Abstraction - Coffee
Tree House Brewing Company

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #33
Ranked #1,761
4.32 | pDev: 5.79%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Our friends at Gracenote are masters at the art, science, and complexity of coffee roasting, tasting, and extraction. For this beauty, we worked in conjunction with them to select a coffee that would perfectly support and complement Abstraction. Given the characteristics of the base beer, we selected a coffee with solid structure and complexity, and with firm acidity to provide lift and balance (Kenya Kavutiri AB). The result is truly greater than the sum of its parts. It tastes like the most beautifully harmonious cup of coffee we’ve ever had, with virtually no bitterness, and densely packed coffee flavors. It is richly flavorful without weighing down the palate, and it finishes cleanly and boldly. It challenges and rewards the palate as it is allowed to warm in the glass. We are very excited to share this beer with you as it represents everything we try to achieve as craftsman - balance, elegance, authenticity, and rich flavor that is enjoyable pint after pint, time and time again, in any circumstance. Enjoy!
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 92
Photo of colts9016
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Tree House Beer. This time it is an imperial porter. I have usually had IPA from this brewery. I am stoked to try this beer. The beer is 48 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour on the beer produced a one finger creamy dark tan head. The head has poor retention and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 36 dark oily brown. The beer has zero clarity.

The aromas in the beer are dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, fire, smoke, molasses, toffee, caramel, stone fruit, oatmeal and earthy.

The flavors in the beer are espresso ( it is dominating in this beer), dark roasted malts, Mailliard, smoke, toffee, caramel, oatmeal, earthy and stone fruit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and thin.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer is awesome. I enjoy how they made this porter. It is a touch bitter from all the coffee. Good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

pours opaque, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is dark roast coffee, vanilla, and cream. Heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, and roasty. Makes for a good coffee beer. I prefer the other Abstraction versions more, but this is tasty.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a willi becher pint glass. pours a shiny dark brown to almost black with dark brown foam. smells of roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, maybe a hint of smoke. taste is caramel drizzled coffee roast with the slightest bit of bitter chocolate. feel is low carb but porter-esque all the same. a good porter that’s full of rich flavor. it’s filling without leaving you feeling woozy.

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Photo of Kendo
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Stone Old Guardian Barleywine glass - not sure how to describe it, but this morning I broke my trusty Piraat tulip, and this is what I'm working with. . . . Body is black. Small thin tannish-grey head on top disappears quickly.

S: Coffee. Roasted barley malt. Hint of chocolate. And coffee.

T: Roasted barley malt, chocolate malt, chocolate, fudge and coffee. Lots of coffee, but not in a bitter way.

M: Thick - definitely full-bodied. Carbonation subdued.

O: Very good. Coffee-centric and -forward, but not one dimensional. Also a nice chocolatey profile.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass via can dated 4/3/2019

color is a deep mocha brown

smell is slightly bitter dark roasted coffee, with a hint of vanilla

taste is a sweeter dark roast coffee mixed with milk chocolate

medium carbonation

mouthfeel is pretty full for a porter

very smooth!

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Tan head. Black color.

Tastes like tree house stouts. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and cocoa. Medium to full bodied. Some bitterness as in bitter chocolate.

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Photo of Billolick
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04-03-19 tall can

Pours dark, rich and stout like in color....dark mocha cap, leaving loads of fine sheeting and spots of lacing.

Dark coffee grounds, mocha and dark chocolate on the nose

Flavorful and bold brew, waves of espresso, dark chocolate and dark malty goodness abounding....slick, smooth and well rounded mouthfeel....fine fine stout... so enjoyable to enjoy the non NEIPA TH offerings....go get some

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up two cans at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $5.55. My thirty seventh brew from these guys. Very solid brew, a bit too boozy for me.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of dark tan head. The head has excellent retention, leaving a nice crown of lacing before ultimately settling into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma is very nutty and roasted: Roasted coffee beans, dark malts, and almonds followed by a wave of milk chocolate and a touch of char and molasses.

