Double Shot - Christmas
Tree House Brewing Company

Double Shot - ChristmasDouble Shot - Christmas
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Style:
Stout - American
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 5.95%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
92
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  20
SCORE
98
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Double Shot - ChristmasDouble Shot - Christmas
Notes: This batch of Double Shot features a uniquely rich and decadent base beer to support the intriguing character of a blend of this years greatest coffee hits from Columbia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. We experience flavors and aromas of rich milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and fudgy brownies. The body is lush and creamy with a fine carbonation to support the bold flavors presented in this beer. This batch is particularly rich and velvety - ripe for sharing! A true companion for holiday celebrations, we sincerely aspire to have this bottle enhance and enrich your cherished moments with friends, family, and loved ones during this holiday season.
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

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

L - about time I get around to properly reviewing this. Had one bottle on Christmas day, and the next on... May 19. Pours a heavily aged motor oil. The darkest of browns. Modest mocha head with bubbles that would terrify trypophobes.

S - enormous cocoa powder fudginess up front that explodes out of the glass when poured. Herbaceous cinnamon-esque mocha coffee that fills the lungs and nose like a drowning victim struggling for air. Drowning in Double Shot may be a terrible way to go, but not the worst! Finishes with hints of potpourri.

T - oh man, just as good as I remember on Christmas morning. Getting all the sweet classics a la lactosey milk sugar, chocolate, fudge, and dark roasted coffee loaded up with an unhealthy amount of all the fixins'. Whole bean cocoa twang and if you're reaching, maybe a puff of chili powder. Warm and inviting. Hint of cigarette smoke and rock candy.

F - so sweet. I can feel that thin film of saliva (or is that pure sugar?) collecting on my lips and tongue. Velvety smooth. A real treat.

O - tastes like my mother's famous chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. One time my dad tried to make that cake for her birthday but we think he forgot the water. We try not to talk about that but suffice to say I'm simultaneously drowning and dehydrating right now.

May 19, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

just a gorgeous stout .... dark in color, milkshake creamy tan head, super dense and frothy. on nose is roasty malts, coffee note that is not overly bold but super complex and deep. doesnt smell like generic coffee but rather a high end bag that is sharply roasty and has mellow acidic fruity notes in the back, hints of blueberry for sure. on palate is slightly bitter roasty malts, brown sugar, low molasses, sugary roasted nuts, hing of spice, bittersweet dark and luscious milk chocolate playing with a whipped cream type note. fresh ground coffee as described on nose, brings a nice bite of roasty bitterness to match the sweeter chocolate notes. mouthfeel is medium bodied but oh so creamy and velvety smooth. overall the perfect balance achieved in this brew almost makes it seem mellow, restrained. but its depth of character and boldness in the coffee and chocolate notes cannot be denied. just a perfect brew.

Feb 24, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is minimal with no lacing left behind. Aroma is milk chocolate, light toasted and roasted malts, with a big hit of coffee. Coffee is medium-roast with chocolaty, and earthy notes. It has a touch of spice to the coffee as well, but more of a holiday spice, not a heat spice. Flavor profile starts out as a simple, but well executed milk stout hitting notes of roasted and toasted malts, lactose, and milk chocolate. As the beer warms on the palate, notes of chocolaty, medium-roast coffee soar finishing the beer with a huge dose of coffee. The lactose and coffee mix well forming almost a coffee and creamer taste. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a velvety, creamy, decadent feel. Overall, strong and tasty coffee notes added to a solid milk stout.

Feb 16, 2018
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avas from New York

4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Seductive pitch black pour. Finger of pillowy tan head, darker as it approaches the liquid. Excellent retention, as per usual...

S: Vanilla latte and milk chocolate. Leads sweeter than your average DS variant, with an almost lactose-like marshmallow quality. Coffee expresses as a fruity medium roast—cherry, raspberry, and orange zest. Like a s’more made with the fruity filling of a cordial, or something.

T: Waves upon waves of dessert. Dark chocolate and that smooth, low-acid cold brew to kick things off, but then the sweetness hits... Dark becomes milk, roast succumbs to sugar. Finish is sticky with lingering undertones of that fruity coffee. Think cherry cordial covered maple syrup. Vanilla latte expresses more as it warms (is there lactose in this?).. Hints of Vietnamese iced coffee made with that sweetened condensed milk. Truly decadent.

M: Rich and creamy. Carbonation is perfect—dense and fine, creating a feel that falls at that elusive intersection of fluff and syrup. Sweetness is really amplified here for the occasion, but something keeps toeing that line of drinkability so damn perfectly… Bitterness is soft and rounded, a gentle mix of roasts that never emerges to the forefront, but does that heavy lifting in the background to keep this thing scarily chuggable.

O: Certainly lives true to its intention to be a more decadent holiday treat than other recent variants. That syrupy dark fruit expression of the blend of beans works really damn well with the chocolate of the base, and the body more than does justice to the flavor profile, despite the kicked back ABV from other variants of late. Delicious stuff.

Feb 15, 2018
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curtis6290 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/22/17. Enjoyed 2/11/18. Acquired in a trade for 2 fresh OH cans.

Look: Perfectly blended jet black, creamy pour, like a mildly dense coffee. Foam gathers slowly but builds fast (would be nice on Nitro). Nice strong thick foam head that lingers and laces, light caramel in color.
Smell: Sweet coffee, tiramisu, whipped cream, maple syrup, fresh cacao powder.
Taste: Dark chocolate, fresh and rich coffee, cinnamon, maple syrup, bourbon, rum, nutmeg, coriander, slight raspberry and cherry aftertaste.
Feel: Wet, fresh, enriching, refreshing, spicy tang on the tail end.
Overall: This is an incredible beer that reminds me of a CBS with less alcohol and syrupy feel. I really enjoyed the watery and refreshing feel and taste to it that makes it incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. Very close to a Finback Hawk and Whale.

Feb 12, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch Black with big fluffy khaki head. Has medium carbonation.
Smell: Coffee beans, milk chocolate, almonds, molasses, and brown sugar.
Taste: Roasty, coffee, milk chocolate, almonds, molasses, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Medium light and creamy.
Overall: A great coffee stout from Tree House. More coffee and more depth than the Kenya blend.

Feb 11, 2018
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Worcester90 from Massachusetts

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

Drank after the HOTS, and have a tough choice between that and this one. The nose on this is more coffee than a mix of coffee/chocolate. However, the mouthfeel is stupid smooth. Coffee taste is very strong, with the other staples like chocolate taking a backseat, but I really like this. This being my 3rd Double Shot variant, I’d say you can’t go wrong with these. I actually would drink these over anything barrel aged any day because the alcohol is hidden so well.

Dec 30, 2017
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Duffman79 from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to review this version of Double Shot fairly. It was released with Hold on to Sunshine, which was outstanding! That being said, this is perhaps the best version of Double Shot that I have had so far.

Dec 26, 2017
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mattbchow from New York

4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Like motor oil. Not much of a head.
S: Rich milk chocolate and Starbucks. An almond aroma as well.
T: Chocolate covered almond cake. Zero alcohol at 8.5%. Sweet but not cloying.
F: Thick and viscous.
O: Delicious af.

Dec 24, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the second Double Shot variant that I had. I had it on tap a few days before Christmas. I also was lucky enough to score a few bottles. It was delightful either way.

Dec 22, 2017
Double Shot - Christmas from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 92 ratings