Devil's Teeth - Coffee | Modern Times Beer

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4.24/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Devil’s Teeth is a hybrid of an Old Ale and an Imperial Stout, two English beer styles designed to withstand long voyages and dark winters. It brings rich maltiness & robust roastiness in a thick, tongue-coating, aggressively flavorful package. To this chewy mix of old world beasts, we brought a massive dose of our house roasted Black House Blend coffee, a complimentary mix of blueberry-forward Ethiopian and chocolate-forward Sumatran coffees.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 01-07-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,918
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
164
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
35
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Radcpa
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slightly sweet malt. Taste is also a slightly sweet malt without any alcohol taste.

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Photo of kitch
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a nice one fingered tanned head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet dessert like, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses and coffee.

Taste: Lightly bitter coffee bean, sweet chocolate, roasty coffee, nearly burnt caramel with hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and light booze.

Overall: A self described hybrid Old Ale and Imperial Stout. At first I thought, definitely Imperial Stout, but the more I drank and as it warmed, it grew into an enjoyable Old Ale with its nice chocolate, caramel and dark fruit.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coryhk
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sugar-up time. big white head. good coffee beer, but would like to get at the coffee not the sugar and creme. katherine's bottle. easy mouthfeel. will try others at Modern Times.

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Photo of jmg480
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darktronica
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Modern Times understands coffee. They roast their own and have a wonderful barrel-aged coffee program, so it's no surprise that they do a great job of matching an appropriate coffee blend to accompany their beers. In this case, the task is made even more difficult given that the beer is a blend of an old ale with an imperial stout.

As such, this is not one of those beers that is purely a vehicle for highlighting a particular bean, like Double Shot or Big Bad Baptist. Instead, it's a harmonious and skillful matrimony of complementary flavors. The coffee is indeed the highlight of the nose, indicating dark, roasted bitterness and baker's chocolate, along with a deep, earthy nuttiness and tobacco; the Sumatran mandheling is winning out on the nose over the Ethiopian beans, which wait until hitting the tongue to bring out some sweeter balance. The old ale also provides a nice counterpoint to the stout in the flavor profile, adding more malt as well as some fruity notes of currant and plum. The thick, full mouthfeel produces a long, complex finish that evolves as the beer warms.

Not as bursting with giant flavors as some of the high-ABV, barrel-aged Monster's Park variants that put Modern Times on the map, but a skillfully executed, complex beer at a much more favorable price point. Well done.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Not sure why this review of mine seems to be misplaced?

Deep and big creamy slightly tall two finger thick and light tan head. Mixes of white and milkshake light top appearance, with thin bubbles. Body color is a big walnut brown, with red clarity. Settles to big thick collar, weeping thick leopard lace and an aggressive appearance.

That aroma hits wonderfully. Soft liquid and almost like a fudge coffee texture on the nose. Thick and decadent. Fruity hinting ester like quality hiding behind this coffee which makes a wonderful combination. Fruity angles continue with a mixing chocolate darkness as well. Just really interesting and inviting.

Palate just drives the right balance and perfectly flavors. Toffee hinting and almost pick your teeth stick aromas in the mid palate come on first sip. Dripping dark chocolate with mild bitterness and thick coffee notes. Mild piping roast aroma with a large vanilla thickness on the finish Flavors meld front to back so perfectly with excellent balance from sweetness, toffee, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Gigantic body but wonderfully in control without thick syrup or boozy qualities.

And excellent meld just really pushing and hitting all the right buttons. I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewaddict
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 3/20/16 from notes:

L -Pours thick and dark brown with a medium thickness khaki head
S - I get rich malty chocolate sweetness and coffee
T - The taste is slightly bitter coffee which leads to bitter chocolate with a sweet cream finish
F - The mouth feel is thick and creamy but there is a little dry finish
O - The taste doesn't scream coffee like the smell, but it's good none the less.

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Photo of jooler
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look is like a stout
smell is coffee
taste is like monster's park but a little less coffee and dark chocolate taste.
feel is nice and velvety.
overall, not bad at all. really good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle from bryan...thanks bud! been holding this for a while, tonight felt right. nice almost dark quad look, nose is chocolatey with undertones of gourmet coffee and dark fruit. big bold roasty. brew drinks really nicely and definitely carries thoughts of old ale as it warms. definitely more of a coffee strong ale than a stout, but big stout chocolate and coffee lead in the flavor. really enjoyable. age has it in a good place...never had it fresh so can't speak on if better/worse than ever but no problem taking down this bottle solo.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneEye78
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of julielynndubee
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldvines
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a creamy khaki head that shows good retention. Aroma is complex with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, wood, and coffee. Up front there is milk chocolate and caramel that gives way to coffee and dark fruits. A bit of booziness and wood characteristics on the back end.

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Devil's Teeth - Coffee from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 164 ratings