Human Condition
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #13
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
97
Ranked #367
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 6.26%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
230
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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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artrocity from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this may be better than Wormtowns Norm in the coconut stout category.

Sep 14, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud, canned 3/21/18... All the worlds a stooge... I mean a stage.

Pours a decent mocha colored fizzy slight creamy small head that fades semi quickly, a bit of lacing, long legs, and pitch black beer.

Nose big sweet creamy stout, a little creamy milk stout like dry mild roasted malt, super dark chocolate cocoa, a little cocoa roast, bit of coffee and caramel, some coconut, not a ton but strong enough to pick up easily, little fudgey, touch of cookie dough, roast and coffee fades quickly to caramel cookie and biscuity wafer.

Taste starts with some raw coconut, toasted coconut and a bit of dark chocolate cocoa, caramel, coffee grinds, a bit of char notes and roast, creamy rich malt, a little milk chocolate, again mild cookie dough and toasted cookie wafer, touch of fudge and caramel sauce, a touch of bitter roast, a bit nutty as well, coconut is a bit light but still obvious esp mixed with the nutty notes and a little dark chocolate makes for a nice candy bar thing, drier finish, lingering milk chocolate, caramel, and some coconut, as well as roast and coffee, but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy, decent carb, no booze

Overall not bad, def wish the coconut was more, roast and dry coffee grinds thing was a bit over the top, base stout was pretty nice as typical from Tree House, but this is not a shot stopped for them.

Apr 05, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery, incredibly small release.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark dark brown almost black with a creamy almost two finger mocha head that fades to leave a rather thin blanket with a fluffy halo.

S - Aromas of big sweet milk chocolate, creamy lactose, nice sweet caramel ribbons. There is a little bit of creamy coffee as well. Very aromatic until one goes looking for the coconut. As it warms up it peeks through a little bit.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big sweet milk chocolate notes, slight flashes of dark chocolate. Creamy lactose, big big caramel notes. The coffee is rather subtle. Coconut is nice, lightly toasted and a little sweet. Very pleasant and balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, lightly carbonated, good for the style.

O - Overall this was a very nice milk stout from Tree House. Great caramel and chocolate going on though I wish there was more coconut here especially in the nose.

Serving Type: Can

Mar 23, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - I'm starting to sense there's a series of beers here... HMMMM. Most Tree House stouts are pitch black, but this one pours a pitch brown. Absolutely impenetrable when it comes to light, that's for sure. Multi-layered head with a light, silky cream & sugar ring on top and a darker, coursely-bubbled bottom layer. Looks like a cappuccino.

S - rich brown sugar and chocolate brownies. Fudge galore. Hints of Irish cream with caramel syrup. Regular Coffee. Lactose deliciousness.

T - woof. I don't think I've had something this decadent even on the expensive end of the Starbucks menu. Delicately balanced with roasty bitterness, this thing is loaded with Baker's chocolate, caramel drizzle, brown sugar, cane sugar, vanilla, and freshly ground coffee beans spackled with warm booze. Mocha and subtle toasted coconut shavings build the foundation. Finishes mostly neutral without much aftertaste. Maybe a little cool.

F - luscious and creamy, but no lack of life. Carbonation is focused and reminds you this is still beer. Feels like coffee with all the fixins' but not so much milk that it's thick and disgusting. More of a sugary feel.

O - having a hard time choosing between this and HOTS. There are some parallels here in that the coconut isn't intrusive similar to the PB presence in HOTS. It's used tastefully as the backbone but incorporated in such a way that doesn't feel like just another adjunct. It's natural! Hits me more as coffee than cake or a milkshake. In that sense, it's more drinkable, but is still loaded with sugar and might rot my teeth out of my head. Probably.

Mar 24, 2018
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great look for a 7.9% stout. Pours rather clear and brown, but sits black in the glass and leaves a soapy, mocha head. Smell and flavor is sort of dominated by the caramel. It's a very good caramel flavor, but it sort of overpowers the coffee and coconut. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, very subtle coffee. Taste is sweet caramel, MAYBE some coconut.. Or maybe I'm just tasting that because I know it's in there. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin, watery side. Beer is very good, but I feel like it's missing richness.

Apr 22, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thick khaki colored head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell/Taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel and coconut. Coconut becomes more prominent as it warms up. Being a milk stout, the lactose flavor is also there.

Mar 21, 2018
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mlatvakokko from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm... CHOCOLATE, caramel nice tones of malty roasted barley. Wonderfully balanced. My favorite of Tree House stouts. The flavors get even more complex and intricate as the beer warms. Feels like cold fall night or Christmas beer.

Aug 19, 2018
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

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

Aug 30, 2020
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wip998001 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 06, 2020
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 01, 2019
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Billolick from New York

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

Apr 17, 2019
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mig100 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 19, 2019
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

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

Nov 17, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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ellswrth from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 17, 2018
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Eziel from Ohio

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

Jul 10, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jan 26, 2019
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Kendo from New York

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.

Dec 09, 2018
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Joesapp from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 03, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 21, 2018
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VikingHammer from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 24, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Mar 25, 2018
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JoeB51982 from Rhode Island

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

Sep 03, 2018
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schinebd from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 01, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours opaque, black in color with one third inch head. Taste is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dry cocoa, and plenty of coconut, especially on the aftertaste. Slightly bitter, roasty, medium heavy bodied with low carbonation. Not as sweet as Southern Tier Samoa, but nice and coconut forward. Great cooler weather beer. Would get this again.

Sep 06, 2018
Human Condition from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 230 ratings