Moment Of Clarity | Tree House Brewing Company

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4.65/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Larueminati on 01-19-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
212
pDev:
4.73%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
38
Trade:
2
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Photo of BranfordBound
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring out the can the aromas instantly fill the room. From 3-4 feet away from the can pour I can close my eyes and pretend I'm inside an indie coffee shop. Huge flavors of chocolate coated espresso beans and a lingering sweetness with notes of high quality maple syrup. Some lactose mixes in to create hot chocolate flavors. Really velvety on the tongue and has a solid body to back it up. Incredible stout that steers just shy of being too sweet to create an amazing beer. This tops Breakfast Stout for me, easily.

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Photo of GeeL
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts. Tree House is among several breweries that is changing how we think of stout. More typical stouts now seem thin compared to the thick, rich, decadent stouts being brewed these days.

L: completely opaque. Is it black or really dark brown? I'll go with the latter. There's an inviting, thick mocha colored head. It dissipates quickly into a thin foam around the edge that also sticks to the glass. EDIT: the head may have lasted longer, but I tend to slurp thicker stouts to get a really good taste. I may have slurped the head.

S: Like dessert: cocoa, coffee, cream.

T: This is what some people are referring to as a "pastry stout" because it's so thick and creamy. It's like a super-thick hot chocolate with coffee, maple syrup (coincidentally, how I make my hot chocolate), and cream... lots of cream; like, made with cream and not milk or water. There's a slight roastiness, and a hint of ripe dark stone fruit (plums). As the beer warms, there's a hint of alcohol; however, it is balanced. And it's not "hot" alcohol, it's more like an aged rum type booziness.

F: it's like drinking a pint of half-and-half

O: I had this for the first time after an epic 40 degree, bluebird sky, ski day when I stopped by TH on the way home from Wachusett. I turned 50 yrs old that day, and sat and contemplated life over a Moment of Clarity. The day would have been a tad more perfect if my wife could have gotten out of work and my son play hookie from school. Just sitting and drinking this on a milestone birthday has cemented this beer as one of my favorites. I may be biased, but if you're able to track it down, your effort will be worthwhile.

The reason why it's not straight 5's is the beer could be a little too thick, just a little over the top. The taste might be a tad too sweet, though this is clearly what the beer is about. But it's about as close to a 5 as I've had. In fact, I can sense that over time I'll wish the 4.75 for T, F, and O were 5s. But I'm good with this score for now.

Cheers!

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably good

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of maple syrup candies are present in the nose along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate, coffee, and maple syrup, the latter of which continues to linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and silky smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the lingering maple syrup flavors in the taste, this would make for an excellent breakfast stout.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1/10/19.

Pours opaque black with barely a trace of brown head. Errant dots of lacing with minimal retention. Chocolate fudge drizzled with maple syrup and espresso in the nose. Vanilla and malted milk balls follow through. Full bodied with a creamy, oily, viscous mouthfeel. Crushed velvet. Maple with chocolate syrup and espresso on the palate. Finishes sweet and rich with long-lingering maple, chocolate, and espresso.

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Photo of bubbler
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichD
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryanflc
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bogdawg
4.29/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Impressive dense, dark tan head. While it settles slowly, it does form rather large bubbles. Nice spotty lacing. The liquid is deep, dark brown where no light passes.

Powerful, deep semisweet cocoa aroma, complete with milk and marshmallows. It smells like a dessert beer.

Super rich body, more like chocolate milk, it coats my tongue and throat. The flavor is extraordinarily strong--chocolate pudding, cocoa and cream. Very much a dessert beer. The aftertaste is like all of the above plus a touch of warming alcohol.

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Photo of TripleShot
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkuzdeba
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KevinFinneran226
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wesmaze
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.36/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcel371
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meatface
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The blackest stout I've ever seen and utterly delicious. Frothy head.

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Photo of dmk82
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffreymuscles
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

interesting to drink this one a few nights after having impermanence. overall this one is much more restrained and the flavors are almost mellow because of how integrated and smooth everything is.

beautiful looking dark pour with a beautiful and creamy head some sudsy bubbles atop. aroma is very underwhelming there is some acidic coffee roast and i dare say a hint of booze? unacceptable for the abv/style. however palate is absolutely banging and brings a lush complexity including flavors of cream, earthy coffee roast, chocolate, and a clear maple quality. mouthfeel has a very velvety and airy creamyness to it, lighter medium. very tasty!!

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Moment Of Clarity from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 212 ratings