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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Lupe on 02-28-2008)
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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Richardberg
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Opaque but not completely black; in strong light, looks more like a dark cola. Tiny bit of foam.

S: plum, molasses, toasty malts. Per the label, it's supposed to be heavy on the hops and coffee, but I'm not getting much of either. Still, the dark fruits make for an unexpected but interesting combo.

T: fairly balanced blend of the above. I finally pick up the bitter flavors in the aftertaste, but even that doesn't last long.

M: pleasant warming sensation. But like many high-gravity specialty brews, it's missing the smooth creamy coating that drew me to the stout style in the first place.

D: quite drinkable for a 10% beer. The alcohol is well hidden from the palate (if not the brain!) Well done on this front. Good overall representative of the RIS. And hey, it's brewed nearby and sold for cheap.

Photo of mjaskula
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first RIS, served in a pint glass. This beer is incredibly dark I had to hold it right up to a light to see a bit of reddish brown at its edges. I poured this one pretty vigorously, but the thin dark brown head that resulted quickly vanished.

Aroma is dark fruits and molasses, with some coffee and alcohol. Taste is very interesting, starting dark and sweet. Then the coffee comes through along with some hop bitterness. It finishes somewhat dry with a bit of alcohol asserting itself.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and coupled with the bold flavors and alcohol, i wouldn't want more than one of these big beers in a sitting. This is definitely a style i'll be going back to.

Photo of AltBock
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with dirt simple plain white label with black lettering. From the label, this has to be 6+ months old. I know that because that's when I bought it and the new labels actually have a monster on it. Off to the left side of the label is where you'll find the brewery's address and the Government warning. A brief description of the beer can be found in a rectangle on the front of the label.

When poured into a Unibroue Tulip, this "Monster" of a beer threw off my colored vision a bit. It looked like it poured a jet black color, but when it was held into the light I could see minor defects in the color. When I did that, that lead me to believe that this beer is not jet black, but a dark cola brown. On top of this beer was a mini 1/4 of an inch tan head of foam. This head of foam didn't stick around for very long. It quickly receded into a string of tan rings and about 3 spots of lace.

I don't think the aging of this beer had anything to the aroma, but I hardly got anything in the aroma. The main focus of this R.I.S. aroma was not the chocolate or the malt, but the plum. Hiding behind the plum wall was some dark chocolate,a splash of roasted malts, a hint of caramel, and a subtle whiff of spices.

The taste was a little better than the aroma and had a few other things that the aroma didn't, like hops and alcohol. This R.I.S. taste was dry roasted with roasted malts, roasted nuts, a pinch of dark chocolate, a drop of molasses, a few dark fruits, roasted hops, and then the taste finishes up a bite of alcohol. Not too much alcohol. It was just enough for this beer.

This was a medium to full bodied R.I.S. with a medium dry roasted aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a splash of caramel, and a pinch of dry roasted hops. This aftertaste didn't bother to linger on. It lasted for a few seconds and then it was gone for good.

Not what I would call a "graveyard smash" of a R.I.S., but it was still pretty good. Would I ever drink this beer again? I probably would because it's not expensive and it has a 10% ABV. More bang for your buck.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very minimal head with a dark brown liquid that is more transparent than usual for the style.
Raisons dominate with molasess and a slight dark rum character.
Dark fruit with a little bit of hop presence. A roasted character rounds out the beer.
A full body probably the beers strongest asset. Carbonation could be a little higher.
An average RIS.

Photo of schroederm
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Monster Mash has a great deep brown color with overtones of amber. Very attractive when put to the light with hints of ruby in the body. The head is however unfortunately thin and short lived, although it maintains a steady blanket through drinking. The lacing is a bit thin in areas, but thick in others - very bizarre. Aroma is dominated by raisin and molasses with a hint of coffee. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming. The taste is underwhelming, with nice coffee bitter and dark fruit sweetness somewhat muddled by a metallic/medicinal taste. Regardless, the mouthfeel is fantastic: very thick body, excellent carbonation. The drinkability is reduced by the bitter and the metallic, but this is still a great beer.

Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATPete for a random beer bombing.
Pours a dense black with just a bit of wispy head that levels out to nothing in a hurry.
Smells very dark, raisins, smoke, a little soy sauce, cherries.
Taste is a bit milder, very mild sweetness to begin, somewhat dry with a good amount of hops. Sticky and slightly bitter finish.
Feels a little thin and watery and might need a little aging. The alcohol comes through just a bit, slightly peppery.

Photo of BigMike
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black color. A hard pour yielded almost no head at all. No lacing either.

I smell malts and a light aroma of chocolate.
Black licorice is also in the nose. Smells a little of burnt wood. Almost like a fireplace.

Slightly burnt spicy flavor. A little sweet at first and finishes up with a strong bitterness. A burnt wood flavor dominates the palate.

Mouth feel is ok. Slightly carbonated. Average thickness no chewiness.

I could see myself drinking no more than 2 of these at one sitting at the most.

It's a decent Imperial Stout. Nothing too extraordinary.

Photo of whitehouse50
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Crosling
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.17/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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...

Photo of deliriumfest
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

HV

Photo of Risser09
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

Photo of macster
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of Vendetta
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.