Hold On To Sunshine
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #2
Ranked #178
4.52 | pDev: 6.64%
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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loudmacleod from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet and smooth. Dark pour. Loads of fresh-roast coffee on the nose. Dark chocolate on the tongue. An amazing beer!

Can / Nonic pint glass / No food pairing

Saturday at 02:06 AM
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, pretty viscous, decent mocha head that slowly fades. Huge peanut butter aroma mixes with minimal chocolate. Very nice peanut flavor, light chocolate, espresso rounds off the finish with a light bitterness. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a very tasty imperial pastry stout, love the low 7.6 ABV.

16 oz can dated 3/19/21
4.5 rating

May 09, 2021
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Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep onyx. Nice peanut butter aroma. Taste of perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. One doesn’t overpower the other. Smooth palate coating mouthfeel. Definite winner from Treehouse. The 7.6% abv a bonus.

May 08, 2021
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black. Aroma is predominantly roasted peanut butter along with chocolate and coffee. Taste is combination of the aroma but the chocolate is the more dominant taste with the roasted peanut butter was close second. Mouthfeel was light, smooth & creamy. Exceptional stout.

Apr 09, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black. Medium brown head. 4.5
Aroma is coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, whipped cream. 4.25
Taste is chocolate, coffee, peanuts. 4.5
Feel is light bodied. Light carbonation. Semi dry finish. 4.5
Overall- excellent. 4.5

Mar 30, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House snifter glass; canned on 11/20/20, code I'M FEELING HOTS HOTS,HOTS.
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a less than one finger, light brown head, low retention, and sudsy lacing.
S: Aromas of chocolate malted, cherry, plum peel, peanut, and ?maple.
T: Very sweet with lactose flavor unquestionably an element. Flavors largely reflective of the nose; somewhere between a Hershey's® bar and chocolate soda with a brief pit stop at pure cane sugar. Bitterness sufficient to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying. Nutty, but no hint of coffee on the nose or palate.
M: Full bodied with moderate effervescence. Rich and tangy.
O: Full disclosure, I am a dry stout enthusiast and milk stouts are not typically my favorites, but I could see this being served in lieu of dessert.

Mar 13, 2021
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like it as a PB stout...definitely one of the better tasting substyle of milk/sweet stout. As a milk/sweet stout it does a good job as well. It's hard not to just C+P my review of Gunner's Daughter here because I think the two beers are that similar except for a couple alcohol percentage points and slightly thicker feel from HOTS.

A: Dark wood, burnt walnut...charcoal. Moderate-deep khaki foamline head. Very fizzy for a stout with lactose.

S: Earth, peanut shells, black dirt, fruity coffee, English toffee.

M: Sweet and sticky with a slight drying edge.

T: Like eating a full Reese's cup after taking a shot of espresso, which i just did for comparison purposes. Overall, the chocolate is more enduring than chocolate. Red berry chocolate fruitiness counterbalances the earthy peanut. Dryness of the short espresso.

O: It's a good beer, but ranks behind pretty much every other stout I've had from TH. It's one of those beers that if I had access to routinely NBD, but not necessarily worth a repeat trip. Especially since Gunner's Daughter is such a good comp minus some sticky mouthfeel.

Feb 01, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, and some caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, peanut butter, coffee, and cocoa. Picks up some dark chocolate and caramel. Sweet but not overly so. Finishes with lingering peanut butter, roast, and cocoa

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good coffee and peanut butter milk stout that fires on all levels. Perfect balance between all of those aspects which makes it super easy to drink, especially at 7.6%. Definitely worth checking out

Jan 27, 2021
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Beer_Maineiac from Maine

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 9/16/20, poured into a snifter glass. Mocha color, attractive head that quickly dissipated, leaving lots of lacing. Chocolate, peanut butter, coffee smell. Tastes like a Reese’s peanut butter cup dunked in coffee. Nice, lingering finish with carbonation. Not overly sweet. Nicely done. Would buy this again.

Sep 29, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.84/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can (packaged 6/25/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with 1/4 inch of brown head that dissipated almost immediately and left no lacing.

Large coffee at the front of the nose, with a bit of underlying sweetness. A hint of peanut was also present.

Same on the tongue, with the coffee being really powerful.

The body was a bit light for a stout, but was smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was OK, would have been better with less (or no) coffee.

Overall, a well-made brew, but not one that was particularly enjoyable for me. YMMV.

