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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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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Photo of jera1350
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DropD
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geryeb624
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated in about a minute. Light sticky lacing clung decently. The smell had a really nice espresso to roasty coffee bean with a decent oaty note all inclusive and combining pretty much perfectly. Light chocolate does come in to settle my soul. The taste was enthusiastically sweet and roasty through the chocolate and coffee bean wrapping itself around my taste buds. On the palate, this one moves so smooth and roasty over my tongue making me realize that this is deceptively sessionable. Its about a light to medium on the body. Overall, another solid beer from a company I can’t get locally. Still, an absolutely stellar beer to have again. It definitely would make a great hybrid of the oatmeal stout to the milk/sweet stout.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

1 pint can: Pours a deep brownish-black (it is actually an almost clear deep brown at the bottom of the glass) with a good head of thick tan froth. Aromas are mainly coffee and roasted malts. Taste is a bit more complex, with rich coffee notes, milky chocolates, and roasted malts. Coffee is of course the most prominent, with 2 different blends added to the mix, but not overwhelming, allowing the other flavours to shine through as well in a balanced way. There is also a nice balance between the sweetness and the bitterness all the way to the finish, which is very dry. Carbonation is average, giving it a creamy, full mouthfeel when the fizz is still there, but once the brew warms up as it stands there for too long, we get a light bodied, thin feel to the last bits of the brew. Overall, a solid stout, not too heavy, bit well balanced between its different flavours.

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

Photo of jperson9920
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, canned on 2/06/17. Pours a very attractive near pitch black, with a nice 2 finger dark tan head that leaves thin wisps of lace behind.

Smell is dry roasty coffee, vanilla bean, and dark chocolate.

Taste follows dry dry coffee , dark chocolate, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is medium, plenty of life, dry as I would expect from a beer like this, and extremely drinkable.

Overall this is a very one dimensional beer, but it is so tasty I don't care. Reminds me of my local favorite The Roast from Henniker Brewing. Thanks @Lingenbrau for this very tasty coffee stout!

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

Thanks goes out to BWood for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 01/16/17

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, roasty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, vanilla. nice nuttyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, roasty, nutty, with some nice chocolate/toffee/coffee, nice vanilla. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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

Photo of MattXT
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Picked up at Broadway Liquor Store here in Vancouver, as a single can.

A: black, tan head that dissipates pretty quickly
S: coffee / chocolate / toasty grains. Pretty appealing.
T: As above, plus some burnt sugar.
F: Medium weight.

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

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

16oz can - I don't actually like coffee, Modern Times marketing department, so I'm glad that you are striving to make beer that might appeal to me. And what, pray tell, is a 'Black House'?

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some roiling sea cauldron lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, bready and roasted caramel malt, a further hint of free-range ashiness, dried vanilla beans, warm cream, and some very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, coffee-laced cocoa powder, real vanilla-flecked melted ice cream, a subtle earthy nuttiness, and more understated weedy, leafy, and deceased floral 'verdant' hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its barely-there frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty smooth, with a weak airy creaminess seeping in well after takeoff here. It finishes off-dry, the lingering chocolate, malt, cafe-au-lait, and vanilla working it to the end.

Overall, this is a rather solid version of the style, i.e. the one where they insist on putting coffee into an otherwise genial oatmeal stout. As noted by the brewer, the coffee profile is neither acrid nor astringent, and that goes the long mile here in making this one nice and easy to put back.

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Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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