Black House

Oatmeal Stout Modern Times Beer


Black House, an Oatmeal Stout by Modern Times Beer

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Black House is an Oatmeal Stout brewed by Modern Times Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.


The stout pours nearly black with a hint of ruby gleaming at the edges. A tall stack of tan foam caps the pour and recedes slowly. Ample lace clings to the glass.


A pleasant aroma of coffee roast wafts the nose and is backed by a hint of sweet vanilla.


A pair of coffee varietals from Ethiopia and Indonesia lend a lovely taste of espresso. The palate is supported by a base of semisweet dark chocolate and finishes dryly with a mild bite of spicy hops; melting to a creamy chocolatey sweetness.


Eight varietals of malt are used but the body still seems like it could use a bit more heft to support the palate. If nothing else, all that malt does give the stout a smooth and creamy feel.


The body of the Black House stout is a bit thin for the style, but this otherwise one tasty brew. And if you’re a lover of coffee beers, you should definitely give this stout a try.

About this Beer

The brewers at Modern Times jumped a number of hurdles and worked through several obstacles in crafting this coffee-flavored stout. Read about their journey here.

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About the Oatmeal Stout

The Oatmeal Stout is very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor. The sweetness, balance, and oatmeal impression can vary considerably. Historically, the use of oatmeal in stouts originated in the 1800s, and were marketed as being “healty” beers. The Oatmeal Stout was popular in England between the two World Wars and the style was revived during the modern craft beer era.