Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla Beans
Modern Times Beer

Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla BeansMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla Beans
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From:
Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #231
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
97
Ranked #765
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Ratings:
86
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 19, 2022
Added:
May 21, 2016
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  6
SCORE
97
World-Class
Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla BeansMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla Beans
Notes: This breathtakingly delicious version of our beloved imperial stout is a swirling maelstrom of dessert flavors, roast malt and bourbon-soaked oak that instantly transports your palate to a dimension of pure sensory ecstasy.
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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - black thick with a tan head and lacing
smell - Chocolate and vanilla with lots of woody barrel
Taste - chocolate vanilla brownies with great barrel
Feel - thick and creamy with a light carb
Overall - the look wasn't as good as I would expect with how great this beer really it. Just a fantastic beer, love the feel for it

Feb 19, 2022
 
4.17 by vfgccp from New York on Dec 13, 2021
 
4.65 by kkarimi from Texas on Dec 09, 2021
Photo of mkh012
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mkh012 from Colorado

Canned one month ago (Sept. 2021).

Pours near-black with a thin film of tan head.

The nose is dark chocolate syrup, vanilla frosting, root beer, and savory depth. Hints of leather and booze.

The taste is chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Medium sweetness and low to medium booze. Rich and decadent yet relatively balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium+ for the style. Opens lightly carbonated and is thicker mid-palate.

Overall, very good. A good blend of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

Oct 24, 2021
 
4.25 by rab53 from Washington on Jun 09, 2021
 
4.09 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 15, 2021
Photo of EtienneR
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by EtienneR from Netherlands

Vanilla bomb. Very sweet with a hugh amount of bourbon. Looks a bit like infused instead of barrel aged

Feb 02, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by funkyburps from Colorado

Another perfect vanilla stout from MT. Pours dark, thick, great head. Very sweet nose. Just the perfect amount of vanilla and barrel. 12 oz format is great for a solodome

Jan 29, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by elprofemaycol from California

Poured from a can to glass. Poured a dark color. Smelled like huge amounts of vanilla. Am not one who really enjoys vanilla like others but this one caught me by surprise. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was a vanilla bomb! Enjoyed this beer soo much I opened a second can. Modern Times is really stepping up their game and taking the world by surprise. Am very impressed!

Jan 08, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Pours a thick, deep black with almost no head and no lacing.

The smell is bourbon up front with a hint of sweet vanilla underneath.

The taste hits the sweet vanilla up front with a really nice bourbon balance. The finish shows a bit of char and leather that are a nice balance to the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation and a lingering, tongue-coating finish.

Overall this is outstanding. The balance is superb with a near perfect use of vanilla.

Dec 13, 2020
Photo of FBarber
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a thick, viscous, dark, oily black color. Completely opaque. Nice two finger mocha colored head settles on the top of the beer for a moment before dissipating completely. A thin ring of foam is retained on the top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, sweet fresh vanilla beans, roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, slight charred character, fresh vanilla beans, cocoa, and then finishing with a lovely bourbon and oak finish. Its sweet, but not cloying. The underlying stout is allowed to shine, but the bourbon barrel aging is still present and sets the stage for the underlying stout. Incredibly easy drinking for a 14%+ stout.

Feel is thick, creamy and full bodied. Vibrant carbonation. Super smooth.

Overall this is a remarkable stout - one of the best I've had.

Dec 12, 2020
Photo of Roguer
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Good head production, and absolutely fantastic retention, especially considering the ABV and barrel treatment.

Massive aroma, at first carrying notes of bourbon, but as it warms sweet smooth vanilla blending with strong chocolate and espresso from the malt base. Sweet: red grape, prune, date, a touch of banana, milk chocolate, syrup, molasses, cream, vanilla, bourbon mash, brown sugar, caramel. Smells absolutely wonderful.

Creamy and delectable on the palate, with massive notes of vanilla from start to finish - more than I've had in perhaps any other stout. A bit of back end heat reminds you of the sky high ABV. Sweet, but in the way that huge flavored stouts were sweet before the era of pastry stouts.

Vanilla, chocolate, vanilla, red grape, vanilla, toast, vanilla - you get the picture. Syrup, espresso, chocolate covered pecans.

