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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial StoutBoaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout

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Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Lupe on 02-28-2008

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Photo of tjd112
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
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

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Photo of njmoons
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Dvarneckas
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle at Queen Anne Wines and Spirits in Teaneck. I love supporting local brewing in addition to my love of impy stouts...

A- Pours a THICK black liquid, light/tan creamy head, some lacing, medium carbonation bubbles.

S- Smell was sweet, creamy, chocolately, and some nut.

T- Taste was malty as expected. This was overly sweet (in a good way) for a RIS, total opposite of a RIS such as Storm King. I got a huge vanilla/brown sugar taste, some bitter hops in the back, but not overwhelming.

M- Sticky as hell. Creamy, just thick enough.

D- I love this beer. Looking forward to more stuff from this new brewer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $2.99...
Very impressive, jet-black, ebony hue, with an immense frothy, reddish, tan had that left an immense amount of lacing and exhibited strong staying power...
Powerful, roasted malt aroma bursting with cocoa powder, malts, and mocha nuances...
Powerful, satisfying, rich taste, rendolent with dark, burnt coffee, rich espresso, mocha, latte, and roasted malts...
The strong, satisfying, noticeable cocoa powder essence was strongly noticeable...
Glad that Dan, the head manager at Buy Rite recommended this one to me... An excellent, rich, filling, satisfying, depiction of the style...
Great stuff...
I'm sure that in time, this will eventually be a classic...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of BigN8tion
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Trrogm
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of djamieson
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed from a 12-ounce bottle poured into a wine glass. This beer was recommended by Dan's Buyrite store in S. Plainfield. It boasts on its label to be "a big malty beer with lots of hops". Let's see.
-a= a chocolate mousse head that lingered but not dense as other imperial stouts, but very good nonetheless.
-s= sweet, malty reminiscent of Belgian tripel yeast. Hops very floral. Very complex.
-t= Super...the hops citrus is wonderfully apparent upon first sip. Finish is all that roasted malt. Very balanced.
-m=It was hard to judge at first with all the other stuff going on with taste and smell.
-d= dangerously drinkable what with what I perceive to be a very high abv.
Excellent job from the newcomer.

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Photo of buckobrock
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jkane101 for throwing me this extra.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass

Bottled on ?

Consumed on 25 August 2008

A - Poured at approximately 55 degrees F. The beer crawls out of the bottle forming a glossy pool of black into the pint glass topped with a taupe head two fingers thick. There is a thick film of lace grasping around the circumference of the glass as the head slowly creeps down the side.

S - Creamy chocolate and roasted barley entice the nostrils. I don't know if I'll be able to take a second smell before my tongue leaps out of my mouth. A hint of vanilla bean rides along a nice dark coffee aroma, and I register a slight dark cherry odor that complements the beer well.

T - Creamy dark chocolate arouses my sweet tooth. Espresso coffee tries to make its way onto the scene and is well greeted. Alcohol is almost nonexistent - surprising. A tingle of sweet caramel here and there. A bittersweet chocolate lingers on the tongue. Outstanding.

M - Well carbonated, this beer is quite deceiving. Appearing as thick as molasses on the pour, it seems very creamy and frothy on the tongue.

D - I'm surprised at how drinkable this beer is. 12 ounces just doesn't seem like enough even with the 10% ABV. I wish that we could get bombers of this one down here in NC. I'd definitely say this is one of the most drinkable RISs that I've ever had.

In all honesty I didn't know what to expect when I opened this bottle, but it's been a great surprise.

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Photo of lawsonsj
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Lupe
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a healthy brown head that quickly subsides. Sporadic lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

"Light and sweet" coffee aroma with some anise and dark fruit. Hints of chocolate, citrus, rum, and brown sugar.

Nutty coffee flavor with a hint of dark chocolate. Building roastiness. Sturdy caramel sweetness make up the backbone of the beer. Notes of anise, dark fruit and citrus, dark chocolate covered cherries, and sherry. Big maltiness is well balanced by the roasted malts, alcohol, and 100 IBUs worth of hops. Finishes dry with lingering hop and roasted bitterness.

Medium-full bodied, creamy, a bit sticky, and a little prickly on the tongue. Very low carbonation and gets cloying towards the end. A little too easy to drink weighing in at 10% abv. This practically begs to be gulped, but this beer should be respected and sipped.

Not as heavy on the dark fruit flavor as a typical RIS. Nice twist on the style with extra hops and citrus. Solid beer from a new brewer.

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Photo of jagada
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mikey711
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little gem was a generous bonus from Rciesla in a trade, thanks Ryan!

