I Will Not Be Afraid
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #6
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4.54 | pDev: 5.73%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: We are excited to welcome a new member of the Tree House Imperial Milk Stout Family - I Will Not Be Afraid! Brewed with an assortment of chocolate, roasted, and pale malts and carefully dosed with cacao and coffee, I Will Not Be Afraid is an immensely enjoyable Tree House Imperial Milk Stout. We taste intense syrupy dark chocolate, caramelized candy sugar, chocolate covered espresso beans, and a hint of cherry cola. This beer is luxurious and silky, like chocolate clouds, yet never relies on an overly saccharine complexion to bring out the intense and complex flavors we have worked so diligently to impart. We welcome you to enjoy it by the fireplace as we head into the cooler New England seasons.
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cold 16 . 9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Picked this up at the brewery a while ago, and getting to it now.
The beer pours a solid black coffee hue as it enters my glass. A dense creamy brown head of 1.5 cm foams up and sticks around as a rocky edge layer and leaves tight lattice on each sip. This one certainly looks the part,.
The aroma is milk chocolate and dark chocolate, and some light roasted notes. But mostly a chocolate milk type nose and a fairly robust nose at that. No hop presence and well hidden booze on the aroma side for this brew.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with medium body and mild carbonation. Easy drinking, yet coating beer.
Flavor is as nose advertises, lots of chocolate. WOW! Milk chocolate bar and some dark cacao mix together with hints of roasted malt in the background. But the finish is sweet milk chocolate sip after sip. No hops, booze hidden, only a sipping beer due to sweetness and sticky coating.
Definitely a sweet stout and dominated by chocolate notes. Glad to have had a chance to drink this one.

Mar 22, 2020
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BEERdedCharmer from New York

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2020 New Years resolution was to drink my dessert before ordering my dinner. This beer answers that perfect resolution.

Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate milk.
With a beautiful caramel cascade when I hard poured it into my glass.

Amazing stout made by an amazing IPA brewery. Love it.

Jan 24, 2020
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CHickman from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not afraid to enjoy this and it’s jet black looks which had a 1-2 finger thick creamy khaki colored head that faded extremely slowly and left nice lacing coating the sides. Smells like dark chocolate, rich cocoa powder, fudge, piney/metallic notes, smoked grains, vanilla, faint soy sauce and chocolate syrup. The nose had that chocolate milk essence with hints of trailing coffee grinds at the end adding nice complexities.

The tastes also had plenty of dark chocolate, along with cocoa powder, fudge, molasses, piney/metallic notes, smoked grains, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, milk chocolate, brownie batter, faint soy sauce, herbs, char, roasted malts, chocolate syrup and a kiss of butterscotch. It was mostly chocolate flavors mixed with smoky malts which completely hid the ABV. The feel was thin and smooth like chocolate milk, it was very complex with more chocolate characters like bitter baker’s chocolate coming out as it warmed up. Another great milk stout from Tree House.

Jan 18, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with thick foamy brownish head. Sticky lacing all over the glass

S: Chocolate, sweets, and French roast coffee.

T.F: Sweet and rich... milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and roasted goodness. Basically chocolate milk with a dash of espresso and cream. Medium bodied... smooth creamy carbonation.. with lingering cocoa and some cherry/fruit at the finish.

O: Possibly the best milk stout I've ever had. Absolutely fantastic.

Dec 06, 2019
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 16oz can dated 10.30.19 into my favorite stout glass, that is diagonally cut for aroma enhancement.
A completely opaque black body sits below a robust brown head. The head fades, but lacing persists. Some of the brownest foam I have seen on a beer in quite a while. Luckily my glass doesn't hold 16 oz, so I was able to keep refreshing the head despite the fade.
And that body opacity....... based on the can art, they could have called this Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy.
The aroma brings me back down to earth. Sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and even dark chocolate. There is a hint that some of the nose is from the malts. The can notes imply that many malts were used.
Taste with this one goes hand in hand with the mouth feel. Swiss miss on steroids. Like as if you put caramel, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee in your Swiss Miss that you made with whole milk, not water. For a 9.3 ABV the alcohol is practically undetectable.
I shared this with 3 people present, including one that does not drink beer and they were all impressed.

