|Brewery:||Modern Times Beer|
|Location||San Diego, CA|
Best Quote During Tasting
Brewing beer is the best worst hobby I have.
|Aroma - Caramel and roast are the first to show up but the bourbon and chocolate soon follow. There's definitely some vanilla poking its head in with some brown sugar and molasses to round it out.|
|Appearance - There's great legs on this opaque, black beer. The head, while small, still provides great lacing while never rising larger than a thin film.|
Flavor - This is much sweeter than I was anticipating. The caramel is huge and the vanilla isn't far behind it. It's got subtle roast and slightly bigger chocolate but the sweetness is the big thing with this one. The finish has a bit of an alcohol/bourbon bite and it finishes smooth.
|Mouthfeel - This one coats your tongue with a medium carbonation and full body.|
|Overall Impression - The sweetness took away from what could've been a phenomenal beer. Was this a great beer? Absolutely. However, it could've been great by having some of that sweetness dialed back. The bourbon and vanilla were perfect and the mouthfeel was awesome.|
|Aroma - Lots of chocolate followed by roasted malts and bourbon. There is definite oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. Some of the sweetness in the nose gave a bit of dark fruits as well.|
|Appearance - Thick black beer with a thin mocha film for a head. So viscous it looks almost sticky.|
Flavor - This beer changed flavors as it warmed. Originally it was all sweetness with chocolate and vanilla followed closely by a boozy aftertaste, but as the beer warmed up it became much more balanced. The sweetness became tempered by the barrel notes and roasted malts. It was still sweet, but not nearly as cloying as the initial taste. A great example of how temperature can completely change the profile of a beer.
|Mouthfeel - Full bodied with hefty carbonation give this one a thick almost chewy mouthfeel.|
|Overall Impression - The booze in this one was apparent, but it blended so well with the sweetness that it was very tasty. It wasn't the best barrel aged imperial stout I've ever had, but it's one I certainly want to have again. The competition is so stiff with this style these days that 10 years ago this would have been a whale, today it's just another solid beer.|