Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage
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3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Builds a huge, three inch, beige, frothy head after some cascading action in a Rohrbarh’s pint glass. The stout itself is black walnut while the head stands tall long through the session, leaving ample lacing.
This one is less bold than I had hoped for. There is some caramelized sugar with grassiness and a hint of bitter chocolate in the background.
The malt ranges from roasted to burnt and is fairly balanced with sweetness. Bitterness comes through in the finish. Overall, this has similar flavors to cold, black coffee and what one imagines to be cigarette ash.
A watery texture with medium body and soft carbonation. There is a mild astringency and lower alcohol than anticipated.
This one might pair well with a cigar or beef stew. It is short of the standard set by so many other examples of this style.
02-18-2012 12:13:55 | More by SLeffler27
4/5 rDev +11.4%
12oz bottle. A dark thick brown with nice lasting medium brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt espresso note and cacao. Taste is a sweet bitter roasted caramel malt with some notes of coffee and cacao, some dark fruity tones as well with some bitter hops. Palate is a thick sweet full body with moderate carbonation and a rich thick mouth feel. Finish is sweet bitter roasted caramel malts with some burnt espresso cacao, some dark fruit followed by some nice mild bitter hops for balance. Overall a very good, drinkable ( considering a 10% alcohol) and tasty Russian IP.
01-30-2012 19:57:33 | More by Samp01
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
11-26-2011 07:52:40 | More by Knapp85
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
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%.
11-22-2011 22:01:03 | More by THECPJ
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
11-10-2011 03:39:03 | More by jmdrpi
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-10-2011 03:03:57 | More by Phyl21ca
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
A: Black with a tan head. Head nor body is quite as thick as would be expected from a RIS.
S: Booze over a muted black licorice. Very slight chocolate and coffee. Very boozy.
T: Burn hops, everything else is killed by the booze. Big alcohol taste in this one.
M: Very thin for a stout. A good bit of prickly hops, slight burn from the booze.
O: Average compared with most brews, below average in the RIS world.
10-23-2011 19:13:15 | More by bundy462
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
The Boaks Monster Mash Russian Imperial Stout, I was told is a 100 IBU, 10% ABV beer. This is a Big, Dark, Chocolaty, Hoppy Beer, but not as Heavy as most Imperial Stouts. I enjoyed nearly as much as Old Rasputin, both great beers to seek out and drink immediately or age.
09-23-2011 19:28:25 | More by Dvarneckas
2.58/5 rDev -28.1%
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
08-09-2011 00:50:23 | More by brentk56
3/5 rDev -16.4%
A- Dark almost black topped with a tan head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.
S- Roasted malt and alcohol are the dominate notes, there seem to be some earthy oak and tannin in there as well.
T- Roasted malt and first, sweeter than expected, toffee and caramel in the middle and then a dry slightly hoppy finish. The finish has a lingering aftertaste of coffee and bitter dark chocolate with a little heat of alcohol.
M- More than medium in body, but not heavy, and low in carbonation. The feel could be a little more creamy, it want to be but it’s just not quite there.
O- Solid effort and the 10.0% ABV is well hidden, but not one I’ll be looking to try again in the near future.
07-12-2011 04:05:03 | More by ToddT
2.9/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
06-09-2011 03:58:03 | More by mactrail
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
06-06-2011 00:20:44 | More by jlindros
Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
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