Black House - Nitro with Coffee, Coconut And Cocoa
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Black House - Nitro with Coffee, Coconut And CocoaBlack House - Nitro with Coffee, Coconut And Cocoa
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #150
Ranked #15,581
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Very Good
Black House - Nitro with Coffee, Coconut And CocoaBlack House - Nitro with Coffee, Coconut And Cocoa
Notes: This is Black House–our beloved oatmeal coffee stout–nitrogenated and packed to the gills with coconut & cocoa nibs. The result is a decadent symphony of chocolate and coffee laced with luscious notes of coconut and a mouthfeel so luxurious it’s like drinking a velvet painting. It’s a stunning display of liquid elegance best enjoyed while wearing your sauciest smoking jacket.
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 52
Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap:
Typical nitro pour with an extra thick creamy mocha head. Nose hits on roasted malt and some sort of flavored coffee, with the coconut evident as well.

Taste has a little sweetness up front, similar to a milk stout actually. The coffee quells this and the dark chocolate strengthens the coffee. A bold mocha coffee gets a little extra from a nicely included coconut flavor.

Typical nitro feel, there’s a roasted malt bitterness in back. A nice lingering lo-sweetness mounds bar reminds me of the additions without the beer ever being fully about them.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Welcome to my New Nitro (N2) CAN Mother's Day Beer Sunday (Week 742)!I have been meaning to make these a part of The CANQuest (tm) for some time & today seemed apropos.

From the N2 CAN: "33 SRM/Black[,] 30 IBU[,] 1.019 Final Gravity 75% Ehtiopian * 25% Sumatran Coffee[,] Two Row * Kiln Coffee * Munich Flaked Barley * Pale Chocolate * Roasted Barley * Crystal 60 * Midnight Wheat * Oats Malts"; "This is Black House - our beloved oatmeal coffee stout - nitrogenated and packed to the gills with coconut and coca nibs. The result is a decadent symphony of chocolate and coffee laced with luscious notes of coconut and a mouthfeel so luxurious it's like drinking a velvet painting. It's a stunning display of liquid elegance best enjoyed while wearing your sauciest smoking jacket. Pour vigorously for a proper head."

The CAN's instructions read, "For Best Results, POUR VIGOROUSLY" & so after some gentle in-CAN agitation & a Crack! of the vent, that was exactly what I did. This time, the cascade was not as intense as in the Belhaven Black Nitro, but the head was bigger & creamier. I ended up with just under two fingers of dense, creamy, light-tan head with great retention. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was prevalently coffee with hints of chocolate & coconut. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but VERY creamy, thanks to the N2. The taste was initially very much of coffee, but when allowing it to warm in my mouth, the cocoa & coconut became more assertive. It was another instance of the N2 adding to the mouthfeel, but muting the taste. Finish was semi-dry, still more coffee-driven than anything else, but tempered with the cocoa & coconut. It was kind of a dessert beer, but imprecisely. YMMV. I am still pondering this one.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hard to find in this one: coconut. Cacao nibs. It's a plain nitro coffee porter not worth the price tag. Great ingredients don't always mean great beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very average beer with nitro body and smooth mouthfeel. Seems to give more body than the malt bill would have produced. Not unlike able but very disappointing lack of any coffee; coconut or cocoa. What gives? Price point was high... but nothing to show for it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Call me crazy, but these black house series of beers go super light on everything in them. Pours a mixture of black and dark brown color, thin beige head 1/5" on the top. Aroma lacks any significant amount of chocolate, coffee or coconut. Aroma wise its just a tick above Guinness.

Taste comes off like most nitro beers do: minimal. There just isn't a lot in terms of the substantive base aspects of the beer, i.e. where is the roasted malt? From there, the adjuncts like cocao, coffee or coconut are underplayed. The mouthfeel continues the mild and unimpressive gauntlet for the beer. Undercarbonated, watery, thin, not what I go for in a stout. I enjoy a mild stout, have gotten away from the Chicago pour mega sludge double digit abv imperial stuff, but this makes you harken back to a wish that such a beer was more like Dark Lord or whatnot.

