Black House - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 701
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 70
Gots: 114 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Decent roasty coffee aroma with big tones of milk chocolate coming through.

T- Moderately roasty and a bit sweet. Hardly any coffee detected unlike in the aroma except in the aftertaste.

M- A bit thin for the style with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Decent but there's not enough coffee presence overall and, even for just an oatmeal stout, it's good but not great. (691 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the North Park Flovordome. Poured black with a solid coffee nose with a rich coffee body without any astringent or acrid bitterness. It was medium bodied with low carbonation and very good. (201 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really tasty coffee stout! The coffee taste is present, but is not overpowering as I find some coffee stouts to be. This one is fairly light and easily drinkable. Will become one of my favorite coffee stouts (207 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to aViewFromTheHOP for this one! 16 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and mocha (yay for more horrendous puns!) in shade. Its texture is awful by stout standards - instead of being creamy and thick, its thin and ragged. Retention sucks, too. Even worse, no lacing is left on the glass. (2.5)

Smell: No doubt, this brings a solid coffee presence. It also brings elements of dark chocolate and oat. The nose isn't perfect, though. It initially seems a little vegetal, though that goes away as it opens up. Notes of cola and brown sugar take its place - as a rule of thumb, I'm not a huge fan of cola in a stout. Still, this seems like a baby FBS in many ways, and that's a big compliment. (3.75)

Taste: It starts with touches of roasted malt and black coffee. Caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate sweetness builds up on the mid-taste and crescendos on the finish. The coffee remains a subtle presence throughout - this isn't a total black coffee bomb. While this is decent, I certainly wouldn't call it the tastiest coffee stout in the world. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin in body. While it's dry enough, it doesn't have enough of that initial creaminess - even worse, it feels heavy and sluggish once the carbonation subsides. As a result, it lacks in both decadence and drinkability. (2.75)

Overall: The aroma was the best part of this one. It tasted solid enough, though it lacked pop. This looked and felt quite lackluster, as well. A disappointment coming off of Modern Times' excellent Blazing World. (3.25)

3.28/5: I don't particularly need to trade for this again (1,638 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with super creamy thick head and lace; roasted coffee nose; roasted malt and coffee and a little chocolate bread pudding flavors; silky mouthfeel yet vey lite; overall very good. (195 characters)

Photo of joberlander
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

black appearance, no light passes through. Great coffee aroma, burned espresso type. Coffee comes through in the flavor too. A little thin, which you'd expect for a less than 6% beer. Would love to try the other variations for a thicker feel. (246 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was excellent, and (gladly) the coconut didn't come through as prominently as the roasted malt, coffee, and some mild chocolate flavors. This brew (and MT in general) was the pleasant surprise of my recent SD trip. I wish I had been able to make the brewery! Next time! This was clean, complex, and layered the roasty flavors with the spot-on coffee bitterness and essence. You could tell that this was done with excellent coffee, and made with care. Well done. (466 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a White/Red wine glass

A - Dark Chocolate in color, one finger tan slightly foamy head and a little sticky lacing

S - Very acidic coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, pipe tobacco, nutmeg, cinnamon, huge sweet malt, slight booze, grainy, almost Belgian like yeast (on a count of a hint banana) a hint of green/brown earthy hops, smoked oak,

T - roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earthy hops, huge sweet malt, very grainy, banana (most likely the yeast), red wine, wood, soil, fall leaves

M - medium body, well balanced, decent complexity, medium plus acidity and a long bitter chocolate/sweet alcohol finish

D/O - very easy to drink, lovely taste, on the lighter side of stouts for sure -- not watered down by any means. This can be enjoyed during any and all seasons and during any and all kinds of weather.

Final Thoughts - At $3 a 16.9 oz can and 5.8% abv, this is a great deal for a tasty beer. (913 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 16oz can into my Lost Abbey Teku glass. Served at approximately 45F.

A: Pitch black. Tiny bit of light at the edges. Single finger of head. Laces the glass on the way down.
S: Roasty. Coffee. Little bit of chocolate in the background.
T: Follows the nose really well. More chocolate in the flavor compliments the coffee really nicely.
M: Fairly thick, coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.
O: Very tasty, love the coffee/chocolate flavors. (453 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an excellent beer.

nose and taste are freshly ground roasted coffee. roasted malt, chocolate. all balanced nicely. nothing dominates.

Had Nitro on draft and traditionally carbed from a can. I prefer the canned better. (219 characters)

Photo of oldsailor
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at a winter beer fest. Awesomely "clean" and "fresh" taste for a stout. Goes along well with their other offerings like Blazing World. Love Modern Times! (164 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into can glass

A: softer pour but even doing that there was almost no head this beer isn't pitch black either it's close but not quite some light punches through the edges.

S: nice roasted coffee smell some light notes of licorice and chocolate

T: nice burst of coffee sweetness and some barely lingering of licorice

M: medium to full a touch thin but not crazy so

O: this is a solid beer I think i would gave been more impressed if it was called a porter instead of stout. Stout conjures thoughts of deep abyss blackness and insane viscosity. This beer has a nice taste but it's not world class at best this is worth trying and then passing on. (669 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Minimal carb despite vigorous pour. Smell is muted with some black coffee. Mouthfeel is very thin. Seems like a black ale. Taste is old bitter coffee that tastes stale. There is no canned date. Not sure if the beer is old, but that's on the brewer to date if this beer does go bad or fade. The thinness of the body really makes it hard to call this a stout. (364 characters)

Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black and thinner than color would suggest with a bit of beige head. Big toasty, malty, rye and coffee nose. Taste reminds me of pumpernickel bread and coffee. Very clean finish and solid stout. (210 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice, serviceable coffee oatmeal stout. It's definitely not too brash with the coffee. Mostly I appreciate the restraint, though at times the oats don't seem to add quite enough body and, combined with the lighter coffee influence, can make the brew just a touch watery/bland. Mostly, though, this is just a nice coffee oatmeal stout. (343 characters)

Photo of Pawoto
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Modern Times Beer - thanks to BungleTrpg for the trade.

