Our Own Private Little Modern Times Beer Stout Fest

Modern Times Stout Flight - Mega Black House, Monsters' Park, and Barrel Aged Monsters' Park

Brewed by: Modern Times Beer

This stout flight included the following Modern Times Beer stouts with variations:

  • Mega Black House
  • Monsters’ Park
  • Monsters’ Park — Nicaraguan Rum Barrels (2 variants)
  • Monsters’ Park — Caribbean Rum Barrels
  • Monsters’ Park — Rye Barrels

Mega Black House and Monsters’ Park Images

A Modern Times Beer Stout Flight

With the family together for the holidays, there was no better time to dig into the cellar and “take flight” with as many Modern Times Beer stouts as possible. We don’t really keep bottles for too long, and prefer to drink our beers sooner than later, so it’s more like a “save for later stash.”

Not only were we looking forward to diving into all of these delicious stouts again, but also curious to see how some of these barrel aged Monsters aged with a few months on them.

We tasted in the order below, with a halftime break of Nautilus Harbour (sour) to perk up our tastebuds that had become over loaded with heavy stoutness. Devil’s Teeth was supposed to go last, but we had to throw in the towel after Rye since everyone was done. Too much stout goodness in one day will do that to you.

The Tasting(s)
  • Mega Black House: 4.5/5

    4.5 Stars

    Variation: Imperial Oatmeal Stout with Coffee

    This was Modern Times’ June release, and it matured very quickly. At the 3 month mark (August) we had a bottle, and it had already intensified the coffee. On this day (roughly 6 months old), the coffee had dropped off a bit, but chocolate became more prominent.

  • Monsters’ Park: 4/5

    4 Stars

    Variation: Imperial Stout

    Released in November. Its body was lighter consistency for an imperial stout, but still packed the flavor you expect to from the most robust beer style. Used as the base, this “hulking and cantankerous” ale gets even better when barrel aged variants are introduced.

  • Monsters’ Park Nicaraguan Rum Barrels: 5/5

    5 Stars

    Variation: Imperial Stout with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs Added

    The best rum variation of Monsters’ Park. This was released in May, and with 6 months of aging its booziness had calmed down, but still had some heat to it. Deep chocolate with creamy coconut in the finish led to a well deserved perfect score.

  • Monsters’ Park Caribbean Rum Barrels: 4.5/5

    4.5 Stars

    Variation: Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans Added

    This variation retained its boozy edge nicely, along with a flavorful amount of vanilla that helped to mellow the rum. Recalling back to release day, the vanilla appeared to develop more after aging.

  • Monsters’ Park Nicaraguan Rum Barrels: 4/5

    4 Stars

    Variation: Imperial Stout with Rum Barrel Aged Coffee Added

    Some of its coffee was left behind over time, but like Mega, more chocolate seemed to take its place. The end result was creamy rum soaked dark chocolate, but this variant was our least favorite of the rum barrel versions, and we mean that in a good, still very tasty way.

  • Rye Barrels: 3/5

    3 Stars

    Variation: Imperial Stout aged in 7 Year Old Rye Barrels

    Released in October, we wished we had a second bottle to age further for science. It started off a little plummy, and after letting it rest, the tartness of cherry with a hint of rye spice in the finish became more apparent. This one absolutely needed to warm up more to coax out more flavor.

The Power Rankings

Ranked in order by score, with a group consensus on overall enjoyment as the tie-breaker:

  1. Monsters’ Park — Nicaraguan Rum Barrels (Coconut and Cocoa Nibs)
  2. Monsters’ Park — Caribbean Rum Barrels (Vanilla Beans)
  3. Monsters’ Park — Nicaraguan Rum Barrels (Rum Barrel Aged Coffee)
  4. Mega Black House
  5. Monsters’ Park
  6. Monsters’ Park — Rye Barrels

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