Hold On To Sunshine
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #6
Ranked #217
4.49 | pDev: 6.68%
Apr 16, 2023
Sep 15, 2017
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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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Rated: 4.5 by pveilleux from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2023
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can from Jeff, thanks for the hookup!
Inky black with a huge frothy creamy light tan head that slowly recedes. Rich milk chocolate and creamed coffee with bits of licorice and dark fruits. Pretty nice!
Mar 12, 2023
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 16oz can into pint glass in February 2023, that I purchased at their brewery in Charlton, MA. There is a date of Winter 2023 on the bottom of the can, and I drank this about 1 month after I purchased it.

Appearance: Very dark black with 1-finger head. The head was dark brown, and disappeared after a minute. It left only a little lacing on the glass, and no head remained after a minute.

Smell: Strong mix of aromas filled the room as soon as the can was opened. Roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate aromas. Not much hop style citrus or pine aromas.

Taste: There is taste of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Also, some vanilla, peanut butter, and roasted malt flavors. They are more balanced than I expected from the aroma. Flavors are very bold. There is a strong alcohol presence that matches 7.6% advertised. A sweet chocolate, and vanilla aftertaste with edge of coffee, that is really enjoyable.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with an extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a very good Porter, and one of the best Porters I have ever drank. It has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. The balance of flavors is outstanding. The flavors of coffee and roasted malt nicely balance the bitter coffee with the sweet chocolate and caramel flavors. This is even better than the Tree House Cartharsis Porter, which is very good. This is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I have enjoyed all the beers I've bought at Tree House, and I would buy this again.
Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by CJRubes from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2023
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown with a half finger of audibly fizzy dark khaki head that quickly settles into a lasting crown. No real lacing.

Roast peanuts, peanut butter, roasted malt and quality breakfast blend coffee in the aroma.

The taste spotlights peanut butter, very light chocolate and caramel and some roastiness from the complementary coffee.

Creamy, full bodied feel with a mouth-coating oiliness and light zip to the carbonation.

Peanut beers aren’t my thing, but this is a very nicely made one.
Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 4.81 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by petewheeler from Maryland

Dec 05, 2022
Rated: 4.72 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 14, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 oz can, no date on the bottom

pours an opaque inky black color, thick tan colored head. big chocolate peanut butter aroma. similar taste, like a Reese's peanut butter cup. not really any coffee detected. fairly sweet, definitely a dessert beer. full bodied, slick mouthfeel
Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by cdinardo21 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a nice head. Nice peanut butter backbone running through this, to compliment the overrriding chocolate flavor. Reminds me of an imperfect peanut better cup. Very enjoyable stout.
Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts

Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
6 months old. Can to tumbler.

Look: Pours pitch black with a full but patchy dark brown head that dissipates quickly. A lot of very fine floaters visible.

Smell: Peanut butter and milk chocolate combined with some roasty hints. Almonds and tobacco appear as the beer warms.

Taste: Peanuts, chocolate and coffee. Slightly sweet, somehow roasty and minimally bitter.

Feel: Creamy and oily with a clearly present carbonation. Quite smooth.

Overall: No barrel-aging, no double digit ABV, but still a fantastic stout with a classic flavor combination. All flavors are incorporated very nicely resulting in a great balance and a smooth drinkability. There are plenty of chocolaty peanut butter stouts out there but this is clearly the best one I‘ve had so far.
Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Viscous and oily looking with light brown foam that settles into a thick ring with a few patches of lacing. Chocolate malts, lactose, Cocoa, and a bit of dry roasted peanuts. I’m not a huge fan of lactose in general, but here it does ok. Well carbonated and creamy. Overall really tasty, but not mind blowing in any way. I would definitely buy it regularly if it was available in my area.
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
16 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours pitch black with a surprisingly large mocha head. Good retention. Aroma and flavor feature dark chocolate, creamy peanut butter, dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, vanilla, and some earthy hop presence. This has to be the perfect peanut butter cup beer: not too sweet, real peanut butter flavor, not too strong abv-wise. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and not boozy. Overall it's a shockingly good beer and a real treat to drink.
Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Apr 13, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can received as a gift from a friend. Indicates YEAR THREE on the can with a date of 1/7/22, so this is being consumed at just after 3 months.

Look: Pours out very dark brown almost black with a deep brown colored, frothy head. The head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a thin layer behind. Looks stunning.

Smell: The aroma is wonderful. This smells like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup. Notes of roasted hazelnuts and charcoally coffee also. There's even a subtle green bell pepper and licorice aroma on the finish, which is very interesting for a milk stout.

Taste: Interesting. It is much sweeter than I was expecting. And that's appropriate, because this is a milk stout. I think it's just that from the nose, I expected it to be not as sweet as it is. The mouth mirrors the nose, but perhaps the peanut butter flavor on the palate is much more subtle than in the aroma. Also, a lot of the sweetness is perceived to have an artificial sweetener vibe that is less than ideal for me. The finish is long and has a nice roasty, charcoally chocolate/coffee flavor.

Feel: Mouthfeel is relatively thick. This is smooth and chewy. Carbonation is spot on. Really nice.

Overall: This is my first Tree House beer that was not a New England IPA. This beer reminds me a lot of another peanut butter milk stout that I enjoyed: Gunner's Daughter from Mast Landing. One of the differences is that Gunner's Daughter does not have coffee and that Hold On To Sunshine is higher ABV. Overall, this is a really great coffee milk stout. It was hard to choose between a 4.25 and 4.5 overall; in the end, I gave it a 4.25 because the artificial sweetener taste knocks it down slightly for me.
Apr 08, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Budlum from Maryland

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by not2quick from Missouri

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 3.62 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 3.16 by Piffler from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Strohm from New York

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 ounce can in a tulip stout glass. Exactly 30 days since canned.

Opaque black crude oil color with a near 3f dark tan cap. A ring remains and leaves splashes of lacing. A beauty.

Smoky roasted malt aroma with peanut butter, chocolate, and fresh roasted coffee.

It tastes like a peanut butter, chocolate, and roasted coffee mix over a campfire. Nice.

Palate friendly full body and flavors. No sign of its 7.6% abv. Very rich and roasted.

Before opening, I let this sit for an hour after removing from the fridge. The temperature enhanced its aroma and feel. Rich and creamy peanuts and chocolate. Not built for every day drinking but so good.
Dec 14, 2021
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Rated by French_Brandon from Maine

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Excellent, but Treehouse does offer some slightly better stouts lMO.
Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by smb71481 from Vermont

Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by timmy2b from New York

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by rstump24 from Ohio

Aug 24, 2021
Hold On To Sunshine from Tree House Brewing Company
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