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Black House - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
89
very good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 06-30-2013)
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the_encinitan

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-12-2014 04:22:13 | More by the_encinitan
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nealbert

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-11-2014 19:58:46 | More by nealbert
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EJosesA

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-11-2014 17:23:33 | More by EJosesA
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-11-2014 16:38:09 | More by tommyguz
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

07-11-2014 15:24:12 | More by MichiganderHB
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jawas

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

07-11-2014 01:07:37 | More by jawas
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cwreay90

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-11-2014 01:07:22 | More by cwreay90
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rdooley

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

07-09-2014 23:23:38 | More by rdooley
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nebuchadnezzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-09-2014 20:48:54 | More by nebuchadnezzer
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Oakhtar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-09-2014 03:52:57 | More by Oakhtar
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Mersh

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

07-09-2014 00:10:19 | More by Mersh
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sillyhed8

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-08-2014 23:27:49 | More by sillyhed8
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, but not inky. Transparent edges. Small khaki head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Dark roasted malts.

Taste - And it's all coffee here too. Some deep roasted chocolate, even a little burnt malt in the back. Some vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Bitter finish. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Dominated by coffee, but it's very drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-08-2014 01:17:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

*16 oz. Can courtesy of SomethingClever, thank you!*

Going to do this straight up, no gimmicks. This brew pours black with dark brown hues around my glass. There was a small khaki head that resided to the body quite quickly. The nose on this is brilliant! Huge coffee and chocolate with that barley Dankness. The coffee is just great even with a hint of sourness. The flavor is like the nose describes yet isn't as sweet. First hits with mineral water and bitter coffee and chocolate. Roasted malts are present yet act as a balancing act with the coffee with just a slight sourness. The finish is bitter-sweet and dry. The aftertaste is where all the flavors seem to converge and leaves a pleasant chocolate/coffee/toasted breads and oat meal lingering to ache another sip. The mouthfeel on this is very thin yet tries to be creamy and smooth yet is distracted by the forced carbonation.

Overall: This isn't a bad beer, just not too much for me to love it. The way this brew feels should be heavy and coat the palate with its goodness. There could be some more residual sweetness from the malts as well. Just my two cents worth. Yet for being a Stout this doesn't scream greatness. This brew is worth a shot.

Serving type: can

07-06-2014 22:05:12 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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Gojira84


4/5  rDev +1%

07-06-2014 03:51:30 | More by Gojira84
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Petersfavoritebrews

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-05-2014 23:50:26 | More by Petersfavoritebrews
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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-05-2014 18:07:25 | More by sloelco
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Dreynolds1808

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

07-03-2014 23:24:10 | More by Dreynolds1808
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robgage

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

07-03-2014 22:04:23 | More by robgage
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mabermud

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This stout is very standard. The appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all mediocre. Maybe my taste buds are spoiled...or maybe they aren't and I can discern a quality stout over something simple. This stout is pretty cut and dry, simple. Nothing stands out, or makes me want to drink this beer again. The best thing about this beer is that it is in a can and can be toted around fairly easy. I have nothing bad to say about this brew, but I also have nothing good to say either. I would try this again.

Serving type: can

07-02-2014 07:21:06 | More by mabermud
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errantnight

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-02-2014 02:34:15 | More by errantnight
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green_plastic

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%

07-01-2014 21:15:51 | More by green_plastic
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is excellent stuff, so easy drinking and full on ice brewed coffee notes once you crack the can the coffee bean expressiveness explodes toward my senses. I'm pouring into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass with this one in order to leaves some room for head space, pounder cans from Modern Times San Diego's new sensation. It looks great almost pitch black with a bit of cola brown highlights around the edges, big tan head fills the bulging nonic pint curves wonderfully. Fine light speckled lacing left unevenly but whimsically around the sides of the glass with each sip.

Aromatics contain expressive coffee notes, roasted almond and a generic earthy nutty character, dark chocolate notes, ice brewed coffee with a touch of cream and light sugar perceived sweetness and slightly lactic edge comes out as well. I'm happy just leaving my nose in the glass, it smells great but I want to try the flavor.

Roasted coffee notes, it's like drinking a beer ice brewed coffee hybrid, this is one of the most coffee forward coffee beers I've ever had. What set's it apart from other bigger stouts like Founders Breakfast Stout, is that the base beer being lighter almost gives it that smooth slightly oily iced coffee texture. A hint of lactose giving it a slightly tart milk sugar creaminess finishes great on the palate.

Mouthfeel smooth creamy textures competent carbonation levels, silky textures very reminiscent of drinking ice brewed coffee. Slightly oily texture makes the beer just go down so easy, evidently they are selling this stuff in number and these big pounder cans are the perfect vessel for such a flavorful and easy drinking coffee stout.

Overall, I pay to have access to some type of stout like this locally. The version of East End's coffee beer they recently brewed was amazing on cask at Piper's Pub it's called Joe Melt instead of their winter seasonal Snow Melt. All comparisons aside this stands out as a great coffee beer that this newer brewery should stand behind and let it cruise into position as their flagship offering that will put them on the map for the rest of the country. I bet those 16 ounce cans will ship great across the country once Modern Times grows enough to expand!

Serving type: can

06-30-2014 23:03:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-30-2014 23:02:27 | More by wvsabbath
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

06-30-2014 18:11:23 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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Black House from Modern Times Beer
89 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.