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Black House - Modern Times Beer

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very good

462 Ratings

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 36
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 16oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes form 04/25/2014

A: Dark black body with a slight russet edge as you near the sides of the glass. My pour produced a massive sponge of dark tan head with ample hang time. Only a few minor dots and squiggles of stick remain after each sip.

S: Loads of fresh roast coffee goodness from the can. Underneath lies some darkly kilned grains and a molasses like sweetness. Not much else going on amidst all the java. Some chocolate covered dark berries emerge as the beer warms in the glass. Very roasty but also very clean with a great coffee freshness.

T: Flavors bring a ton of coffeehouse grade roast with some dark fruits, sweet brown sugar/molasses, darkened caramels, oats, and a faded smokiness. Like French pressed coffee into beer. This is very roasty with a touch of dark chocolate hidden in the middle and a mild earthy bitterness that perks on the backend. Not terribly complex but everything really comes together nicely. It is just so smooth and never burnt or acrid in any way. Creamy, roasty, and delicious.

M: Creamy smooth feel for this moderately fuller body. Does not come across as thick as it really is. Silky on the palate with a touch of drying at the finish. Fairly clean retreat with some light slickness on the palate.

D: This is a brew served two ways. Could easily pass as an iced mocha in the can. Even though the coffee steals the show what you get is an incredible fusion of all the flavors and the mouth feel is a true delight. Probably my favorite from Modern Times next to the Fortunate Islands.

Nugganooch, May 02, 2014
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Light black in color,yet still penetrable to light. A minuscule bit of khaki colored head covers the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee greets my nose. The mouth is silky,smooth,and dry. The taste is bitterly dark roasted coffee and roasted barley. The finish is pretty smooth and sweet along the lines of plums.

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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!

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M: Creamy and thick without being syrupy.

O: The more it warms up the better the coffee comes through. A good, straightforward coffee stout.

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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

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

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.