Somewhere, Something Incredible Is Waiting To Be Known
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #4
Ranked #201
4.52 | pDev: 5.97%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: This new American stout is intended to complement the character of the season and the Thanksgiving tradition. Brewed with pale, caramel, and roasted malts and conditioned with a blend of chocolate, vanilla, and our favorite freshly roasted coffee, Somewhere pours a luscious pitch black in the glass with a dense mocha head. We taste and smell complex notes of swiss chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate chocolate chip cookies. A rich body and a gentle carbonation contribute to a beer that is the ideal holiday digestive. We hope this beer can serve as a lubricant to reflect and give thanks during this special time of year. Enjoy.
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


can to tumbler; share complements of DC.

Big thick black. Beautiful tan head. Excellent retention.

A lot of Maple. Brown sugar, light roasts.

Caramel. Fudge. Very sweet, even a little too much, but super tasty.

FEEL: excellent carbonation for such a thick beer.
Really nice.


Jun 04, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

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

S: Roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark and milk chocolate, and a touch of caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Picks up the dark chocolate followed by some milk chocolate sweetness. Caramel follows soon after. Finishes with lingering roast and coffee

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A very good coffee stout that hits the vanilla nicely as well. Makes for a great sipper. Definitely worth checking out

May 19, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 12/12/20.

Pours oily black with a dense brown head that struggled to surface. Minimal retention or lacing. Chocolate fudge with espresso and brownie bits in the nose. Full bodied with a crushed velvet mouthfeel. Chocolate cake batter with espresso beans on the palate. Finishes sweet and chocolaty with a light roast and fudge bits.

Dec 20, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy pours a black brew into a tulip glass. The cocoa dark brown head shoots up quickly to an inch high with a decadent foamy consistency and pretty good retention. Small sheets of lacing from a tiny ring at the edges.

S- Hershey's chocolate, mocha, lactose sweetness and roast grains are massive in the aroma and this one finds a nice balance between the dessert and the base stout beer. In the end things come down to the great combo of espresso coffee and milk chocolate, a classic combo that isn't always easy to pull off beer. This comes off as fresh mocha with no coffee ground hints. Caramel and vanilla round it all out.

T- Not quite as sharp as the aroma as the sweetness comes down a bit harder on the palate really pushing that Herhey's milk chocolate feel even further but still well executed. Caramel, molasses, lactose and fudge sweets open things up for rich espresso notes, slight dark fruits, charred bitter roast barley, toasted nuts, vanilla and marshmallow. Again, lands with a very gripping sweetness and it overshadows a lot of the other flavors compared to the harmony of the aroma.

MF- Luscious and wonderfully soft on the palate. The beer is very, very thick but the texture is chewy and downright creamy and oh so smooth. Carbonation is at a medium level and roasty bitterness lingers in the finish.

A very nice aroma of mocha and vanilla leads into a taste that approaches too sweet but thankfully never goes over that threshold. Enjoyed more than some of the other holiday time stouts from Tree House as the chocolate is held in check here and overall it finds a pretty nice balance.

Feb 03, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a teku

Review #1850

Fuller bodied, near pitch black appearance. The oily looking liquid was topped by a frothy, finger-tall, saddle brown head that fizzled away fairly quickly. A thin collar capped the beer.

Really solid aroma. In typical Tree House milk stout fashion, dry, flinty, roasted malts melded nicely with rich mocha notes. Darker roast coffee came to mind. Some powdered cocoa too. Moderately sweet. As the beer sat, the aroma intensified, and the chocolate took on a Hershey’s syrup-like quality. Some vanilla appeared as well. Bit of lactose. There was a nice coffee ice cream thing going on.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but less punchy. Malty up front. Nice combo of roasted and sweet caramel malts. Chocolate appeared in the center. Again, chocolate syrup came to mind. Bit of vanilla and creamy lactose too. Black coffee was noticeable on the back end. The beer finished with an interesting mix of creamed and sugared coffee and slightly bitter roastiness.

