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That's What She Said - Tree House Brewing Company

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-17-2012

Our Milk Stout. Roasty, Chocolately, Coffee, Smooth. It is absolutely loaded with flavor for a 5.6% drink, and the residual sugar greases your palate just enough to want to drink this forever.
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -4.3%

750ml swingtop growler into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a nice, creamy dark chocolate covered head with great retention. Lace is spotty and patchy with excellent stick. A really nice looking brew.

Aroma of chocolate, liquorice, roast, lactose, smoke and coffee. Really robust for such a small beer.

Flavor is chocolate, lactose, fudge, liquorice, anise and a touch of coffee. A nice balance of sweet and roasty.

Feel is really excellent. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down super silky. Gets better and better as it warms.

As far as a milk stout goes, this is near the top. Certainly very drinkable and one of the best in the style.

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Third time around for this brew. Had it on-tap before and also out of a growler once. Time to finally get this review done.

A- 750ml flip top growler (filled Nov 1st) poured to a snifter with a black body, tiniest bit of dark brown at the edges. A really large head (good sign for the carbonation) forms up to over three fingers and almost flies right out of the top of the glass. The tan head has nice retention eventually dying to a puffy, medium ring that leaves behind large sheets and webs of lace.

S- Roasted grains bring on the milk chocolate and very slightly charred notes while the lactose delivers noticeably with it's signature twang. A very smooth and clean roastiness is the overriding theme here.

T- Pretty much mimics the nose spot-on. Smooth roasted grains providing the bulk of the flavor with chocolate malts, cocoa powder, slight caramel and toasted notes combining smoothly with the lactose flavor and a slight sweetness. Milk chocolate.

MF- Carbonation seems identical to the sample and draft versions I had at a medium-high level and it comes down on the palate smoothly thanks to a silky texture from the lactose. Finishes with a fairly roast bitterness but no astringency.

I am sucker for Left Hand's Milk Stout and pretty much use that to gauge the style. This is definitely the best local example of Milk Stout I have had and perhaps second best to Left Hand so far for me. That doesn't count beers like Life Is Like and Xocoveza because those are pretty much Imperial Stouts with some lactose.

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another beer I'm pretty sure I reviewed before, but somehow it disappeared. So just bought another growler and go at it again.

Big creamy head pillowy looking, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, super dark black faint hints of molasses colored light sneaking through.

Big lactose milk, chocolate milk, powdered cocoa, light toasty brown malts and caramel, hint biscuit.

Taste again creamy lactose, milk chocolate, light powdered cocoa, creamy and smooth, hint of roasted char, light biscuit and caramel roasted brown malts, little bit of spicy hops and bitterness. Finish is dry and milky smooth but little sticky, a bit more bitterness, light cocoa powder and lactose lingering.

Mouth is med bodied but very creamy and milky, lighter but decent carb, the drying lactose on the finish leaves a milky film in the mouth.

Overall pretty nice, very creamy lactose, a bit of choc/cocoa, decent malt profile, nice light but noticeable hops, tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby highlighted, blackish color with a frothy, light, creamy tan colored head that quickly settles into a chunky, sparse, surface coating. Aromas of dark roast coffee, sweet caramel, smoke, dark chocolate, a touch of char/campfire, and a hint of cream. Smells like a bitter, robust, rich beer. Flavors are cream forward, quickly underscored by a bitter roast coffee character. Chocolate and caramel blend in the backbone to sweeten the brew a bit further, but the scales still tip to bitter and smoky. This is a campfire beer, and a very drinkable one, at that. Tasty. Light, smooth body that is slightly dry to remain within the style parameters. The aftertaste is cream and coffee, with a touch of the campfire smoke still present. Slick, slightly bitter, dry finish. This is a good, solid, drinkable beer.

Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up from the brewery on Thursday and poured in to my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich, dark brown nearly black hue with a good almost two finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and nice lightly sticky side lacing.

S- Aromas of creamy lactose and chocolate (ala chocolate milk), cocoa powder, light malt sweetness, maybe a hint of roast.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose, chocolate milk, light creaminess, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, light light roasted notes, light malt sweetness. The finish is a lingering creamy chocolate, albeit somewhat sticky like I have chocolate syrup in the mouth.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad, creamy, lightly carbonated. Easy drinking.

O - Overall, not a bad milk stout. Nice lactose and chocolate notes, easy drinking. Would be a fine stout to drink in the warmer months.

Photo of Stellartaste
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So bold and full flavored. Great pour and rich taste.

