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Modern Times Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park On Sale Mar. 19

Modern-Times-BA-Monsters-ParkI think I’m seeing triple. Modern Times’ next release is totally stacked, featuring a trio of barrel-aged spins on their imperial stout, Monsters’ Park. Tickets for bottles will be sold online via Brown Paper Tickets, going off on Thursday, March 19 at 10am PST.

The details:

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park – $25.83 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 per person
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park with Coffee – $27.90 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 per person
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park with Coconut & Cocoa Nibs – $29.97 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 per person
  • Bottle tickets admit you to the release party on March 25 at noon where all 3 versions will be on tap
  • NO PROXIES, NO DUPE ORDERS (photo ID required for pickup)
  • Bottles MUST be picked up before May 26
  • Read all the details and place your order here

Commercial descriptions:

Black as oil and thick as blood. A vigorous pour produces a two finger, deep brown head. The mouthfeel is very full, with healthy, prickly carbonation. The aroma pops big time: major notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and toasted nuts waft out of the glass. The flavor is very powerful, with bourbon & roast malt leading the charge, followed by vanilla-y oak, caramel, dark chocolate, and those toasted nuts again. The finish lingers for days, with sweet malt and bourbon dominating. A seriously intense but very well-rounded barrel-aged imperial stout. The roasty intensity of Monsters’ Park is a beautiful match for the sweetness of bourbon.

We learned from our first experience adding coffee to barrel-aged Monsters’ Park: this beer soaks up A LOT of coffee before it gets to the KA-POW level we’re aiming for. So we added nearly 3 times as much coffee in two separate doses to make it really pop. The coffee aroma leaps out of the glass in combination with the intense oak & bourbon notes. The flavor is drenched in fresh coffee, but not so much that it completely overshadows the amazing, chocolatey base beer. The roasted notes in Monsters’ Park combine with the coffee to produce a markedly intense flavor, like a chocolate covered espresso bean turned up to 11. The finish is coffee & sweet malt all day, with a noticeable vanilla oakiness & caramel hard candy coming through as well.

Wow, did this beer ever take a lot of work, but it was totally worth it. We toasted all of the coconut ourselves and went to great lengths to source the perfect combination of cocoa nibs. Needless to say, the results are spectacular & anything but subtle. It pours pitch black with a menacingly dark head that dissipates very quickly due to the fat from the coconut. The flavor and aroma are completely saturated with coconut & chocolate, but blend harmoniously with the strong bourbon & roast malt notes. This beer is explosively flavorful and completely coats the palate with coconut, milk chocolate, toasted bread, dark honey, and roast malt. Truly amazing.

Modern Times Lomaland Fermentorium is located at 3725 Greenwood St. in San Diego, CA.


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