City Of The Dead - Cocoa Nibs, Almonds And Sea Salt (Nitro) | Modern Times Beer

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City Of The Dead - Cocoa Nibs, Almonds And Sea Salt (Nitro)City Of The Dead - Cocoa Nibs, Almonds And Sea Salt (Nitro)

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This groundbreaking export stout is brewed with house-roasted, bourbon barrel-aged coffee. Yup, the coffee beans were aged in a bourbon barrel. This mind-bending process imbues the coffee with the incredible flavor & aroma of a freshly emptied bourbon barrel, which carries over magnificently into this rich, chewy stout. Upon this toasted marshmallow of radness we added almonds, cocoa nibs, & sea salt, creating a creamy liquid s'more that might just blow the doors off your life.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: Black with a beautiful cream cappuccino head. Gorgeous lacing.

Nose: raisin, brandy, almond, tiny bit of chemical cacao nib.

Taste: very smooth with lots of cacao bitterness mixed with cold brew coffee. Bit of raisin and smooth carmel.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of leobageo
1.74/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Looked exactly like a draft guinness.


Tasted exactly like a guinness.

Mouthfeel exactly like guinness.

Overall, if you told me it was a draft guinness, I would've believed you, except for the heightened abv. All 7.5ABV was masked. Unfortunately, so was the taste & smell.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Canned date 12/22/17

Appearance - As instructed, poured vigorously into a 16oz stout glass, resulting in a brew that's dark cola brown with a tan, half finger's width head. The head hangs longer than I care to wait, thus sipping while the head is still fair in thickness. Lacing coats the glass with frothy webbing, lines and small spotting.

Smell - Not much. Mildly chocolatey and boozy with lesser coffee and caramel. Faint fruit on the back end of the aroma.

Taste - Chocolatey upfront and throughout. Mild salinity before a touch of coffee roast kicks in. Hints of caramel and then a touch of berry as it rounds out into the finish. Unfortunately this all comes through with the punch of a wet paper bag.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a virtually lifeless bite. Slightly creamy and a touch chalky, but my goodness is there no life here beyond that.

Overall - Like the Black House Nitro, this is another fair tasting MT nitro brew that's completely killed by the flat, lifeless body. Do these guys have any clue on how to can nitro beers? Take a page out of the Guinness handbook or something. Jesus.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can, plastic hotel cup, canned 1/5/18.

Very dark and even in my flimsy vessel there are a minimum of highlights all confined to the bottom rim. The head is noticeably small, though looks creamy, colored a latte shade.

My first thought is "lively aroma for a nitro brew". Amaretto, rich chocolate, sea salt, acidic coffee, and then a twinge of metallic gas. Vanilla and some wood develop.

I'm reminded of chocolate biscotti, and it's served with a cup of medium roast coffee. Maybe the coffee has just a touch of amaretto in it, or the cookie has some marzipan in there. There's a trace of salt throughout, but just like in baking it helps to accentuate the other flavors. Later on the finish becomes surprisingly Bourbon-y with a robust roast background.

This city is smooth to the point of flatness even for nitro. The body is thin, silky, and slightly drying.

I'm once again impressed by Modern Times. Thank you for continuing my Stout kick in style. Not every brewery can pull off a beer where all the additives are recognizable and cohesive.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with almost no head, had to hard pour to get anything, lacing great for what foam I got.
N: Very robust coffee notes, chocolate, malt, soft vanilla.
T: Amazing coffee notes, some of best I have had. Silky chocolate, minor bite, malty, and very soft vanilla.
M: Medium
O: Very happy with this beer, the head was absent and that scared me since it appeared flat but holy cow flavor city. This is a stellar coffee stout, big fan of this one....Cheers

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Photo of dertyd
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a pitch black color, with a creamy off white colored head---------- the aromas are of coffee, minerality, sweet almond and light smoke----------- the flavors are of bitter coffee, amereto, salt and chocolate, the beer has a full mouthfeel with an overly bitter acidic coffee finish-------------- overall this beer was nice the nitro really helps give this beer a creamy mouthfeel, it actually taste like a cup of cold brewed coffee, a little to bitter for my taste though

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This interesting looking Stout pours with beautiful fine bubbly layers after an initially aggressive pour! These layers provide a nitro looking super dense creamy head that is one and a half layers thick and has superb retention......this wee tight head is light caramel colored and slowly dissipates into a very thick one finger layer over the brew! The coloration of the beer is dark dark brown, with absolutely no light passing through it, and the lacing is most excellent as well. Very impressed off the bat!

S- I think I'm getting some of the almonds that are added to the brew, with hints of salted nut bar, milk chocolate cream, vanilla, yeast, mocha coffee and I don't know how to describe it, but the sea salt comes through on my nose as well....almost like salted burnt caramel....very enticing indeed!

T- Rather nutty right away, with both burnt and raw almond slices, huge caramel/toffee richness and the saltiness is very muted but noticeable chocolate, coffee, highly roasted barley malt and a tad of oak that brings out some char. Overall I like it and as it warms the profile starts leaning heavily towards and Italian biscotti....quite delectable actually!

