Spiritual Unrest | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our Milk Stout lineup: Spiritual Unrest! We have always been enthralled with coffee, and how different varietals, regions, and processes can produce vastly different characteristics in the roasted bean. For Spiritual Unrest, we utilized a natural process Ethiopian coffee, notorious for producing heavy berry flavors - particularly blueberry - and coupled it with a mild infusion of pure blueberry fruit. The result is dark, mysterious, harmonious, and highly enjoyable. Spiritual Unrest pours pitch black in the glass and releases aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, blueberry, and coffee ice cream. The coffee and fruit are congruous, producing an outcome that is greater than the sum of its parts. Spiritual Unrest adheres to our ethos of producing harmonious, delicious, authentic malt beverages that never tire the palate and are a joy to share with friends and loved ones.

Added by Luscious_Malfoy on 10-18-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
42
pDev:
4.35%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bwag
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was a murky black color with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose brought to mind fresh rossted coffee with sweeter notes.

Taste - At the front, were notes of fresh coffee with sweeter notes toward the back. The coffee notes are a little burnt and toasty. The profile was smooth with chocolate but lacks the promised blueberry until the beer warms in the back.

Mouthfeel - The beer was smooth with low carbonation and lactose sugar. It did seem a little thin.

Overall - The overall profile is very smooth and drinkable. The coffee notes are quite tasty, but the blueberry needs to be stronger.

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4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patlee3324
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TreeHouse_Erection
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blueberry was hard to find but that doesn't mean it's not a delicious stout

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz Can from Brewery: This one pours an opaque dark brown color. A bit of a light brown head that doesn't linger long or leave much lacing. Good nose. Sweet chocolate, some caramel and vanilla. The taste is very good. Milk chocolate, a touch of sweetness, vanilla, faint caramel, maybe a tinge of blueberry. A very smooth mouthfeel. Very nice!

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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is maple syrup, sweet chocolate, and vanilla. Very sweet, heavy bodied, with low carbonation. Amazing, complex sweet stout. One of Tree House's best stouts.

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/12/18

A: Deep, dark brown, definitely black from a distance - opaque - pours with a small, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing but retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: A milk stout at its core, with some flourishes - lots of chocolate, mostly milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate - roasty, lightly burnt chocolate malts - coffee comes next, but it's still somewhat in the background - smells like a light roast, and yes, there are some berries in the aroma - undercurrents of blueberry juice, but I may not have noticed if I had not read the description of this beer before reviewing - lots of lactose sugar, milky sweetness - some additional malty sweetness with some caramel and molasses

T: Like with the aroma, the milk stout base really is center stage - plenty of sweetness and lactose sugar, but not crossing into cloyingly sweet - milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and dark chocolate - blueberry is more pronounced than in the aroma, with some blueberry jam and blueberry skin - kind of reminds me of biting into a blueberry-filled dark chocolate that you might find in a particularly weird box of chocolates - some lightly burnt and toasty notes - coffee is not really prominent, at least in typical coffee flavors - if it is contributing blueberry, then it is very prominent - more sweetness, with some dark caramel and molasses

M: Medium body, smooth and slick from the lactose, low carbonation, finishes with lingering sugar

O: What happens when you blend this with Nervous Energy? Some kind of panic attack?

Of the two milk stouts I have recently had from Tree House (this and Nervous Energy), I am not sure which I like more. I figured I would like the French toast themed one more, but the dark chocolate blueberry notes I get from Spiritual Unrest are very intriguing. I'm not particularly blown away by either, but I think that may be due to an overdue realization that I do not like lactose sugar in beer. Oops.

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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. To my palate, same as HOTS and MoC. Dark, strong stout. Didn't get distinctive chocolate, blueberry, coffee, etc.

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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for picking this up, canned 10/18/18

Pours a darker colored thick foamy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice retention, nice soapy lacing, and decent legs, pitch black thick beer

Nose brings plenty of lactose milk sugar, milk chocolate, cocoa and soft rich chocolate, then mild toasted stale coffee, some roasted notes, touch of roasty bitter black malt

Taste very rich and creamy, loads of thick lush creamy chocolate, like Lindt center melting on my toungue with lactose and milk sugar rounding it off, some extra caramel like sugar in there as well, fair sweetness, a touch of toasty coffee beans and just a hint of roast notes, no acrid or bitter tannic roast at all,a bit of dark fruity coffee in there, but that mild stale coffee in the background is the only thing keeping this from being really high numbers, rich caramel cream, touch of bitterness on the back end, mild sweet but not really sticky finish, condensed sweetened caramelized milk lingering, and a bit of blueberry note very late on the back end that seems to become noticeable after like the 5th sip

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy rich lush, nice foamy carb, no alcohol

Overall this was a very nice beer, most of the milk stouts from Tree House seem to have too much burnt coffee or acrid notes, and this was more on the creamy lush caramel chocolate side, no alcohol, and everything seemed to go together very well, only issue I had was that stale coffee note in there. However, it was very well done, and one of the few times I'm going to be higher than average for rating.

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Spiritual Unrest from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 42 ratings