Hold On To Sunshine
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #2
Ranked #156
4.54 | pDev: 6.39%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Hold On To Sunshine is a rich and delicious stout intended to be savored and enjoyed as we enter the cool Autumn months here in New England. Brewed with Pale and Chocolate malts, Lactose, Coffee, Cacao, and Peanut Butter, it exhibits notes of rich milk chocolate, dark brown sugar, creamy espresso, and chocolate covered peanut butter cups. A luxurious mouthfeel and creamy body contribute to a beer that feels much bigger than it is - a decadent treat and one that won't overwhelm you with heaviness, yet is loaded with delicious bold flavors that express themselves as it warms. Life can come at us fast and hit us with unexpected hardship, inducing stress, fear, anger, confusion, sadness, and uncertainty. But together we must find solace and comfort in each other, and in something wonderful, equal, and free for everyone to hold on to - Sunshine. For Lauren.
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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty stout! There's a hint of peanut butter here, but coffee is still the dominant smell/flavor. It's got a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, and I liked the mouthfeel, which was rich and creamy but not over-heavy and syrupy. I also liked the abundance of dark brown foam on this beer. I think I like the Double Shot/Triple Shot varieties better than this, and I liked Fleeting Moment better too, but this was another very enjoyable stout from Tree House.

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3.84/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/22/20

Pours an oily, jet-black capped with ~¾ finger of fizzy khaki-mocha foam retreating from the center outward almost immediately to a consistent foamy collar, sporadic spatter of tight lacing, and an uncapped surface with a persistent effervescence.

Aroma shows a heavy hit of creamy lactose opening into a peanut butter tone equal parts roasty and creamy, as well as vanilla and a light espresso backing; milk chocolate quickly grains a prominence firmly in the background as a bit of roast engages mildly over time.

Taste brings espresso and lactose at the forefront, with a very passive peanut butter nuttiness barely perceptible in the background; dry cocoa and Swiss Miss shine on the mid-palate, while an aged lactose-espresso lingering persists though the semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel offers a slick medium-heavy body with a delicate fizzy carbonation spread along the palate; oily and increasingly sticky, but more subtly so against a steadily encroaching dry roastiness into the finish.

A promising harmony ot peanut butter and espresso upfront fades rather quickly to a more mundane, though competently done, sweet stout profile; the depth is there, but the notes remain muddled and the promised peanut butter an afterthought. Still, the late integration of roastier times leaves this a relatively satisfying, if not top-tier, take on the style.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Feb 18, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a big, bubbly mohagony colored head, collapsing to a thick ring of lacing.

The smell of roasted coffee defines the nose on this, gently enhanced by lighter notes of milk chocolate and earthy peanut butter.

Drinks incredibly smooth with a huge creaminess to it, with a medium body which sermingly appears to be heavier, due to the great mouthfeel in this.

Taste is of chocolate covered peanut butter, which then gets overruled by bakers chocolate, melted toffee and roasted, almost bitter coffee. Continues to get sweeter then with maple syrup and caramel, still playfully balanced by the roasted coffee and a note of licorice. Finishes creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to create a lighter refreshment, coating up maintaining maple syrup, toffee and chocolatey coffee beans.

This is a nice, well balanced sweeter porter with a very well working roasty, coffee driven edge to it.

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aleigator from Germany, Feb 16, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: silky jet black color, no light penetrates. looks like motor oil. thin tan film is all i'm getting in way of a head

s: coffee beans, freshly round coffee, and roasted malts upfront. dark molasses, cola, vanilla, lactose, marshmellow, and peanut butter cup behind that. chocolate syrup and more coffee with vanilla ice cream to close this out

t: taste follows the nose pretty well. sweet caramel malt, roasted malts, brown sugar, and chocolate syrup upfront. smooth peanut butter (not overpowering at all), lactose sweetness, and some charred oak behind that. freshly ground coffee, and a touch of bitter coffee behind that. sweet cola syrup and milk chocolate close this out

m: heavy, sticky sweet mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: dessert in a glass here, however it doesn't taste too heavy of adjuncts. it's sweet, but has some balance brought to it by the coffee. the peanut butter is subtle, and lends a nice accent. real nice sipper dessert beer right here

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Nov 29, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Acquired at the brewery 9/25/19. Canned 9/18. Interesting can art of a bright space shining among surrounding darkness.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Opaque black with a finger thick tan head which receded to wisps of surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Peanut butter.

t; Mainly dark chocolate with light notes of peanut butter and mild bitterness. Sweet finish with lingering bitterness.

m; Medium, good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o; Different and easy drinking stout, rather more porter than stout heft, peanut butter addition clashes somewhat with the base stout malt, but lets the chocolate dominate along with the peanut butter, which remains pleasantly muted but present.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Oct 18, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/18. Poured to Glass on 10/12.
A: Very Dark Brown/black with thin clouds.
S: Coffee, Chocolate,
T: Same with aromas. Coffee+Chocolate+slightly strong sweet milk+
M:Slightly sticky and sweetness is stronger than others.
O: Prefer a little bit less sweet side personally. Light Carbo.
ABV: 7.6%

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jykleo from New York, Sep 22, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 9.12.19, opened 9.21.19

“Find a little space, so he move in between”

Poured into a nonic, jet black liquid, three finger , dense , creamy taupe foam cap, some lacings

Aroma is peanut butter, coffee, milk chocolate, whiff of roast malts

Taste is peanut butter, coffee, milk chocolate, brown sugar, hint of char

Sweet, no sudsing, cocoa lingers , roast malts linger, silky smooth

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Sep 22, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Black body. Smells of coffee, chocolate, a little lactose, and light roasted malts. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, lactose, and a roasty finish. I don't get any peanut butter, which I didn't know was in it until reading the description. Medium heavy. Wouldn't want to drink a lot of this.