Photo of Nsinsigalli
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great milk stout!! Another great beer from tree house

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an interesting brew. The smell is outstanding. Huge coffee notes, milk, creamy goodness, hints of chocolate. It's just great. Perfection of you ask me.

The pour is nice, beautiful dark color, completely black with a small tan head.

The mouthfeel is where I feel it loses passion and love. Semi-watery and lacking in depth. For me I want a milk stout to be bigger and bolder and coat the mouth when it is in my mouth. This leaves a lingering coat but is thin while in the mouth. I'm being picky.

The taste is big on the coffee. Almost like a cafe au lait. Mmmm

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large pitted tan head like drifting snow pocked by drips snowmelt. Dark brown pour sits black. 3 thick lace rings.

Roast malt and sweet lactose smells...milk shakey. Milk shake-esque.

Roast malt, strong dark coffee and a gentle amount of acrid char helps to balance out the lactose sweetness. Sweetness still wins though.

Drank while my wife brews her first all grain batch.

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/4" brown head, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven skim, with sticky lacing. Aroma is rich coffee and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, coffee and sweet chocolate, closes lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Another good one from Tree House.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate milkshake with a bitter coffee finish.

Photo of IrishColonial
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best regular milk stout I have had by a mile.

Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces growler purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Monson, MA
Served in a pint glass

The near pitch black liquid was topped by an inch tall, frothy and creamy, espresso colored crown that quickly dropped to a thin film. A thin, drippy wall of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was impressive initially and got even better with time. Notes of powdered cocoa and sweetened coffee came through strong. There was a rich, caramel and roasted malt presence. Good dose of vanilla. As the beer warmed, the nose became even sweeter and richer. Chocolate fudge brownies came to mind. Hints of sweet cream and brown sugar were also detectable.

The flavor profile mimiced the nose. Freshly brewed coffee and caramel and roasted malts appeared on the front end. Lots of cocoa. Vanilla notes came through in the center. Touch of roast on the finish. Perhaps some char as well. Very espresso-like. Smoky notes appeared later in the session. Really interesting and complex.

The mouthfeel was creamy, slick and smooth. Pillowy soft. The liquid contained a very fine and mellow effervescence. Spot-on for the style.

That's What She Said is an amazingly tasty and immensely quaffable milk stout. Leave it to the folks at Tree House to take a typically pedestrian style and make it awesome.

Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma his of milk chocolate and cocoa, lactose creamy sweetness.

The flavor follows with milk chocolate, lactose sweetness and creamy flavors, medium roasted malt, a touch of caramel and brown sugar to move the beer along. The beer finishes off with a nuttiness and a hint of anise bitterness.

A delicious brew for its ABV.

Photo of DrugsDelaney1
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Eyes: Pours very dark brown to black. Has a nice fluffy head and those tiny little bubbles I love so much
Nose: Smells like a good milk stout should...Coffee, chocolate
Mouth: Creamy, but not too thick. Has a wonderful smooth mouth feel. I'm getting chocolate nibs and coffee in the flavor. Lots of delicate flavor and the perfect amount of alcohol. It's not overly sweet and the hops works extremely well with their malt selection.

Excellently crafted. I love this beer and will drive the hour from Boston again soon.

Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev -4.3%

I prefer a more "standard" (not "sweet" or "milk") stout but the sweetness is not overpowering here. It's a meal with a gorgeous head, no complaints, quality stuff.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml swing-top growler poured into a snifter. Growler was filled at the brewery only a few hours ago.

A: Deep black on the pour with a sandy colored head. Good retention, even when the head begins to settle it can be revived with a swirl of the glass. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Milk chocolate, french roast coffee, roasted malts, a bit earthy, lacto sweetness. Tight berry darkfruit.

T: French roast coffee and nutty tastes open. Tide of milk chocolate. Kiss of smoke and a strong roasty push. Sugary lacto sweetness throughout. Hint of cola. Tight, subtle undercurrent of raspberry. Drying finish of wood, roast, and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and slick. Prickling carbonation is too mild to provide adequate support. It's a bit too flat and still, and this makes it seem a little on the watery side.

O: It's a pretty classic milk stout. Solid enough, but a few minor tweaks would go a long way to enhance the drinkability. Stiffer carbontaion would provide the lift that the body needs.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL growler poured into a tulip

A midnight black body with a dark brown colored cap that rose two fingers and fell slowly. Some spider web lacing coats the glass.

Notes of lactose sugar are buried by milk chocolate, roast, and some coffee notes. A pretty robust milk stout.