Sep 27, 2020
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

We opened this can last night, with temps in the 60s, the kids tending to the fire pit, and the air crisp. We threw around some slices with IPAs earlier, then settled next to the fire to roast marshmallows and sip this stout. It poured a dark wood charcoal color, with hints of amber around the edges. The head made a brief presence then ebbed away. The aroma wafts out of the tulip glass with delectable coffee and chocolate notes; “pass just the marshmallows please, I have all the chocolate I need.” The stout swirls deliciously and the milky sweetness combines with the carbonation to give it an ice cream float profile to the taste. When treehouse says coffee, they mean it! What a treat!

Sep 12, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A dark brown to black with a reddish hint at the fringe. A near equally dark half finger of fizzy head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace.

S: Primarily fudge but some earthy roasted peanuts in there and a dark fruit tart note.

T: Follows the nose. Mostly fudgy but the tartness, while I expect it is coffee, is coming off as dark cherries in the way you pick this up in a Belgian Dark Ale OT black ale. A little more Eastern European and not my thing. Very sweet - nearly cloyingly and not balanced by enough bitterness.

F: Syrupy and a touch oily, with a heavy medium weight. Could use more carbonation. Still inline with many of the same style.

O: Personally shocked that this is ranked #2, with all the other amazing milk stouts that Tree House has made, I would put several others at that ranking over this.
That said Tree House is the king of the style!

Aug 22, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - The beer poured a murky deep black color with a dark tan head.

Smell - The beer smelled like peanuts covered in dark chocolate. The chocolate largely dominated.

Taste - So I was not really in the mood to risk anaphylactic shock tonight, so I deferred. The chocolate profile was very smooth with roasted peanuts. The profile did not lend it self to peanut butter. The aftertaste was very sweet, clearly signifying that this is a desert stout.

Mouthfeel - The field was smooth and silky, almost to the point of being velvety.

Overall - Still, there was some thing about this one that I could not enjoy. Namely, a food allergy and the cost of an EpiPen kept me from enjoying it.

Aug 09, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/28/18, “Love is all you need stamped on the bottom of the can

Taking a break from the hoppy Tree House beers, we have the second highest rated milk stout. I should note that this is not from the mixed pack I got last week, but it was chilling in the back of my friend’s fridge and she said I could have it lol. Not sure how it held up over the course of a year and a half but we’ll see

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of espresso colored head that fades to a cap quickly and leaves nice lacing

Huge aromas of dark roast coffee, dates, chocolate malts, and lightly roasted peanuts. A nice combination of smells here

The beginning of the sip is surprisingly light with mild coffee and char. The finish brings more roasty creamy peanut butter and dark fruits. Not as good as the aroma suggested but still quite sweet

A medium to full body with almost no carbonation, this drinks smooth and finishes sticky. No alcohol heat from the 7.6%

So this was good, but it could be better. To be fair, this is a milk stout approaching 2 years of age, so I’ll take what I can get

Jul 23, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is chocolate, cream, lactose, and cold brew coffee. Some cocoa powder and peanut butter ashiness in the back. Nice. Actually more subtle than I thought it would be. Beer opens chocolate, mocha, and lactose. Super creamy. Peanut butter shows up in the middle complemented by coffee and a very light, roasty tartness. Finishes more roasted malt, chocolate and fudge with a lactose, milk, and vanilla finish. Body is medium with low carbonation. Slick and soft on the palate and goes down silky smooth and rich. Sticky, lingering aftertaste. Shockingly drinkable.

This one's quite nice. Peanut butter could be a touch more pronounced but this is the prototypical Tree House milk stout.

Jul 17, 2020
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glorious! This hits every sense in a magical delightful dance. Smell of salted roasted peanuts. Sip the chocolate and I feel home.
It is as if you were trapped in a world of pb cups, yet better

Jul 10, 2020
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Smokee from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as any stout I can remember. Mocha head with tight bubbles. Slightly metallic smell, not much else. Mouthfeel is fantastic, tastes coffee, toffee, peanut butter. Very, very good.

Jul 01, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (EDIT: although a recent batch from 9/16/20 was much less carbonated). 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.

May 11, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -15%
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.

Feb 18, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Feb 16, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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

Nov 29, 2019
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: pitch black with tiny mocha head

smell: authentic peanut butter and chocolate

taste: follows the smell, a little hint of boozy tho

feel: heavy, creamy, cloying, full body, the finish is a little too sweet

overall: I think this is below the average of treehouse stout (but still better than most of other stouts)

Nov 27, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Oct 18, 2019
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jykleo from New York

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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%

Sep 22, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Sep 22, 2019
Hold On To Sunshine from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 573 ratings