4th Anniversary Double Shot
Tree House Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.62 | pDev: 5.84%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This special batch of Double Shot was brewed to celebrate four years of Tree House, and to present a beer that is a culmination of learned efforts during that time. For this batch, we chose to incorporate a bean hand selected by our friends at Carrier Roasting, Burundi Gaharo. The coffees of Burundi present with a dense, earthy, and mysterious character that suits Double Shot perfectly. 4th Anniversary Double Shot is brewed to be more dense than usual, adding to the richness of the beer and accentuating the Gaharo’s best characteristics! We taste and smell earthy chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, and straight up chocolate syrup. A rich and decadent batch, and one begging to be shared and enjoyed slowly! Thank you for four years!
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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stouts aren't necessarily my bag - but this is one of the best I've had. No fruit or anything sneaky, just real crisp and a good amount of sweetness, chocolate and coffee. Had this back in late June.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml fliptop growler. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger mocha head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of rich roasted coffee, dark fruit, a bit of cocoa and a good bit of milk chocolate. Roasted malt. Dark chocolate, touch of earth. Flavour is similar, pretty much identical to what it smells like, to be honest. Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, bit of acidic dark fruit, cocoa powder, roast. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, good carbonation and would work great in an ice cream float.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goodness gracious. I just love every stout I've had from these guys. The feel is so rich, delicate and smooth. Creamy like milk - just the way mother served it up. The coffee/espresso taste is so good too. Very vibrant without coming off bitter like I'd expect. Lovely beer.

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy goodness, this beer. The color is pretty much pitch black with a tan head that just screams decadence. The coffee scent is so welcoming and perfectly balanced on this beer. Taste is pretty much all I'd ever want with an evening stout... this is a dessert in and of itself. Chocolaty, coffee goodness with a sweet finish and aftertaste that lingers pleasantly until it sadly fades from your palette. No alcohol flavor anywhere. Smoooooth mouth-feel that will make the next sip too easy for the 8%+ ABV beer. I got really sad when both 750mL growlers were kicked. Ah life... to have such highs means lows thereafter.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

once again, big thanks to rob for the share. this one is insanely good. took a sip and was blown away. super complex, great coffee, great roast...just great.

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Photo of professorchow
4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In a tulip from growlers. Multiple tastings over a week. Pours very dark, with tan head then modest lacing. Gloriously rich and robust smell of coffee. If you work for it, there's a chocolate scent too, but along with it comes . . . more coffee. Just a great nose. Taste follows. Coffee, but also plenty of milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. Alcohol is scarcely notable. Mouthfeel thick and smooth as can be. What's not to like? At tail end of the first tasting, friends and I supplemented with some Founders Breakfast Stout. Though one of my all time favorites, it seemed to lack a certain depth, by comparison to this Double Shot.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - mysterious is right! Pours a dark and foreboding deep dark brown. The head threw me off for a second there because it didn't make itself known right away. Instead, I got more of a slow-burn nitro fill, watching the muddy mocha head take its sweet time to materialize into two fingers of roasty goodness. Lightens to a tan (roughly the same color as my shitty car!) and sticks to the glass hard.

S - hard not to sneak a sip while reviewing the look. Wafts of chocolate and coffee kept circulating my way, made even more tantalizing by the slight breeze. Should've closed my window! Getting into it, I smell wet, earthy, roasty brownies. Dark cacao beans. The finish reminds me strongly of EBF. Don't know what that aroma is, but considering the caliber of beers at EBF, I'd say it's a good thing.

T - a hell of a flavor package! Lively and vibrant, yet dark and ominous. Fudge and Devil's food cake. Much more bitter and sharp than regular DS. Some earthy hops give me a break from the chocolate upon chocolate upon coffee, making this startlingly drinkable. Could be a problem at 8.4%. Ever so slight vanilla and cinnamon. Finish is freshly picked whole coffee beans... still on the branch in the cherry!

F - certainly more dense. Rich, cloyingly, sticky, and creamy. Low, tingling carbonation.

