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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Lupe on 02-28-2008

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 118
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of stumac
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.77/5  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 prototypic
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSVT
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall pint glass

A: Pours a dark black with a big tan head that slowly fades to a smaller head and leaves a ton of lacing. If only more RIS could look like this.

S: The nose is kind of faint with not much going on. What I do get is small whiffs of cocoa which smells pretty good.

T: The taste is full on cocoa with chocolate milk and the slightest bitterness from hops. There's also some dark fruit flavor in the background as well. Pretty tasty.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth. It's on the fuller side of medium but could be a bit thicker.

D: This is better than I was execting and is your average stout. I wouldn't hesitate to order this if I ever saw it at the bar.

Thanks to randomdanger for the extra!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Awesome pour!, a very daring pour produces an impressive show in my SS nonic. A big sticky, solid, booming brown head forms on top of the deep brown almost black brew. The nose is of sweet molasses, toasty/burnt malts, some hints of subtle vanilla bean. Good flavor to this impy real toasted and smokey malts and definitely a solid hop presence. Alcohol is definitely apparent in the finish as well as a long malty aftertaste and a lingering hop bitterness...awesome. Surprisingly mellow body for an imp, it drinks really well. A truly respectable stout from a local brewer at a great price? hell yea!

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from the first batch with the black and white label. So, a few years old at this point. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The stout appears a deep black color with about an inch of creamy dark ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of a decent amount of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, grassy hops, molasses, raisins, prunes, black coffee, unsweetened cocoa, some caramel and dark fruits such as black cherries. A good bit better than medium bodied and amply carbonated as well. Pretty tasty overall. I'd pick this one up again. Extra points for being a 10% RIS not sold in a bomber bottle.

Photo of saccro
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - honeycomb of even sized bubbles. Thick tan head. Fluffy. Good lace. Opaque black.

S - no roast/coffee. Balance of hop (spicy/fruity) and malt. Fruity esters. Clean. Ok, maybe a touch of chocolate. A little nutty.

T - dark chocolate flavor, but not so much coffee/roast. Pretty bitter up front. Nice and clean. Comes off as brewed in the British style. Not aggressive like American examples. Pretty tasty though. Not too complex. Half way through, I thought I tasted a little bit of oaky/vanilla flavors.

M - not particularly chewy. Highly carbonated. Could use a little less carbonation.

D - Not too bad. This is more drinkable than say, Ten Fity, and not a beer you'd pour over icecream or your pancakes. :)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown colour that is essentially black, with a thinner than expected tan head that leaves only spotty amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma consists of chocolate (more so cocoa, actually), vanilla, coffee, earth, some wood, and a hint of alcohol.

The flavour is much like the aroma but lays off the sweetness a bit and brings in more of a harsh flavour: bitter coffee is definitely more in play here and the malt is less rugged and more burnt. Vanilla is still present but subdued a bit, and chocolate is relegated to a minor flavour for the most part. The finish has a nice bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a bit of a kick to it from the hotness of the alcohol and some creaminess as well.

This is a solid brew overall. Good flavour and nice overall balance to it. Boak's is definitely doing some nice things here in NJ.

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Oak Tree Discounts in NJ.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with ok retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Smelled of sweet blackberries and chocolate, which was quite intriguing.

T: A decent, roasted taste with a slightly chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol is not evident in the taste at all.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that is very enjoyable on the palette.

D: A pretty drinkable beer overall. Nice taste and mouthfeel do well to compliment each other and make this beer a very respectable Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gford217
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
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