Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Coffee
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Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - CoffeeMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Coffee
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #169
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #913
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 6.39%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
147
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Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - CoffeeMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Coffee
Notes: Big, thunderous notes of coffee, oak, & bourbon that add a crazy dimension to this sledgehammer of sabor. All of this combined with the massive roastiness of Monsters' Park, to create a wildly complex and delicious beer.
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Photo of slee196
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly complex aroma and taste, but very heavy that after drinking it, I felt a bizarre discomfort in my stomach (and it wasn't just me, as my bf drank the same and he felt slightly sick after too -- definitely not from inebriation because we were both pretty sober).
Anyway, it's an interesting beer.
Aroma (that I smelled in order): bourbon! coffee, caramel, oak, chocolate, and toffee
Feel: quite sticky, heavy, full, silky, creamy
Taste: you can definitely pick out the coffee flavor, very complex taste that gives you a variety of after notes, a bit boozy and bit too sweet

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another review from the quasi tap takeover (more like tap influence amirite) at BeerNV with 5 of the Monsters' Park variations. They were all good, this one especially. Still pours black with about 1/4" brown head. Viscous, but not AF.

Aroma was less on the bourbon than the base BA version, which makes sense given that this displayed a significant amount of coffee in the aroma, just as it should. Taste dropped the same heavy presence of bourbon and chocolate malt, but now you've got coffee pushing it along, and I think its superior to the regular BA version in that regard. Hides abv quite well, not overly bitter, even the coffee version. Its not the biggest baddest BA coffee beer out there, but its quite good. Almost good enough to justify $25, but not quite.

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Photo of rarigney
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is for the Nitro version in a 12oz can purchased at Modern Times’ Belmont Fermentorium in Portland.

Aggressive pour initially yielded a thin loose head, but within seconds began to produce the thick, dense, creamy tan head expected from a nitro beer. The head is very persistent but leaves minimal lacing. Aroma has subdued coffee and bourbon notes. The flavor is bourbon and chocolate with hints of coffee in the background. Full bodied and silky smooth. It has a moderate boozy aftertaste, but certainly not overpowering. Very tasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa and light nuts. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a little dry biscuit, coffee, dark and light chocolate, molasses and bourbon. Finishes with nice chocolatey bourbon coffee that lingers. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and mouth feel. A great, rich coffee stout with good bourbon notes. The molasses and chocolate add to the complexity and finish. The can says this is a "nitro" stout, but like many of these it's not anything like a nitro tap pour, but it may add to the creaminess of the feel, which is pretty good. This was one of the priciest cans I've ever purchased, although it is along the lines of the bombers, and I'm glad to find it is full bodied, flavorful and fine drinking. Still disappeared fast for a 12 oz. Can, so glad I have good memories.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A vigorous pour failed to produce the anticipated head - never would have guessed this was nitro; so, the liquid is espresso colored and capped by a 1/2 inch of loose bubbles; decent retention but no lacing; leggy

Smell: Rich Bourbon and coffee tones mellowed by dark chocolate; oaky

Taste: Dark chocolate and Bourbon forward, with the coffee and the oak developing in the middle; somewhat boozy, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with smooth carbonation (it does have a nitro feel); plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Not sure what happened with the appearance here but this is otherwise an excellent BBA coffee stout

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with thick mocha colored head that lasts much longer than expected. No lacing.

Aroma - big bourbon and oak aroma, vanilla, chocolate, light roast coffee. The bourbon and barrel dominate but do not overwhelm.

Taste - taste follows the nose, big bourbon flavor up front almost overwhelming but then it mellows into rich chocolate, vanilla with a great coffee finish. There are also notes of caramel and toffee on the finish, very tasty and complex.

Feel - Big full creamy feel, almost suffocates you on the first sip, velvet so very smooth and warming.

Overall - The initial sip is bourbon and barrel overload but it really mellows out into very complex flavors, great mouthfeel would like to see more coffee on the nose.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with head formation that is reluctant. After pouring straight into the glass, a half finger of khaki foam rises up a couple dozen seconds after finishing the pour. Head retention is okay. Aroma is roasted, nutted, and toasted malts with coffee, milk chocolate, bourbon, and char. Nice smoothness to the aroma. Flavor profile is toasted, roasted, nutted, and bread malts with milk chocolate, coffee, char, and a hit of bourbon heat at the back. The flavor profile carries a splendid smoothness, with the nitro adding a clean, creamy layer onto the dense flavor layers. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a splendid creaminess and nitro-driven smoothness. It packs a little more in terms of texture compared with other nitro beers. Overall, loads of flavor in this nitro beer. This beer is crafted well, allowing each flavor to shine through.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can. Nitro.

