Black House | Modern Times Beer

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4.02/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,840
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
1,186
pDev:
8.21%
Bros Score:
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Photo of kingjohnh
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Glorithm
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If it is classified as Oatmeal Stout it should be smoother but it is not.

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

Photo of deereless
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mnine
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
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 CAcker
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdaniel28
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of roasted coffee and hint of dark chocolate taste. Delicious and slightly bitter but smell drives the taste of this beer.

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Photo of Simon212
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScioRevo
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not an expert. Smooth and flavorful. Lots of dark tastes, no bite, not sweet. Very fulfilling - almost nutritious. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerluvr
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. I am thinking the lower end of world class with this beer. Cheers! (95-99) score range

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Photo of Wordsworth
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of OKbrew89
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bixby1971
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,186 ratings