Black House - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 70
Gots: 109 | FT: 8
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California, United States

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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Ratings: 678 | Reviews: 80
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of joberlander
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Mikus
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Paul_Andrews
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like it more than Sin Tax, Sextant, and Old Rasputin.

Photo of SquirrelOnABurl
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich complexities between the chocolate and coconut notes bring out the best in this stout.

Photo of toronadotornado
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Social Litchen & Brewery - San Francisco, CA- draft (Tap Takeover)

Photo of whatthehull
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of chrisjws
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of Brew-Knows
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee smell and taste cold. As it warms up the chocolate comes through and taste sweeter.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Geoffq
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a nice surprise this beer is full bodied
not too strong great coffee stout taste

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of oldsailor
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of jooler
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty good stout. Had it on draft and I think I could taste some of the grounds. But really good overall coffee flavor.

Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Gr8ful4Beer
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The can says chocolate-covered espresso bean, and that is a good description. A nice surprise in a can. Worth a try.

Photo of Pawoto
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of sungsays
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of gibgink
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

Photo of kevanb
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of BrentLepping
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
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