Black House | Modern Times Beer

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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
Ranking:
#6,701
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
1,202
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
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68
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205
Trade:
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Photo of WTFReport
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours nearly total black - just some tiny mahogany glints on the sides of the glass. A smallish head quickly dissipates. Roasty malts, cocoa, oatmeal in the nose. The taste is nutty, leather, tobacco, cocoa. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a creamy, moderate carbonation. Citrusy hops lie in the background. Moderate bitterness in the roasty finish.

An excellent, benchmark Oatmeal Stout. Dry and hoppy for the style. Super complex. An absolute winner.

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

A solid beer across the board, the only real complaints are that it’s on the very thin to almost watery side and that I expected more bold coffee flavors since the can states 75% Ethiopian and 25% Sumatran coffee, which the brewery roasted themselves. It’s quite roasty with nice bold coffee flavors, hints of chocolate and little to bitterness. I could drink this any time as it’s quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob_Hargis
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hydrate
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9/2018: Had on tap. Really like this. Most oatmeal stouts I have had come off bland compared to imperial or coffee stouts. Not this one. Strong but not overpowering coffee flavor right up front with a cleaner, drier finish than I expected. Very flavorful and not thin. But not sweet either. I like some sweeter stouts with lingering after tastes (maybe Old Rasputin?). But this is a really good dry coffee stout that I could have more than one if without it being too much.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/25/18.
L: Pours dark brown in color. Appearance similar to iced black coffee. Huge amounts of a chestnut colored head, amounting to about 4 fingers worth. As I drink the beer, some lacing is left on the glass. The head can be revived if I swirl the beer in the glass.
S: Huge notes of roasted malts and raw coffee beans. I mean, this thing smells like coffee. Incredible. Apart from the coffee and malt smells, there is a nutty smell as well to the beer, along with some butterscotch and caramel aromas. Very nice smelling imo.
T: Coffee, coffee, and oh, more coffee. Despite the coffee being the dominant flavor, the chocolatey/malt flavor is noticeable as well. I like the emphasis on the coffee, and as someone who likes black coffee, this is great. Finish is slightly bitter from the coffee, with a lingering chocolate/coffee/nutty flavor in the mouth.
F: Very watery and thin. Light with somewhat high carbonation. Still, smooth and easy to drink.
O: Very impressive coffee stout. Full of flavor considering the abv. It is something I would come back to. I am glad to have tried and would recommend. Cheers!

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

Photo of GClarkage
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Antwon616
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with minor head and lacing.
N: Coffee, malt, and chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, big coffee notes with some chocolate and malt sweetness.
M: Medium
O: A very nice coffee stout. If you like coffee beers this is a solid one!

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Glorithm
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If it is classified as Oatmeal Stout it should be smoother but it is not.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A real disappointing effort for a coffee stout. Watery and weak, with flavours disappearing within a second. But of course at 5.6% ABV, this is to be expected. A coffee stout or porter should never be this weak.
Glad I have tried this, so that I know why to avoid it.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,202 ratings