Sunday, September 21, 2014

Modern Times Black House

This is a self-described coffee, roasty stout from Modern Times Beer of San Diego, California. They share their recipes on their website for homebrewers. They roast their own coffee for this beer and use 75% Ethiopian and 25% Sumatran beans. This beer uses barley, wheat and oats.

The beer pours a very dark brown, mahogany black. There is a tall, thick, foamy head that is tan in color. The aroma is dark roasted malt, lots of coffee, kind of like walking by a coffee house while drinking a stout. The taste is a rich, smooth, elegant, dark roasted stout, full of dark chocolate, dark cocoa, and loads of rich, dark roasted coffee. The beer drinks smooth and round and easy. This is the best coffee stout I have ever had, it incorporates the coffee into the stout better than any other (it is not coffee over stout, or coffee in stout, it is truly a “coffee stout”).  


Modern Times Blazing World

This is a self-described hoppy, dank amber beer from Modern Times Beer of San Diego, California. They share their recipes on their website for homebrewers. This beer uses Mosaic, Simcoe and Nelson hops and has 85 IBU's.

The beer pours amber in color, dark honey, a touch of copper. There is about an inch of thick, foamy off-white head. The aroma is fruity, orange, sweet and tangy, caramel malt, a bit of pine and dankness. The taste follows the aromas, big and sweet and orangy, with the pine and dank around the edges. It drinks smooth and round with a subtly tingling carbonation. The bitterness is moderate and it ends mostly dry. The dankness increases as you make your way through the beer.