Nov 17, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10.30.19, opened 11.15.19

“Keep cold, drink fresh”

Black motor oil liquid crowned by a dense , creamy two finger taupe foam cap , good retention, good thin lacings

Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, coffee

Taste is milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, Coffee, roast malts

Mouthfeel is mouth and silky, low sudsing

Good beer

Nov 16, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown almost black pour. Finger of head. Big bubbles that fade quickly.

Nose is rich chocolate, mild coffee, and some fruit notes to brighten it up. Very reminiscent of raspberry. Kind of jammy in a sense. A little sweet. Some caramel.

Taste falls directly in line with the nose. Chocolate, light roast coffee, caramel and mild fruit notes. A tad sweet but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied. Smooth, with medium carbonation providing a little bite.

A simple but a well executed stout by Tree House. Smooth, delicate, and extremely enjoyable. A dessert beer to be sure, but one that won't make you feel ill.

Nov 14, 2019
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours inky black with a hint of garnet at the edges and a voluminous brown head that settles to a 1/4” cap. Aroma is bakers chocolate, a little sweet, a little light-medium roast coffee. Taste is more bakers chocolate and coffee with some caramel. Less sweet than the aroma, decidedly sweet but not cloying. Full-ish body with moderate plus carbonation. Super tasty, much more drinkable than most of the other Tree House stouts iced had, that pint can just disappeared.

Nov 08, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcoming the cooler season in New England, the brewers at Tree House take a break from their hazy ways in order to whip out something even more opaque- a chocolate and coffee infused Imperial Milk Stout.

Pouring the standard stout black shade of darkness, I Will Not Be Afraid departs from the norm with its viscous and creamy pour. Much like a milkshake, the beer patiently releases a dense blanket of mocha whipped froth while leading with a bold roasted coffee scent laced with chocolate, char and cream. Roasty sweet on the early palate, a sense of carmel, maple and milk chocolate frame the underlying malty sweetness.

As the ale seeps deeply into the tastebuds, its roasty sweetness begins to favor the coffee with a more robust French press character. The chocolate turns bittersweet as the cocoa is brought out beautifully by the coffee and the char of roasted barley. Soothed by the effects of lactose, a taste of heavy cream and vanilla smoothens out the hop bitterness for a creamy, roasty and broadly bittered finish.

Full bodied although being softened by the creaminess of milk sugars, the Stout finishes both creamy and roasty with a long linger of the edges of slightly burnt brownies and roasted marshmallow spiked with kahlua. Its a sensible but bold Stout that doesn't allow its additions to interfere with the quality of dark ale underneath.

Sep 05, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is white sugar, dark coffee, and baker's chocolate. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a solid sweet stout from Tree House. I prefer other Tree stouts but this is good.

Aug 17, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Acquired last Thursday at the brewery. Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Opaque black with a finger thick light brown head which receded slowly to thick surface foman and very dense lacing.

s; Milk chocolate.

t; Follows the nose along with a moderate hop bite which lingers in the throat on the sweet chocolaty finish.

m; Full side of medium, great body and good carbonation tingle.

o; An exceptionally chocolate flavor puts this one in a special milk stout class, hardly any of the roasty malt usually associated with stouts, but of course the lactose normally does smooth that out somewhat. This is a treat of a dessert brew and reminiscence of but with even more substance than Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout.

Jul 17, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark oily black with a puffy tan head settling to a persistent short blanket and curled collar leaving short curtains.

This is almost the exact same experience as Simple Life, but a little sharper, with a dry finish. That Swiss Miss chocolate character is a spot on description. It's all over the palate, while the coffee makes a very timid appearance, with a touch of astringent malt. The slick medium body is silky smooth.

Jul 15, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

The pour is pitch black with a finger of creamy mocha head. The head leaves a beautiful crown of lacing as it slowly settles into a blanket of foam.

The aroma starts off with tons of caramel candies, followed by some Tootsie rolls and cookie dough ice cream. There's a subtle hint of coffee beans and chocolate covered cherries on the back end.

The flavor is straight chocolate syrup drizzled over coffee ice cream. There's notes of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate chip cookies before a finish of fresh roasted coffee.

The mouthful is just stupid. Absolutely idiotic. Super full bodied with soft carbonation. Thick and chewy, and creamy as hell. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Like drinking a milkshake.

Overall, just another amazing milk stout by Tree House. This one is sweet but definitely more balanced than many of their other milk stouts. The coffee and roasted malts add a nice character to combat the chococalypse that otherwise pours out of this bottle.

