Black House - Coconut And Cocoa Nibs
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American Stout
Ranked #36
Ranked #3,323
4.12 | pDev: 7.52%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Black House - Coconut And Cocoa NibsBlack House - Coconut And Cocoa Nibs
Notes: Probably our single most requested beer in the tasting room. The chocolate & coffee of Black House makes an awesome base for intemperate quantities of coconut & cocoa nibs, which make the whole thing taste like a ridiculously decadent chocolate bar, but drier and more like beer.
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 299
Photo of GarrettB
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

September 8th, 2015 - Enjoyed at Toronado for the special Modern Times tap takeover. Heavy soy sauce and teriyaki on the nose. Burnt tips, malt and pine tree bark. I don't catch coconut at first, but if I imagine it when I smell it, I can see some of the toasted coconut appear. But mostly I get those beef jerky smells. Taste is interesting. Starts soft and tentative at first, almost like I'm about to get a burst of a chili beer. The palate is soft and foamy, too, which contributes to it a little bit. But around the middle of the taste the flavor suddenly buckles down, almost jarringly, and turns into a soft stout. Almost like an oatmeal stout, which a deeo sweetness, and there the coconut appears. It's light, much lighter than most beers with a coconut element, but I like the subtlety as a change of pace. Good brew. As for the cacao nibs? They're there, and provide that base of pitch black dark chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of lucius10
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent, light, and crushable. On the light side for a stout, but smooth and drinkable. I got the coffee and chocolate notes, but did not get the coconut notes though...

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with a tight thick tan head. Lost of lacing.

Aroma - Coffee and cocoa up front with hints of vanilla and roasted malts. I am not getting much coconut.

Taste - The taste is similar to the aroma lots of coffee and roasted malts along with cocoa but the coconut is very mild if I can even find it.

Feel - Thick creamy feel as is with a nitro beer. Slightly dry bitter finish.

Overall - Just being rated as a coffee stout it is very good not getting much coconut anywhere.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nitro Can poured into a Sierra Nevada put glass

A: Pours gorgeous cascade of all shades of browns from milk chocolate to the darkest dark chocolate with a dense creamy khaki head that hangs around and leaves some thick globs of lacing.

S: Toasted coconut, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, a little roasted malt, earthy, background hints of coffee, and caramel sweetness.

T: Milk and bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut that comes out more and more as it warms, roasted malt, cold brew coffee, and a caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the lighter side of medium body, creamy smooth.

O: I'm already a big fan of regular Black House, this takes it to the next level. (Bold statement: As much as I enjoy a good nitro beer, I wouldn't mind seeing this with regular carbonation to give it just a little more bite.)

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. 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 surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma with the dark roasted malt complementing it nicely. Also some coffee and vanilla. Faint coconut.

T- Bitter dark roast, dark chocolate and black coffee is what I get at first. Very easy to drink with no one flavor component standing out more than the other. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. Coconut comes through more as it warms.

M- Standard stout feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Would like just a tad more coconut but, other than that, a tasty variant that brings more roast quality to the table than expected.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black with a creamy light khaki head.

S: Exceptionally well balanced between the three adjuncts: rich baker’s chocolate, full-bodied low-acidity espresso, and just enough coconut to add some intrigue without becoming cloying. The roast on this stout is very mild, preferring to give way to the additives and caramel maltiness.

T: Chocolaty and surprisingly rich for a relatively light American stout. Some nice dark coffee notes, a touch of coconut and caramel-like malt. Finish is a somewhat short, pleasant melding of these flavors, and somewhere between sweet and dry. What a balanced beer!

F: Medium-plus body with surprisingly prickly abundant carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel with a slightly drying finish. A bit overcarbonated, but on the plus side it doesn’t go flat in my snifter over time.

Overall: An exceptionally balanced, delicious flavored stout. Great example of how a sub-6% stout can be just as tasty as any 10+ abv leviathan.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A: opaque. No foam.
S: Intense coconut. Hint of nuts and coffee.
T: Cocoa and coffee. Mildly coconut. Some nuts. Low roasted flavor. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium bodied. Crisp carbonation.
O: Not very impressive, but presented it intends to.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle to my Barrelhouse Brewco snifter glass
Notes taken on 05/16/2015

A: Looks like dark black coffee as the beer gathers together in the glass. Slight burnt brown edge to it and especially while on the pour. Completely opaque none the less. Nice fluffy stack of mocha cream comes to rest over top for a few lengthy minutes before settling down.

