Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #880
Ranked #2,830
4.22 | pDev: 13.51%
Sep 24, 2021
Mar 26, 2015
Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-AgedMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: SRM: 50

IBU: 60

Final Gravity: 1.022

Malts: Barley, Oats, Chocolate Malt, Midnight Wheat, Crystal 120, roasted Barley, Black Barley.

This is Monsters' Park, our hulking cantankerous imperial stout, aged in fragrant, oaky bourbon barrels. The Barrel character is immediately evident on the nose and only grows more intense in the flavor. Notes of vanilla, caramel and molasses meld with the huge roast character of Monsters' Park to create a veritable superhero of flavors (like earth, fire, wind, water, and heart, even). The beer's aroma and flavor reach their peak when the beer is allowed to warm up a bit, so don't get all antsy and drink it right out of the fridge.
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.46/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

2016 vintage. 22oz. capped bomber into a Founder's snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Thin, filmy legs that dissipate quickly. Decent looking. Nose is metallic with notes of metal, aluminum, and lightly tart cherry. A very mellow acidity mixed with cocoa powder and roasted malt. This is not what you want. Beer is lightly tart cherry and cherry skin. Grainy roasted malt with a building acidity. Tart finish. Infected. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Prickly and aggressive on the palate and goes down dry with a lingering finish.

If you make a beer and its infected, that's on you and its a part of your portfolio and therefore should be judged as such. This is an infected mess.

Sep 24, 2021
4.33 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 25, 2021
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Nov 24, 2019
4.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Aug 05, 2019
4.13 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Jun 01, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Very dark brown color, quarter finger light brown head, thin lacing, light carbonation.

S: Oak, bourbon, alcohol, chocolate.

T: Oak, bourbon, tons of alcohol, chocolate, sweet. Delicious!

F: Full bodied, full flavored.

O: I'm not a huge fan of high alcohol volume but this beer is just delicious.

May 26, 2019
4.41 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Apr 30, 2019
4.25 by aasher from Indiana on Feb 02, 2019
4.48 by stephenlee from England on Jan 28, 2019
Photo of emerge077
2.36/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by emerge077 from Illinois


Dec 30, 2018
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this during the tail end of a warm spring at BeerNV when they did a quasi tap takeover (5 varieties of these Monsters' Park beers). Poured black. Small 1/4" brown head. Rich notes of bourbon and chocolate malt all over this one, images of that boozy german chocolate cake going on.

Taste is much the same, loads of chocolate and bourbon notes. Straight up what you would expect. A little bit of oat usage probably tames the bitterness and heft a bit in the mouth feel, which does a great job at being drinkable and hiding the abv. The oak is there, but it isn't the kind that imparts vanilla. Heavily viscous without being so much so that is a chore to drink 5 oz of the stuff. Not sweet at all. Beer spent a good amount of time in the barrel to impart this much bourbon. So its pretty much the industry standard for this type of beer. Similar to Eclipse, its great to drink on tap, but bottle prices are at such a premium, you can pretty much settle for another beer extremely similar that is half the price.

Nov 27, 2018
4.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Oct 19, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Woody with cinnamon (which I strangely love in a stout). Pours black, no lacing. Feel is soft with medium carbonation. Overall, a great BBA stout to be had.

Sep 12, 2018
4.25 by mrcraft from California on Aug 15, 2018
4.57 by TheBrewsky from California on Aug 09, 2018
4.34 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jul 13, 2018
3.89 by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts on Jun 25, 2018
4.36 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jun 24, 2018
4.25 by dominic4beer from California on Jun 19, 2018
4.29 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California on Jun 15, 2018
4.33 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jun 12, 2018
4.33 by taospowder from New Mexico on Jun 01, 2018
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on May 24, 2018
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Apr 28, 2018
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 09, 2018
4.15 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jan 28, 2018
4.26 by smi69 from New York on Jan 27, 2018
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
4.3 by GClarkage from California on Dec 11, 2017
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

L: pours black with a film of brown head
S: big strong hot bourbon
T: big barrel with sharper boozy bourbon flavors.
F: medium thickness, boozy feel and warming heat.

Dec 01, 2017
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by flagmantho from Washington

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich dark black with a thin layer of dark tan foam. Color is outstanding.

Smell: very sweet with vanilla, Bourbon and chocolate. Lots of alcohol fruitiness; tons of depth and character. Great.

Taste: sweet, Bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Toffee notes as well. Plenty of alcohol heat - just what you're looking for in a Bourbon-barrel stout.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and smoothness.

Overall: whoooo this thing has a lot of alcohol. It's good, but I couldn't drink a ton of it.

Oct 23, 2017
4.25 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Oct 11, 2017
2.19 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Sep 11, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

2017 draft pour, Stone 21st Anniversary Festival.

Aug 20, 2017
2.66 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Jul 24, 2017
4.31 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jul 08, 2017
4.69 by BMMillsy from Florida on Jun 26, 2017
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Jun 24, 2017
4.21 by jtk21351 from California on Jun 24, 2017
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