Double Shot - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

Double Shot - Vanilla BeanDouble Shot - Vanilla Bean
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #78
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
98
Ranked #330
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 5.11%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
199
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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SCORE
98
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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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hops_for_thought from New York

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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CHickman from New York

4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
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
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No date on the bottle but I picked this up at the brewery on 9/7/19. Since I finished the pot of coffee this morning, I decided to open this with some delicious pancakes and robust maple syrup, which turned out to be a perfect pairing.

This beer is so incredibly rich. Sugary sweet yet not cloying, properly rich and malty without being bitter, and finished perfectly with syrupy vanilla and espresso roast coffee beans. A bit of booze in the nose but it’s warming and inviting. Such a wonderful beer on a cloudy yet pleasant mid-October morning.

Oct 14, 2019
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the appearance is viscous dense black liquid, even on the pour. Gorgeous, dense, billowing head that almost looks like a nitro pour and hangs around for over 5 minutes. Ridiculous. Aroma is medium roast coffee, delicious. I maybe am imagining some vanilla in the scent, but I’m not imagining a little wood. Bitter medium roast coffee on the taste is complimented by some vanilla, and finished off with some spicyness and warmth going down the gullet. Mouthfeel is incredible. Slick, creamy, full(very), dense, coating, and drying at the end. Overall this is fantasticly awesome. One of the best coffee stouts I’ve ever had.

Oct 06, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JC for this 500ML bottle, consumed on the work road on a cold, rainy, depressingly fall day in MN. Pre-drinking for the Twins first playoff game Friday night.

The pour is picturesque – perfect head with a heavy dark body. But the tongue is where it’s at. The nose weighs in with caramel, coffee, & an echo of vanilla. Very light.

Double Shot – Vanilla Bean is as baffling as a fan of the re-made “Footloose”. Yes, they’re out there. I can’t taste the hype, just a middling coffee stout with the gentle addition of vanilla. A little cream chocolate, acidity. Slick & full, the mouthfeel is nice, & drinks like a session stout half its weight class.

I don’t get it. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s everybody else, but this is a routinely good stout to me, nothing more.

Oct 03, 2019
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AstroT from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really like stouts when the nights cool down from the heat of the summer and this one does NOT disappoint, in fact I like the sweetness of this brew when I'm only having one. It starts off a dark motor oil in complexion with a strong coffee in the nose and in the first hit on the palate. There is a hint of maple and dark chocolate in the finish.

Sep 25, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absurdly good beer, huge thanks to my brother for sharing. this is rich and decadent, absolutely packed with vanilla. never had the original double shot, but this was a standout with the vanilla, a really cool edition of this beer, which is sure likes they do a lot of playing around with. the coffee aspect is monumental, really good, and really deep espresso, with dark chocolate and molasses layers to it, just really well built and quite sturdy on the grain side too. there is some real sweetness to this, but all the roast of the dark grain and the coffee offsets it just enough that this isnt too sweet to drink, and the fullness and richness of the feel is divine, lush and silky, round and soft and sexy, and it hangs on the palate forever. the coffee and the vanilla together is a really nice flavor note, thankfully, because it runs all the way through this, even though i think the vanilla is a little dominant. its okay though because this is such a natural vanilla, such a real vanilla bean taste that this high dose of it doesnt seem forced or out of place. i think it takes a very special base beer to be able to handle this much vanilla so gracefully, and this somehow seems effortless. i taste the beer for miles, and it keeps evolving long after the swallow. super tasty stuff, desserty and decadent, but not so much so that it really slows us down at all. stunning beer, as good as this sort of thing gets for me, i need to get my hands on the original!

Aug 28, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours out a nice dark color with an absolutely luscious tan-mocha head, just so creamy and dense and frothy, wonderful retention that hangs around for days

aromas are very sweet, vanilla forward, hinting at carmel, honestly not detecting all that much coffee ... mainly vanilla sweetness and some other nondescript sweetness that sort of reminds me of barrel character - very interesting and decadent!

palate opens up with a huge burst of thick and chewy vanilla sweetness, heaps of vanilla, marshmallow, fluff for days, also getting a vanilla bean ice cream type thing. there is mellow roast throughout and just a hint of coffee but good god this is a desert forward stout. tasting pulled candies, chocolate cake, almost a toasted coconut like thing. there is also a hint of booze, but not in a harsh way ... rather just a pleasant hit of bourbony goodness to go along with all the flavors invoking barrel sweetness.

mouthfeel is thicker than for other ds beers i have tasted, really chewy and velvety. overall this one is just immense - has enough barrel character to make you think its BA, a massive vanilla forward beer with a hint of chocolate and coffee. this one blew me away and is worth sharing with a good friend as a dessert beer!

