Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - American
4.57 | pDev: 5.47%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: She's back! What’s better than one shot of espresso? Two shots of espresso! This edition of our favorite coffee infused stout utilizes buckets of Red Barn Coffee Roaster’s Sumatra Mandheling. The Mandheling’s deep cocoa flavors open up to reveal a richly complex treat. We taste flavors of , chocolate covered espresso beans, molasses, milk chocolate, and touches of sweet brown sugar. A pungent & decadent bean 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! We find this to easily be the most intense and potent Double Shot yet. A true coffee lover’s delight!
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get a whole lot of difference between this one and the regular Double Shot, but that's okay because the standard DS is one of my favorite stouts ever. Keep the variants coming, as long as it means more Double Shot!

Sep 26, 2016
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from the growler. The nose is a full bodied aromatic coffee with some roastiness. Damn that is fantastic coffee. The body is smooth and not bitter or acidic and full of roast, coffee and chocolate. Low carbonation and it finishes with light sweet cream.

Jan 26, 2016
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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is all based upon my review from on untappd. I had this one long ago, however, it is definitely one of the best Double Shots Tree House has Brewer to date. The 3rd year anniversary might be the only one that comes close to this.

Dec 19, 2015
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SDRedDevil from California

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml Tree House growler. Pours a thick jet black with a very pungent espresso nose. The taste is solid with good balance (maybe a tad espresso heavy). The highlight is the body, thick but fluffy, truely amazing which really elevates the beer!

Dec 11, 2015
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MatthewGrapeHead from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 2L growler purchased 4 days prior to tasting

Look - Black coffee with a cappuccino colored head of about 2+ fingers,

Smell - Black coffee with sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, and slight dark fruit acidity.

Taste - The stout that makes a non-stout drinker a convert. Strong coffee flavor, baker's chocolate, slight sweet dark fruits (figs). I can't say enough good things about this beer.

Feel - Creamy, medium + bodied beer. Not overwhelming to the palate a crushable stout for the ABV.

Overall - Another perfect score. Tree House is killing it. Every beer they make is perfect and if it's not they dial that junk in the next batch. It is obvious that they care about quality control which is what brings this beer drinker back continuously.

Oct 28, 2015
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Sandalwood from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML, Pours a very dark brown to black color with a small off white head. There is a little carbonation. The odor for me is dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, roasted malts, dry woods, vanilla bean, creamy. The taste for me is creamy, coffee, milky, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, nutty, somewhat dry.

Oct 18, 2015
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark chocolate with a milk chocolate head. Has a huge aroma of roasty coffee. Flavor is amazing. Roasted coffee, chocolate & a smooth creaminess. This finishes so smooth and leaves a great aftertaste. This is a pretty fantastic beer

Oct 06, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Swingtop growler sampled several days after arriving via shipping. There was some very slight leakage during shipping, so I was nervous about reviewing; the high rating is a testament to its quality despite rough handling. An aggressive pour into a snifter still produced a finger of fluffy, cocoa powder-brown foam that leaves some attractive lacing behind. The head heralds aromas of rich cocoa, coffee, and hazelnut, with light undertones of vanilla. The flavor is similarly sweet, giving me an idea of what Oreo cookies would taste like if dunked in an iced latte. There is a small amount of umami present in the mouth, but less than would be expected from a Sumatran coffee; this makes me wonder whether the beans were wet-hulled or not. Either way, this is a special beer that deserves the praise it's been getting.

Sep 29, 2015
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bfitzge2 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best I've ever had. The espresso aroma is the perfect complement to the soft/dense mouthfeel--which is where this beer truly elevates itself from the competition. I'm just starting to really explore stouts, and this beer's chocolatey depth is exactly what i was hoping to discover.

