Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #973
Ranked #2,867
4.22 | pDev: 13.51%
Dec 01, 2022
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle share. Normal pour, but everything else is superlative. Boozy, sweet aroma. Taste adds some roasty chocolate notes, slick and slippery, boozy notes and requisite warmth. Really nice.
Dec 01, 2022
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

1.46/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
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
Rated: 4.33 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 25, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.41 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Apr 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by aasher from Indiana

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by stephenlee from England

Jan 28, 2019
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Rated by emerge077 from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.25 by mrcraft from California

Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 4.57 by TheBrewsky from California

Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

Jun 25, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by dominic4beer from California

Jun 19, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Jun 15, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by smi69 from New York

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by GClarkage from California

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.25 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Oct 11, 2017
Rated: 2.19 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire

Sep 11, 2017
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Rated by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2017 draft pour, Stone 21st Anniversary Festival.
Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 2.66 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Jul 24, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 4.69 by BMMillsy from Florida

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jun 24, 2017
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