City Of The Dead | Modern Times Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
516
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
115
For Trade:
7
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to read the label like 9 times to make sure I understood this beer. Its not the beer that is aged in bourbon barrels, its the coffee. Check. I guess.

Pours black, 1/2" brown head, small bubbles, decent retention. Aroma wasn't all the coffee or bourbon I had hoped for, but it also wasn't garbage or anything. Just mild and slightly muted. Coffee came out more in the taste, but I was expecting something amazing after having to re-read the label a few times. Seemed more exotic. Usual stuff like roasted malt here. Bourbon? Not feeling or tasting it. Dark fruit bitterness is there. Weird. A little bit boozy and pricey. I dunno, its a good beer, but also sort of a let down after your read about bourbon barrels and coffee.

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

The beer pours a very nice and fluffy brown and vigorous head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a a very nice looking coffee black with a light and thinnish appearance.

The smell and taste are both pretty good with an extremely good coffee and light chocolate note. The roast is fairly moderate but also has an interesting fruity notes that comes along with it. The bourbon notes are mild and work very well to smooth out the roast coffee notes. It also adds a nice extra something that works really well with the dark notes.

The feel is fantastic. It has a heavy body but an incredibly smooth and creamy body and a bit of acidity that you normally find in coffee.

Overall, this is a pretty solid and good beer worth getting due to the good flavor and smell as well as a fantastic feel.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle & the last we absconded with from D.C. over our Memorial Day respite. We had this on tap & loved it, hoping it’s as good out of the glass. Split with my wife.

Black. Fizzy enough to give one pause, both mentally & in the hand that feeds the glass. Smells like fruity coffee, with a backdrop of slight bourbon & timid sweetness.

City of the Dead: fruity. I don’t pretend to understand coffee beans – though I saw lots of cool hillsides covered with them in Puerto Rico years ago – but I presume this is one of the varieties where the fruit is somehow jammed (ha!) into the beans. Bourbon is very light. Coffee comes through as moderate roast & lingering char, soft lactose. Creamy & easy to sip.

Better on tap, but this is no slouch. Good, solid beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour drank night of:
Dark body that is darn near black. Creamy tan head grows to a couple fingers. Once tasting begins, a thick creamy ring provides vides wet splotchy lacing.

Nose has coffee initially, but a barely smoky roasted malt starts to become obvious with warmth. There's a little dark walnut or similar as well.

Taste has a level of sweetness, but really is a nice roasted malt flavor. A thin initial feel brings a light cola aspect. Surprisingly the beer gains some depth and body as it rolls to the back. Little mocha coffee gets in the mix to help at this point. Bitterness is no more than balancing and seems more from the roasted husks than a distinguishing hop.

Truly enjoyable stronger, slightly sweeter, and lighter bodied stout. That's how the style tends to come across to me - similar to a Baltic Porter in flavor. This hit on the criteria quite successfully.

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Photo of NonicPanic
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marlowe57
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Paydirt in PDX. Dark brown. Small creamy beige head, doesn't last long. Leaves a little nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, a little vanilla. The bourbon is very faint. Taste is chocolate milk, coffee, some oak, a little more bourbon. Raisin, plum. Caramel, not strong. Medium mouthfeel, not too syrupy. Very nice, I finished the beer before I finished the review.

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Photo of aasher
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal tan head and the aroma is mild coffee with hints of cocoa and vanilla and wood. The coffee is mild and sweet and there is a woody vanilla sweetness with hints of cocoa. A touch of dark fruit is noticeable but mostly a well-balanced mild coffee/cocoa stout that is a slow sipper but easy to drink and clean finish.

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Photo of epyon396
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maltznhopz
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured in a snifter. Pours a really dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is strong on the roasted malts, also get some coffee, chocolate and vanilla as it warms. Didn't get any bourbon in the flavor and only a hint of coffee, the malts really overpower the finish and it goes down with a light bitterness. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Near black. Short tan head that dissipates immediately. No light penetration.

Nose
Bourbon, oak, caramel, coffee, raisin, vanilla, and chocolate.

Taste
Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and charred oak. Dark roast coffee, coffee grounds, and bitter dark chocolate. Suggestions of raisin and plum.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, chewy, silky, and dry.

Overall
There is a surprising amount of oakiness in this. Bourbon, coffee, you get the picture.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Latarnik
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtk21351
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jera1350
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bubbly, black, with a creamy brown-white head. Bubbly like a bubbling witch's brew of delicious nectar.

Nose: Coffee bomb, chocolate milk, sweet malts, chocolate cookies.

Taste: Holy crap. Tastes like creamy cold brew with chocolate milk added. Caramel and slight bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Roasty, toasty, and chewy.

Overall: Buy this beer! Enjoy this beer! Modern Times are doing some pretty great things, and this stout is their best I have had yet. Incredible stout.

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City Of The Dead from Modern Times Beer
4.1 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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