S: The high quality Ethiopian-Sumatra blend of coffee melds decadently with coconut oil, dark chocolate, black malts, toasted cereals, maple, and darkened caramel. Everything comes together like German chocolate cake which is phenom. Has a light smoky roast to the finish. Pleasantly rich and really surprising how much the coconut is coming through here in the nose.

T: Flavor is a bit more coffee forward than the nose but man is it world class! Gourmet dark roasted java asserts with the layers of coconut, vanilla crème, chocolate, and dark caramels joining the party. Sweet but not overly so as a slight earthy hop bitterness and light dry acridity take effect. Touch of dark berry and earthy root there. Like a liquid chocolate espresso cake really. Solid balance to this makes for some easy drinking. Amazed at how good this is.

M: Moderate filling body with a light almost watery thin feel to it. Texture is creamy on the palate with a nice drying lift towards the finish. Overall pretty clean and balanced.

D: Great flavor with some well-crafted balance and easy drinkability. Finally a one-off adjunct release that actually promotes the base brew. Only wish I had picked up more of this.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The coconut faded on this one really fast, but the nose and flavor was still great. Tons of roast malt and chocolate with small hints of coconuts. A really nice alternative to the Monster's Park variants.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, khaki head fades to a ring quickly. I'd love a bit more retention and lacing. Coffee, cocoa powder, a nutty almond joy aroma. Feel is creamy and dry. Very well done.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a one-finger foamy khaki head that eventually reduces to just a ring around the edges

S- cocoa powder followed by coconut gives it a sweet aroma up front, followed by hints of coffee & some caramel on the close

T- coffe and chocolate up front from the base beer adds a nice foundation, some sweet coconut kicks in mid-palate, followed by coffee & charred malt, more cocoa on the finish

M- medium body with moderate thin mouthfeel leads to a foamy and creamy finish

O- a nice variant to an already solid coffee porter

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Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a medium to large beige head. Good amount of lacing and solid retention. The aroma is roasted malt fruity with a good shot of chocolate, subdued coffee and coconut sweetness on top. The coconut recedes a bit in the background, and it’s somewhat mild overall, but it’s a nice mix and doesn’t overwhelm despite all of the stuff knocking about. The taste is light to medium sweet with cocoa and caramel. Moderately bitter with coffee and roast flavors. More coconut flavor than in the aroma. Still, the flavors feel a bit muted. Smooth, creamy feel.

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Photo of Reema
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color, almost black. Small mocha colored head. Smells initially as coffee with a tiny amount of coconut, which becomes much more prominent as the beer warms. Taste reflects the smell only with added toasty caramel sweetness and slightly bitter chocolate. This tastes very pleasant though I really wish the coconut was more prominent, it would be an excellent experience with a heavier coconut presence. The mouthfeel is a little weak and could be thicker and creamier feeling to compliment the flavors.

Would buy again though, it was nice.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown in color. Thin stout. Got some coconut in the taste, but no extra chocolate character except from the roasted malt. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Domvan
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark, nice foamy head
Smell - Robust coffee, coconut/chocolate sweetness
Taste - Adds a nice element of sweetness to the already robust coffee base beer that is Black House
Feel - Thick, sweet, a very delicious treat

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, 4.11.2015 sticker on the cap, poured into a Modern Times Beer willibecher glass.

The beer pours a nice, dark, cola brown color, a bit light in body in the glass, bubbly with a foamy, tan head, about 2 fingers high with nice retention and spots of lace. The aroma is nice, loads of chocolate and bitter roasted coffee, light acidity, just a hint of coconut, ample rich grains, a touch of caramel in there as well. Much like the regular Black House, it's a bit simple and coffee dominant. The flavors are nice, again, loads of bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, a touch of acidity, caramel, mild coconut, big and luscious dark grains, loads of flavor for a low ABV stout. The mouthfeel is okay, thinner with higher carbonation that the typical American Stout, coats well at times, very wet feeling, could use a bit more chewy character, easy finish that has a bit of a zippy bite.

Verdict: A nice American Stout from Modern Times, lacks a big showing of coconut, but there is nice bittersweet chocolate, and like the base beer, a great coffee profile. Thinner and not quite as substantial but much easier to sling back.

