Black House (Modern Times)

Brewery : Modern Times
Beer : Black House
Style : Stout / Oatmeal Stout / Sweet Stout
Variance : Brewed with 75% Ethiopian and 25% Sumatran Coffee from Modern Times

8.5 / 10

I feel like when people talk about Modern Times, this is the beer that comes to mind first. Yeah, I know they have plenty of amazing bombers yet that I have yet to try that are growing in popularity but I feel like this beer is the best known of the bunch. I’m not here to baby you and lie and tell you that you need to travel to this brewery specifically to try THIS beer but I will tell you having been there that this is just one of many many reasons that you need to get your ass to San Diego ASAP. I love that Modern Times is so particular about the flavor of their coffee that they roast their own and that is clearly shown here with this amazing brew. This has a nice smooth roast coffee flavor to start with some mild milk chocolate flavors mixing in with a mix of bitter and sweet ending with an almost espresso like richness to close. I feel like Black House is just code name for the set of just about any Tyler Perry movie and if you think that that’s racist, then you are fucking correct! Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a Tyler Perry movie so what the hell do I know. I guess all you can do sometimes is just stereotype the shit out of something and hope for the best. I love when a beer can provoke an emotion with just one sip and this one has succeeded in making me happier than seeing Sara Jean Underwood dressed up as Pikachu (look it up) and the fact that I’m drinking it out of a Modern Times coffee mug only adds to the overall enjoyment. If you love coffee or are looking for a thinner and lighter stout that still packs all the flavor you’d expect then snag a can or be a silly goose. As for those of you who want to give the style a whirl for the first time, this beer is a great intro because of it’s lower ABV and session-ability. Now go out there and drink you bastards!

Written by: Steve B.

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I made these beer labels for my brother for Christmas! Earlier in the year, we’d been fantasizing about him starting a literature themed brewery called Whale of a Tale Brewing Co. where all the beers would be named classic literary/beer puns. I liked these three that we came up with the best so I decided to illustrate their future labels. Hopefully someday they will all really exist and I’ll get to drink them!:)