Old School Stout | Tree Brewing

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Old School StoutOld School Stout

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 +4.2%

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Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ63
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LCBO fresh bottle. Appearance very nice, jet black, creamy pour. Kills on aroma with chocolate and coffee. Gives way to underperforming mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber served fairly cold into a tulip glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $5 CDN.

Appearance - a very aggressive pour yielded - everyday ark brown and nearly black coloured beer with two fingers of long lasting tan head. Tremendous rings of lacing left behind in the glass. The remains rocky and full for several minutes.

Smell - coffee, dark chocolate dominate a hint of vanilla and Caramel and some well used hops linger on the outermost fringes of sensibility.

Taste - flavor is coffee and powdery dark chocolate again, with some subtle hints of sweetness. Not as complex as the nose but still quite tasty and very easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy and well carbonated body is lighter than expected but the beer seems a little overly carbonated giving a gassy impression by the second half of the bottle. Still pretty solid.

Overall - a well crafted, very aromatic English porter that sticks to the script and delivers coffee and chocolate in a pleasing manner. Certainly worth a try while in season and for this price.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into snifter. "27/04/16". cosnumed nov 17 2015

a: wow this pours dark as hell, looks nearly pitch black coming out of the bottle. rich brown head. faint ruby tinge on the bottom of the glass

s: fudgy chunky cocoa, char, roasted coffee. really rich aromas

t: follows the nose -- cocoa up front with the moderately bitter, hugely roasted coffee flavours mid-way through. amazing level of roast, i love it

m: creamy medium feel with low carbonation

o: excellent stuff. so much roast flavour

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Photo of yancot
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old School Stout fits the bill alright: opaque and coal-black, the semi-inky liquid is topped with an ultra foamy, off-white head that settles in about two fingers high and immediately goes about decorating the glass. Nevermind some special ritual (cough, Guinness) this looks good no matter how it's poured.

Some stouts are rich and complex enough to warrant concentrated, fully immersed smelling for hours and will reward such behavior. This ain't that kind of stout - all it offers it does so quickly and candidly. Roasted maltiness provides the conventional note of chocolate and there's a hint of lactose/vanilla too.

It's nothing special or over-the-top but look at the name - it never claims itself to be. The flavour is mild as expected and has very gentle roast that's on par with a proper (read: unsweetened) hot cocoa. The undertone of vanilla continues to soften whatever chocolaty or coffee flavours occasionally arise.

We don't think of hops when talking about English-style stouts like this but there is a subtle herbal, 'green' thread that runs throughout the beer. It's not bitter - it's not even that noticeable - but there's definitely an increased earthiness to this stout. It is from the West Coast after all - don't be so surprised.

Old School Stout is by Tree's own admission an "interpretation of a classic dry stout". Indeed, it sacrifices just a bit of flavour and body to be commercially approachable and offer easy drinkability. It's like that famous, simultaneously underwhelming and overrated Irish stout albeit with a bit more character.

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