Good Morning | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Monson’s own Maxwell Road Maple Grade A Dark Amber Maple syrup, Good Morning pours pitch black in the glass with a creamy mousse-like head. The bubbles give way to aromas of rich milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and dark amber maple syrup. The flavor starts as a blast of milk chocolate, sweet maple syrup, and rich fresh coffee as deeper complexities are uncovered as it warms. The crew here at Tree House tastes “chocolate covered maple candy”, “vanilla”, “chocolate cake”, “brown sugar”, and “fresh roasted coffee”. A super decadent treat, Good Morning begs to be shared and contemplated!

Added by Kevincredible on 09-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by dotes_on_dipas:
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4.99/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of rudzud
4.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a growler of this about an hour ago from the brewery. This is the latest double shot variant. Double Double Shot with VT beans and local maple syrup. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brown nearly black hue with a pillowing three finger darker mocha head that fades nice and slowly to leave spotty side lacing and a nice creamy blanket. Really solid appearance here with a lovely billowy mocha head. 4.5 (x .05 = .225)

S - Aromas just assault the nose here. Enormous maple assault, not cloyingly sweet mind you just that rich rich maple cream candy aroma. The chocolate is there, not quite fudgy, more cake like. Actually, its more like chocolate drizzled over some maple candies. Not assertive, but in balance and harmony. The same can be said about the coffee. The maple definitely muscles its way front and center, the coffee popping up deeper in the aroma with more roasted bean note than a fresh cup. There are nice vanilla notes and some maple sugar as well. Maple really is the shining star here and the stout is a perfect vessel. 4.75 (x .2 = .95)

T - Taste is a shining similarity to the nose. The maple syrup is a bit sweeter than the nose but it reminds you that they used real maple syrup and not just a dash of it. The chocolate is much more rich here too, like brownies swirled with maple. Rich dark chocolate lingers as well, intermixed with the maple. Much more dense rich brownie batter like than a fluffy cake. Light vanilla, and the coffee lends more of a roasted lightly bitter grounds note. Once again, the maple in this beer really shines and transforms this in to something special. Dean said "Pour it on your pancakes!" and I can completely see that. The taste is not overly sweet by any means, it is incredibly decadent though. 4.75 (x .45 = 2.138)

M - Mouthfeel is thicker, creamy, nice chew to it. Beefing up Double Shot really helped the beer out, as I think using regular Double Shot might have not been chewy enough or even thin. This though is quite nice. Alcohol hidden very nicely though it does creep up. Quite silky and chewy. It is incredibly easy to drink. 4.75 (x .1 = .475)

O - Overall this was hands down the best non IPA beer that's come out of Tree House in my opinion. Best Double Shot variant here for me thanks to how much that maple translates over. The maple assault on the nose and pallet is just shocking. The maple level here is right up with Funky Buddha's French Toast for me in regards to potency and execution. It's really nitpicking here to find flaws in the beer, and even the flaws are more based on personal preference than knocks against the beer. Really hope they do a barrel aged version of this, if only so Dean could shout "Good Morning Wood!" to the customers as they enter the building. 4.75 (x .2 = .95)

Total Rating Score: 4.74
Serving Type: Growler

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Photo of beefsquatch
5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

christ in a basket, where do i begin with this coffe/maple bomb of a beer. the aroma alone is making me moist. sweet maple syrup + a heavy dose of coffee to the schnoz. taste delivers, matching the aroma of this beaut. chocolate, coffee, maple syzurp kick to the teeth i love it. beer of the year imho.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

split a 750ml growler poured into a Tree House teku.

A: pours black and viscous with a 3/4 finger dark chocolate mocha head. beautiful sticky lacing.

s: nutty, roasty, coffee aroma hits you up front with a hint if maple sweetness that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. like coffee maple candy... i wonder if such a thing exists.

T: delicious nutty roasted coffee dominates, with notes of chocolate, creamy coffee ice cream w/ a touch of maple syrup drizzled on. All the flavors work together very nicely here. nothing overpowers. the maple syrup seems to add just the right amount of sweetness to round out the delicious roastyness going on here.

