Human Condition
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #13
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4.47 | pDev: 6.26%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: 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.
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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1/12/20.

Pours opaque black with a surging head of brown with a stretch pour. Moderate retention and lacing. Dark chocolate with vanilla and a hint of coconut in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Fudge with chocolate syrup on the palate. Finishes sweet with lingering chocolate and faint coconut.

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brewandbbq from New Hampshire, Apr 05, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Acquired thanks to daughter, canned 1/16/20. Poured from the 16 oz, can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Opaque black with barest hint of ruby at the very bottom periphery. Half finger tan head receded to thin patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Mild milk chocolate, hint of caramel and coconut.

t; Follows the nose along with a moderate hop bite which lingers a bit on the sweet finish.

m: Medium to full, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; Another superior milk stout from TH, flavorful and a fine sipper. Enjoyable to the last.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Mar 17, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious milk stout, my first non-IPA from Tree House. 1/16/20 date printed on can. Pours a thick dark brown color, opaque and almost black. Some great looking mocha head and small rings of lingering lacing that lasted. Smells of dark mocha chocolate, medium roast coffee, caramel, bread, malt, vanilla, roasted nuts and much fainter coconut. Tastes similarly, very well balanced and complex, great depth. The coconut was subtle but very well done and despite the higher ABV this one wasn’t necessarily a sipper. Smooth, rich, luscious, slightly sticky mouthfeel that coated the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. Beer mellowed out as it warmed towards room temperature. Just lost a little lusciousness as it warmed which is why I didn’t give it higher marks. Worked well with both savory dinner and sweet dessert.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Feb 27, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can. poured into a snifter, opened 2 11 20

dark motor liquid, solid, creamy one finger brown foam cap. good retention, settles a strong ring with a thin layer of bubbles

aroma is caramel, coconut, chocolate

taste is chocolate, roast beans, caramel, coconut

low sudsing, roast taste lingers, sweet, no bitterness

good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Feb 12, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out black with a thin brown head. The smell of the beer is sweet with caramel and hints of coconut. The taste has a very nice dessert-like flavor, definitely similar to the Samoa cookies like they mention in the description. The feel of the beer is very smooth. Overall it's another outstanding Milk Stout from Tree House.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Feb 08, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Rick! Canned 02 Nov.

Jet black with dark brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dark brown head that recedes rapidly leaving no lacing. The nose is sweet with dark caramel, honey, dark roasted grain, coconut, hazelnut, caramelized milk, rum soaked raisins, buckwheat honey, a noticeable lactose sweetness. Plenty of roasted malt is present. The palate opens sweet and roasty with plenty of lactose sweetness, burnt and caramelized milk, a little licorice, buckwheat honey and dark caramel. Bitter dark chocolate, considerably sweetened, is present on the mid-palate. Rather thin on the palate, this beer is medium-light in body, a little overcarbonated and finishes sweet with plenty of lactose sweetness. Notes of macadamia and coconut are present. Solid, though a little overbearing.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-28-2019 (Consumed May-21)

It pours ruddy coke-black with a finger of pop-like head. Okay retention; no lacing. (4)

Thick lactose sweetness, cinnamon, some chocolate. (4)

Vanilla, sugar, milk chocolate (the imitation stuff that is unnaturally sweet). (4)

Sticky, sugary, medium+ body, moderate carbonation, lingering diabetic finish. (4)

Not bad, not even not good, but nothing spectacular either.
It looks, smells and tastes good. Exactly what I'd expect from a very sweet, "unflavored" pastry stout (cause, let's face it, this is beyond a milk stout). However, on seeing all the crap that it is brewed with I wondeer where it all went. It must have just blended into a general sugariness, as I got little of it. There was definitely some chocolate, but I just thought it was the malt-sugar pairing. Not bad but kind of muddy. To be fair, Samosas are absolutely my least-favorite girl scout cookies, so there's that...

Middle-of-the road but not in a disparaging way. Doesn't quite pop in any way which, in its case I think would be best served by toning the lactose down and making a solid, "more "traditional"" imperial milk stout. Anyway, that's just me and it is not to say that this isn't a finely made beer. I enjoyed every last sip of it. It just needs a little nudge to greatness in my opinion. (4)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), May 24, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark mocha hues with a healthy sandy head and robust lacing
S: From the can there is tons of caramel on the nose supplemented by toasted coconut and cacao nibs
T: Silky milk chocolate and Werther's Original candies supported by a nice dark roast coffee note with roasted malts
F: Medium bodied with a subtle carb
O: Really nice non-BA take on a Samoa cookie stout. The coconut is subtle, but deftly avoids any artificial notes. The caramel is really the star here and Tree House employs the candied flavors well. Excellent backdrop of chocolate and coffee; nicely done.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, May 12, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Human Condition pours thick and viscous deep black with a thick and complex, dark tan 1-finger head that lingers, depositing some beautiful lacing. The smell is warm and inviting with a espresso style coffee, rich milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, hint of fudge and roasted malts. Smooth, thick and rich across the palette and very sweet. Picking up a nice espresso coffee up front with a sweet milk chocolate, caramel with a hint of alcohol but finishes with a dark chocolate covered cherry sweetness. No sign of coconut, but I don't think it misses it.

