Suggestion Of Mass
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #717
Ranked #4,295
4.24 | pDev: 4.72%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Notes: Collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing

Our J. Wakefield collaboration brewed at the Dojo, this Imperial Stout consists of Maris Otter base, with a wide variety of specialty malts to support it. 10 lbs/bbl Coconut, 2 lbs/bbl Black House Coffee, and a hint of Vanilla we're added post fermentation and makes this beer taste like you just took a bite out of a Samoa cookie.
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Syrupy black with no head whatsoever, despite a few dark tan bubbles that surface for a hot second, leaving a somewhat short dome of mean black liquid at the surface with burnt brown edges.

Sticky chocolate drenched nougat, coconut paste and marshmallow introduce a sweet, tangy but nutty, mildly roasty malt. The body is moderate but round, with a very fine, faint carbonation that brings up a little licorice and molasses in the warming exhale.

Sep 05, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

imperial stout with coconut, coffee, and vanilla, all added after fermentation apparently, and a real treat from a couple of breweries that know how to do this sort of thing awfully well. the flavors are real strong in here, tons and tons of coconut, but the key to this one being so good for me is that the base stout is interesting and robust in its town right, and is enhanced by, rather than dependent on, the added ingredients. layers of smoke and dark rich chocolate, char and wet soil and minerals, a wheat element too, its fuller feeling and well grounded, probably exceptional on its own. the coconut is the leader of the extras, huge in nose and taste, very natural, and not too sweet, i think a lot of the residual sugar here is from the base beer not the adjuncts. its there in flavor from start to finish, and is well enhanced by the vanilla. the coffee is nice too, some needed bitterness and an additional dark layer. i get some wet tobacco and cream from it too, pretty high quality and nuanced java on its own i would think as well. at home, we make our own coconut milk to use in coffee, and we often scrape a vanilla bean into it. this beer, really and truly, reminds me of the coffees we make when we do it this way, and its one of my favorite flavors. i wish it wasnt so sweet or strong so i could drink a bit more of it, but they have done something special here. worth seeking out, i feel lucky to have had this one shared with me!

Jun 28, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9.12.18, opened 3.30.19, poured into a snifter

Dark brown liquid, two finger dense , creamy brown foam cap, good rentention, some lacings

Aroma of coconut, chocolate, roast malts , coffee

Taste is roast malts , vanilla, coffee, coconut, chocolate

Smooth , creamy mouthfeel

Good beer

Mar 31, 2019
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augustgarage from California

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Packaged on 9/12/2018 - consumed on 2/9/2019. Poured from a tall-boy can into my Bruery tulip.

Bistre body, opaque but possibly clear, capped by a fawn ceiling which quickly recedes to a rouse-able collar and faint surface slick. Meager retention; fine lacing, fast running thin tears.

The first whiff is like a more decadent version of Almond Joy, with darker chocolate and some toasted coconut in the mix. Sweet aroma with little hop presence, the adjuncts overwhelming the base malt as well, though there are some hints of the darker roast malts when the coffee emerges as well.

Coconut and chocolate again on the palate, the former dominating the flavor profile. Coffee and some malt again in the finish which is slightly sweet though not quite cloying. Alcohol contributes warmth, heft, and a little flavor. Mild bitterness, from roast malt and coffee throughout.

Thick almost fatty mouth-feel, with decent carbonation and a bit of heat from the aforementioned alcohol.

One of the most coconut forward beers I've had, it's a shame that all the dessert-like additions overwhelm the presence of Marris Otter, which is an outstanding base malt when utilized well. A tasty, albeit unbalanced beer none-the-less.

Feb 09, 2019
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/12/18, consumed 2/3/19

Poured deep pitch black with a small, creamy, light tan head that pretty quickly dissipated, low rentention with a little lasting ring, decent amount of spotty lacing.

Terrific silky smooth aroma of roasted malts, dark cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and coconut. It's all there, inviting & very well blended.