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Photo of chefbigjon
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can honestly say it tastes just like the OG, which isn't a bad thing. The coffee just dominates the flavor. maybe a slightly creamier mouth feel but I can't taste the coconut or the cocoa nib addition. Maybe because I had it not fresh?

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before I speak on behalf of this beer, I would like to clear things up about this particular beer. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this beer, some being that it was not BIG enough or too lite...So first of all, I would like to remind people that this is a lite "sessionable" oatmeal stout clocking in at less than 6%. This is not an imperial stout trying to achieve the biggest abv! This is supposed to be super smooth and tasty. The base beer Black House is probably one of the best refined oatmeal coffee stouts there is. The totasted coconut and cocoa nib version just added luxary to the already outstanding base beer. If you are looking for the highest abv beer you can find or only like a beer if it tastes like melted chocolate (and no actual beer), I would say why don't you just throw some booze into a cup of hot chocolate.... anyways, this beer is fantastic and Modern Times is doing everything right at the moment. Lets all hope this continues.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep dark and black walnut opaque body, a good red orb glow to it in the light which is very impressive. Head manages a good cascading espresso tan quality at a booming four fingers. Slowly settles with moderate retention, soapy thick lacing as well with a beveled tall and thick collar.

Roasty goodness awaits in the bouquet. Excellent notes of all described. Coconut and cream, roasted coffee and chocolate powder. Ripping beans and roast grains, and deep powdered air, almost with a controlled heat coming off of it. Dusted cocoa quality, cake and coffee like flavors. Dang good aroma going on here.

Palate just accents everything wonderfully. Rich light bodied roast and cocoa mid palate blast. Finishes with rich vanilla and toasty like sweetness to match on the finish. And almost peppery quality aftertaste but not hot, just warm and inviting with mild bitterness feeling as well. Creamy and a little more richer than milk mouthfeel, very silky but booming large too much either. Cake tasty feeling and coconut cream pie chewy density to go along with it.

We have a winner here ladies and gentlemen, an excellet proper tasty flavored stout hitting all the right buttons.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours huge fluffy head, tons of lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose brings toasted coffee, little nutty coffee and toasted coffee beans, touch of caramel, little marshmallow and fluffy, dried lactose and little creamy choc, no coconut or cacao.

Taste brings toasted coffee, roasty and mild acrid, little char, acrid roast, mild chewy nougat, nutty coffee, little earthy, etc. Nice coffee. Light cocoa, choc notes, maybe cocoa nibs but that's pushing it, no coconut at all. Nutty notes, with light bitter roast. Finish is semi sweet, sticky, roasted coffee beans, cocoa dust, acrid, char, etc.

Mouth is med bod, sticky, light but decent carb.

Overall meh.

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Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark black hue with a fat mocha head, fades to leave sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of strong coffee, light chocolate, no coconut at all.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Thin coffee, super faint chocolate, light malts, faint roast. Once again though, the coconut is completely non-existent.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat thin.

O - Overall this beer was really a let down. No coconut, hardly any chocolate, sigh.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SaraBustamante
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-This beer is a beautiful dark chocolatey brown color, with a nice light tan head. There is a good amount of lacing from this beer and the beer is quite opaque.

S-The aroma, as the name suggests, is that of coconuts. There are other subtle smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and vanilla.

T-The taste follows the nose on this beer. There are strong flavors of coconut and chocolate. It is very smooth, but with little carbonation. The taste of roasted nuts lingers afterwards.

M-The mouth feel is very light surprisingly and also a bit watery. Medium body and low carbonation.

O-I really enjoyed the flavors of this beer, though I wish it was a but heavier. Especially being a stout, I expected something heavier and less watery.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable, but I'm getting a lot of coffee overpowering virtually everything else. Not a coconut fan, so I don't mind very muted coconut flavors - primarily at the tail end.

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Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial smell is mostly coffee with a hint of cocoa. Sort of like the Maui coconut porter. Initial taste is just like the original black house but more oily and a hint of coconut. I was looking forward to a more coconut forward stout but this is still pretty good

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Photo of gcamparone
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown body that's opaque once it hits the glass. 2 finger light brown head that reduces slowly and leaves substantial lacing.

Aromas and coffee, chocolate, light vanilla. On the tongue is light coffee, roasty malt, milk chocolate, slight coconut on the finish with a very light roasty aftertaste. medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall nice and balanced, subtle flavors but that adds to this drinkability. Nothing huge but very good nonetheless.

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