Monster Tones
Modern Times Beer

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #94
Ranked #561
4.77 | pDev: 4.61%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Notes: This outlandishly delicious beer is the result of a 50/50 blend of Monsters’ Park and Modem Tones, both aged for 7 months in bourbon barrels which had previously housed maple syrup. Following the blend, the beer was conditioned on freshly-roasted coffee beans, toasted coconut, and a whole lot of vanilla. When it was all over, what arose was a dessert-laden beverage of the highest order, with flavors and aromas of tiramisu, coffee, chocolate, and roasted marshmallows.
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npolachek from New York

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is as good as it gets. Had it at Other Half on a tap takeover share. Tastes of coconut, vanilla and maple. Its sweet but warming and has a milk chocolate candy bar sweetness.

Jun 27, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, viscous, slick and sticky--what do you know, another pastry stout! Vanilla, chocolate, nothing new...what a waste of my fkn time and my finger's bleeding. It's a little sharp and hot, but the finish is thankfully not super sticky. That nougat and amaretto exhale though...okay, that's where it's at!

May 24, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2019 vintage. 650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, foreboding, thick and black. Oily, nice legs with a one finger mocha head, good retention, not much lacing. Again, fair bit of legs behind this one.

Aroma is a massive, balanced and complex amalgamation of coconut, vanilla and light maple sweetness. It's pretty amazing how all this comes together. There's a big bourbon presence also, a bit warming and hot, buttressed by a big milk chocolate candy bar sweetness. A fair bit of roast coffee, oak, touch of whiskey smoke. Damn. The coconut and vanilla are massive, and I mean massive. It reminds me of the first time I had Vanilla Bean Dark Lord- except there is even more pastry coconut behind it. It takes that massive vanilla and bourbon, and adds coconut onto it. The coffee is almost an afterthought, but it does keep it from getting too sweet.

The flavour follows the nose. I don't need to list any more superlatives, but it has a really nice balance to all of the adjuncts- mainly coconut and toasted marshmallows, with some maple sweetness, light coffee adding just a touch of roasty balance along with the big dark chocolate fudge. Incredible- there are stouts out there with the same adjuncts that fail to achieve that intense balance. If I had to quibble, and it's really a very small quibble, I thought it might be a little hotter than I'd like. The bourbon heat is strong here, but I think for most people, that's probably a selling point.

Full bodied, fudgy and thick, substantial with appropriate carbonation- creamy, coating, and decadent. truly a liquid dessert, wonderful intensely aromatic and palate-coating adjunct flavours with a massive intensity that somehow all comes together as perfectly as one needs it to be.

For me, the best beer I've had in some years. To me, this represents the next step in the evolution of barrel-aging, imperial stouts and adjuncts. Beers like Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, Kentucky Brunch, etc. pushed the envelope as far as it could, but this beer has taken the pastry stout to even dizzier heights.

Apr 09, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from bottle. Pours black. Ridiculous mouthfeel. No hint of the high abv. Chewy and oily mouthfeel. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, maple syrup. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, vanilla but not overpowering, maple syrup, molasses, caramel. Didn’t get much coconut. Overall a ridiculously easy to drink BA stout.

Jun 24, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has lots of sweet hazelnut chocolate ice cream, brownies and fudge. Taste has sweet flavors but it's really well balanced. There is chocolate, bourbon and fudge with some bitterness throughout and lingering cacao on the finish.

May 31, 2018
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antoines15 from Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best beer I had at DLD 2018. Thanks to Smokey McPot for the 2 oz. share after it kicked. I am uber-stoked to be able to have this in my facehole. If you're looking for an oil-like, chocolatey stout...boy does Modem Tones have the liquid for you. Oozing marshmallowy, chewy deliciousness....just all the feels. What a funky mindmeld of radicalness. Like semi-sweet morsels of s'mores in the most perfect way. Sweet, but not overly so. Would do again. What has two thumbs and enjoyed this beer? This guy (points at self).

May 25, 2018
Monster Tones from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 40 ratings