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Old School Stout - Tree Brewing

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 12
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 03-02-2014

When you call something "old school", it's usually because it's original or a classic. That is exactly why we've named this beer Old School Stout, because it's our interpretation of a classic dry stout.

The word stout originally meant "proud" or "brave" but after the 14th century it took on the connotation of "strong". While our Old School Stout isn't exactly strong in alcohol (5.5% ABV), it is very much a rich full bodied Ale dominated by chocolate and roasted malt flavours and very well balanced. Dry stouts achieve a dry-roasted character through the use of roasted barley, just one of the six malts in our Old School Stout recipe. A subtle bitterness leads to a long creamy finish on this aphotic beauty.
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4/5  rDev n/a

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Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark jet black with three fingers of frothy mocha head. Intricate lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Cocoa, roasted malts, hint of coffee bean, grains.

Taste - Roasted malts, grains and bitter cocoa, along with some bitterness of coffee bean.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice creamy texture.

Overall - An English/dry stout with excellent roasted notes and a creamy body. Almost tempted to try it as a float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (499 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Funny how this BC brewery releases 'Old School' Stout, at about the same time as another BC-located brewery releases Auld Skool Scottish Ale. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a fairly solid black, with scant basal cola highlights, and four, nearly out of control fingers of puffy, rocky, shiny, and eventually bubbly beige head, which leaves some scattered sudsy island chain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty roasted bready caramel malt, almost ashy, a subtle burnt meatiness, rather dark and sugar-free chocolate, mealy coffee grounds, and somewhat bitter earthy, musty hops. The taste is much bigger on the salable chocolate front - bittersweet cocoa nibs, mostly - a weakened, but hardly lessened roasted caramel malt, somewhat sour milky notes, weirdly edgy brown sugar, and lightly singed leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite playful in their basic frothiness, the body a staid medium weight, and pretty much smooth, but for a slightly clammy tackiness, in the form of the proverbial pea. It finishes off-dry, barely, the skulking roasted ashiness starting to reassert its domain over the lingering cocoa and malt notes.

A decent enough dry stout, the advertised chocolate manifesting in an expected understated role. I'm not entirely certain what Tree means by 'old school' here, but if I had to hazard a guess, it would be that they are trying to pay homage to English stouts, before those damned dirty Yanks got their oh so hoppy hands all over them. Not that there's anything wrong with either camp - this goes down just swell. (1,597 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
3.98/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.17/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650ml -- no dating -- 40 IBU -- enjoyed at 8C
A: opaque black; moka head
S: bright cola, some root beer, roasted grains; medium full intensity
T: not much there. Roasted grains, pumpernickel ... not a rich and broad taste because the bitterness cuts through. Alcohol noticeable in the finish.
M: medium to full bodied.
O: the alcohol and bitterness are noticeable so better to have with food where it wouldn't show up as much. (427 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tree Brewing 'Old School Stout' @ 5.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.35

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a big frothey tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-chocolate , cocoa & roasted malts

T-cocoa creamy & smooth stout , filling , slight bitter finish

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent English stout

prost LampertLand (416 characters)

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4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Exeter
4.07/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IanSpindler
3.78/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
4.41/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev n/a

Old School Stout from Tree Brewing
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