Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley | Tree House Brewing Company

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Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty ValleyDouble Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley
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4.49/5
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Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty ValleyDouble Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
treehousebrew.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To mark the first snowfall of 2018, we are pleased to offer the perfect accompanying beer featuring a legendary Ethiopian coffee: Misty Valley! Our brilliant friends from Gracenote were once again the caretakers of the roast for this wonderfully distinct coffee. Here it showcases with notes of milk chocolate, sweet chocolate cheesecake, and mixed berries. The body of the beer is luxurious and rich, but never burdensome or cloying. With recent Double Shots, we have taken a turn toward putting the featured coffee at the forefront while letting the underlying characteristics of the base beer fade into the background. The result is harmonious, and certainly memorable, with the rusticity and purity of Misty Valley shining brightly. We are very excited about this beer. Enjoy!

Added by Luscious_Malfoy on 11-16-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
6
Ratings:
22
pDev:
5.35%
 
 
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Harrison8
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with nearing two fingers of caramel foam. Head retention is good, with a dense ring of foam lingering a long while. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy malts with medium-bodied coffee. Dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee fruit add a little extra depth and complexity layered over the decadent base stout. Flavor profile is chocolate milk followed me a sip of medium-bodied, fruity and fleshy coffee. In between the morning beverages is caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasty, toasty, nutty malts. Really good depth that showcases the base stout first, and then delivers the coffee goods. Mouth feel is velvety and creamy, like a glass of whole milk with a few tablespoons of ovaltine stirred in. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, big base stout notes with lovely and lively coffee. Coffee isn't on the forefront here, instead adding a pleasant subtly to the back-end of both the aroma and flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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

Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a decently dark black color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like melted milk chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit, and unfortunately- some green pepper.

Luckily the green pepper coffee off-aroma doesn't translate to the taste, as you get this wonderful candied toffee/Heath bar type flavor from the coffee. You also get more traditionally chocolate and cream flavor, plus a touch of roast from the base beer. The base beer is fairly well buried by the coffee, but that seems to have been the intent here.

This is very creamy, with a pretty big body on it, and a good level of drinkability.

The aroma on this is a bit of an issue, but the taste is pretty great. I really like the coffee used here. Also, though aging potential doesn't really factor into the score for this beer- I can't imagine this beer is going to age well.

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Photo of Naughead
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A truly great stout. The coffee notes are not overpowering or bitter, but rather supple and soft on the palate. I find it rich and very satisfying, with lots of chocolate and hints of vanilla (maybe that's my interpretation of the cheesecake they mention in the description). The alcohol is very subtle to me, dangerous with that high ABV, but you can never get that many of these at once, so what the hay! A perfect accompaniment to a cold late fall night.

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Photo of TripleShot
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peterpunk15
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Strohm
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukiluka
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jwale73
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black with a quarter-inch, mocha-colored head. Nose expresses roasted coffee, char and cocoa. Taste expresses a nice co-mingled character of coffee and creamy lactose- quite lovely. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body - creamy and silky. Overall, a very nice coffee stout.

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Photo of Damian
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 500 ml (1 pt .9 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a Tree House teku
Huge thanks to my dad for grabbing me this bottle.

Fantastic appearance. The viscous, oily, absolute pitch black body was topped by a super tight and frothy, inch-tall, saddle brown head that slowly dropped to a lasting collar. A spotty wall of lacing coated the glass after every sip.

The aroma was pure coffee bliss. Bright and lively, medium roast coffee dominated. A milky lactose-like quality was apparent too. Touch of sweetness. Big molasses presence. Some fresh vanilla bean came through as well. Touch of roast from the malts. As the beer sat, notes of chocolate fudge appeared.

The flavor was just as amazing. Coffee was definitely front and center from start to finish. The roast level of the beans, however, seemed to be less than what you find in most coffee flavored beers. Lactose notes were again apparent. Some dark chocolate and chocolate fudge appeared in the center. Somewhat sweet but amazingly well balanced. Vanilla bean notes were detectable too. Touch of coconut. Roasted malts came through on the back end and in the finish. Hint of lingering sweetness after the swallow.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Super creamy and plush on the palate. Ultra smooth. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

With its bright fruity notes and typically lighter roast profile, Misty Valley is one of my favorite coffee varietals, and it worked perfectly in this Double Shot variant. I rarely give beers a perfect score, but this one was definitely deserving of it.

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Photo of gbiello
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of agreenman19
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - one of the more decadent-looking heads on a DS. Rich mocha brown fluff with vanilla swirls atop pitch brown coffee. Bubbles stare back at me like spider eyes.

S - milk chocolate and berries. Philadelphia strawberry cream cheese. Lactose and chocolate cake. Coffee grounds in the very background.

T - fruity, such is life with Ethiopian bean. Blackberries and (brown) sugar-coated plums with a dash of burnt popcorn in the back of my thoat. More chocolate-forward with notes of rich chocolate-on-chocolate cake and Heath bar. Sweet, but not sugary or cloying. Bright and nutty in the finish with toasted almonds going strong to close it out.

F - sometimes the best mouthfeels in a beer are those that don't really feel like anything. Kinda like touching a soft blanket that's so soft it doesn't even seem real. This liquid effortlessly glides across all the obstacles in my oral cavity. Not too heavy, but plenty sturdy.

O - less coffee-centric than other DSs, which is a tad ironic given the description, but perhaps that's just the nature of the bean. Beautiful balance and drinkability.

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Photo of JPeterson17
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tmadd
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 7irondave
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 22 ratings