Nice deep brown color with a finger of foam. Great looking beer.

Big creamy mouthfeel with a super roasty body that holds up well to the coffee.

Would love to try the variants of this beer. (263 characters)

Photo of sungsays
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

My favorite stout. Incredible, creamy mouth feel, but not viscous. Fresh roasted coffee nose hits you right away. Flavor has mocha, smooth coffee (not bitter). I can drink this stout all day, even on a warm day. (211 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 20oz big boy can chilled to below 40. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown if not black. 1/2 finger of head. Dissipated quickly. Aromas of espresso thinking Ethiopian and Sumatra. Roasted malts. Light in the mouth with strong above coffee and roasted malts. Not boozy. Must be light abv. Definitely better than Guinness but not far from it. Solid. like it. Stout you can drink all day on a warm day even. (427 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured slightly chilled on 11/25/14.

A: Very dark brown, with slight head
S: A dark roasty-ness with some coffee in the background
T: Perfect blend of a roasted malt with coffee
M: Silky smooth
O: Perfection in a can! This beer is EXACTLY what the label says it is. I would drink this all the time if I could. (318 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, undated, poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales Dinosaur printed stemmed glass.

The beer pours a nice, deep cola brown, nearly black, opaque with a thin, finger high caramel head, that fizzles quickly and leaves a slight film atop the beer but yields no lace. The aroma is nice, soft coffee, lightly roasty, lightly bitter, smooth chocolate and rich grain, very pleasant and simple. The flavors are nice, smooth rich coffee, bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted, rich grains, a hint of caramel and brown sugar, nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit thin, but still having some nice richness and smoothness, carbonation is lower but feels crisp towards the finish.

Verdict: A nice American Stout from Modern Times, really well done while not being yet another 10%+ coffee stout. This is highly drinkable and easy to enjoy on a chilly evening, nothing too pretentious or overly complicated, just simple coffee and stout goodness. (946 characters)

Photo of BrentLepping
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Not a huge fan of low gravity, non-barrel aged stouts, but this bad boy is packed with complexity and all-around solid flavor. Coffee is perfectly placed and the roasty-ness of the malt shines through. Great beer from Modern Times. (231 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -2%

Big thanks to nugganooch for sending me a can of this; thanks Dane! 16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch tops of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Tons of roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, toasted malts, marshmallows, and very light coffee. Little coffee in nose, barely any in taste. Medium body and low carbonation, smooth but a tiny bit thinner than I would have liked.

Overall a good beer for sure, but a bit one dimensional, and didn't get much coffee for it. Worth checking out and solid for sure, would buy it occasionally if I were a local. Easy to drink. (648 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 16 ounce can into a mini-snifter.

Beautiful looking from the pour: pitch-black body and a dark-khaki tanned head. It's a nice contrast and the fact that the head remains two fingers thick for a suspended amount of time adds to the attractiveness. Sticky lacing scatters about the snifter. 4.5

Dark roast coffee with a bit of a fruity edge burst from the nose. The coffee is strong with this one. Creamy notes of vanilla and toffee give this that coffee with cream feel (or smell really). This aroma is outstanding. 4.5

Bitter how you like your coffee? You'll like this one. It's got the stiff dark roast flavor but with a bitter quality, which is only enhanced by the huge resinous, dank hops thrown into the mix. Vanilla lingers on the finish to offer a sweet counter. I like this flavor but something about the hop addition seems to disrupt the pleasant tastiness of the coffee and sweeter flavors. 3.75

While the body is light and easy-drinking, there's a burst of effervescence that you'd find more in a Belgian beer. It makes the beer a bit less sippable than the beer's body has already allowed for, but I'm still throwing this back like nothing. 4

Huge coffee flavors and still low in ABV, I like what they did here. I could throw back a number of these no problem. (1,287 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for leaving this one with me to try. First beer from this brewery.

Pours a nice darker colored fluffy fizzy head that hits a finger and fades semi slowly, nice lacing, just about pitch black beer.

Nose nice roast and dark chocolate, cocoa dust, coffee, freshly brewed coffee as well that plays nicely off the roasted malt, and a little earthy bitter roast, nice fudgey dark choc and cocoa, with a little caramel and fluffy nougat, faint earthy like hop note.

Taste brings fresh coffee again, very mild coffee with nice roasty malt but no acrid or burnt flavors, nice dark malts, into cocoa, dark chocolate and a little fudgey cocoa, mild fluffy nougat, with some caramel and wafer cookie like, almost raw chocolate chip cookie dough like note. Then mild earthy grassy hop note, mild bitterness, and a little creamy milk chocolate. Finish is drier but a little creamy feeling, nice lingering cocoa and milk chocolate, mild bitterness and more roast.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy and rich, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, a big creamy rich stout with nice cocoa, milk chocolate, roast, coffee, and hint of bitter hops. Very nice, rich and big while still drinkable and quite enjoyable. (1,215 characters)

Photo of ianw87
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Another great beer by Modern Times. I love that they house roast their own coffee. This beer is perfectly balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet. I really enjoy it. It is a great stout at a great price. (203 characters)

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
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