Hold On To Sunshine
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #2
Ranked #167
4.53 | pDev: 6.84%
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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artrocity from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 24, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

The pour is pitch black with a finger of effervescent tan head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a few spots of lace before settling into a thin ring.

The aroma brings a ton of roasted malts and fresh coffee beans, followed by a wave of milk chocolate. The back end brings a subtle peanut butter aroma with the faintest hint of brown sugar and baker's chocolate. Very rich and sweet.

The flavor is just dumb. Peanut butter cups, cocoa, sweet cream, and brown sugar are balanced by a tidal wave of fresh roasted coffee. Is this real life? This is like Double Shot with peanut butter cups. Unreal.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally creamy and smooth with no alcohol presence whatsoever. Soft and fluffy.

Overall, I can only stroke Tree House's wang so much. One of these days I'll have a beer from them that doesn't make my nipples erect, but it is not this day. This is the most flavorful milk stout I've ever had. It's very sweet, but there's so much coffee here to balance out the sweetness. And the peanut butter is present but not aggressively so. Like I said, Double Shot with peanut butter. Absolutely stupid.

Dec 21, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - great label. Vivid imagery of a sunset shining through leafless trees. Pours a dark brown with a rich mocha head, browner than most! Dissipates relatively quickly, yielding way to mesmerizing patterns and movement as the froth gently fades away. Much like staring into a fire.

S - oh that's decadent. Getting some Triple Shot with a brooding dark chocolate and fudge brownie nose. The peanut butter makes it seem even darker and richer and blends beautifully with the espresso. Dark fruits and cherries.

T - the bold coffee/PB mixture is out of control. So many PB beers are a novelty and out of place, but the peanuts on this beer. They bridge the gaps between brown sugar, molasses, chocolate syrup, Starbucks latte, and cacao. The flavor is dark and bold without being bitter like the roastier coffee varieties. Lactose comes in sparingly and tastefully to take the bite out and turns this into full-on devil's food cake. Minimal bitterness and after taste, except for vague hints of Reese's.

F - surprisingly light for what's jam-packed into this one. Elegantly drinkable and treads lightly, careful not to distract from the fireworks of flavor.

O - I never thought I'd say this, but this beer needed peanut butter. TH's other stouts are all amazing, but PB was the missing ingredient to tie it all together. It's not in your face, but is restrained and plays a supporting role to boost the other flavors and provide seamless transitions. Well done.

Sep 16, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for picking me up a can of this. 9/15/17

Pours a dark rich mocha thick almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, lots of layered lacing and decent legs, pitch black beer.

Nose cocoa, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, big peanutbutter, caramel mocha, a little roasted coffee, dulce de leche, caramelized lactose sugar and sweetened condensed milk, cocoa dust and mocha latte, yup

Taste starts sweeter than I expected, fairly sweet, like a sweet stout, nice chewy crunchy peanutbutter, and freshly roasted peanuts, creamy mocha, more frothy milk mocha latte, a little roasted malt and fresh roasted ground coffee, burnt sugars and dulce de leche, and again caramelized lactose sugar sweetened condensed milk thing, a touch of bitterness mostly from roasted malts, candy caramel and chocolate raisin candy thing. Finishes sticky sweet, a bit more lactose sugar and creamy milk lingering, with latte and a little cocoa powder.

Mouth is incredible dense, thick, very creamy and fluffy like nougat, frothed milk, etc, with nice fluffy carb, it's like velour for my mouth.

Overall a really interesting beer, not something I would drink often, but a nice night cap for a cool autumn night, coffee is right on as it's like but there, great use of lactose and candied sugars, caramelized lactose, etc, touch of bitterness, although a bit too sweet and sticky for my tastes in general. Otherwise nice though.

Sep 29, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery today. Glad to finally see them serving peanuts like the old days, even if it's now in the form of a beer.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark dark brown almost black hue with a nice two finger rich dark chocolate coloured head that fades to leave a thin blanket. Not much in the way of lacing though.

