Black House
Modern Times Beer

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #46
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,697
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
1,308
From:
Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  73
Gots
  214
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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 kind of tastes like a chocolate-covered espresso bean, only drier and more like beer. Nifty fact: we’re one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee, which allows us to be extremely persnickety about which beans we buy and how we roast them. Taste the persnicketiness!

Malt Varietals: Two Row • Kiln Coffee Malt • Oats • Pale Chocolate Malt • Black Malt • Roasted Barley • Biscuit • Crystal 60
Coffee Varietals: 75% Ethiopian • 25% Sumatran
Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 1,308 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by colts9016:
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The last few times I have seen Modern Time Beer I have passed on them. The latest Modern Times beer I drank I was impressed. The beer is an oatmeal stout with coffee. The beer is 48 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two finger creamy tan head. The head dissipated slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 38 a dark brown nearly black. Overall a beautiful looking beer.

The aromas in the beer are coffee, cereal, dark roasted malts, light chocolate, char, smokiness, and toffee. The aroma is the beer is hard to discern because the coffee aromas are concentrated.

The flavors of the beer are dark roasted malts, espresso, smokiness, subtle fruitiness, char, and light chocolate.

The mouthfeel is acrid and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and a medium finish.

As an English Oatmeal stout, this one fails. Where is the creaminess that goes with an oatmeal stout? The beer has this bitter note that is vinegary to a degree. Honestly, this beer is probably one of the worst beer I have tried in the last few months. The last Modern Times Beer I drank was much better.

Apr 20, 2019
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ChipChaight from New York

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.

Oct 05, 2016
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TaoOfPoo from California

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.

Nov 29, 2017
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guitarcec from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jun 04, 2015
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iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Feb 06, 2014
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jlisuk from California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jun 11, 2014
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thomda11 from California

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.

Sep 14, 2014
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runeatdrink from New Jersey

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

Dec 19, 2016
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cletusdog from California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Nov 23, 2014
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MichiganderHB from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jul 11, 2014
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bigjoe786 from California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Dec 01, 2014
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kered33 from California

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.

Jun 06, 2014
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GreatStoutman from Texas

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

Jul 28, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

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

Nov 01, 2017
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FATC1TY from Georgia

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

Mar 08, 2015
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FilumDee from North Carolina

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

Jan 24, 2017
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halo3one from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Oct 17, 2014
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

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.

Feb 13, 2017
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SDBeerLaw from California

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jul 15, 2020
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MickeyHops from California

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

Oct 11, 2014
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

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.

May 06, 2018
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craftbeerasian from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

May 17, 2014
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KnowYourCraft from California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Jul 22, 2014
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AdrianC31 from Florida

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

May 06, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

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!

Mar 20, 2017
Black House from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1308 ratings