a generous bonus from Rciesla in a trade, thanks Ryan!
From a brown 12oz. longneck pours a black-brown with 1/2" of cocoa foam head into a snifter. The head eventually settles, the carbonation was perfect for this style.
Big malty nose with earthy roast, chocolate, black currants, coffee, some grassy hops and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Very nice smell indeed. The flavor was even richer than the nose with robust malt, roastiness and even a nutty quality to it. Very well balanced and super smooth drinking stout. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, sweet to roasty and on to a nice bittering finish with some warmth. A solid Imperial Stout that's a pleasure to consume.
09-26-2008 05:45:45 | More by scottoale
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-25-2008 16:53:55 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev +10%
12 oz bottle.
A: Poured black with a half finger of tan head. Some lacing.
S: A weird mix of roast and chocolate with hints of wet hops.
T: Starts off with a weird sweetness that I cannot really pin down. Some hints of chocolate. Get the fresh hops in the taste as well.
M: A little bit creamy. Had this after a serpents stout so maybe I am just wishing it was like that.
D: Very nice beer. Bought with little expectation and it turned out to be a nice solid beer.
09-21-2008 02:03:14 | More by aerozeppl
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Black body with ruby highlights alnong the edges. Big creamy tan head of myriad micro bubbles beneath a lunar surface. Nice lacing.
Pleasant non-assertive head is heavy on dark fruits, with a licorice finish.
Taste begins with coffee au lait, with hints of chocolate. Dark fruity follow through. Earthy hop bite at the swallow. No sense of alcohol burn.
Thinner and less slick than typical Imperial Stouts. While a minus for mouthfeel that is a plus for drinkability.
Bigger than an Irish stout but less than the typical one botte night cap that are many Imperial Stouts.
A promising beginning from a new brewer.
08-31-2008 04:11:55 | More by RonfromJersey
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
Thanks to jkane101 for throwing me this extra.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass
Bottled on ?
Consumed on 25 August 2008
A - Poured at approximately 55 degrees F. The beer crawls out of the bottle forming a glossy pool of black into the pint glass topped with a taupe head two fingers thick. There is a thick film of lace grasping around the circumference of the glass as the head slowly creeps down the side.
S - Creamy chocolate and roasted barley entice the nostrils. I don't know if I'll be able to take a second smell before my tongue leaps out of my mouth. A hint of vanilla bean rides along a nice dark coffee aroma, and I register a slight dark cherry odor that complements the beer well.
T - Creamy dark chocolate arouses my sweet tooth. Espresso coffee tries to make its way onto the scene and is well greeted. Alcohol is almost nonexistent - surprising. A tingle of sweet caramel here and there. A bittersweet chocolate lingers on the tongue. Outstanding.
M - Well carbonated, this beer is quite deceiving. Appearing as thick as molasses on the pour, it seems very creamy and frothy on the tongue.
D - I'm surprised at how drinkable this beer is. 12 ounces just doesn't seem like enough even with the 10% ABV. I wish that we could get bombers of this one down here in NC. I'd definitely say this is one of the most drinkable RISs that I've ever had.
In all honesty I didn't know what to expect when I opened this bottle, but it's been a great surprise.
08-26-2008 01:50:17 | More by buckobrock
Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.