M: velvety and viscous and not extremely heavy. A bit sticky and chewy as well, coats the inside of the mouth and tongue with a roasty maple sugar residue that lingers delightfully.

O: this beer is an awesome decadent treat. So good in so many ways, and i have yet to meet someone who has tried this beer and not loved it. My g/f who "hates stouts" now tries them all because of this beer. I think she may love it even more then i do. One of the top beers of the year... hands down.

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Photo of mobius387
4.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

an incredible offering in regards to the coffee and maple presence. the first sip explodes in chocolately sweet maple and coffee flavors. unfortunately, a thin base keeps this beer from competing with the other top notch coffee/maple/etc stouts out there. a nice tick and im very glad i got to try it, but there are some shelf coffee stouts out there that beat this one out for me. if they can make the base of this one meatier/thicker, then it could be something special.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler, filled 11/6/2014. Poured into a snifter 11/13/2014.

A- Dark brown body, almost opaque to the point where it's nearly black. Despite being shipped in a growler, this comes with the perfect two finger medium mocha head with just the right amount of retention time- long enough to admire the head, but not long enough that you can't start digging into the beer right away. This beer doesn't have much lacing, but it certainly does have legs. [4.5]

S- Intense and impressive nose off the bat. Freshly ground espresso roast. Caramel and hazelnut. Milk chocolate sweetness. Decadent maple syrup sweetness adds an extra dimension and balances out the coffee scents perfectly. This smells like breakfast in a glass. [4.75]

F- Smooth, impeccable combination of a fresh pourover and slick maple syrup character. The coffee is moderately acidic with a splash of roasted malt and a shot of milk chocolate sweetness that is eventually taken over by sweet, slick maple syrup goodness. Caramel, nuttiness rounds it out. Surprisingly, this beer can be described as both sweet and bitter; just occurring at different points in the palate which themselves also change as the beer warms up. It is more on the bitter, coffee-forward side when initially served chilled, balancing out over time with the maple syrup sweetness with a constant presence of roast and milk chocolate, eventually finishing with a moderate coffee bean bitterness. Very well constructed with a ton of complexity. [4.75]

M- Slick and sticky on the finish, full and substantial body that coats the tongue in alternating bitter earthy coffee and sticky sweet maple syrup flavours. Very easy to drink with a lot of complexity. No heat, very manageable ABV. The combined aftertaste of freshly brewed coffee and maple syrup simply just doesn't go away. And I definitely don't want it to go away. [4.5]

O- It's hard to find any faults with this beer, but easy to start playing the inevitable comparison game. I have to conclude that this is every bit as good as Toppling Goliath's Mornin' Delight. It has just as much maple syrup character to the beer; where it differs is that the coffee character is noticeably stronger while the milk chocolate, roast malt from the base beer is found further into the background. It's splitting hairs at this point though- any day that I get to drink a beer like this is an excellent one, and today is no exception. To the fine folks in Monson, keep up the great work! [4.75]

Final score: 4.71

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

When I filled my growler on August 14th of 2015, Good Morning was hovering around 38th on Beer Advocate's Top 250 Beers list. It has since made a miraculous ascent into the number spot on that very list, toppling the hop gods of Pliny the Younger and Heady Topper, claiming the title of Best Beer in the World and crowning itself the ultimate whalezbro beer of ever, brah.

Before I begin this review, however, I need to give a shout-out to the crew at Tree House, all of whom live by the philosophy that beyond the great taste of their beers, the most important part about their operation is taking care of their customers. Even after a ridiculous swarm of people crashed through their doors like zombies and waited impatiently for hours seeking a fill of Good Morning, every single member of the Tree House staff made it a point to personally thank me by my first name for buying a single $12 fill of their beer. It was classy. It made me feel appreciated. It made me feel glad to tip $2 to Tree House Dean and the crew, who subsequently rang the cow bell twice and loudly proclaimed the words, "Real big tippah!" as I exited the brewery.

