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Black House - Modern Times Beer

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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 797
Avg: 4
pDev: 25.5%
Wants: 70
Gots: 134 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 797
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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Photo of GarrettB
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

October 25th, 2013 - This was the first time I had this brew, which has become something of a hallmark in my North Park neighborhood. It's everywhere in cans, but I THINK back then, this was tap only. But it's easy to tell on the first sip why it's become so prevalent. The roast flavor on the nose is appetizing, tossing in malt, wood chips, and that curious mustiness of a Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. The coffee and coffee beans really shine in the flavor though, served on a rich, creamy palate, and delivering an unexpected dose of hazelnut smokiness and sweetness. I suspect Modern Times will be joining the San Diego market in the IPA frenzy, but it's great to see they have a stout to match for those with palates inclined to darker beers.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding coffee aroma upon opening. Taste is much of the same. Abundance of perfectly roasted, not harsh coffee, balanced with a pleasant sweetness. Not too bitter or toasty. I'm not a stout guy for summer months living here, but I find myself still attracted to this stout on those cooler summer nights.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Coffee coffee coffee. This beer is so good. Full of flavor and aroma.

Smell does not quite match up to some brews in the same style but it sure does pack a punch. Great brew.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully, with a great coffee forward aroma. There's a pleasant yet distinct roast on this and it tapers into a smooth finish. Delicious & delightful.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of W_Des
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -18%
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

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.