Monsters' Park - Nicaraguan Rum Barrel-Aged - Coconut And Cocoa Nibs
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Monsters' Park - Nicaraguan Rum Barrel-Aged - Coconut And Cocoa NibsMonsters' Park - Nicaraguan Rum Barrel-Aged - Coconut And Cocoa Nibs
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.57 | pDev: 5.69%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
98
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Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
98
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Monsters' Park - Nicaraguan Rum Barrel-Aged - Coconut And Cocoa NibsMonsters' Park - Nicaraguan Rum Barrel-Aged - Coconut And Cocoa Nibs
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swanfungus from California

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cold from bottle. Pours opaque black with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. I found the aroma to be mostly roasted malts and rum, with very little coconut presence. The taste is rum sweetness up front with a nice dark chocolate flavor that follows and continues through the finish. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Of the various BA beers I've had from Modern Times I would rank this among the best even after 18 months or however long its been since its release. It's balanced, the barrel is well integrated, and it's very smooth.

Jan 07, 2017
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danjm21 from California

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this. Great all around. Smell, taste, and feel are all outstanding. Have had a few of the Monsters' Park variants now, and this is the best one I've come across. Definite must-have.

Feb 11, 2016
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floridadrift from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark, with brown hues on the edges, nice lacing that doesnt last
S: Coconut, chocolate, roast
T: Coconut, chocolate, booze, raisins, honey sweetness
F: Smooth going down
O: A solid coconut beer but nowhere need the best.

Feb 08, 2016
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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick pour with nice head for a coconut beer. Nose is mostly rum, but pleasant, not harsh. Perfect creamy fuly body mouthfeel with ncredible taste of chocolate-y roasted coconut! TONS of coconut. Liquid Almond Joy comes to mind.

Feb 05, 2016
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

Pours a very dark brown body, nearly black. One finger offwhite head with good retention. No lacing as expected. Standard large stout appearance. Smells of toasted coconut, cocoa, milk chocolate, sweet rum, a bit of molasses, a little bit of espresso and earth to round things out. It's a very nice aroma with a lot going on, though slightly subdued. Flavour on the other hand, is simply awesome. This is a huge but balanced palate of dark chocolate, coconut, cocoa, and rum. The coconut presence is hefty but this is not a coconut bomb by any means as the rum is fairly strong as well as the base Monster's Park flavours- milk chocolate, molasses, espresso, earth- and the cocoa nibs round things out. Wow. It's very complex and well-integrated without being a single flavour bomb. Probably the first beer I've had in a long time where I could clearly identify the rum along with the other flavours but without it being overbearing. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not completely viscous but substantial, good carbonation, delicious enough to drink in whichever way you like. Overall, another winner from Modern Times. Their base Monster's Park seems to do extremely well in barrels, and with the right adjuncts, it could very well be a world beater.

Nov 07, 2015
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive beer with a really nice rum aroma. The coconut isn't very noticeable on the nose but the flavor is there and just awesomely integrated with the rum and cocoa. The feel is a bit light but that doesn't overpower the fact that it's delicious.

Nov 07, 2015
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Lapalou from Florida

4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with thin lacing. Smell is slight rum with some chocolate notes followed by some sweetness from the coconut. Tastes just like it smells. Outstanding mix of flavors and balance. I had this after a Nooner 10 And was blown away by the subtle chocolate that provided some depth to the coconut rum. Ranks as one if the best BA variants I've had, almost as good as the CCB BA caffe. Seek out if you can it's a real treat and significantly better than the carribean vanilla variant, which is also solid but not this good.

Sep 26, 2015
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HoppierGator from Florida

4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a Fuller's snifter...shared with my wife who thought it was boozy...deep sigh
A: Very dark brown to black with minimal head. Leaves a slight oil slick alongside the snifter with minimal lacing
S: Dark chocolate, bready molasses, faint coconut and spice...almost like subtle cinnamon. Definitely some booze in there
T: A bit subtle upfront...then you get dark chocolate, sweetness from the rum, and a bit of coconut to boot. Finishes with a slight rum booze and coffee bitterness
M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Definitely not as chewy/full bodied as some other stouts I've had, but quite good nonetheless
O: A solid beer. I would have preferred a bit of a thicker body, but I assure you this beer is worth seeking out and will not disappoint. I will definitely go out of my way to find other Modern Times brews. My only disappointment is that I just drank my only bottle

Sep 02, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Michael T. Thanks man.

