Double Shot
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #1
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
100
Ranked #112
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 6.37%
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118
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Notes: Our rich, decadent coffee stout. This one's soft cocoa flavors open up to reveal a richly complex treat. We taste flavors of chocolate cake, "coffee candy", milk chocolate, with heaps of vanilla. A pungent & distinct coffee stout for sure! A rich, sweet, and less roasty base beer contributes the ideal backdrop to this bold and vibrant treat for the coffee and beer lover alike!
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.05/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Alan for this one, and plenty of other long time wants. This is one of those beers you just have to try at least once, so here I go!

Pint can - dated 01/14/20 - poured into a tumbler at 50°F.

Pours a gleaming jet black - no head, until a two finger coffee bean-coloured head races up, before racing right back down to a still top, looking like tar in the glass. Like nothing I've ever seen. I'll give a 5 to that.

Nose: Black coffee. Some roasty nuance, such as a hint of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and even a hint of dark fruit and red wine, but this is essentially sweet coffee.

Palate: Much like the nose, this is an absolute coffee bomb. It opens up quite sweet, with lots of cocoa from the roast, which lends its own coffee character as well. Moderate roast, accentuated by the coffee, but the hearty sweetness wins over. Secondary notes of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and unfortunately, lactose. I knew there was something unpleasant about this - there's clearly lactose in it. The lactose lends this quick spike of this almost aspartame/artificial sweetener flavour just before the finish, where it also extinguishes any sort of roast that may have been. Luckily, there's enough coffee for the more roasty notes of the bean to come through in the finish, which helps to dry it out.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is full-bodied, and has a slick, oily feel to it. In addition to the naturally full body, the lactose definitely adds,some viscosity here, as does the sheer level of sweetness. Major stickiness is left clinging to the lips with this one. Effervescence is actually quite adequate - lower, but very fine and fizzy.

Overall: All the components of a great coffee stout are here. The beans themself are clearly primo quality, with zero green pepper or stale notes, the base stout is well-crafted, but - it's too sweet, and there's just too much lactose. In fact, if there weren't any lactose, i think it could pull off the sweetness just fine, but with both elements in place, it does become a bit cloying. I do not think the lactose benefits this beer in any way whatsoever. You can easily get that chewy feel without milk sugar, and it ends up tasting more natural. It's still good, it's still drinkable, but I'd either like to see this tamed by a bourbon barrel, or just lose the lactose all together.

May 29, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of yllib.
Almost black appearance. Dark brown head. Fizzes out quickly.
Smell of chocolate, cream, coffee, burnt grain. Caramel.
Tastes like you would expect. Chocolate, coffee/espresso, toasty malt, caramel notes, vanilla.
Medium silky mouthfeel. A little bitter bite finish.
Overall very nice. Would describe as a milk stout or coffee stout. 9+% abv not present at all.

Mar 27, 2020
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black in color with a finger plus of light brown head that has excellent retention and leaves behind some sporadic sticky lacing. Aroma has roasty, coffee, and chocolate notes. Taste is full of sweet caramel, roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and a touch of bitterness. This is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet, almost syrupy mouthfeel. I really enjoy the aromas and flavors aside form the level of sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel; I’d those were a little dialed back I’d be much happier. I’ve had previously batches and I don’t remember this being quite so sweet.

Mar 22, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nom nom nom nom nom. I recently had tried Triple Shot on draft at Tree House, and brought back some cans of Double Shot to try at home. Triple Shot definitely has more coffee flavor, and was maybe a touch smoother, but Double Shot is still phenomenal. Rich, smooth, and the booze is hidden perfectly. A top-notch stout!

Mar 21, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible stout. I initially rated it as an imperial stout - was fooled by its depth, complexity, flavors and richness - and then when submitting realized my error and had to change accordingly. Knowing that it was actually a stout made it incredibly impressive. 1/24/20 date printed on can. Pours a thick almost sludgy very dark brown, almost black color that was incredibly opaque. Lots of fluffy tan head and some spotty lingering lacing that settled into small soapy rings. Smells amazing, deep dark roast coffee, dark chocolate fudge, vanilla, caramel, bread, malt, roasted nuts, brown sugar, maybe a little stone fruit. Taste follows the nose, incredible depth and balance, again reminded me of an imperial stout. Definitely not like any regular stout I've had before. Smooth, sticky, luscious mouthfeel that coated the palate, good amount of carbonation. No alcohol burn even as the beer warmed. Fantastic!

