Black House | Modern Times Beer

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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:
Black House is an oatmeal coffee stout bursting with coffee aroma and flavor.

Added by mactrail on 06-30-2013

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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 rorykanderson
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 RobertDBrase
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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Photo of Czarkazm
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/7/2016. Pours out of the can like coke but appears black in the snifter with a good amount of crimson mahogany highlights when the light hits it. The head is a light off-white tan color that dissipates quickly to absolutely nothing. The aroma is nice - not overpowering at all (was expecting a lot more coffee), you predominately get robust roasted malts, mild coffee bean sweetness, baker's chocolate, dark caramel, oats, leather, and a hint of cherry pipe tobacco, with an underlying ashy earthiness. Light mouth feel and low carbonation. The taste has everything I mentioned about the aroma, reminded me of a baby founders breakfast stout (no pun intended). This was not bad but it did not fulfill my expectations, especially having been just introduced to these guys for the first time recently, via booming roller.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from a beer festival in Bangkok. Poured into a Young Chocolate Stout Glass.

Look: Dark black, with a good head when pouring, but dissipate somewhat quickly.
Smell: Some roasty notes, but predominantly sweet molasses and burnt sugar. Not that much coffee smell.
Taste: molasses and sugary up front, somewhat chocolaty. After that, the bitterness from the dark roasty malt kicked in. Some coffee notes were felt, but not really that much. No hop presence. Leaning quite heavily on the sweet side, a good change.
Feel: medium body, medium viscosity. Great sweet aftertaste that lasts for a long time.

Quite a great brew actually. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can packaged in December 2015.

Served cold into an imperial pint glass, Black House is actually a very dark brown stout with good clarity seen on the pour. Head is nonexistent a few seconds after the pour is complete.

Aroma is mildly roasty but not much going on in terms of coffee.

Flavor is sweet up front, reminding me of a milk stout. The roast and light bitterness from the dark malts and coffee comes through more in the middle onwards.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and perfectly carbonated. It's sweeter than many American stouts which are usually heavy with the hops. This one strikes a good balance that leans a little sweet.

Overall a very good coffee stout with good balance and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ri0
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

POured 16oz can into snifter. Dark coffee brown with a sandy colored 1.5 finger head. Retention is decent and the lacing is spotty on the glass. Aroma of rich, dark, coffee with both bitter and sweet aromas. Good roasted malt with a hint of bakers chocolate. Not quite as good as the nose, but enjoyable. Bitter malts and coffee flavor up front. I pick up some bakers chocolate in the middle. Finish is bitter with a big roasted malt flavor. It is medium bodied, smooth, somewhat creamy finish. This is not an imperial coffee stout but it still has a very good flavor and feel to it.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Anchor Steam glass. Smell is Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee. Taste is Coffee up front, maybe a slight hint of Caramel. Overall I liked it very much. I would buy this again.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look (3.75): A dark blackish brown color, especially around the edges. Fine carbonation bubbles throughout that are whitish/tan and like to get sticky with the glass.

Smell (4): Roasted malty coffee and toffee aromas. Mocha and chocolately with cappuccino come off of it.

Taste (4): Big coffee and cappuccino. Toffee, malty caramel that's very delicious!

Mouthfeel (4.25): Exactly what I'd expect. Vibrant and silky smooth, a nice 30-60 second lingering aftertaste too it, exactly what I'm looking for in this sort of brew. Medium plus to full bodied.

Overall (4): I've been very impressed with Modern Times so far. This is like the little brother to Devil's Teeth! Yummy.

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Photo of arlo19
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this next to City of the Dead, so review may be skewed. Smells of coffee, taste is very smooth with some caramel. Light mouthfeel, could drink a few of these. After taste is a little dry, nice and roasty though.

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

Great looking pour. Glossy black with a pillowy tan head that slowly settles into a quarter thick ring.

Smells of coffee. Not in your face. Just smooth. Also some chocolate,oats, and barley.

Silky smooth coffee flavor. Significant amount of chocolate. Flaky oats. Roasted grains.

Chewy and creamy body.

Great beer. Tons of flavor for the abv.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and a half of light tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, burnt wood, coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste has malty sweetness, coffee bitterness and licorice.
The texture is crisp.
Nice aroma and enjoyable.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Black for the most part with glowing ruby red on the edges. Two fingers of tan head.

S - Bitter dark coffee with dark chocolate with roasted malts and the slightest hint of vanilla

T - Bitter dark coffee, bitter roasted malts, with dark chocolate and a watered-down espresso taste.

F- Thin for an oatmeal stout, but still flaky and thick enough. That dark roast coffee lingers for days.

O - It's a basic coffee stout, but a little darker and has a creamy mouthfeel.

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