Nervous Energy
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #22
Ranked #666
4.42 | pDev: 4.98%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: We are excited to announce a new addition to our milk stout family: Nervous Energy! Featuring maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla, Nervous Energy aspires to emulate the character of classic french toast. It pours pitch black in the glass, and gives off strong aromas of maple, cinnamon, coffee, and whipped cream. The flavor follows suit, with all of the flavors in balance and nothing overwhelming the palate. It is pleasant and nostalgic, arousing memories of cool weekend mornings comforted by rich, carbohydrate heavy breakfasts. A beer fit for the season. We think you will enjoy this beer tremendously, and sincerely aspire for it to contribute to your autumn celebrations in a delicious way.
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown. Aroma is mix of roasted malt, maple syrup, vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is a wonderful sweetness matching nose. Full of malts, chocolate, vanilla & coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Incredible stout.

Apr 22, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown to black color with a finger of tan head. The nose is as advertised - coffee, cinnamon and maple syrup - but nothing really jumps out of the melange. The flavor profile follows the nose but there is also some subtle chocolatey notes that serve as a nice accompaniment.

Apr 11, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and coffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Picks up the bourbon vanilla beans, dark chocolate, and coffee. A good balance between sweet and roasty. Finishes with lingering roast, maple syrup, and cinnamon

M: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, but not sticky

O: A very good breakfast-styled milk stout that nails the cinnamon French toast aspect. Makes for a great sipper. Definitely worth checking out

Mar 08, 2021
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Kendo from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/29/20, but not consumed until 12/8/20 - didn't realize this one was hidden in the fridge from the summer. . . .

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is black with plum/purple edges when backlit. Thin chocolate-brown head disappears immediately.

S: This is definitely a Milk Stout - lots of lactose and milk chocolate in the nose, with a touch of bitter dark chocolate as well. Also some roasty malt and roasted coffee beans.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, and maple syrup are all noted. This is like breakfast in a glass, or something you'd pour over pancakes or French toast. Vanilla or vanilla extract on the aftertaste, along with a touch of cinnamon. Pleasant.

M: A wee bit watery and thin for a beer of this heft. Also flat - lacking in carbonation - though the extra couple months in the fridge could explain that somewhat. Kinda feels like flat cola or flat Dr. Pepper at times.

O: Good stuff - nice full flavors for an Imperial-type MIlk/Sweet stout. Alcohol well hidden (I do feel a little heat in the belly, but it's not noted on the palate). Well done - a good dessert beer or, as noted above, a solid offering for breakfast.

Dec 09, 2020
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Coffee, roast, some tanginess on the aroma. (Some barrel notes as well) Tastes like breakfast. Coffee, maple syrup and pancakes. Hints of vanilla. Somewhat creamy feel. Light-medium carbonation. This was my first taste of a darker beer from Treehouse and I am very impressed. Starting to seem like these guys can do anything.

Nov 15, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

look: just black, mocha head disappeared very quickly.

smell: maple, chocolate, toasted bread.

taste: maple, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon.

feel: very full body, creamy, oily, rich and dense, but the aftertaste is actually nice, not overly sweet or bitter or anything.

overall: an interesting new stout from treehouse, cheers!

Oct 08, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

“Sweet confusion under the moonlight”

Canned 1.22.20, opened 4.13.2020

Can poured into a teku, two finger dense, creamy rich brown foam cap over motor oil liquid , good retention, settles to solid layer

Aroma is cinnamon, roast malts , whiff of vanilla

Taste is cinnamon maple vanilla

Smooth mouthfeel

Good beer

Apr 14, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz tallboy can pour into HF wine stem.

canned date: 01/22/20.

Appearance: dark as midnight. medium brown thick head with good head retention.

Smell: Smells like breakfast! Big maple and vanilla. Little hint of earthy black coffee. Can't smell any cinnamon.

Taste: chocolate stout base mixing nicely with vanilla and maple. Just the right amount of coffee to balance the sweetness. Little warming hint of cinnamon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout with low (yet adequate) carbonation level. Thick and creamy texture / mouthfeel. Not a hint of booze. Very well done!

Overall: This is an incredibly well balanced stout. Not overly sweet. Check all the right boxes in the flavor department and has a nice thick body without any booze. I am very appreciative that this is not a cinnamon bomb as this flavor easily overtakes so many stouts that are adjuncted with cinnamon. I feel like cinnamon gets away from so many brewers who use it and this is easily the best use of cinnamon in a stout that I can remember in a really really long time. Treehouse nailed this one! No one needs any nervous energy towards this stout...its a sure bet. So you can calm down now!