Mar 08, 2020
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Canned on 11/27/19 ("I TAKE MY ESPRESSO VERY VERY SERIOUSLY" edition), making this just over 3 months old at this point.

A: Really hard not to mistake this for a BA beer. Pitch black, gorgeous mocha head. Decent amount of lacing up the glass. Literally almost pours out like motor oil, and I mean it.

S: Nice fresh coffee up front, little bit of cocoa and vanilla too.

T: Way sweeter than I was expecting, but I'm okay with that. Coffee is not a huge player here, but mixes nice with heavy fudge, chocolate, coconut and molasses flavors.

M: Here's where it's hit out of the park. This may be the best mouthfeel I've had on any stout, let alone beer. It is so unbelievably chewy and rich. The flavors just linger for days. Truly, truly special.

O: My introduction to dark beers by Tree House, and I am not disappointed. Holy smokes. The mouthfeel on this is world class. It's not a coffee-forward coffee beer, and that's okay. It just shows how complex it is with all the other flavors going on. BA tells me this is the #1 non-BA regular stout in the world. And while that's not a huge and coveted style, I don't see anything near it in this class. Beautifully done.

Recommendation: Yes.

Mar 04, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with thick creamy brown head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Rich and sweet. Roasted grains. Chocolate and espresso.

T.F: Sweet up front. Gentle... milk chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla, roast, and toasted sugars. Mild acidity somewhat balances the lactose but this one is definitely sweet. Medium bodied... super creamy mouthfeel and sticky on the tongue. Complex roast, cocoa, and coffee com through again at the finish.

O: An elite milk stout. One of the best.... and a delicious winter's dessert.

Jan 24, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.17/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. Somehow I've never had this or maybe just never reviewed it. Pitch black with an ample mocha head. Looks nice. Smells of coffee and associated acidity. Sharp sweetness. Lots of roasted malt. Tastes of lactose first and primarily. Sweet and sharp lactose sweetness. Coffee immediately behind it. Milk chocolate. Finishes with some lingering roastiness and lactose. Medium heavy. Very sweet. Sharp and sweet lactose are too much for me. Coffee and intense roast character are overshadowed by the lactose.

Nov 25, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 cases of Treehouse 2 weeks ago. Got 4 of these. Drank one before Trekkies wedding last week. This review is based on that beer.

Crack can, looks black inside, pours black outside. Brown head 3/5" deep. Looks impressive. Found the aroma to be weaker than expected in terms of the coffee presence. Was pretty mild for something rated world class and a "double shot" of a name rated the #1 stout in the world (although its 8.2% abv should prolly have it categorized as a double stout, but then it wouldn't be "#1" if they did that).

Taste was fine. Delivered on every commercial tug job aspect the beer talks about, yes there is lots of hearty roasted malt, plenty of chocolate malt notes, even plenty of coffee notes from the roasted malt. But the coffee presence itself, I dunno, I've literally had dozens of better coffee beers, much less coffee stouts. Some dude said these were $8 a can, but I don't recall seeing that when I got mine. Mouthfeel was good, alcohol wasn't problematic. I liked it and will look forward to cracking the other 3 cans of it. I dunno, sometimes my nose isn't working good, but I wasn't tasting it either, perhaps I will revise the aroma upward if that is the case.

Oct 28, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter. Pours an opaque, oily black. Aroma and flavor are bitter coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, and sweet vanilla. Very drinkable despite how sweet and thick it comes across.

Oct 28, 2019
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pkalix from California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

super smooth, creamy, velvet-y, chocolate-milk.... my can says 8.2%, though, as opposed to this site's data and it doesnt even show it. who needs coffee when you have this in the frig waiting? starbucks should stock up on this!

Oct 26, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $8.05. My fifty eighth brew from these guys. Very fine beer, pinging a bit due to extremely high cost.

Oct 12, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: In color it is as close to black as possible, a very dark brown. Three solid fingers of brown head rise on an aggressive pour. Retention is awesome and lacing is downright chunky. A really good-looking beer.

S: Fudgey and roasty. Brownie batter and malted milk balls. Roasted barley. Smokey, maybe even a whiff of jerky. Bitter espresso. Coffee beans. Subtle red fruit and alcohol.

