I Will Not Be Afraid
Tree House Brewing Company

I Will Not Be AfraidI Will Not Be Afraid
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #6
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #258
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 5.71%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
170
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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SCORE
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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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Reviews by artrocity:
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artrocity from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 14, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Moderate pour yields a one inch dark tan head over a very, very, dark brown body with exquisite lacing. Nose of bitter chocolate at first and as it warms, milk chocolate, malted milk, caramel, toffee, molasses, and coffee. Taste is just as complex, with caramel, molasses, and toffee swirling through gobs of chocolate. Finish is where the coffee wakes you up for another sip. Easy now, slow down; it hasn't even warmed up yet! Luxurious feel, and overall, the best stout (milk or otherwise) I've had from any of the four Tree House breweries. Cheers!!!

Sep 24, 2018
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 01, 2020
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 30, 2020
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 01, 2019
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 19, 2019
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 27, 2019
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newcastlemike from Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 24, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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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NRMeadmore from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 19, 2020
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tommyboy985 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 22, 2019
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Berknerj from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 27, 2019
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 12, 2019
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eddiefl from New York

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 18, 2019
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Juggerr from New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 24, 2019
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illshowyou from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 03, 2019
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Chilmer from Iowa

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 15, 2020
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
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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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -10.5%
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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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Nach

4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 04, 2019
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wshinevar from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 25, 2019
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mig100 from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 14, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
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
I Will Not Be Afraid from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 170 ratings