Single Shot
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #18
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4.38 | pDev: 6.16%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: We are extremely excited to introduce Single Shot - a beautifully balanced coffee stout made with a special blend of our favorite coffees! It pours super dark in the glass unleashing a fluffy, mocha-like head. We experience flavors and aromas of rich chocolate, cold brewed coffee, and coffee ice cream. Single Shot is exceptionally creamy on the palate while maintaining a lightness that leaves you wanting more. Perfect for a can!
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EMH73 from New York

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one inch tan head that settles to a ring fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and caramel. Tastes of cold brewed coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, lactose sweetness and a hint of nuttiness. Full bodied, light carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

Mar 26, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of DonnieT79.
Pours almost black. Dark brown creamy hot. Doesn’t stick around too long.
The smell is pretty mild. Malt, chocolate, coffee.
Taste is much stronger. Malt, coffee, roasted espresso, unsweetened bitter chocolate, cream.
Medium creamy mouthfeel.
Seems spot on for a milk stout. I see they have double and triple shot versions, so treehouse clearly isn’t trying to make a big thick high abv stout here.

Mar 12, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first stout from Treehouse Brewing their IPAs are stellar. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a one finger billowy and airy head. The retention on the head is fair. The head is dark tan. The head of the beer left no lacing on the glass. The beer is dark brown. I would have expected to see more head retention. Also, a creamier head would have made the beer more appealing to me.

The aromas in the beer are mild chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malts, char, earthy, milk, caramel, and a hint of herbal.

The flavors of the beer are medium roasted coffee, toffee, molasses, char, earthy, oats, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cream, and biscuit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy, coating, and smooth.

The body of the beer is dense, medium carbonation, and a lasting finish.

After I nosed the beer, I thought this beer was a bust. The aromas were not as represented compared to the flavors. When I sipped the beer, my palate began to sing. The beer taste like a vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate and coffee served in liquid form. Seriously, how do you get this from a beer? Phenomenal Beer, I would love to own a six-pack.

Dec 16, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured jet black with a viscous appearance. Two inch thick head that is a deep copper brown.

Aroma: thick bold coffee with vanilla syrup and malted milk chocolate. Not very complex yet it is rich and heavy.

Taste: sweet mocha flavored coffee with vanilla added. Coffee starts out heavily sweet but then turns just slightly bitter at the finish. Highlights of cocoa and malted milk. Almost decadent and sweet.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, rich, and creamy. Medium bodied.

Overall: for a 6.4% ABV beer, the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel exceeds my expectations. It drinks like an imperial stout. For anyone who likes a coffee milk stout, this is a win.

Jul 08, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt motor oil black with a tall mocha foam settling to a creamy blanket leaving camo lacing.

Smooth creamy mocha and mild roasted malt pair with hints of peanut and sweet chocolate chips.

The tangy silky body has a moderately crisp yet soft carbonation before a semi-sticky finish brings out a touch of black licorice.

I enjoy this more than the vanilla variant, and it actually seems to have even more of a vanilla character to it here, almost as if soaked in rum, but without the booze.

Jun 27, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. I know we reviewed this beer four years ago but...somehow it's gone.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of really bright coffee. Loads of chocolate and roasted malts, light chocolate, decent malts. Coffee isn't super assertive.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice coffee cream. Decent chocolate notes, still a fair amount of yeast. There is some acrid roast as well, little bit of char too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body a bit lighter.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout, however, the minds eye remembers this being way more coffee forward years ago.

Serving Type: can

Jun 22, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Somehow my review was lost
Pours a smaller but thick dark head, medium retention good lacing, decent legs, pitch black beer

Nose lactose and milk chocolate, cocoa little roasty coffee, dark choc cookie dough notes, hint of fudgey caramel

Taste sweet malt, fudgey chocolate, caramel, etc, cocoa powder candy, mild bitter toasty malt, char, cocoa powder and mild roasted coffee grounds, fair nutty, bitterness is med with hops and roasted malts, finish dry grainy malt and coffee, mild bitterness

Mouth is med bod, good fluffy carb, little creamy light alcohol

Overall eh, good but not what I remember this beer being

Jun 22, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this recently as the date on the bottom of the can read 12/6/18 with "GRACENOTE - TREE HOUSE BLEND" written above it. Let's face it - everyone knows Tree House for their juicy and tasty New England-style IPA's but this one may have outdone most of those as it was one of the most enjoyable examples of this style that I've ever had, with a recessed sweetness and wonderful balance and body to it!