Apr 01, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another saved by youngest daughter and brought for her birthday celebration. Canned 1/22/20. Poured from the silver and gold space-themed can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a; Opaque black with a ruby line just at the very bottom of the glass. Half finger thick tan head receded to a very thin ring of surface foam and no lacing.

s; Slight maple syrup.

t; Maple/milk chocolate combo with a unique, pleasant but mostly unstoutlike flavor. Light to moderate hop bite on the mainly sweet finish.

m; Medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A well balanced milk stout dominated by the maple additive, but not to the point where it tastes strongly of that. However, if you prefer your stouts to taste smokey-coffee-chocolaty, well only the last seems at all in evidence.

Mar 19, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cellar temp 16 oz can into my snifter. I picked this up from the brewery, canned on date 1/22/2020.
the creamy beige head of 1 cm fades quickly to the thinnest possible of edge layers soon after the pour.
The aroma is rich and malty as expected with a general sweet chocolate note and a good dose of maple syrup. I do get a little bit of cinnamon buried in the background, but cant find the vanilla. Some general roasted malt and coffee grounds mixed in as well. No hop presence and the ABV is well hidden too.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and medium body. The carbonation is mild, yet tingly. The beer drinks very easy and does coat my palate a bit after each sip.
Flavors are similar to the nose and what I expect from a TH stout. I get some milk chocolate and a good dose of roasted malt and some coffee notes. This gets covered with a wave of brown sugar and maple syrup. Then a bit of warming cinnamon comes through on the finish.
I dont get any hops nor ABV hints and the vanilla is absent too.
This is another solid milk stout from TH. Glad to have tried it.

Mar 06, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as a nice jet black color with a thin mocha colored head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with sweet notes of maple and vanilla with hints of cinnamon as well. The taste is excellent, as expected. the flavors basically coincide with the smell. The feel is slick yet very smooth with a fully body. Overall it's a great beer, definitely worth trying!

Feb 15, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $5.30. My eighty sixth brew from these guys. This is absolutely delicious, one of my favorite TH stouts.

Feb 07, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, courtesy of ovaltine. Canned on February 8, 2019, per the stamp on the bottom of the can, which also states "Pour me on waffles, take me to heaven." Until looking it up, I was rather mystified by this.

Color is a brown so dark as to resemble liquid coal dust, even when held up to light. A rough poor yielded a decent head, but it was rather short-lived, leading me to think it was stronger than it's 8.1% alcohol strength.

With all the adjuncts used here, it's a dense aroma, but the coffee and-especially-the maple syrup that is upfront, along with more standard stout aromas that resemble molasses and char, and some vanilla sweetness. I don't detect the cinnamon.

The cinnamon does come out to play a little in the taste, but compared to the vanilla, coffee, and, above all, the maple syrup, it's hiding in the closet. The maple flavor, incidentally, while quite dominant, is still dialed back enough that the beer still tastes like a stout, instead of a maple flavored latte, which easily could have happened. This is that rare creature that is a beer that manages to be both a sweet flavor bomb and kinda complex.

Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel, but also a little thin in the body, like a lot of milk stouts.

This was not bad after lunch, but could easily work as breakfast or a dessert. More complex but also more sweet than I was expecting, I'm thoroughly enjoying it, my first from Treehouse. Thanks, Mike!

Jun 30, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours opaque, jet black in color with cleamy light brown one inch head. Taste is big black coffee, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla as it warms. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, low carbonation. Wish the cinnamon was more pronounced but still makes for a really good stout. Nice cool day sipper. Would get other Tree House stouts first but worth a try. Better than most stouts.

May 04, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything about this beer’s aromas and flavors is evocative of French Toast Crunch, the recently re-released companion to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Lots of maple, sweet cinnamon, shredded wheat character, shortbread… definitely comes across as quite gimmicky and even somewhat artificial. But, just as the sweet and artificial qualities of French Toast Crunch make it enjoyable to eat, these same qualities make this beer enjoyable to drink.


Apr 28, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

This smells cinnamon cookies, very sweet maple, roasted malt, vanilla, and chocolate.

The cinnamon comes off as strangely sweet and not super spicy here. I'd want a little bit more roasted malt to balance out that sweetness and the expected maple sweetness. There's a touch of vanilla that's pretty nice.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, and fairly drinkable, with no real booziness.

This is not their best of the various canned stouts that they do, but it's still a nice beer to try.

Apr 18, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull black with a short tan blanket settling to a thin film and thick collar that leaves some mitochondrial lace on the glass.

Smell starts as mocha with cinnamon dusted whip cream, then becomes sweet maple syrup drenched buttermilk pancakes.

