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Black House - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 836
Avg: 4
pDev: 24.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 137 | FT: 8
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Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 06-30-2013

Black House is an oatmeal coffee stout bursting with coffee aroma and flavor.
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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 836
Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and a half of light tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, burnt wood, coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste has malty sweetness, coffee bitterness and licorice.
The texture is crisp.
Nice aroma and enjoyable.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Black for the most part with glowing ruby red on the edges. Two fingers of tan head.

S - Bitter dark coffee with dark chocolate with roasted malts and the slightest hint of vanilla

T - Bitter dark coffee, bitter roasted malts, with dark chocolate and a watered-down espresso taste.

F- Thin for an oatmeal stout, but still flaky and thick enough. That dark roast coffee lingers for days.

O - It's a basic coffee stout, but a little darker and has a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a can poured into a nonic pint at the Anchor Hope in San Fran.

I’ve never been a iced coffee guy, but I suspect if you like iced coffee you’ll love this beer. Great coffee flavors. 4.25

A – Pours an opaque black with a two finger dark brown rocky head that dissipates to a thin but constant layer. 4

S – A clean coffee, very little maltiness 4

T – Very nice coffee with a bit of sweetness, coffee, roasted malts 4.25

MF – Smooth start and finish, medium body, semi-dry finish 4.25

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Photo of spamNeggs
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Oatmeal Coffee stout. Expected something with a fuller mouthfeel and a center coffee presence. Nope. What it is is a very drinkable stout. Far thinner than I'd expected and a light coffee note blended in. Not a 'just for dessert' kind of affair. Works well for what they were going for.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow.. this really taste like coffee. Nice substantial and smooth mouth feel..nice coffee aroma.. overall this is a very nice beer that puts coffee at the forefront

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Photo of JackieKu
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can. Canned on 2015-08-27.

A: Opaque. Poured with large amount of foam, it was dense and retained medium long.
S: Intense roasted aroma. Slightly smokey. Moderate coffee.
T: Medium roasted flavor. Moderate coffee. Hints of sourness. Dry.
M: Creamy. High carbonation.
O: Fairly good dry stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a finger's width of cocoa powder colored head. Fair retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Lacing is mostly spotty with a few streaks along the glass.

Smell - Distinct roasted coffee bean aroma, with lesser notes of chocolate and caramel.

Taste - In tune with the aroma. Coffee is the predominant flavor, with a bit of caramel lying beneath. Chocolately notes come on softly mid-taste

Mouthfeel - Sits somewhere between medium to full in body with moderately carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy mouthfeel thanks to the oats makes this one a stupid easy drinker.

Overall - Not the most flavorful of coffee stouts, but it does display nice cohesion and is damn near quaffable. Doesn't do much to distinguish itself from others in the style, but it's not a very flexible style anyway.

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and nearly opaque with deep mahogany edges and a two finger pillowy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Great retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Robust dark malt aroma with a nice mix of deep roast and silky dessert-like sweeter malts. Gourmet coffee bean with toffee, oatmeal and toast followed by sweet chocolate, lactose, chocolate cake, caramel, toffee and fudge. Smells pretty good.

Medium body and a touch sweeter than expected. Decent gourmet roast flavor but not as coffee dominant as I was expecting. Toast, roasted nut and espresso bean followed by silky chocolate sweetness, caramel and faint lactose. Nice balance and easy to drink with a well masked ABV.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear and dark...its a stout. Minimal khaki head...no lacing.
Smell: Hints of coffee and roasted grain. Wow...this has promise!
Taste: Hits many points...love it! Slight astringent character but smooth with a medium finish. I wish I would have bought more...
Feel: This is where is falls a little for me. Its prickly and not as 'round' as some oatmeal stouts.
Overall: Don't hesitate on a 4-pack. Its delish! My wife smelled it and then tasted and said its fantastic! I agree whole-heartedly!

Last Words: Absolutely solid! If you like stout beers and coffee, this will make you very happy.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a globe.

A: Black in color. Creamy beige head dissipates slowly. Wispy lacing.

S: Roasty and smokey dark roast coffee. Cola and bitter dark chocolate underneath.

T: Cola and dark chocolate. Roasted barley. Kiss of spicy hops. Subtle starchiness. Dark roast coffee builds middle to end with moderate acidity, roasty/smokey flavors, and even some fruitiness. Smokey coffee finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and silky feel. Acute carbonation scrubs sharply.

O: A nice oatmeal stout made nicer by the coffee addition.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can from Brewdog online shop (£4):
Fairly disappointing in truth, I'm not sure what I had been expecting but I definitely wanted more from this. The taste & nose were both quite basic & not unlike a lot of other English style stouts that I've tried over the years although it was a nice enough taste without ever exciting.; I doubt this will be one I go for again.

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Photo of Dan_K
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Looks like a brown ale, dark but not pitch black. Pours with 1 finger of mocha head that quickly dies down.
S: Smells pretty normal, like a brown ale. Kind of a sweet, boozy, slight coffee smell.
T: The taste is where this all comes together. Tastes more like a smooth brown ale than a stout, but rich chocolate and coffee are woven throughout, with a little overroasted bitterness. Slight taste of oats.
F: Fairly thin but smooth, slightly creamy.
O: This is a session-able but flavorful blend of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt goodness. The flavors all balance well together. It's sweet but not cloying. Bitter but not overly so. Overall, quite and enjoyable take on this style. Perhaps my favorite session coffee beer.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra. Thanks to the trader!

