Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition
Modern Times Beer

Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Mexican Hot Chocolate EditionMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition
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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.4 | pDev: 6.59%
Apr 20, 2020
May 08, 2017
Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Mexican Hot Chocolate EditionMonsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cinnamon, Cocoa Nibs, Chilis and Vanilla.

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, and the addition of cinnamon, cocoa nibs, chilis, and vanilla beans turns the whole thing into a Mind-blowingly delicious Mexican hot chocolate party. This decadent celebration of inter-American flavor should be applied directly to your grill piece at about 50 degrees.

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

IBU: 60

Final Gravity: 1.019
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Rated: 4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap. Matte black with a medium brown ring. Hello there brownie aroma with chili pepper and cinnamon sharply accent before entering a realm of cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon all integrating, wow a lot going on. Peppers and cinnamon seem stronger than other iterations of this style stout. Taste however puts those fears to rest, so fudgy, great barrel with wood peaking out amongst the bourbon here and there, slight lighter roast coffee in there too with all the adjuncts, very well balanced and layered. Feel has some spice and pepper heat, but mostly is fudgy, thick, sneaky creamy while has nods to various textures from the ingredients, and pleasantly warm with booze. As it warms the heat gets stronger
Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 14, 2020
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12/12/19 can @ home
Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by Ajlvt from Washington

Nov 29, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Slick black with very minimal highlights. It forms a pinky width of caramel colored crown that dissipates within a minute.

The nose brings a huge marshmallow like vanilla and chocolate mixing with slight barrel.

The taste follows well. A lot of chocolate and huge vanilla sweetness with a hint of peppers in the back. Cinnamon evident as well. Pretty huge sweetness though.

The mouthfeel is warm from the bourbon and has a tingle from the peppers. Sticky, coating sweetness. Peppers leave a warmness behind to linger in the chest.

Overall, I can detect everything this lists while keeping a pretty good balance. The only thing not perfectly balanced would be the sweetness, if not for the peppers and cinnamon it could become too much.
Nov 24, 2019
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Rated by jmc808

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep deep brown, definitely not black, with a very active mocha head (the beer was remarkably active when I popped the cap) that fizzles back to a thin halo pretty quickly.
Nose is unremarkable. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate but aren't pungent. There's a softness to the sharp smells that I associate with vanilla when it's in baked goods so maybe that's it's influence here as well.
Taste is super mellow, vanilla and rich chocolate and mild malts dominate up front. a bourbon and dark cacao with a hint of chile follows behind but it's mellow at first and builds with each sip. This is thick and chocolatey for sure. The cinnamon and chile hang out in the back and end up being the last flavor to linger on the tongue, a nasty trick to inspire another sip
Mouthfeel is very thick. I think this is what the pastry stout crowd is after but it's a bit over the top for me, kinda feels like I'm just sipping on chocolate syrup at some points.
Overall I'm happy that whoever wants this is getting it, and I could definitely see it being served as part of a dessert in like a 3 or 4 oz cup. But it's just a lot too much sugar and I guess I don't really want my stouts to be liquers that belong in mixed drinks
Oct 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz can, Modern Times stemless glass. Dark black body, oily, with a one finger mocha head, good retention and lacing. Smells like dirty sewer water or something like that. It doesn't have any chocolate presence at all, and mostly cinnamon and dry oak, which gives off that stale, stagnant water smell to it. Problematic to say the least. That being said, flavourwise, it's got a nice big chocolate and cinnamon spice bite to it, mild dry oak. Not really tasting much bourbon, more so the neutral oak; the cinnamon is kind of overpowering. Full bodied, smooth and good carbonation, a bit creamy as well.
Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.74 by onewayboogie from California

Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by SkiBum22 from New York

Jul 30, 2019
Rated: 4.72 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jul 21, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by spark3148857 from Ohio

Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pitch black with a ruby tinge, and a half finger of purpleish dark brown head.

It smells of chocolate, rum barrel, oak, Caramel, a little bit of aromatics, and very boozy.

The taste is out of chocolate, very sweet with hints of woody oak barrel aging, a hint of chilies, chocolate, malty, there’s a throat burn and hint of a booze.

Medium to think, oily and slick body, with very little carbonation.

I got this in Redding where am drinking it July 9, 2019.
Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 4.78 by whitewizard from Arizona

Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 4.65 by mdfb79 from New York

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by scottiethebody from California

May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

May 21, 2019
Rated: 4.47 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

May 16, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.01 by vfgccp from New York

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by Txex06 from Texas

Jan 07, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Sep 25, 2018
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Reviewed by SeanKnapp74 from Arizona

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Awesome! A bit pricey at $30 at my local bottle shop, but it didn't leave me with buyers remorse. Excellent! Boozy bourbon with strong cocao and vanilla flavors as of Sept. 2018. Very smooth. Going to have to pick up a couple bottles to leave in the stash.
Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by mbw314 from California

Sep 10, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 4.66 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Boilerup from Maryland

Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Lucnifter from California

May 21, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by whitenads from Michigan

May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this one from rutger this past summer. Cheers, man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition
SRM: 80
IBU: 60
FG: 1.019
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon, cacao nibs, chilies and vanilla.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to swirly wisp and ring. A good ring remains but leaves no real lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Cinnamon, chilies, vanilla and cacao for sure, with oak, bourbon and alcohol as well. Bold and just as advertised. Nice.

TASTE: Definite alcohol, bourbon, chili heat and cinnamon up front. Alcohol, vanilla and chili heat at the swallow, moving into a bold and boozy finish of chili heat, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted notes, bourbon and a decent punch of alcohol lingering on the palate. Boozy with lots of stuff going on.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, hot for sure, goes down fine with a bit of an alcohol burn and finishes sticky on the palate. Lots of chili and boozy heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really, really good. This was excellent and is probably the best Monster’s Park variant I’ve had so far. It’s boozy for sure, but the chili heat is well measured and the adjuncts work really well here. The base beer is also well put together with a decent look and feel to support the boozy, adjunct show. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again, rutger!
Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by maltznhopz from Nevada

Apr 02, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by CoreyC from Wisconsin

Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 20, 2018
Monsters' Park - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 120 ratings