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Brewed by:
Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Lupe on 02-28-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
189
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
19.61%
 
 
Wants:
8
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10
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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a one finger head that lingers around a while. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, sweet chocolates, hints of alcohol, and some mild floral hop aromas.

Taste: big roasted malt base with some sweet chocolate, coffee, prunes, molassess, and some yeast. Bitterness is floral and makes up a big part of the flavor here. Alcohol is warming and mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, slightly syrupy at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth for quite a while between sips.

Drinkability: despite the cheap homebrew looking label, this is quite a tasty beer. Looking forward to some other offerings from Boak's.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BACTAdam for the pickup.

Pours a thick chocolate syrup color and texture with a tiny coffee colored tan head, little lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, and nuts. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, black cherry, some alcohol, with a touch of floral hop in the finish. Medium-full in body, smooth and creamy, yet with some stickiness. An excellent beer for a newcomer, very drinkable considering the ABV. Flavorful, but not too intense, more mellow for a RIS.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this an extra from rciesla, cheers Ryan, reviewed from notes

Poured black with a 1/2" of mocha head. Nice vicious look to it, average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & cocoa powder

T: Dryness, baker's chcolate & a touch of vanilla up front. Oakyness plus chalky dryness & rich chcolate as this warms. Finishes dry & oaky with a nice mocha presence

MF: Chewy, oily, & near zero carbonation

Drinks great for the style & ABV, not a bad take on the style

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark clear brown with ruby highlights. A thick, light tan head reduces just a touch and leaves spotty lace.

S-Baker's chocolate, dark roasted malt and espresso. Nothing overwhelming but solid. More aroma release upon warming.

T-Rich, bitter chocolate with hints of espresso. A finer finish of creamy milk chocolate. A nice combination of bitter and sweet.

M-Medium body and quite smooth but feels just a tad light. Good lingering bitterness.

D-Nice flavours and well hidden alcohol. A solid beer but could use a touch more body to clinch it all together.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATPete for a random beer bombing.
Pours a dense black with just a bit of wispy head that levels out to nothing in a hurry.
Smells very dark, raisins, smoke, a little soy sauce, cherries.
Taste is a bit milder, very mild sweetness to begin, somewhat dry with a good amount of hops. Sticky and slightly bitter finish.
Feels a little thin and watery and might need a little aging. The alcohol comes through just a bit, slightly peppery.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

A: Poured black with a half finger of tan head. Some lacing.

S: A weird mix of roast and chocolate with hints of wet hops.

T: Starts off with a weird sweetness that I cannot really pin down. Some hints of chocolate. Get the fresh hops in the taste as well.

M: A little bit creamy. Had this after a serpents stout so maybe I am just wishing it was like that.

D: Very nice beer. Bought with little expectation and it turned out to be a nice solid beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA on 2/25/09.

A - Deeo walnut brown body with mahogany highlights around the bottom and one-finger creamy mocha-colored head that receded into a patchy film and modest lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate and a hefty waft of alcohol comprise the initial aroma, followed by a bit of dark fruit in the back. Hints of iced coffee and black licorice also make appearances.

T - Lots of chocolate flavor initially with hints of roasted malt, coffee and licorice, but really big on the chocolate. Not as much alcohol heat as the nose would seem to imply. Touch of earthy, herbal bitterness in the finish.

M - Thick and robust with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Dangerously drinkable for such a high ABV Imperial Stout. Monster Mash boasts a pleasant chocolate flavor and a nice creamy nitro mouthfeel.

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Photo of schroederm
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Monster Mash has a great deep brown color with overtones of amber. Very attractive when put to the light with hints of ruby in the body. The head is however unfortunately thin and short lived, although it maintains a steady blanket through drinking. The lacing is a bit thin in areas, but thick in others - very bizarre. Aroma is dominated by raisin and molasses with a hint of coffee. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming. The taste is underwhelming, with nice coffee bitter and dark fruit sweetness somewhat muddled by a metallic/medicinal taste. Regardless, the mouthfeel is fantastic: very thick body, excellent carbonation. The drinkability is reduced by the bitter and the metallic, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, with some minmal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice tones of toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with some toffee/caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, would never thought of this as a 10% ABV brew at all. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew. Definitely would recommend. Thanks Joe.

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Photo of joe1510
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of gford217
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of saccro
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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. :)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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