Double Shot - Batch 500
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
American Stout
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 6.49%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
122
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  35
Gots
  15
SCORE
100
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Double Shot - Batch 500Double Shot - Batch 500
Notes: This batch of Double Shot was crated in commemoration of the 500th brew on our 30 BBL Brewhouse in Monson. It was brewed not only to mark this celebratory occasion, but with character of the current season in mind. Incorporating a blend of our favorite Indonesian and Colombian coffees, Batch 500 pours pitch black and decadently in the glass, emanating flavors and aromas of milk chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee mousse. It is wonderful and rich; perfect to enjoy as a digestive after a big holiday dinner. It is, in our opinion, an example of what is possible with careful selection of ingredients paired with focused brewing execution. Please enjoy this bottle fresh and use it as an opportunity to reflect on your own cherished moments.
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Photo of fireazzi
4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark pour, thick look, good viscosity

Smells like chocolate, little coffee hint.

Taste: Super coffee forward, coffee is strong and tasty.

Feels very nice and silky.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: dark oily black with a thick creamy khaki head
Smell: molasses, milk chocolates fallowed by an orgy of coffee and malt
Taste: just straight off the top coffee, than more coffee and malt fallowed by Carmel, mocha and molasses. Ends with more coffee and slight vanilla and carnal undertones
Feel: medium body and carbination, insanely smooth and drinkable for its abv
Overall: this is a coffee lovers paradise, super smooth and easy to drink with so many flavors, honestly amazing

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tracked on of these down and although it was very good it isn't really much different then standard Double Shot. More of a Roasted malt aroma and taste than regular DS.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Coffee mousse, great mouthfeel, roasty and well-balanced. One of the best non-BA stouts I have had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straight tobacco nose. Like chewing tobacco/dip. Unmistakable. Taste is more balanced. Dark roast. Light body. Nose detracts from a relatively balanced beer. Not enough malt sweetness to balance the dark bitter roast which turns tobacco forward.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick black color with a thin tan black head. Smells of sweet coffee--great balance between the two coffee blend. Very balanced with the stout taste. Velvety creamy smooth mouthfeel. Easily, one of the best coffee stouts I have had. Definitely worth tracking down.

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Photo of jtb0608
4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick black beer with a nitro like head. Coffee smell predominates. Has a almost sweet milk stout like taste with a balanced cofffee finish. Wonderful with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.

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

Wow. Pours a thick black color with a thin tan black head. Smells of sweet coffee. Nice coffee taste but very balanced with the stout taste. Velvety creamy smooth mouthfeel. One of the best coffee stouts I have had. Definitely top 250 worthy.

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Photo of vziznznzyz
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great smell. The Indonesian coffee very prominent. This beer is just simply amazing.

Aroma very prominent coffee
Wish i had another bottle. Definitely the best treehouse beer to date.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Almost God tier with this batch.

Double Shot is incredible. That being said this gave off a slight cherry nod as it got warmer. Insanely good and a must seek out if you can.

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Photo of eppie82
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From notes:

Deep black-dark brown appearance with a descent size foam head upon pour. Delightful medium coffee roast aromas (not burn dark roast like many stouts out there). The taste follows that medium roast and adds flavors of chocolate and vanilla to it. Creamy, full mouthfeel that gives you the impression of drinking tasty coffee.

One of the best, if not the very best, non-BA coffee stout.

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

L: Jet black with a healthy sandy head
S: Mocha, dark chocolate, and molasses
T: Very coffee-forward, but balanced by delicious milk chocolate, cocoa, and dark fruits
F: Medium bodied bordering on thick
O: Incredible Double Shot variant - this one was incredibly well done and a coffee lover's dream. Not quite on par with Triple Shot, but this was one of the best Double Shot variants I've had to date. Awesome.

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Photo of avas
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with about two and a half fingers of creamy, fluffy, mocha-cream / brown sugar head that sticks around seemingly endlessly and leaves the most gorgeous strings of lacing on the glass. This one looks thick and heavy in the glass, without an inkling of transparency.

