Moment Of Clarity
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
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Ranked #135
4.56 | pDev: 6.14%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Moment of Clarity is an American Milk Stout carefully brewed and conditioned with coffee, chocolate, and dark amber maple syrup. It pours beautifully in the glass with a rich, mousse-like head and dense complexion. It exhibits strong maple and chocolate aromas on the nose and recalls chocolate covered maple cream candies in the flavor. Though dense and flavor filled, it still maintains a certain fluffiness that makes it easy and pleasant to drink a big glass of. It is a wonderful and decadent treat that, for us, evokes a yearning for relaxed Sunday mornings with a pile of chocolate chip pancakes.
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2.81/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz. can. Pours quite black with a mocha head. Smells of sharp coffee, maple, lactose sweetness, and roasted malt. Tastes of coffee throughout. Rich coffee, but lactose and maple make it taste acidic. I'll never understand why this is a desired flavor. Sweet maple and chocolate with a roasted malt finish. Medium heavy. Sweet, but not oppressively. Slow to drink, but it's not prohibitive. Lactose, as always, ruins it. Although without the lactose I'd probably still be complaining about how sharp and sweet it was. I made it about through about 3/4ths of the can before dumping it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1.14.2020, opened 2.4.2020

“Do you ever ignore what you don’t understand?”

Can poured into a snifter. Dark cola liquid with a one finger deep brown mousse like foam cap. Recedes to a solid brown ring after three minutes. Some thin lacings

Fragrant on the pour. Maple cream, maple sugar candy. Dark roasts. Milk chocolate

Taste is maple cream, chocolate. Sweet, no bite, dark roast flavor

Fizzy carbonation sudsing

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Feb 05, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark as a Coke. 1-inch tan head.
S - Sweeeet, maple syrup, black licorice.
T - Follows the nose. Licorice, roasted malts.
F - Sticky, med/heavy body, mildly effervescent.

The Tree House Moment Of Clarity is a sweet-ish sipper; dessert in a chalice, LOL! If you're looking for a syrupy, black licorice, malt brew ... here it is.

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MVotter from New York, Jan 20, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque very dark brown with a dark ruddy brown 2 finger silky head. Aroma has rich and somewhat sweet mocha notes. The taste is similar with the sweetness coming through stronger, almost candy-ish. There is also a great nuttiness layered in well. Feel is creamy and very soft with the lactose. There is deep rich chocolate malt along with a light alcohol burn.

This is just fantastic, complex yet smooth. Deserves the world class rating

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digboy from New Hampshire, Dec 12, 2019
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4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

"I can see clearly now"
this beer is perfect in every perspectives: look, smell, taste, feel. Especially the intense and complex maple chocolate flavor, makes you feel like in heaven. Decadent, oh my

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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey, Nov 07, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really don't get the hype behind this beer. This is big and sweet with a small tan head (even after the hard pour) into my gold TH teku.
Smell is sweet and maple.
Don't get a whole lot of roast or coffee.
Flavor follows with the sweetness. After it warms up I feel like it became a bit more bitter and bakers chocolaty Definitely more dynamic.
I think this is a pretty good beer but not worth any of the hype around a 100 score on BA. I'd much rather drink their IPAs

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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin, Oct 01, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, served in a Tree House snifter glass. Pours a dark opaque black body, one finger mocha head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is milk chocolate, thick roast, sweet maple. It's sweet. Not much coffee behind it, but it has a bit of dusky chocolate, like baking chocolate or something similar to that. It's fairly fudgy but not roasty or bitter. Flavour brongs up front maple, milk chocolate, a bit of roast, and more chocolate. It's smooth up front, but has a bit more baker's chocolate, a mild earthy bitterness on the backend. It's very tasty and melds well with the added adjuncts. Full bodied, smooth, creamy and even a bit nutty on the backend. An overall excellent adjunct stout. There is just enough maple and chocolate to satisfy my mildly sweet tooth without being cloying or overwhelmingly sugary. It's delicious and almost ice-cream like.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Aug 30, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured jet black and thick with a very rich luscious brown head.

Smell: almost like a chocolate chip cookie. Very rich malted chocolate with tones of maple, and black coffee. Very heavy and quite sweet.

Taste: very sweet and robust with milk chocolate, light maple and black coffee. Each serving its own entity yet coming together forming a desert. Not one adjunct overwhelmed the other. Just perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: quite rich and full bodied. Very smooth. Quite impressive for a 7.7% abv.

Overall: With all the added ingredients, TH did exceptional working keeping this balanced and not too sweet. It was an easy to drink and enjoyable beer!

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Benish from Wisconsin, Aug 26, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of maple, chocolate, toffee and cream. Sweet chocolate and maple taste with a subtle coffee roastiness.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Aug 19, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Tastes sweet with maple, chocholate and coconut. Well balanced beer and not too bitter like some other well knows stouts. Dark tan head, and a pleasure to drink.

