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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #23
Ranked #4,264
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Apr 12, 2022
Dec 28, 2017
Notes: We are pleased to introduce Catharsis, a rich and hearty porter ideally suited for these cold winter months! Catharsis is brewed with an array of pale, chocolate, and roasted malts and hopped ever so gently with Warrior and Simcoe resulting in a beer with progressive attributes and a characteristic Tree House edge. We experience flavors and aromas of cocoa powder, fudge, and caramel balanced by a dark chocolate-like bitterness and a hearty body. Catharsis is robust yet pleasant. It is rich with flavor yet maintains an easy drinking complexion. It is our focused interpretation of what we believe a modern American Porter can be. We could not be more excited to share it with you. Enjoy!
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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bubseymour from Maryland

Nice and roasty, but balanced well. A little thin in body.

Feb 21, 2022
4.06 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Jul 18, 2021
4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2021
Photo of Rapscullion
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

Dec 2020 from can into tulip glass. Pours very dark with short lived tan head.
Aroma is classic porter profile with roast malt, molasses, caramel, cochoa, mocha and tobacco.
No surprises on the palate. A hint of sweetness enveloped in the roast malt, dark chocolate with plum and blackberry hints.
Great length, very smooth and superb balance. Have to remember there are no adjuncts in this beer so it is a fantastic achievment. Takes me back to winter nights in London pubs.

Dec 28, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Very dark pour with adequate head that lasted maybe 45 seconds before receding to a thin ring. Aroma is lots of chocolate and fudge, and smells very sweet. Taste largely follows the nose, with some nice roasty notes. Not overly complex, but very drinkable and easy going down. Feel is a tad on the thin side. Overall, a solid, but unspectacular beer.

Dec 20, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Having COVID to deal with that changed how TH sells there beer is a mixed blessing because I try mixed packages that contain beers that I might not try otherwise. This beer would be in that category but I am so glad it was. Enjoyed the heck out of it. LOVE the mixes.

Nov 22, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzles down to a super thin cap

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

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and caramel and then goes into some dark chocolate and light coffee. Very light anise in there as well. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid porter that drinks fairy easily and has plenty going on for a straight-up ( non-adjunct) porter. Worth a drink

Nov 18, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by loevyreyes from Maryland

Hints of caramel and coffee/chocolate

Nov 14, 2020
Photo of AleWhite
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AleWhite from Pennsylvania

Canned 10/2/2020 and is a delicious American porter (batch has not gone bad as stated by previous reviewer). Cocoa, coffee, malt and lots of roasty/burnt flavor coming through on the taste. Nicely balanced.

Nov 12, 2020
4.06 by crobinso from Colorado on Nov 11, 2020
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1.06/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by IrishChocolate from Texas

Canned 10/2/20. Warning , the batch has gone bad. Not crushable. Puked immediately. Gag. I will say that I like the color orange, so the can is nice. Sort of a burnt orange. So I will raise my rating to 2 for look, based on the can sticker. What’s inside on the other hand, now that’s a puke-a-rama. Wretch!

Oct 27, 2020
4.35 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts on Oct 25, 2020
4.03 by hopley from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RRB328 from Massachusetts

Enjoyed home, 10/11/20

Oct 11, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Deep brown with a mocha head. Catharsis drinks smoothly, strong cocoa flavor mitigated nicely with a hop backbone that balances this porter beautifully. Deep roastiness, subtle sweetness, and a delightfully long aftertaste. A welcome return to the cold weather darks!

Sep 21, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Midnight black with two and a half fingers of dark espresso foam, nice retention and webs of lace.

S: Cocao powder (tastes just like a spoon of hersheys baking cocao) some prailene pecans are the primary aromas. There is an earthy undercurrent from the hopping.

T: Follows the nose and matches the brewer's description, except no fudge to be found for me. This is really pretty standard for a porter profile, just amped up big time!

F: Rich but not syrupy, Medium weight with smooth silky mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation.

O: This is very likely a top two porter for me. Not life changing, but it is very well made.

Aug 23, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with three fingers of light brown head that retains very well. Collars of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Rich and decadent nose of fudge, fudge sauce, brownie batter, dark roast coffee and woody roasted malts. Hint of green and grassy hops in there too.

