Mega Black House
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #470
Ranked #1,716
4.23 | pDev: 6.15%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

August 10th, 2015 - Modern Times' Mega Black House has much of the same flavor as the Nitro Black House, though perhaps a touch sweeter, lifted by cocoa powder. And the hazelnut aroma is much clearer here too. But the taste is unexpectedly mild, especially against their other big and burly beers. It starts quiet and a little overly malty, but the alcohol works in the background, offering some strength, and especially so in the aftertaste.

May 01, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a half finger dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts, lots of coffee, some cocoa and chocolate with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice coffee coming from the aroma and taste, but body is a bit light and carbonation perhaps a touch too much. Nevertheless, it was still extremely drinkable.

Feb 20, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark blackish brown, with low, quickly fading foam.

Smell is a fat fist of coffee, with some caramel and toasted notes.

Taste is also very coffee forward, with more roasted notes, and some chocolate toffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit too thin for the ABV.

Overall, a stout that was remarkably drinkable for 10 %, but a little bit too thin for me.

Sep 26, 2017
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maltznhopz from Nevada

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a snifter glass.

A - pours a pitch black color with a tan head that lingers.

S - Aroma of coffee, malts, and cocoa.

T - Bitter sweet chocolate, malts, coffee and a light caramel flavor.

M - Smooth and viscous mouthfeel. Hardly any noticeable carbonation.

O - I liked this one much more that I anticipated. A solid non barrel aged stout that i would definitely buy again.

Aug 15, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a very deep ruddy brown to almost black in color. The pour quickly builds up very thick creamy tan froth that well retains itself with good retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting foamy layer atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot behind.

The aroma is led by rich and intense note of espresso coffee. It is not that so much astringent or sour being focused on pure aromatic coffee scent. There are also notes of creamy sweet and dark chocolate, some cocoa, roasted, dark bread, smooth oat, some vanilla, and spicy hop as a nice complement.

Big espresso coffee coats through the palate sensation. Then it is creamy and dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee bean which is slight astringent and sour, vanilla, dark bread, creaminess and smoothness from oat, as well as moderate bitterness from both roasted malt and hop. That bitterness is also well lasting in the aftertaste together with all the coffee flavors.

Full body with chewy and smooth mouthfeel but it is not so hefty in feeling being a bit thin instead. The feeling is a bit crisp with rather low to moderate carbonation but it is good enough to carry all the things well. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Coffee, coffee, and coffee are what I got. This one is an excellent coffee Stout that will satisfy both coffee and beer aficionado without fail. Alcohol is also well hidden, very good sipping beer. The more the beer get settled the more mellowness you will get, so, take time and enjoy!

May 01, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exceptional. Just a big, massive, brawny imperial coffee oatmeal stout - jet black, tan head, GINORMOUS coffee and dark chocolate/stone fruit aromas.

And they're somehow amped up on the taste. This isn't barrel-aged, so it really shouldn't be compared to KBS, but it reminded me of that beer with the huge coffee and chocolate flavors it offered up. I wish I'd purchased more of this, because it's truly world-class, IMHO.

Feb 19, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada

3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modern Times Beer 'Mega Black House' @ 10.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $10.50
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a black in the glass with a thin tan head leaving a fine spotty lace film along the snifter
S-hints of roasted coffee
T-smooth oatmeal & coffee imperial stout , spicey swallow
MF-ok carbonation , big body , dry mouthfeel
Ov-possible good beer
prost LampertLand

Jan 22, 2017
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pezhead_79 from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very solid coffee stout from Modern Times. This was my first MT beer and it did not disappoint. The coffee notes were very fresh and not overpowering. A well balanced version of the typical coffee stout.

Nov 15, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: watching it pour from the bottle - it has a beautiful burnt sienna brown cast, and even in the glass it is not black, but a super deep reddish brown. A wonderful full finger of caramel creamy head with a few gnarly bubble knots here and there. Dissipates fairly quickly compared to a standard stout. Lacing has a certain gravity to it, like aluminum siding on the house that was mounted with scotch tape - it sticks but eventually falls off back to the ground.

Aromas: The coffee stands out first, but it does have a thinning partition that lets through a little bit of the chocolate - which is a mild dark cacao. And has nice gritty/chewy morning oatmeal with a touch of brown sugar. And everything that can be roasted is roasted - oats, barley, coffee, and wheat; even the roast is probably roasted.

