Black House
Modern Times Beer

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #43
Ranked #5,655
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
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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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bret27 from California

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Oct 11, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

$ 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
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TinFang from California

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Body is dark brown but not fully opaque, translucent reddish-brown when held directly up to light. Large, fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of blonde roast coffee and milk, also a bit of hops. Sweet and oaty.

Taste: Noticeable but not overpowering coffee flavor. Dryer rather than sweeter. Toasty but not acrid.

Feel: Fairly light-bodied, owing perhaps to the wheat and oats. Light carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Not the biggest COFFEE stout, but it's good and sessionable.

Mar 30, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of beige head. The nose has definite notes of roasted coffee. The flavor starts off with a good shot of coffee but ends up a little bland on the finish.

Mar 18, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Generally not a fan of coffee beers, but the serving staff told me it was dark. It was dark alright, roast malts an coffee.If you like coffee in your beer, you’ll love this....

Feb 08, 2020
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altstadt from Canada

3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Poured with no head. No lacing. The surface looks like there may be a small amount of bubbles rising. Looks more like a coffee than a beer.

Slightly sweet coffee and chocolate. Very mild. Swirling the glass kicked up a grassy barnyard smell which took over from the coffee and chocolate.

Flavor a mix of sweet and sour with some light coffee blended with a pleasant dark roasted malt. The grassy barnyard shows up in the flavor, but has a much better balance than the smell did. The aftertaste kicks up the grassy barnyard and then it quickly turns to a bitter coffee. The evolution of the aftertaste is quite complex.

Rather flat. It foams up a bit after a few seconds. Medium-heavy body.

This is a fairly mild stout with a lot of coffee. A good candidate for a breakfast beer.

Dec 04, 2019
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oatmeal stout brewed with 75% Ethiopiann and 25% Sumatran coffee (evidently roasted by the brewer). Poured from a can into a pint-sized Fuller's pub glass. Fairly light carbonation on this one. It too, a very rough pour to produce 2 fingers of fine tan foam. Good retention though. I definitely get that coffee on the nose. It's very roasty and it's difficult to tell where the coffee roast ends and the roasted barley begins.

Medium body with a soft feel and a straightforward roasty flavor. Predominant flavors are malt, coffee, and unsweetened cocoa. The beer manages to maintain balance as the feel is soft and the roast is not terribly intense. Towards the back of the palate, the roast persists but the malt dies off and is replaced by a sarsaparilla-like note. The finish is not very long-lived. Overall a pleasant stout. Not something that will knock your socks off, but an enjoyable pour.

Nov 17, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of Modern Times' original regular lineup, and clear evidence that they know what to do with coffee. Packed with earthy and nutty coffee flavor, dark chocolate, roasted grains, and a touch of sweetness on the midpalate for balance.

Oct 12, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 11/12/18.

Pours almost opaque dark brown with an average head and retention. Coffee, chocolate, and roast in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy but a bit thin mouthfeel. Espresso with cocoa on the palate. Finishes dry with lingering coffee and chocolate.

Sep 10, 2019
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Mountain Boomer Tavern in Lawton, ok. Pours a dark brown almost black liquid into a pint glass from a tallboy can.

Dry,crisp, smooth, toasty. Dark bittersweet chocolate. Espreso. Super smooth. I really like this beer, maybe my new favorite oatmeal stout

Jul 23, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can- Pours thick black with a large mocha colored head that retains well. Aroma is roasty, coffee sets in as it warms and really starts to shine. The taste is roasty, coffee, dark chocolate. Very well done coffee stout. Loved it.

Jul 13, 2019
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amadsteve from Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hated this beer, but i am not a fan of coffee stouts, it came in a variety pack. I feel bad for rating this beer however if you do not like stouts you will not like this beer. If stouts are your thing however i suppose you will enjoy this one.

Jul 08, 2019
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argock from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

CANNED ON 12/19/2018. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Black with 1-finger of beige head.

Great aroma with dark malt, caramel, coffee, light coconut, and dark chocolate.

Flavor is solid but not as good as the aroma with mostly coffee heavy profile with a little bit of coconut in the finish. Then cocoa pervades the flavor but kind of muddies the overall flavor some. A bitter slightly astringent almost extract flavor in the aftertaste is a drawback.

Feel is a little watery with less body than it should have.

A mixed bag but overall enjoyable with s few flaws.

Jun 03, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given all of my success during New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744), I have now switched to What Beer Are You Drinking Now (WBAYDN) #2,410! I have relocated to CAN Diego, CA! The CANQuest (tm) is getting a good workout.

