Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #20
Ranked #872
4.56 | pDev: 5.92%
Nov 20, 2021
Aug 16, 2018
Notes: Absurdism is a milk stout brewed with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and cheesecake. On the nose we experience aromas of chocolate cheese cake, molasses, and a hint of sweet strawberry. The flavor follows suit, with dense flourless cake notes and a rich, sweetened condensed milk-like character on the finish. It is a decadent treat for the adventurous palate that enjoys a sweet and filling stout. Enjoy!
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4.5 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Nov 20, 2021
4.75 by smcel371 from New York on Feb 20, 2020
4.73 by JPeterson17 from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2019
4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jan 30, 2019
4.4 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire on Jan 29, 2019
4.98 by Xantanamoss from Connecticut on Nov 29, 2018
4.5 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Sep 26, 2018
4.52 by Lunchboxhead from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2018
5 by eagle109 from Massachusetts on Sep 13, 2018
4.02 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Sep 13, 2018
4.75 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Sep 13, 2018
4.84 by tmadd from Massachusetts on Sep 13, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - pours an absurdly dark brown black with the most decadently mocha head. Such froth.

S - nose is loads of sugar. The sweetest iced coffee you can find at Starbucks. So much chocolate, coffee, caramel...

T - more restrained than I'd expect based on the nose. More hoppiness at play gives it a cleaner, fresher taste. The cheesecake is a unique addition that gives it a lactosey feel, but not as sweet. Thickens it up good though so the cloy is still there. Vanilla bean and caramel syrup complement, along with roasted coffee beans and cream cheese. Finish is crisp and airy, somehow not as disgustingly heavy and sweet as you'd expect when halfway through the sip.

F - Tree House does something to the draft beer to make it thick and chewy as fuck. Maybe nitro or something, but the canned beers never have this quality. I'm a fan. Like molasses over my tongue. Motor oil. Manages to brighten toward the end, sucking up all the sugariness.

O - I'm glad this is only a 10oz pour. Goddamn this is sludgey and decadent. The first half is pure dessert, but the ass half somehow lightens up for round 2. Dangerously sweet.

Sep 13, 2018
4.29 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 12, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GeriSullivan from Massachusetts

Super nuanced and layered in flavor right out of the tap. Strong citris notes and, yes, what I'll label as cheesecake based on the description but mostly reads as "pleasantly, interestingly different to my palate. Couldn't stop sipping it cold. Aroma stayed outstanding throughout while nuanced, complex flavor profile was best cold, which I'd the last thing I expect from a stout. Another outstanding release from Tree House.

Sep 11, 2018
4.5 by grahuba from Connecticut on Sep 11, 2018
4.47 by bhatch729 from Massachusetts on Aug 27, 2018
4.75 by jvillefan from California on Aug 25, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AndrewCataldo23 from Massachusetts

tasted and smelled like cream cheese but it was super smooth like all their stouts

Aug 20, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by von_kaiser from Connecticut

weird....kinda all over the place. didn’t bother reading the description went in blind. tasted like pepper & cinnamon. Looked great. Smelled peppery. Feel was rich. Not too cloyingly sweet. I don’t get cheesecake.

Aug 17, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice dark black brown hue with a good one finger mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice creamy lactose and vanilla. The chocolate and coffee are on the sweeter side. Definitely getting a strawberry like red fruit note which plays off the lactose wonderfully. Smells like a slice of cheesecake with strawberries and chocolate drizzle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big sweeter chocolate syrup and faint coffee bitterness. Decent amount of lactose and vanilla. Rich creamy vanilla cheesecake flavour. Swear there is fruit in here...get strawberry flavour definitely. Tastes like a cheesecake slice drowned in strawberries and chocolate syrup. Just crazy!

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is a bit on the light side oddly enough. Not a creamy and unctuous as I'm used to from them.

O - Overall this was a really impressive milk stout. Sure it could have much better body, however, the aromas and flavour is just ridiculous. Really delivers the cheesecake for sure.

Serving Type: on tap

Aug 16, 2018
Absurdism from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 21 ratings