Nervous Energy
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #21
Ranked #704
4.43 | pDev: 4.97%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Nervous EnergyNervous Energy
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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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of scotorum
4.34/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of woemad
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Holderness
4.34/5  rDev -2%
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.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of shimmyk26
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of gbiello
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | 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!

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Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of Rristow
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of sweet maple and coffee. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, maple syrup, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Just slight sweet lactose notes. Moderately sweet. Very nicely done.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/4/18

A: Jet black with some rich brown around the edges - opaque - pours with a small, tan head, fades to virtually nothing except for a small collar, but still leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Despite the description claiming "strong aromas of maple, cinnamon, coffee, and whipped cream" I think the primary aroma is the milk stout - there's a lot of milk chocolate and dark chocolate, maybe some burnt chocolate malts as well - somewhat roasty, minor burnt notes - underneath the milk stout, I definitely detect some cinnamon and maple - sweet lactose sugar as well, but I would not make the jump to "whipped cream" - maybe more of a vanilla ice cream, as there is some nice vanilla bean aroma - might be overly sweet from the smell, but we'll see about the taste

T: Yeah, it's sweet - but somehow, despite the onslaught of sugar, it's not what I would describe as cloying - loads of chocolate, mostly milk chocolate, some semisweet chocolate as well and some hints of dark chocolate - slightly roasty, maybe some light roast coffee, the only burnt notes are from what I assume are chocolate malts - somewhat nutty - cinnamon adds a nice amount of bite, and both maple and vanilla are nicely represented - maple candy - some burnt bitterness that lingers - lots of lactose sugar, a bit much, even for the style - some additional sweetness in the malts, with some biscuit and molasses

M: Medium to heavy, decidedly chewy, not exactly a clean finish, but not really possible for the style

O: Someone's drunk in the kitchen again

Classic French toast? Maybe I am holding Tree House to an unfair standard, given their pedigree of more or less perfecting the NEIPA, but I was hoping for something truly special. This kind of tastes like someone burnt French toast and then threw it in a blender with some cinnamon sticks and vanilla ice cream. I like it, but I'm not heartbroken that the can limit on this was 2.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10/19/18

Pours jet black with a finger and a half of thick, frothy, deep caramel head; solid retention transitions to a reasonably thick layer of froth and ring around the surface accompanied by plenty of soapy lacing walling the glass.

Aroma shifts from a bursting foundation of deep milk chocolate to a subtle and bitter dark chocolate, with creamy vanilla, dark-roast coffee, and bits of earthy, balancing cinnamon and maple talking hold in the background; nuanced, sweet, balanced, and comforting.

Taste brings excellently balanced cocoa and coffee notes, along with light vanilla, subtle earthy cinnamon and charred maple, which all maintain prominence in the background in a way that's really quite well done.

Mouthfeel is pure silk, with a heavier, more robust body, and very well-balanced carbonation; slightly sticky and even through to the finish.

Sweet and dessert-like, no doubt, but some incredible balance saves this one from cloying territory. Really an excellent balance of chocolate and coffee with plenty of lighter notes in between. This is polished, smooth, and pure enjoyment in so many ways.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 wisps and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of lighter maple syrup, little bit of cinnamon, nice vanilla. Very nice vanilla. Solid coffee and chocolate as well.

T -Taste is similar to the nose with nice sweeter maple syrup and candy. Little cinnamon hotness. The vanilla is quite prominent. Coffee is solid but not overly aggressive.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth and creamy, thick.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout with pleasant additives. Quite enjoyable.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Super dark foamy creamy thicker head, good retention and lacing, pitch black color long legs

Nose nice mix of spices, cinnamon, maple syrup and barrel, a little coconut, cocoa, caramel and chocolate, nutty notes with a little roasted coffee, plenty of vanilla maybe the only strong character, maple cream candy like

Taste big sweet maple syrup, a little cinnamon, flash of vanilla and barrel notes, syrupy with some maple cream candy, some roasted nutty fresh coffee, char notes, a flash of alcohol and bitter roast notes, earthy dirt like roasted coffee etc, sticky sweet malt, candy cream maples.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy thick lush, decent carb, a flash of alcohol but not much

Overall pretty nice, nice all around but not out of this world

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Photo of GeriSullivan
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super smooth, easy drinking. Maple and cinnamon are both gentle, mouthfeel is mildly, pleasantly syrupy; not cloying. Good at every temperature. Immediately wanted another while finishing it.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - in the wise words of DJ Khaled... another one? This one pours much darker with no head action until after the beer is poured. Darker than brown paint. Brown-ass head to boot.

S - sweet aromas abound, dripping with molasses, brown sugar, and Graham crackers. Sugary milk chocolate and Mexican hot (iced?) chocolate. My nostrils may be broken, but getting some burnt popcorn in this one too.

T - woof, monster splash of cinnamon, cocoa, and maple candy up front. Huge, engulfing flavor piles on the milk sugar, coffee candy, and cool whip. So much bittersweet dark chocolate and at the same time syrupy sweet french toast. Warming and spicy. Lively. The description of morning breakfast is spot on. The finishing syrupiness is quickly faded by a crisp, chilly dryness that tidies this one up with a bow.

F - spiritual unrest had a better mouthfeel, but this is still buttery smooth, viscous, and an absolute delight to force between your teeth.

O - loving the maple-heavy sugariness in this one. Has all the makings of Sunday morning decadence, perhaps even that of Christmas morning. The saturation seems to pull its punches toward the end as hoppy freshness dries things up, which is a good and not-so-good thing. Guess we'll have to wait for GM to really pile on the sinful decadence.

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