Hold On To Sunshine
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #4
Ranked #208
4.5 | pDev: 6.89%
May 09, 2022
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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Photo of NCSapiens
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

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
Photo of Lucular
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Lucular from Maryland

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
4.46 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2022
4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Apr 13, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

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
4.5 by Budlum from Maryland on Mar 12, 2022
4.75 by akopczyk from Ohio on Feb 16, 2022
4.42 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2022
4.46 by not2quick from Missouri on Feb 12, 2022
4.37 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2022
3.62 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Jan 04, 2022
3.16 by Piffler from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Dec 28, 2021
4.37 by Strohm from New York on Dec 26, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

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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4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by French_Brandon from Maine

Excellent, but Treehouse does offer some slightly better stouts lMO.

Nov 25, 2021
4.5 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Nov 06, 2021
3.84 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2021
4.5 by shelby415 from Oregon on Oct 09, 2021
4.53 by smb71481 from Vermont on Sep 20, 2021
4.03 by timmy2b from New York on Sep 05, 2021
4.25 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2021
4.75 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
4.43 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2021
4.38 by mdfb79 from New York on Jul 22, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BigIronH from Michigan

A very rich beer. Pours black as motor oil, about the same consistency as well. A finger of dark brown head reducing to a ring of bubbles, leaving no lacing. Nose is peanut butter, chocolate, roasted coffee and molasses. Taste follows suit with peanut butter upfront and the rest taking a back seat. Very decadent beer but not overwhelming. Feel is full, creamy, and thick. I liked it and would drink more.

Jul 18, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of yllib.

Jun 30, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.62 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Jun 19, 2021
4.25 by Jmalo from Ohio on Jun 17, 2021
4.25 by akk14 from Illinois on May 23, 2021
Photo of loudmacleod
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by loudmacleod from Ohio

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

May 15, 2021
4.33 by shehateme from Massachusetts on May 12, 2021
Photo of Tony210
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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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4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

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
4.7 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mlatvakokko from Massachusetts

Ok, a great beer, jus not a stout fan.

Apr 20, 2021
4.49 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2021
4.14 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2021
4.85 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2021
Hold On To Sunshine from Tree House Brewing Company
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