Single Shot
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #18
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4.38 | pDev: 5.94%
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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heysuz from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brew: Tree House Brewing Company – Single Shot

Intro: 16 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark virtually black color. Moderate head, maybe 1.5 inches. Moderate lacing as we drank

Smell: Sweet aroma of malts, lactose, and coffee in the background.

Taste: Followed along with the smell. First off, you notice the sweetness. Milk and creamy lactose. Coffee shows up but is rather subdued

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation Creamy. Very nice

Drink: Very easy drinker, easy to go fast but slow down and enjoy.

Conclusion: Very enjoyable for a straight up coffee milk stout. Coffee is not overdone which is a good thing for me. This is the base starter for this line of milk/coffee stouts. Doesn’t have all the additives. It’s a must try for people new to Tree House milk stouts.

Aug 22, 2021
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours dark black. Aroma is dominated by coffee, roasted malts and some chocolate. Taste mirrors nose with intense coffee folliwed by roasted malts and chocolate. Feel is drier than expected and medium.

Apr 24, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost a jet black color with a half finger of head. The nose is super roasty. The flavor tastes like coffee with a touch of cream and two sugars. There is a roasted bitter undertone that gently rises above the sweetness on the finish.

This is special.

Mar 12, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for about eighteen dollars. My one hundred and thirty third brew from these guys. This is very good, appreciate the lower price point than most TH stouts.

Mar 07, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Oily, viscous black in the glass with 2+ fingers of mocha-hued head produced with moderate pour. Almost looks like a nitro beer. Great retention and lacing
S -- Dark espresso, roast, dark chocolate, black licorice
T -- Largely follows the nose. Quite a bit dryer than many of the TH stout offerings, which is nice. The coffee character is very rich, if not particularly complex
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Very thick and velvety for the ABV
O -- A solid coffee stout all around


Feb 27, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of caramel. Very coffee-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and coffee then picks up the dark chocolate, caramel, and even some dark fruit. Finishes with lingering coffee and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good coffee stout that is well balanced and easy to drink. Very coffee forward with nice chocolate and fruity notes mixed in. Definitely worth checking out

Feb 22, 2021
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 6/24/20, poured into pint glass and allowed to warm.

L: Big light-brown head upon pour, decent retention. Leaves some light tan lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is very dark brown or black.

S: Biggest notes are strong, unsweetened coffee, unsweetened cocoa, and chicory. Some porterish hop notes as well, oddly.

T: Follows nose, coffee is most predominant, along with unsweetened cocoa and there is a tad of a bitter chicory or hop note coming in on the end. Definitely not sweet at all.

F: Medium body, no carbonation. Construction and balance are quite good. Finish still seems more like a porter than a stout. I like porters, but it seems odd.

O: It's good, but not anywhere near what they achieve with Double Shot.

Aug 06, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A black-brown oil with a short head that fades fast and completely and leaves no lace to speak of.

S: Smells so much like cold brewed coffee, I would expect it to not be beer.

T: Plenty of cocao to go with the coffee and I swear the cream is in there too. Still its a heavy hammer on the palate and could use some refinement.

F: As oily as it is creamy, but the weight is really impressive for the ABV. The mouthfeel reminds me of the starbucks coffees with cream in glass bottles. Quite nice.

O: I enjoyed this beer but I think it's overrated a touch as the 18th milk stout. It is not remotely as good as TH's That's What She Said.

Aug 06, 2020
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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 (AB)

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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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 510 ratings