Jul 12, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
No date (Consumed Jul-7-2019)


It pours pitch black and seems to be practically the consistency of oil. There is a decent brown head but it is pretty short-lived. The aroma is spiced vanilla ice cream, almost reminds me of eggnog, and in a good way. The flavor follows right on its heels with vanilla, espresso crema, chocolate, and light roast flavors. It is big and sweet and sticky with medium carbonation and the slightest alcoholic warmth.

This is a mighty good beer. The vanilla comes through really nicely in the aroma and the coffee seems confined to the flavor but both pair nicely and come through really cleanly. This is not something I'd drink super often, but it does seem to me to be exactly what they set out to achieve and it is a delicious stout in my mind. Very, very nice!

4...4.25...4.5...4.5...4.5

Jul 11, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours from the 500ml into a becher with a midnight, motor oil black body and a very dark brown cocoa cap. The head shoots up to an inch at its peak with a very thick and creamy consistency. Great head retention. Lacing is widespread with sheets and webs meandering down the glass.

S- The classic mixture of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with a moderately strong suggestion of sweetness coming off like a very refined dessert or a great vanilla bean mocha. Just a pleasure to sniff. The roasted barley acts to bring everything together and provide the charred and cocoa notes. A bit of toffee and brown sugar hints as well.

T- Massive vanilla with very strong coffee, roast grains, chocolate and a moderately high level of sweetness. The vanilla accentuates the sweets but later on the roast, slight booze and coffee cut into that and it balances out masterfully. I mean in the end it is kind of a four note, simple beer but you can't go wrong with perfect levels of sweet cocoa, dark roast coffee (none of that stale bean flavor), vanilla and roast.

MF- Heavy overall body and the texture is a balance of oily thickness and a very creamy softness on the taste buds. Velvety and as smooth as can be while being substantial enough to support those rich flavors. Slightly bitter roastiness from the grains and beans.

The base beer is mastery and this variation tops it, honestly. The vanilla just plays off of the coffee and cocoa so well and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Long live Double (and single, and triple shot).

Jul 08, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with tan head. There's prevalent vanilla and coffee on the nose. Like regular Double Shot, this has that super fudgey chocolate, coffee character but with an extra kick of vanilla. It's really smooth and good, but it lacks some complexity. It is super approachable, but a more sophisticated palate might find this a little boring.

Jul 04, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tons of caramel in the nose - tastes of sweet, creamy coffee, lightly roasty, with thick caramel. So well-balanced and clean. Finishes just slightly dry.

This is a masterpiece - Tree House is right in being proud of this beer. I've had better coffee beers, but they were all barrel-aged. It's incredible how smooth and well-balanced the coffee is in this beer - and that caramel is so unexpected and delicious. I want every beer to have caramel in it!

Jun 17, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this yesterday, as this was the first bottle that I've ever had from Tree House. Even though they're known more for their New England-style IPA's, this was on par with those as it was immensely enjoyable, easy to drink, and so beautifully crafted that it took me by surprise!

Lovely pour to this as the coffee-like liquid was topped off with a pleasing mocha head that held it's own for quite some time. A decent amount of lacing was left behind as a few thick rings could be seen. Such a nice aroma to this as the vanilla, rich chocolate, and slick coffee all combined to hook me in from the first whiff and the taste was even better! So soft and velvety as this tasted like a decadent chocolate bar turned to liquid with sweetener and cream added to it. The bourbon was felt more in the mouthfeel than the taste as this went right down with hardly anything left in the aftertaste except for some cloying cream that made this feel like a hypothetical Imperial Coffee Stout.

The alcohol was well-hidden to the point where I never tasted it and couldn't really feel it except for a slight warming effect. This was really wonderful and as crazy as it sounds, possibly the best beer that I've had from Tree House. Worth seeking out as this was nothing short of excellent!