From the CAN: "Coffee * Roasty Stout"; "One Pint for You"; "This Beer Is Vegan"; "90 SRM/Black 40 IBU 1.018 Final Gravity "; "75% ETHIOPIAN • 25% SUMATRAN [-] Coffee TWO ROW • KILN COFFEE • FLAKED BARLEY • PALE CHOCOLATE • MUNICH • CRYSTAL 60 • ROASTED BARLEY • MIDNIGHT WHEAT • OATS [-] Malts"; "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!"

I was both anxious to try this one and curious as to what it would taste like. I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor & I love coffee, especially first thing in the morning. The Crack! was nice & loud so I followed it up with a C-Line Glug. I was pleasantly surprised by a pseudo-cascade that ended up in the formation of two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was filled with coffee and chocolate. I really liked their chocolate-covered espresso bean analogy and felt that it was spot-on, at least for the nose. Mouthfeel was big and creamy, the value added with oats. Mmm. The chocolate-coffee taste was pleasant, but I would have preferred a bit more intensity from its flavors. Do not misunderstand me - it was delicious, but there was also room for improvement in terms of making it more bitter and more coffee-forward. Just like on the nose, I tasted a LOT of chocolate, which was okay, but not what I wanted. Finish was dry and bitter, very much like my morning cup of coffee. Mmm.

May 27, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/20/2019. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a color between dark cola and mahogany with more than a finger of fluffy, light khaki-colored head and creamy lacing. On its fragrant nose there is freshly-brewed coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and a whiff of char and tobacco. The taste opens with roasted malt and espresso but there are also notes of chocolate, nuts, oats, grains, and earthy char. It's bittersweet and has a dry, thin, Porter-like consistency with lite carbonation. At 5.8% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink. Overall, I've wanted to try this Stout for quite awhile and enjoyed it. I'm glad it's now available in New Jersey. While it would pair well with lite pub fare, it's a great Stout for casual drinking and a perfect introduction for someone who isn't experienced with the style.

Apr 25, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The last few times I have seen Modern Time Beer I have passed on them. The latest Modern Times beer I drank I was impressed. The beer is an oatmeal stout with coffee. The beer is 48 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two finger creamy tan head. The head dissipated slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 38 a dark brown nearly black. Overall a beautiful looking beer.

The aromas in the beer are coffee, cereal, dark roasted malts, light chocolate, char, smokiness, and toffee. The aroma is the beer is hard to discern because the coffee aromas are concentrated.

The flavors of the beer are dark roasted malts, espresso, smokiness, subtle fruitiness, char, and light chocolate.

The mouthfeel is acrid and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and a medium finish.

As an English Oatmeal stout, this one fails. Where is the creaminess that goes with an oatmeal stout? The beer has this bitter note that is vinegary to a degree. Honestly, this beer is probably one of the worst beer I have tried in the last few months. The last Modern Times Beer I drank was much better.

Apr 20, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a copper tinge when held to the light. No visible carbonation and a finger of beige head.

Smells of chocolate, liqueur, and coconut. Like a chocolate macaroon.

Coffee, chocolate and coconut are all present. Lightly sweet, with little bitterness.

Medium to light body, slightly watery, with little foamy carbonation.

I got this at Trader Joe's and am drinking it in Redding, CA, March 1st, 2019. Like candy.

Mar 01, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from pint can, gift from brother, into faceted mug.

This is a strange coffee stout. Initially, one is put off by the brown color and moderate ABV. But upon tasting, the sweet smooth start, crisp middle and mild chocolate espresso finish win one over.

Feb 27, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate up front along with some caramel and toffee towards the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and coffee and then picks up some dark chocolate and caramel. Bittersweet. Finishes with lingering coffee and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good coffee stout that is quite easy to drink because of the lack of astringency. Definitely worth checking out if you're into coffee stouts

Dec 25, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The coffee expression is very rich & full-bodied (especially for a low ABV oatmeal stout), definitely beyond a diner / Folger’s style coffee. Body is a little thin for my liking but that is more appropriate for the style. Very good

Dec 21, 2018
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twosheds from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head.

Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Has an almost apple or berry like sweetness.

Taste is very similar to smell. Very sweet And malty with a nice coffee flavor.

This is really good. It's ok the sweet side but also very smooth and offset by the coffee.

Dec 16, 2018
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mmilyko from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I remember when Stouts weren’t all about either coffee or chocolate. This was a good coffee forward beer, but I have 6 Starbucks within 5 miles of my place. The adventurous days of adding coffee and chocolate to Stouts are passe.....let’s move on and get back to basics out there.

Dec 08, 2018
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dandandan79 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

looks like a stout. dark. smells was faint.
taste was weak, watery, little complexity with high carbonation.
overall it wasn't a total failure , i drank it , finished it, but i really didn't enjoy it.
it's too basic and too weak for a coffee stout. no kick.
too many good stouts out there to repeat with on this one.

Nov 30, 2018
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