Single Shot - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #12
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4.45 | pDev: 6.07%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Single Shot - Vanilla BeanSingle Shot - Vanilla Bean
Notes: We are excited to present the first variant of our coffee milk stout: SINGLE SHOT w/ Vanilla Bean! This modification builds upon the original by conditioning the finished beer on Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. We also varied the typical coffee blend by infusing a single beautiful coffee, Guatemala Candelaria! What resulted is a beer that exhibits a subtle and well integrated vanilla note with rich coffee character while retaining a wonderful airiness and drinkability. The crew here tastes bourbon chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla with a soft coffee acidity on the finish. The vanilla reveals nuanced character as it warms, though never overwhelming the senses, with the coffee notes slowly mellowing. This is a real treat to us, and one that marks the start of an invigorating path for Single Shot!
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a glass coffee mug.

Appearance: The one finger, very dark tan head goes away fairly quickly and  leaves behind a thin foam ring and some patchy lacing. It's a deep, dark, pure black color with a hint of a reddish, very dark amber hue on the edges when held up to light.

Smell: It's very aromatic with notes of fresh roasted coffee beans, raw vanilla, milk chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste: There's a coffee and dark chocolate bite right away but it never gets too bitter. That's balanced out by the vanilla and brown sugar flavors.

Mouthfeel: It's silky smooth, velvety and very creamy. Full bodied without being being cloying or too much to handle with low carbonation.

Overall: An excellent coffee-forward beer that's also relatively easy to drink.

May 15, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good head retention. Body is dark brown, with an equally dark head, and apparently clear. It really looks as though a cup of coffee was carbonated.

Initially, while cold, the nose was all coffee, but the more it settles, the more vanilla starts to dominate, bringing along with it tones similar to maple, toffee, and brown sugar. Perhaps even a mild note of bourbon; it's rare to have vanilla bean additions so expressive on the nose.

Very similar on the palate, as well - even a touch of heat from the bourbon vanilla beans. It's sweet without rising to dessert stout levels. The coffee and vanilla dance back and forth; ultimately, the vanilla wins out, especially by mid sip. Drinks a touch "bigger" than the singe digit ABV, but not unpleasantly so. The sweetness is actually a little tough to nail down, drawing influence from all of the ingredients. Definitely thicker, as well, than most beers in this range; it's a fantastic overall mouthfeel, filling and creamy.

Apr 26, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer was picked up at the brewery in early February.
The beer pours a dark black coffee color with minimal creamy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades to a sturdy edge layer and some surface islands. These islands remain on the surface throughout my sampling.
The aroma is dark chocolate malt and some light and sweet coffee. I also get a bit of roasted malt and hints of vanilla mixing together.
No real hop presence on the nose and wouldnt expect to have boozy nose with only 6.4%.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture with a medium body and very fine and tingly carbonation.
Very drinkable and smooth beer.
Flavor is what you would expect for style, brewery and from the nose.
Some roasted malt and sweet chocolate malt with a bit of brown sugar mix together up front, this moves to some sweeter vanilla notes and a bit of coffee too. The sweetness lingers a bit after each sip and does make my lips a little sticky.
I dont get any hops on this malty brew and the ABV is as expected, hidden.
A very nice sweet stout, glad I got a chance to try a can.

Apr 16, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

canned 1 29 2020, opened 2 13 2020

can poured into a snifter

black motor oil liquid, two finger big bubbled brown foam cap , good retention over five minutes,]. condenses to a solid brown espresso crema layer , some lacings

aroma is a sweet espresso shot, roasted coffee notes.hint of vanilla

taste is coffee, brown sugar sweet, vanilla,

medium sudsing , coffe taste lingers, no bitterness

good beer

Feb 14, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a mocha silky head with good retention. Aroma has warm espresso notes, the vanilla being well balanced, not too strong. Taste is rich and dense and very smooth with milky coffee notes. Feel is very smooth and soft, no alcohol burn, light bitterness.

Feb 04, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a tulip

Pitch black appearance. The shimmery, oily looking body was topped by a finger-tall, tight, frothy, mocha colored crown that slowly dropped to a thick, resilient collar. A sheet of patchy, drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

Coffee notes dominated in the aroma. Darker roast French press coffee or spent coffee grounds perhaps. A rich, sweet, chocolate fudge-like quality also came through strong. Nice sweet caramel-like character too. Caramel macchiato possibly. Vanilla was detectable, but it was definitely more subtle than I anticipated.

The flavor was similar to the nose. Rich and malty on the front end. Nice mix of caramel and roasted malts. Bit of actual caramel as well. Dark roast coffee appeared next. The coffee however was somewhat less punchy here than in the nose. Chocolate fudge or Hershey’s chocolate syrup came through in the center. More roast and espresso on the back end and the finish. Touch of bitterness. A nice melding of sweet and bitter notes (caramel, fudge and roasted malts) lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel felt quite thin initially and the liquid seemed rather under carbonated. As the beer moved along the palate, however, a fine, frothy carbonation appeared and gave the body a super creamy and slick frothiness. Pillowy soft and supple. Really spectacular.

