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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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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 189
Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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 largadeer
1.96/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Black with subtle amber highlights. Half an inch of head appears from a gentle pour, but it quickly recedes into a thin crown.

Smell: Extremely sweet and malty. Chocolate syrup comes to mind. Some ashy notes. Not a lot of depth here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet with flavors of milk chocolate and dried fruit. Medium-to-full in body. After the initial blast of sweetness, this finishes surprisingly harsh and bitter. Ashy, charred, somewhat astringent. Can't say I like this very much.

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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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Photo of grandq
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just a shade shy of black with a really thin khaki head. The nose is a whole lotta raisin and molasses. Some cocoa nibs. Absolutely no booziness. Upon first sip, I'm struck by how sweetly malty this sucker is. Cherris, raisin and roasty notes follow and are obscured by a light wave of orangy hop tang and cocoa bitterness before milk chocolate coats. Finishes dry with a roasted bitterness - not quite coffee, more like over-toasted nuts - and a last second alcoholic burn. All blends rather nicely at optimal temp. Moutfeel's pretty thick and silky, but not approaching syrupy. Overall, really smooth drinker and holds its own in the style, though it could be a bit more robust and complex. Solid stuff altogether at any rate.
Big thanks to RblWthACoz for once again hooking me up.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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 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 weeare138
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown, near black with a small, off-white head that fades into a small cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of waxy, dark fruit, grapes, cocoa, and citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet, fruity, chocolate, and yeast.
Moutfeel is medium bodied, velvetty, crisp, mild tartness, astringent.

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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 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 StonyB
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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 dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 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 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 DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 djamieson
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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 Lupe
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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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