Sweet, lightly smoky maple pairs with smooth, chocolatey roast that is lightly cola-esque due to the sweetness. Accents of earthy, nutty coffee and faint cinnamon are in the background, where the cinnamon is emulating brown sugar with all the sweetness. A touch of that odd sort of herbal quality I sometimes get from lesser stouts is present, but faintly in the background.

The body is moderately light, lifted by a crisp carbonation finishing dry and slightly sticky.

Apr 12, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass via can dated 2/8/19

color is licorice black with mocha foam

smell is faint coffee, cinnamon and chili peppers

taste is sweet cinnamon up front with bitter coffee on the back end, some vanilla there too
low carbonation and medium mouthfeel

good stuff

Apr 02, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a Tree House teku

Glossy, near pitch black appearance. The oily looking body was topped by a tight and creamy, finger-tall, cappuccino colored head that dropped to a frothy collar. Lots of streaky, spotty lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was fantastic. Big rich, robust maple notes. Loads of freshly brewed coffee too. Nice lactose and vanilla character as well. Whipped cream came to mind. A touch of cinnamon appeared as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was also terrific but slightly less decadent. Roasted malts came through strong on the front end. Dark roast coffee was also noticeable. Bit of Grade B maple syrup too. Touch of vanilla and lactose in the center. The beer finished with a lingering roasted malt/char-like note and some maple sweetness. Considering the beer’s ingredients, this was surprisingly well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Super creamy and plush. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that turned slick and smooth on the palate.

Like nearly all the beers in Tree House’s imperial milk stout series, Nervous Energy is packed with flavor and complexity yet avoids being overly aggressive or heavy on the palate. If you never got a chance to try Good Morning, this might be the next best thing.

Mar 25, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16oz can into a 10oz snifter. pours a dark brown to almost black with fluffy mocha head. smell is primarily sweet maple. maybe some vanilla sweetness. no cinnamon to speak of at all. taste is all over the place. kind of just a sweet, sloppy mess. feel is typical of the Tree House milk stout family, which is to say not bad but not great either. overall, leaves something to be desired. more sweet than anything else. maple dominates. cinnamon plays no part. everything else gets a little lost in the mix.

Mar 22, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is obsidian black with the most gorgeous dark tan head you’ve ever seen. The maple is immense identifiable on the nose, and there’s also coffee and vanilla notes, too.

The maple is prominent on the taste, too, and there’s also cinnamon and coffee notes, and vanilla at the very end of the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and full, to a greater degree than I’ve seen in most of not all beers of this style I’ve had.

Tree House is known for their IPA’s. I thin their stouts are better.

Yep, I typed that.

Mar 10, 2019
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shimmyk26 from New York

4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the crown jewel of the TH stout family. Easily one of the best stouts I’ve ever had. It’s hugely complex yet perfectly balanced.

Look: it looks like a stout :)

Smell: I don’t even know where to begin. It smells like French toast and pancakes with maple syrup, whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. There is a big presence of marshmallows/s’mores as well. Really hard to believe this is beer.

Taste: Follows the nose. It’s like you’re biting into syrupy pancakes and marshmallows. The cinnamon adds some kick mid-palate as the beer starts to dry out; it’s somehow not overly sweet (I don’t like overly sweet stouts). Hints of black cherries as well.

Feel: Coats your palate while still kind of feeling like a light and nimble beer.

Overall: not much more to say other than to go get or trade for this beer if you can.

Feb 22, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a teku glass.

The pour is jet black with a half-finger of tan head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving some splotchy lacing as it settles into a ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma is what some might call, "stupid". There's a huge wave of maple syrup, followed by sweet bread, cinnamon toast crunch, marshmallows, and dark chocolate. The back end has a faint hint of roasted hazelnut coffee.

The flavor has plenty of dark chocolate, maple syrup, and cinnamon on the front, followed by roasted coffee, sweet bread, and whipped cream. Tastes like a beer made at IHOP.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy and faintly syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too lively, but otherwise a good mouthfeel.

Overall, another fantastic milk stout by Tree House. They continue to make dessert like beer without it ever being cloying. This one definitely tastes like french toast but there's plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee notes to provide balance.

Feb 12, 2019
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gbiello from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours inky black from a 16oz can. Maple, coffee, chocolate on the nose. Let this one warm up! Aroma and flavors really intensify as it comes up to room temp!

Feb 10, 2019
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Boto from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can: This one pours an inky opaque dark brown color. There was a bit of a light brown head that dropped off quickly and left almost no lacing. Good nose. Chocolate, vanilla, maple, some lactose. The taste is also very good. Somewhat sweet, chocolate, lactose, vanilla, maple, faint coffee. A really nice stout!

Dec 31, 2018
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