Black House | Modern Times Beer

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Black HouseBlack House

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States

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

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Photo of csmrx7
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable Stout.

A little light in color, big mocha head.

Smells a dark rich malt and coffee.

A lot of smooth coffee flavor but very light and drinkable.

A great summer desert beer.

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Photo of rarigney
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trish
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very light khaki head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice coffee black with a nice brownish hue to it. The texture is a little thin looking but is still pretty nice.

The smell and taste are really god. The beer has a good strong creamy oatmeal smell with a moderate roast note that rises from underneath it and comes in on the finish. The taste is a bit more roasted bitter than the smell but contains the exact same notes. While it may contain only a few notes, the intensity of and kinds of notes work very well together.

The feel is pretty good. It has a nice light body with a good creamy feel to it. The beer has a sharp bite from the carbonation at the beginning but fades out fairly quickly..

Overall, this definitely a pretty good beer worth getting when it's available. It isn't overly complex but it's a good light bodied for the summer if you want something dark.

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Photo of LeRose
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like clear black coffee, and an aggressive pour produced a substantial tan head the surprisingly hung out for a while given the style. Looked like a layered coffee drink - beautiful.

Instantly hit with espresso on the nose, followed by chocolate and a sense of sweetness. Maybe a little touch of vanilla. No burnt or acrid smells that come with a lot of these beers.

The taste is straight up great coffee and chocolate, slightly sweet. Mild bitterness keeps thing in check. Nothing burnt or off-putting in the taste - very clean, very easy to drink. It is sweet enough to give a little sense of stickiness, but not so sweet that it's a dessert beer. I get more of the smooth feel from the oats than any taste of oats. If anything, it is a bit thin for the style, but that is being picky.

Overall, this is a great beer that i would highly recommend.

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Photo of woemad
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased at Bottles, in Millwood, Washington, for $2.99. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on February 6, 2017. I'm not sure this is a style of beer that will suffer too badly for having spent nearly six months waiting to be consumed. Having said that, it's possible it might have been a little more hoppy when fresh, considering it's packing 40 IBUs. My first from Modern Times, by the way.

Poured into a full pint sized Boston Lager glass, this was a Stygian shade of black that conceded nothing when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that yielded lots of lace.

Big coffee aroma to this, but not a particularly bitter one for a coffee stout. MT's comparison to chocolate covered espresso beans is an apt one. While the roasty coffee notes are the stars of the nose, there's a subordinate, chocolatey sweetness present as well. Not surprised that among the nine(!) types of malts listed as being used, Pale Chocolate Malt is one of them.

Chocolate covered espresso beans is an apt description for the flavor as well. Coffee is still the lead player, with chocolate a noteworthy supporting player, but not quite enough sweetness comes through for it to be candy-like, or for it to be considered a dessert beer. The finish is fairly dry, as is the mouthfeel, with a body that is a little thin for the style, but not to a great extent.

This is an excellent breakfast beer, one that is really hitting the spot now that I'm off work after working a graveyard shift. Glad Modern Times is now available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Jortonsbeer
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not usually into dark flavored beers.
This one smelled like a nice brewed coffee. Hard to finish the tall boy, it was so rich.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Produced a nice sized head. Definitely on the thin side. Drinks more like a porter. Flavors were good, roasty, light coffee with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 05/01/17.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with 2 fingers of effervescent khaki head. The head leaves plenty of clingy cobweb lacing before settling into a creamy film.

The aroma brings a tidal wave of fresh roasted coffee beans, followed by some sweet milk chocolate and mild nuttiness.

The flavor follows the nose: Tons of coffee, sweet cream, and chocolate. Slightly roasted and nutty, with a kiss of spicy hops on the finish.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredulous amount of creaminess, with a smooth, velvety finish. Quite dry, with a bittersweet coating that sits gently on the tongue.

Overall, a great coffee stout that comes exactly as advertised. The coffee takes the steering wheel and drives you straight into a chocolate factory, which sounds oddly sexual.

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Photo of joemochas
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modern Times Beer "Black House"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 05/2/17..." and sampled on 07/26/17
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ahhh, a proper pint of coffee stout, what could be wrong with that? It's black with mahogany highlights beneath a finger-thick head of creamy tan. The aroma suggests oily coffee beans in a bin at the market. The flavor follows, and you can taste some of that peppery edge that would eventually become like green pepper if you let it age for too long. There's also a hint of dark chocolate, but mainly it's the coffee that runs the show. Ahh, there's some caramel and brown sugar as well. It's moderately bitter, yet dry and roasty in the finish. Unfortunately the head seems to have dropped and only tiny spots of lacing are left behind. Medium bodied with a standard carbonation. Very nicely balanced and rounded. One of the best coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of rolltide8425
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bold, roasty coffee bean aroma on the nose followed by rich milk chocolate and coffee on the palate. Coats the mouth with a very nice creaminess. Great beer

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Photo of burntpollo
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Can to snifter.

LOOK: dark black pour, beige head fades quickly to some minor lacing, leaving a rim around the outside.
AROMA: Coffee, roasted malt, touch of nuttiness, almond maybe.
TASTE: coffee, licorice, touches of wood, raisin, vinegar.
FEEL: full and meaty, but also some sturdy carbonation. Good balance. Maybe it's a tad thin for a stout; but it works out OK.

Not bad, but I like the Hoppy beers from Modern Times better, even though this is more my style.


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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned 5/25/17

Very dark brown but not quite black, thin head that fades. Nice pleasant coffee aroma - a little sugary. Taste is drier than expected, quite roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, could be thicker.

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

Photo of dcotom
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16-ounce can into a chalice. Stunning appearance, deep black-strap molasses color with a thick, light tan head. The brewer's notes describe the taste as a chocolate-covered espresso bean. It's an apt description. Huge aromas and flavors of chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a little dried-cherry tartness on the finish. The mouthfeel is silky without being too heavy, with the malts providing a bit of sweetness. Another outstanding and well-crafted effort from Modern Times.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Growler USA in Phoenix. Pours a jet black ebony hue with ample frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and molasses. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown with a brown head. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium in body and medium-low in carbonation. Overall it's a pretty great stout, wish it was a little bigger in body though.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanConPhilly
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modern Times - Black House Stout
6% abv - 5/25/17 (30 days old)
Purchased for $3.50 at Monde Market

A - opaque black body with a 2-finger brown head that lingers. 5 minutes after pouring it's still there.

S - faint coffee, some chocolate. A bit underwhelming to the nose.

T - more coffee here. Very low bitterness though. The chocolate takes over at the end, but it never gets into treacle-sweet territory.

M - medium. Lower that I expected from the appearance.

O - A decent brew, but underwhelming. Probably the least impressive Modern Times beer I've yet tried. If they had been more aggressive with either the coffee or the hopping this would have stood out more.

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Photo of Blaze5445
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Chestnut brown with ruby highlights. 1 finger of khaki head. Good clarity.

Dark roast coffee, caramel, black licorice, cocoa, and raisin.

Dark roast cold brew coffee, caramel, and red licorice. Raisin and black plum. Lactose sweetness along with subtle notes of earthy roast.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and silky with a well balanced sweetness.

A flavorful Sweet Stout. Coffee and dark fruits. Modern Times is good times!

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
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