Taste of sweet dark cocoa & coffee & coconuts with the vanilla playing a lesser complementary role.

Feel is medium/heavy, nicely smooth & creamy, low carbonation & bitterness, alcohol is a bit present.

Overall, a very nice coconut imperial stout from Modern Times/JWF. Sweet but not pastry level. Definitely recommend, one of the nicer recent imperial stouts from out West here.

Feb 03, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice imperial stout with deep rich flavors and quite a bit of smoothness. Pours a deep dark black color with just a little lingering tan head and spotty lacing, although both faded within 10 minutes. Smells of very rich, dark cocoa, mocha, malt, light toasted coconut and a little caramel and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, and that deep rich mocha is definitely stronger than the coffee notes. The coconut flavor is very well integrated into the coffee-mocha flavor complex. Smooth, rich, slightly creamy and thick mouthfeel that coats the palate. Decent carbonation. Definitely quite a bit of warming alcohol and you can feel most of the high ABV. Very nice offering but definitely a slow sipper.

Jan 26, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer to be dark, exotic, and wildly elusive.

I wanted to do the proper thing and allow it to sit (to warm) but that’s like having Emily Didanto pillow side and resisting the urge to dive in like Phelps going for gold. The beer is jet black, medium bodied like Oprah when she skips the cookie aisle, and it has wonderful pastry flavors like your grandma baking your Sunday favorite treat.

It may not exactly be a top ten stunner, but it definitely is Raul approved.

Nov 04, 2018
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thinner than I was expecting for any stout that JWB helped brew.. But in the glass, it's pitch black with a super creamy, tan head. Almost looks like whipped topping.

Aroma is strangely light.. The coconut really takes over, and overpowers the inherent richness that I look for a in a stout. If my eyes were closed, I would imagine I was smelling white, coconut frosting.

Flavor is a ton of coconut, but the richness arrives with a punch of sweet coffee. Sweetness is perfectly balanced, with some nice coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

Oct 20, 2018
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. pour on tap.

Near-black with a thin ring of brown head.

The nose is coconut, chocolate, and a little heat. Some generic imperial stout intensity too (char and wood). The coconut comes out more as it warms.

The taste follows, with dark chocolate, raisin, cherry, and coconut. Not too intense, with the very good base beer mostly stealing the show. The additives (coconut, vanilla, and coffee) are subtle but present. Minor earthy wood mixed in.

The mouthfeel is medium+.

Overall, very good. Surprisingly more of a standard imperial stout than a dessert one given the description, but I appreciate the subtlety.

Oct 09, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, snifter glass. Dark black body, cola brown head measuring 1 finger, very good retention, even a dab of lacing. Smell is sweet pastry cake frosting; the coconut and vanilla blend together to give off a sweet coconut cake frosting smell. It's not the toasted coconut variety that shows here, but more of a cake frosting. Flavour follows, sweet coconut chocolate cake with a bit of vanilla icing. Milk chocolate, touch of espresso bitterness that comes across more than it does on the nose. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very good carbonation, appropriate and drinkable for an apparent 11% stout. Nice stuff for sure.

Oct 09, 2018
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alextastic from California

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a tan head that's thin, but persistent. Smell is coffee, malt, and a little heat. Flavor is fantastic, with bold, bitter coffee up front, and the vanilla and coconut working together on the back end for a creamy, ice cream-like finish. I'd say they pulled off the affogato theme quite well. Body is smooth and steady, very substantial, but goes down easy. Tasty stuff.

Oct 06, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A nice opaque brown with a modest tan head. Decent lacing in the glass. Toasted coconut dominated the aroma, along with sweet vanilla and faint coffee/roasted grain. The taste followed with sweet toasted coconut, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Subtle bitterness and coffee to balance it on the mid-palate. Each sip was enhanced by the robust aroma. Full bodied but not overly cloying. Warm on the finish but not out of line for an 11% beer. Overall an excellent beer that really did taste like a Samoa cookie.

Sep 29, 2018
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