S: Wow, as soon as you open the bottle, the aromatics of this beer filled the air. It's a delicious blend of baker's chocolate, dark roast coffee, molasses, and some dark fruits--raisin, fig, cherry for sure. It doesn't smell overly sweet or roasty--just like a harmonious symphony of all the notes you'd expect. Nothing truly stands above the rest, but it smells absolutely freakin' amazing.

T: Straight coffee mousse. Tree House's tasting notes are spot on here... Up front, I get tons of sweet, milk chocolate and a nice dark fruity note (think: cherry, maybe fig?). Very quickly, the fruit note is overwhelmed by caramel, dark roast coffee, and a darker chocolate note, which takes on a syrupy character by the finish and leaves you with an aftertaste not unlike that which you'd get after taking a bit of chocolate souffle--and washing it down with a little sip of bitter espresso, of course.

M: Unreal. This is one of the thickest stouts I've tasted and by far the creamiest, softest, most mouth-coating as well. It feels viscous and heavy on the tongue, but--via perfect carbonation--maintains a drinkability that is unlike any I've experienced on such an assertive stout. It's definitely a sweet beer, but that sweet chocolatey character is balanced by a medium espresso-like bitterness (from the hops?) on the backend and a drying booziness that really warms the throat (which is a good thing, considering it's below zero with the wind chill in NYC today...).

O: Holy crap, this is a delicious beer. As with all Tree House beers (stouts, IPAs, and beyond), the mouthfeel is what really blows me away here. This feels as thick and sludgy as any imperial stout I've had (admittedly, nothing about 13% just yet). It packs a density of flavor that is insane for the ABV, but it does so without managing to be cloyingly sweet, overly roasty, or acridly bitter. There's so much chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, espresso, and roasted malt in this, but no single note overwhelms the others. For that reason, it's dangerously easy to drink the bottle by yourself ;)

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Photo of GJKerr
4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one hell of a beer. Absolutely one of the best coffee stouts I've tried. Comes out of gate smooth and rich and continues that way throughout - a real depth of coffee and chocolate flavour. I really lucked out having a bottle of this brought to me from a friend's travels.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Didn't even realize this was a special batch until I got home and saw the fancy silver label! A full percent more alcohol too? Yes please.

L - one of the most robust and downright decadent-looking beers I've ever poured. Thick, syrupy motor oil as it's draining out of the bottle and settling pitch black. But the head... far and away the best part about how it looks. I've never seen this before: there are two layers of head! The bottom is coursely bubbled and a dark chocolatey mocha color. But there's a thin layer on top that's bone white with real fine bubbles. Almost like a whipped cream topping! They stay separated for a surprisingly long time before blending together for an iced coffee two creams two sugars tan. Beautiful lacing is almost painted on the glass. Shit that's amazing.

S - German chocolate cake and fudge brownies. Bittersweet dark chocolate with a strong cacao presence. Molasses and brown sugar.

T - wew boy, now that's booze! Cleans the sinuses right out, clearing a path for gushing flavor of roasty black coffee, espresso, and chocolate syrup. There are some dark fruits in there, but heavily candied. Cherries, earthy figs, and raisins. But this all takes a back seat to the overwhelmingly decadent dessert flavors. Fresh minty licorice, cereal grains, and holiday spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg.

F - not too heavy as the look and taste would suggest, but goddamn is it smooth. Like bedding a cloud. Liquified my mind-blowingly luxurious cat and injected it straight into this beer. The way this beer tantalizingly hovers on my tongue and glides sensually in between my teeth and down my throat... I'll be in my bunk.

O - probably the best Double Shot variation yet. 4th anniversary was fantastic, but this has more pizazz. The extra ABV does it good. Robust in all the right places!