There are so many reasons why people love Tree House, and perhaps the thing I love most about them is their ability to produce such a wide array of relatively low ABV stouts that punch far beyond their weight. Although the vanilla in this Single Shot variant was surprisingly subtle, the overall beer was still terrific. Allow this one plenty of time to open up, as it continues to improve as it warms.

Nov 22, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. Inky black with a huge mocha head. Smells of vanilla, sharp coffee, lactose, and chocolate. Tastes of coffee with strong vanilla. Both sharp flavors. Lactose is sharp too. Sweet chocolate. Slightly deeper and richer in the back end. Finish is bitter coffee and vanilla. Medium heavy and creamy. Tasty but sweet and a little too sharp.

Nov 11, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque. black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big dark roast coffee and vanilla. Roasty, sweet, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very coffee forward. Good for a coffee beer, but I prefer other Single Shot variants.

Nov 11, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass via can

color is a nice over roasted coffee brown

smell is vanilla bean coffee, just as the name implies

taste follows the nose...I felt there was more vanilla bean here than the Double Shot w/ Vanilla bottles I've had

carbonation is low, mouthfeel is medium

one of the best low ABV stouts I've had..its amazing how much flavor is packed into this can

Oct 29, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can consumed at about 3 weeks old. Came across with a sour note. I have another can in the fridge and I really hope that it was me, not the beer. There are a lot of great things about the beer - smooth, creamy, vanilla - but the sour coffee takes it down several notches. Will revisit.

Oct 22, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $5.05. My fifty seventh brew from these guys. TH is known for their IPAs, but their stouts are outstanding as well. & this is no exception.

Oct 12, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/8/16; drank 8/13/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Light roast coffee bean, mild vanilla & faint charred oak notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean & mild vanilla flavors up front; smooth cream notes on the finish.

Mild but very enjoyable; I'd have another.

Sep 23, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Tree House Willi Becher style glass, this beer pours out a dark brown resembling coffee, before quickly mustering up caramel colored bubbles to form two fingers worth of thick and chewy looking crown to sit at the top.

The nose is charged with subtle, balanced decadence while offering to show the depths it can dive into. Sweetness of vanilla, toasted marshmallow tangle with notes of milk chocolate, slightly charred bitter baker chocolate, fudge and a kiss of toasted caramel coffee. This thing is like walking into a bakery first thing in the morning, when the coffee is hot and the treats are right out of the oven. Wow.

The taste brings the bittersweet symphony back to the stage. The layers of sweetness dance with the bitter, slightly burnt chocolate while the coffee watches with approval.

The mouthfeel floats through with creaminess. It’s silky, while offering a level of stickiness to make it almost reminiscent of marshmallows, which is impressive for a 6.4% stout. There is no burn at all in the mouth, and if it wasn’t for the slightly warming in the chest, you could probably convince someone this isn’t beer.

Overall, the balance and subtle nature of this is what makes it a winner. It won’t wow you if you are looking for any extreme flavors or a punch in your face, but it’s charged with depths and layers, while not letting any get out of hand and over shine the other. There’s a very fine line between nicely balanced and underwhelming to me, and this remains perfectly balanced the whole time, while never crossing into underwhelming for me.

May 26, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

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

My 500th beer on BA! Wahoo!
Beer pours big black oil into my TH tasting glass. Nice tan head that leaves lacing. Lots of coffee and sweetness on the nose. Flavor follows with a slight bitter finish. Easy to drink as it's low ABV. Wouldn't want a whole can though. 8oz is good.
This beer is slightly overhyped IMHO. Still very good though.

May 20, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark and glossy black color, with a huge foamy and thick head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like fresh vanilla cream, milk chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar.

This isn't a pure vanilla bomb, but the vanilla is well integrated, pleasantly sweet, and very creamy tasting. It balances well with the sweet coffee, with some definitely milk chocolate and slight nuttiness.

There's some good drinkability to this. It's very creamy, and somewhat full bodied.

This is a tasty little petite pastry stout.

May 11, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Switching up styles to a Coffee Milk Stout, NBS.

This is Single Shot w/ Vanilla Bean from Tree House. The Thrilla with Vanilla.

Look: This beer pours dark brown from the can. As I empty it into my glass, a huge, dark brown head fills the top half of the glass. Then the waterfall kicks in as the pitch black beer slowly rises while the tightly packed, bubbly foam cascades away. The beer fills my glass with the absence of color, and a tall, rich, creamy, light brown head forms at the top. It settles down streaking my glass with sticky lacing. The beer is opaque and there is no visible carbonation. This beer was fun to watch.

Smell: Vanilla, light roast coffee with cream and sugar, coffee yogurt, chocolate mousse, chocolate covered cherry, mocha, sweet tobacco, fresh pumpkin and hazelnut. Complex and not falling into the trap of smelling like vanilla extract. Stout first. Coffee and vanilla stout second.

