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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #484
Ranked #2,998
4.28 | pDev: 8.41%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Expressionism is an imperial stout brewed with an array of Chocolate, Roasted, and Brown Malts. Its flavor is a function of complex and carefully selected ingredients and precise brewing application. It has gentle stout flavors, eschewing heavy bitter roast characteristics in favor of notes like cocoa powder, dark candy sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. It is best enjoyed in a snifter while allowed to warm to 50 degrees. It will keep well when kept cold for up to 6 months, evolving in the can to become more integrated, complex, and rewarding with time. We encourage you to try one fresh, and then again over several months to reveal evolving layers of complexity. Expressionism is the second installment in a new line of dark beers to be brewed in the Autumn and Winter of 2018!
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 60
Photo of BHDLCC
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark pour without much head...very nice taste...bright tasting with a bit of ‘tang’, almost fruity...not heavy mouthfeel for a stout...very enjoyable and easy to drink

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Photo of EMH73
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a quarter inch light brown head that receded to a ring quickly and left some splotches of lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Tastes of bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, caramel, burnt sugar, roasted malts and figs. Heavy bodied, minimal carbonation, smooth and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of tigg924
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is burnt caramel, roasted malt, butterscotch, and coffee. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, and heavy bodied. Amazing, complex stout. Delicious..Really impressed

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Photo of agreenman19
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - used motor oil with a frothy tan head. Looks like a freshly frothed latte.

S - roasty toasty. Burnt malts and popcorn. Baker's chocolate.

T - way more fruity than I'd expected. Playful nuttiness and earthy blackberries. Figs and even cherry. Toasted caramel drizzled stop a medium roast with a dash of cocoa powder. Hits that chalky bitterness without the cloying sweetness. Finish is dry and herbalicious.

F - light? Strange. Goes down way too easy for this ABV. Nice breath of fresh air from all the sludgy milk stootiness of late. Smooth and velvety soft, yet I feel it might actually benefit from a more robust body. +1 for whatever the hell TH does to make their mouthfeel so killer on draft.

O - surprisingly bright and... ugh... expressive. There. I said it. Unique and all over the map with coffee-centric flavors from adventurous beans.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up some cans of this at the brewery when it was released last month.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a nice two finger mocha head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, harsh bitter roast. Little bit of caramel sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Decent dark chocolate and cocoa powder, bakers chocolate. not super fudgy, just really assertive dark chooclate. There is some creaminess and caramel before getting a hefty wallop of dark acrid roast coffee. The roast is definitely on the aggressive side to the point that on the finish it completely overwhelms the other flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, little on the thicker side. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid enough imperial stout, however, for me the roast was just a bit too aggressive for my liking. It definitely opens up much more as it warms.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: solid malt black color with a silky complexion. not much head to speak of

s: rich roasted malts and dark chocolate. brown caramel malts and a subtle nutty aroma. more chocolate and a big biscuity malt. a touch of berry and fig in here as well. maybe a small hit of alcohol as well

t: huge note of chocolate fudge and dark chocolate powder, followed by big sweet malt. dark fig and sweet dark berries behind that. smooth roasted malts which lend a little bit of bitterness. more chocolate and sweet malt towards the end

m: heavy and silky, rich mouthfeel with low carbonation

o: a rich, sweet, and luxurious sipper. on the sweeter side for a stout (perhaps it could use a little more roast?) that is a nice, no-frills stout

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud, canned 9/21/18
Pours a super high thick creamy foamy 2 finger mocha colored head, fades slowly with nice lacing, very dark brown almost black beer

Nose plenty of roast and cocoa, some roasted coffee and a little acrid char notes, an almost smokey like note from the charred roast, plenty of caramel, coffee, and cocoa, even touch of fluffy nougat

Taste brings plenty of acrid roast, burnt char and a little smokey like char, roasted malt and acrid burnt coffee, a little fluffy nougat and cocoa, caramel, a little creamy oats, mild bitter roast and little earthy hop, mild candy notes and brown sugar like, sticky finish, hint of alcohol, lingering roast burnt coffee acrid like

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy rich fluffy, nice fluffy carb, only a hint of alcohol

Overall eh, not quite up to Tree House standards, way too acrid burnt roast, but not terrible and def drinkable.

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Photo of scotorum
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Acquired at the brewery less than two weeks ago. Colorful modern art can is a definite attention-grabber.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint

a; Opaque black with a huge two inch thick tan head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mainly black coffee.

t; Roasty malt with espresso black coffee bitterness. Sweet finish with lingering bitterness and some throat burn evidence of the higher ABV in the back of the throat.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A fine imperial stout. Its prominent strength surpasses the more balanced classic Old Rasputin and Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout with more assertiveness.

UPDATE 10/23/18: Second can was beautifully balanced and with less black coffee and more chocolate notes. A superior Imperial stout! Bumped taste, feel and overall ratings up .25 each.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Pitch black with a beautiful caramel head. The lacing is just silly.

Aromas of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. There's some subtle notes of caramel and roasted coffee, but this one is all about the chocolate.

The taste is more of the same. Chocolate for days. Chocolate syrup, fudge, and cocoa powder. Some mild coffee and caramel. Very sweet.

The feel is thick with soft carbonation. Syrupy and smooth.

Overall, a great imperial stout. Tree House definitely knows how to bring out the most of chocolate malts, as this and the imperial porter both taste like chocolate syrup. Perhaps slightly unbalanced, but definitely delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like caramel malt, brownie batter, espresso, cocoa powder, and dark fruit.

This is just a super expressive imperial stout without any added flavorings- a new thing for Tree House for sure. There's a surprising emphasis on caramel, with cocoa powder and deep sweet brownie-like fudgy chocolate. There's some light fruitiness, too. This is surprisingly decadent for having nothing added to it.

This is medium bodied, chewy and rich, with a very nice level of drinkability for the higher ABV.

I am very impressed with this. Tree House has always been solid at stouts, but I'm impressed they can stand on their stout legs without maple or coffee.

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Expressionism from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 60 ratings