Such a lovely pour to this as the silky coffee-hued liquid was topped off by a massive tan head that seeped down like Guinness poured from a tap. Loads of bubbles in it including a big one that got into my obligatory shot that I take of every beer that I review at home, as the lacing left behind was varied and soapy down the side of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this but what was present was coffee, lactose, sweetener, and bitter chocolate all rolled into one. The taste had all of those in it with a wonderful slickness and hint of powder from the chocolate that almost made this feel like a breakfast stout that doubled as an early morning dessert. Wonderfully rich, sticky like ice cream and a milk mustache, and lightly carbonated, this had a wondrous mouthfeel that made it so easy to quaff as I had to pace myself throughout my review!

With a light amount of alcohol and subtle roasted malt presence, this felt like coffee in a can more than anything else as it was hard to believe that this was a beer. Hints of dark berry, brandy sweetness, and cocoa powder were subtle reminders that this was a dessert beer but in the end, this was true to form and put a smile on my face; which is something that very few beers are able to do to me after all of these years. Easily among Tree House's best, this had to be tasted in order to be believed!

May 01, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Opaque black with a two inch thick tan head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty & patchy lacing.

s; Roasty malt leaning into black coffee.

t; Black coffee and ash with a moderate hop bite on a sweet-bitter finish.

m; Medium to full, excellent body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A superlative coffee milk stout, at least the equal of Founders famous highly-regarded Breakfast Stout. Loads of black coffee/roasty malt flavor smoothed out to a fine drinkability.

Jan 31, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque near black with a nice tan head. Huge roasted coffee aroma and flavor with vanilla and milk chocolate. An incredibly flavorful beer at just 6.4% abv.

Jan 29, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So dark it was hard to see where the bubble show ended and the liquid began; the two finger head is a medium brown color; good retention, leggy and splashy

Smell: Coffee milk aromatics

Taste: Milk chocolate and coffee with rich elements of both; nothing complex, just both of those elements with the flavors building and building into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; thick like a shake

Overall: With powerful flavors, this milk stout avoids the trap of venturing into pastry territory - first class effort

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

Jan 21, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger mocha head quickly desolves, leaving behind a deep dark brown body.

S - tons of coffee and chocolate.

T - follows the nose. Smooth coffee and dark chocolate. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a near-perfect milk stout.

Jan 13, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Flying Dog steamed tulip glass canned on 5/29/18. Pours a very impressive viscous near pitch black with a 2 plus finger sticky mocha head, that leaves big thick streaks of lace behind.

Smell very one dimensional but impressive just the same dry coffee beans, vanilla, and cocoa nibs yum. 4.25

Taste follows coffee, vanilla, and bakers chocolate yup, just really tasty.

Mouthfeel is bigger than average but has a creaminess, moderate carbonation, maybe a touch dry, and goes down easy but has a lot more flavor than a stout with only 6.4% ABV.

Overall Treehouse is not a one trick pony, this stout like most of the IPAs they produce is awesome.

Jan 12, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is maple, cane sugar, and roasted coffee. Medium bodied, medium low carbonation, and sweet. Makes for an excellent coffee stout, good coffee flavor that is combined with excellent milk stout sweetness. Excellent beer.

Dec 24, 2018
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Motor oil look. Dark but not to impressive. Nice chocolate flavor with some hazelnut. Love the taste but surprised if no like how thin it feels. Not sure yet. Only halfway through the pint. Very nice either way.

Dec 09, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent milk Stout and incredibly coffee forward, in a good way. More body would do well, but likely at the expense of the flavor and reasonable ABV.