Sep 18, 2015
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RJIV from New Jersey

4.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black.
Smell of roasted espresso is overpowering.
The espresso taste is exquisite - perfectly brewed espresso. The bitterness is balanced by a nice roastiness. Wheres some coffee / espresso beers suffer from a burnt coffee flavor, this beer has the freshly pressed coffee shop espresso taste. I love espresso, so this beer was fantastic. If you are not a fan of espresso / coffee beers are upfront with those flavors then I recommend skipping this one.

Sep 17, 2015
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calitrie1486 from New York

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at my 1st ever bottle share. Amazing roasted coffee flavor. BOLD. This was a great offering from treehouse and had I not had good morning just a week prior I would have thought more of this beer. . . if that's possible!

Sep 15, 2015
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it seems I'm on a roll--might as well review one more excellent beer from my trade with BA wuntrikpony, since I drank most of the stash this weekend. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL swingtop "growler" with a tag noting the fill date as 7/4/15. Poured into a British pub style imperial pint glass.

Appearance (4.75) - A moderately aggressive pour yields a slow-building but, ultimately, massive three fingers of dark cocoa colored head. As it sits, the microbubbles begin to expand and give it sort of a chocolate swiss cheese appearance. It hangs around for quite awhile before the foam is low enough to drink it without getting a nostril full of suds. As it fades, it leaves streaks of sticky lace on the side of the glass, and it never completely disappears from the surface of the liquid, resulting in a permafilm of sorts. All of this sits on a body that forces me to wonder how much more black could this beer be, and the answer is none. None more black.

Smell (4.5) - Fragrance of fresh coffee grounds and espresso being brewed are up front, but not to be outdone are the sweeter characteristics of cocoa, baker's chocolate and even molasses. I've never had Sumatra Mandheling coffee, but if this beer is representative of what it brings, I would suggest it makes a perfect dessert coffee based on the aroma.

Taste (4.75) - Wonderfully, the taste of this follows in the footsteps of the smell, with an expected burst of espresso and fresh grounds complemented by notes of cocoa and brown sugar, but faint--not overpoweringly sweet. Interestingly, while it has all those sweeter flavor profiles, it comes across more like a biscotti would, where the sweetness is subdued so as not to overpower the coffee. I must admit, it makes me feel a bit silly to write this review using smell and flavor profiles from the brewer's description, but they are spot on--and I say this, having read their description after drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Medium-to-full bodied and moderate carbonation with a semisweet finish.

Overall (4.5), a fantastic beer that likely inserts itself into the conversation as my favorite non-BA coffee stout. It was too easy to drink that entire 750 ml bottle--sweetness and bitterness of this beer were in excellent balance and made for a beverage I could consume for long periods without growing tired of it.

Sep 14, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really do not know how much the different varieties of coffee affect the overall flavor of this beer, but from the two batches that I have tried of the Sumatra Mandheling variant, I can say that time in the growler is the greatest variable affecting the flavor of this beer.

Fresh batches are potent on coffee, both on the nose and palate, while aged versions present a greater balance in the overall beer due to the reduced coffee presence.

Sep 14, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler. Pours one shade shy of black with a frothy, mocha-colored head that dissipates towards the edges into a thin tight band. The nose on this beer is amazing - one of the best non-BA beers in the aroma department that I can recall in my recent experience. Huge roasted coffee presence, dark malts and a hint of vanilla in the background. Taste consistent with nose; however, I also get an artificial sweetener quality in the flavor profile which slightly detracts from the experience. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a carbonation just shy of lively. Overall, a very good non-BA stout. The nose on this beer is really quite impressive; however, the body is a little thin for the style and the artificial sweetener kind of kills it for me.

Sep 14, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got yesterday at the brewery and poured from the 750mL growler, pours super black with a small tan head that fades and leaves spotty lacing. Smells rich of coffee beans, very bitter, and roasted malt. No surprise in the flavor, starts sweet with cacao, deep and rich, then into a very strong roasted coffee bean. Finishes with a hint of roasted malt and a twangy bitter note. Body is a little thinner than expected and a bit too bitter overall. A super tasty brew, though, and thoroughly enjoyed.