O - definitely one of the better DS batches. Booze has started to creep through as it warms, and everything is all-around amped up. Getting close to Triple Shot territory here! A fine Fourth of July day sipper, that's for damn well sure.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swingtop growler into Tree House stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is lactose, chocolate, mocha and cocoa powder. Rich, deep, smooth and aromatic. Taste is of molasses, chocolate, mocha, cocoa powder, roast and a light booziness in the back. Lactose is present and it smooths out the experience like a light vanilla addition. Great balance between the light roasty bitterness and mocha sweetness. Heavy in the mouth with little to no carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate and goes down super smooth. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Honestly, this is not a whole lot different than regular Double Shot. Sure, it’s richer but the flavor profile is very very similar. I do think however, that it would tend to lend itself better to an addition of sweet flavors of either vanilla or fruit. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A tremendous variation of double shot. Huge coffee notes with subtle chocolate notes in this beer. Perfect with any dessert. I hope they make something close to this in the future.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Treehouse has made another amazing Double Shot variant here. Poured from a 750ml growler into a Treehouse teku glass. The color is very dark with a thick tan head that remains. The nose and flavor are both great, but the chewy, pillowy, mouthfeel is the real winner here. Overall great beer. Good luck finding...

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Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the anniversary party.

Big thick creamy dark head fades slowly with nice lacing pitch black, decent legs.

Nose huge thick fudgey cocoa, dark choc brownie, fluffy nougat almost marshmallow cookie dough, big nutty coffee, fresh roasted ground coffee, little earthy but mostly nutty, no roast or char, touch caramel.

Taste brings big roasted malt, again not acrid, big coffee too with a little bitterness from it, fresh roasted ground nice nutty flavors, nutty coffee, little earthy coffee, back into thick fudgey cocoa, thick chocolate syrup, lush Belgian choc, little bitterness. Finish drier lingering choc syrup, cocoa, coffee.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb.

Overall great nose, flavor died off a bit and mouth wasn't as thick as I expected. But still nice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Anniversary party. Reviewed under the correct name, per the sheet and keg.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown hue with a good one finger mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of huge huge nutty coffee, not overly roast, nice fudgy chocolate. The nuttiness is just incredible!

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good nutty coffee, rich, but not quite as nutty as the nose. Good chocolate, albeit a bit heavy. Luscious.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy.

O - Overall this is a very solid, nice nutty coffee and chocolate. Very very solid.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch-black with a 2-finger caramel head. The head settles into a nice film before dissipating into a golden ring around the top of the beer. Leaves plenty of splotchy lacing around the glass.

The aroma, my GOD the aroma on this beer. It's wave after wave of rich, roasted coffee beans followed by a river of milk chocolate. Did Willy Wonka open a coffee shop inside his chocolate factory? Because that is what this beer smells like. I also get subtle notes of caramel, vanilla, and the mildest tingle from the alcohol.

The taste starts off with the earthy, roasted coffee beans, followed by loads of vanilla and milk chocolate. There's a slight nuttiness here as well on the finish. Like freshly roasted pecans.

The feel is full bodied with lower carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, giving you only the foggiest idea that there's a high ABV in this beer.

Overall, an incredible double stout with one of the best aromas I've ever smelled in a beer. Everything is just beautifully done and this is a perfect celebration for the 4th anniversary of one of the best breweries in the country. Tree House does stouts just as well as IPA's, believe that.

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Photo of fueelin
4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful! My new favorite version of what is likely my favorite stout and favorite Tree House offering. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip glass on the beer's release day, it impresses from every perspective.

Look: A very, very deep brown - almost black. Produced a surprisingly large head, , medium-dark brown and dissipating in that classic 'dough-like' stout fashion. Beautiful, persistent lacing.

Smell: Arguably my favorite part of this beer (and other Double Shot varieties). Rich, toasty coffee and cacao. Earthier and deeper than other Double Shots I've tried. Have not found a beer whose smell I prefer.

Taste: All of the elements present in the smell - deep, earthy, and toasty coffee and cacao - plus vanilla and the perfect touch of alcohol. Delightful aftertaste that lasts for what feels like hours.

Feel: Pleasingly thick, but perhaps not as chewy as expected given the description. Maybe the one area that could be improved upon, though the feel in the throat contributes significantly to the wonderful aftertaste.

This is a great variation on Double Shot built on a smart bean selection. It is all around denser, deeper, and earthier - particularly in the smell and taste. The feel is indeed thicker than the other Double Shot varieties I've tried but could stand to be even chewier.

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4th Anniversary Double Shot from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 89 ratings