Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mjaskula
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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 StonyB
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta support the locals. Boak's is a new brewery from northern New Jersey. Monster Mash Imperial Stout has their website and phone number included on a plain, generic-looking label.

Appearance - Silky pour into imperial pint glass reveals a jet black opaqueness. Abandon hope, light, you're not getting through here. Small layer of foam dissipates soon, leaving a sticky ring.

Smell - Strong aroma of burnt malt, alcohol, slightly sour yeast. Not off-putting, but not making me salivate.

Taste - Interesting, complex. Roasty tar-like sweetness up front, followed by a lingering aftertaste with chocolate and cherry-like fruit. Alcohol taste is not pronounced, though this beer is very warming. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy at first. A little thin but not unpleasant in the finish. Very chewy, coats the mouth like a blanket.

Drinkability - As indicated by its name, this is indeed a monster of a beer, 10% ABV. So this is hardly a go to for your session needs. By itself, it goes down just fine.

A good attempt at an Imperial Stout. Hardly world-class, but worth trying.

Photo of aewinte1
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours pitch black with absolutely no head or carbonation to be found. I poured very vigorously too, but it didn't matter.
S- Smells very sweet. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate aroma.
T- Whoa, taste was somewhat expected, but still shocked me. Tons of roasted malt flavor, chocolate, and coffee. Alcohol is not present whatsoever. Really really malty. That roasted malt taste stacks up on the palate, but its still delicious.
M- Mouthfeel is super syrupy amd thick. No carbonation to speak of.
D- The alcohol is extremely well hidden, however, the lack of carbonation would make it challenging to drink a few of these.

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Nice and smooth, and not too strong-tasting or alcoholic, even for a 10%ABV stout. Pretty much perfectly balanced if you're talking general ingredients, and mouthfeel. A little lacking in flavor, but as far as drinkability goes, nice.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Richardberg
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mentor
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vferg for providing the bottle. Hard pour nets a tiny tan-brown head over a pitch liquid. No edgings when held to light. Smells anise, chocolate, cherry, clean alcohol, vegetal hops, chocolate, cream, dark caramel, oranges. Complex and interesting.

Tastes smoked grains, strong roast, noticable chocolate, dark nutty, rough hop grassiness. Nicely balanced and complex. Sweet persists despite some drying hops rough, alcohol palate-cleaning, and fine carb that forms on the papillae. Bit of scorch character and nut tannic. Flavors are not melded and the hop grassiness stands a bit rough counter to the rough of the dark grains. This could change with time in the cellar, too bad this is my only bottle. Md body bordering on md-light, due to thinning alcohol. Carbonation is fine and modest, quite appropriate.

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.

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.

Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.