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
Ratings:
1,086
Reviews:
167
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
187
For Trade:
7
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Reviews by charlzm:
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3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed April 17th, 2014.

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass. Two finger tan head with many large bubbles forms atop an extremely dark brown beer. Head is less attractive than it could be due to wildly varying bubble size. No lace or clinging to note and head dies fairly quickly.

Aromas of dark roasted grain and coffee.

Flavor favors coffee over traditional beer, though there are the standard stout notes present: bitter chocolate, dark roasted grain. Oatmeal, allegedly in the grain bill, is not detected on the palate. Simple, 1.5 dimensional flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but otherwise normal for the style. Allegedly, there is oatmeal in this brew, but it was not present in the mouthfeel.

Well-made but ultimately somewhat unsuccessful take on a coffee stout. A bigger, stouter stout would have supported the coffee flavor better, I think. Or maybe less coffee? The relatively modest nature of this beer (note the ABV) means the coffee runs roughshod over the other flavors. Maybe coffee oatmeal stouts shouldn't be "sessionable"?

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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 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%

Photo of JC333
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Black House from Modern Times Beer
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,086 ratings.
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