S - Aromas of very nice dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate, little bit of coffee, some espresso roast aroma. The peanut notes are huge though. Roasted peanuts, creamy peanut butter. Does have a nice peanut butter cup / peanut butter and chocolate fudge aroma. Really, really rich and decadent. Reminds me a little of what they did at the first big (lower key) Anniversary party with one of the milk stout variants.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of milk chocolate and chocolate syrup notes. Fudge brownies galore. The lactose comes out here nicely. Super creamy. The coffee is on the lighter side, or at the very least it is overpowered by the chocolate and peanuts. The peanuts are super forward here. Might be the most peanut forward flavoured beer I've had. Big peanut butter notes, super rich. The rich peanut butter and chocolate notes definitely taste what you would expect it to taste like. Peanut butter cups. Super decadent. Tastes like you had a glass of rich chocolate milk and blended in some peanut butter. Just a little bit of bitter roast on the finish but the lingering finish is peanuts.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really nice here. Smooth and creamy, almost silky mouthfeel. The addition of peanuts actually gives this a more unctuous mouthfeel than their regular milk stout. Surprised at how much more body that creates.

O - Overall this was a very nice milk stout. The chocolate and coffee notes are par for the course, and the lactose is solid, but it is the peanut butter here that takes this to the next level. There is actually a surprising amount of stouts with peanuts in them if you look hard enough and this one utterly demolishes them all. Glad the peanuts finally made a come back as sitting around by a tiny fire shelling and eating peanuts after picking a record to listen to is a really fond memory of the original Tree House brewery.

Serving Type: Can

Sep 16, 2017
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Andylw1983 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes it's hard to rate milk stouts being they're thinner than an imperial, but this is fantastic. Truly world class. The combination of adjuncts give it an almost maple taste. They work in perfect harmony together. Excellent execution of the style. To give it anything less than a 5 is really splitting hairs.

Sep 24, 2017
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TPIR from Connecticut

4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After drinking this beer I can totally see why Lauren stays married to Nate. To be frank, it's one of the best stouts I have ever tasted, and I've had quite a few of the good ones.

When you open the can you don't need to move it closer to your nose in order to smell everything that this brew has to offer. The smell was deliciously intense and reminded me of toasted marshmallows. The one complaint I had about this beer was that it didn't have the thick mouth feel of a Double Shot, but this is somewhat remedied by an aggressive pour causing a lot of head. The taste is complex, full of chocolate, caramel and peanut, but not off-putting. Oftentimes complex can border on confusing to the palate, but this is not the case with HOTS.

Quite frankly, after having several of the DS variants I became spoiled and was left wanting by some of Tree House's rotational stouts...excellent beers such as TWSS and Single Shot that I kept on wanting more from. HOTS is every bit as much of a beer as DS, and in many ways has more to offer in the variety and complexity of flavors. This is a once in a lifetime beer that you must try at least once in your lifetime.

Sep 16, 2017
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jykleo from New York

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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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joshkeyes from Rhode Island

4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2018
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Michaelpro824 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 21, 2017
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beast464 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 08, 2018
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Jkolls from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 05, 2018
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2018
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yet another epic offering from Tree House. Thick black pour with huge tan head. Nice little ring of foam sticking around well after pour. Nose is quality cold pressed coffee with hint of peanut butter. Taste follows with chocolate and creamy peanut butter up front and high quality coffee. Love the fact that there is just a hint of sweetness, which accents the flavors in the background. Feel - said it before, these guys seem to have the market cornered on velvet smoothness in their brews. Overall A+. This one reminds me of Somewhere, Something... - a ton of taste and character in a non-Imperial. Would love to see Nate and the crew dedicate more barrel space to their stouts so that we could see gems like this in greater quantity.

So hard to get TH stouts south of the Mason-Dixon - mad props to lunchboxhead who surprised me by including one of these in our annual holiday beer swap.

Dec 24, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 01, 2018
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LeeeMare from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Apr 18, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Nov 05, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Feb 25, 2019
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 13, 2019
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doctorgary from New York

4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 28, 2020
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -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!

Sep 27, 2018
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Lunchboxhead from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 14, 2018
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eddiefl from New York

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 03, 2019
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Tarps68 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 11, 2020
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joemochas from Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 15, 2019
Hold On To Sunshine from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 538 ratings