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Photo of Roguer
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Despite the can's suggestion to "pour vigorously," head production is minor, and retention is uncharacteristically poor for a nitro brew.

Incredible potency of the aroma, yielding coffee and bourbon notes across the room. Up close, chocolate and roasted barley notes come through, still joined by very strong barley tones and coffee.

I've never had the bourbon barrel aged variant of Peche Mortel, but I imagine it would taste a lot like this. Tons of coffee up front; smooth chocolate and roast barley; bourbon comes on nicely in the back half, but never overbearingly so; finishes with a kiss of vanilla and just a hint of coconut, while bourbon, coffee, and chocolate fade out very slowly with a lovingly long finish - a kiss no one wants to break off.

Smooth, thick, rich; a touch of heat from the barrels, but none really from the sky high ABV.

This is as impressive a coffee beer as I have ever had. I'm struggling to find a flaw in the presentation past the appearance.

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Photo of MFMB
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a dark brown small head. Nose is of deep roaste coffee and bourbon. Taste of roasted/toasted dark malts, deep roast coffee, sticky caramel,dark dry chocolate and even bit black licorice like taste to it but that could be the combination of flavors. Get a bit of charred oak and more caramelization flavor on the back end. Sticky caramel and smooth bourbon sweetness on the mouthfeel. Creamy and a bit oily as well. This is a complex and fairly heavy beer. It's bold and packs a ton of flavor, many different flavors

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at Roscoe's in PDX.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose, there's a boatload of coffee, with takes front and center in this beer. I get some light chocolate, vanilla and bourbon as well, but the coffee is the main actor in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I really felt as if the coffee was almost too much of a good thing. On the nitro, while there was a very soft and creamy mouth feel, the nitro seemed to thin out the beer somewhat as well. Still delicious, and 13% abv. seemed to be no where to be found, but I thought the other variations I tried to be better on the CO2. Even so, this was a fun and delicious beer to try the other day.

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Photo of emyers
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours black with a thin light brown lacing.

Nose is mostly bourbon with dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of dark fruit.

Flavor profile follows the nose very closely. Bourbon and chocolate up front (I'm getting more of a milk chocolate flavor here versus dark chocolate in the nose) with a healthy dose of coffee on the finish. Great layers of flavor, excellent balance. Doesn't have quite the depth of flavor of my favorite examples of the style like KBS or Parabajava, but it's close.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. A bit thinner than I prefer in an imperial stout, but the silky smooth texture more than makes up for it.

Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Ken. Pours out an oily black capped with a beige head. Aroma welcomes you with coffee, notes of chocolate and a bit of the bourbon barrel vanilla. Smooth and mellow taste, boozy bourbon barrel, sweet vanilla, hints of coffee and of course some deep roast malts. Excellent.

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Photo of KBS
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This reminds me of KBS. It is a little thinner and not as much chocolate but the coffee, stout and bourbon are similar. Everything's blends well together and exceptionally smooth.

