Black House
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #45
Ranked #5,305
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
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Notes: 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.
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4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ChipChaight
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +5.7%
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 guitarcec
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thomda11
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

The beer pours jet black, with a half-finger-width head. The aroma is pleasant with robust coffee and a touch of roasted barely. The taste has loads of coffee, but it’s not overbearing. There is some roasted barely on the back end. Interestingly, this is first time I’ve had a beer in which the mouth feel was a major-contributor to the overall rating. It had a nice, medium milky mouth feel that complemented the flavors perfectly. The beer is not incredibly complex, but delicious all the same. It’s just a fantastic beer.

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Photo of runeatdrink
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kered33
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Visual- Dark brown/black. Extremely opaque. Poured about one finger lace, not very long lasting

Aroma- Very strong smell of coffee, some roasted malt, nutty smell

Taste- Very dominant burnt coffee taste with a little bit roasted caramel and malty background

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, pretty light overall, extremely smooth and creamy

Overall- I enjoyed this stout very much. It tasted exactly like it smelled which was a little too overwhelmingly coffee, but not unpleasantly so. I would prefer a little chocolate notes to it as well, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FATC1TY
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FilumDee
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tall boy into Spiegelau Stout glass. Canned on December 29th 2016.

L: Deep dark brown with ruby colors when light shines through. Two finger fluffy tan head with excellent retention. Good lacing.

S: Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate, cocoa.

T: Very prominent coffee flavors, hints of chocolate. Tiny bits of cream and even some hazelnut. Not bad.

F: Light-Medium body and crisp.

O: Session style stout, not too shabby but not on par with my favorite, Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AdrianC31
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on nitro in an imperial pint glass at TeKu Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black, with plenty of haze and a thick finger of dense, creamy tan foam. Great.

Smell: a little roast, a little sweetness, and a lot of smoothness.

Taste: roasty with coffee, caramel and toffee notes. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent enough carbonation and creaminess. As is typical, the nitro makes this beer look good but detracts from the mouthfeel.

Overall: this is one easy drinking beer. Dark and heady but goes down with a great taste and awesome balance. Good stuff!

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Photo of RobinLee
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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