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Boaks Monster Mash Imperial StoutBoaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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 Risser09
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with no available light. A 1/4" tan head rises and lasts for a minimal time. the bubbles are mostly very large. Little lace is left behind on the glass.

Smell: Bland and tepid. Some espresso but otherwise this could be Camo for all I know.

Taste: Briskly alcoholic and intense. A metallic flavor gives way to some bittering hops. Nuttiness and coffee prevail, along with a strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Thin for a 10% abv RIS. Lots of alcohol, and more hops than you'd expect, also. Bitter espresso flavor is rudimentary but acceptable.

Drinkability:Could you expect more from a NJ RIS? The label is peeling off, it might be a re-used bottle, the recipe and execution are off. Over attenuated and a complete lack of detail. Decent at best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 macster
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black moderately viscous stout. Creates a minimal, but thick and dense head which fades fairly quickly to a thin coating of foam. No lacing observed.

Faint but pleasant aromas of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla bean and some spicy/earthy hops.

Palate was too thin for an Impy Stout with a bit too much carbonation. Not much fullness or thickness experienced in the mouth feel as expected for the style.

Like the aromas the flavors were also fairly weak and wimpy. Dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, burnt caramel and earthiness are subtly perceived. Alcohol was slightly hot due to the thiness and reserved flavors of this stout.

With so many good to great Impy Stouts on the market this one is hardly worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from number1bum, thanks Josh.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with some ruby highlights and a two finger brown colored head. Some spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty weak, but what's there consists of roasted malts, spent coffee grinds, and some cocoa powder. Booze, cardboard, and fig in the nose as well, interesting to say the least, but not my cup of tea, err...beer. Taste starts off with a lot of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel, with a slight pine tingle. Coffee beans and brown sugar midway with a decent amount of smokiness as well. A warming alcohol and wax flavors towards the end on the tongue, but the aftertaste is almost non-existant and pretty watered down. I do enjoy the feel of this beer. Big, rich, smooth, and full. A very soft carbonation which fits well. Not bad, but not anything I'll be looking for down the road. Thanks again Josh.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Vendetta
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
July 26, 2008

Pours deep black, very little head. Mouthfeel spectacular and creamy like a good stout should be. Burnt, coffee, chocolate taste. Very good imperial stout but doesn't quite match up with the top of the heap. Best beer I have had from High Point and another local brewery that I must get out to.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 JDV
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in trade with hopdog. Thanks!

Pours a black color with a short lived tan head. Smell is strongly metallic at first, then roasty dark malt. Taste is chalky dark chocolate and is moderately bittered and hoppy. Well balanced for a big imperial stout and the bitter chocolate flavor is nice. Well hidden alcohol and a nice oily body with light carbonation. A bit chalky flavor, but otherwise pretty nice.

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Photo of number1bum
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19. New label on this one than the picture shown.

Pours a dark brown color, not black and not completely opaque which is a bit surprising for a RIS, with some dark reddish hues at the edges. About two fingers of khaki colored head build on top and leave a pretty good lace and some stick.

Smell is really weak and just not very interesting at all. Some bland roasted malt, a sniff of citrus hops and a splash of alcohol is all. As it warms there is a smoky, woodsy sort of aroma that comes out more, but overall this does not smell very impressive.

Luckily there is a lot more flavor than the smell let on. It's a nice combo of roasted and chocolate malt, with some molasses or brown sugar sweetness, too. There is some earthy, slightly fruity hop flavor. Nevertheless, at first I was thinking that something just didn't taste quite right, but as it started to warm a deep, smoky flavor came out that was very nice and rounded it out a bit. There were some uneven spots where I got a bit of wet cardboard sort of flavor, but overall this is pretty tasty, and the smokiness is nice.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of a medium body but still feels lighter than expected at 10%. It's quite creamy and pretty smooth, though, with a soft carbonation.

This is a pretty good, but not great stout. I know this brewery is quite young, and I think this beer is just a bit rough around the edges. Some nice things about this beer, and it shows some great potential, but it's not quite a really good stout just yet. I'd definitely be open to revisiting another batch down the line.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATPete for the bottle.

Pours very dark ruby with minimal head and a good ring of lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, some coffee, and grassy hops. Not bad, a stronger hop presence doesn't unbalance the scent and it is somewhat refreshing.

Taste of grassy hops and roasted malts start with an alcohol burn as it passes through the mouth, malts linger into the finish with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is clean and light; nice, but not for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz bottle that I picked up at Oak Tree a couple of months back. Into my snifter.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that's so fleeting, it's almost meteoric.

S: Tons of heavily roasted malts, almost burnt with that godawful burnt tire aroma. Some cocoa in the back but this is actually quite repulsive. Citrusy hops are present but that only messes things up. I almost want to give up reviewing this beer now...

T: Holy crap, this doesn't taste repulsive! Awesome! Now, to describe it: Tons of hop bitterness up front that's blended in with the cocoa and the dark roasted malts before that super-heavy roasted malt flavor comes through on the finish. Quite bad

M: Decent carbonation but I'm having such a hard time drinking this, I can't be objective about the mouthfeel.

D: Thanks, 2 sips and I'm done

If you're a fan of the way huge impy stouts - WWS, Dark Horizon, Mikkeler Black - this might be up your alley. If you prefer something along the lines of Speedway, stay the fuck away.

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Photo of stumac
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brew comes in a pretty cheap looking label...

it pours up black in color with a decent tan head. the nose is nice roasty malts, chocolate, grains. I taste nice hop bittering, piney hops, big malts, chocolate. full bodied, low carbo....

"He could sell a Ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves!" -Tommy Boy

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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 Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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 RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black body with ruby highlights alnong the edges. Big creamy tan head of myriad micro bubbles beneath a lunar surface. Nice lacing.

Pleasant non-assertive head is heavy on dark fruits, with a licorice finish.

Taste begins with coffee au lait, with hints of chocolate. Dark fruity follow through. Earthy hop bite at the swallow. No sense of alcohol burn.

Thinner and less slick than typical Imperial Stouts. While a minus for mouthfeel that is a plus for drinkability.

Bigger than an Irish stout but less than the typical one botte night cap that are many Imperial Stouts.

A promising beginning from a new brewer.

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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 mentor
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vferg for providing the bottle. Hard pour nets a tiny tan-brown head over a pitch liquid. No edgings when held to light. Smells anise, chocolate, cherry, clean alcohol, vegetal hops, chocolate, cream, dark caramel, oranges. Complex and interesting.

Tastes smoked grains, strong roast, noticable chocolate, dark nutty, rough hop grassiness. Nicely balanced and complex. Sweet persists despite some drying hops rough, alcohol palate-cleaning, and fine carb that forms on the papillae. Bit of scorch character and nut tannic. Flavors are not melded and the hop grassiness stands a bit rough counter to the rough of the dark grains. This could change with time in the cellar, too bad this is my only bottle. Md body bordering on md-light, due to thinning alcohol. Carbonation is fine and modest, quite appropriate.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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 russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 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 largadeer
1.96/5  rDev -45.6%
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 +5.6%
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 +13.9%
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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