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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
his Russian Imperial Stout is an intensely flavorful beer. Chocolaty, roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a hidden alcohol presence. This beer was designed to be sipped slowly on a cool evening in a nice cognac glass. Let it warm up to get the full flavor. This beer won Best in Show at the 2005 NJ State Fair when Brian was home brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
n0superman (7) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008 does not count
Got this bootle from Oak Tree Buy Rite...wasnít expecting it to be this good, but it is a big beer with a complex flavor. Bitter and metallic like most stouts, but alot of other flavors, fruit smoke, coffee. Small head which mostly diminishes but leaves some lacing on the glass. Color is very dark but not straight up black, you can almost see a reddish brown tint. Super.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Night black with a thick, creamy head. Toffee aroma with slight hint of chocolate. Super creamy and fairly mild for imperial stout. Not too dry of a finish with a very mild hop finish, actually quite drinkable considering the 10% ABV! Definitely a solid IS, would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppityHop (197) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
From one of the most knowledgable and friendly brewers in the area, this stout surely did not disappoint. Pours a dirty used engine oil black, complete with brown bubbly foam at the top. If youíve ever changed your own engine oil, youíll know what Iím talking about. No real lacing to speak of. "Mocha coffee with cream" would be my best attempt at describing the aroma. Flavor and drinkability is just out of this world, though. It isnít that syrupy thick flavor youíd expect from the coloring and alcohol percentage. More of a nutty coffee flavor with a slight tinge of dark chocolate. Although, the extremely low carbonation would let you gulp it down if you braved, the 10% alcohol makes this something to sip slowly. What I liked best about this was the lack of the typical "dark fruit" flavors typically found in the style. That and the fact that it wasnít as thick as the afforementioned used motor oil. Great stuff from NJís newest brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Tap at GL. Pour is midnight black with small dark brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and slight coffee. Flavor is much of the same. No alcohol is present at all which made this one so drinkable and great. Got much better as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 3, 2010
THOUGHTS: Great beer. A very easy to drink imperial stout. Hid alcohol very well. I was glad to finally see Boaks available in South Jersey. The hops blended with the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. It wasnít super complex, but was very easy to drink. It go better and better the warmer it got. My one criticism was that the hops were a little absent in the aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark black that was an opaque black in the glass with an average, tan head that kept a think sheet. The aroma was weak for the style and in comparison to the flavor. There was light to moderate roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and cocoa; a slight hint of pine hops; ever so slight alcohol; and dark fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was sweet, rather bitter, slightly acidic and slightly sour with a somewhat somewhat long duration. There was dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa type), dark fruit, a little coffee, roasted and burnt malts; black cherry, sour fruit sour coffee, piney hops and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Full on coffee, chocolate, caramel. Very nice easy drinking imperial stout. Not hot at all, this big beer drinks like a oatmeal stout. There are some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5619) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 My 4050th rating, according to RB [and boom, my 50th from the great state of New Jersey, according to RB; I have a Rauchbier from Triumph rated higher but this might be my favorite íregularí from the Garden State]. Bottle. Nose is strongly roasty on several levels, lots of inky black chocolate, some grape, salty licorice, light raisin, faint red berry, a great mix right out of the bottle! Just a hint that alcohol is coming. Dark brown pour is mostly opaque, supports a light brown head. Full body, bright and fresh, low but consistent and smooth carb. Roast ends up being somewhat gentle in the mouth, sweet but not cloying, chocolate recedes a little but itís not straight-up sugar. Neutral yeast in the bg, alcohol amazingly well hidden from the tongue and other sensory organs of the mouth, but there is some excellent, soothing warming in the throat and chest, and then only slowly. Faint wood and vanilla, some cognac/brandy notes and faint caramel, plus the almond and faint cherry of amaretto. Hops are mild, but despite the relative balance, this oneís about the other side of the coin (and honestly, isnít it nice to have a multi-layered go resembling an expensive spirit instead of a straight-up new age face-melter? A big selling point might be that my mouth actually feels clean afterwards rather than gummed up with sugar fuzz and hop sludge). I might regret the high score in the morning (I can see the weak spots in the armor and an older/riskier batch might expose the flaws directly), but for now, this is a tremendous sipper worthy of the snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1235) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Poured from bottle. I smell malt and ocean. Looks like a classic stout. Toffee, licorice, coffee dry cocoa, lotsa roasted malt nicely balances these flavors. Just a trace of alcohol in the back. Had a tough time detecting the hops - comes thru as pepper and spice, I think. Overall, an outstanding brew from a local brewer. Looking forward to trying more Boaks beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1164) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Enjoyed on tap at the release at Andyís Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ. Initial nose is very fruity and stout flavor is reserved, the 100 IBUs are hidden as is the alcohol. But donít be fooled, this is a monster of a brew. After several sips, roastiness and coffee is released, anise, caramel and the full body begin to become more prominent. This is not an overpowering IRS but donít be fooled by itís drinkabilty. The 10% alcohol will sneak up on you quickly. This is the type of beer to have a growler of in front of crackling fire in a Vermont during a howling winter storm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
Another great bottle from CaptainCougar. Thanks again Tom. Opaque dark brown color with hilites at the edges. The tan head went nowhere. Aromas of dark toasted malt and light treacle. Full bodied with smoothly creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark toast, mild treacle, and hop bitter. The soul drains away with the sugars. Finishes mildly sweet, darkly toasted bitter. Itís an extremely good ale.

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