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:
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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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 1,035
Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on nitro in an imperial pint glass at TeKu Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black, with plenty of haze and a thick finger of dense, creamy tan foam. Great.

Smell: a little roast, a little sweetness, and a lot of smoothness.

Taste: roasty with coffee, caramel and toffee notes. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent enough carbonation and creaminess. As is typical, the nitro makes this beer look good but detracts from the mouthfeel.

Overall: this is one easy drinking beer. Dark and heady but goes down with a great taste and awesome balance. Good stuff!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a large snifter. Canned on 0?/26/16. Bought it in Oxnard and brought it home.

Pours dark with a medium-small head, very fine and slightly tan, lots of active carbonation. Smell is lots of coffee, a little yeast and carbonation.

Taste is coffee, toffee, a little dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry but medium bodied. Overall, it's a good beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the airport in San Diego, California (near gate 5):

Pours very dark brown with a head that becomes wispy. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

The taste is of coffee and vanilla extract. The vanilla gives it a sweet character. The coffee stands out, but the sweetness of the vanilla keeps the roast reigned in.

It hits full-bodied. A bit sharp for an oatmeal stout.

An oatmeal stout with a large coffee and vanilla character. Nice!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy. canned on date 11/21/2016.
poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Light black body with khaki colored head that pours 3 fingers high. Good head retention. Eventually drops down to no head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oats, and coffee. Coffee smells like it was freshly brewed and nice roasty aroma.

Taste: Lightly bitter coffee like breakfast blend. It has a very smooth coffee flavor; a nutty, toasted, and slightly earthy flavor profile of the coffee. Hint of oats. Lightly sweet chocolate or cocoa note.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Low carbonation level that is adequate. Little bit of silky feel to it from the oats. Lightly drying finish.

Overall: Really fantastic coffee stout. This reminds me a lot of "the devil made me do it" by Tyranena. Great coffee aroma and flavor. This would be a really nice beer to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tall boy into Spiegelau Stout glass. Canned on December 29th 2016.

L: Deep dark brown with ruby colors when light shines through. Two finger fluffy tan head with excellent retention. Good lacing.

S: Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate, cocoa.

T: Very prominent coffee flavors, hints of chocolate. Tiny bits of cream and even some hazelnut. Not bad.

F: Light-Medium body and crisp.

O: Session style stout, not too shabby but not on par with my favorite, Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As dark in color as the name would suggest, this beer had little head and smelled strongly of coffee. It tastes like coffee and chocolate but is a little toastier than many similar stouts, almost like s'mores.

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Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque. Thinnish tan head dissipates leaving no residual head.

Smell is simple and straightforward. Rich roasted coffee beans, roasted malts and some oat aromas.

Taste follows the nose with rich coffee notes, roasted malts, a touch of hazelnut, brown sugar and some cream on the finish.

Feel is rather light, and very drinkable. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall a great coffee oatmeal stout from Modern Times - I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modern Times Beer 'Black House' @ 5.8% , served from a 4pack of 473 ml cans purchased for $14
A-pour is a cola brown from the can to a almost black in the glass with a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-roasted coffee
T-coffee stout , creamy smooth start , slight bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , medium body , sweet swallow lingers
Ov-ok/good beer , nothing lacking
prost LampertLand

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Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to the light with a half finger of quickly dissipating tan head. Good looking carbonation when rocking the glass and some spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty big dark roasted coffee, and a little brown sugar. Nice full dark roasted coffee in the flavor and a touch of chocolate. Full carbonation brings out the flavor, medium thin body, and dry. All in all, a good coffee flavor, not a huge body, but it is under 6%, and I like the fact that the carbonation makes what is there pop.

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Photo of Vader444
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can pour into tulip.

Pours a dark brown, not black with a pale cream head. Lots of coffee and a little chocolate on the nose. Taste follows the nose with the chocolate coming through a bit more. The mouthfeel is very thin which spoils this for me; quite watery and maybe a bit over-carbonated for my tastes. An OK session stout but not what I was looking for. Cheers anyway!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour forming a black body and a thin ring of beige head in the snifter.

Coffee aromas with some black pepper and roast malts.

Flavor is like a California morning on a coastal beach front coffee house. So bright yet roasty at the same time, some undertones of black pepper and unsweetened cocoa. Some of the black pepper gets overwhelming after a bit, but for the most part it stays within an enjoyable range.

Feel is wet, then dry, then roasty.

Overall, Modern Times Black House isn't too bad of a coffee stout. I'm sure there's better out there, but this one has a genuine coffee flavor and makes for a great morning beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can purchased over holidays

drinks more like a brown ale than an oatmeal stout to me, but solid notes of coffee and malts in both nose and taste. almost too light for the style but quite good.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding oatmeal stout, poured beautifully into an AleSmith pint glass (another San Diego brewery!), very nice coffee taste, apparently they roast their own beans, which is cool. Fantastic, got this as part of a beer advent case of beer, this one was a highlight!

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a foamy tan head and good carbonation. The aroma is simple just roast and coffee smells. The taste is balanced nothing seems to over power. I get a chocolate milk flavor quickly followed by the coffee. The Chocolate flavor lingers a little longer. Nice thickness to the beer but still feel the carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more brown than black, 1/3" tan head. Aroma was of coffee, not huge, but there, some roast and not much else.

Taste, points on the smoothness, mouth feel too. Coffee is there a little bit, but was expecting more, where the Mostra at? Slight hop bitterness to it. This really goes for balance on everything instead of one of those pungent coffee brews. A thinner body than most stouts these days. Smacks more of a porter. Has this mixture of cola, caramel, brown malt, oatmeal going for it, would prefer either a beefier body and coffee contingent frankly.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One pint can poured into a mug.

Jet black as a showcase with no light shall pass, the pour yields thick creamy tan head that stays with pretty good retention before gradually subsiding to everlasting bubble film on the surface along with plenty of lacing patches that are quite sticky.

Loads of aromatic coffee in the aroma, it is like espresso yet together with dark chocolate and roasted notes but it is not tended to be much astringency while focused on pure coffee scent. Some breadiness from malt and sweetness from oat can also be sensed too.

Very well balance, all flavors are formed as a big wave and swept through the palate at once. At the first moment, espresso coffee takes the lead together with bitter chocolate then malt and oat provide touches of sweet breadiness and smoothness. Roasted character is at the tail of the taste with just slight astringency and pleasant bitterness.

The body is between light to medium with a slight bold touch through the palate, smooth and crisp from lively carbonation with pleasantly dry finish.

A truly big quaffable Stout with its spotless balance and great coffee character in both aroma and flavor, this shouldn’t be missed if Stout is your shoes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown but a little light shines through the glass. Webby lace from the moderate head.

Chalky and a bit sour. I get a touch of beef stew aroma.

Pretty standard stuff here: coffee flavors with a bitter black patent malt finish. Thin bodied, perhaps more than the traditional stouts. Low carbonation. The aftertaste is dry and chewy with burnt malt flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown from the car but appears black in glass. Coca-cola-like head (light tan).

Aroma: First thing noticed is the coffee and roasted notes. Both in harmony, neither overpowering the other. Fairly simple aroma but good.

Taste: deep roasted taste, the oats are there but very faint (thank god, I dont like many stouts with oats in it). coffee is black/heavy roasted as far as taste goes.

Feel: thick for the ABV, silky.

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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 ManapuaMan
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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