Black House | Modern Times Beer

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Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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’s not acrid. It’s not astringent. It doesn’t taste like that brown puddle at the bottom of the office carafe at 4pm. It kind of tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans, only drier and more like beer. It’s the full-blown coffee beer experience in a sessionable-ish package.

Added by mactrail on 06-30-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
1,002
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
63
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178
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 1,002
Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to the light with a half finger of quickly dissipating tan head. Good looking carbonation when rocking the glass and some spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty big dark roasted coffee, and a little brown sugar. Nice full dark roasted coffee in the flavor and a touch of chocolate. Full carbonation brings out the flavor, medium thin body, and dry. All in all, a good coffee flavor, not a huge body, but it is under 6%, and I like the fact that the carbonation makes what is there pop.

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Photo of Vader444
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can pour into tulip.

Pours a dark brown, not black with a pale cream head. Lots of coffee and a little chocolate on the nose. Taste follows the nose with the chocolate coming through a bit more. The mouthfeel is very thin which spoils this for me; quite watery and maybe a bit over-carbonated for my tastes. An OK session stout but not what I was looking for. Cheers anyway!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour forming a black body and a thin ring of beige head in the snifter.

Coffee aromas with some black pepper and roast malts.

Flavor is like a California morning on a coastal beach front coffee house. So bright yet roasty at the same time, some undertones of black pepper and unsweetened cocoa. Some of the black pepper gets overwhelming after a bit, but for the most part it stays within an enjoyable range.

Feel is wet, then dry, then roasty.

Overall, Modern Times Black House isn't too bad of a coffee stout. I'm sure there's better out there, but this one has a genuine coffee flavor and makes for a great morning beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can purchased over holidays

drinks more like a brown ale than an oatmeal stout to me, but solid notes of coffee and malts in both nose and taste. almost too light for the style but quite good.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding oatmeal stout, poured beautifully into an AleSmith pint glass (another San Diego brewery!), very nice coffee taste, apparently they roast their own beans, which is cool. Fantastic, got this as part of a beer advent case of beer, this one was a highlight!

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a foamy tan head and good carbonation. The aroma is simple just roast and coffee smells. The taste is balanced nothing seems to over power. I get a chocolate milk flavor quickly followed by the coffee. The Chocolate flavor lingers a little longer. Nice thickness to the beer but still feel the carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more brown than black, 1/3" tan head. Aroma was of coffee, not huge, but there, some roast and not much else.

Taste, points on the smoothness, mouth feel too. Coffee is there a little bit, but was expecting more, where the Mostra at? Slight hop bitterness to it. This really goes for balance on everything instead of one of those pungent coffee brews. A thinner body than most stouts these days. Smacks more of a porter. Has this mixture of cola, caramel, brown malt, oatmeal going for it, would prefer either a beefier body and coffee contingent frankly.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One pint can poured into a mug.

Jet black as a showcase with no light shall pass, the pour yields thick creamy tan head that stays with pretty good retention before gradually subsiding to everlasting bubble film on the surface along with plenty of lacing patches that are quite sticky.

Loads of aromatic coffee in the aroma, it is like espresso yet together with dark chocolate and roasted notes but it is not tended to be much astringency while focused on pure coffee scent. Some breadiness from malt and sweetness from oat can also be sensed too.

Very well balance, all flavors are formed as a big wave and swept through the palate at once. At the first moment, espresso coffee takes the lead together with bitter chocolate then malt and oat provide touches of sweet breadiness and smoothness. Roasted character is at the tail of the taste with just slight astringency and pleasant bitterness.

The body is between light to medium with a slight bold touch through the palate, smooth and crisp from lively carbonation with pleasantly dry finish.

A truly big quaffable Stout with its spotless balance and great coffee character in both aroma and flavor, this shouldn’t be missed if Stout is your shoes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown but a little light shines through the glass. Webby lace from the moderate head.

Chalky and a bit sour. I get a touch of beef stew aroma.

Pretty standard stuff here: coffee flavors with a bitter black patent malt finish. Thin bodied, perhaps more than the traditional stouts. Low carbonation. The aftertaste is dry and chewy with burnt malt flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown from the car but appears black in glass. Coca-cola-like head (light tan).

Aroma: First thing noticed is the coffee and roasted notes. Both in harmony, neither overpowering the other. Fairly simple aroma but good.

Taste: deep roasted taste, the oats are there but very faint (thank god, I dont like many stouts with oats in it). coffee is black/heavy roasted as far as taste goes.

Feel: thick for the ABV, silky.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring dark brown filling in full coffee black with a two finger, creamy tan head, settling to a thin blanket.

Nose is medium roast coffee, a little brown sugar and aerated graham cracker malt, and maybe some vanilla chocolate swirl.

Taste is tangy coffee and medium roasted malt, with chocolate but not full on mocha, and a little bitter chicory with a little sweetening, heft-reducing cola. I'm not sure what it is about so many brewerys' stouts hitting the cola element, but I guess being only 5.8% ABV is part of it. Being that low in gravity, wouldn't it be closer to a porter? In any case, to me the cola element is a turnoff and I've had a lot of porters, especially here in Ohio, that had deeper, more substantial flavors.