T: Follows the nose at first. German chocolate cake, fudgey, brownie batter, chocolate sauce. Very rich and sweet. A good dose of malty roast brings flavors of coffee and woody/earthy notes. Plum sort of dark fruit note is tight and buried in the malt onslaught. Slight hop bitterness. Green and grassy and maybe even a bit of orange coming from the hops. Roast and hops temper the sweetness nicely and bring things into balance. Long roasty finish.

M: Full, rich, and thick. Coating and decadently airy and whipped in the mouth. There’s a real sense of weight, but it doesn’t sit like sludge. Carbonation is ample but gentle.

O: This is a beefcake of a porter, and certainly more in the vein of a robust porter. Great depth of malt flavor and awesome texture and mouthfeel. It is able to masterfully balance its sweetness and stay really drinkable despite its size. I have to admit, I had kind of written off this beer. I remember trying batch one in the taproom and not thinking as highly of it. This does not taste like the same beast; it is much improved. I’ll go so far as to say it is one of the best and most memorable porters I’ve had in quite some time.

Aug 13, 2020
3.95 by DaveCash from New York on Aug 06, 2020
4.27 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2020
4.27 by smaddock from Massachusetts on Jul 19, 2020
4.18 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Jul 18, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jul 14, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2020-07-13 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned on 2020-05-28

A - Super dark brown; almost black. Short brown head that fades fast leaving little lace

S - Cashews and walnuts. Milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Mild roasted grain. Light earthy spice.

T - Roasted grain with some char upfront. Then dark chocolate and earthy spice. Not as sweet as expected from the smell. Finishes with some roasted and hop bitterness. Pretty traditional Porter flavors that are well done.

M - Medium body and light medium carbonation. Light rather than thick feel. Finishes fairly dry.

O - A fine Porter on the higher end of the ABV range. Quite satisfying, even on this warm summer day (in the air conditioning).

Jul 13, 2020
4.02 by Burt from Rhode Island on Jul 11, 2020
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 08, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 16oz can, dated 05/28/20. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep chestnut-black with nearly two fingers of fizzy chocolatey foam. Retention is Something less than so-so, quickly settling down to a feeble little collar and no lacing to speak of. I guess that’s what a ‘robust porter’ is supposed to look like.

A beautiful robust aroma of rich, thick mocha java and espresso and maybe a dozen other different pots of coffee all brewing at the same time. Something like walking past a coffee roaster on a cold day with your face in a bag of chocolate fudge. I may not even drink the beer; I may just fall asleep here next to it...

Never mind. The taste could never live up to the nose and, in fact, it doesn’t, but maybe not by a whole lot. Cold brew coffee, chocolate-covered cherries and marshmallow. Mostly strikes a nice balance between the coffee-dry-bitterness and a chocolate-cherry-marshmallow sweetness but in the end probably tilts a bit more toward a sort of thin sugary sweetness.

Feel is creamy but thin, medium-light bodied with fast and fizzy carbonation.

Overall, nice. A little bit of everything and not too much of anything. The can recommends that I drink it on a cool night in front of the fire and that sounds about right and I kind of wish I had. I’d have preferred my ‘robust porter’ be more dry and less sweet but really this is exactly how you’d expect Tree House to interpret the style.

Jul 03, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

Consumed 6/25/20

Deep, dark brown, mostly opaque, pours with a medium sized light tan head that fades to virtually nothing
Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa, touches of charcoal and tobacco, dark caramel, molasses, toffee, roasted malts, raw sugar, light burnt bitterness, touch of green hops, not overly rich, not overly sweet
On the heavy side of medium, smooth, carbonation on the low side

This particular can of Catharsis is not fresh (i.e., it's about six months old), but I enjoyed it enough to be compelled to review. And in 2020, time is a black hole so who cares anyway? This is a surprisingly nice porter from Tree House. It's not surprising when Tree House makes good beer, but honestly I have found their stouts and porters to be a bit "too much." Catharsis strikes a nice balance.

Jun 26, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 5/28/2020 into a Nonic.
Pours out very dark, very opaque with medium dark beige head.
Aroma is malty, chocolate, caramel, sugar cane.
Taste is incredibly chocolate. A little sweeter than I like, but I can overlook that for the overall effect this has.
Mouth feel is not as sticky as you would think for the sweetness, but the viscosity is about right. Carbonation is slightly lighter than I would think would be perfect, but not by a lot.
If this was drier I would have rated it higher, but still a pretty good beer.

