Monsters' Park - Rye Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
4.09 | pDev: 13.94%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Monsters' Park - Rye Barrel-AgedMonsters' Park - Rye Barrel-Aged
Notes: 7 year old rye barrels
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 82 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of swanfungus
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if anyone else has experienced this but I cracked a bottle recently and there was no carbonation whatsoever. It was still quite hot, and could probably use more time so the booze mellows out.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Carbonation, or lack thereof, and a hotter boozy aroma hindered this for me. The flavor I really, really liked. Rye spice, dark chocolate, oak / cedar, nougat. The body is thick, sweetness and stickiness minimal. Totally get that they needed to dial it in and this was an early attempt. Solid, promising, but with flaws.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beast. Pours a viscous black with a thin cocoa colored cap. I get a lot of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of nutty almond on the back. It's a big beer, with a long boozy finish. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bruery 8th Anniversary celebration on 05/14 /16.

This variant was aged in rye whiskey barrels and conditioned on almonds. A big, boozy stout with subtle almond accents.

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Photo of maximum12
2.1/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Massive love to an awesome guy, who threw this bottle at me randomly after a beer at Churchill’s late this fall. Now people all the way across the country are giving me stuff with “rye” inscribed on the label. My reputation. It groweth. Split with my wife, 22 oz. bottle.

The pour is dead, flat black; someone has beheaded my beer. A search party has been sent for the nose: even after much warming & swirling there’s spare malt, sweetness.

Monster’s Park - Rye Barrel Aged appears to be distantly related to a nut brown ale. Intense nuttiness up front. Malt sweetness, but the barrel is subdued to the point of unconsciousness, other than the oaky dryness. A bit of sluggish earthiness runs through the mid-palate, with a derecho of cherry sourness. That doesn’t seem good. The incipient unpleasantness grows as it warms. Heavy. Borderline undrinkable.

There appears to be something in the early stages of wrong here: the barrel is almost undetectable, & a sharp fruitiness is developing. The aftertaste…well, it really sticks around. Obviously not as intended, & that makes me sad.

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Photo of Insert_Beer_Pun
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rye - first batch. Poured into MT tulip.

L: pitch black with extremely thing head. Slightly oily on top once head settled

S: smell was completely on point. Chocolate, oak and slight spice

T: outside of the little to no carb, the taste was amazing - rye barrel spice completely melded into the stout. Wish I had more.

F: weight is be BA stout was spot on, coated the tongue w/o sticking. No carb was a bummer but had zero affect on the taste of the beer.

O: fantastic BA stout - rye barrels kicked the beer into higher gear. Bested only buy subsequent treatment of MP stouts.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Big malt roast with a slight coffee/bittersweet chocolate note, followed by a slight rye spice, bourbon and a lightly woody.

A: Black, totally opaque with a moderately thick brown-tannish head that had adequate retention.

T: Big malt roast with slight bittersweet chocolate mixed with slight rye spice, vanilla, slight bourbon, with a woody finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; this imperial stout's, big malt roast works well with the slight rye spice and bourbon barrel.

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Photo of Tele
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 4 Pitch black and looking viscous, though there is practically no head.

S: 4 Lots of chocolate up front followed by the whiskey and roasted malt. Similar to a bourbon barrel aged stout, but the rye adds a bit of spice and cinnamon, which differentiates this beer from others.

T: 4.25 The flavor matches the nose. Again, sweetness and chocolate comes in first, followed by vanilla, spice, and molasses. The rye is very interesting, adding a blackberry flavor that is unexpected, yet really nice. A bit of coffee and roasted malt follows wit a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: 3.5 The body is great and thick, but the lack of carbonation dampens the whole experience.

O: 4 These are a lot of really great flavors in this beer and it’s definitely enjoyable. The lack of carbonation, however, takes this from a great beer to just a good beer. A bit of carbonation would go a long way to liven up all the flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. No bubbles. Looks flat.

Smell - Rye whiskey. It's pretty distinct. Some black patent malts. Fudgy.

Taste - Chocolate. Fudgy. Molasses. Nice rye component. Very sweet. Overly sweet, I'd say. A little chalky int he finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium heavy.

Overall - It's a decent flavor, aside from the chalkiness. Where's the carbonation?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Shared by ahalloin. Thanks man.

Dark brown with a broken beige collar. Lovely aroma of bread, booze, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Silky palate finishing with gentle heat in the finish. Terrific beer.

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Photo of antoines15
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Smells like the poof of dust when you open a pouch of chocolate
milk mix. If that's not descriptive enough, then f'ck you. But seriously, great nose on this beer, medium thickness on the mouthfeel but completely flat. Chocolate, rye, vanilla? Better than the regular but the flatness is weird.

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