Black House
Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #84
Ranked #9,957
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Jun 05, 2022
Jun 30, 2013
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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 persnicketiness!

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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Photo of Gatch
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Super tasty coffee oatmeal stout. Easy drinking with strong flavors. Good for a June gloom day at their brewery.

Jun 05, 2022
4.49 by Beecham from California on May 25, 2022
Photo of TheBricenator
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Jet black on the pour and in the glass with a bold and quick-forming light brown head that holds and slowly settles, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Cold brewed coffee, dark chocolate, roast, fresh baked brown bread, earthiness, and toasted bread
Taste: Dark chocolate and roast come on strong and hold as a huge coffee punch comes into the mix and blends nicely. Waves of toast and fresh baked bread crash in and a steady earthy note presents itself as well before roast, chocolate, and coffee regain traction and lead to the close
Mouthfeel: Full, very smooth, medium-high carbonation, and a slightly smooth but also slightly robust finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. I’ve always liked this beer but it had been a while since I had it so made the point to revisit and it has again put itself into the top tier of coffee stouts for me. Lots of roast and coffee throughout but never a hint of harshness, sharpness, nor burnt notes at all. Smooth, deep, and delicious. Recommended

Mar 22, 2022
3.42 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Mar 01, 2022
3.6 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
3.79 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Feb 02, 2022
4.16 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2022
Photo of gefinley
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by gefinley from California

Canned 9/7/21.

Dec 23, 2021
3.97 by desint from Belgium on Dec 19, 2021
3.82 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2021
4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Nov 20, 2021
4 by Stengelfoot from California on Nov 19, 2021
3.34 by irishevans from California on Nov 14, 2021
4.11 by BCole281 from Texas on Oct 23, 2021
3.94 by vidisad from California on Oct 04, 2021
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

Solid blackness. Slim layer of creamy brown foam. Complete opacity.

In the nose: Malty. Earthy. Espresso-rich.

In the mouth: Sweetness, at first. Cocoa comes along, and then the coffee rises. Medium bodied, exceptionally smooth, and tasty, but I could go with a bit of fullness. Wouldn't mind that at all.

Perfectly acceptable coffee stout, but nothing I'd make a fuss over. I'll try another Modern Times beer to get a handle on what all the fuss is about. I specifically chose this beer to avoid the styles that they are famous for, because they are the ones I am most tired of. Looks like I'll have to give them a shot.

Jul 05, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Dark brown with little head or lacing came a pint poured from a tap into a clear glass. The aroma is mild, with coffee beating out the malt for dominance. Rather rich at the onset, somehow it manages to finish rather thinly. There's nothing bold about the flavor, but it is nicely balanced between hops, malt and black coffee. The oats probably help there. Likeable, but you won't fall in love.

Jun 18, 2021
4.02 by cdwil from Texas on Jun 06, 2021
Photo of hof_1991
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hof_1991 from Wisconsin

On tap at a local bar and a bargain at $5 for a pint. Smooth with all the appropriate notes. Coffee. Not very alcohol forward which is great. Little bitter finish but it’s a beer after alll.

May 21, 2021
Photo of gatornation
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a dark mahogany color with a mocha head. Smell is coffe forward with roasted malts and chocolate. Taste has coffee roasted malts with espresso beans some vanilla. Mouth feel is sweet with chocolate latte finishes with roasted coffe notes a medium thin feel but tasty.

Apr 15, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Tastes of black coffee. A bit on the thin side but very good flavour. Enjoyable

Mar 16, 2021
Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GoatmanBrewsMD from Maryland

Pours a jet black with a nice beige head. Aroma: tons of roasted coffee aroma, chocolate, slight sweetness. Taste: Roasted coffee, toasty, not astringent. Slight bitterness but quickly goes away. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation.

Feb 04, 2021
4.25 by 10_bathrooms from Texas on Dec 26, 2020
3.79 by prototypic from Ohio on Dec 20, 2020
Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: dark brown pour.. nearly black with 2 fingers of mocha colored head.

