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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%


Modern Times is the first brewery/roastery in the world to make beer with barrel-aged coffee beans. The barrel-aged coffee adds layer upon layer of rich bourbon, oak, and vanilla character to the underlying nutty, floral, full-bodied Guatemalan coffee. As a result, City of the Dead is an outrageously complex and flavorful stout, even though the beer itself has not spent any time in barrels. You can buy yourself a bag of our house-roasted barrel-aged beans - and even sign up for a coffee subscription - at moderntimesmerch.com.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Korcz (2916) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 23, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (699) - - APR 22, 2017
Nice coffee flavour. A bit nutty. Fizzy, very little head. Deep brown colour. Not amazing, but drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8571) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2017
Pretty nice stuff. Totally a gimmick of an idea like the Ewok Christmas movie, but it means that the barrel flavor is appropriately subtle and doesnt take over the beer. Roast and coffee, and some caramel. Pours black with decent head. Bittersweet finish. Good stuff, more like a foreign stout than a normally stout. Tap at Meridian Pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (2137) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2017
1pt 6fl oz shared bottle at home from De Caigny, Belgium. Nose is coffee, cocoa. Body is pitch black, head is medium, beige, frothy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, vanilla, wood, nuts. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, coffee after taste, slowly developing hoppy bitterness. Full body, dusty slightly sticky texture, medium carbonation. Easy dessert beer, interesting but bourbon is not noticeable, well balanced, very tasty, great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 12, 2017
On tap at Proletariat. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast and coffee, a hint of green pepper, dull jalepeno, maple and vanilla lurking in the background. Medium bodied, soft and spicy, big coffee and chocolate right away, spicy coffee. Chocolate, a hint of vanilla, warming alcohol, toast and cocoa. Slow warmth, chocolate, long bitterness, a hint of coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3611) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2017
Draughtat Mikkeller SF. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, wood and a bit of vanilla. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, a bit of wood and smoke. Exquisite stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - APR 9, 2017
UPDATED: APR 21, 2017 I have heard about a new trend of using coffee beans aged in wooden barrels and this allegedly was the first one to do that, curious about this. Medium thick, moussy, pale beige, stable head, well retaining around the edge, black robe with hazy burgundy edges. Refined bouquet of real coffee beans and coffee powder, espresso, liquorish, bitter chocolate, sugared black tea, hazelnut paste, aniseed, bayleaf, cigars, dry leather, cinnamon rolls, vanilla beans, light bourbon, dried thyme. Clean fruity onset, hints of dried fig and unripe pear, touch of leathery umami and some dim elderberry sourishness, softish carbo, pleasantly oily and creamy, slick mouthfeel. Very nutty malt body with a bitterish toasted edge, blending beautifully with the uplifting notes of high quality coffee powder towards the finish without turning deeply roasted bitter, some spicy hops way back but not outspoken (unsurprisingly at only 30 IBU), leathery and teaish accents, dryish, with the coffee lingering alongside a bitter chocolatey end maltiness and a dash of warming, well-positioned alcohol. I do not quite get barrel ageing here - if only the added coffee and not the beer itself has aged on bourbon barrels, this effect can only be subtle - so I am left wondering a bit what the point of this novelty is, but in general this is a very well-balanced, refined, highly drinkable and beautiful stout without any flaws. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (2074) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2017
From bottle. A gusher. Pours a pitch Black with a Big brownish head. Aroma has lots if acidic coffee, light bourbon, toffee, but rather dry, slight off notes. Taste is slight sweet, light roasty, dry, slightly off. Slight Full body and a medium High carb ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (1721) - - MAR 10, 2017
Bomber, 2015 vintage. Strong coffee aroma with notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, lactose sugar and some vanilla. Pours dark brown with a thin light brown head that has some retention and excellent lacing. Starts with rich, bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Finishes dry with huge roasted coffee flavors as well as a bit of lactose sugar and vanilla. Pretty good, but a huge amount coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8914) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2017
On tap at abv. Pours a jet black color with a small beige head. A big sweet coffee nose. The flavor is huge sugary sweet coffee, roast, vanilla, lactose. Very good. Huge.

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