Now, when I first heard about this beer in 2014, beer nerds from across New England expressed their overwhelming favor for Good Morning by telling me that it was, "the best non-barrel aged stout ever made" and that it had, "the best mouthfeel of any beer ever." Then, people I respect in the craft beer community began reflecting those very same sentiments, and suddenly, it became the must have tick on my short list of slayable and locally obtainable whales.

Tonight, I finally had my first taste of Good Morning. The following is a review of my experience.

Look: This bad boy is dark. Visualize an eggplant in low light whose purplish hues have faded to evening twilight, topped with a low to medium head that resembles the foam that forms on the top of your favorite carton of chocolate milk after a healthy schoolyard shake.

Smell: Similar to Double Shot, Good Morning presents with a heavy and pronounced coffee note, though little else -including the maple syrup- is discernible on the nose, perhaps due to olfactory habituation, coupled with a diminished and impatient desire on my end to fully delve into the scents of what I already knew would be a really good beer.

Taste: Blasts of maple syrup and coffee that hits your palate in three distinct waves of flavors, all quite pleasant, each invitingly warm and harmonious in their union. Not overly sweet or complex; near masterfully executed. Had real Vermont maple syrup been used (and I am talking about the true Vermont maple syrup sourced from the far northern stretches of the Northeast Kingdom, AKA the real Vermont, not the pooled and blended garbage from the commercial maple syrup farms), this beer may have received another slight bump in its score. In its current state, undeniably a very good beer. I was expecting fireworks and unicorns; I wound up with beer, which I drank and thoroughly enjoyed.

Feel: Others had described this beer as having a "perfect", "luscious", "sumptuous", "heavenly", and "delightful" mouthfeel, though my first experience with this beer led to a far less enthusiastic selection of words to describe how this beer felt in my mouth. Perhaps I was expecting something more unctuous, along the lines of what others described as their, "chewy, creamy, thick" mouthfeel, when in reality what I got was something far thinner, along the lines of a nice porter.

Overall: I would have to agree with earlier statements made by fellow members of Beer Advocate in confirming that Good Morning is -at this moment in time- the best non-barrel aged stout in the world.

I found myself conflicted, though, wanting to rate this beer even higher than I did -due to both the extreme difficulty involved with acquiring it and the aura of hype surrounding its holy grail status- but as logic sensibly prevailed, I came to the conclusion that Good Morning is "a very good beer" that has not quite transcended into the realm of great and amazing beers just yet.

It is not the best beer I have ever had and it is by no means life changing.

The one thing that came to mind while reviewing this beer, though, was that Good Morning felt like a very simple beer to me in the sense that there was very little thinking involved with the actual drinking of the beer. Everything came together quite nicely, and while there were no elements that challenged my perspectives or made me rethink my views on craft beer, Tree House delivered on a solid beer that put a smile on my face and made my evening.

In time, I would like to revisit this beer. Until then, I am left having satisfied a curiosity.

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Photo of Egotist
3.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this beer before I knew what it was and I'm glad I did. It's nowhere near as good as hype suggests. It's a nice rich maple and coffee stout but there are others out there that can be had for far less effort and cost.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Multiple pours at Row 34 after the Tree House beer dinner.

Dark and inviting, smells and tastes like slices of chocolate cake that are drizzled with maple brown sugar frosting and dusted with espresso powder. The alcohol is there but never gets too warm. Not overly sweet, balanced for what it is. A real treat.

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Photo of jow_42
5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Treehouse Teku Glass - Thanks Leo!

A - Jet black in the glass with a thick, fingers worth of khaki head. Looks awesome in the glass.

N - Intense coffee, chocolate, fudge, sweet maple syrup. Fresh coffee grounds, jamocha almond fudge ice cream.

