Nervous Energy
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #22
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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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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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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Nov 05, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Oct 29, 2018
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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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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Oct 29, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Oct 20, 2018
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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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tonypeezoh from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 29, 2019
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 27, 2020
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

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

May 21, 2019
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 20, 2019
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TylerJ from Iowa

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

May 03, 2019
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 13, 2019
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 26, 2021
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aap from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 23, 2019
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 17, 2021
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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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Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 04, 2019
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Joesapp from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 03, 2019
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Icka31 from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 25, 2020
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wip998001 from Massachusetts

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

Feb 15, 2020
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 17, 2021
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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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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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Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

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

Sep 06, 2019
Nervous Energy from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 158 ratings