Flavour: My favorite type of brew, a morning stout : Breakfast of TRUE champions - you got your coffee, your oatmeal, and a couple of double chocolate Pop Tarts - all blended together. The coffee aspect tastes more rich than it's related aroma, and Momma oatmeal works two jobs, one at the raw oat factory as a roaster, and one at the bakery making lightly toasted biscuits, all the while Mr. 10% ABV plays stay at home dad and is completely hidden under a pile of raucous kids who are dressed up as little pieces of licorice.

Mouthfeel: A medium body weight but thinning. Like what happens in old age, you still carry a great deal of bravado but your overall stature starts to diminish... so if I say "a wisened medium weight?" hopefully that makes sense? The carbonation is tight and gives a gentle and faint fuzz to the tongue. And it all finishes with a full palate coating if drying dark chocolate with the siltiest of lingers before it all gets tucked away for bed.

Overall: One of the best "breakfast stouts" I've had. Only thing missing was bacon and/or maple syrup. I love the near complete absence of alcohol wafting off the 10% - that is super nice. Great balance of so many angles especially the coffee-cacao bitters, and I loved that I could still taste the oat even though the previous two palate mannerisms did have a monopoly on the general flavor. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing with it's initial thinness and slight lack of a smoother creamier texture. But flavour-wise it was bang on the money for me.

Pairing: I'm not sure how many coffee stouts I've reviewed, but because I like to enjoy them as a breakfast I tend to lean toward more breakfasty type pairings. In this case, I gotta throw it in with an actual breakfast - no quiches or omelets here though - I mean straight up old fashioned. I'll take an order of eggs sunny side up, on whole wheat toast, two strips of bacon and a side of diced hashbrowns (bacon and browns extra crispy). A dollop of maple syrup and ketchup on the side - I like breaking my yolks with a strip of bacon and then dipping it in a little syrup, followed by a sip of my desired morning beverage - Stupendous!

Nov 05, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from rutger this past summer

From a bomber into a snifter
SRM: 90
IBU: 45
FG: 1.019
A big, beastly version of Black House. A coffee, oatmeal beast.
75% Ethiopian Hambela and 25% Sumatran Mandheling coffee
Malts: Two row, roasted barley, flaked barley, pale chocolate, crystal 60, crystal 120, Munich, oats, dark chocolate, black barley, midnight wheat.

APPEARANCE: A perfectly clear, transparent brown pour yields a 2+ finger, looser, slightly fizzy, light brown head with half decent retention. Clear brown pour with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy, foamy wisp. Touches of wisp remain but no real lacing. Really weak color for the style and the head is lack-luster at best.

SMELL: Roasted coffee beans, espresso, sweet vanilla cream and some light butterscotch aromas. Bold enough.

TASTE: Roasted malts and coffee up front. Some espresso up there as well, moving into some sweet malt and butterscotch at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of roasted barley, burnt coffee, espresso, sweet cream and butterscotch character. Plenty flavorful and the coffee is quite roasted.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Enough weight on this one, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes a touch sticky. Some roasted bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is good stuff. I wouldn’t put this up there with the top kids at school, but it’s certainly solid and enjoyable. For myself, I prefer my imperial coffee stouts a little less burnt and roasted and a bit more creamy and sweet. Non-the-less, I can see why this is a hit with fans of this sub-genre and am very glad to have had the chance to try it out. Thanks again rutger!

Oct 30, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with tinted brown head around the edges. Minimal lacing.

Nose is strong black coffee mixed with expresso, roasted malt, and a bit of booze.

Taste is caramel, vanilla, expresso, roasted malt, black coffee, and booze.

Mouthful is medium-ish and soft upfront and biting on the back. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi dry and warming.

Very coffee forward stout that is big and bold in that mindset. Sweetness is balanced by the black coffee bitterness. Drawback is the nose which is a little one noted. other than that, mouthful and look are very nice. Recommend.

Oct 23, 2016
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee black with milky brown lacing. Smells roasty and metallic. I don't taste the 10% at all. It is masked nicely. Coffee, roasty, sweet simple syrup finish, and more bitter than I prefer. Vibrant mouthfeel. Great beer overall but I've enjoyed some of their other coffee brews more.

Sep 30, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque coffee black like texture.

Delicious smell. Sweet dark chocolate with a nice subtle but present coffee smell. Also light roasted malt smell too but mainly coffee. Taste is the same with a strong dark chocolate and coffee note. Medium roast coffee. Heavy body but soft texture alost velvet. No acidity. Fuzzy. Get it!

Aug 25, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a khaki, near finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much lacing, outside a few spots here and there.

