Modem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla, Hazelnuts And Maple Syrup
Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #377
Ranked #1,753
4.38 | pDev: 6.16%
Jun 06, 2021
Jan 10, 2019
Notes: None
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Ratings by mattreitz49:
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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 03, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - black thick syrup with a slight head and rimming
Smell - vanilla maple booze and barrel
Taste - vanilla caramel wood with a nice maple
Feel - medium full body light carb
Overall - really tasty

Jun 06, 2021
4.29 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.56 by vfgccp from New York on Mar 13, 2021
4.58 by Cpart from California on Jan 16, 2021
4.42 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 04, 2020
4.43 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Nov 01, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Glossy black with a fluffy dark tan head settling to a thick curled collar.

Hot and boozy, this delivers almond marzipan and tons of peppery barrel that I might enjoy sipping on a cold evening by a fireplace with some artisanal cheese nearby, but as it is I was not expecting this level of dominating heat and it's significantly interfering with my enjoyment.

Sep 08, 2020
4.5 by Radcpa from Washington on Aug 16, 2020
4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Aug 03, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

16 oz. can. Black with a small khaki head. Smells of bourbon, maples, vanilla, and sweet. Some hazelnut. Doesn't scream it, though. Tastes of stronger hazelnut. Sweet maple. A little roast. Bourbon in the back end. Sweet vanilla in the back end. Heavy and sweet. Boozy. It's slow to drink, but tasty.

Jul 06, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by jheimbigner from Washington

2020 version poured from fridge temp. Pours black, minimal coffee head, nose of warm barrel and sweetness, taste follows - nothing really stands out get vanilla, maple syrup and barrel, but no hazelnuts. Feel is lucious, minimal carb, near perfect. Overall good stout, let down by no hazelnut flavor, but the feel is incredible for this type of stout, viscous, coats the tongue and minimal carb. There is warmth from the barrel, but not hot for a 14% stout.

May 22, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Quarantine day forty nine: talked to my mom from ten feet away. First time I haven’t reeked of her perfume after seeing her in, well, forever. 22 oz. bottle reluctantly split with my wife.

Boderline Vantablack, what I take to be thick bubbles turns out to be a massive yeast booger. Nnnnnnaaaasty. Head vanishes in minutes. The nose brings (in order) whiskey, hazelnuts, & a gentle sweetness that I can imagine is syrup. Not bad.

Modem Tones – Bourbon Barrel Vanilla, Hazelnuts, & Maple Syrup is smoother & better integrated than annealed glass. Nothing stands out, it’s just a perfectly mixed batch of stout, vanilla, nuts, vanilla, nougat, with a mid-palate that is an Old Faithful of rich, dark cocoa. Whiskey & oak are low & slow on the finish. Decadent, & does not show the alcohol level at all.

No edges, just a slip-and-slide smooth barrel aged stout that doesn’t quite reach the rafters. Very good beer.

May 07, 2020
4.36 by johnInLA from California on Feb 22, 2020
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Feb 21, 2020
4.4 by Beerbom from California on Feb 12, 2020
4.68 by Original_Gravity from Washington on Jan 22, 2020
4.77 by ChicagoNick from Illinois on Dec 20, 2019
4.49 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 16, 2019
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Dec 05, 2019
4.49 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Nov 25, 2019
4.55 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Aug 11, 2019
4.53 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Jul 05, 2019
3.92 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jun 23, 2019
4.25 by Bum4ever from California on Jun 08, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by aleigator from Germany

On tap @ Other Half Brewing.

Pours pitch black with no head at all.

Provides the full package on the nose, ranging from toasty coconuts to alcohol soaked hazelnuts, dipped into milk chocolate. Offers molasses, old oak and layers of chocolate pralinées. The bourbon is there as well, it doesn‘t overpower anything at any given point, but produces a fantastic richness of aromas on the nose.

Almost no carbonation is left in this, while the beer‘s heavy body gets complimented by a great smoothness. The barrel is there, it definitely got a nice alcohol bite, smacking on the back end of the tongue in an enjoyable fashion.

Tastes of boozy, melted chocolate, driven by an oaken dryness, additional coconut and glazed caramel. Among this uprising sweetness the maple manages to shine through in a nutty, earthy fashion, from which the hazelnuts benefit in a great way. Then there is a coca-cola like peak, which pushes a little to far, overpowering almost anything else in this. Finishes still overly sweet, but the barrel manages to produce a more pungent, dry alcohol bite, allowing a light note of the hazelnuts to return.

This is just too sweet, it lacks of roasty, charred malts to balance out its massive body. The barrel is well appreciated though, since it manages to work as a counterpoint to the pastry part of the beer.

Apr 28, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by TheGent from New Jersey

This was super tasty. The barrel aging did not stand out to me, but rather the Vanilla, Maple Syrup and Hazenuts did.

Apr 28, 2019
4.5 by smcel371 from New York on Apr 24, 2019
4.53 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Mar 24, 2019
4.67 by SkiBum22 from New York on Mar 22, 2019
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4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by putonyourwalkingshoes from California

A really well rounded brew. Im not really a hazelnut person and I felt the notes were really muted. Each of the components comes and goes in small doses with the vanilla almost yielding a subtle kahlua thing. All the adjuncts are of high quality. Overall the alcohol bite was low and for this being young I can only imagine good things here on out. Barrel presence is nice moderate mouthfeel.

Feb 26, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

650ml bottle, snifter glass. Dark black body, opaque, one finger mocha head, good retention, no lacing. Smell is big vanilla ice cream, whiskey aroma, slight boozy heat, sweet maple throughout, mild nuttiness that isn't too sweet. Good balance, big thick vanilla sweetness. Flavour follows, sweet vanilla and maple syrup sweetness, whiskey, vanillin, light brown sugar, big chocolate fudge, a mild bit of nutty hazelnut. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy, fudgy with a nice sweetness from the chocolate, vanilla and maple. Lighter but still appropriate carbonation for the style.

Feb 25, 2019
Modem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla, Hazelnuts And Maple Syrup from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 32 ratings