Aug 10, 2018
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jcaleb86 from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought it seem to have oatmeal mellowing out the coffee. It is a phenomenally balanced shout, a heavy beer but not overboard on any aspect or flavor. I would buy these... the one I had was a gift.

Jun 06, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours Black with a medium khaki head. It has medium low carbonation. It smells of espresso, subtle vanilla, cocoa powder, and almonds. The beer tastes of roasty coffee, subtle vanilla, cocoa powder, candy, molasses, and almonds. It is very light, pretty thin. A good milk stout from Tree House.

May 30, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2018-04-29 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2018-04-06.

A - Opaque dark brown with a 3.5-finger light brown head that holds up well with lots of lacing. The only knock I have on appearance is the head dominates the initial pour.

S - Premium coffee ice cream while eating graham crackers. Rich and inviting.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate sauce drizzled over coffee ice cream, followed immediately by tossing back a shot of espresso latte. The aftertaste wanders towards a Porter; hinting at a little char to bring some bittering balance.

M - Medium-full body and light medium carbonation. Creamy, rich, substantial. Just about perfect.

O - This is a bloody great beer. Like the best you'd hope for in a Breakfast Stout, a Milk Stout and a Porter rolled into one at a very reasonable ABV. The flavor and feel suit me to a T. I'm impressed.

Apr 29, 2018
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Bork77 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I am prob not the one who should review a stout because I am partial to IPA but this is delicious. The top stouts are usually too sweet but this one is very balanced. Really enjoying this one! I am all in. I thought the moment of clarity was too sweet for my taste. This one is worth trying. Wish I picked up more of these!

Mar 10, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

couple months on this one, dated 4.21.17

expected the coffee might fall off but definitely not the case ... robust and roasty coffee and malty notes on nose and palate, big sweet and creamy lactose character, some mega sweet sugary like molasses/brown sugar note, massive amounts of creamyness creating a vanilla/marshmallow type thing, milk chocolate, very very sweet overall but some good roasty qualities and a touch of bitterness do keep that in check. mouthfeel is on point and overall this one is super impressive for a 6.4% stout.


smooth creamy and chocolate notes but the coffee predominates. a mellow fruity acidity bringing blueberry cream and chocolate covered cherries, earth, roast. good good this is a fucking perfect representation of coffee on top of a base beer that has smooth chocolate and creamy qualities. overall adjusted as a result. FUCK ME GAME CHANGER!!

Oct 13, 2017
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite Tree House beers. I'm a fan of milk stouts and this one is straight up coffee with more coffee on top of it. The mouthfeel is incredible and comes out pretty thick but drinkable.

Jul 13, 2017
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Danstaats from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dont get me wrong this is a superb beer But something is missing. I think the mouth feel is thin. It is sweet and smooth but needs more body. Very good stout but not as good as say a Founders stout or evil twin brewing

May 31, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a small deep brown head almost nitro like (small bubbles) nose is of a Starbucks mocha latte. Coffee, chocolate and a light sweet vanilla. Taste is smooth a clean. Nice light coffee, smooth silky chocolate and vanilla. A bold toasted maltyness and roasted coffee presence overall. Body is medium to light.

May 17, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger and a half of creme colored head. Head retention is fair with no lacing left behind. There is a ring of khaki-colored foam that hangs around the edge of the beer for a while. Aroma is delicate, but of quality. Notes include vanilla bean, molasses, and coffee. There are a subtle roasted, and toasted malt notes behind. Flavor profile is smooth, but light, with vanilla bean, coffee, and espresso opening, before a hint of chocolate at the finish. Espresso and coffee are present throughout the flavor profile. Malt notes are light, but hit roasted and toasted well. Emphasis on the toasted. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth, glass-like feel that develops a fantastic creaminess as it warms. Overall, Single Shot provides low dose of coffee in a light bodied stout profile. It refrains from being bold, or massive, and instead delivers quality notes at a quaint coffee-shop friendly low volume.

Served in a teku glass from a 16oz can.

May 14, 2017
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