Pours darker brown/medium black on gentle pour.

Nose - good quality coffee - oatmeal stout.

Taste - creamy mild Expresso.

Overall - had on same night as Black Baptist and Lagunitas Imperial
Stout. This came in 2nd place in my book.

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Photo of mbunje
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great body and mouthfeel for a sun 6% stout. (Isn't that a porter then???). Great smell and flavor to boot. Oatmeal makes it a bit sweet. It is not overly bitter or burnt like some can be. Nice effort and great result!

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black House is indeed black and, especially in this tall pint glass, looks sturdy enough to hold up a house (though ironically can't even support a head). In fairness, the oils from the coffee beans are probably to blame for that. And speaking of oil, this California oatmeal stout could easily pass for Texas tea.

The aroma has such a rousing mocha quality you feel like you're sitting next to the bean grinder with a big slice of chocolate cake in one hand and a fork in the other. If only my homemade tiramisu tasted like this smells. Seriously, this stuff might put Italian bakeries in San Diego out of business.

To no surprise there's a lot of coffee flavour, but it's not overwhelming. Modern Times roast their beans themselves which leads be to believe that pleasantly nutty, vividly hazelnut taste, the delicate bitterness and subtle fruitiness was intentional. They're great matches for the silky dark chocolate notes of the malt.

I found Mega Black House (the 10% 'imperial' version of this recipe) to be exceptionally approachable and well proportioned so I naturally expected Black House to be equally, if not more smooth and velvety. Indeed it is. The roast is restrained and I keep waiting for an ashyness to show up but it never does.

I'm not a coffee drinker and never have been but I could gladly start my day with this! To me, there's something astringent about coffee - how it soils your breath and stains your teeth - but luckily Modern Times found a way around this and provides all the flavour in a simple yet decadent package.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear black colored ale with a b are medium sized brown colored head.

Smells sweet with a chocolate and flowers scent. I detect a faint almond scent. Faint cherry aroma.

Starts out tasting of toasted grain and caramel. Somewhat faint berry flavor and subdued coffee.

Mouthfeel is the expected Oatmeal Stout silk.

Overall a tasty beer, not the best in the world though just a good one.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can of unknown age into a tulip glass. Looks great but minimal head. Nose is fainter than desired but pleasant. Taste more than make up for faint nose. Great coffee notes, roasty but not too much to be burnt. Solid mouthfeel and finish. If this was in my distro area, it'd be stocked in the fridge year round. Well done MT!

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Photo of Sheppard
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with lacy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted oats and coffee. Very one note. Some coffee, some oats. Very thin feel. Overall, it tastes fine, but it is thin and lacks creaminess or anything to make up for that, even at the 5.8% level.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours dark brown. Aroma is roasty and coffee forward. I also get a very sweet, brown sugar scent. A milky, lactose smell I pick up too. Flavor begins with a central coffee element. Here is the coffee you wanted, great beer right? I disagree. It tastes like coffee with way too much cream and sugar in it. Too sweet. Body is also too light. The flavor needs to be complemented by a fuller feel. I didn't really think this one was great.

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Photo of SABERG
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Five Eyed Fox in Montague MA.
A - Translucent dark shades, a loosely constructed froth of mocha cap.
S - Coffee forward, some cocoa and dark roast malt.
T - Chocolate and coffee, surprisingly bitter, cold brewed coffee maybe. The flavors run in
a tight band, even with a temperature increase.
F - Thin in body, dry finish, surprising in its bitterness.
O - A nice coffee stout, a bit thin in body, big in aroma.

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Photo of emyers
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours near black with a half-inch creamy beige head.

Smell is medium roast coffee, roasted barley, some vanilla, and cocoa. Fairly balanced, not overly coffee-forward.

Taste is similar to the smell - coffee is somewhat subdued compared to many coffee stouts out there. I get a good amount of milk chocolate and roasted barley. Very balanced, overall fairly mild flavor.

Feel is exceptionally smooth due to the oats, medium to slightly full-bodied. Excellent.

As a coffee lover, I'm looking for a lot more coffee in my coffee stouts. This is more of a nice mellow oatmeal stout with a touch of coffee for added complexity. Good beer, but not ultimately what I'm looking for in the style.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can.
More coffee in the nose than in the flavor, but even here it doesn't mask the underlying stout.
Smooth, medium full body. Medium-low carbonation.
Good bitter sweet balance leans towards the bitter side.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with a small tan head
S: Coffee and roasty notes
T: Bitter coffee upfront with a long roasty finish
M: Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel from the oats. The roasty characteristic of this beer makes it feel bigger than a 5.8% ABV stout.
O: My second MT beer, and it's another excellent beer. With such a big feeling and low ABV, I could see this as being the perfect fall/winter campfire beer!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark with a nice tan head with big bubbles. Smells like coffee and malty sweetness. The taste is the same. Nice iced coffee bitterness with the malt sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer and a great imitation of an iced coffee.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the can.

Standard dark stouty color, medium tan head. Bitterness in the aroma, coffee and dark malts. Astringent taste, roasty, bitter, combo of coffee and tea. Kind of clashy and just really didn't work for me.

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
89 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.