Double Shot - Vanilla Bean | Tree House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed for, and released at, the 2018 Tree House Brewing Company Sixth Anniversary Party it has be rereleased in 2019 in 500mL bottles.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
37
pDev:
4.52%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two and a half fingers of caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good, with great lacing left behind. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts all mingled and mashed together in a dark, complex - but not staggering - display. Fresh, natural vanilla bean cuts through the mix adding just a kiss of sweetness to the balance. Aroma remains neutral in terms of sweet to bitter. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely, earthy malts. Among the malts are glimpses of toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and most prominent - vanilla bean. Vanilla bean comes off as natural, and folds in with the mix well. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, decadent texture. The texture frays around the edges just a touch as the beer warms, but is otherwise stout and solid. Overall, a big and tasty stout. Vanilla bean is a subtle, but flavorful and welcome, addition to the complex, decadent base stout.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stoumi
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Double Shot - Vanilla Bean pours a thick and syrupy black with a dark cream colored, dense and complex head. The smell is roasted coffee with espresso notes, cacao nibs and a sweet malt. The taste is rich, roasted bitter coffee with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate and hints of caramel, tiramisu and a nice soft underlying vanilla bean. Thick, rich and creamy. Superb stout!

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Photo of nealmillman
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My bottle is labeled as 8.6%; from a recent batch I got 2 weeks ago at the brewery; TH stouts are consistently excellent, including this gem

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Photo of Spluger
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeeL
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased fresh at the brewery, poured cold room temperature into a tulip glass. The bottle was less than 1 month old and kept cold.

L: Beautiful. A nice thick, creamy head. I wanted to give it a 5, but there's always room for improvement. In this case, the head dissipates relatively quickly to thin lacing.
S: Vanilla cream, a hint of bourbon/booze, some spices, coffee, and chocolate. It smells like dessert, almost a little over the top. The smell did draw me in, which is what it should do.
T: Fantastic at first, then exhausting and just like it smelled. The vanilla was forthcoming, but then tasted more like marshmallow fluff. It actually became tedious.

NOTE: This is clearly a sipping beer; however, the flavor lingers longer than I'd like and the back end becomes a little like black licorice. I couldn't finish the bottle although it was just over 16 ounces.

F: Thick and creamy, maybe a little too much to the point it was "fake" and laden with adjuncts. Sometimes I wonder if these thick beers are even beers anymore. Because of the thickness, the flavor lingers longer than I'd like. Tree House is one of the breweries that is changing what we think of how stouts should feel.
O: A great beer to share with a friend at the end of an evening. If you can source one, do it. However, share it with a friend. It gets cloyingly sweet after a while.

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Photo of Jeremy_w73
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cambabeer
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of agreenman19
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours extra thick for a DS. Jet black with a crimson-singed dark brown head that quickly recedes into a ring of lacing.

S - brighter. Vanilla ice cream whey protein powder, rich nougat, and creamy coffee with the cream filling between two Orea cookies.

T - vanilla cream is right. Robust and whipped. Marshmallow and fluff. Dark chocolate chips and maraschino cherries. Dry chocolate cake and brown sugar complement a cold-brewed coffee base with a slight tart bitterness to finish.

F - more lively and refreshing than other DS beers. Lighter, fluffier, same smooth criminal.

O - whereas Vanilla Bean Single Shot adds more of a bitter vanilla bite, VB DS actually becomes sweeter and mellows the base beer. A welcome addition that doesn't overpower.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with medium cream colored lacing. Nice legs and thick on the sides of the glass.

S - Robust chocolate roast aroma, baked cocoa aroma.

T - Dark sweet chocolate, dark roast cocoa, toasted cream, balanced finish with lingering light chocolate.

M - Thick and silky texture.

O - Really enjoyed this stout.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out as a jet black color with a brown head on top. The smell has a roasted aroma with coffee and subtle vanilla. The taste is more roasty than I expected. I was thinking there would have been more vanilla flavors coming forward but it's more subdued. The feel is smooth and creamy. Overall it's a very good brew.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

no nilla :/

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Photo of JPeterson17
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pinkylives
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeB51982
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter121
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gowens18
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaMacAndCheese
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got to try it during their anniversary weeks on draft.

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Photo of bhatch729
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Edwardrm
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Double Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 37 ratings