Full bodied, chewy, creamy, mouth-filling. A massive beer, and a wonderful sipper. Long, long finish.

Nov 10, 2020
 
4.27 by jt_thomas18 from Tennessee on Oct 31, 2020
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3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

12 oz. can. Pours only black with a mocha head. Nice. Smells of lots of vanilla, sweet chocolate, and bourbon. Tastes of mostly vanilla and sweet chocolate. Lightly toasty, very sweet, with some bourbon as the sugar dies down. Licorice in the finish. Very heavy. Boozy. Slow to drink. Very sweet, but shy of undrinkably sweet. For a stupid big stout, it's good, but it's still a stupid big stout.

Oct 19, 2020
 
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Sep 10, 2020
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. pours inky black with a beautiful sandy chocolate foam cap that dissolves into a ring around the glass. aromas of chocolate brownies, bourbon, marshmallows and vanilla frosting. taste is vanilla fudge with a nice bourbon barrel kick to it. mouthfeel isn’t over the top thick but it’s certainly not thin either. i’m not a huge straight vanilla stout person but i enjoyed this a lot. don’t know why this beer gets the 12oz can packaging but it was perfect to split 2 ways. while i wouldn’t say it’s a vanilla bomb it certainly doesn’t lack or skimp on the vanilla either. it had enough chocolate and fudge from the base stout and a great amount of bourbon barrel to balance out the vanilla.

Aug 14, 2020
 
4.45 by mbw314 from California on Jul 05, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

Thank you snrubnivek for this
12 oz can poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, caramel, touch of roasted malts.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some roasted malts, caramel.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A really well brewed barrel aged vanilla stout, very easy to drink.

Jun 12, 2020
 
4.49 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Jan 25, 2020
 
4.5 by mdfb79 from New York on Jul 02, 2019
 
4.18 by GeneralBurden from Minnesota on Jun 24, 2019
 
4.65 by mmoore9363 from Arizona on Jun 04, 2019
 
4.49 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jun 04, 2019
 
4.35 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on Jun 01, 2019
 
4.34 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 23, 2019
 
4.59 by Dankacheese from Illinois on May 21, 2019
 
4.44 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on May 19, 2019
 
4.54 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on May 16, 2019
Photo of Pete_Simpson
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pete_Simpson from California

A little on the sweet side (even for a ba stout) but I’d def still have again.

May 04, 2019
 
4.34 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 30, 2018
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Yet another review of the beers they brought to their quasi tap takeover at BeerNV around the beginning of June 2018. Pours black, relatively thick and with a 1/3" brown head. They all look like powerful heavily roasted stouts. This one didn't pop vanilla in the nose, was just basically the same aroma as the regulare non adjunct barrel version.

Here the taste is noticeably sweeter. Yes, it makes for an even smoother mouth feel. Did I not mention the strong amount of bourbon influence yet? Its in all of them. But its not hot for its abv. The vanilla amount is big. Gives this version more of a caramel persuasion to it. Its really good stuff, you can substitute it for whatever BA vanilla stout you chase, BCS, Eclipse, whatever. But even then, you still would be better off with Avery's vanilla bean stout at half the price.

Nov 27, 2018
Photo of Rristow
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rristow from Ohio

Tasted from can. Pours black with little to no head. Aroma is sweet bourbon with a hint of vanilla. Some cocoa. Flavor has way more pronounced vanilla than nose. Caramel, toffee, cocoa, molasses. Very well done BA stout.

Nov 27, 2018
 
3.83 by elemenohpee1 from California on Sep 13, 2018
 
4.53 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Sep 09, 2018
 
4.46 by kaseydad from California on Aug 30, 2018
 
4.5 by mrcraft from California on Aug 15, 2018
 
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Jul 02, 2018
 
4.46 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jun 24, 2018
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Aroma is sweet and roasty with dark chocolate, bourbon and toffee. Taste is sweet and bourbony with dark chocolate flavor. Complex but balanced, just a bit astringent.

Jun 21, 2018
 
4.31 by Jason1221 from Illinois on Jun 19, 2018
Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla Beans from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 86 ratings