Abstraction - Coffee & Vanilla
Tree House Brewing Company

Abstraction - Coffee & VanillaAbstraction - Coffee & Vanilla
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #67
Ranked #5,080
4.28 | pDev: 5.84%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Abstraction - Coffee & VanillaAbstraction - Coffee & Vanilla
Notes: Today we are excited to share a new rendition of Abstraction with you, featuring a coffee from our friends at Olympia Coffee Roasters - Guatemala Sweetheart San Marcos! This coffee features beautifully balanced character, and we found it to be the perfect candidate to pair with heaps of hand sliced Madagascar vanilla beans. The resulting beer is rich and velvety, but never heavy or overly burdensome to drink. We smell and taste fresh roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and a hint of sweet vanilla cream wrapped up in a creamy and smooth body. 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 a function of carefully selected and simple natural ingredients - Beer that is enjoyable pint after pint, time and time again, in any circumstance. Enjoy!
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 32
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abstraction pours a deep, dark brown with a thin and tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin veiling covering the glass. The smell is dark, roasted coffee with a nice whiff of dark chocolates, light, sweet malts and a hint of vanilla. Taste is rich, dark roasted coffee with a nutty undertone. A nice mild vanilla coupled with notes or dark chocolate, which finishes with an acrid (but not unpleasant) coffee bitterness.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown with a beet red-stained brown head.

S - burnt popcorn and coffee grounds. Light milk chocolate and vanilla amongst the acridity.

T - hones in on an earthy, genuine coffee roast flavor. Bottom of the pot bitterness with a smattering of nutty vanilla bean tartness. Roasty with burnt chocolate malts.

F - silky and oily, yet not heavy or overly rich.

O - takes all your favorite stout flavors and tackles the bitter, roastier, toastier side of them. Black coffee bitterness, vanilla bean earthiness, burnt maltiness. Roasty toasty.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/25/18; drank 11/10/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head; minimal lace.

Medium roast coffee bean, milk chocolate & faint vanilla notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup, cream & fresh earth flavors up front; dark roast coffee bean & mild table sugar notes on the finish.

A bit earthy for the style, in my eyes; I prefer more of the subtle coffee notes than this dark roast blast. Flavorful, but not to my overall taste.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, opaque with minimal head. Taste is big vanilla, cream, coffee, and toasted malt. Medium heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet and roasty. Prefer regular Abstraction but this is a very good malty beer.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 nice dark chocolate, decent coffee roast, light roast malts. No real vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with very light vanilla. The coffee is nice and nutty, little fruity. Solid chocolate as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout. The coffee and vanilla were both lighter than I expected.

Serving Type: can

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a large 1 finger creamy thick mocha colored head retains very well, and soapy lacing, pitch black beer, decent legs

Nose is pretty much just like the coffee version, fresh nutty coffee, a little fruity coffee, plenty of fudgey cocoa and roasted malt base beer, a little earthy coffee note, plenty of bitter roast and a little char, mild toasted cookie wafer and caramel, no vanilla

TAste starts with more fresh coffee but much more mild, nutty a little fruity, but a touch of fresh vanilla as well, a little acrid bitter roast, more base beer fudgey cocoa and a little toasted cookie wafer, caramel notes, some charred roast acrid bitterness,

Mouth is fuller bod, nice carb, a little creamy rich, no alcohol

Overall eh, coffee was OK, again very little vanilla, just not great compared to other beers from TH and other stouts like this

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Abstraction - Coffee & Vanilla from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 32 ratings