Double Shot - Hair Bender
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #121
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
98
Ranked #455
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.01%
Ratings:
63
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 02, 2022
Added:
Oct 04, 2014
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  8
SCORE
98
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Notes: This batch of Double Shot features a memorable coffee blend revived from the early days in Monson - Hair Bender! Hair Bender provides layers of complexity over an individually crafted batch of Double Shot, with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and a kiss of citrus-like acidity. Slow carbonation imparts fine bubbles that melt away on the tongue and provided buoyancy for the wonderful flavors contained within the beer. Carefully crafted with the best German and American malts we can source, Double Shot - Hair Bender is an excellent campfire beer that can be enjoyed any time of year! Keep it cold and enjoy it fresh.
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Ratings by tmadd:
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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by tmadd from Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2019
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4 by Juggerr from New York on Jan 02, 2022
 
4.5 by sunnytropic from New York on Feb 10, 2021
 
5 by khoff5 from Connecticut on Apr 15, 2020
 
4.33 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Feb 04, 2020
 
4.48 by sd123 from Georgia on Jan 07, 2020
 
4.25 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Nov 03, 2019
 
4.5 by smcel371 from New York on Nov 02, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

Bottle
Stored in the fridge about 3 months
This one is as black as night with a mocha head about a finger big, but dissipates quickly.
The aroma and taste are initially sour, but eventually mellow out to roast coffee.
The mouthfeel is extremely soft and heavy, creamy if you will.
The alcohol is not overpowering, but provides a nice warmth.
Overall, once the sourness passes, this is a very enjoyable coffee stout.

Oct 27, 2019
 
4.46 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2019
 
4.43 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Oct 07, 2019
 
4.28 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Oct 05, 2019
 
4.22 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 16, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: No discernable date (Consumed Sep-7)


A:
Pours a crazy-thick pitch black with a nice puffy, swirled brown/tan head that lasts and leaves confetti lacing. (4.25)

S:
Mocha, molasses, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, lingering sweetened condensed milk and espresso. (4.5)

T:
Big, sweet kick in the mouth. Descends through the same aroma character and mellows out into Dr. Pepper brandy. (4.5)

M:
Big, heavy, sticky, diabetic stout with moderate carbonation, perceptible alcohol warmth and a lingering sweet/toasty finish. (4.5)

O:
This is a nice beer and will most definitely make your chest hair curly.
In most ways it is similar enough to the other one (or two? I didn't think to look) of these beers that I've had. Big, sweet, decadent. This one has a very clean molasses, vanilla, spiced milk chocolate, and coffee vibe that I guess is in part due to the coffee they used here. A very nice beer that could only be improved by a fluffier feel and a little more beery bite. On the other hand, I feel like the smooth, warming alcohol presence played nicely in this beer. I don't recall perceiving that as clearly in the other one I had (I'll have to check my notes) I'd gladly have it again. (4.5)

Sep 09, 2019
 
5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Sep 05, 2019
 
4.88 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Sep 02, 2019
 
4.44 by JimmyAddo from Massachusetts on Aug 30, 2019
 
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 27, 2019
 
4.75 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2019
 
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2019
 
3.75 by vfgccp from New York on Aug 24, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Arjen from Netherlands

From bottle, another one-off at De Bierkoning, enjoyed at home. Pours a pitch black colour and a dense brown head with a thin layer retention. Aroma's or hard roasted malts, moccha, some vanilla-ish sweetness. Retronasal it's sweet roasted, mocha, molasses and light coffee sourness. Flavour is quite sweet but with roast and light coffee sourness for balance. Soft mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Light alcohol heat. Long finish with dark chocolate and roast. Very nice!

Aug 21, 2019
 
4.49 by smaddock from Massachusetts on Aug 16, 2019
 
4.36 by DaveCash from New York on Aug 15, 2019
 
4.35 by Spluger from Massachusetts on Aug 12, 2019
 
4.47 by folkstar from Rhode Island on Aug 05, 2019
 
4.14 by StoutSnob40 from California on Aug 04, 2019
 
4.52 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Aug 04, 2019
 
4.03 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Aug 04, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - loving the vibrant orange label. Pours a thick motor oil that oozes down the sides of the glass. Leaves some legs behind beneath a thick, fluffy, caramelized tan brown head. On the darker side of Double Shots.

S - roasty, bittersweet black coffee notes independent of baker's chocolate and fudgepops. Burnt popcorn kick and fresh, nostalgic, dragonfruit earthiness.

T - fudge brownie ice cream. Aggressively bittersweet dark chocolate and bright, tickling lemon-lime citrus bitterness on the mid-finish. Ending is dry and herbal with robust coffee ground tanginess.

F - a soft and silky dream, per usual. Lively carbonation and a body that's not too heavy make this surprisingly drinkable. Slightly sticky toward the end to remind you that, yes, there is alcohol to be found in here.

O - preeeeeeeeetty sure this ain't the original recipe, but is a welcome variant all the same. Features the filling, hearty facets of ice cream and rich chocolate, balanced by bitey, roasty coffee to keep you on your toes.

Aug 03, 2019
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4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

OMG! Beautiful dark tan head, smooth substantial mouthfeel. And the flavors! Chocolate up front, coffee and molasses in support, with a bit of a citrus bite sneaking in ever so subtly. Complex, robust, world class!

Aug 03, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a stemmed harmony glass.

The pour is jet black with 2 fingers of creamy, mocha head. The head leaves a crown of sticky, cobweb lacing before settling into a thin film.

The aroma brings notes of dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cream. There are some very subtle notes of almonds and toasted pecans on the back end.

The flavor is very chocolate forward, bringing notes of fudge and chocolate syrup. There's some coffee, almonds, caramel and vanilla, before a wave of chocolate wafers and sweet dough on the finish.

The feel is medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a surprising amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a great imperial stout that is perhaps a bit too sweet and unbalanced. Still, it's quite flavorful and relatively drinkable for its ABV.

Aug 01, 2019
 
4.44 by schinebd from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2019
 
4.37 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jul 28, 2019
 
4.06 by Pinkylives from Massachusetts on Jul 27, 2019
 
4.43 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jul 27, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

L: pic perfect stout 2+ finger tan head with dark thick body
s:is rich coffee roasted malt
T: touch sweet not has much coffee as thought with nose but still super tasty.

Over all killer stout smooth and creamy

Jul 27, 2019
 
4.26 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jul 27, 2019
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by gbiello from Massachusetts

Nothing I would do to improve this beer!

Jul 26, 2019
 
4.48 by alexsergio from New York on Jul 26, 2019
Double Shot - Hair Bender from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 63 ratings