Taste: Up front creamy, sweet and berry forward lightly roasted coffee. Chocolate milk. Mid palate some hazelnut and cinnamon. Some lingering cherry and dark berry flavors on the finish. A flash of roast creates a faint coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation and super creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is world class for so many reasons. Super creamy mouthfeel as hoping for the style, well executed vanilla and complex, berry-forward coffee flavors. It’s thick, sweet, toasty, fruity and bright.

May 05, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a; Opaque black with a 3/4 inch thick tan head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Just as expected: coffee with vanilla creamer.

t; Moderately bittersweet coffee with strong vanilla notes. Rather sweet finish.

m; Medium, good body and quite heavy carbonation tingle.

o; A pleasant coffee stout, smoothed out nicely with lactose and vanilla. Very enjoyable todrink, especially as a dinner and dessert brew.

Apr 30, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark like dirty motor oil with a one finger tan head; good retention, leggy and splashy

Smell: Milk chocolate and caramel with hints of Bourbon, coffee and vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate and caramel forward with a hint of the Bourbon-laced vanilla; a hint of coffee, through the middle with a blend of all the flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I loved the base version so this was somewhat of a disappointment - not a bad beer, mind you, but it lacked the strong coffee flavor I found in the base and the vanilla was understated

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

Feb 02, 2019
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GeeL from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted out of a Tree House Brewing Craft Master glass. Can was purchased by me and kept chilled.

L: just like a stout should... dark and opaque. A mocha colored head dissipates gradually to the point it doesn't even leave lacing on the top or around the edge.

S: caramel, slight roastiness, vanilla (duh), spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg though can't place which on

T: like dessert. I had it as an after work beer because of the coffee; however, it would be better suited after dinner. It's sweet. Not quite cloyingly sweet, but almost there. The flavor has depth. The vanilla is noteworthy at first. As it warms and my tastebuds acclimate to it the vanilla becomes less pronounced. It tastes a little candy-ish but not in an offensive way. The flavor fades over time to become dark caramel or molasses with a hint of booziness/bourbon. I feel like there's a hint of banana, though it might be more nutmeg or cinnamon type flavors from the caramel malts.

The alcohol has a slight astringency or heat on the back end of the flavor. It's not offensive, but it's notable.

F: thick, creamy. This contributes to a lingering flavor.

O: I'd get this again. If you can obtain it on a trade or black market, it's worth the effort.

Feb 01, 2019
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pGaf from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tastes like a liquefied chilled carbonated fermented vanilla tootsie roll...and is very refreshing. mouthfeel is a little flat. sweetness is prominent but somehow light and lofty though and the overall experience is good. vanilla is good, maybe too good.

Jan 27, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a can into a stemmed bulb glass. pours dark brown to almost black. a nonaggressive pour yields a little bit of mocha brown head which fades pretty quickly. smell is vanilla spice, roast and subtle coffee. taste is mostly roast with a little coffee bean and vanilla bean. no single flavor dominates the smell or taste. feel is decent. creamy from the lactose or vanilla or both. overall, as with most tree house single & double shots, i get a lot of roasty notes. it’s not a bad thing, but i’d gladly take more coffee or, in this case, more vanilla. still a very decent, sessionable coffee milk stout.

Jan 24, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can served in a tulip. This beer looks amazing in the glass. Pours an inky, opaque black with a dense, 2.5 inch, mocha-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose expresses big roasted coffee notes, followed by an essence of milk sugar and vanilla sweetness and ending with rich, chocolatey goodness. Taste consistent with nose; however, the sweetness comes off little artificial, but delightful nonetheless. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to the medium end of the spectrum), with a mild, even carbonation and a semi-silky texture. Overall - really delightful. Doesn't getter much better than this for the style.

Jan 05, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

mellow acidic coffee profile brings some blueberry fruity notes and an earthy roast, bittersweet chocolate, mellow vanilla frosting, brownie batter, hint of caramel. bit watery on the mouthfeel but a decadent stout nonetheless.

Dec 31, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single can of this at the brewery.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thick mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Big aromas of chocolate syrup and bakers chocolate, little bit of coffee grounds, some nice vanilla as well. The finish is almost overwhelmingly coffee.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter malts and caramel. Tons of sweet coffee candies, cloyingly so. Decent amount of coffee creme as well. Really really sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, little thick.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout, the vanilla is subtle and the coffee is nice but holy cow is this sweet!

Serving Type: can

Dec 30, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for picking this up.
Pours a huge dark mocha colored thick frothy creamy bug huge head almost 2 fingers thanks to aggressive pour from rudzud, nice layered lacing, pitch black thick beer

Nose loads of fresh coffee, nutty coffee with mild fruity notes, a hint of caramel and sweetness, dark roasted stout malts, mild vanilla, it's there but not a ton, hint of cocoa

Taste is quite sweet, big sweet caramel and coffee candy, coffee and vanilla ice cream, mild toffee, mild bitter roast into the fresh coffee, nutty earthy coffee, tons of vanilla cream ice cream, rich coffee cream, a touch of bitterness late, sticky sweet finish

Mouth is med bod, creamy rich smooth, sticky sweet finish, nice carb at least

Overall eh, way too sweet, coffee is good, vanilla is too light

Dec 30, 2018
Single Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 327 ratings