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npolachek from New York, Aug 16, 2019
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4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oil black with a dark creamy head, looks amazing.

smell is pure chocolate coffee with a slight booze.

taste is full of coffee and chocolate but isn't overly sweet, it has a nice booziness to it. Some maple syrup with slight bourbon to it. Has a nice smokiness to it. Everything together makes this a killer beer, it isn't overly sweet or milky.

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, Aug 13, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth--you'd think it was a nitro pour, but it wasn't. Big maple flavor throughout, accompanied by chocolate and coffee in support. Almost jet black with a dark tan foamy head. Spectacular consistency from top of the glass to bottom. A true dessert beer, but why not start earlier--in the morning, with a stack of pancakes!

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Aug 03, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy poured into farmstead stemmed bulb.

Canned 07/03/19.

Appearance: Black body with dark brown head that pours several fingers tall with good head retention.

Smell: tons of milk chocolate. Mellow & pleasant coffee. Mellow maple syrup.

Taste: perfectly balanced chocolate, coffee, & maple. Hint of lactose. As the beer warms, coffee becomes more bold.

Mouthfeel: medium body with low yet adequate carbonation. Silky smooth. No booze. Outstanding drinkability; I could drink two cans of this without palate fatigue or getting bored with the flavors here.

Overall: very well balanced adjunct milk stout. Dessert beer for sure. One of the best milk stouts that I have drank since Surly Four.

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4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 07/03/19, it pours pitch black color with a 2+ finger thick solid foamy head that was pack with tiny bubbles, dissipating very, very slowly while leaving outstanding foamy lacing and thick rings as it went down. This had great looks for an imperial stout, so the fact that this is a Milk Stout makes it that much more impressive to me.

Smells of maple syrup up front, followed by caramel or toffee, chocolate like a chocolate milk shake with hot fudge, fresh ground coffee, espresso, piney/earthy notes and a brownie batter sweetness. As it warms the maple syrup gets more intense and the overall aroma shows more depth and chocolate richness. Reminds me of Great Notion Double Stack.

Tastes like the nose with maple syrup up front, followed by dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, chocolate mousse cake, chocolate milk, fudge, burnt coffee, espresso, brown sugar, mild piney hops, earthy notes, cocoa powder, brownie batter and a general chocolate-y sweetness that doesn't go over-board. Like all Tree House stouts the flavors remain focused and well balanced, allowing the coffee, chocolate, and maple syrup to compliment the roasty stout aspects and blend well with the lactose or whatever was used to make this milk stout so smooth. The feel is perfect as it slides down easy with mild carbonation, a touch of coffee bitterness and lots of chocolate notes that along with the maple syrup hides the ABV perfectly. Top notch for a milk stout.

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CHickman from New York, Jul 29, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose: Maple Syrup, Doughy French Toast, Fresh Cold Brew Coffee

Taste: Sweet Maple Syrup, Cinnamon French Toast, Coffee with Cream, Chocolate Syrup

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium Body, yet a Heavy Creamy mouthfeel with good Carbonation, Perfect amount of sweetness, a definite breakfast stout

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StoutshoreBeersnob from Massachusetts, Jul 22, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Gone are the days of Good Morning; even so, this brew has given me a glimmer of the past despite it being a milk stout. Lots of maple flavor dominates the palate in a way that isn’t over-the-top. Mouthfeel is a bit thin despite it packing a very sweet profile. MOC is a beer that I welcome at all times of the year.

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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts, Jul 16, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently into a pint glass resulting in a surprisingly prominent head of foam on top of a jet black body. Head retention is more persistent than I personally expected. Nice looking beer.

Nose is fairly heavy on the roasted malt with fudge as a secondary presence.

Roasted malt on the front palate followed by dark chocolate/fudge/cocao as the taste develops. The bitterness is entirely originating from the dark chocolate character. I'm not detecting any hop presence in the taste of this beer. Needless to say, zero alcohol presence in a 7.7% abv milk stout.

Medium to medium heavy in the mouth. Pretty standard feel.

I like this beer. Glad this is available in a 16 ounce can running five bucks a pop rather than a 500 ml bottle for two and a half times the price. Recommend.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Beautiful pour... inky black and oily with 1.5 fingers of brownish head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Sweet and chocolatey. Roasted malts, sugars, and cocoa.

T.F: Follows the nose. Sweet up front without being cloying. Big time cocoa. Hazelnut and maple sugar. Roasty and rich... very modest bitterness for balance but no doubt about it... this is dessert. Medium bodied and smooth/creamy on the tongue.

O: A world-class milk stout. Dessert in a can... delicious and well crafted.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jul 02, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours out pitch black and forms caramel colored bubbles that disappear as quickly as they generate.

The nose carries maple mixing with coffee and chocolate layers; hugely thick sweetness. This is almost like fresh chocolate chip waffles smothered in warm syrup sitting next to your freshly roasted, hot cup of morning coffee.

The taste follows much in the same way. Thick maple syrup and warm, melted chocolate chips mixing with notes of fresh coffee. Really, once again, reminiscent of chocolate chip waffle or pancakes.

Thick mouthfeel, not the thickest body ever or anything but it does coat the mouth with that sweetness. No astringency on the coffee, just smooth. No ABV burn, but I wouldn’t expect that at 7.7%.

