Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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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

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending this beer to me. This is my first New Jersey beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is that of your basic Russian Imperial Stout: Some dark fruit, roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, light smoke and some alcohol. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark coffee color, no head, very light lacing

Smell: Very subtle smell, chocolate, malt, coffee

Taste: Up Front: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight smoke. inish: burnt toast, chocolate, slight alcohol at end

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky and dry

Drinkability: This needs to be sipped like a cognac. One and done for me!

Overall Impression: Not my favorite R.I.S. It did taste better than the last one I had (maybe due to some cellaring) as the beer warms, more notes come through. I met Brian Boaks at the Philly Winter Beer Fest and he told me that the beer was aged a year before distribution.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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 njmoons
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upgraded my grade from A- to A. I love this stuff. A true RIS in great balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Awesome.

Massive Malt and Hops balanced is really nice and unique.

I have had a couple of well hopped RIS's but always with Northwest Hops (Cascades or the like). I am not a fan of them.

So Monster Mash with it's more European hops make for a great RIS option for me.

Apperance: Thick black, viscous, one finger head.

Smell: Hoppy Malty. Cherry, grass, sweet malt, and hop all there.

Taste: Awesome! Nice thick malt hits you first, them balances with hop flavor, and finishes well with a good dose of hop bitterness. Each sip a great experience.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick without the puckering sweetness of some RIS's. Great

Drinkability: at 10% alcohol this goes down wayt to easy.

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A nice looking pour to this one. A dark, dark brown color with a small tan head.

S: While the appearance was nice, the nose was far from it. A decent roasted malt aroma with a slight smokiness. Unfortunately, there was a lot of acrid roast and coffee as well.

T: Luckily the flavor is a touch better, but not amazing. The roasted malt is the main component of the beer with a smokey flavor.

M: The body is a bit thin for an RIS, but the carbonation is right on: low.

D: This is really nothing special and in some cases, bad. I would not seek this one out again.

Photo of bonkers
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12ounce bottle into a snifter. It is pitch black in appearance with a thin tan head. There were big notes of roasted malt on the nose. The beer was very hoppy for a RIS. Big floral/pine flavors were balanced out with big amounts of malt. The finish was more floral than I expected. IMO it was medium/full in body and the carbonation was moderate. I really enjoyed this and wish I bought a 4 pack instead of the single.

Photo of callmemickey
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black head, with just a bit of transparency around the edges when held to the light. A very faint skim of a head. No lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and a bit of medium roast coffee. Not too much else.

T: More of the same. There is something slightly off, like the chocolate is an inferior grade and the coffee is from a Perkins or something. The two components don't really come together and there is quite a bit left to desire. Not gross by any means, just doesn't really cut it with the complex bold imperial stouts that are readily available.

M: "Lumpy" At times chewy, at times thin. The mouthfeel just isn't fine tuned. Earthy bitter finish lingers a bit longer than it should.

D: In the end this is a passable imperial stout, but it just doesn't offer enough to warrant a repeat encounter.

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich chocolate black into the brandy snifter, barely any carbonation present, no head, no lacing!
Aroma is heavenly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, as a RIP should be. Medium mouthfeel, subtle hoppiness, and the tinge of alcohol warms my throat!!
Very tasty, with enough sweetness to mix with the 10% ABV.
I'd drink this again, for sure!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling this beer at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark cocoa brown with creamy tan head of .5 cm that fades quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is brown sugar and roast malt with some hits of molasses.
First sip is fairly thick with slightly syrupy texture, body is smooth and silky on the swallo and the beer has almost no carbonation.
Flavor is rich malt with brown sugar and raosted note. Some dark chocolate mixed in the background.
No hops show up on the flavor and even the booze is well hidden for a 10% beer. This is a fairly enjoyable and drinkable Imp Stout. The complexity is a little shallow, but what is in there is tasty stuff.

Photo of jeffthecheff
1.58/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours black into my Brooklyn tulip glass. Even with a vigorous pour, there is very little head on this beer. What does form quickly subsides to a very thin lace around the glass.

The aroma, when a bit colder, has some slightly fruity hops in the nose, along with cinnamon and some chocolate from the roasted malts. I was expecting a very hoppy stout because of the label, (A big malty beer with lots of hops) but it's not impressively hoppy. As it warms, there is still a bit of coffee like roast, along with the smell of nail polish remover.