Jun 06, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like mildly sweet bourbon vanilla, cookie dough, nutty chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

Vanilla is an obvious flavor choice to add to the Double Shot base. It melds well with the obvious caramel/coffee/chocolate tones. It's not too sweet, which is always appreciated with pastry stouts. It's got a nice little subtle roastiness on the back end.

This is medium bodied, and very creamy, with a good level of drinkability.

This definitely on the upper end, compared to other Double Shots.

Jun 03, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku.
Look: opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: wow - rich vanilla beans along with faint chocolate and coffee.
Taste: vanilla is front and center. The taste is fantastic and not artificial like many vanilla beers. Thick milk chocolate and roast as well.
Feel: thick and creamy. Coats the tongue like a dessert drink.
Overall: exceptional vanilla stout.

Jun 03, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

TREE HOUSE DOUBLE SHOT W/VANILLA BEAN STOUT 6/1/19

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with a half finger thick tan head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Coffee with cream and chocolate.

t: Follows the nose with heavy vanilla notes instead of chocolate, although the latter as milk chocolate becomes more prominant later. High ABV is of course hardly evident.

m: Medium plus very smooth body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A silky vanilla and chocolate treat. A "dessert" brew if there ever was one.

Jun 02, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz. capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose has a heavy dose of espresso and vanilla. This beer's not messing around. Also hints of chocolate, molasses, fudge, cocoa powder and more espresso in the back. Outrageously aromatic. Beer opens fudgey. Espresso, coffee, tiramisu and layers of vanilla up front. More vanilla and chocolate in the middle with a roasty coarseness in the back. Caramel and fudge at the end. Sticky, chocolatey finish. Very good if just a touch sweet. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Smooth and rich on the palate without being too heavy. Sweet, lingering, sticky aftertaste.

Really good but the vanilla adds a layer of sweetness here that's not really needed and seems a touch over the top at times.

Jun 01, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The sandbox tan head is super tall and looks dense, but is actually fluffy and airy, clinging in rolling hills over an 8 ball black body.

Taste is kind of like a s'more, with a touch of acidity--as these Tree House stouts are wont to have. Tangy chocolate malt and coffee pair with a hint of smoky roast as a softly sharp vanilla presence at times emulates marshmallow fluff.

The slick medium body finishes lightly sticky, and the carbonation is light and thin, and not as fluffy soft as other TH stouts.

May 25, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a deep black body with two fingers of rich brown head produced with moderately aerated pour. Good retention and lacing
S -- Vanilla, cola, milk chocolate, nougat, nutty coffee, marzipan, caramel
T -- Straight melted coffee ice cream, more milk chocolate, toffee, coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, very light roastiness
F -- Best part of this brew. Thick, mouth-coating, velvety. Immensely drinkable and not too sweet
O -- Another solid adjunct-heavy stout from Tree House. They manage to avoid the common pitfall of brewing something flavorful yet incredibly sweet and cloying. Instead, this is flavorful and just the right sweetness. Bit pricey

89/100

May 24, 2019
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Dark black body, nice one and half finger mocha head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is big espresso, mild vanilla and marshmallow sweetness- not much of the vanilla bean dark fruit, which is okay with me. Fair bit of milk chocolate as well as cocoa. Follows through on the palate; the vanilla pops out more than it does on the nose, even as it warms. Gets a touch boozy, but the espresso and milk chocolate more than make up for it. Medium full bodied, good carbonation, smooth creamy milk chocolate and mild coffee roast finish things out here. Not much marshmallow, but the base coffee imperial stout still carries the day.

May 24, 2019
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It’s not the thickest stout on earth, but a relatively vigorous pour yielded a super dense mocha head that stuck around forever. You can smell this beer as soon it was poured. A ton of sweetened coffee when cellar temp, transitioning to creme brûlée as it warms. Silky smooth. Awesome stuff.

May 14, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml undated bottle.

Pours opaque black with an inch of tan head. Retention and lacing is moderate. Dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla in the nose. Full bodied with an extremely creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Brownie batter with dark coffee and rich vanilla on the palate. Finishes sweet with booze-laced fudge, nougat, and espresso.

May 12, 2019
Double Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 199 ratings