T - massive maple syrup (which isnt crazy on the nose), coffee, rich, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Its breakfast in a glass. Medium full mouthfeel, thick, mouth coating. Coffee bitterness sits on your tongue, finishes with an awesome maple syrup sweetness.

O - this is about as good as non BA stouts gets. Is it the best beer in the world? Who knows? If you're lucky enough to experience this, you can make that call :)

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.99/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler dated 11/21 and drank on 12/3

L: Jet black and warm brown hues with minimal head, but continuous lacing evident throughout
S: Strong coffee notes, but subtle maple characteristics linger
T: Initial burst of coffee underpinned by a robust maple finish; minimal heat and supporting cascade of chocolate
F: Medium body; not thin and certainly not thick like a Bourbon County stout - very even keeled
O: Exceptional. Grab a hold of a growler and never let go. For me, it lived up to the hype and then some - even the wine-only snobs at our dinner party loved this beer and they hate beer. If everyone drank this beer for breakfast, world peace could be achieved in less time than it takes to make toast. Really my only gripe about Good Morning is that it's effectively ruined every other stout I'm bound to drink in the next month. The CBS I drank on Tuesday is a long lost memory...

Hats off to Tree House and I beg of you, please make more of this beer soon!

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Photo of Statik_v87
4.96/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. Definitely my favorite stout. Very well-rounded. Great look, smell, taste, mouth feel... I have only good things to say about it. I had heard a lot of hype before I tried it, and I was not disappointed.

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Photo of jlindros
4.8/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Originally really disappointed I couldn't get out to get this, but thankfully Rudzud shared one of his.

Thick creamy darker mocha colored 1/2 finger head, super pitch black long long legs.

Nose can be smelled from a few feet away, so much amazing fresh roasted coffee, fresh roasted and ground espresso beans, roasted malt, faint cocoa dust, then big maple creams, fresh maple cream candy with caramel creams as well, nice maple syrupy without going overboard, faint molasses, etc. Touch nutty

Taste sweet maple cream, big maple candy, caramel creams, etc. So much light airy choc cake, cocoa and dark choc all over, faint faint roast and black malt. Then coffee, fresh roasted coffee, nutty slight earthy coffee ava fresh roasted espresso, mild bitter roasted tannic coffee. Juicy fresh maple cream coffee and little bitter note. Finish is bitter dry, loaded with coffee and maple cream, more caramel and choc, almost fudgey but not quite that heavy.

Mouth full bod, booze hidden well, nice fluffy carb, thick fudgey like.

Overall phenomenal!

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Photo of brikelly
5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a total sensory experience. It looks like a decadent dessert, smells like heaven, and makes your taste buds sing with delight. The balance is incredible: too much maple syrup and this would have been cloying; too little and it would be just another (albeit high quality) coffee stout. The carbonation level is absolutely dead-on. Don't drink it too cold, as it needs some warmth to really expose its strengths.

This is a total beer. Up there in my top 10 of all time. Seek it out.

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Photo of facesnorth
4.29/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overrated. I wouldn't go out of my way for this. Smells incredible. Taste is a bit gimmicky. Adjunct stouts!!

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Photo of whitemage
4.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

as a person that had many of the best coffees beers, this is just weak compared to morning delight of KBS, really good, dont get me wrong, but weak, Im talking about the stout part, what makes it a beer. The coffee, is a secondary score, that while strong, it dont mask the fact its not a amazing stout.

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Photo of CTFalcon
5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I have ever had. I am completely blown away. Coffee and maple in perfect balance, beautiful mouthfeel and smells as good as it tastes. Perfection.

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Photo of Jshbrown40
4.99/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

small pour at a beer festival, which after tasting I wish I hadn't because it was so good, and such a small sample: wanted gallons of it. Smell is maple chocolate and coffee. Mouth feel is velvet, soft and sticky, low carbonation. Taste is perfect: burnt espresso, chocolate, hints of maple and maltiness. Maddeningly good.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler into a Grrrz teku. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a rich, thick 2 finger coffee colored head with excellent retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is layered and thick with fantastic stick. Oily, slick legs that really coat the glass. Don't see how this could be better.