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

L - The Treehouse Double Shot Batch 500 pours into a chalice with a black coffee appearance, 2 1/2 inch gray/tan head.

S - Roasted, toasted malts. Espresso!

T - Robust. Immediately delicious roasted malts, licorice; followed by rich espresso flavors and lastly a hint of some hop tang.

F - The body/texture of this brew is full, with ample effervescence.

O - Absolutely delicious, big brew. This is a limited edition batch and it is worth pursuing...you won't regret hunting it down. You're guaranteed to enjoy the experience.

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Photo of Ryanthebear
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured inky black with a rich clingy chocolate brown head into a chalice. Tons of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt in the aroma. Taste is sweet with plenty of licorice and fleeting coffee bitterness that gets pushed aside by the malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel was pleasantly refreshing and, along with no trace of the 8.6 abv, made this a surprisingly drinkable beer. Overall, it is fantastic. It is one of the better stouts I have ever had. The only thing I would even come close to considering a weakness of this beer is that a tiny bit more bitterness could have helped balance out the sweetness. But again, this is still easily in my top 5 all time favorite stouts. No surprise from Tree House. They keep producing liquid gold.

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Photo of Greenusc2215
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think everyone else here has put a good feel out for just how great this beer is. At first the initial sip you're like ok... and then it explodes with flavor and takes you on a trip every time you put this godly nectar to your mouth.
It's as if the great stout god said put that barrel aged crap (it's not crap btw I love it) and enjoy a straight stout that hasn't had to be aged and blended for once. Tree house really delivered here on this one.

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Photo of dVinci
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-Disclaimer, I haven't had any other double shot so I can't compare how this was different to the other batches.

I was in line the day they were selling this and missed out on the bottles. However, I stuck around and got a full pour of it and oh my god it was amazing. Unlike any beer I have ever had. The explosion of coffee and chocolate with subtle hints of cherry were out of this world. Unbelievable beer and unbelievably smooth. Tree House has it it out of the part again with this one!

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Photo of jcflorian
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 4th different Double Shot I have tasted. I think this is my favorite of the ones I have had.

I recommend drinking fresh as well if you want to enjoy the tremendous coffee flavor.

Another great beer from the best brewery in the USA.

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Photo of beaver69693
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass:

L: Pours a thick black into the glass with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates leaving a mocha colored ring of lacing behind that never fades.

A: Dark Cherries hit the nose right out of the bottle that seem to ease as the beer warms. Coffee is dominate throughout with notes of oak and dark chocolate.

T: Ripened dark cherries and milk chocolate to start with the cherries fading as you progress through the drink. Coffee flavor explodes on the finish with a touch of cinnamon.

F: Chewy and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to give it a smooth, velvety finish.

O: Just as the bottle suggest, perfect as an after dinner drink. This is my first offering of a non-IPA from Treehouse and I must say that they just do everything right no matter what they are making. Cheers!!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle.

The pour is pitch black, with about a finger of caramel head. The head settles into a thin film that rests atop the beer, leaving a beautiful golden ring of lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is absolutely incredible. There are waves of baker's chocolate, chocolate milk, and dark chocolate. Then comes the freshly roasted coffee beans. Finishes with some faint molasses and a subtle kiss of cinnamon.

The taste starts sweet, with an atomic amount of milk chocolate, followed by some fig and dark cherries. The middle offers a touch of caramel before the explosion of dark roast coffee. Like the aroma, the flavor finishes with a faint hint of cinnamon spice.

The feel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden but still warms the tongue after each sip.

Overall, I mean really. When you not only take IPA's to the next level but take every other style there as well, you know you are doing something right. Tree House continues to amaze with everything they do. This batch takes the original Double Shot, which is already a world-class stout, and makes it more decadent, more full, adding more chocolate and letting the coffee sit in the passenger seat for a while. It's like drinking a meal in a glass. This is a beautiful beer that I will take my sweet ass time enjoying.

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Double Shot - Batch 500 from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 122 ratings