S: Coffee and roast with a bit of cocoa.

T.F: Semi-sweet... roasted grains and espresso. Decent coffee flavor... lighter coffee and vanilla. Medium to light bodied... somewhat dry to finish with a bit of espresso in the aftertaste. Well carbonated.

O: An easy drinking coffee stout. Lighter on the ABV and body than expected for the style... increases drinkability I guess but loses some 'oomph'. Overall well done.

Dec 20, 2020
Photo of Guaro
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Guaro from Italy

Black with a fine, creamy and persistent beige foam. Intense, inviting and defined aroma, coffee, chocolate, toffee, ash, dehydrated dark fruit. On the palate in the foreground a coffee bean covered with milk chocolate and toasts, in the second cherry and plum and a slight hopping at the end.
Medium body, round and soft, fine and medium intensity carbonation.

Dec 15, 2020
Photo of mushroomcloud
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

16oz canned 10-8-20. Opened 12-6-20.
2 finger tan head. Very good retention, holds steady at 1 finger for a long period of time.
Black center to the most southern edge where it turns dark brown. Visible carbonation. Thick, sticky lacing.
Coffee with cream and mild roasty and doughy malts.
Coffee (not overdone), licorice, dark chocolate, light roasted malt bitterness.
Medium body, slick mouthfeel. Starts mildly sweet but finishes drier with a lingering roasted malt finish.
Very Good.

Can #2 12-26-20 Raining smell up to 4.

Dec 05, 2020
Photo of bret27
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Fresh can.
Very good for style.
Roasty and coffee dominate, with notes of chocolate, tootsie roll, and cereal.

Oct 11, 2020
4 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Aug 15, 2020
Photo of Snowcrash000
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of roasted, slightly caramelly malt, dark bitter chocolate and a strong coffee aroma that is rather intoxicating. Taste is an excellent balance of roasted, slightly caramelly malt and dark, bitter chocolate and coffee, as well as hints of licorice and tobacco. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is an excellent coffee stout that is quite roasted, dry and bitter, with a great coffee presence that is enhanced by some bitter chocolate and licorice, making for great balance of flavors,

Aug 05, 2020
3.73 by SDBeerLaw from California on Jul 15, 2020
Photo of Captain69
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

if your not into coffee stouts - yo mite like this one - not a strong coffee taste - just enough to give it flavor

Jun 30, 2020
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 12, 2020
4.5 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
4.03 by HopBelT from Belgium on May 17, 2020
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 6.99 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.437/oz). Received 5/5/20 from Craft Shack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 5/8/20.
Bottom of can stamped “CANNED ON 03/03/2020 1311821”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 33 as marked on label). When held to direct light, same.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, high density with surface rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three mm regular crown and a thin rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, no hops, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 4 – Begins mildly bitter with a light coffee taste, no hops, no yeast. Chocolate is more imagined than tasted. No alcohol (5.8 % ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Ends slightly bitter with a long hangtime.
Palate – 3.25 – Almost medium, slightly silky, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Seems a bit thin for a stout, closer to the porter end of the spectrum. The oats add just a touch of silkiness. This particular blend of coffee seems to me to be very bland. The label is typical Modern Times; clean, simple, and informative.

May 08, 2020
4.68 by FyaMan808 from Hawaii on Apr 22, 2020
3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Apr 20, 2020
4.03 by rjd722 from Maryland on Apr 09, 2020
Photo of TinFang
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TinFang from California

Can dated 1/18/20.

Deep cola brown with a light tan head that settles quickly.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Smell of dark roast coffee.
Taste is really excellent. It's not just flavored with coffee, but the coffee is so well defined that you could cite a specific variety. Chocolate like a 100% cocoa solids bar.

A really memorable beer.

Apr 04, 2020
Black House from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1335 ratings