Nose is rich maple syrup, french toast, espresso beans, chocolate, fudge and roasted cocoa powder. Flavors here are very distinct and insanely aromatic. I'd be content with just smelling this over and over.

Opens chocolate, maple syrup and espresso. Dank coffee beans, fudge and cocoa powder in the middle with a heavy dose of fudge, chocolate and sweet syrup towards the back. A light tartness from the coffee only serves to enhance the fudge, syrup and chocolate flavors in the end. Espresso beans and mocha in the aftertaste. This is pretty much what every coffee imperial stout ever made wishes it could be. Unbelievable.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Chewy and slick in the mouth and goes down soft, viscous and smooth. Mellow finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Body is perfect and finish and aftertaste leave you wanting more.

It took over 6 years for me to give my first perfect 5 and I can say confidently that there isn't a beer more deserving. Good Morning is a transcendent beer and as good as Tree House's IPAs are, this offering is on a completely different level. Unbelievable and certainly the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.41/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep black. Slightly transparent at the edges. Medium dark khaki head that settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Oh my. Maple. Coffee. Rich deep roasted malts. Smells incredible.

Taste - Just like the smell. Maple sweetness up front. Coffee is pretty intense. Roasted, almost burnt malts. Blends in with the coffee. Maybe lacking just a bit of richness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Awesome.

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Photo of reddfrogg
3.21/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tried this at the Morning Delight release and Morning Delight blew it away!!! I prefer KBBS over both of these, but it was a decent beer. The look and smell did not match the taste and feel!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.87/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Got two samples, 4 oz total, on tap at EBF in Boston, MA. I wish I could've gotten more.

This one pours a dark and oily black, with a very small foamy head, and a not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells magnificent, but surprisingly more coffee-forward than maple. There's honestly not a whole lot of maple on the nose, but the coffee is so delicious smelling. Roasty, dark, and slightly sweet, there's also some chocolate, and just a hint of maple.

Luckily, the taste brings a big maple explosion. The wonderful coffee flavor is still there, but the finish is all sticky, syrupy, sweet maple, really fresh tasting, really authentic. It's so thick tasting, I've only had a few beers of this thickness. I'm really sad I didn't just camp out at the Tree House table the entire night. There's some great chocolate syrup flavor too, with a bit of caramel and molasses at times.

This is very thick, syrupy, but not overly so, with a lower level of carbonation, and a very full mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is one of the best stouts in the country. Perfect use of maple and coffee. Stunned.

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Photo of dboon
4.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Huge coffee aromas with a hint of maple. Sweet with loads of maple, black coffee, and dark roasted malt notes. Caramel and brown sugar backbeats. A bit thin in the body with a very good mouthfeel. A real stunner. Thanks for sharing Collin...

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah...great beer
L - black, with thick brown head
A - coffee, sugar, malt
T - coffee stout up front, tobacco, then big sweet maple finish
F - creamy, rich, and sweet
*Delicious beer, but extremely sweet or would have rated higher.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.37/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source obtained by a friend.

I didn't want to buy into the hype on this one, but let's be serious: this is very good.

Solid black pour, brown around the edges, small tan head, spotty lacing. I thought the aroma was a bit lacking honestly, and it almost led me to the old "oh boy, another over-hyped homebrew, here we go." Basically a coffee bomb, roasty. After a sip though, it totally became obvious what was really going on here. Sweet and roasty, maple coffee madness. I hardly ever have a maple beer that actually delivers the maple aspect, but somehow TH really pulled it off in a stellar way. It does fade after a bit though, bringing in brownie batter, fresh coffee, mild bitterness and smoky roastiness, but mostly smooth and satisfying. Burnt marshmallow on the finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel, not completely full-bodied, but darn close. Very nice overall! I'll have to make sure to get more in the future once my measly growlers are gone.

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Good Morning from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.78 out of 5 with 1,036 ratings