Black House Nitro
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #60
Ranked #7,263
4.02 | pDev: 7.96%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: It’s so great that you like coffee. I just love that about you. Speaking of which, you’re holding an oatmeal coffee stout positively redolent with coffee aroma and flavor. It kind of tastes like a chocolate-covered espresso bean, only drier and more like beer. Nifty fact: we’re one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee, which allows us to be extremely persnickety about which beans we buy and how we roast them. Taste the OCD!

Malt Varietals: Two Row , Kiln Coffee Malt, Oats, Pale Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Roasted Barley, Biscuit, Crystal 60

Coffee Varietals: 75% Ethiopian, 25% Sumatran
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 128
Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a standard stout in pretty much all regards, but it has nothing wrong with it either. It's clean, has strong notes of both coffee and chocolate(maybe dark?), and stands as a good hallmark for other beers in the category.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

August 10th, 2015 - I'm still waiting for nitro to have its time in the trendy spotlight, but until then I'll have to get by with the occasional nitro release around the breweries in my area. Thankfully, there are some very good ones, like the Nitro version of Modern Times' Black House. It looks even prettier than a Guinness, with a pale, ghostly head cleanly divided from the beer. The aroma has a low and plain coffee profile, with a slight cream component, and salted snacking almonds. And as befits a nitro beer, it has a very, very smooth light palate that works very well with the flavor. And that is a soft, velvety mixture of chocolate milk and hazelnut, which echoes well into the aftertaste. This is, I think, what an upgraded Guinness would taste like.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can - Canned on 12/16/2018:

Pours black with a tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of deep-roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, hint of coconut oil.

The taste is of espresso beans, chocolate. I like that the cocoa comes across as chocolate rather than cocoa powder. Coconut oil is subtle but comes through in a pleasant way in the aftertaste. Sweet caramel with balancing roast in the finish.


A unique brew. Good coffee character with a hint of coconut. Interesting and Enjoyable!

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Photo of AngusOg
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A high rating for sure, but feel like it could’ve been even higher. Nitro is always a bit of a mixed bag, as it creates a beautiful look and creamy mouth feel, but detracts fom the taste a bit, which in this case probably would have been superb (as it was still pretty good). Would love to try this same beer without the nitro treatment.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is a dark creamy brown.
Smell is a nice caramel scent.
Taste is where I start to frown, I should know better than to drink a nitro in a can. It just doesn’t hold up to that of a nitro on tap. The slight taste of the can ruin this for me.
Feel is like the taste, metallic.
Overall I’m sure this is a very good stout on tap, but just not for me I’m a can.

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Photo of Lucular
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. I'm skeptical that this is the nitro version since it didn't look or feel nitro at all. Slightly weak aroma and the taste is slightly watery but with nice coffee and dark malt flavor.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Wet City in Baltimore. Thinking this might be better w/o the NO2. Didn't really smell/taste any coffee (followed this w/a snifter of the Peche Mortel, NO prizes for guessing which I'll be drinking again)

Tried it again. Unfortunately, NOT finding it any better.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bishops collar; cold coffee + vague toasted coconut; fig + ash, big hit of stale drip coffee, vaguely fruity coffee berries, specks of cocoa powder + HB litre, and imaginings of a Bounty bar; nitro creamy.

4 4 4 4.25 4.25

On the one hand, the coconut never really turns up: saving us from the disaster that is so many other oily, over-toasted, flat coconut beers. On the other hand, the coconut never really turns up: and neither does the cocoa beans, leaving this to be an under-flavored, slightly acidic coffee beer that’s saved simply by nitro creaminess. It’s floating on down, and there’s some execution here - I feel like this is the beer they wanted to make. But missed opportunity to pack in more depth + expansiveness that’s passed by in favour of drinkability.

Good where it could’ve been great.

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Photo of mkh012
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

Dark brown with solid head retention.

The nose is coffee, chocolate, raisin, and a light metallic note.

The taste is similar. Light, easy drinking, good with food. A restrained coffee experience

The mouthfeel is typical low ABV nitro.

Overall, solid.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour of what initially looks like a very flat dark soda but eventually those little nitrogen bubbles find their way to the top & form A nice tan head. There is no Guinness style widget in the can. Very pretty aroma of chocolate, coffee & cream, a hint of coconut. Taste is neutral, not salty or sweet or bitter. Flavor is the same as the aroma with the addition of oats, no alcohol detected. Feel is a bit thin & not much carbonation (Nitrogenation?). Everall, very good but I’d prefer take up the flavor profile a notch.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

No widget? I wasn't sure what to expect on the pour. Black cocoa coffee color with a creamy cap. Aroma has pleasing coffee notes, in all the right sort of ways. Faint coconut, although that's as much from the power of suggestion as anything. What stands out on this is the velvety mouthfeel. Not quite Guinness in a can but noticeably distinct from the regular Black House.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty stoked to try this one out. Pours a mostly dark brown and black color, with some dark red edges when held up to the light, replete with thin beige head on the top, 1/3". Aroma tames the roasted edges out. Didn't find it to be coffee forward at all really, aroma, very tepid essentially.

Taste, more tepidness. Instead of coffee, I'm just treated to an imperialized version of Guinness I guess. Its not as thin, but the roasted malt, the chocolate malt, the coffee, that is all shut down so we can have a smoother experience. And it does that, lets not blame them for doing what they intended to do with a nitro can beer.

