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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artrocity from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at brewery. Pours black & thick. Sweet maple on the nose and a bit of a boozy bite at 7.7%. I really hope they can this one as it is my favorite 'not an ipa' from tree house so far!

Jan 24, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - ever since seeing an official can art for this, I knew it was coming in cans. Glad to have gotten my hands on one. Pours the darkest, blackest, viscous..est motor oil. Minimal head to be found because it just won't budge. The ring of lacing however is a dark crimson brown. One might even say it looks like maple syrup!

S - dark chocolate fudge. Toasted maple syrup and roasted almonds. Lactose Regular Coffee with plenty of caramel drizzle.

T - loaded with sweet roast. Cane sugar and those maple candies which are basically just maple sugar compacted into maple leafs. Those crispies on your maple leaf-shaped glass of Grade A home-tapped maple syrup after you've been using it for a few days. Heavy cream and sugar generously scooped into my medium roast coffee. Bittersweet chocolate brownies, brown sugar, marzipan, and caramel-glazed Milk Duds. Yeah, I'm sure that's a bit redundant, but that's a compliment, right? Refreshing hoppiness beats back the cloying sugary flavors into something that's actually drinkable on a humid summer night, a time that appears to be stout season for Tree House...

F - oily fluff. This simply glides across the tongue like a hundred chinchillas swarming my naked body. I use talc on my bowling shoes to increase slide, and it's like I'm gargling that soapstone to ease this miracle liquid down my tender throat. [purrs audibly]

O - essence of decadence. I'm seeing the corollaries to Good Morning. GM Liteā„¢. Has a long way to go to reach that level of lechery, but this will make a suitable substitute in my annual Christmas morning GM tasting now that GM is ded for the foreseeable future.

Jun 25, 2018
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GeeL from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
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.


Jan 16, 2019
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at TH. Poured black with a mocha head. Looks decadent. Aroma was insane. Maple, coffee and chocolate bomb. Loved it. Flavor was exactly as the nose. Maple prevalent on the initial sip followed by waves of coffee and chocolate. Each sip made me want more. Feel was very good for a 7.7 abv Stout. Drank creamy and sticky. Not super full bodied but definitely some substance there. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I picked the right day to go to TH!

Jan 21, 2018
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jan 17, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A - Poured into a custom Tree House pint a nice dark brown almost black with a nice two finger mocha head that fades to leave a dense creamy blanket with very very nice lacing. Picture perfect for the style.

S - Aromas of big, bold maple syrup. Sweet but not cloy. Good quality amber. Nice chocolate notes, though they're somewhat overpowered by the maple. Coffee is pleasant and nicely roasted. Little rich, not acrid. Smells like breakfast. Very maple forward.

T - Taste is similar to the nose but far more balanced. Chocolate hits first with rich bakers chocolate, dark cacao galore. Coffee is nicely balanced, good roast without any acrid finish. The maple rounds things out pleasantly. Not overly aggressive or aggressive it balances the richness and roast of the chocolate and coffee quite nicely. Good malt backbone. Super harmonious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, smooth. Good body. Not overly thick, lighter, which is more akin to the style.

O - Overall this was a very, very nicely done milk stout. The maple is a bit on the aggressive side on the nose but the flavour is super balanced. Very nicely done. I can't quite put my finger on it, but, this beer tastes very a lighter version of something I haven't had in a while but still have a growler of in my fridge....hmmm hmmmm....

Serving Type: on tap

Jan 25, 2018
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KBrewDog from Massachusetts

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

May 13, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/10/19 edition

Tall can

Pours very dark and stout like, dark mocha cap leaves a lo a load of splattered fine lacing....fine looking brew

Full on pungent nose with milk chocolate and starbucks coming forward

Full flavor and full bodied stout. This one pours rich and heavy, and comes on strong and bold...waves of luscious chocolate, smooth cafe au lait, maple syrup, molasses and chocolate milk deliciousness

World class

Jan 19, 2019
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Jrosso from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 11, 2019
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Korymiller from Arizona

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 06, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Dec 30, 2018
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bnewt21 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 01, 2019
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 26, 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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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a viscous espresso color with a dark tan finger of foam; good retention, leggy and dripping with lace

Smell: Rich chocolate syrup, sweet cream and maple syrup

Taste: Rich milk chocolate flavors, velvety smooth, with the maple syrup emerging, in the middle; the finish is rich and sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A top notch sweet stout, even though it is not my favorite style

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

Jan 27, 2019
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billydrinksbeer from Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Feb 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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bubbler from New York

4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2019
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Diura from New York

3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 19, 2019
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MilaMila from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2020
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psweendogg from Connecticut

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

Aug 06, 2018
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folkstar from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 10, 2019
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NelCet from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 26, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a Tree House teku

Review #1575

Dark brown/black appearance. The oily looking liquid was topped by a small, frothy, caramel colored cap that quickly dropped to a clingy collar. A wall of drippy lacing coated the glass after each sip.

The aroma was incredible. Maple notes came through big time. Sweet but not overly so. Huge mocha presence. Loads of creamed, dark roast coffee and milk chocolate. Rich and fudgey. Touch of vanilla too. As the beer warmed, the maple notes turned even stronger. This was, as the brewery states, reminiscent of chocolate chip pancakes drenched in dark amber maple syrup. Really amazing.

The flavor was similar to the nose but not quite as sweet or as intense. Big maple presence up front. Loads of roasted and caramel malt notes as well. Darker roast coffee came through in the center. Espresso perhaps. Some vanilla and lactose-like milkiness too. More roasted malts on the back end and the finish. Touch of booze and some lingering, roasty bitterness.

Terrific, fuller-bodied mouthfeel. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The beer contained a larger bubbled effervescence that frothed up nicely on the palate. After a few sips, the beer deposited a slightly sticky film on my lips.

For over two years now, folks have been anxiously waiting for Tree House to re-release Good Morning. While this still has yet to happen, Moment of Clarity seems to be the next best thing. With its rich, sweet and complex yet surprisingly balanced maple, creamed coffee and chocolate character, this beer combines many of the flavors and aromas found in outstanding, imperial-style pastry stouts into a smaller, but equally as impressive, package.

Jun 26, 2018
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pprichar from Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 12, 2018
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