Black House
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #42
Ranked #5,025
4.03 | pDev: 8.19%
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’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.
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 1,272
Photo of darktronica
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
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

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Photo of brenn79
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.

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Photo of amadsteve
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.

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Photo of argock
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of BigGold
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
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

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Photo of ajm5108
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

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Photo of twosheds
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.

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Photo of mmilyko
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.

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Photo of dandandan79
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -0.7%
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 hydrate
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -0.7%
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 AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Cramshawbar
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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 BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, clear, topped by a dense, tan coloured head that has good retention.
Aroma of marshmallow, lactose, lightly of coffee.
Surprisingly sweet upfront, of caramel malt, maple syrup, lactose, before a mild kick of bitter, dry hops lend some balance leading into the finish. Reminiscent of coke. Not a big sense of coffee, nor of chocolate, they're both more of a whisper, and comes out a bit more in the lingering finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Sugary sweetness is what this one is all about. It manages to have some balance so that it isn't totally over-bearing, but it does lack depth and doesn't live up to it's name.

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Photo of Nass
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Top notch Oatmeal Stout. Canned on date is there at the bottom. The coffee is intense & roasty on this one. Nothing more left to say but go out & try this beer. The Black House coffee is off the chain in this beer. Cheers! A-

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. A surprise LCBO purchase for $4.25 CDN. Canned November 6, 2017. Typical LCBO.

Appearance - Pours dark chesnut colored brew, nearing on black with and impressive two finger cascading tan head. Above average head retention and some bits of lacing cling to the glass. Looks frothy and foamy from up top, like a good stout should.

Smell - Oatmeal, grains and plenty of molasses. Hints of brown sugar and coffee. Minerally on the nose too. Really like the molasses and dense grain here.

Taste - Bold and roasty, lots of coffee and dark chcollate in the lfavor. Molasses is there but way more usbdued compared to the nose. Taste has good staying power but doesn't finish as rich as the initial sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick bodied, super creamy which gives a denser and fuller feel. Not a tongue coating kind of fullness here. Carbonation is about right.

Overall - A damn good oatmeal stout, compares pretty well with a couple of my faves, albeit at a higher price than those are obtainable (never mind availability in these parts). Still it's great to see a San Diego Brewery getting distribution up here north of the border. A worthy oatmeal stout, but given some cheaper and equal alternatives, I'm likely to stick to just one can here.

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
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