Double Shot - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

Double Shot - Vanilla BeanDouble Shot - Vanilla Bean
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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #91
Ranked #256
4.49 | pDev: 5.12%
Mar 29, 2023
Jun 09, 2018
Double Shot - Vanilla BeanDouble Shot - Vanilla Bean
Notes: Originally brewed for, and released at, the 2018 Tree House Brewing Company Sixth Anniversary Party it has be rereleased in 2019 in 500mL bottles. From 2020 and beyond it will be featured in cans.

Double Shot is one of our proudest creations. Through years of focused brewing execution, we are able to craft a coffee stout with balance, elegance, robust flavor, and smooth drinkability. For this rendition of Double Shot, we add literal buckets of hand processed Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. The resulting beer has all of the luscious chocolate, caramel, and coffee flavors of the original with a decadent layer of vanilla cream-like flavor with a velvety, Tree House stout texture. What a treat! We are so proud to share this beer with you - Enjoy!
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Rated: 4.59 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Mar 29, 2023
Rated: 4.72 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 22, 2023
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Reviewed by Buck_Jones from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours absolutely beautifully; yields a two-finger deep mocha head that dissipates to a slight ring around the glass. Man, does this pour THICK.

The nose is all vanilla mixed with coffee-drenched chocolates, and the taste follows exactly. This one is very candy-like, and is borderline cloying, which is the only downside. The mouthfeel is exactly what it appeared to be when poured. Thick and chewy as all hell; almost need a fork and knife to tackle it. The backend of each sip has a really nice caramel note that, when combined with the mouthfeel, is reminiscent of a caramel chew.

This is probably my favorite stout from Treehouse of all those I’ve tried, and light years better than the regular Double Shot imo. Something about the regular version that just didn’t jibe with me. This one is great.
Dec 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by ConnorSimpson41 from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and vanilla. Picks up the coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering chocolate and vanilla

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: A very good double stout with plenty of coffee and vanilla. Makes for a great sipper any time. Definitely worth checking out
Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark, dark brown. Aroma is a wonderful mix espresso and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Taste is a complex mix of strong espresso, toasted chocolate, bourbon & vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Overall, an incredible stout.
Oct 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
L: Black with a smallish brown head that fades quickly and leaves behind some good lacing.

S: Chocolate syrup, espresso, vanilla, bourbon and caramel.

T: Rich chocolate syrup and coffee, some caramel and burnt bread as well as some bourbon vanilla notes. A very sweet finish.

F: Thick and syrupy, with a light crispness from the carbonation.

Overall: A very intensly flavored stout, rich and complex. It is on the syrupy side of things however and that keeps it from being as drinkable as it could be. I highly recommend this as an after dinner desert beer.
Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jul 15, 2020
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a cold 16.9 fl oz bottle that I have had in my fridge since I purchased it about a year ago at the brewery.
The beer pours a jet black coffee color with a creamy beige colored head f about 1 cm. The foam fades to a sturdy surface layer that remains throughout the sampling. Each swirl leaves dense lattice around my glass.

The aroma on this beer is malty and sweet, which isnt surprising for the brewery or style. I get some dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I only get the faintest hint of vanilla and that scent is mostly present when I take a sip. Probably not actually smelling it. Maybe better to drink this fresh for the vanilla notes.

First sip reveals a medium body with velvety smooth texture and very fine and gentle carbonation. Very easy drinking physical traits on this brew.
Flavor is sweet and malty like the nose. I get chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt notes and a good dose of coffee, but on the light and sweet side, not black coffee. I do get some vanilla on the swallow and this lingers at bit after each mouthful.
Hops are absent and the ABV is also well hidden. This is a sweet beer and I am sure calorie deep, but it isnt cloying nor overwhelmingly candy like. Pretty nice, wonder if the vanilla was bigger when I first bought this bottle.
A good balance of
Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

May 17, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by TomWight from New York

Apr 07, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can (1/24) into a 12oz Belgian glass

L: espresso brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly

S: rich chocolate, brownie batter, roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Really nice, nothing out of balance. Enjoying shoving my nose in this haha

T: nose carries over, rich espresso taste with a nice hit of vanilla. Again flavors are well balanced, with this great actual-coffee aftertaste

F: appropriately thick, not overly viscous but coats my mouth and tongue (tmi?). Very smooth

O: first stout from tree house and I’m quite impressed! Very flavorful, smooth, simply delicious - and coming in at 8.6% abv is a welcome change from a lot of other stouts these days
Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 4.69 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2020
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black color with a 2 finger thick brown foamy head that faded slowly and left nice lacing that slides down and leaves spotty island looking patterns along the glass. What a great smelling nose after the head dissipated. There is a lot of fresh ground coffee, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate and vanilla up front, with the roasted malts, caramel, half and half, charred wood, smoked grains and light soy sauce following before some bourbon like vanilla notes and piney herbs shine through. Pretty much the perfect nose for me and how I’d create an imperial coffee stout.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma but has more malty and chocolate sweetness to it. Seems to be more herbal and piney hop notes which add balance and complexities, and there are additional tastes such as molasses, brown sugar and brownie batter. The vanilla is not sharp and works perfectly with the coffee, roasted grains and chocolate. As it fades there is a heavy cream or milk chocolate essence that tames the bitterness of the coffee and dark chocolate.

It’s ridiculously smooth and easy to drink, hiding the 9% ABV among the vanilla, coffee and roasted malts. It’s got and average mouthfeel thickness that leans towards the thin side, but because of the intense aroma and flavor it’s quite easy to simply focus on how damn tasty the beer is. I imagine if this was fresher the vanilla and coffee would have been more intense, so this is a beer I’ll seek out again.
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.7 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned on 1/24/20

Pours a dense, inky black body capped briefly by a fizzling half-finger of dark mocha foam fading almost immediately to vague blotches on an otherwise effervescent surface; a thick layering of webby lacing walls the glass as a persistent collar marks the perimeter.

Aroma opens with deep mocha meshed with fresh espresso beans, hinting at a dark fruity undertone before a creamy vanilla and bourbon-soaked marshmallow roastiness with a slight, more nutty leaning takes hold in the middle; touches of butterscotch and hazelnut spark briefly before a toasty malt and deepening espresso close.

Taste brings a bevy of thick mocha milk chocolate and toasted bakers chocolate at the forefront, accented with burnt marshmallow edges; deep, semi-fruity espresso courses through the profile as mild hazelnut softens any roasty aggression into a sweet, trending- towards-syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel shows a slick, fuller body with a low, fizzy carbonation giving way to a roasty mid-palate; progressively lightens while remaining slick and without a shred of booziness; the finish becomes sticky with hints of roasty, malty grit.

Certainly not without depth and drinkability, this is a highly well-tempered sweet stout that becomes just a bit too cloying as it warms, seeing the profile muddy while the body becomes stickier; nicely executed for the most part, it just ends up lacking some balance in the end.
Feb 21, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by dudd from New York

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Feb 16, 2020
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Rated by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Chocolate chocolate chip cookies ❤️
Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.59 by Mrthetank from Virginia

Feb 10, 2020
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Rated by Scottsbeer from Florida

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Can dated 01/24/20
Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Piddle from Connecticut

Jan 15, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by AD17 from New Jersey

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Dec 26, 2019
Rated: 4.65 by rex_4539 from Greece

Dec 11, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Dec 07, 2019
Double Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
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