The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing and fairly atypical for Tree House milk stout. Lighter in body than I anticipated and fairly under carbonated. This almost seemed a touch flat. After a few sips, I could feel the sugars in this leaving a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Although Tree House’s milk stouts taste pretty similar, most are quite impressive. Somewhere, Something Incredible Is Waiting To Be Known was much in the vein of the others but lacked a bit of complexity and intensity, as well as that signature Tree House pillowy soft mouthfeel. I am glad I had an opportunity to try this but probably would not seek it out again.

Jan 30, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Inky black with a low head despite a vigorous pour. Aroma of chocolate and sweet malt. Rich flavor, chocolate and coffee. Heavy flavors, matches the aroma, just shy of cloying, overly sweet. Full and heavy mouthfeel. This beer is a bit much, very over done.

Jan 18, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: dark, silky jet black color with no light showing through. head is nothing more than a thin tan film around the edge of the glass

s: sweet lactose, roasted coffee beans, toasted malt, oak, cola, dark caramel and toffee, and a heavy amount of dark and milk chocolate

t:very intense. roasted malt and lactose followed immediately by rich milk chocolate. espresso and molasses behind that. a touch of cola and brown sugar follow. very luxurious

m: super sticky, rich, almost chewy heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation

o: an absolutely awesome Milk Stout. not too sweet, yet very rich. lots of deep flavors...a sipper for sure

Jan 12, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Acquired at the brewery recently. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Opaque black with a thin ring of brown foam.

s: Mainly chocolate,

t: Milk chocolate and vanilla with a light to moderate hop bite on the dry finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; An exceptional chocolate milk stout, as good as they come. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Jan 09, 2020
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours deep black with quite a bit of carbination. Aroma is sweetness of chocolate and milk. Tastes every sweeter with chocolate, milk, vanilla and some caramel. Medium bodied. An incredible stout.

Aug 05, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a deep black body with two fingers of surprisingly brown head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Aromatic coffee, milk chocolate, candied dark fruits, caramel, vanilla ice cream
T — Starts with a big punch of milk chocolate and coffee ice cream, then some light roastiness creeps in alongside some prune/raisin sweetness
F — Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Has a nice fluffy dimensionality to it. The sweetness is present but not overbearing and makes it very drinkable
O — This one checks off all the aspects of a good flavored milk stout. Yes, everyone and their cousin is making something like this today, but this one shines above most of the competition


Apr 24, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obsidian black with a starkly vibrant dark brown foam that's tall and pock marked, collapsing quickly to a thin ring.

Nutty dark chocolate bar that's sharply sweet yet richly roasty is accented by floral tobacco that keeps it just shy of being cloying. A vanilla whip aroma emerges as it warms.

The silky moderately light body finishes lightly sticky.

Apr 19, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass via can dated 2/14/2019

color is a nice deep shade of brown

smell is chocolate, a dash of vanilla and faint burnt coffee

taste is sweet creamy coffee with vanilla and caramel..everything blends well

carbonation is a bit high for a stout, but thats OK

mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a milk stout with this ABV

good stuff

Apr 03, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Tan head. Lace. Black color.

Coffee, vanilla, and cacao. Coffee is a touch bitter. Not roasted. Sweetness from the vanilla. Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. I enjoyed this more than the recent DS I had.

Mar 22, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from can. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Taste is creamy and sweet. Lots of milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Top notch milk stout.

Mar 07, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is lactose, chocolate, espresso, roasted malt and molasses sweetness. Nicely aromatic. Beer opens with notes of chocolate, coca cola, molasses and lactose. More molasses and hints of roasted malt, vanilla and espresso in the middle with a heaping dose of sweetness. Finish is coffee, chocolate fudge and a sprinkle of roasted malt bitterness. Terrifically balanced. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich on the palate but with some playful bubbles going down. Sticky, messy, lingering finish.

This is impressive as ever. A fantastic example of the style..... but as a Tree House stout... just par for the course.

Feb 26, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a jet black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose smelled of fresh sweet coffee. There was no bitterness here.

Taste - The nose was the clue that coffee would dominate the profile. Notes of malted chocolate, maple, and toasted marshmallow follow in the profile. The underlying current of coffee continued into the aftertaste. In every sense, this is a dessert stout.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was low, but there was not enough viscosity to make this feel like a cake shake.

Overall - Tree House definitely can do styles besides IPAs well.