Dark brown body with a soapy beige head. Aromas of cacao, chocolate grain, malt, rum, oak, vanilla, milk. Almond Joy candy bar with a beautifully silky imperial stout. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Barrel character is present but mild. A light dosage of coffee adds the final touch of elegance. Delicious.

Aug 29, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, rum, and slight coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, coconut macaroon, rum, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic cocoa, coconut, and rum characteristics that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 18, 2015
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raynmoon from Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, dark brown, no head. Decent alcohol legs.

The smell is classic barrel aged stout. Lots of brown sugar, vanilla, booze, mounds bar, chocolate.

The taste follows nicely. Not as much coconut as the nose, but the balance is there. It's not overly sweet, overly boozy, overly coconutty. It's just really tasty.

Really silky mouthfeel with proper carbonation.

Overall, on par with any of the best barrel aged stouts. Reminds me of barrel aged Vietnamese speedway.

Jul 14, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Magnificent. Pours thick and leaves streaks of liquid after each sip, but not as syrupy as some high-ABV, barrel-aged stouts. The cacao nibs shine at the front of the nose, with undertones of roasted malt, vanilla, and the rest of the base Monsters' Park beer. Toasted coconut practically shouts at you from your tongue; some people compare beers like this to Mounds bars, and it's a reasonable analogy to start with, but there's none of the cloying sweetness of a candy bar. The beer is very strongly flavored with chocolate and coconut, but it is still balanced.

I don't get a lot of the rum barrel in this one, however. What I do get is some heat and spice notes. I'm conflicted because, on the one hand, I want to sit on a bottle for a while to see if the booziness smooths out, but on the other hand, I don't want to risk the fantastic adjunct flavorings quieting down one bit. But most of all, I want to drink this three nights a week.

Jul 06, 2015
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OneEye78 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter with a deep black look and a modest white head. Smell had hints of toasted coconut and rum barrel. Taste was led by the coconut, with a rich dark chocolate flavor to follow. Got a lot of vanilla from the barrel, and a decent amount of alcohol heat from the barrel as well. The coconut created a thick mouthfeel, which really coated the toungue. Overall this is a magnificent beer, but it might benefit from a little age to mellow out the rum barrel burn.

Jun 27, 2015
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aquazr1 from California

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours oil black. Nose is rum and cacao. Taste is rum, cacao, rich molasses with a coconut finish. A top tier BA beer that just gets better as it warms up.

Jun 24, 2015
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Kodama78 from California

4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L - Extremely dark, no visible light through the glass. Leaves a nice thick foamy layer.
S - Coconut is strong on the nose with the rum underlying
T - Rich, nutty coconut. Not the sweet baker's stuff. Chocolate is a strong secondary flavor while the rum barrel gives it a bit of booziness on the end. Fantastic.
F - Nice and thick, but not too much.
O - One of my favorites. Loved the bourbon BA version of this, and this one might even be better. It's not as sweet, but has a richer coconut flavor.

Jun 20, 2015
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Erikberglund from California

4.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a 7 ounce serving at the Loma Land Fermentorium 06/06/15. One of the best stouts I've had ever. The rum and coconut and Cocoa nibs mesh excellently together. This beer tasted like an almond joy blew up in my mouth. Very comparable to Prop 2013. Just as good or better in my opinion. Modern Times has really stepped up their game with in regards to their barrel aging program. Fantastic!!!

Jun 07, 2015
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dddddddd from Washington

4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely better than the Bourbon version. Taste and smell is all chocolate, coconut and roasty stout. The rum peaks in slightly at the end and disappears/blends right into the coconut. The mouthfeel is smooth and a good medium between thick and thin. My favorite stout I've had of theirs so far!

Jun 07, 2015
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CA-J27 from California

4.95/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Such an amazing barrel aged stout. Monsters park is a great base and the coconut is so sweet and prominent in this beer, along with the strength and sweetness of the rum makes his a homerun.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel (which is the only realm in which this could be improved - to be chewier) , sweet coconut and rum nose, very similar notes to the BBA version, like an almond joy, lower carbonation which lends perfectly to the flavor and style. One of my top stouts ever

Jun 05, 2015
Monsters' Park - Nicaraguan Rum Barrel-Aged - Coconut And Cocoa Nibs from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 98 ratings