At what price gentlemen? We give up so many of the things we like in a stout, for the sake of making it easier to drink for some? I don't need the light beer craze to feast upon the stout genre, no thanks.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice tan head and cascading nitro. Smells of coffee, chocolate, coconut, and roasted malts. Tastes of sweet chocolate, non-bitter coffee, chocolate, cocoa nibs, coconut, and lightly roasted malts. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall a very good oatmeal stout, I'd say it's better than the normal Black House.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cool concept here, non-widgeted nitro cans full of craft cat nip adjuncts like coffee and coconut, but the sum effect is something akin to Guinness with flavoring. Sad but true. As with so many nitro beers, this is doomed by a watery body. Coconut is the adjunct that gets top billing here, a nice breeze of it on the finish, while the cocoa adds sweetness, and the coffee just a touch of bitterness. This begs for more body, though, as the beer just can't hold up the flavoring. Better luck next time, MT.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown black beer with a mocha head that dissapears quickly
S - big coffee, roasty malts, chocolate, espresso. Very coffee forward.
T - big coffee, roasty malts, vanilla, cream, espresso, the creaminess is cloying
M - medium mouthfeel, flat, alcohol covered, aftertaste is coffee and roasty malts
O - its nothing special. Honestly the cans more impressive than the beer. I've got another can that i'll drink but otherwise not buying it again. Black Hour orig > Black House nitro.

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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good head production and incredible retention (expected for nitro, of course). Ebony body.

Lovely aroma hits with chocolate first, then teases with coconut before fresh brewed black coffee waves wash over you. Really delightful for fans of coffee stouts.

Flavor follows: this is like drinking a fancy foo-foo mocha latte from a coffee shop. Coffee and chocolate, vanilla and cream, and just bare hints of coconut. Sweet with a touch of roasty bitterness.

Smooth feel. Touch of alcohol on the palate, which is a bit surprising for such a low ABV brew.

Excellent dessert (or breakfast!) beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16 oz can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-19-17 for $2.49. Canned on 12-30-16 and stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured black with an okay tan head that has a little hang time.

Nose is light notes of coffee and sweet malts.

Taste is coffee and chocolate subtly played into a mild roasted malt base with a touch of coconut. It is a bit on the sweet side but the hopping rate is adequate to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and comes across as thin. Not getting the nitro part of this brew.

Overall a lovely tasting beer that is lacking the nose and body to be truly considered very good beer. I recall being disappointed in the body of the regular Black House i had at Stone Liberty Station several years back. This is one that is probably better on tap.

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Photo of rand
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Dark brown brew, coffee-tan frothy head that never recedes and leaves a solid layer of lacing. Sweetened coffee aromas, biscuity like a biscotti left to dissolve in a cappucino. Coffee-forward flavors, but just enough. Distinct toffee and carob notes balance, nothing bitter. Chewy, bready complexion ties the beer together. Super tasty, as their tag line proclaims.

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Photo of Buck89
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. An opaque dark brown color with a creamy light tan head that squeezed the glass. Freshly brewed coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt on the nose. The coffee dominated the taste. Smooth and not astringent. Some dry roasty malt. No chocolate. The feel was superb. Creamy and silky. Dry finish.

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Photo of aoampm
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour yielded a pitch black beer with a very frothy head that is mostly white colored with a hint of brown.

Can't pick up much on the nose. Coffee and some lactose / vanilla.

Taste is really nice. Lots of vanilla and coffee with a roasted bitter chocolate flavor also. It really isn't too big on the coconut but it is detectable.

Feel is thin as expected at 5.8% abv but the creamy feel from the nitro makes this a treat to drink. Lovely feel.

Overall a very great beer that has plenty going on even at 5.8% abv. The nitro is a great addition and if anyone is avoiding this due to the coconut you are making a mistake. The coconut is not even close to the predominant flavor.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this from a pint can and poured into a globe. As it pours you can see through it but pooled in a glass it allows no light through. Creamy thin nitro head. I was expecting a little more head and carbonation in the beer. The smell is big coffee with fresh coconut and a little bit of cocoa. The taste is twangy malts with coffee and coconut. The cocoa comes in late. A little thinner feeling than I would have expected. Really good beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with zero foam or lacing unless you drop pour into glass. Smells so so good, full on coffee, chocolate, and coconut. The taste is really beyond expectation, since it had zero head I assumed lacking flavor, entirely opposite, full coffee, chocolate and coconut flavors. The finish is very clean and refreshing, this is a top notch beer.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with slight ruby edges, head is thick, creamy, and tan colored, lots of lacing, head literally looks like a milkshake, not a whole lot of carbonation, nice appearance.

A: Lots of coffee, dark fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, and touch of coconut, smells promising.

T: Much aromatic than it is flavorful, coffee, touch of chocolate sweetness, faint coconut, roasted malts, finishes with roasted malts and a slight chocolate sweetness.

M: Light bodied, smooth, very drinkable, semi-dry finish, but it has no carbonation.

O: Impressive aroma but the taste doesn't punch like the aroma. I can't really get into nitro beers because I don't relate well to the flat mouthfeel. I prefer beers with carbonation.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured hard from a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass

It cascades from the bottom to the top into a tall, milkshake thick khaki head. Great retention. Still has a dense 1/4" thick film on top half way through the beer.

It smells strongly of straight black coffee grounds. Also some toasted oats, and bitter chocolate nibs. Can't say that I notice any coconut.

It tastes a lot like it smells, only with the chocolate balancing out the coffee a little more and a faint coconut flavor. Not really sweet at all. There is some flaked oats and cocoa powder in the aftertaste.

Body is as expected with the nitro. Very creamy and super smooth. It has a little bit of a chewiness to it otherwise.

Like most nitro brews, you sacrifice some flavor depth though. It tastes just a hair flat. Still a very good beer though. However, if you are looking for a big coconut flavor you may be a little disappointed.

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3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thin and dead flat. Almost impossible to even get a film of head on it. Smells is super chocolatey, with some vanilla and coffee. Taste is fairly bland, with some coffee bitterness. It is completely flat. I guess nitro doesn't hold up well in a can.

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