City Of The Dead | Modern Times Beer

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Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with house-roasted, bourbon barrel aged coffee.

Added by Rollzroyce21 on 12-23-2014

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Ratings: 569 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of Antwon616
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grapeshops
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours cola to dark chocolate brown color. A creamy beige head of 2 cm foams up and fades slowly to a sturdy edge layer.
The aroma is all malt on this brew. I get lots of coffee bean and espresso, hints of dark chocolate and a little bit of brown sugar with hints of the toothpick woody note from the barrel. No hops, no booze, also not really any bourbon. Coffee stout it is.
First sip. creamy textured beer with very gentle carbonation almost cask like in feel. Very nice, actually awesome physical traits here.
Flavor is roasted malt and coffee with some dark chocolate notes and again a bit of that oak/toothpick flavor on the finish. I also find some brown sugar sweetness and again no hops nor booze here.
This is a hella drinkable beer!
Im glad to have tried this and enjoyed it, a lot! Very drinkable and malt forward brew. Nice.

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Photo of taospowder
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CAcker
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1+ year old bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours black with a brown hue, 1+ finger of medium density khaki head with moderate retention and left limited lacing.

S: Nose is boozy and chocolatey. Coffee undertones increase as the beer warms.

T: Follows the nose but with more prominence of the coffee. Chocolate comes across as semi-sweet. Finishes with moderate bitterness that hangs on the palate a bit.

F: Low-medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight tongue tingling from the ABV and carbonation, slick finish.

O: A solid coffee stout, that for my preferences was probably best cellared to let the booze mellow a bit. Won't go out of my way to find another bottle, but would grab again if our paths crossed.

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Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 12/2017 served in a chalice. Beer is black, tinged with brown, not terribly thick as it pours, but smells strongly of brewed coffee. The front of the labels says "read the back" but "coffee stout" would have been dead-on so far. First sip provides an initial oakiness not at all present in the aroma. It's rich, but it's not vanilla... Roasted coffee flavors pick up the tail end of my palate and linger there. I can't remember if I've ever had bourbon barrel aged coffee (not beer) before, but it seems to me what this beer picks up is entirely oak barrel flavor, the way wine picks up oak barrel flavor, and not the distinct bourbon flavor of other BB aged brews. The coffee and malt flavors themselves are good, but where this beer really excels is that it's so full flavored and *smooth*. The mouthfeel is just so rich, and without feeling heavy, it feels substantial.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even with a vigorous pour, City of the Dead has a very slow-rising head, but it eventually develops into a half-finger of lush, creamy-looking tan foam on top of a straight-black body. The head lasts the entire pint, leaving relatively little lacing in the form of clingy sheets that slide back down as you drink.

Chocolate malts and a touch of sweetness stand out most in the nose. Maybe a hint of ocean, too, although I may be imagining it.

It has a very interesting, roasty, semi-sweet taste. There are layers of chocolate here. The lightly toasted, almond nuttiness is refined but plays nicely against them. There's a touch of coffee in there, too. Once again, a distant hint of the sea salt comes in as well.

It's medium bodied with a silky feel.

This is a really tasty stout and one of the better beers I've had from Modern Times. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

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Photo of Tazmon
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Cascading forming reverse head, classic and very fine nearly nitrous looking in appearance. Creamy soft top, and a khaki to faint light chocolate 3 finger tall top. Body is a dark walnut brown, almost red tinged darkness as well. Excellent looking stout.

Soft milk and creamy coffee on the nose, touches a little bit of vanilla but with a lighter sweetness. A bit of toasty grain even, and excellent but small husky sensing flavors of roast as well.

Pleasant refreshing brew. Milky front palate with a very good sensing thick mouthfeel to go with it. Sharp roast but with soft coffee flavors in the mid palate, and touches of milk and cream. Excellent bitter finish of roast, and flirts with char but goes for more of a crackling sense it seems. There's even a faint hint of almost citrus hop quality as well that gives a little bit of taste in the palate also, and brings out a bit of the fruity nature of the coffee as well.

Great tasting export stout.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the brewery, 8oz

Black to dark brown, tan colored head. Big coffee aroma, but nicer than normal- fruity, caramel. Taste is more roasty, some dark cocoa. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StanleysCup
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, dark brown pour, edging toward black, tan head. Char on the nose, dark chocolate, coffee, and some light barrel notes.

The coffee is prominent on the taste, and dark chocolate, stone fruit, and the slightest oak flavor from the barrel. Really nice example of the style, IMHO.

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Photo of Mitnick2
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deliciously smooth dark stout without any bitterness.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the expected pitch black with a billowy tan head, good retention. Aroma is just some light roasted malt & coffee, more of a darker vibe. Taste is good - coffee isn't overwhelming but tastes like boutique coffee not like Folgers, etc. The base beer is rather anonymous - inoffensive but lacks depth. Can't say using bourbon barrel aged coffee made a difference but I am not a coffee expert (there certainly isnt any barrel notes to be found). For the price it is a strong go-to if you are jonesing for coffee infused beer.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark black obsidian pour with a caramel colored head of 1 finger.

Aromas of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs, spicy tobacco, and permanent markers.

Flavor is green pepper and coffee, to start, but follows through with some dry Nesquik, licorice, black cherry, molasses, tobacco, tin, and a strong presence of those dark chocolate covered raspberry slices! Finish is the dark chocolate raspberry, with some lingering green pepper notes.

Feel is appropriate for the flavor profile, as the astringent coffee could get to be too much if it weren't for the over carbonation. A slightly roasty, dry finish. Zero alcohol astringency.

Overall, a solid imperial stout with a lot going for it. I loved the throwback to the chocolate raspberry stuff. Very cool.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ntanner83
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge.

S- roasted herbal coffee with mocha cream, roasted malt, cocoa, light char & vanilla

T- taste follows aroma for the most part; earthy coffee with some mocha notes, roasted/charred malt, not really picking up any bourbon notes

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- nice roasty stout but having a hard time picking out any bourbon notes

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Photo of DavidR_9
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 8/17/17 into pub glass.

Tall finger of beige head on top of an opaque black body. This brew looks excellent.
The aroma was sort of a let down - just standard roasty munich, two-row, and dark chocolate malts with hints of roasty coffee - not much more. I think I got to this beer a bit too late having aged just over the 3 month mark.
Flavor is pretty enjoyable and despite the lack of any bourbon character from the coffee beans. I still got lots of coffee character with generous syrupy chocolate and little hints of sweetness. Pretty chewy and medium carbonation, well-balanced mouthfeel.

Too bad I didn't get the bourbon character at all but the coffee and chocolate notes were still there. Next time I/ll try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Markkus
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a superb brew.
Persistent beige head remains until the last sip. Oak and bourbon notes pair with the smooth roast coffee highlights for a well balanced pair. Smooth finish, light bourbon notes into the aftertaste.

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City Of The Dead from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 569 ratings