Double Shot - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #90
Ranked #271
4.49 | pDev: 5.12%
Jul 01, 2021
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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4.33 by ConnorSimpson41 from Pennsylvania on Jul 01, 2021
4.68 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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
4.74 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2020
4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 04, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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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4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

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
4.54 by Jkolls from Ohio on Jul 15, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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
4.4 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Jun 03, 2020
4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on May 17, 2020
4.27 by TomWight from New York on Apr 07, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hops_for_thought from New York

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
4.69 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Mar 19, 2020
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4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by CHickman from New York

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
4.7 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Feb 29, 2020
4.5 by alexsergio from New York on Feb 28, 2020
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 24, 2020
4.5 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2020
4.5 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Feb 22, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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
4.44 by dudd from New York on Feb 17, 2020
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

Chocolate chocolate chip cookies ❤️

Feb 14, 2020
4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2020
4.59 by Mrthetank from Virginia on Feb 10, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Scottsbeer from Florida

Can dated 01/24/20

Feb 09, 2020
4.75 by Piddle from Connecticut on Jan 15, 2020
4.47 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jan 12, 2020
4.5 by AD17 from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2019
4.5 by paulish from New York on Dec 26, 2019
4.65 by rex_4539 from Greece on Dec 11, 2019
4.68 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Dec 08, 2019
4.53 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Dec 07, 2019
4.68 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Dec 07, 2019
4.1 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Dec 05, 2019
4.6 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Dec 02, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Holding no bars, Tree House once again comes out swinging with a cream stout that's simply soaking in fresh espresso and vanilla beans. The culmination of flavors are something of beer loving, affogato dreams.

Double Shot with Vanilla Bean patiently plops into the glass with a luscious density of onyx milkshake. Deep, dark and ominous, its roasted appearance billows with a slow swirling cream that crowns the rim with a short, dense blanket of suds. Over which, a rich medley of aromas rise with chocolate, coffee, heavy cream and sugar, all slathering on the palate like a coffee and cream malty latte.

Thick and luscious, the middle palate rolls on with those milk sugars and vanilla spices clinging to the tongue with absolute decadence. Burnt cream, seared toffee and bittersweet chocolates all work hand in hand to sculpt a seamless malt weave that's balanced only by the earthen complexity of espresso, soil, earth and the inherent bitterness that it brings. A bitterness that employs hops to chase a balanced taste into finish with a soothing cocoon of vanilla cream much in the same way as does their Single Shot, only bolder throughout.

Full and velvety, the stout simply wraps around the tongue with pleasant savory roast. Like silk against the tongue, the ale's textures are seductive and comforting, pulling the attention away from the near-cloying sweetness. Yet, the sheer enormity of taste favors the direct roast, sweet and milky character that ultimately defines the beer.

Nov 26, 2019
4.04 by Ajlvt from Washington on Nov 08, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Bottle poured into Treehouse snifter

Two finger brown creamy foam , good lacings , good retention , settles to a dense creamy layer over motor oil black liquid

Aroma of borkum riff whisky tobacco, bourbon whiskey, roasted malts

Taste is coffee, bourbon

Smooth, roast coffee aftertaste

Good beer

Nov 04, 2019
Double Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 208 ratings