They definitely hit the dryness factor well, but it's light to medium bodied with moderate froth.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black in color and appearance. More porter than stout. Light bodied. Good coffee flavor, vanilla and maple syrup. Lower carb. Dry, shorter finish. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, bitter...which is a good thing if you like coffee.... flavor in a oatmeal stout. Nice sutle carb with the chocolate notes. This was on draft in La Jolla ...BJs

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It's the middle of October in my Massachusetts home, Humid and hot summer days created for IPAs, Lagers and easy drinkability got waffed away today with a 53 degree day with sheets of windswept rain pounding on my windows. I can look out of my third floor window to see the diminishing rains final scant drops into the puddles created by its predecessors illuminated by my backyard light.

This is comfort food weather, chicken soup, macaroni and cheese, and to me stouts... porters. Dark strong beers.

Pours a tan chocolate enriched small frothy head that sits atop a pour a few shades darker than a raven. Poetically the smell is weak coffee accented by notes of alcohol, but for the lay person it has a Guinness Extra Stout aroma that's quite pleasing,

Taste is cold brew coffee, semi sweet chocolate and a difficult to discern dark dried fruit ( plum, raisin..) I will mention however I pick up new flavors with every sip. Maybe my palette is out of whack, or maybe this beer has great character and an intricate flavor profile. I'm rooting for the ladder.

Easy drinkability, aftertaste and closed mouth exhales bring back the coffee flavors, although somewhat more potent.

Good stuff here. My first dealing with Modern Times and certainly not my last

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Outstanding stout with a smoothness and richness that belies the reasonable ABV. Pours coffee-black with a rich frothy head that lasts throughout. Aroma and taste are hand-in-hand: fresh roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, fudge, roasted malt and charred rustic bread. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth; sweet with a bitter finish.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/28/16 canning date

A: Black pour with a decent sized medium brown head. Decent head retention too and decent lacing. Decent.

S: Nice sweet chocolate and coffee aroma. A touch toasty (the oatmeal maybe?).

T: Smooth and sweet mocha up front with a nice mix of milk chocolate and coffee. Coffee flavor is good but not dominating, it melds well with the stout. Smooth

M: Medium bodied, lightly dry.

O: This is a great drinking coffee stout. It's nice and smooth with the oatmeal, the coffee flavor is tasty but not overpowering. It's got some nice sweetness and a little toastiness to boot. It's a nice, accessible brew that I will definitely be reaching for in the future.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours a dark brown with minimal light tan head, smells like rich cocoa and roasted coffee beans, creamy mocha latte, tastes like chocolate milk that finishes with a mild coffee roastiness that lingers, feel is light and smooth. A diner coffee stout, warming, comforting, and sweet.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 08/29/16

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like nutty roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, graham crackery grain, dark berries, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, with mild herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like dark berries, nutty roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted grains, roasted malts, some caramel, molasses, charred brown sugar, oat, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great coffee oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total black with nothing showing through with a nice two to three finger soapy light brown head. Very nice looking stout!

Nice chocolate and stone fruit notes. Really light on the coffee smell for a coffee stout. Lots of roasted malts with some sweet malts coming through.

Taste is dark coffee with a faint hint of some sweetness and some bitter chocolates coming out. There is some bitterness coming from all of the roasted malts and coffee.

Mouth feel is leaning towards medium but finishes almost crisp and dry. Seems almost silky in the mouth feel with the help of the oats.

This was part of a mixed pack from this brewery and this is the third one we have tried. Both the wife and i agree this was one of the better ones tried to date. Seems strange that the taste and nose almost run opposite of one another. If you like coffee and you like stout beers give this one a try. It does seem light for a stout but it is a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee session stout. The oatmeal makes a good mix with the coffee beans. The smell is great and much more on the coffee than the taste which is more on the cocoa powder

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Photo of ntanp91
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint from draft. Cream-brown head that lingers dispersed across top. Color is very dark, opaque, almost black and reminiscent of tar. Aroma evokes chocolate and roasted malts. Nose upon taste is chocolate followed by smooth roast coffee in taste- not bitter or acidic, nice hint of sweetness. Slight carbonation and goes down well.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy khaki head tht settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasty malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of lactose sweetness.

T: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy roasted malt, faint herbal notes, and a touch of lactose sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: It's about time I got to try some Modern Times. I gotta say, it lives up to the hype. Solid beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has really sweet coffee, caramel, toffee and fudge. Taste starts with sweet, cold brewed coffee. Finish is more bitter and roasty with lingering coffee flavor. Body is light and effervescent. It's a nice coffee stout but it's a bit too thin for my taste.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

COD 2/8/16. Black pour. World class head volume and lacing, very good retention.

Very good nose of light roast over even lighter coffee.

Heavy medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Superb carbonation with an outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle has a light effervescence that is just enough to enliven it while the finish is finely bubbled and prickly.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks the intensity to be outstanding, as did the nose. Complexity is a bit lacking, while balance is outstanding. This one strikes me as a "session stout" - solid but too laid back to make one excited. The flavors tend to stay in blended fashion - light roast, lighter coffee, light sweetness. The middle has a very light bitterness that is mostly roast. The finish has the strongest coffee notes that linger for a bit.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark roasted coffee, cocoa, caramel, and light oats. The coffee works well with the other flavors and never overpowers. Nice and smooth easy drinker. One to reach for if I wanted a beer with just a hint of coffee.

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