Feb 24, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up six cans at Tree House brewery for five dollars and five cents. Canned-on date of 2/14/19. My thirty fourth brew from these guys. Known for IPAs, but don't sleep on TH stouts. This, like every other I have had from them, is outstanding.

Feb 20, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - black body, two fingers of dark brown head

S - SO much chocolate. Coffee, caramel, marshmallow

T - Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate. Marshmallow Fluff, Cherries, black coffee

F - Soft and fluffy

O - Perfect dessert beer.

Feb 10, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours double chocolate fudge colored with a one finger tan head; shards of lacing linger

Smell: Roast, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Mocha forward, with dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee tones; caramel sweetness filters in, through the middle, while the coffee aspect lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For a sweet milk stout, this one has a lot of complex flavors and never becomes cloying

Jan 01, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Can
Canned: Dec-7-2018

Pours a thick, opaque pitch black with a thick, creamy brown head that settles to a tight little cap. Decent retention; confetti lacing. (4.25)

Smooth cocoa powder, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, candied nuts as it warms up a little. (4.5)

Mmmmm... Big sweet chocolatey wave with the tiniest hint of a roast bite, toffee and all the other components of the nose, smooth and fairly light. (4.5)

Fairly full body with a thick feel, velvety carbonation and a smooth chocolate milk finish. (4.5)

Damn! This is a very nice beer with a lot going on.
It pours a thick, impenetrable black with a nice creamy brown head that settles in pretty well. The aroma and flavor are on the same page, with lots of sweet, chocolatey, nutty, caramelized flavors and aromas expertly blended. They are also (along with the mouthfeel) on the same page as far as richness is concerned. That is, nothing seems "hollow" or out of place. Rich and vivid flavors that complement one another. Really an excellent beer. My only negative comment would be that it is pretty sweet, but that is splitting hairs at the atomic level. It tastes like it should and pairs nicely with the cold December weather. And a nice version of Terrapin Station from 1978 (as referenced on the date stamp). Excellent beer! Thanks, papillon sinus! (4.75)

Dec 30, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a treehouse snifter, opened 12.20.18
Black motor oil liquid, one finger brown foam cap that quickly recedes
Aroma of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, whiff of vanilla
Taste is fresh roasted coffee without the hard bit e or bitterness, milk chocolate, hint of vanilla
smooth with no bite
Delicious beer, repeatable

Dec 22, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of sticky lacing.

This smells like intense candied coffee aromas, caramel, ice cream, dark Belgian chocolate, maple, and milk chocolate.

This is probably the best non-Good Morning stout that I've had from Tree House so far. The coffee flavor is intense, but velvety and rich. There's lots of vanilla in the coffee flavor, but also a touch of maple and caramel as well. There's a touch of roast of roast to keep it perfectly balanced.

This is rich, creamy, and pretty thick, but with a very high level of drinkability. There's a soft and lower level of carbonation.

Tree House should definitely be proud of this beer. It's as good as it gets for coffee beer.

Dec 15, 2018
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AstroT from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed on 12/7/18, picked up at TreeHouse on 12/8. Tasted on 12/11 Cold straight from the fridge in a TreeHouse Teku glass it looks good not an overly frothy head once it settles down, has a good rich look, no light gets through, not as flavorful as other TreeHouse stouts I've tasted and at 7.9% alcohol you can begin to smell the alcohol esters like you would an Imperial Stout even though they call this one a Milk Stout.

Dec 11, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is liquid French toast: cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, with medium-low carbonation. Every time I do not think Tree House can out do itself with a stout, they make another great one. Do not know how Nervous Energy can be any more French Toast than this. Exceptional stout.

Dec 08, 2018
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curtis6290 from New York

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Acquired in a trade. Poured into TH snifter with maximum foam head. 4 finger plus.

Look: Deep black, well blended. Perfect foam building head that lingered for days.
Smell: Toasted s'mores, chocolate, orange, fresh cut grass.
Taste: Marshmallows on the fire, cedar, cinnamon, maple, ash, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, lactose, brown sugar.
Feel: Incredibly smooth, but the aftertaste presents a slight plastic note.
Overall: Phenomenal stout. Again. Extremely enjoyable and drinkable.

Oct 13, 2018
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