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