Single Shot - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #13
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4.45 | pDev: 5.84%
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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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 289
Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of TheGent
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.

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Photo of scotorum
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of GeeL
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.

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Photo of pGaf
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.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
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.

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Photo of rudzud
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

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Photo of jlindros
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

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Photo of curtis6290
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this from the can, was saving it for a good day, and to test its construction. I have to say, it may have tasted better now than when we first got it. The vanilla mellowed out and it was a nice, enjoyable blend. Wish I had saved more!

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

It pours a syrupy black with almost two fingers of peanut butter color head. The nose has a big burst of Carvel vanilla, a good amount of peanuts, and some espresso bean. It's glorious.

The taste opens up like a bite of Snickers. Chocolate, peanuts, and caramel give way to a blast of cappuccino. The finish brings a bunch of creamy peanut butter. Imagine raiding a Halloween bag while drinking an awesome cup of Joe. There are so many decadent candy bar notes. This beer is like no other. So complex and unique, yet easy to drink.

There are far less vanilla notes than when fresh and they've seemingly been replaced by a boatload of peanut characteristics. This beer is different at 4 months than when fresh but awesome on both accounts.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy throughout. Lots of viscosity for the style and ABV. The feel is what really separates SSVB from almost every other non-imperial milk stout.

This beer is incredible. Period

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The regular Single Shot is unbelievable and this one doesn't come up short. The vanilla flavor stands out but it mutes a bit of the coffee. It's very thick and creamy specially given that it's a milk stout.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into snifter, modest carbonation leading to slight head. Expresso coffee and pepper with slight hint of vanilla to nose. Medium to full body in palate with peppery coffee notes on front, hint of vanilla on back. A truly different style by TH. The coffee lays heavy on palate- an overall good beer for TH.

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Photo of thatche2
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass (1 month old). Appearance is black with 1/2 finger thick creamy light brown head. Smell is mostly roasted malt with notes of vanilla, cream, and coffee. There is also some wheat/hay and caramel malt noticeable as well. Taste follows the nose with more dark chocolate coming through. Vanilla and coffee come through more as it warms. There is slightly more bitterness than sweetness but both are moderate/low. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied and fairly creamy up front with a nice crisp finish. The carbonation is on point for a lighter stout.

Overall this is an excellent low ABV coffee stout with a touch of vanilla present. I was initially hoping for more vanilla flavor and a thicker/creamier mouthfeel, but I got over it as this beer is extremely drinkable. The roasted coffee flavors are great and subtle vanilla and chocolate flavors make for a delicious experience. This beer is not mind blowing, but I would pick it out of the refrigerator 5 days a week if readily available.

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Photo of Stebbimacdaddy
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into imperial pint glass from the can dated 02/03/17 purchased at the Brewery in Monson, MA.

Appearance: vigorous pour releases and thin light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Beer is coffee black and no light passes through. Looks as it should.
Nose: coffee and roast malt. Vanilla is noticeable but not overpowering. Molasses.
Taste: so much good! Caramel, chocolate, Rich coffee, earthy vanilla, slight alcohol on the finish as it warms.
Feel: velvety and lush. Luxuriously well bodied. Little carbonation but enough to keep it lively on the tongue.
Overall: This was an experience. So very good and one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent dark brown, but sits black in the glass once it has some density. Thin tan head, that coats the sides of the glass and slowly slides down into the beer. Brown edges in the light. It's only 6.4% after all..

Smell is subtle coffee, sweet, roasted malts, cocoa.. maybe some vanilla. But maybe because the label tells me it's in there..

Taste is much of the same. Initially, it's very fresh coffee, but also very sweet. Finishes with some nice coffee roast bitterness. Bitter dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Not getting vanilla here at all, which is unfortunate.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it's damn smooth and soft. Slight dryness from the bitter coffee.

Overall, I had visions of this beer being damn close to a 5, but the vanilla just didn't show itself strongly enough. Original Single Shot was so good that I expected this to blow my socks off. Still a very good beer, but it let me down a bit.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 02/03/17, so about 3 weeks ago.

A: Pours jet black with a solid cap of light brown head. Very good retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Medium roast coffee melds wonderfully with vanilla bean and dark chocolate, with a hint of roast in the background.

T: Coffee-forward, with coffee through the entire sip. The vanilla and dark cocoa are more of a background note. The vanilla tastes natural and not extract-y.

M: Rich, mouth-coating full body with medium-light carbonation that cuts through.

O: Delicious. Coffee-forward, but overall the balance is spot on with the vanilla and chocolate providing some complexity.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, about 3 weeks old. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body, opaque and nearly black; one finger thick mocha head, great retention and rings of lacing. Smell is black coffee, touch of roast and milk chocolate, lactose, espresso. The coffee and lactose is very strong here; this makes me think more of a cup of joe plus creamer. The milk stout component is heavy on the nose. On the flavour, however, there is a great deal more complexity on top of the coffee. Milk chocolate, a touch of roast, with a mildly decadent marshmallow, sort of like a Swiss Miss package, but delivered cold and carbonated. That's really tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with wonderful smooth carbonation that isn't prickly at all, very nice depth to it; simultaneously sweet and bitter with a slight slickness from the vanilla. Overall, a very tasty coffee milk stout. The vanilla adds a nice layer of complexity and a nice finish.

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

this is really tasty and high quality beer, and i am stoked to have been able to enjoy one, but it really isnt as unique as i hoped it would be. something about these super hyped micro brews that are so hard to acquire, its almost like good or even great isnt good enough, in my head i seem to want it to be new and different on top of being fantastic, and this one is not. its great, but it could have been made by most any competent brewery out there, for whatever thats worth. nice rich thick cocoa colored brew with plenty of body and a long lasting mocha colored head, bubbly, airy, laced and pretty. dark. aroma is less sweet than expected, and with somewhat less vanilla, which is a surprise to me, its so balanced and good, not forced or over the top. the vanilla is but one component of the nose, lots of chocolate malt here too, some cool medium roast, espresso notes, and even a doughy sort of yeast that really brings it all together. the flavor is awesome, vanilla is first and last, but its not all there is. coffee too, tons of chocolate, really dense in that way, almost cakey, fudge or something, which is cool. less of the concentrated bourbon vanilla thing and more of the flowers or fresh pods, less processed, more natural, and doses pretty bashfully it seems. its present, but far from dominant, its stout before its flavored beer, which i a a huge fan of. smooth and fuller bodied, not at all boozy, but it is so bold and sturdy that it almost seems like it should be stronger than it is. impressive overall quality, not new and different, but it doesnt diminish my appreciation for this. part of me feels like these guys could pee in a can and slap a sexy label on it and folks would rate it highly, but they never do, all their beer is awesome independent of the hype, just a weird phenomenon right now. very much enjoyed this, especially in the morning, its real well done!

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First had 2/13/17 at home. Smells of roasted malts and vanilla. Crazy smooth mouth feel, flavors of roasted malt up front, coffee, and vanilla on the finish. Super drinkable, happy to have gotten 6 cans on my trip up last week!

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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color, medium tan fluffy head.

The aroma offers coffee and a toasty coconut flavor, vanilla chewy sweet chocolate.

The flavor follows with a smooth French vanilla coffee flavor, brown sugar sweetness, onto a light roast bitterness. There's a forward sweetness of lactose almost dominates the beer. It's a coffee vanilla ice cream in a glass. A more dessert beer if anything. Decadent for its ABV.

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Single Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 289 ratings