Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley
Tree House Brewing Company

Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty ValleyDouble Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 5.16%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
37
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
95
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Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty ValleyDouble Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley
Notes: 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!
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is roasted coffee, Tootsie Roll, and vanilla. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet and roasty. Good coffee beer. Nice addition in the Double Shot series.

Feb 11, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle of this one, had it a few times before.

A- 500ml glass into a glass with a black hole body and a deep brown espresso crema head that makes it up to a finger high. Absolutely great head retention and thick sheets of lacing form after every sip.

S- Having an espresso machine at home this aroma reminds me of brewing up some great light roast Ethiopia beans under pressure with the mix of roast and fruity. The complexity is great with the coffee bringing dark fruits like cherry and tart citrus along with the chocolate, roast barley, cocoa powder, toasted nut and dark druid fruits from the base beer.

T- The depth of flavor opens up even more here and this brew brings me back to filling a growler in Monson as this is just a truly world class stout highlighting just how great coffee beans can be. Coffee is the absolute forefront with nutty, fruity and chocolate notes coming from the beans. Dark and dry chocolate is a massive contingent of the flavor leading into roast barley, espresso grounds, cherry, citrus, tobacco, caramel, molasses, brownie, toasted nut, tangerine, licorice and tobacco notes.

MF- Moderately thick body with a supremely creamy and luscious frothy texture. Smooth and silky long chain sugar thickness just coats the palate. Ends with a slight light roast coffee bitterness.

I miss the days where I could go to Monson and get a growler of a similar stout every single time but in the end those days are unrealistic. Double Shot has and is always an amazing stout that succeeds in highlighting just how flavorful coffee can be. Hopefully this line of brews will be more accessible someday.

Feb 04, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Dec 16, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Dec 13, 2018
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Nov 22, 2018
Double Shot - Ethiopia Misty Valley from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 37 ratings