T: Follows the nose. Very sweet on the attack. Fudgey, brownie batter, malted milk balls, glazed chocolate donut. Chocolate covered coffee beans. Cold brew. Redfruit undercurrents. Hints of roast and smoke. Stays sweet throughout, and finishes with a sugary chocolate flavor blanketing a kiss of smoke.

M: Full bodied with a sense of heft. Slick, creamy, and a bit sticky/syrupy. Prickling carbonation hits the tip of the tongue.

O: It’s just a little too sweet, and it hinders drinkability. More coffee, roast, hop bitterness, or something that could help offset the sweetness a bit would probably bring it into balance pretty easily. I find this to be a recurring thing with many of Tree House’s stouts. Just a little too sweet for my taste, but that may be by design. The market seems to love “pastry stouts” and the like these days. I guess sweetness sells?

Oct 06, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark brown - black color, deep brown tinged brown head, sort of fizzy but hangs around for a while.

aromas are mellow earthy coffee roast, slightly bitter, slightly acidic, hinting at fruity quality. mellow chocolate in there as well.

palate is subdued coffee roast, earthy, slightly bitter, fruity notes of blueberry, bittersweet and milk chocolate, sugary roasted nuts, mellow brown sugar, hint of cream. as it warms the bitterness becomes a bit more harsh invoking an espresso like quality, some caramel sweetness presenting as well. the coffee flavors and sweetness become more robust as it warms, bringing a coffee whipped cream flavor, coffee candies, soft caramel, and melted brown sugar.

mouthfeel is medium, sort of light for the style perhaps but i find that enjoyable as it makes it easy to drink, still has a nice creamy texture to it. overall very very nice coffee stout!

Jul 12, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with tan head. It smells of intense coffee. No bitterness at all to this. Just fudgey chocolate and coffee. Smooth as hell. It's very approachable in the way that every Tree House is approachable. This no doubt tastes great and is super smooth, but it is also the type of coffee stout that people who don't drink coffee stouts would like. It's not super complex and has one note of those three flavors.

UPDATE: This oxidizes fairly quickly.

Jul 04, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 500 ml (1 pt .9 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a snifter

Outstanding appearance. An inch-tall, super tight and creamy, mocha colored crown topped the oily, pitch black body. The head slowly dropped to a clingy collar. Large swaths of lacing coated the glass and stuck around until the drink’s end.

The aroma was coffee forward but not to the extent I was anticipating. Darker roast coffee perhaps. Big dark malt notes too. Moderately roasty. There was an interesting savory quality as well. Bakers chocolate also came to mind.

The flavor profile was was a total mocha bomb. Huge coffee presence. Medium roast, creamed and sugared coffee specifically. Perhaps some coffee ice cream too. Hint of vanilla. Dark chocolate was also apparent. Brown sugar notes came through as well. Sweet but not excessively so. There was a subtle booziness on the finish.

Outstanding soft, creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, fairly zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

While many of the Double Shot variants are more impressive than this beer, the original is still so good. Perhaps the best way to appreciate the wide range of offerings in this series is to occasionally revisit the beer where it began.

Jul 01, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark roast coffee, chocolate, and light vanilla. Heavy bodied, roasty with moderate carbonation. Solid coffee stout with plenty of coffee flavor. You can tell this is the base for their other sweet stout. Above average. Plenty of coffee taste for coffee drinkers.

Jun 17, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 500ml pours into a tulip glass with a tar black body and a deep brown, thick and creamy head. The cap makes it to just over a finger at its peak and has good retention. A few webs of lacing coat the glass.

S- Rich coffee and chocolate with that roasty barley edge to round out the richer aromas. Chocolate cake, medium-dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla sweets and a touch of caramel.

T- Again the coffee and the chocolate really run the show here with the coffee taking center stage here a bit more compared to the aroma. Really comes on like a medium roast espresso shot that leads into a chocolate chip brownie and fruity very dark chocolate bars. The roast barley and the grains round things out with a base of dark roast barley, toasted nuts, licorice, toffee and caramel. Again that vanilla sweets hint. A touch of fruit with cherry coming to mind.

MF- A luscious and creamy body with a medium-high level of carbonation. Texture is just incredibly smooth and frothy on the palate.

Basically a mocha in a glass. Tons of great coffee flavor supported by roast grains and chocolate notes.