This beer should be called Monster Mess. It tastes like dirty chocolate, two day old coffee, and some slight rust. A little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The beer just tastes stale, even though a beer this big should last some time. A little bit of alcohol burn in the finish, perhaps just a bit more than acceptable. The almost completely flat body seems to intensify everything bad about the flavor. It does feel big and sweet, but without any lively character. Now that I'm done with this review, it's time to dump this thing down the drain.

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikey711 for dropping this in as an extra in a late fall trade. Always up for an unexplored RIS!

Nice artwork, like the guy with the club. Pours black. Smells very good, an arousing mixture of dark malts, heavy chocolate, & light hops in sweet harmony. Honestly, I haven't smelled that since I held a...no, I can't say it.

Damn! Monster Mash rips up front with some seriously toasted malts that overwhelm the subtle niceties of the nose, as if someone scraped an airplane-sized piece of burnt toast into the mash. Luckily, I like my toast scorched. Underneath the blackened assault are low notes of chocolate & a faint tinge of hops as the beer begins to warm.

Very thick brew, which coats the mouth & leaves the charred malt aftertaste in every crevice. For an RIS, this is in the heavy category...some I delight in having a couple of glasses of, this is too much for more than a single twelve ounce serving.

Very good beer that peaked with the smell, but is kind of all over the board. I'd be curious to see if it smoothed out with age & some of the rough edges might melt away. Promising beer that's already fun to drink.

Photo of tjd112
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into Southampton Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch black, off-white head, moderate lacing

Smell - A good mixture of maltiness and hoppiness, chocolate prevalent

Taste - Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and "caw-fee" with some milkiness

Mouthfeel - Dry in front, sweet in back

Drinkability - Tastes like a stout of half the ABV of this beer, perfect as a desert beer

Overall - One of the best strong stouts I've ever had. Another win for the Garden State

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted malt and flowery hops create a pleasing aroma.
Pours a large tawny mostly lasting creamy head that reduces in time to coat the charcoal brown hued beer.
Initial roasted grain presence fuses with hops to create an unique profile of subtle sweetness balanced by a bitterness that takes center stage in this imperial stout.
All flavors converge and slowly disappear to an appealing dry finish.
Rich and complex, intense dark ale shows alcohol presence but not sharp and having every dimension of a big beer one would expect.
Well done.

Photo of grub
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

another fine brew that Viggo shared. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 7/09.

pours black and pretty opaque with a thin ring of fine tan bubbles. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. rich dark chocolate. espresso and coffee. bit of milk chocolate. light alcohol. caramel. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. earthy. bit of light citrus. anise. perhaps a touch of molasses.

taste is ok. slightly ashy roast and a hint of chocolate, but then it just seems to fall apart... the rich chocolate and coffee and nice caramel and malt complexity has almost disappeared. warming alcohol, slightly hot. touch of sweetness, but not in a nice caramel+toffee way. day old cold coffee. lackluster bready character. bit of lagery character - almost bock-like. wow, what a disappointment after the aroma.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-large body. just over medium carbonation with a touch of sting.

drinkability is ok. not very well balanced, and the flavour really leaves much to be desired. a shame that a beer that smelled so good didn't live up to it.

Photo of Viggo
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, ghetto label. Big thanks to spacecoyote for the hookup.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, no light gets through, medium sized light tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar, floral hops, light bit of citrus, almost a bit of oxidized/soy sauce, chocolate milk, light roast, a lot of sweetness, but pretty interesting.

Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, lightly ashy, some floral, light chocolate, not a whole lot going on, alcohol jumps out a bit and the taste is just flat. Some plastic/bandaid going on too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, weird and drying in the finish. Smells good but huge flaws in the flavour. Thanks Carl!

Photo of aewinte1
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 donniecuffs
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Black, with no head whatsoever. The nose was molasses, caramel apple, but surprisingly little spiciness. The taste was super-thick syrupy sugar, with a slight bitter hoppiness in the finish and aftertaste. Even given the style, I still think that this imp. stout was too sugary, and would benefit from a little more hop balance. Way too thick to session; I struggled to finish my glass.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/01/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep cola colored pour..not quite black though. Smaller, quickly evaporating head..maybe 1/4 inch max. Some minor lace sheeting.

Smell- Heavy on the roasted malts and also a nice bittersweet chocolate nose. Nice aroma.

Taste- Hops come in strong in this brew. In fact they overpower the malt, which is pretty bold as well. Not quite balanced, but a nice chocolate malt backing. Really not much in the coffee area.

Mouthfeel- A bit of a higher carbonation level, but not too much complaints here. Lots of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine RIS. Hop head would especially enjoy this one. Tasty and would have again if had the chance.

Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark black. Not too much carbonation on this one. Lacing is decent.

Lots of chocolate and roastiness. A touch of hops present as well.

It is very chocolately and the roastiness provides a touch of bitterness.

There is a good amount of creaminess and no chalkiest at all. Very mellow and no alcohol heat to speak of.

One of the easiest drinking 10% stouts I have ever had.

Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

This "wants" hit comes courtesy of Kegatron, thanks again Heath! Monster Mash is the blackest of blacks. The carbonation is soft and takes a strong pour to produce a small, crackling one finger head. The head fizzles down. To practically nothing but a tiny collar and faint swirls of foam in seconds that does actually leave chunky drink lines down the glass.

The nose shows off fistfuls of dark, overripe fruitiness. There's a crazy candy like note in the nose that is reminiscent of candied orange peels, it oddly fits. A strong, deep roastiness brings up the rear with heavily caramelized sugars. A touch of pine and touch float around in the background. This is a pretty intense stout with a unique nose I keep coming back to.

Handfuls of heavily roasted barley kick things off and even lend some smokiness to the overall flavor. Dark chocolate with a huge cocoa content comes along mid-palate with some of that caramel sweetness. Light pine and the faintest touch of candied citrus bring up the rear but can't compete with the huge roastiness.

The carbonation is on the lighter side and the body is on the heavier which leads to a supremely silky mouthfeel. Each drink is a bit oily and leaves some residue behind on the tongue.

Monster Mash is an easy sipper. The alcohol would get in the way if I was to drink too much but a bottle in a sitting suits me just fine.

I've had my eye on this brew for awhile now. I'm glad I got the chance to try it and would love another bottles to toss in the basement and see how the alcohol does over time. Thanks for the sample, Heath!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the modest information that I gather, I really like what I read, even moreso I like what I taste.

The pour of this Russian Imperial Stout delivers the viscous, motor oil, malty look that I expect from great beers of the style. Certainly opaque, and as dark as they come. Because of the gravity and alcohol, the beer has a hard time with the head formation and retention but does nold only a trace of foam and lacing in the end.

Moderately strong aromas of roasted grains, toffee, and coffee permiate from the chalice. Heavy cocoa, espresso, and a toasty maltiness give an inviting first impression to the nose.

Flavors are much more bold than the taste. Very heavy on roasted grains and toasted qualities make me wonder whether the beer was actually brewed with espresso beans. The roasty qualities dwarf the caramel/toffee sweetness that are exhibited in the nose. Though some sweetness is present, they are dominated by toasty, toasty notes. Not much in the way of sweetness but the hops give up a lot of pine a grassy flavor from mid-palate on. A bit of licorice, anise, and raison does rise in the aftertaste along side of a bourbon-like booziness.

The body is creamy, rich and full. Think of a milkshake with the intensity of espresso. Still, a thinning happens with the alcohol and a dryness happens with the full hop bitterness. As soon as the bready, toasty, dry malt impression lifts, the sweetness left on the tongue makes we want to take another immediate sip. Effortless in the body.

Ultimately the beer has all the right stuff to meet the qualities of other good examples of the style but it needs something else to take it to the 4.5's of this site. Maybe more ester complexity, maybe more body will do the trick?!

Thanks Mikey711!

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

Picked up a 6 of this at Shop Rite in Oakland...price tag was a bit much--I was really just hoping the Lemongrass Wheat would be bottled but I remembered enjoying this one as well so figured I'd give it a shot.

Not at all disappointed. w/r/t drinkability (yeah we're skipping ahead briefly): the day I picked up the pack I couldn't stop myself from drinking 3 one after the other (in spite of the 10% abv)...shared two with friends today- just couldn't resist. Now here I am, last beer poured out ready to review.

My only real qualm with this brew is the how heavy the alcohol is on the nose. As you near the bottom of the glass it gets intoxicating, honestly.

Pours a deep black with a small tan head that disappears far quicker than it took to form. Lacing is still quite nice. There's some toasted malt and coffee on the nose but the dominant smells are of molasses and dark fruits. The hops that were advertised don't come through.

It's the taste of this beer that'll be sending me back to Long Hill real soon--some bitter chocolate comes through right after a bit of a hop kick that this one opens up with. There's a bit of alcohol that lingers on the back of the palate but all together the big malt profile (monster mash) works beautifully here.

Feels a little bit less creamy than I like my russians but I won't hold that against this one. Cheers--

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