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Modern Times Black House

Rating: 3.3

A new San Diego brewery for me now, this one will be my first from Modern Times Beer but it is a brewery that I’ve been aware of for a while now as their beers always seem to be popular online. This particular can is one that I ordered from Brewdog’s online shop recently after missing out on two other beers from the brewery after they sold out relatively quickly. Since ordering this one I’ve learnt that it is a coffee flavoured stout and that the brewer actually roasts their own beans to use when making it so it should be packed with flavour. This one is one of four main core beers from the brewery that is available year round and since Brewdog have recently started stocking this and a few others I’m hoping this won’t be the last I get to try from the brewery.

Modern Times Black House

Appearance (3/5): This one is a really dark black colour with an opaque body and some deep ruby tinges at the bottom of the glass. There’s not much in the way of a head sitting on top, just a thin and patchy tan brown head that disappears almost as soon as I poured it to leave a few bubbles around the circumference of the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Quite dark nose to this one as you’d expect with a lot of dark malts and roasted flavours coming through. These are backed up by some strong coffee flavours and rich chocolate with a few oats thrown in for good measure. I could detect some bitterness and espresso notes right at the end alongside touches of grain, sugars and very faint caramel.
Taste (6/10): This one starts with plenty of dark, roasted flavours that are backed up with a little grain and some sugars. There is some earthy touches and the dominant flavour seems to be a combination of strong coffee and rich, dark chocolate that seemed to work well together with some bitterness seeing things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with quite a thick and full body that comes through very dark bringing with it some sweetness from the sugars and rich chocolate. There is also a lot of bitterness thanks to the coffee and I got medium carbonation levels and a dry finish.

Overall (12/20): This one was a beer that was fairly disappointing in truth, I’m not entirely sure what I had been expecting going in but I definitely wanted more than this. The taste, and the nose in truth, was quite basic and not unlike a lot of other English style stouts that I’ve tried over the years although it was a nice enough taste without ever exciting.; I doubt this will be one I go for again.

Brewed In: San Diego, California, United States of America
Brewery: Modern Times Beer
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Oatmeal Stout
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Can (473ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.00

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  1. December 14, 2015 at 10:20

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