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stoumi from California, Apr 20, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3-38-19 dated tall can

Pours very dark, near black and stout like, very dark mocha cap that quickly departs and leaves behind ample fine sheeting, strands and bits of lacing

My sniff reveals mild earthyness, and milk chocolate.

On the palate its all about milk chocolate, fudge brownies, cafe au lait, some earthy/leafy notes adding to the complexity. Yum yum yum

Mouthfeel is super smooth, rich and thick brew.

Overall this is a delicious stout from TH, as they show their skills to turn out high quality brews beyond their go to NEIPAs....well worth a try...go get some

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Billolick from New York, Apr 17, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Tan head. Dark brown color, black.

Cocoa powder, chocolate, caramel, and coconut. Lactose, creamy. Smooth. Light roast.

Full bodied. Fairly thick and syrupy.

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mothman from Minnesota, Apr 13, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 03/28/19. Served in a 13oz Trillium branded tulip because beer-slut.

Pours mahogany brown, thoroughly opaque in the glass, with a scant maybe-quarter-finger of chocolately froth. No retention to speak of, just a meager fizzy cap and a creamy little collar.

Aroma is about medium intensity, creamy and sweet with brown sugar and graham crackers. I guess maybe I can smell coconut? but only because I know that I’m supposed to.

Like the nose, the taste is creamy and sweet. Again, because I read the commercial description, I know that it’s meant to be a riff on samoas but I would have guessed s’mores because what I’m picking up is graham cracker and marshmallow. That’s not a knock because, I mean, who doesn’t like a s’more, right? Milk chocolate character is present but not assertive, creamy caramel arrives late but coats the palate and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel is the star here. Smooth, thick and creamy, medium-dense bodied with surprisingly bright carbonation, certainly relative to the style.

Overall, very enjoyable. The first taste is only mildly impressive but the layers just keep building on the palate. Aside from the coconut, because there wasn’t any coconut in MY can - except that now I have Mounds bar burps. Even if the beer wasn’t tasty, and it is, I’d drink it just so I could feel it in my mouth.

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papposilenus from New Hampshire, Apr 09, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via can dated 3/28/2019

color is a jet black with mocha foam

smell is kind of vegital..not good

taste very easily makes up for the smell...hefty doses of coconut & chocolate mixed in with some what a 180!

medium carbonation
and mouthfeel is silky smooth and full and creamy


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Jlabs from New York, Apr 03, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of cocoa and vanilla. Moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors of chocolate milk, vanilla, coconut and caramel. Very well done.

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3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a thin beige cap fading to a collar; dots of lacing

Smell: Syrupy milk chocolate and caramel; just a hint of coffee

Taste: Rich milk chocolate and caramel, up front, with fruity espresso flavors emerging; perhaps some nut tones in there, as well, but I don't get any coconut; sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This doesn't really capture the Samoa and, while it has its strong points, it is not up there with the other beers I have tasted from Tree House

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jan 26, 2019
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3.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Black and viscous looking. Smells of milk chocolate and coffee roasted malt. Tastes of fudge, milk chocolate, lactose, and alcohol. Sweet and sticky. Medium heavy. Small quantities taste good. Couldn't drink much of it, though. Did not really get coconut out of it.

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3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with dense creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up.
The foam fades slowly to a thin edge layer that remains through the sampling.
The aroma is roasted malt and some sweet chocolate. I only get a little bit of coconut and some brown sugar. There is no hint of hops anywhere on this beer.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with a fine gentle carbonation. This beer has a nice physical set of attributes.
Flavor is roasted malt and some dark chocolate with a little bit of sweet caramel blending in on the finish. I actually dont get too much coconut here which is disappointing as I think the beer was supposed to highlight this piece.
I dont get any hops nor any booze as I finish the can.
The beer is easy to drink and is a decent roasty stout, but misses on the coconut in my opinion. Had higher hopes for this TH stout.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Dec 27, 2018
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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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Kendo from New York, Dec 09, 2018
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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
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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Damian from Massachusetts, Nov 21, 2018
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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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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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brewme from Massachusetts, Nov 10, 2018
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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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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 20, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Truly amazing milk stout with taste of coconut, caramel, and chocolate. Pour is deep black and mouthfeel is sweet and all encompassing. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. Good sweetness. Light on the body (eg not a beer you can "eat" but very drinkable and solid)..

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npolachek from New York, Oct 11, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an onyx black color with a dark tan head that cascades down the side of the glass. Initial aromas are roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. Wow.

The dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors are joined by a subtle coconut component, which combines nicely with the other flavors, and fits the substantial mouthfeel.

Truly world-class.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Oct 05, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 16 oz. can dated 8/15/18 into a Tree House teku

Look: A dark black with 1 finger of light brown head. Not much lacing but enough to notice.

Smell: Milk chocolate is the most forward aroma but there is some vanilla and caramel in there. The milk chocolate and vanilla is fantastic. This makes me think of a phenomenal candy or cookies.

Taste: Milk chocolate with vanilla and a coconut kicker. A little more caramel than the smell led me to believe. This is a fantastic milk stout.

Feel: Very little carbonation and a nice lingering aftertaste.

Overall: A world class milk stout. Such a great combination of flavors and no taste of alcohol. Scary drinkable

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Kdouble from Tennessee, Sep 29, 2018
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