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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:
#3,381
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,125
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
191
Trade:
7
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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pajeff
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TaoOfPoo
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as midnight on a moonless night. Beautiful 1-inch head that leaves a satisfying lace. Mouthfeel is clean and creamy. Taste is a little thinner than I expected, but the coffee is present and it has a very dry finish. Akin to drinking some damn good black cold-brew.

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Photo of taigor
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with dark brown hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a short, creamy, beige foam with medium low retention. Roasted malt and sweet cereal aromas with dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied with rich, medium low carbonation. Smooth, rich creamy feel. Roasted malt flavors up front followed by sweet oatmeal. Medium hop bitterness through the middle. Roasted maltiness on the back end along with charred, black, grainy maltiness near the end. Finished semi-dryly with dark roasted and charred malt aftertaste. Well balanced with just enough bitterness to temper the sweetness. Nice roasty and charred malt character without going over the top. I didn't detect much coffee character. Great silky smooth feel.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

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

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

Photo of bl00
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty, toasted, biscuit, and bread malts. While it has a dark aroma, it doesn't give off a gothic vibe. Medium roast coffee is riding right in the middle of the aroma. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, and bread malts. The roasty note is pretty large, and borders on being smoky. Coffee is throughout, and at a volume that makes its presence known, but not enough to mask the base stout. Mouth feel is velvety, and creamy, with a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a flavorful, robust coffee stout that remains pleasantly drinkable without being overly assertive or filling. Just a good coffee beer to throw back.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the sultan of stouts, woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of strong black coffee. Taste is dominated by black coffee, light oats are present. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Garnet black with a finger and a half of dense tan head. Smooth milked coffee, roasted malt and a little chocolate in the nose. The sweet taste follows the aroma, but with a semi-dry finish. Relatively full bodied with a moderately creamy feel. Pleasant, sugary coffee stout that's maybe a tad too sweet.

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Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz can (canned August 21, 2017) to a snifter.

A-The beer looks a little thin on the pour, but it is nearly pitch black and opaque. Head is about one and one-half fingers of mocha-beige foam. Retention is OK but I did not see any lacing the glass.

S-This beer smells pretty great. The dominant flavor is coffee, which is no surprise, but even with hints of roast and smoke coming through, the low level of bitterness is impressive. I'm also sniffing some anise, dark chocolate, and a little bit of vanilla cream. A few more whiffs and I pick up some caramel malt underneath the coffee.

T-The taste is not quite as impressive as the smell, but it delivers a similar flavorful coffee experience. The oats provide a nice smoothness to the coffee and everything tastes very balanced.

M-Despite a thin looking pour, the beer has a decent heft on the palate. Carbonation is somewhat lazy, but persistent. A nice fit for the style.

O-This beer smells pretty wonderful and it tastes alright too. There is no doubt this beer is a coffee beer, but the oats really take the bitter acrid flavors down a notch without washing them out.

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Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The dark brown, almost black, beer pours from a 16oz can into a Duvel glass with a dark tan 1 1/4" fluffy head that recedes slowly to a 1/4" cover leaving a spider web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing. By about midway through the beer there are scattered patches of lacing, a small ring around the glass and a thin island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas here are mostly all about the roasted coffee beans, with a bit of chocolate from the malt thrown in.

As expected from the nose, the dominant flavor is fresh black coffee. There's also that bit of chocolate showing along with a touch of caramel sweetness from the malt. Way in the background there's some nice roasted bitterness similar to what you'd expect from strong black coffee but which shows no burnt character at all.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit smooth with the gentle persistent carbonation. The finish begins as sweetness and chocolate fade while the roasted black coffee, fading more slowly, moves towards the back of the palate. Everything ends slowly in some dark roasted dry bitterness.

Seems to me this is an excellent coffee stout and one I'd be happy to have again. But if you don’t like dark roasted black coffee….

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,125 ratings
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