Human Condition | Tree House Brewing Company

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4.47/5
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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): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Human Condition is a rich and delicious Tree House stout brewed with coconut, caramel and chocolate. It is designed to capture the spirit and flavor of samoas cookies. It pours a deep black color in the glass releasing aromas of tasted coconut, caramel, milk chocolate and creamy coffee. The flavor follows suit, with a predominant chocolate coconut note fading into a rich caramel candy finish. We are so pleased to our long running philosophy of presenting richly flavorful, thoughtful, and well crafted beers that neither tire or weigh heavy on the palate. This beer works perfectly as a companion to a cold spring evening spent dreaming of warm sandy beaches. In the breadth of the human condition we hope that this beer can offer a moment of joy amidst the endless ups and downs we encounter as we make our way through this fortunate journey called life.

Added by rudzud on 03-21-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
159
pDev:
6.26%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
27
Trade:
1
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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kendo
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/2/18; consumed on 12/8/18.

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass, I'm surprised by the dark black appearance and viscosity. It's black, with a half-finger of tannish-brown head. Leaves behind a bit of lace.

S: Toasted coconut, roasted barley malt and lactose/milk sugars. Caramel/caramel malt. Nice nose.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with roasted barley and caramel malt, toasted coconut, a touch of lactose and a faint hint of char. Also a little bit of milk chocolate and molasses. Tasty. And nice on a cold (under 30 degrees) December night in upstate NY. ABV is felt in the belly as warmth, but not noted on the palate.

M: Weight is medium, low carbonation, so it feels a bit slick.

O: Very good. I see that they're going for the Samoa cookie here, and while they don't exactly get it, I'm getting many of those flavors without this becoming a sugary-sweet cloying cookie-type-type-sweetness. Well done.

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Photo of gmcmillan67
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Xantanamoss
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryanflc
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
11/02/18
Served in a Tree House teku

Super thick and oily, near pitch black appearance. The viscous body was capped by a small, finely beaded, saddle brown head that fell to a lasting, frothy collar. A thin, drippy wall of lacing coated the glass after each sip.

The aroma was somewhat disappointing initially. Day old coffee grounds dominated. Some sweetened and creamed coffee appeared after a few minutes. Caramel notes were detectable as well. As the beer sat, the nose improved considerably. The creamed coffee presence really intensified, as did the caramel. Some rich chocolate fudge and fragrant vanilla notes were also apparent.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was somewhat underwhelming at first. Loads of bitter roastiness right off the bat. Coffee notes were apparent, but the coffee also seemed overly roasty and bitter. Slightly acrid and ashy. Touch of caramel sweetness. There was a subtle yet somewhat astringent booziness as well. More bitter roast and char on the back end and the finish. Later, the sweet caramel notes came forth. Bit of milk chocolate too.

Nice creamy and soft mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine, fairly zippy effervescent that gave the liquid a smooth suppleness. Like the aroma and the flavor, the mouthfeel became much more full and rounded with time.

Coconut? Nope. Chocolate? Maybe a touch. Though Human Condition got substantially better as it warmed, the adjuncts were still very subtle, and the beer came across as more roasty and bitter than I would have liked. As far as Samoa inspired beers go, Southern Tier’s Samoa This did a much better job of capturing the essence of the actual cookies.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Matt, I can not thank you enough for surprising me with a Tree House milk stout.

Pint can dated 11/02/18 "I beer, therefore I am" - poured into a snifter at 42F.

Pours a super dark used motor oil brown - half a shade away from black in the glass. A cm of light mocha head quickly reduces to a thin collar.

Nose is freshly ground coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup, and salted caramel-drizzled pretzel. The pretzel is a toasty doughy malt note. Some evident nuttiness in here as well. Some light raisin/prune character, and the faintest whiff of chili pepper, which goes hand-in-hand with the coffee. A swirl leads to big vanilla notes too.

Palate is follows the nose precisely, with dark chocolate up front, some mild caramel, fresh baked pretzels, a whiff of coffee, some pecan pie, very subtle molasses, sweet cream, and some roast. Delectable sweetness first and foremost. Sweetness of dessert proportions. I was told Tree House milk stouts were sweet, and that statement is very true here. There's just enough charry roast in the finish to balance out the sweetness, and conclude it nicely. Definitely what I imagine as a "pastry stout". It has that sweet, crusty, ever-so-slightly savor character that really makes this akin to drinking a delicious pastry/cookie dessert.

The mouthfeel on this is absolutely luscious. Thick, chewy, slick, and viscous. This is the mouthfeel you'd expect from an average BA stout at 13%ABV, and this is a 7.9% MILK STOUT. Man, they absolutely nailed it in the mouthfeel department (Tree House seems to be very good at this). Cannot believe this is less than 8% with a mouthfeel this big. Huge points for that. Low to moderate carbonation. Creamy.

Overall, this is an incredible milk stout, and it has quite a bit of complexity to it. I just saw that it's supposed to be coconut, caramel, and chocolate. They nailed the chocolate and caramel. Not picking up on a whole lot of coconut, but it definitely has some subtle coffee flavors, and a really neat fresh baked dark doughy pretzel thing going on. Totally dig it.

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

Photo of blisscent
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssippisam
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lewith
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vivs85
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up two cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton last Saturday. Canned-on date of ? (can't read, but I am sure that it is recent). Just drank a Hold onto Sunshine, & preferred that a bit, buy this is very good.

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Photo of TangoJuliet
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pprichar
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Virby44
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeremy_w73
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steve8robin
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soneast
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The pour is surprisingly stark motor oil black with a quick to fizzle out convex dark tan foam.

Smell brings creamy coconut right up front, almost like rice pudding, with gooey dark chocolate and a slight nutty roast far behind.

Taste certainly starts as a dessert-like treat, with notes of malt balls and dark chocolate covered pretzel, yet some toasty coconut and a semi-bitter coffee swallow thankfully keeps this not overly cloying or sweet. Despite their attempt, I don't really get Samoas, but that's fine with me.

The feel is roundly medium-full, with a crisp fizz that expands slightly before a semi-dry chew that somehow brings it back down before feeling full again.

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Photo of ptat
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Human Condition from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 159 ratings