This is a big avoid for me. Did nothing well. Drank more like flat cola.

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Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As far as nitro beers go, a straight inverted can pour produces only about 1 - 1.5 fingers of dark tan foam. Body is jet black and inviting. Head retention is, of course, excellent.

Aroma, surprisingly, really features everything advertised: plenty of coffee, and milder notes of coconut and chocolate, along with caramel and cream.

Smooth and delightful on the palate. Mild metallic note, but otherwise very creamy, with the nitro treatment giving it far more body than a 5.8% brew can normally manage. Red grapes; smooth, earthy roast, with the sumatra carrying the load; caramel, chocolate, and very mild coconut; cream and vanilla.

One of the more smooth coffee beer's I've had, where the coffee is present without dominating.

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Photo of TheGent
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a looker. Opaque, pitch black. Poured aggressively with a wonderful cascading Nitro pour. Thick, light brown head. No visible carbonation. Tons of thick lacing.

The aroma starts with a moderately roasty and coffee forward stout with soft notes of coconut and chocolate. I also get cinnamon. Quite noticeably. None of the additions are overpowering on the nose. Everything is in unison.

Up front sweet milk chocolate and smooth cold brewed coffee with a cream and sugar. It’s slightly roasty, a touch toasty, and a little bitter. Some espresso and nutty influences. Dry cocoa and cinnamon powdery finish. I don’t think I’d pick out the coconut without knowing it’s there.

The feel is exactly as expected for a Nitro Stout. It’s rather luscious. Velvety smooth. Lingering dryness.

Overall, I’ve had Black House before and I think this version is wonderful. It elevates the beer in a tasteful manner. It drinks like a dry, Irish Stout to me, with some really nice enhancements.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.91/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptionally smooth stout, drinks like coffee ice cream. Coffee stouts have become popular with U.S. craft brewers as an alternative for non-IPA beer lovers and Black House has managed to stay at the top of the pack. Have not been disappointed with any of their coffee infused brews, but this one is the best.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from John's Marketplace.

A very dark brown with a dense brown head with great retention, this looks great. The nose is dominated by the coconut with the coffee and cocoa playing second fiddle. Mildly oily, a little fleshy, very lightly toasted, there's great coconut expression here. The palate opens mildly sweet with fleshy coconut, fresh medium roast coffee, mildly fruity, with fruity cocoa. Light in body and with an incredibly creamy mouthfeel that quite perfectly pairs with the lingering coconut notes. Very good

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce nitro can into imperial pint glass, canned on 10/26/2017. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown color with a small dense light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Thick creamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coconut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, coconut, cocoa, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coconut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roast/char/coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coconut, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, light vanilla/smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, coconut, cocoa, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is an awesome oatmeal coffee stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, coconut, cocoa, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the very mildly bitter/drying nitro finish. Very rich and flavorful for the modest ABV. Awesome balance between coffee, cocoa, and coconut; with well rounded oatmeal stout malt complexity. Nothing is overdone or feels out of place. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on base style example.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a tulip

L: Dark black pour with 2 fingers of thick creamy head. Great retention.

S: Coconut, cocoa, roast, and espresso.

T/F: Flavors were solid... all of the advertised entities were present. Roasted malts... faint toasted coconut, coffee, and chocolate. Just felt very watered down... maybe the nitro. Super smooth and creamy but thin and was missing the punch I was expecting.

O: Not a bad beer... liked the flavor, but it just felt watered down/lacking in punch. Great creamy mouthfeel from the nitro... but also too thin and it was just missing something. I was expecting more from Modern Times.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a shiny black body with a creamy fingernail of beige-grey. Aromas are of cold-press coffee and faint coconut, slight cocoa, and grainy dark malts.

