Black House | Modern Times Beer

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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
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#3,663
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
1,170
pDev:
8.21%
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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

Photo of byronic
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of rolltide
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Nov 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a dark, brownish-black cola colour with deep crimson highlights, boasting an inch-thick layer of soapy, tan-coloured head that holds together for the better part of five minutes. Some attractive, uneven bands of lacing have been left behind, in addition to a creamy collar and a patchy film upon the surface. Lots of roasted coffee grounds and espresso on the nose, alongside lesser notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal and caramelized malt sweetness. Not exactly a complex aroma, but it's sure to appeal to the majority of java addicts.

The flavours are of a similar nature - of all the statements that one might claim about this beer, "they skimped on the coffee" is one of the more preposterous assertions that I can come up with. Flavours of roasted barley, oatmeal, date fruit and cocoa powder serve as the perfect complement for rich flavours of espresso and mocha coffee. Finishes with more roasted coffee grounds and an earthy, mildly bitter back end that persists into the aftertaste. Medium-light in body, with gentle carbonation that politely nudges the palate; very soft and silky-smooth, which is precisely what I'd expect from any respectable oatmeal stout. Good drinkability for something that is approaching 6%; my glass emptied itself a lot quicker than I'd hoped.

Final Grade: 4.03, an A-. I've got no real complaints about Modern Times' Black House - it's just a rock-solid coffee stout, no two ways about it. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, this is a properly balanced brew with robust coffee bean flavours supported by a sturdy backbone of roasted barley, dark malts and oats; the latter ingredient also being largely responsible for its smooth, appealing texture and fantastic drinkability. At $4.25 per serving, it's definitely in the 'premium' price range in this province... but this is one instance where I see no need to bitch about price tags, because it's pretty much worth it.

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Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect coffee stout, actually tastes like freshly brewed expresso with a touch of sweetness from the oatmeal and malts. Absolute perfection.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of Ssippisam
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a deep black with about a thumb's worth of head that breaks fast. A small collar appears and there is some minor lacing.

Smell is roasty. Coffee is prominent, then roast malts and finishes with some dark chocolate.

Taste is similar to the nose, with the roasts playing the lead. Coffee is nice, then some chocolate.

Feel is on the light end for the style. Good carbonation with remarkably dry finish.

A nice beer. I did like the coffee aspect of this beer, but the thing feel took away a little.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Miller's Rest in San Francisco.
A nice Oatmeal Stout full of coffee, Carmel, Toffee notes.

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

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,170 ratings