Sep 12, 2015
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GeorgeCarroll from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an example of an extremely well done coffee stout. Excellent stout with exceptional coffee made this greater than the individual parts. Can not deny the quality coming out of this brewery. Very well done.

Sep 08, 2015
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Feelmebone from Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout and texture from treehouse . I can never have enough coffee and this delivers on that want . coffee and beer lovers need something like this .

Sep 08, 2015
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GinjaSlice from Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Treehouse has stouts down. Pours a nice pitch black with a decent tan head, and some impressive lacing for a stout.
S: Holy coffee. Nose is almost all a real strong coffee smell with a background of an almost oak smell, and some lingering cocoa.
T: Probably my current favorite stout. So much coffee at first but the bitterness is balanced by some sweet chocolate flavor and still has a slight background oakyness, super easy to drink.
F: Top notch again. Real good creamy feel to it only slight complaint is it leaves a sticky feeling/taste on the tongue.

O: I've had good morning and picked up some wierd aftertaste that i didnt enjoy. I'm a huge coffee guy and this is my new favorite stout. I also love the alcohol/caffeine buzz you get from this. Bravo Treehouse

Sep 05, 2015
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 64 oz growler into a stout glass.

The pour is pitch black, with a massive, bubbly caramel head. There's a good amount of lacing left around the glass.

The aroma is a roasted coffee bomb. I get the strong espresso bean aroma up front, followed by notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, and brown sugar. The faintest hint of booze is present as well.

The taste is a bit more milk chocolate forward than expected, but still retains the strong bitterness from the roasted coffee beans. It's such a perfect balance. I also get subtle notes pecan and cream on the back end. The sweet and bitter flavors are mixed so well it's almost impossible to pick which part I like the most.

The feel is medium-bodied with light carbonation. The alcohol is just barely present on the tongue. No bitter aftertaste, no cloying sweetness. Smooth and creamy all the way.

Overall I am positively blown away by this stout. The bitter coffee aroma is so pleasant, especially when complimented by the sweeter characteristics. The taste is much the same. Tree House is known for their hoppy beers but honestly the best beers being made by them are the stouts. They know how to make an amazing stout, and I will always keep coming back for more.

Sep 05, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich, dark, chocolaty look. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt on the nose with moderate coffee smell. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate with layers of taste as it goes into your mouth. Lots of molasses taste lingers. Love the thickness of this beer in my mouth. Well done.

Jun 26, 2015
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CTFalcon from Connecticut

4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely stunning variant of an amazing beer. The coffee is so smooth and full flavored without imparting any acidity or excessive bitterness. You would swear there were more adjuncts than the coffee, complex flavors and aromas of vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits. The mouthfeel and appearance are stunning as you would find in all versions of Double Shot.

Jun 23, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Black. Medium khaki head. Chunky collar. Heavy coffee aroma. Smells very sweet, too. Milk chocolate sweetness. Tastes incredibly sweet. Milk chocolate sweetness, but less intense on the coffee. Heavy and sweet. Medium carbonation. I heard great things about this, but it really didn't deliver to meet the hype.

Jun 21, 2015
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Phillip13 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good stout another one in the Double shot line. It pours dark and rich with incredible coffee and chocolate flavors. It has a wonderful coffee and beer mix. Enjoy!

Jun 17, 2015
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luvtotri140 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big want! 2 mont old growler (unknown to me) . Opened and coffee smell overwhelmed me. Nice dark thick pour with some head. Flat and way past its prime in the growler. Would love to try fresh.

Jun 16, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge dark roast coffee underlying with some milk stout smell. Tastes like coffee with some milk and sugar. Only complaint is the mouthfeel. Wish it was a tad bit thicker. Dry finish. Super solid.

Jun 04, 2015
Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 386 ratings