Double Shot - Sumatra Mandheling | Tree House Brewing Company

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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 luvtotri140
3.55/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cam for providing my first Double Shot experience via shared 750ml growler.

Kinda on the line between regular/imperial stout but pretty much feels like an imperial in flavor and body. Tons of great deep fresh coffee that blends great with cocoa, roast, some vanilla and dark fruit hints. Pretty coffee-forward but integrated well and right between roasty and sweet. Feel is super smooth and well-carbonated, a bit bigger than expected with a touch of alcohol coming through. A little short in complexities if I had to nitpick, but that's made up with big mocha greatness.

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Photo of darktronica
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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

Tree House Double Shot

A- Superbly black with a deep tan brownish head. One finger high with good retention. Big web leads to a demon dog shaped lace patch.

S- Roasty and somewhat fruity coffee aroma above a decadent cocoa and heavily roast malt base. Fairly earth coffee and even cocoa powder feel. Medium roast beans for me.

T- For me the coffee stands out more in the flavor but it still is blended superbly. Roasty, earthy and rainsiny coffee balanced by a decadent stout base with dark cocoa nibs, roast but not burnt grain and some dark fruits like cherry.

MF- Feels a bit thicker than other batches I have had with a bold creaminess. A carbonation level around medium and intensely smooth. Slightly warming.

Tree House makes some fine Stouts to go with the arsenal of hoppy brews. Id love to see a standard Imperial Stout sometime, in cans perhaps. Really well blended lacking the over the top coffee ground flavors some brews have.

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

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Tree House tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery a few days ago.

Pours a deep black, inky body with a 2 finger mocha colored head that reduces within a few minutes, leaving a thin layer of foam. Little lacing.

Aromas in the first 30 minutes are subtle and muted, but once it warms up they start to come out with rich deep roasted coffee, anise, black liquorice, dark fruit, dark chocolate.

Taste is bold and rich - heavy roasted coffee upfront, espresso, followed by dark cocoa, roasty, toasty malt, char, coffee beans, finish is slightly bitter and you guessed it - roasty. Mouthfeel thickens as it warms, becoming rich and full. Low carbonation.

Overall a solid stout - a massive coffee bomb. Seek it out if you're into coffee stouts.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.46/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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

750ml growler shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, nearly black body, two finger dark brown head, average retention, bits of lacing. Smells of rich black coffee, roasted coffee bean, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Very strong coffee aroma that is more on the darker, roastier and less acidic side. Flavour is the aforementioned roasty coffee, not too dark, complemented nicely by milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, no char or smoke, a bit of toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy, good carbonation, easy to drink, zero heat. Overall, a very good coffee beer and every bit about this reminds me of why Good Morning is so good.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this beast.
Pours a crazy dark mocha color creamy thick frothy 2 finger head that sticks around forever, great awesome lacing, nice legs, pitch black color.

Nose is like a typical great double shot, nice fresh coffee, mostly nutty coffee little earthy, little roasty and nice coffee in general, light fudgey notes, mild bitter hops, touch caramel nougat.

Taste brings sweet dark malts, little roasty, black malts, super dark thick black malts with roasty bitterness so dark. Nice coffee, earthy nutty coffee, with nutty malts as well, coffee is dark earthy and a little over dark roasty, Sumatra lives to it's over roasted flavor, little burnt notes, but great nutty flavours. Like caramel and nougat, creamy fluffy, faint booze warmth. Finish is fairly dry but sticky, earthy nutty coffee lingering, nutty malts, little caramel and nougat, burnt roast, all lingering.

Mouth is creamy, nice fuller bod, rich, fluffy carb, faint hint of booze.

Overall pretty good, again the double shots are great, although the Sumatra doesn't add anything great, just average... That is average for the awesome double shot.

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Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thick three finger mocha head that fades to leave super thick lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Aromas of rich roasted coffee beans, nice light chocolate. Light fudge, great choice, however this is very typical for double shot coffee variations. Nutty rich coffee but nothing that jumps out. Very aromatic but not epic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, rich chocolate, fudge, roasted beans. Really nice coffee, rich roasted beans, fudgy chocolate. Loads of rich chocolate, Nice beans, good soft vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was really nice with solid chocolate notes. Tasty and on point.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a nonic ten ounce glass.

Pours thick and viscous, pitch-black in body. Head forms a quarter finger thick and slowly dissipates to become a lacy spread over the body. 4.25

Rich coffee aroma that is caramel and toffee-heavy. A touch of boozy is perceivable amidst the the otherwise sweet, malty and coffee-heavy aroma. Smells delicious, I can't lie. One last whiff for good measure and I get some vanilla notes and dark chocolate. 4.75

Quite a rich brew here. Flavors abound, including an almost wine-like quality to the malts. The beers raisiny, chocolatey, and still heavily coffee-flavored. The coffee seems to lend some caramel and toffee that are pretty next level. 4.5

The body is pretty dead-on, medium but still drinkable, and the creaminess is there too. It's a tad hot and this affects the drinkability a bit, but it's pretty damn good. 4.25

This was certainly a stand out in the coffee stout category. Great brew.

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

Growler poured into glass

Velvety smooth

Aroma of roast coffee .

Nice coffee and rich chocolate notes on the taste

Great beer worthy of a repeat

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