Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #927
Ranked #4,351
4.21 | pDev: 5.46%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Impressionism is an Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate, roasted, and belgian caramel malts. Also, we added small amounts of molasses and maple syrup to lend complexity and depth to this bold-flavored offering. It pours pitch black in the glass and presents with robust imperial stout flavors and aromas of dark chocolate and caramel, with more subtle notes of crème brûlée, molasses, maple syrup, plum, and fig. Impressionism offers tremendous depth and enjoyment across the spectrum as it is allowed to warm in the glass. When kept cold, this beer will evolve and develop in the can for up to six months. It is a perfect, warming beer to cozy up with next to the fire after a big holiday meal. Enjoy!
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glowing polished black marble with a thick tan head settling to a creamy collar and roiling center.

The full round body has a crisp then softening froth that features a malt which begins tangy and almost fruity. This matures quickly into deeper tones of tobacco, smoke, nutty chocolate and cocoa powder. Faint but sweet dark fruit and molasses come out towards the tingly, semi-dry finish. Peanut butter wafer develops as it warms.

An imperial, non-milk, non-flavored stout by Tree House, that doesn't suck? I'll take it!

Jun 26, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark and sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and butterscotch pudding. Heavy bodied, sweet and roasty, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a good sweet stout. Not as many bells and whistles as many of their milk stouts but still a quality beer. Well made but not one I would drive up for.

Jun 24, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: opaque brown with a medium sized tan head. Nice lacing in the glass.
Aroma: rich maple and molasses with roasted grain, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste: followed the nose. As expected, a great blend of the sweet flavors with the bitter/roasty ones. Complex as billed.
Feel: full bodied and somewhat thick but not too sweet. Silky. Medium carbonation.
Overall: outstanding imperial stout.

Jun 04, 2019
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RyanBeer14 from California

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First stout from TH

Overall a very solid imperial stout. You wouldn’t even know it was an imperial stout just based on the body and how drinkable it is. Notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Don’t really get much of the maple but do taste some caramel. In my opinion, a little more maple would have done this beer wonders. Regardless , it’s a proper imperial stout!

Jun 01, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5


Poured from the impressionist-art-decorated can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a; Opaque black with a half inch thick tan head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild roasty malt leaning to black coffee.

t; Follows the nose along with some sweetness and a moderate hop bite which lingers on the sweet finish.

m: Light medium for the style, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A very drinkable imperial stout with lighter roasty malt and eventually a maple syrup sweetness.

May 23, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with half finger of mocha head that leaves decent lacing. Big roasted malts and coffee in the nose. Joined by molasses, chocolate and caramel in the taste. Very dark and roasty flavors. On the light side of full bodied with modest carbonation and some slight stickiness. Nice dark goodness.

Dec 22, 2018
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black as can be body poured from the tallboy into my becher. The cap is a deep nutty brown hue and rises to a cm high with decent retention and a silky froth consistency. A few small sheets of lacing.

S- Malty and sweet aroma with a nice depth and complexity to the grains and some yeast character poking through slightly. Massive fruity dark around 85% percent cocoa leads the way with roast barley, brown sugar, molasses, espresso and caramel beyond it. Definitely some dark fruits throughout from the ferment but it compliments the darkness.

T- A very, very rich malt profile on the palate with each sip being about as decadent as it can be with the overall flavor profile reminiscent of a nut and dark chocolate filled brownie. Not all about the darkness with nutty, dark fruit, toffee and raisin coming on strong. Roast barley, cocoa powder, coffee, burnt grain, chocolate malt, caramel, toffee and vinous fruit notes.

MF- Thick and very decadent body where each sip demands respect with a creamy and chewy consistency. A bit oily with a medium level of carbonation and a very bittersweet finish.

Rich royal stout with a ton of malt complexity coming off like a nut filled heavily dark chocolate brownie dessert. A bit too fruity on the palate after the while.

Dec 10, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with small dark tan head. Aroma is primarily slightly sweet chocolate with a touch of caramel. Taste is also slightly sweet chocolate with a caramel almost vanilla touch.

Nov 25, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice black hue with a good fat one finger mocha head that fades to leave thick blanket.

S - Aromas of acrid, over roasted malts, little stale coffee grounds. Almost wet dog and cardboard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with much more of that acrid burnt coffee and malts. Little bit of chocolate and burnt brownie ends.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is a bit thin though.

O - Overall this was a super underwhelming beer way over charred. Far better Tree House beer out there.

Serving Type: can

Nov 17, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a giant foamy frothy creamy thick darker 1.5 finger head fades semi slowly, nice lacing and great retention, pitch black

Nose tons of dark chocolate cocoa and roasted coffee, little caramel, dry roasted but super stale coffee beans, little fudge, weird wet malt cereal mash thing, not much else

Taste sweet malts, toasted grains and sweet candy, molasses and caramel toffee mostly, a little creamy, butterscotch notes, some dark chocolate and char, cocoa, not much else, more of that weird wet cereal dough grain, a bit of alcohol, roasted burnt malts

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy decent fizzy carb, little alcohol

Overall this was just sad for Tree House

Nov 17, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - thick, dark, and beautiful *eyebrows*. Burnt brown head that quickly dissipates into a ring.

S - I smell burnt popcorn, chocolate syrup, and espresso. Honestly smells a lot like the Abstraction series.

T - flavor is a different animal. Spent coffee grounds accentuated by lightly toasted caramel, molasses, and warming brown sugar. Grilled raisins and dark red cherries liven things up. Bittersweet dark chocolate adds dryness and as it warms, the darker, fruitier flavors explode from the glass. Hints of allspice and cinnamon... I can see the creme brulee. Not the sickening butterscotch you're thinking of, but rather the toasted effect that borrows no sweetness from this classic dessert.

F - I feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record describing TH mouthfeels because they're all delightfully silky soft with a body that's not too heavy, but still hefty enough to support the flavors. This beer is obvs no exception.

O - better than the Abstraction beers. More depth and harmony with the roasted character and a greater variance in flavor. Can't wait for the coffee, vanilla, and coffee+vanilla variants...

Nov 17, 2018
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 59 ratings