Roast malt and coffee slide onto the palate with lactose sugar through the middle. Milk chocolate and bitter roast with just a touch of lactose sugar in the finish. The ratios are bit out of balance, but this is one delicious milk stout. The robust roast/coffee flavors are a welcome addition and help to balance out the sweetness of the lactose sugar.

Medium body with on point carbonation. Very easy to drink.

A well made milk stout with a unique spin highlighting roast/coffee over top of the lactose sugar. This works really well and I can see why this is so popular.

Photo of steve8robin
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to the brewery for the first time tonight and glad I did. Great staff and great vibes from the place. It's very down to earth feeling. Figured I'd give one of their brews a try. I picked up 3 750ml's and this is one of them:

A: Poured into my new Tree House snifter. A deep dark brew with a nice 1 inch khaki colored head which slowly fades leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Very good.

S: I get some a roasty / sweet malt blend upfront blended with some hints of licorice. Good.

T: I get a great blend of water and roast upfront, no flavors are overpowering another. A hint of bitterness in the middle with a creamy finish on the back. Some very good flavor balances and intricacies for such a low ABV brew. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Superb here.

O: All in all, nice light flavors as expected from a lower ABV brew, but lots of flavors bouncing around each balanced very well. Great introduction to this new brewery.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first taste of Tree House beer. A delicious milk stout. A surprisingly full mouthfeel for such a low ABV stout.

Photo of Gatch
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewery on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Small crowd and no line. Dean is the man. Amazing property and such a cool operation. Can't say enough good things about Tree House.

A: Pitch dark brown with a fluffy, bubbly, light brown head leaving behind good lace and good retention. Hell yeah.

S: Quite a change from Eureka and Sap that I've been drinking. Roasted, creamy malt with some caramelized sugar and chocolate and cocoa.

T: Super roasty but also super creamy at the same time. Seriously delicious example of the style. When I drink a milk stout, I want these qualities. I want it to be creamy as hell. Tons of malt, chocolate, and residual sugar to leave you wanting more. Also a bit of hops in the finish to keep it real. Such a great beer.

M: Smoothest beer you can find, massive flavor, right body and carbonation, and never cloying!

O: This is the essence of a Milk Stout. Outta bounds. So delicious. Everything that you want is there and more. Great name for the beer, too. Tree House....stop it! This is the style...nailed!

Photo of jaasen64
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler filled at the brewery on Saturday (4 days ago). Poured into Tree House glass.

A- Pours a pitch black with a little over a finger's worth of mocha head that has nice retention and leaves thin layered lacing.

S- Espresso, lactose sugars, roasted malts. Nice balance, decently aromatic with a nice pleasant aroma.

T- Light creamy espresso, lactose sugars, milk chocolate with a very slight bitterness, finishes with light roasted malts and more creamy espresso. Very well balanced and pretty tasty! Chocolate could come out a little bit more though, other then that it was very well done.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, extremely drinkable, very nice feel for a 5.6% milk stout.

O- I really wish I bought to growlers of this stuff as the 750ml was definitely not enough. This was very tasty and had an extremely nice balance to it. I could easily drink multiple glasses of this and it is definitely one of the better local MA beers being produced. I definitely recommend checking it out as well as other beers from Tree House.

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with a one finger width tan head.

Aroma- Tons of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste- Once again a lot of roasty malt and coffee flavors, but there is some vanilla sweetness that accompanies that bitter roastiness as well. In the finish the roast/bitterness is subdued a bit by bittersweet chocolate. Little bit of smoky flavors in there at times too.

Feel- Very carbonated, medium bodied, and definitely some residual malt sweetness that coats the mouth.

Overall- Really good milk stout with a surprising amount of roasted malts and coffee flavors, but which are balanced nicely by subtle vanilla and chocolate. Well worth picking up when at Treehouse brewery.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown that's settles with a black body and a frothy mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, sugary vanilla and a dash of coffee. Taste includes flavors of sweet malt, milk chocolate and hints of bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and frothy with a medium body. Very good example of the style with pronounced flavors for a 5.6% abv beer. Well done.

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Sweet lactose sugar, roster coffee, milk chocolate, toasted, and a little smoke.

Taste: Nice lactose sweetness and acidity, char, roasted, milk chocolate, biscuity, earthy, and toasted. Some bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little chewy, semi sweet, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid milk stout. Would be nice to try this out on nitro. That would be awesome.

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That's What She Said from Tree House Brewing Company
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