Jul 10, 2019
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tk-milkbone from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite of their bottled stouts. I would honestly give them a 5 if there was a hint more cherry cola flavoring. It really blends well with the chocolate and saccharine nature of this beer. Overall very enjoyable, right up there with somewhere something and triple shot for me.

Jul 09, 2019
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mohaghandi from California

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best Treehouse stout I’ve had to date, and I’ve had quite a few of their bottles.

Also, the creamiest, smoothest beer I can remember drinking.
Smooth and silky booze clings to my tongue. I wish I could shake this beer’s hand and say “thank you”!

Jun 14, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very similar to this beer's little brother, All That Is And All That Ever Will Be. Lots of nutty coffee upfront on the aromas, with a more rounded and complex palate that is heavy on the coffee/chocolate melted ice cream character with a bit of brown sugar sweetness and a light vanillin touch. Mouthfeel is definitely less thick than normal and the carb is a little more aggressive. Tasty, but I prefer the more adjunct-heavy TH stouts


May 29, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical tree house bottled stout look. Pours a viscous black with a lingering mocha lacing. Nose is chocolate, so much chocolate, I get sweet chocolate and bakers chocolate, also get the lactose, coffee, and maltiness. Taste follows. Strong sweet chocolate up front, followed by coffee bitterness, and ends with a great bakers chocolate and roasted maltiness. The 9.3% is nowhere to be found. Mouth feel is as expected. Coats the mouth, and lingers. Overall, this reminds me of the first time trying double shot, such a unique beer for the time - now they are trying to up their stout game.

May 15, 2019
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black mocha hues with an ample sandy head
S: Raw cacao nibs, chocolate syrup, and roasted malts
T: Melted milk chocolate dominates with a robust backdrop of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate fudge, vanilla beans, and caramel candy
F: Medium bodied and chewy; nice carb
O: Another interesting dessert stout from TH. They’re excellent at blending in a high quality coffee note and this beer is no different. Great use of varied chocolate notes throughout.

May 13, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great milk stout. Pours jet black with mocha head. Smell of coffee and chocholate. Excellent creamy mouthfeel truly makes this a special beer. Less bitter and more sweet / but not too sweet. Perfect.

May 01, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle, served in a tulip.

Pours thick-appearing and opaque with two fingers of thick and bubbly, chocolate frappe-like head. Retention is excellent, leaving a heavy curtain of lacing.

Powerful mocha-like nose, equal parts milk chocolate and dark roast coffee with a bit of brown sugar.

Taste is a dense, heavy-handed balance of sweet and charred flavours. Dark roast coffee with lots of brown sugar and less milk chocolate character than suggested by the aroma although the chocolate does develop more strongly later into the sip along with a hint of cherry cough drop and peppermint.

Feel is thick and creamy with gentle carbonation. Avoids being cloying, but just barely. I can feel the enamel dissolving off my teeth.

Overall, OK, I get it but it really isn’t my thing. It was fun to try but a second one would put me into a diabetic coma.

Apr 27, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours oily, opaque black with a minimal head or retention. Hershey syrup in the nose with espresso. Full bodied with a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Rich dark chocolate on the palate with espresso and cocoa. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering chocolate syrup and espresso.

Mar 31, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as most TH stouts the look is nice creamy black with good lacing and tan head, the smell is what starts to make this beer stand out the it pure chocolate sauce . What I like about the drink like a pure sugar bomb yes 1st sip is like adult chocolate milk but unlike a lot of stouts where are so sweet you dont want to take another stout or it hurts you teeth you dont get that here has nice roast and malt to balance it all out

Mar 30, 2019
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gbiello from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another amazing Tree House stout. With an aggressive pour it leaves a rich khaki head as they always do from TH. Mocha is the overwhelming smell taste. Creamy mouthfeel with a touch of lactose.

Mar 27, 2019
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jakecattleco from California

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose smelled a bit like spoiled milk, but the taste was phenomenal! Not too sweet, just the right amount of chocolate, delicious. Silky mouthfeel. Loved everything but the nose.

Jan 27, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured pitch black with a nice thick head. Taste has a ton going on and all of them are phenomenal. Mouth feel is like pure silk. This is easily one of the best stouts I’ve ever had.

Nov 20, 2018
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