The flavor is very coffee forward, bringing notes of roasted coffee from start to finish. There's some milk chocolate, caramel, toasted almonds, and molasses. Very restrained bitterness.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth and soft. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, a great imperial porter that brings forth wonderful coffee flavors whilst remaining well-balanced and never bitter.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring quickly and leaves very little lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of medium roast coffee with minimal bitterness, dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and some nuttiness. Odd, slightly metallic quality to the mouth feel and finish, medium bodied and carbonated.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with dense creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up. This foam drops to a sturdy edge layer and some thin wisps on the surface of my glass.
The aroma here is not surprising with dark chocolate and coffee grounds mixing together. Roasted malts and maybe a little brown sugar too, with no real hop presence nor any detectable alcohol.
First sip reveals an average body with fine, yet very active tingly carbonation. The texture is silky smooth and coats my palate on each mouthful.
Flavor is what I expect from the nose. I get roasted malts and dark chocolate with a little bit of sweet milk chocolate and a good dose of coffee on the finish. This isnt astringent bitter coffee flavor profile however and is much more well blended with the other malt flavors. The ABV is well hidden here as well and I also dont get much of a hop flavor profile. This is a well made coffee brew and makes me rethink some of my reviews of other coffee beers that had a much harsher coffee profile. I like this one much more.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - label is kinda terrifying tbh. Pour is a dark paint brown with crimson burnt roast tan head. Nice contrast.

S - bright, fruity black coffee with milky caramel cream. Reminiscent of iced coffee. Baker's chocolate and cinnamon on the back.

T - much more milk chocolate forward than I'd expect. Nails the fresh cocoa flavor with delicately balanced bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. As close as it gets to chomping down on a chocolate bar. Iced coffee is the name of the game otherwise, complete heavy cream and whipped cream. Faint roasted cinnamon sticks and nutmeg with dry coffee roastiness.

F - 8.8%? Never woulda guessed it with how light this feels. Dangerous. Still smooth and silky, but lacks the heft it wants.

O - a little surprised at how sweet this is, considering the emphasis on the pure, adjunct-free nature of OG Abstraction. It's by no means cloying like TH's milk stouts, though. Refreshing and bright with more chocolate than coffee methinks.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark malts, little bitter roast. Coffee is nice and nutty, slightly fruity.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, good fruity coffee. Nice almost nutty coffee, very smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, decent body, smooth.

O - Overall this was a rather solid stout, nice nutty coffee.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
NIce creamy thick mocha colored 1 finger head decent retention, nice lacing, pitch black beer, decent legs

Nose decent fresh coffee, a bit nutty coffee and slight fruity, then plenty of the base beer, fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate, mocha, roasty, faint caramel and toasted biscuity cookie wafer, slight metallic acrid

Taste more coffee but again milder, nutty coffee, a bit fruity, then base beer, roasted malts a little acrid metallic, sharp, little bitterness from the roast, fudgey dark chocolate cocoa, a little caramel, nice fruity nutty coffee through the center, and waves late, finishing drier a touch more coffee and roast

Mouth is fuller bod, a little lush creamy, nice carb

Overall not bad, better than the vanilla and possibly better than the base, decent coffee added to the original

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Photo of Harrison8
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel-colored foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and nutty malts with medium-roast, light-bodied coffee. The nuttiness from the malts drys up the aroma a bit, with the coffee delivering a slightly acid and bitter hit. Flavor profile is a sweet sip of medium-roast coffee layered together with milk chocolate and toffee, and then fades into the underlying roasty, toasty malts and sugary caramel. Flavor profile's starting point is akin to a morning cup of gourmet African coffee, and then fades more into a dessert-like experience as if you took a bite of a lightly sweet milk chocolate bar after each coffee sip and allowed the two to melt and mingle on the tongue. Viscosity is a shade light of the 'heavy' category a lot of big stouts (i.e. Tree House's Double Shot) carry, but as this is in the 'American Imperial Porter' category at the time of review, I'll classify it as 'heavy'. Mouth feel is velvety, when cold, but starts to break apart into grainy strands as it warms. Overall, coffee here is superb, but the entire story isn't coffee. It maintains a little diversity outside of the added coffee, welcoming and encouraging each and every sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Buck89
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Deep opaque brown color with a modest tan head. Huge fresh coffee aroma. Silky chocolate and roast as well. The taste followed with rich chocolate mixed with bright, fruity, fresh coffee notes. Silky and clean. Outstanding.

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Abstraction - Coffee from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 92 ratings