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 by Nugganooch:
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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 16oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes form 04/25/2014

A: Dark black body with a slight russet edge as you near the sides of the glass. My pour produced a massive sponge of dark tan head with ample hang time. Only a few minor dots and squiggles of stick remain after each sip.

S: Loads of fresh roast coffee goodness from the can. Underneath lies some darkly kilned grains and a molasses like sweetness. Not much else going on amidst all the java. Some chocolate covered dark berries emerge as the beer warms in the glass. Very roasty but also very clean with a great coffee freshness.

T: Flavors bring a ton of coffeehouse grade roast with some dark fruits, sweet brown sugar/molasses, darkened caramels, oats, and a faded smokiness. Like French pressed coffee into beer. This is very roasty with a touch of dark chocolate hidden in the middle and a mild earthy bitterness that perks on the backend. Not terribly complex but everything really comes together nicely. It is just so smooth and never burnt or acrid in any way. Creamy, roasty, and delicious.

M: Creamy smooth feel for this moderately fuller body. Does not come across as thick as it really is. Silky on the palate with a touch of drying at the finish. Fairly clean retreat with some light slickness on the palate.

D: This is a brew served two ways. Could easily pass as an iced mocha in the can. Even though the coffee steals the show what you get is an incredible fusion of all the flavors and the mouth feel is a true delight. Probably my favorite from Modern Times next to the Fortunate Islands.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ChipChaight
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tjumfrid
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Chitex78
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dbrulet
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of degueulasse
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 JakerLou
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of codysjb
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark roasted coffee, cocoa, caramel, and light oats. The coffee works well with the other flavors and never overpowers. Nice and smooth easy drinker. One to reach for if I wanted a beer with just a hint of coffee.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. There is some light residual lacing on the glass. The beer has a really nice balance of flavors from the malts and the added coffee. A really great drinking beer though the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Anchor Steam glass. Smell is Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee. Taste is Coffee up front, maybe a slight hint of Caramel. Overall I liked it very much. I would buy this again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.4%

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