Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 386
Photo of MA_hops
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure if this is the "trophy stout" but it may as well be. How can I drink another "good" stout again?? My mouth has tasted the best and nothing will ever come remotely close again. This is a high-powered stout. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, caramel, vanilla, coffee, coffee, coffee!!! There is no acidity or bitterness which seems almost uncommon in the stout category.


TH makes the best stouts in MA, case closed! I've finally given in and have decided that this IS the best beer I've ever had…period!

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Photo of MatthewGrapeHead
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This batch might be the best so far. Huge coffee flavors, a longing caramel flavor, Charleston Chew, toffee. The richness and depth of this coffee stout is unmatched. A creamy and chewy mouthfeel yet not cloying.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of RJIV
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A delicious, decadent coffee stout. Smooth mouthfeel, very creamy. Sweet, but not too sweet. The nose is incredible. Dark roast, dark beer. Had a 750ml growler of this all to myself over a period of two hours. Warmed beautifully, opened like a flower in spring. Great coffee stout!!!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an impenetrable deep black with a finger of khaki head that eventually settles into a ring around my glass. There's some lacing left on the glass as I consume this.

S: The smell is of freshly roasted coffee beans. It's very potent and very pleasant. There is some cocoa picked up as well, which pairs nicely with the coffee.

T: A straightforward cocoa flavor comes through immediately. It then transforms into a huge, roasty coffee flavor. The coffee lends a strong bitterness that might be the most bitter I've tasted in a stout. Simply outstanding.

F: This is a fairly medium bodied beer that is pretty easy to drink. The alcohol is completely masked and I could easily polish off a growler or two.

Overall: This is one of the best coffee beers out there. The flavors are all very pronounced. For a brewery that's really known for their hoppy beers, Nate and co. sure know how to dial up some exceptional dark beers. This is the only Double Shot variant that I've had, but I don't know if they make a better one.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.73/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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 .

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

A: Midnight black with a thin mocha in color lacing.
S: Dark roast of coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, molasses. Very sweet in overall aroma.
T: Immediately taste a nice velvety like chocolate, similar to the nose. Notes of rich vanilla, molasses, caramel. Very sweet with a hint of alcohol aftertaste. Coffee is pretty apparent as well.
M: Thick mouthfeel, syrupy like, mild carbonation, little to no bitterness, very balanced.
O: Impressive stout! This is a real gem! The coffee isn't over the top, well-balanced!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful coffee stout that showcases the constant struggle between bitter and sweet. Huge coffee on the nose, earthy and acrid espresso grounds. Lactose, brown sugar follow suit. First sip, explosion of caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and milky sweetness. Ensuing sips are slightly roasty, pleasantly charred with elements of unrefined cocoa and chicory. Full body, very silky feel like coffee loaded up with cream. Not as heavy as a hot chocolate. Pours black with traces of reddish mahogany and an osken colored head. On par with Pizza Boy Sunny Side Up, etc.

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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous color with a phenomenal brown head. Great lacing and decent retention. As a huge fan of coffee (I drink it for the flavor, not the buzz, which I don't seem to get), this is spot-on for me as a coffee stout. So bold, with aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, charred wood, and a bit of booze. And of course massive espresso. Same with the flavor but a bit more malt than coffee and some dark, sugary fruits. Earthy and deep are other words that come to mind. Super creamy and thick body though a bit cloying and lactose-y. Overall, a stunning stout that I could drink again and again. Not an absolute knockout, but damn good and crafted with the highest quality.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible coffee aroma and flavor. Not very acidic at all, a ton of chocolate, raw fresh coffee roast, vanilla-mocha sweetness, and a surprising and pleasant amount of toffee. There is a great earthiness to it as well. Mouthfeel is perfect, very smooth with velvety carbonation. Not a full mouthfeel, but at the alc content it is perfect.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of bfitzge2
4.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 05/19/15 notes. Huge thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one, it was awesome. Thanks Ross! 32 oz. growler filled a few days earlier.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one to two inches of dark tan head and low carbonation. Amazing coffee and espresso notes, cream, chocolate, caramel malts, graham crackers, light spice, vanilla, cream, burnt malts, and light dark fruits. Really awesome. Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer was great; one of the better coffee beers I've had. Would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz flip top growler was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, earthy, milk chocolate, caramel, smoke, toffee, oats, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice roasted coffee flavor is dominant and blends well with everything else. Some chewy and bitterness notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, creamy, silky, roasted, light coffee acidity, a little chewy, low to medium carbonation, some bitterness, and extremely drinkable.

Overall: Second time around in the Double Shot series fir me. I like this one more than the first.

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Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 386 ratings