Jun 21, 2020
4.25 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Captain Lawrence, muffin top pint glass; canned 05/28/20, code REACH FOR A BEER I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE.
A: Pours a rich black hue with walnuts highlights, a less than one finger, tan head, rim retention, and fairly limited lacing.
S: Aromas of unsweetened coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and cola.
T: Semisweet. Flavor is a melange of the aromas (although maybe some birch/sarasparilla) with balanced bitterness balancing most of the sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
O: A delicious and very crushable Porter. Nicely constructed, perfect any time, if you like a rich, dark flavor, like I do.

Jun 09, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Picked up the can at the brewery in January 2020. Its been kept cold since then.
The beer pours a rich cola brown color with a fizzy and fluffy tan head of 2 cm foaming up on a gentle pour. This foam fades slowly leaving a sturdy surface layer and some tight lattice on my glass.
The aroma is roasted malt and some dark chocolate, also some coffee grounds, but not any sweet malt character and hops are buried here too. The ABV is also hidden on the nose.
First sip reveals a medium body and fine spacious carbonation, this feels almost cask like and is very smooth on my palate.
Flavor is rich and malty, more dark chocolate and some roasted malt notes with a dark espresso roast lingering flavor long after each sip.
I never get any hints of the ABV and hops dont make any showing to speak of here either.

This is an easy drinking no frills porter and I enjoy it. Nice to see a dark beer from Tree House that isnt just a sweet adjunct laden brew. Id drink this one again.

May 19, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

16oz can dated 12/31/19.

Pours opaque dark brown with a quickly fizzling out head of tan. Minimal retention or lacing. Espresso, nougat, chocolate, and roast in the nose. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slightly prickly mouthfeel. Roasted cocoa with bakers chocolate and coffee on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering roast, bitter chocolate, and vanilla.

Apr 10, 2020
4.34 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Mar 22, 2020
4.24 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Mar 21, 2020
4.16 by Khaack from New York on Mar 18, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

16oz tallboy poured into HF stem

canned on 12/31/2019.

Appearance: midnight black with a light kahaki brown bodied head. Head pour a thick 2 fingers tall head that recedes down to a ring around the glass. Not a lot of lace left on the glass.

Smell: Robust milk chocolate and roasted grains/malts are the main event. Hint of smoke as well.

Taste: This beer starts out with a sweetness and roasted grains that is balanced nicely. Notes of milk chocolate, smooth coffee, smoke, and I think I even taste wither coffee creamier or a faint vanilla note. The bitterness builds into the finish and transitions from light to a moderately smooth bitterness. The finish is also drying and gives a dark chocolate / cocoa powder notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied porter. moderate carbonation levels. Nicely dialed in dry finish that seems to accentuate the adds a nicely layered chocolate complexity to finish. Just a personal preference, but I like my porters a little thicker. drinks below its ABV; no booze to this 7% porter.

Overall: Well done porter. Very true to style. Hits all the right notes. Treehouse did well with this porter.

Mar 09, 2020
4.1 by EMH73 from New York on Mar 05, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Gajo74 from New York

From the can it pours a viscous dark brown to nearly black color. A dark tan/brown head soon dissipates. Elegant looking brew overall.

The aroma highlights nutty and dark biscuity malts, lots of rich dark chocolate and a bit of light coffee roast. Bright and jammy dark fruit add a nice touch.

Full bodied, silky smooth and wonderfully mouth coating. The carbonation is moderately gentle. The taste opens with a moderate dark toasted, nutty, caramel malt and chocolate fudge sweetness. Slightly charred malts add a nice bitterness and balance. There are notes of walnut, bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso and lightly sour black malts. The earthy hops also add some bitterness, while notes of dark fruit add some nice complexity. The finish is dry with a bittersweet flavor.

A sublimely balanced porter with robust flavors. I really enjoyed this one as it’s thus far my favorite non IPA brew from Treehouse.

Feb 27, 2020
3 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Feb 22, 2020
Catharsis from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 240 ratings