Moment Of Clarity
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
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4.55 | pDev: 6.15%
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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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black. Aroma is complex mix of chocolate, maple syrup, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is equally complex and tasty - follows the aroma with added vanilla and caramel. Full mouthfeel. Incredible stout.

Apr 05, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- The usual thick, inky black appearance for the TH pastry stouts. Two fingers of deep tan head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S -- Chocolate syrup, maple, coffee ice cream, roast, liege waffle
T -- The maple takes center stage here, but not in an overbearing way. Good amount of rich fudgy chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit character
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Sweet but not cloying


Mar 20, 2021
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VoxRationis from New York

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House Willi Becher glass; canned 11/20/20, code WHERE WILL YOU FIND YOURS/
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with a two finger, foamy/fluffy, light brown head, half a finger retention and mostly parameniscal at first turning into rings of haunting lacing.
S: Aromas of fresh baked bread, honey maple, milk chocolate, and mocha predominate.
T: Sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, and maple predominating. Bitterness is present as in that found in dark chocolate
M: Full bodied with moderate effervescence. Rich without necessarily being creamy.
O: Look, smell, taste, and feel all at or above a par with the best milk stouts. Enjoyed it throughout consumption. Really wish I had gifted the other one I had.

Feb 23, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

S: Roasted malt, maple syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, and cocoa all stick out. Some caramel and vanilla in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, maple syrup, and milk chocolate. Picks up the coffee and some dark chocolate. Caramel also present. Finishes with lingering roast and maple syrup

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A great stout that hits heavy with the maple. Coffee and chocolate also very prevalent. Makes for a nice sipper even with the modest 7.7%. Worth checking out

Feb 16, 2021
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black, decent tan colored head. The initial aroma is delicious maple syrup covered pancakes, wow. Flavor is sweet syrup and chocolate, tasty. Actually it tastes like candy a bit. Almost picked up a tad of bitterness on the end. Nice.

Sep 04, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Huge brown head is comprised of large bubbles and sticks around for a while. It’s rather cola-like in appearance, but for the head’s staying power.

S: Cola, fudge sauce, dark maple syrup, faint coffee acidity, woody and nutty, mild roast. Pretty straightforward and surprisingly subdued.

T: Plenty of dark maple syrup up front. Sweet cola, blackstrap molasses, mild roast. Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Nutty coffee struggles to pull through, but eventually succeeds for only a fleeting second. Tight stewed prune dark fruit notes. Decidedly sweet throughout. There’s some slight acidity and roast, but not enough to fully balance. Maple syrup all over the long and sweet finish.

M: There’s a bit of a creamy and fluffy texture here, but ultimately the residual sweetness dominates with a syrupy and coating feel. It’s downright sticky. Carbonation is ample but soft.

O: Pretty much all of Tree House’s stouts and porters trend well into the sweet side of the spectrum. Some find a way to strike a balance and keep the sweetness in check just enough, and some end up fairly cloying. This one is unfortunately in the latter camp. It’s just too sweet and sticky. Play up the smokey/roasty/coffee flavors more and they might have a more drinkable end product here. As it stands this was a tough 16oz to finish.

Aug 20, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/8/20 “Your times is near, the mission’s clear” stamped on the bottom

We’ve finally arrived here, my last new beer in the mixed case. It’s been a great time so far, and I don’t doubt that this last one will be incredible too

Pours nearly pitch black with 2 fingers of dark brown head that quickly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose here is huge and sweet, tons of maple, maybe more than I’ve detected in a beer ever. The coffee is rich and roasty and the chocolate is incredibly sweet. Undertones of vanilla and caramel round things out

On the front end, I get a decent amount of drip coffee and smooth maple syrup. Things bitter up mid palate but nothing too crazy, just a touch more roast. The aftertaste is long and brings bittersweet dark chocolate and even more maple syrup

A full body with very mild carbonation leads to a smooth drinking experience. Finishes sticky but it works out here

Wow, I’m continually impressed by the beers these guys and gals put out. This wasn’t a maple bomb, but it was still extremely prevalent throughout. I can not wait to try more beers from them

Aug 05, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a chalice. Dated 04/29/20.

Look- Dark opaque coffee/almost black color, solid brown head that quickly recedes to a light ring of foam, light spotty lacing. No carbonation streaming after it settles.

Smell- The aroma is killer. Fresh ground coffee, maple syrup and chocolate, dark bready malt, burnt sugar/caramel, dark fruits (raisins and figs), vanilla and slight licorice.

Taste- Rich roasted bready malt, sweet chocolate and maple syrup, coffee, burnt sugar/caramel and vanilla. Light coffee like bitterness that doesn't linger on the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Really well balanced. Very light carbonation on the tongue.

O- Completely sublime and delicious, probably better served on a cold fall day than in the middle of June, but it's doing the job just fine.

Jun 18, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil. A finger a very dark brown head forms. Tight compact bubbles. Mild lacing. Everytime I go for a sip, the ring of foam sticks to the sides of the glass.

Nose is delicious. Rich, robust coffee and dark chocolate. A touch of something sweet brightening it up.

Taste is coffee, chocolate, and the maple comes through now. The coffee provides a nice bitter undertone, whereas the chocolate sits somewhere in the middle between the coffee and the maple. The flavor of the maple is predominantly on the back end although it increases the overall sweetness of the brew. Really nice stuff. It does capture the feeling of chocolate chip pancakes and coffee for breakfast.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied with a surprisingly active carbonation. An above mild level carbonation sitting somewhere just below medium. It has a touch of cloying quality. To be expected from a Milk Stout.

Overall a stellar dessert for breakfast sort of brew by Tree House. Not too sweet, not too heavy of an ABV, the flavors come together beautifully. Well done.

Jun 06, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.81/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Feb 16, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Feb 05, 2020
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MVotter from New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jan 20, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Dec 12, 2019
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Nov 07, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Oct 01, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Aug 30, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Aug 26, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Aug 19, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Aug 16, 2019
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +7%
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.

Aug 13, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Aug 03, 2019
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Jul 29, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jul 29, 2019
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StoutshoreBeersnob from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Jul 22, 2019
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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jul 16, 2019
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