M/O- Super creamy mouthfeel with wee tight bubbly goodness allowing the full nature of the flavors to come though.....drinkability is very high and the alcohol is perfectly well hidden.....with a pairing of chocolate or nuts, I think this would hit it's ideal potential! I personally really enjoyed this one and would absolutely have it again. Shame it is only a one off really....good job!

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Photo of spark3148857
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lzd366
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, toasted almonds, cocoa and an odd burnt wood component that is different than the usual malt char. Flavor is dark toasted malt with the same unusual burnt char from the aroma, toasted almonds, coffee and mild chocolate, light saline. Finishes with nutty coffee, almost a peanut butter profile. Medium bodied, a little lighter than I expected from the deep black color, but perhaps expected at this ABV. After a while, many stouts, even with adjuncts, seem to fit a distinct profile and if well made, taste exactly as I hope for. This one is off in its own world and in a good way. The burnt char is unusual, but fits the style and is well balanced with the other flavors. The almonds smell toasted, almost fried with an unique umami sensation. To be honest, they taste a lot like peanut butter, although there is that distinct bright almond note. There's a lot, maybe too much, going on here, but it all fits together and is quite flavorful. The only thing the threw me with each sip is the rather pedestrian body, perhaps because with this depth of flavor, I'm expecting an imperial stout body. Also missing is any suggestion of bourbon barreling from the coffee, perhaps because it is not a dominant part of the already complex flavors. Malty and nutty, with nice hints of coffee and cocoa. Well done.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

We have an odd one here, my peeps. Initial thoughts: I pour it, it looks sexy. I sniff it, it’s at least not offputing. But then I taste it, and it’s like Molly Cyrus taking the SAT’s: there is a level of confusion. It’s sweet, nutty, and like, odd. There’s a flavor that I can’t put my finger on - and the Raul man ain’t into that.


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Photo of BennyProfane
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smells of chocolate, almonds, and roasted malts. Tastes of bitter cocoa, almonds, dark roasted malts, light hops, chocolate, and very light saltiness. Medium creamy body with medium nitro carbonation. Overall a delicious export stout.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight, vigorous pour from a 16oz can to a tall, narrow flute (Green Cheek pint). This has a canning date of December 28, 2017 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 12/28/2017 1726949”). Purchased from a cooler a couple of days ago, and straight to the fridge it went. Should be interesting—haven’t had a nitro beer in ages!

Appearance (4.75): This moves from a dark, chocolately brown to black as the nitrogen cascades slowly to the top, transforming a two-ish finger, dark brown sugar-colored, bubbly head to a whipped, unflinching, one-finger cap of foam at the top of the glass. The cascade effect is lovely, of course. I forgot how appealing nitro beers are to look at. As the beer moves on, the head leaves a handful of large, solid sheets climbing from the edge of the head to halfway up the glass.

Smell (4.25): Ooh boy, there is a LOT going on here: light milk chocolate (like 30% Lindt or Milka), floral, light-roast coffee, a smoky, kind of chicory-like aroma, marzipan, and a very nice, earthy backbone. Ultimately, the aroma rests on a close balance between smoky/roasty and earthy/floral. I really, really dig that—though I kind of wish the marzipan came forward just a smidge.

Taste (4.25): Here, the beer pushes cocoa powder, earthy and floral light-roast coffee, and finally a chicory-like bitterness on the back end. It starts out so, so smooth with cocoa and a touch of that light, nutty sweetness from the almonds, but then moves into a slightly smoky, somewhat roasty-bitter, and extremely earthy midsection, followed by a tingly, roasty bitterness, a quick flash of floral and citrusy notes, and finally resolving with an extremely earthy, somewhat smoky, slightly bitter finish. No booze. I do think the nitrogen flattens out the different flavor components a bit, but it also helps to smooth everything out in a way that it blends, rather than sticks out as a collection of individual characteristics.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Ungodly smooth. Go figure. The body is beyond velvet-smooth, washing over the palate with light, cool nitrogenation that foams up extremely softly—but with good volume. Creamy as all get-out. That said, the body, by some stroke of magic, feels like it falls easily on the light- side of medium-weight. The beer levitates, man. But, the smoky, roasty coffee helps to dry it out, rather than leave a beer slick coating your palate. Excellent.

Overall (4.25): I have pleasantly mixed feelings about this beer. On the one hand, it’s outstanding just the way it is. It has such a beautiful mixture of characteristics that adhere to Foreign/Export Stout while stealing moves from the American Imperial Stout’s playbook. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder what this beer would look like if it were carbonated, amped up a bit with ABV, and really went for American Imperial Stout territory. Would all of its little strengths be amplified, resulting in a beer that’s equal to the sum of its parts? Or does the nitrogen, smoothing everything over and together, result in something more unique that’s greater than the sum of its parts? I’d love to try them side by side. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Mrkwlsn
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I always thought, Now I know for sure Nitro should not be for beer

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Photo of Mikexw
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CAcker
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal black pour with a minimal brown head. Aroma of chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Taste is creamy and smooth with chocolate and dark malt flavors standing out most. Can also taste a hint of bourbon and cocoa.

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City Of The Dead - Cocoa Nibs, Almonds And Sea Salt (Nitro) from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 67 ratings