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Snowtober - Tree House Brewing Company

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Snowtober
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: jlindros on 11-18-2012)
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Growler fill from Tree House dated 10/26/13 that I finally got cracking open today. Poured it into my Tree House Brewing glass.

A - Pours with a thin head that dissipated quickly leaving a light ring around the edge of the glass. Clings to the glass well and just smoothly slides down. Color is jet black with no light passing through that I can see.

S - Smells like a solid porter to me. I'm getting the typical dark, roasted malt aroma which gives off hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There is some sweetness there too...perhaps raisins or plums? I'm also getting a slight hint of the alcohol.

T - Getting all of the roasted malts right up front. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate flavors throughout. Begins on the sweeter side then finishes pleasantly dry. There's some hop bitterness towards the end which compliments the dry cocoa flavors. Lots of robust flavor...more than I expected from a 6.6% ABV porter.

M - Creamy, rich and not overly carbonated, as is common with Tree House. Very easy to drink...my first glass is just about gone!

O - Very, very good porter. Well worth getting a second time if I get the chance. I have yet to be disappointed by Tree House and Snowtober follows closely in that tradition.

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

First THB glass pours with a 1/4" dark brown head, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven skim, with leggy, lasting lace. Aroma is dark malts, with a touch of coffee.

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Growler filled at the brewery a few hours ago.

Wow, they really filled the growler to the top, I barely had an angle on the bottle when beer started coming out and a bit missed the glass, oh well. It does pour a darker colored 1/2 finger bubbly head that fades fairly quickly, I think more from the pour than from carbonation, leaves a bit of lacing on the glass, beer itself is pretty much pitch black.

NOse is typical well done robust porter. A little cocoa and very dark chocolate, a bit of a black patent like dark roasted malt, a touch of coffee and roast, some dark bitter charred malt, a thick rich malty beer with a bit of caramel and even hint of vanilla like darkness. There are hints of earthy hops in the background, and a light chalky like powdered cocoa.

Taste starts rich and lush, fairly creamy and thick, and quite dark. Malts galore, dark malts mainly, little roast and coffee but not much, and charred roasty like malts, lots of chocolate but all dark, little baker's and dark chocolate, some powdered slightly chalky cocoa too. There is also a bit of a creamy milk chocolate. Also there is light caramel, a little biscuity dry cookie crunch thing, and even a hint of vanilla, also some oats I believe. It's a little syrupy and mildly sweet, and some bitterness more from dark charred malts, but a bit of an earthy grassy hops pops up here and there. Finish is thick and mouth coating lush, syrupy and still a bit sweet as it just sits around the mouth like it's 9-10% abv without the booze. A lingering coffee flavor that picks up a bit with lots more baker's chocolate, cookie wafer and oats, all lingering for a while.

Mouth is big and luscious, creamy, rich, full bodied, heavy, little syrupy, with decent carb.

Overall quite nice. I wasn't as impressed with the little sample I got at the brewery, but I wanted to fill another growler after Green kicked, so I went with the porter as it's one of my more preferable styles. This is a very well done porter, not quite so hoppy, but lots of big thick lush dark malts with little bitter charred malt but no burnt or acrid flavors, creamy and thick, drinkable and nice at the same time but still seems to warm the soul for those snowy sudden October storms.

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Snowtober from Tree House Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.