Hedonic Adaptation
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #60
Ranked #1,679
4.32 | pDev: 5.32%
Feb 14, 2022
Nov 21, 2018
Notes: Hedonic Adaptation is an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with caramel, coffee, and toasted coconut. The beer is rich, with heavy milk chocolate and pure unsweetened coconut flake notes calling to mind the flavor of a mounds bar. Though rich and loaded with flavor, it never weighs down the palate or becomes a chore to drink. This is a delicious beer and one that is sure to inspire conversation and good cheer as you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!
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4.26 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Feb 14, 2022
4.36 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Jan 13, 2022
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3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours opaque, dark brown in color, with three quarter inch head. Taste is coconut and coffee with white sugar. Heavy body, sweet, roasty with low carbonation. Makes for a solid Tree stout. I prefer some of their other coconut beers but this is solid. A lot more coffee forward than I was expecting.

Jan 08, 2022
4.25 by smb71481 from Vermont on Jan 02, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Shimmering black appearance topped with a brown head. Earthy coffee with caramel creamer and supporting bittersweet chocolate for the nose. Taste actually brings the coconut with a hint of nougat, otherwise as the nose foretold, more bitter than expected on the finish. Feel is roasted, creamy, frothy, moderately thick and hides that abv wonderfully.

Dec 29, 2021
4.25 by sunnytropic from New York on Feb 10, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

I’ve decided that if one is drinking a stout every night that Tree House milk stouts are the way to go.

Anyway, I was excited about this one. It was good but not as good as I was hoping.

Feb 08, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

14 September 2020 - Beer #182

ABV: 9.1%

Appearance: 5 - completely black. And look at that stunning head!

Nose: 4 - smells like straight up coffee. No coconut or caramel to speak of.

Taste: 4 - still no caramel, but the coffee and coconut blend beautifully.

Mouth: 5 - quite thick and frothy. An explosion of bubbles.

Overall: 4 - not the best Tree House stout I've had, but not the worst.


Sep 21, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Black as a moonless night with a couple fingers of dark tan head with above average retention, settling to a wide ring and splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel overwhelm the dark roasted malts, and a faint note of coconut in its wake.

T: More on the milk chocolate than caramel. Coffee way more obvious and goes well with the coconut. Some notes reminiscent of dark ales also. About as sweet as I tolerate.

F: Satisfyingly light bodied for the ABV. Appropriate carbonation. Well crafted here.

O: In the Tree House world of stouts, I’m finding that I’m most impressed and amazed with what they do with the brews 6.5% ABV and below. The imperial stouts are well crafted but as good as many in a more crowded field. No exception here.

Aug 31, 2020
4.06 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Aug 02, 2020
4.44 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 09, 2020
4.44 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Jul 09, 2020
4.43 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jul 01, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Dope from Massachusetts

Incredible aftertaste, like brownie batter

Jun 29, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Pours a dark brown, motor oily black with a half of a finger of dark brown head.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, and that jammy fruit presence all Tree House stouts have. The light nutty coconut wafts in at the back end.

Taste is very similar. Coffee, bakers chocolate, fruit jam, mild coconut. Smooth and mildly sweet, but with an appropriate amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied with mild carbonation. You know the drill. Very standard fare.

Overall another great Tree House stout. Balanced on a razors edge between sweetness and roasty bitterness. Enjoyable. Not too high of a percentage. Well done.

Jun 24, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Tree House snifter; canned 04/24/20, code ARE WE FOREVER CHASING RAINBOWS?
A: Pours a very dark brown color, basically back, with a two to three finger, foamy, light brown head, strong retention, curtains of lacing.
S: Very inviting. Aromas of milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, and coconut.
T: Sweet. Rich flavors that are a melange of the nose. Relatively light bitterness allows full sweetness to come through.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rich and creamy.
O: This is just so inviting and delicious: it could realistically tempt even the most devout disciple of asceticism.

Jun 16, 2020
4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Jun 07, 2020
4.26 by vfgccp from New York on May 25, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BeerBaronBear from New York

Canned 4/24/20, tasted 5/17/20. A very yummy stout, but not one of my absolute top favorites from Tree House. The coconut came through nicely in the taste, but it didn't create the most appealing aroma up front. The mouthfeel was solid - creamy, middle-of-the-road in terms of thickness. Some Tree House stouts I just want to savor in my mouth forever - this one didn't have quite the same appeal for me. Still a yummy beer, and if you like coconut stouts, it's definitely worth trying.

May 18, 2020
3.94 by acurtis from New Jersey on May 08, 2020
4.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Apr 20, 2020
4.69 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Apr 16, 2020
4.27 by rab53 from Washington on Apr 07, 2020
4.5 by paulish from New York on Apr 04, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

“Those that cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

Canned 2.8.20 opened 3.26.20

Can poured into a snifter, two finger dense brown foam, good lacings, great retention, settles to a solid creamypencil thin layer over black motor oil liquid

Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of coconut

Taste is milk chocolate, roasts

Slight roast bitterness , low sudsing, almost syrupy, 9.1 abv is well hidden

Good beer

Mar 26, 2020
4.42 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2020
4.34 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Mar 20, 2020
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 17, 2020
4.69 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Mar 14, 2020
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Mar 11, 2020
4.34 by alexsergio from New York on Mar 04, 2020
3.6 by Bad_Attitude_Brews from South Carolina on Feb 29, 2020
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 26, 2020
4.25 by SpaethJam from New York on Feb 25, 2020
4.6 by Spluger from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2020
4.52 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Feb 23, 2020
4.07 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Feb 19, 2020
4.71 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2020
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

Picked-up a single can at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $8.55. My ninety seventh brew from these guys. Beer # 1 of my TH stout day (on vacation this week). This good, but nothing stood out.

Feb 18, 2020
4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2020
Hedonic Adaptation from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 73 ratings