Overall, this is a winner of a breakfast stout. But I will say, I’ve had others like it, too. (quick example that comes to mind is the Untitled Art-Chocolate Vanilla Maple) So while good, very good even, Tree House isn’t the only ones that can do it.

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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

[IMG] Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass canned on 4/24/19. Pours a very attractive midnight pitch black with a 2 plus finger sticky mocha head that leaves thick waves of lace after each sip, with excellent retention. 4.5

Smell is cocoa nibs, Oreo, toffee, vanilla, and maybe a hint of coffee. 4.5

Taste follows chocolate, Oreo, vanilla, coffee, and maybe some gram cracker. 4.75

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, silky smooth and creamy, a touch dry, and 7.7% ABV it goes down easy and is loaded with flavor. 4.75

Overall this is one dimensional and really amazingly tasty. These guys just continue to dazzle and I love when a great brewery isn’t limited to one style that they excel at. 4.5

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Jun 09, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into snifter.

Creamy black, opaque, smooth foam cappuccino colored head. Foam sticks around for a while.

Aroma is bittersweet cocoa, sweet and fragrant maple, some roasted coffee makes it way through.

Flavor is full of sweet maple, earthy and full flavored. Coffee and bittersweet cocoa blend nicely with the rich roast flavor of the base brew.

About as creamy as I could expect a beer to be. Soft and smooth, nice carbonation level for the style.

A really nice brew. Loads of flavors meld together nicely. Nice to have at this ABV.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, May 24, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and viscous from the can. Dark brown bubbles cascade up, forming a densely packed, rocky, tall, brown colored head. The foam settles to a thin layer across the top of the beer, a thick ring around the edge of the glass, and tons of light brown lace streaking the sides of my glass. Opaque and no visible carbonation.

The nose is maple, coffee, vanilla and some chocolate. It’s a soft aroma. Not too intense, but inviting.

The flavor is maple, coffee, vanilla. Super smooth. No roast and no bitterness, though it does dry out on the finish with some toasty bread, preventing the beer from becoming too sweet.

The feel is super smooth, creamy, with low carbonation and sticky sweetness on my lips.

Overall, a highly enjoyable milk stout with the maple breakfast treatment. Sweet, but not cloyingly so.

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TheGent from New Jersey, May 24, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first review after using this site as a resource for many years.

This was my first TH stout after really enjoying their IPAs. A 16 ounce can dated April 24, 2019, and consumed on May 10, 2019. The beer pours jet black with an inch of tan colored head. It's a beautiful beer. On the nose, big coffee and maple notes. It looks and smalls fantastic.

The flavor of the beer, however, falls a bit short for me. It's complex and tasty, to be sure, but it is almost overwhelmingly sweet. Chocolate, maple, and coffee are present, but there's no evidence of roasted malt or any hops. It's a quality product, but it's not my style. I can see why others like it, but if this is the style of Tree House stouts, I will likely stick to their hoppy beers from now on.

The mouthfeel is nice: soft and easy to drink. But it's undermined a bit by the sweetness of the beer - I didn't want to hold it in my mouth for too long because the beer was so sweet.

Overall: if you like drinking something that tastes like liquefied candy, you will like this beer, but if you prefer a more classic, well balanced stout, it may not be your preferred choice. It's worth trying, but to me it falls well short of competitors like Expedition, Speedway, and Even More Jesus.

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dele from Massachusetts, May 12, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this beer recently, as the date on the bottom of the can read 1/10/19 with "THE MOMENTS ARE MINE IF I CAN JUST SEIZE THE DAY" written above it. The name of this beer was a bit of a misnomer as the liquid and taste were anything but clear as this reminded me of something that I'd have in the morning along with pancakes and cereal. If you're looking for a beer to have at the crack of dawn without being overly weak, then you've found your match here!

Nice pour to this as the liquid was chocolatey and silky with a moderate mocha head topping it off. Full of big bubbles, it lasted long enough even though the lacing left behind didn't quite measure up to that. Lots of chocolate and maple in the nose along with a bit of coffee creamer underneath that. Wonderful taste and feel as there was some brown sugar, butterscotch sweetness, honest-to-goodness cream, and a rich roasted undertone that never felt overdone, bitter, or burnt. A bit of dark fruit juice kept this slick as it tied in nicely with the coffee, as the malt was quite recessed on the palate...

Just the right amount of alcohol was in this too as only a bit of warming came over me as I finished this off. Like a morning cup of joe, this was the perfect pick-me-up without even initially coming across as such. So easy to love, this was one of Tree House's best offerings and on par with their more famous IPA's. Get your hands on this for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, May 01, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Tan head. Dark brown color, black.

Very similar to the other TH stouts. Cocoa powder, chocolate, Hershey’s syrup. This one has a big maple syrup sweetness that I like. I thought I’d like the coconut versions better but they were faint. The maple shows a lot here. Thick and syrupy. Full bodied.

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mothman from Minnesota, Apr 13, 2019
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 462 ratings