Flavor incorporates peppery coffee, some stale cardboard reminiscent of school lunch room milk, hints of caramel and coconut shavings, and some slight roast malts on the finish.

Feel is kinda flabby but has a fair nitro profile, coming off like an exciting 1% milk.

Overall this one needs some tweaks, and am I the only one that thinks all of these new nitro-infused beers are worse than the older ones? I used to think nitro was exciting. Now all it means to me is a watered down version of the original recipe. Still Black House is a fine recipe, and take a swing at it if you are curious.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with minor head and sticky lacing. I did not have much if any nitro, poured almost flat. The nose is missing, very mild malt, coffee, chocolate, again its very faint. The flavor is way better than I expected, creamy smooth chocolate, malt, coco and toffee. I was going to write this off from the pour, it looked flat, but I am happy to say the taste blows me away, this is like a candy bar in a beer but not over the top, very clean and nice. If the nitro worked I would kick this up more but the taste won me over.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

As others have noted, the nitro didn't really work, so it's just a normal prickly carbonation with some nice swirls of foam in the narrow Strubbe glass. Dark reddish brown. Some aroma of coffee.

Quite dry, even a little astringent. Distinct touch of coconut with the dark malt flavor. Tastes like old coffee and a bitter catch in the back of the throat. Kind of flat in the mouth, actually. Not one of the better Modern Times brews, in my opinion. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, coconut, cocoa and light coffee. Flavor follows with coconut and cocoa infused sweet dark toasted malt and mild coffee, finishing with a little more coffee flavor and residual coconut. Medium bodied with a pleasant soft creaminess from the nitro (which isn't really up to nitro pour tap standards, but probably improves the body of this stout). Although well balanced with a deft touch of each of the added ingredients, the flavor was a touch on the thin side. I liked this, but felt like a more robust version would be a big improvement. Kind of a session coffee oatmeal stout, but a good one.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Disappointing, I'm afraid to say, and particularly because I'm quite fond of the standard Black House. The main problem for me here was the feel, and how, perhaps, that adversely effected the taste and overall experience. Rather than being properly nitrogenized, this just seemed flat and flabby. Despite an appropriately aggressive pour, there were no cascading bubbles, and that real nitro silkiness was lacking; for all intents and purposes, it was basically just an un-carbonated beer, and to its discredit.

I got some coconut, chocolate, and coffee - decent flavors, all of them - but never enough of them to really love it, or to even simply remind me of the standard Black House, which has wonderful coffee flavor, among other virtues. This needs work, in my opinion, but once it gets it, it should be very good indeed. Most of the pieces are there already. They just need to be brought together, and the gaps filled in.

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Photo of cbenson
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: black with a bit of haziness and a tan dense head
Smell: Notes of coffee and sweet cream
Taste: Simple taste of blonde coffee roast
Mouthfeel: Nitro smoothness with mild carbonation and a light touch
Overall: A bit too light and creamy for my taste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I was expecting a widget but this beer doesn't have one; pours out with a translucent cola color; the head doesn't build much but covers the liquid with a film; nice job with the lacing, however

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with coconut undertones

Taste: Chocolate and coffee forward, with both flavors making a bold statement; hints of coconut emerge, through the middle, but the coffee flavors steer the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; somewhat aqueous

Overall: Not sure what the Nitro brings to the table here, as this doesn't have the mouthfeel of a Nitro draft

Thanks, AleHunter805, for the opportunity

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Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with a fat finger of creamy khaki head.

Coconut and dry baker's chocolate in the nose, along with roasted dark malts that definitely give a coffee impression.

The taste is similar and sort of on the light side. Baking chocolate, coconut, roasted malts and faint dark-roast coffee.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin and has that almost-creamy quality from the lasting nitro head.

This is fine, but neither coconut nor nitro are really my thing so it was a long shot I'd love it anyway. I appreciate the roasty qualities.

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Black House - Nitro with Coffee, Coconut And Cocoa from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 52 ratings