Modem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Vanilla | Modern Times Beer

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Modem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With VanillaModem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged With Vanilla
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged in Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans

Added by superspak on 12-30-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
35
pDev:
4.57%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of waltonc
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, snifter glass. Dark heavy cola brown body, dark enough to be black; one finger slightly offwhite head, good retention and even a bit of lacing. Smell is big chocolate malt, cookie batter, a nice mild-moderate whiskey heat, vanillin, vanilla ice cream, touch of spice, sweet chocolate fudge. Flavour is at a show-stopper level with a nice smooth vanillin-laden whiskey flavour laying the stage for a mild-moderate chocolate fudge sweetness but never quite leaving the stage; the whiskey heat and flavour lingers all the way to the end of the beer. It leaves room at the intermission for chocolate fudge, a bit of vanilla ice cream flavour, milk chocolate and a slight bit of roast, but ultimately returns at the end as if to tell everyone else that their time is up, and finishes with a moderate heat that is balanced a bit by the vanilla ice cream sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy and hefty with slightly lower carbonation than expected, wonderful massive stout that is sort of a hybrid of sipper and fun drinker with tons of flavour, but a good bit of heat as well.

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Photo of 505beergeek
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swanfungus
4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a surprise, had this at a share after trying the base (excellent as well) - the nilla is well showcased. Really nothing wrong with this beer, wish I had more than just one pour, definitely one of the highlights of an excellent share

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Photo of BeanBump
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Its 14%, riddled with barrel richness, subtle vanilla sweetness and its smoother than Patrick Stewart's head after a shave. Sure, its a beast of a beer and (if youre able to find it) it will molest your wallet a little but hot damn this is a good beer. MT has really stepped up their stouts in the last couple years and I cant wait to see what they release next. Nice work.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like motor oil. Pitch black. Viscous, and sticky.

Big, boozy, in your face with the vanilla and undertones of bourbon, oak and toasted coconut.

Taste follows the nose with big boozy vanilla, whiskey and oak. Burnt caramel and chocolate in the aftertaste.

Absolutely awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingjohnh
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber into a snifter

Sludgy, crude oil-looking beverage, Modem Tones looks as rich and viscous as a brew can get. Decadent, dessert-like bouquet, with distinct notes of caramel and vanilla and oak. Vanilla-rush at the front of the sip, bourbon and caramel notes in tow. Suggestions of tobacco and oak work to dry the palate, as its weighty complexion leaves a chewy, milky coating across your palate.

Modem Tones is all that you want in a barrel-aged sipper - sweet and nuanced and appropriately boozy. I'd heard this was good but it's better than expected - hope they can find room for brews like this through the hazy IPA obsession.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottiethebody
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of taospowder
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lucnifter
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 35 ratings