From a brown 12oz. longneck pours a black-brown with 1/2" of cocoa foam head into a snifter. The head eventually settles, the carbonation was perfect for this style.

Big malty nose with earthy roast, chocolate, black currants, coffee, some grassy hops and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Very nice smell indeed. The flavor was even richer than the nose with robust malt, roastiness and even a nutty quality to it. Very well balanced and super smooth drinking stout. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, sweet to roasty and on to a nice bittering finish with some warmth. A solid Imperial Stout that's a pleasure to consume.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in color-slight cocoa head. Moderate aroma-some roasted malt as well as an inky, somewhat chemical smell to it. Big roasted flavor-borders on a burnt sort of note. Licorice and anise flavors. Very well balanced overall. Great body. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Great RIS. Never heard of this brewery-from this I could expect great things.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually have traded to get a bottle of this as I had heard through a friend it was outstanding and needed to be tried, well needless to say that was all that I needed to jump straight into this one. Poured out of the bottle a deep inky dark black, completely opaque and looking like a dark hole to which no light will escape. Thick and viscous, it looked as though it was oil as it poured out. Really quite impressive and I knew I was in for a treat. A thin head of chocolate colored lace rose up out of it and never really got higher then a half and inch, but at the same time, never really got lower then that either. Rich tan colored lace trickled down the sides, and overall this had the look of a big full stout.

The aroma was very interesting and a little bit different than what I was expecting to be honest. Rich notes of burnt coffee and molasses were all over this, but as was a bitter hoppiness, very odd and seemed sort of misplaced, but I pushed through. There were some woody like alcohol notes laced throughout now as well, really pushing this forward and offering some nice depth. Hints of some dark obscure fruit coming up now as well, something like a plum or a raisin maybe. This carried over very well into the flavor with a good amount of cocoa coming in to play now. The alcohol was definitely noticeable in the flavor, however it was far from distracting. It was a rich earthy alcohol tone, not the harsh hot notes that would lend it to be a distraction. Lots of licorice and sugary notes coming up front now and being intermixed with a dark French roast coffee sort of flavor, if you can get that, interesting to say the least and definitely a good bit different. The feel was very nice, very full bodied with a good bit of carbonation sticking around long enough to get it that velvet like smoothness you look for in a good RIS. The finish was where it was at though. By the time the flavor moved on, a deep dark hop finish started to take over. A nice bit of pine like bitterness at first, then morphing into some nice bitter dark chocolate notes, before completely drying out and making you search for that next sip. Very well done and quite a bit different then what I was expecting.

Overall, for an under the radar stout, this was fantastic. I was quite impressed with the complexity in this one as well as the outstanding use of hops, especially in the finish. Really very well done and an outstanding version of the style. This was one of those that you just could not be disappointed in anyway with. I look forward to saving my other bottle for a little while to see what happens with this one, but if you see it around I would make a dash for it, this one looks like a goodie.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled December 2014 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, extra thick dark tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Sweet with strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints as well as some hops bitterness.

Taste: Full-bodied with nice balance of both malt and hops. This is a "big" bear with both the hops and malts. It is dominated by a toasted coffee flavor, and it also includes some chocolate flavor as well. Taste starts sweet with malts, then comes the roasted coffee flavors, and then a little bitterness from the hops. Overall a great combination.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Very good stout, and this is a big powerful beer. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. I will buy this again.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a pint glass. This is black as night. I held it up to the light and none could break through this beer. Minimal head, it was off white and dissapated rather quickly.

Aromas of sweet malty notes, with hints of caramel, maybe chocolate, certainly a citrousy hop note or two.

The taste is full bodied, very smooth, almost creamy. There is a great hop flavor in the backgroud with is very pleasant, not bitter at all. That brings a great addition to this stout already very good stout. Finish is clean and leaving you wanting more.

I could probably only have one of these as this is somewhat filling but very tasty.

Cheers to Brian for this one.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

looks like an imperial stout. It's black not much carbonation and a film of head. Nothin special

the aroma is on the sweeter side, a ton of vanilla just a hint of coffee on the nose

just a bit of chocolate, vanilla, raisins and just a bit of coffee. finishes of with a slight sourness and just a tinge of herbal bitter hops

mouthfeel shines on this one, nice and creamy, the right ammount of carbonation to make it pop and enough body so that you know it's there

the mouthfeel makes the flavors pops and makes this quite drinkable for the style. Really impressed with this offering.

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Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of originalsin
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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--

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Thick molasses, malty nose. Nice well bodied flavor profile. Very mildly roasted qualities sit on a bit of a hoppy tone. A smooth liquid feel and a softer carbonation combine to make this a fairly easy RIS to drink. This one wouldn't have a problem standing up to many others in the same style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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