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4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger hazelnut head rapidly fades down into a cola-black body.

S - coffee, caramel, peanut butter, milk chocolate. Yum.

T - tons of chocolate-dipped peanut butter. Some coffee, caramel. Slightly acidic finish. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - really does taste like Reese’s pb cups.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Apr 20, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Very similar to other TH stout. Cocoa powder, chocolate, Hershey’s syrup, and this one has some peanut butter showing.

Full bodied. Syrupy thick. On point with the others.

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mothman from Minnesota, Apr 13, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark almost black in the glass with a thick frothy head, taste is coffee, chocolate, cocoa, creamy mouthfeel, one of the better stouts I've had.

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AstroT from Massachusetts, Mar 12, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.56?! C'mon? This is a fantastic beer and I realize treehouse has the ability to unite the Kurds and the Shiites at an open bar Jewish wedding but relax. I've had better. Not a ton, but I've had better.

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AGust82 from Connecticut, Mar 09, 2019
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4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted from can. Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma of chocolate peanuts coffee and caramel. Moderately sweet with a nice bitter backbone. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, peanut butter cups, molasses, caramel. An awesome milk stout. May be my all time favorite.

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3.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stark syrupy black with a tall, frothy milk chocolate colored foam that slowly settles, clinging in tall ridges.

Smell has a touch of peanut with dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate--it's not all that complex and seems more like an old school stout from here.

Taste has minimal peanut butter, and is more coffee forward, with acidity, but also some sweet cocoa liqueur. The dark roast itself is nutty, but moreso from the malt as it's not really giving any sort of peanut butter character.

The smooth, soft frothy medium body finishes semi-dry with a light alcohol sting.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Feb 25, 2019
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4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic Milk Stout, my favorite canned Stout from Treehouse. Nice thick coating mouthfeel with loads of flavor. Slightly sweet but overly so, just right. Great job here.

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njcraftguy from New Jersey, Feb 19, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very subtle peanut butter which is fine by me as I’m not a peanut butter stout fan usually. Sweet like a milk stout but not overly so. There’s a touch more carbonation than I usually expect from a stout, but I like that as well. So much flavor for 7.6%abv. Glad to have tried it! Will pick it up again if given the chance.

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Jan 23, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hold on to Sunshine is quite deliciously chocolate-y - rich. There's also a very nice, light peanut butter presence.

As peanut butter often does not finish very clean, Hold on is something of an exception - the finish actually is clean. While the beer isn't exactly heavy duty - it's no barrel-aged stout - it's definitely not sessionable. As rich as it is, and given the ABV, I feel like Hold on would exhaust the palate - and get you just a bit drunk.

Great beer, regardless.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Jan 03, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really good stout. This batch has more peanut butter present than the last which is very nice. Don’t get too much of it on the nose but the taste is there for sure. “All that is” was a little thin to me but this one is thick and coats your mouth. Love it.

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4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass via can

Color is a deep mocha brown

Smell is roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate with a tad of toffee

Taste is sweet creamy coffee with the milk chocolate to take the edge off, a dash of vanilla and caramel

Low carbonation

Mouthfeel is full and creamy..rich and fudgy

An exceptional stout

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Jlabs from New York, Dec 16, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Smaller dark brown head.

Smells like coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Delicious coffee flavor with chocolate on the back end

Great smooth mouth feel, I wish it had a little less carbonation.

Very balanced, I'm glad it wasn't just a coffee bomb.

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Thundermuscle78 from Massachusetts, Nov 25, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into my snifter. Beer is part of a trade with @oldlady, thanks man!
The beer pours a dark cola brown color with no light passing through my glass. A creamy tan head of 1cm foams up on the pour and fades to a wispy surface layer with thin lacing on the edge and after each sip.
The aroma is sweet chocolate, biscuity cracker grain notes, peanut husk and shell aromas and a little bit of coffee ground and roasted scents buried in the nose. As expected for this brew, I think I would put gunners Daughter a little favorable for the nose, but this is definitely an appealing one.
First sip reveals a smooth silky texture with very fine and tingly carbonation. Nice physical traits on this one.
Flavor is what the nose advertises with lots of malt profile. Some milk chocolate, roasted notes and coffee grounds mixing with some sweet brown sugar and peanut butter hit here. I dont get any hop presence and find that the booze is well hidden too. This is a sweet malt lovers beer and ya gotta like peanut butter too. Im a fine and would buy this one again, but I dont think I would drink more than one at a sitting. Another nice stout from TH.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Nov 19, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up two cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton last Saturday. My 23rd brew reviewed from these guys. Canned-on date of 11/2/18. Enjoy, but rarely drink stout, always enjoy peanut butter. This smells and tastes delicious, nice to see an IPA factory can put out great brews from other styles.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Nov 09, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is decadent milk chocolate, caramel, and slight taste of peanut butter at the finish. Silky, medium bodied, sweet, roasty, with low carbonation. Maybe my favorite stout/dark beer from Tree House. The body is amazing--the best body I have had on a stout in some time. Super tasty dessert style beer. Need to get more of this.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Nov 05, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nose is dark and milk chocolate with a hint of peanut butter. Creamy, decadent. A liquified peanut butter cup with a shot of black coffee, in all the best ways. Long, delicious finish.

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FlintB from Michigan, Oct 16, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/2017 - incredible nose of peanut butter, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate; flavors are akin, with more roast and a touch of bitterness coming out; the body is sadly thin - like TWSS. Yum still!

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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts, Sep 27, 2018
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