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Photo of Hookstrat
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can't describe the taste better than @StonedTrippin. Look at his review. I will just add. This is a very flavorful, yet balanced beer. Balance in this case includes attenuation! I love a barrel-aged stout that doesn't instantly trigger phantom(?) diabeetus.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is heady beer folks, and it drinks nothing like 13% abv, sneaky strong, but wow there is a lot of flavor in this one. the base stout is a real impressive one, and every iteration of it that i have had i have began by just being amazing by it, appreciating it, before the barrels and the additives. it always tastes multi grain to me, smokey for a second, with sweet caramel malt in the middle, fluffy wheat, possible rye or even midnight rye character, and a big oaty body. i have no confirmation of that, but this seems a lot like a cereal medley. the bourbon is strong, adding more sweetness than i remember to this version, but the coffee is nice, strong enough to balance it out a bit, especially by the finish where the sweet creamy espresso seems to be ahead of the vanilla and oak from the barrels. brow sugar, coffee sludge, new oak, even milk chocolate and licorice come to mind in the flavor, and it gets more expansive when it warms up a bit, lots happening here. i get an almost maple property in here too, along with a pretty heavy dark barley, unmalted and just scorched, necessary for balance but also very intriguing. tons and tons of body, but very little alcohol showing. definitely a bomber to split (financially too!), but a heck of a beer from these guys. what a prolific series too, i need to get my hands on some other variants! this is for the coffee lovers out there, heavy on that aspect and awesome because of it.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at one of the Fortnight Of The Monsters events. Of the three variants (coconut / coffee / vanilla) I thought this was the tastiest of the bunch. Maybe a touch thin, but also balanced, just the right amount of boozy, and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: pours black and thick
S: sweet bourbon, solid coffee.
T: nice smooth coffee, a bit too hot as this is a 2016. Nice chocolate in the middle and finish. It tries to keep the booze in check.
F: it's hot, medium thickness and coating
O: i wanted to drink soon so I get the coffee, but it's too hot right now.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of bourbon, coffee, and a very nutty oak aroma. Tastes of coffee and then intense sugar. Really sweet and chocolatey. Bourbon only cuts the sugar a little bit. Oaky and boozy finish. Very big and sweet. Too much for me, but tasty.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color. Tan head.

Big coffee and roast flavor. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Bourbon and heat. Oak and vanilla.

Warming. Full bodied. Very roasted.

Solid stuff. Not up to BCBS level though.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep coffee espresso brown. Near black to charcoal like Alien. Thin caramel ruby head. Small round bubbles. Opaque all around.

S: tons of coffee chocolate. Cocoa powder. Nesquick. Not much bourbon.

T: while not much on the nose the bourbon booze smack ya in the initial taste. More coffee follows and then bitter dark chocolate. Slightly underdone chocolate lava cake. Bitter finish. Some dark fruits at the end.

F: the most watery of the 3 for the 2016 release. Decent coating of the palate. Nice crispness at the end

O: this is delicious. I do find it my least fav of the 3. 1. Coconut 2. Regular 3. Coffee. But that being said this is still outstanding.the $24 tag is a bit steep tho for this one imo and even the regular is a bit over priced. The coconut I think is worth every penny.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is damn tasty. It smells so smooth with charred oak, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and a burnt sugar sweetness. In the taste there is some nice roasted coffee, char, chocolate and the vanilla and oak makes it taste a little like marshmallow. It is very creamy and smooth with a good bourbon bite. Finishes a bit sweet and warm but a great sipper. It really is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prolly the best of BA MP/BA MP w/ coconut and cocoa/and this. The coffee is nicely complementary, working both with the chocolate notes from the malt as well as its more bitter, roasted aspect, not to mention the char of the bourbon barrel. Feel is same as the other BA MPs, heavy but not soft, a bit bruising, but it works in this iteration, which seems to take to that rough canvas a little better than the others. As usual, the cost is prohibitive, dystopic rather than MT's utopic naming conventions, but if you're a fiend for BA stuff, you might give this a run out.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Black color with tan head. Aroma has fresh roasted coffee with some whiskey in the background. Taste has sweet bourbon and toffee at first but more coffee and roasty bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was hoping for this to be a top tier ba coffee stout. It's definitely good but not worth the price of admission, $28? Pours black with a nice mocha head, not the thickest stout ive seen, but not the thinnest either. From the first sniff I got a good amount of pepper which tells me the coffee is past its prime. Still a good amount of coffee, but the barrel presence is too subtle for my taste. Overall this was enjoyable but the closest comparison I can think of is Lagunitas High Westified, which was $8 and arguably better.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, mild oil texture, one finger offwhite head with good retention. Eventually drops into a thin film that persists for a while. No lacing. Smells primarily of coffee and milk chocolate, a fair bit of bourbon warms the nose. Mild oak, bitter dark chocolate, a bit of roast. But primarily roasted dark coffee and milk chocolate. Flavour is primarily coffee and milk chocolate; it has a flavour of a coffee chocolate milkshake. Roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, whiskey, oak. Not too complicated, but damn, this is drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-thicker bodied, nice carbonation, soft and dangerously easy to drink. Chocolate milk finish. Overall, a very tasty BA stout that brings across coffee and milk chocolate in spades with a nice bourbon background. I really do love what this brewery is doing.

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Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Coffee from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 147 ratings