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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boak Beverage
New Jersey, United States
boaksbeer.com

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
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich, 1.5 finger cream colored head with excellent retention. Beer is pitch black and opaque but a bit on the thin side. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick. Pretty nice.

Nose is smoke, roast, liquorice, anise, and logan. Aromatic and pleasant but the flavor combination could be a bit sweeter and a touch boozier.

Opens sweet prunes and anise with a dose of liquorice, roast and smoke in the middle. More roast and dark fruit in the middle with a sweet and oddly salty soy sauce presence. Ends sweet and a touch boozy with some logan and coca cola flavors. Aftertaste is honey and more smoke and roast. Solid.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down soft and warm with a clean finish and barely-there aftertaste. Decent but a touch thin.

This beer reminds me of a Darkness-lite. Flavor and feel is decent but each are a bit... lacking. This could be sweeter and the body could be a bit heavier. The high ABV is hidden well but that's hardly a plus since the ABV doesn't need to be that high to begin with. Solidly average.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared.

S - roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee

T - roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee, sort of a flat taste but i don't think thats a bad thing in this case

M/D - Not my favorite in the style, but the flavor becomes more complex as it warms. Nice mixture of flavors that subtly change throughout the glass

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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 JNForsyth
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sholland119
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a dark brown, not as dark as I like in the style.

S-Vanilla, some dark chocolate, some alcohol

T-Some nice caramel and vanilla sweetness in the front and some nice notes of barrel aging. But way too hot in the finish.

M-Nicely rich and creamy.

D-I am not a fan of big boozy finishes so one will do it for me.

HV

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Photo of irishking1977
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, black hue. Minimal head but lacing is moderate around the glass. Decent looking RIS.

S: Mild chocolate with hints of burnt malt. Not bad.

T: This one is a pleasant surprise. Mildly bitter dark chocolate, with hints of burnt malt and a mild hop presence. Flavors meld well for such a heady brew.

M: Somewhat disappointing considering the style. Somewhat thin and dry, but a pretty decent carbonation level. Is not thick and chewy and does not coat the tongue like many great RIS. Taste sort of makes up for this.

D: Pretty good, no frills interpretation of a RIS. Everything is solid for the most part, which leads to a relatively good drinkability. The ABV is typically high for this style, thus this one is a sipper. Would have it again.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: roast, caramel, malts, sweet,

taste: chocolate, roast, caramel, sweet, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a pretty easy drinking beer for being 10%.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerGodz
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark coffee color, no head, very light lacing

Smell: Very subtle smell, chocolate, malt, coffee

Taste: Up Front: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight smoke. inish: burnt toast, chocolate, slight alcohol at end

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky and dry

Drinkability: This needs to be sipped like a cognac. One and done for me!

Overall Impression: Not my favorite R.I.S. It did taste better than the last one I had (maybe due to some cellaring) as the beer warms, more notes come through. I met Brian Boaks at the Philly Winter Beer Fest and he told me that the beer was aged a year before distribution.

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Photo of Naugros
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is from New Jersey...I'm from New Jersey and I have never had head this good in New Jersey. Three-fingers thick and tan, it starts off billowy and fluffy and like my mom's cat Fluffy, it eventually died. The liquid is as black as that cat's soul.

The smell is vinous and alcoholic, like a Trenton politician's breath. But there are also sweet notes, perhaps a mixture of molasses and soy sauce, which incidentally make bad salt water taffy flavors.

The toasted malts come through in the first sip and it's about as bitter as a Bergen County housewife who didn't get an Escalade for her birthday, but got a Murano instead. Bitter yes, but not overly so despite claiming that there are "lots of hops" on the label. But then again, we do call this state the Garden State...for some reason. The sweetness is still present but the soy sauce has disappeared leaving just a touch of molasses...which is better than mole asses, which don't taste nearly as good.

It's got a light to medium body, unlike a Burlington County housewife, but is pretty smooth, like a ticket scalper at Giants Stadium. The alcohol is not very well masked, but is not as excessive as make-up on teen-aged girls on Seaside boardwalk.

I've come to expect better from NJ and also worse...a lot worse. So it's a bit refreshing that this is pretty much middle of the road. I'm a bit of a stout snob (and a bit stout myself), so I am hard to impress in this style...and I wasn't.

I was kidding on most of the ribbing I gave my home state...but just most of it. ;)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap -served in a sampler chilled

A - A black opaque colored liquid w/ quick dropping khaki cap w/ semi-clinging lace

S - A toffee-like buttery nose w/ diacetyl and light roasted notes. There is a mild fruit element and dark sugar component as well

M - A sweet tinge up front w/ dense roasted notes and moderately high alcohol warmth on the palate w/ slight bitter and dry finish

T - The taste is a mix of acrid dark grain and caramel w/ a dark toffee and nutty flavor w/ subtle roasted coffee and mellow fig flavor w/ a mild dark sugar and mild alcohol element in the finish

D - I enjoyed this RIS, not the best by any stretch but fits the style ok even though it is slightly unbalanced w/ more sweetness than necessary, I would probably try a bottle and give it another go

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Photo of Maguire815
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%

Boaks Monster Mash Imperial Stout from Boak Beverage
3.57 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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