Smell - Aroma hits on coffee, chocolate and vanilla with lesser caramel and some light booziness. Smells a bit like a White Russian, TBPH.

Taste - Follows the nose. Coffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla cream make up the bulk of the flavor, but lacks ideal depth. The flavors die much too quick, revealing a lightly boozy finish and distant roast.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, slightly silky texture with a smooth, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Similar to their City of the Dead though not a tasty, this Imperial Stout doesn't hit on nearly the dark depth of its competitors, instead relying on smoothness as its driving force. It's a good beer, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

Jul 26, 2016
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BWood from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: nice head and lacing.

S: good coffee and malt presence with chocolate there as well.

T: I really like this one. Good coffee presence but not overpowering. Solid base beer as well.

F: smooth with just the right carbonation. Would have liked it a little thicker.

O: great beer

Jul 08, 2016
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ptykozoon from California

3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black, thin lasting cap.

Toffee, caramel, coffee, tiramisu.

Chocolate, vanilla, subtle burnt coffee beans.

Light to light medium mouthfeel.


Jun 10, 2016
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Betolito from Nevada

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing I notice, even more than the appearance, was the super fresh coffee scent, almost like walking through the coffee grinding station at the store, if it was located right by the chocolate bins.
The taste is really that of wonderful coffee, oatmeal, chocolate and the roasted malts. A bit boozy, but not too overpowering. I like Black House, I love Mega Black House.

May 30, 2016
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SoCal_Matt from California

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice amount of dark tan head. Coffee and chocolate on the nose. Taste is similar with big coffee and chocolate notes up front, a bit of fruit notes from the coffee, mostly blueberry, finishes creamy with a bit of vanilla. Feel is perfect in my opinion, just thick enough for the style and ABV. Excellent beer overall. I really love regular Black House and this is a well done "Mega" version of it.

May 29, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1000th enjoyed by a campfire in Lava Beds National Monument. Everything I love about Black House, amped up. Surprisingly thin for the ABV. Will revisit many times!

May 29, 2016
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anon from California

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark brew, tinges of brown but basically black, opaque, thick. Coffee coloured head with little retention. Some lace here and there. The smell is everything I want in a coffee stout, that being first and foremost: coffee. And this one hits huge, with an absolutely perfect scent of roasted coffee balanced by oats and malts. Can't get much better than this.

Coffee is of course up front on the tongue, perfectly roasted, with a good bitterness, but without being overwhelming, coalescing with the thick, malty base. Cacao nibs and charred vanilla bean play a big role here, with notes of pine, black licorice and oatmeal. Finishes real creamy, velvety, rich and smooth. Absolutely fantastic. Really one of the best coffee stouts I've had the pleasure to try.

May 07, 2016
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Reema from California

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Pours dark brown, essentially black. Smell is of fresh espresso, heavy dark chocolate, toasted grain, and milk chocolate. Taste reflects the smell. Initial intense coffee and dark chocolate flavors leads into a pleasant coffee bitterness that finishes abruptly with a lingering milk chocolate taste. Feel is perfect, creamy, thick, and very nice. Overall this is an excellent beer that is tasty and an excellent double version of their Black House.

May 02, 2016
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soco89ziegler from California

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. In my opinion this is on par with Speedway. Excellent strong coffee flavor, abv is well hidden, serious improvement over the standard black house.

May 02, 2016
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. Imagining this is near the 8 month mark in age.

Fresh coffee like sticking your nose in a bag immediately after being opened, followed by vanilla & oatmeal cookie & Burnt malt, without being ashy. Another 6 months in the cellar would have done this very nicely, but drinking very good now.

I imagine this was a bit harsh fresh.

Jan 25, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saving this beer for several months in hopes of opening it for a cold evening has paid off. Consumed on Christmas, on to the beer:

A sturdy espresso head rests atop this black bodied ale. As a coffee driven beer, I got my coffee fix, plus a little extra. It smells like chocolate syrup covering coffee beans, with notes of oats and coconut in the back. A rich, thick, and delicious beer, Mega Black House is just the way to end a night. The taste of coconut hits first, then comes roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee, and a kiss of booze show their marks as well. As expected, Modern Times delivered a proud, beefed up version of the standard Black House.

Jan 01, 2016
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COrilla from Colorado

4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found a lot to like about this beer. Pours a nice black color with appropriate head. Very coffee forward but with the quality of coffee used that's a good thing. Overall a very enjoyable brew that goes down extremely easily. My first try of Modern Times, won't be my last.

Dec 20, 2015
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