Jun 09, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just lucked out on being in the right place at right time as I was driving from Fl to Me. I honestly didn’t know that TH did stouts as I have only been at the new brewery one time before. I am so glad that I got this one. My fav beers are RIP’s, stouts and the dark styles and TH really hit a home run with this for me . This is OMG good. A wonderful blend of things that all work together beautifully. I only bought two bottles and now wish I had bought more as I am sipping it for the first time. Just had the second bottle, 8/31/19 and I liked even more than the first bottle. Had to kick my wife and dog out of a fully packed car to buy more. Just didn’t have a good feel to leaving my wife and dog at Tree House. Bummer.

Jun 09, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this and a few other bottles from Tree House this week, as I never had anything dark and heavy from them before. Although the Vanilla Bean take on this was better, this was a solid beer that felt like sensual coffee in a bottle. If you like your beer to be roasted, slick, and complemented by appropriate flavors, then you've found your match right here!

Of course, this poured quite dark like coffee with plenty of bubbly, tan head to top it off. That took a while to settle as there was plenty of clingy, sudsy lacing left behind from the moment I took the first sip of this. Fresh-roasted coffee, vanilla bean and extract, rich chocolate, and tangy blood orange filled the subtle nose as white chocolate sweetness, espresso bean, and soft cream came in to take this beer to the next level. Like it's other iteration, this came across as an "Imperial Breakfast Stout", if one were to actually exist. Roasted Malt somehow emerged through all of these flavors and enhanced this beer, as it gave it depth without making it feel dry or typecast in the process...

Amazingly, the booze in this was present enough to be felt but understated enough to let the other flavors take hold, from the get-go on out. A tiny presence of plum and dark fruit took hold before I finished this off as the acidity from that and the blood orange presence was enough to elevate this from the chocolate-coffee--vanilla threshold that holds so many beers of this type back. Like their more famous IPA's, this was a beer from Tree House that's worth seeking out or trading for - can't recommend anything in this series highly enough!

Jun 06, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very pretty pour: thick, black, and fizzy, with a retentive chocolate brown head.

Smells like chocolate vanilla cake, but somehow without any ersatz or cloying nodes. Lots of brewers have recently resorted to gimmickery to make their beers taste like pastries--pouring frosting and moon pies into the mash, etc. This is old fashioned coffee stout sweetness, and it's done to a motherfucking t.

Tastes very nearly as good as it smells. Chocolate and vanilla up front, moving into more of a traditional dry coffee stout in the middle with bittersour barley balancing out the sweeter flavors, and the finish is a wonderful combination of mocha, vanilla, and barley.

Overall this is a world-class beer that's absolutely worth seeking it. If the body were just a wee bit thicker I would have considered it perfect. But that's just me. A score of 5 for Double Shot is fully warranted.

May 23, 2019
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C_Mattei from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

absolutely fantastic, everything I hoped it would be! Looks like a perfect (Double) shot of espresso, with a dark caramel colored head. Wonderful coffee aroma which comes though perfectly without any boozieness that a lot of stouts tend to carry.

May 02, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers mocha head that lasted for a bit.
Smells of cocoa, roasty malts, coffee, vanilla.
Taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasty malt.
Full body, creamy, smooth.
Overall an excellent coffee stout!

Apr 09, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of dense, caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good with good lacing left behind. Aroma is cocoa powder, toffee and dark chocolate with very faint medium-roast coffee. Malts are roasty and toasty and provide a fairly robust base. Flavor profile is cocoa powder, toffee, dark and milk chocolate, and medium-roast coffee. Malts hit notes of roasty, toasty, caramely, and bready. Sugary notes of milk and dark chocolate linger with balanced medium-roast coffee, and lightly bitter roasted malts for a lengthy period of time between sips. Flavor profile really exudes decadence, while the aroma is a little bit dry and forgettable in comparison. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, decadent texture. Overall, an intriguing beer with the aroma being faint and the flavor profile being stout and resolute.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

Feb 17, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First beer of 2019, dry January is OVER!

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black motor oil, solid one finger brown foam layer, some lacings

Aroma of sweet chocolate, licorice,roasted malts

taste of chocolate, roast malts, sweet , velvety smooth

Delicious beer, repeatable

Feb 02, 2019
Double Shot from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1162 ratings