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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout - Boak Beverage

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

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lupe on 02-28-2008

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Never heard of this brewery before, so I was glad to receive a bottle in a recent trade...

Lots of anise present in the aromas for sure... smells like a licorice bomb to me... no booze detectable... perhaps hints of chocolate here and there but the main player is the anise... seems overpowering to me... almost like a double apple shisha or something...

The anise doesn't show itself quite as much upon sipping... fairly smooth... dark roasted malts with tinges of anise, some cocoa... pretty straightforward as far as the way the beer tastes... the real disappointment here is the super thin pilsner-like palate... nothing creamy or rich about this at all... seems even thinner than most porters... really hurts the drinkability and makes this beer seem very average at best...

One and done for me... I don't want to be too critical but the palate killed this for me... I couldn't get past it...

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

didnt know this beer was from NJ! Deep deep garnet color, almost black, with blood red highlights. Good clarity from what I can tell but it's so damn dark. Bug creamy off white head. No idea as to when the beer was bottled.

Kind of dead on the nose with faint charcoal roasted malt and chocolate. Some smoke and anisette.

Taste is kind of the same, extremely subtle. Medium body with good carbonation. Charcoal and thin malts on the front end, followed by roasted malt and some chocolate. No smoke on the palate though. Finishes extremely clean. Smallest touch of detectable alcohol. A little stringy feeling in the mouth.

It's impressive that this things so damn dark and high in ABV yet so damn drinkable yet its overall kind of bland. It's maybe a good intro to Russian Imperial Stouts? Kind Of? Not much bitterness, some, but its pretty balanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased 1/2012 and well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature snifter

Pours a nice frothy medium tan colored, 1/2” head, which reduces fairly rapidly to a thin film.
Black, opaque color

The aroma is fairly light, what’s here is some very light malt, faint yeast, and some whole wheat bread. The 10% ABV is not noticeable at all.

Nice crisp entry on the palate followed by light nondescript malt, some very mild dark unsweetened chocolate, and some ale yeast. It doesn’t taste bad, there just isn’t anything here. Medium full mouth feel with good carbonation. No notice of the ABV.

A decent if somewhat short finish of light malt and hints of chocolate.

Even though I have no bottling date info I do not believe this is old or past its prime, I just think it is a very, very average brew. Nothing here to excite or recommend. Even after it warms to 55+ degrees nothing comes out.
If someone gives you one to drink, fine, otherwise I would pass on this one.

Photo of instein
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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