Bear With A Hint Of Coffee
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #84
Ranked #12,980
3.97 | pDev: 12.09%
May 25, 2022
Feb 01, 2019
Very Good
Notes: We are excited to welcome Bear back, this time with a tasteful and restrained addition of custom roasted coffee! After careful deliberation and assessment, we chose a coffee that exhibits delicate flavors of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and molasses. The base beer features flavors and aromas of toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown bread, and black coffee - a lovely pairing for the delicate, lightly roasted coffee for which it shares the glass. Though this beer is rich with flavor and complexity, it drinks smoothly and easily… an ideal pairing for a hearty winter meal or a day spent on the ice. A winter treat, indeed!
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4 by SpaethJam from New York on May 25, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Lucular from Maryland

16 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours dark brown, nearly opaque, with medium tan head that fades away to a ring of bubbles. Nice lacing. Aroma and flavor feature coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, earthy hops, vanilla, and a touch of pine. The pine is in the background, but really adds to the overall complexity of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with average carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic coffee brown ale.

May 05, 2022
4.22 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Dec 23, 2021
4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Dec 19, 2021
4.26 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Dec 16, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

16oz can dated 7/8/21.

Pours almost opaque dark brown with a thin beige head. Moderate retention with minimal lacing. Espresso with chocolate in the nose. Medium bodied with a softish mouthfeel. Roasty on the palate with bakers chocolate and light char and dark roast coffee. Finishes fairly robust and a bit smoky.

Oct 10, 2021
4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Aug 12, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned 07/08/2021. Enjoyed on 07/27/2021.

Jul 28, 2021
4.31 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Jul 20, 2021
4.34 by NappyB from Illinois on Jul 16, 2021
4 by sunnytropic from New York on Feb 10, 2021
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jul 16, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jul 07, 2020
4.21 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on May 08, 2020
4.41 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Apr 12, 2020
4.14 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Apr 09, 2020
4.17 by MJSFS from Florida on Apr 04, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on Apr 04, 2020
4.06 by clwhitaker978 from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2020
4 by rab53 from Washington on Mar 25, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Alieniloquium from Florida

16 oz. can. Pours very dark brown with a medium khaki head. Smells of coffee, caramel, a little brown bread, and nutty malts. Taste of coffee comes in and out. Coffee, then bready malts, coffee, then caramel, coffee, then bitterness accompanies the coffee in the finish. Coffee throughout, but never the dominant flavor. Medium body. Coffee is a nice touch, because I seem to enjoy this more than regular Bear.

Mar 23, 2020
4.08 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerBaronBear from New York

A nice roasty brown ale. This is an unusual style for Tree House, but there's definitely a place for it. It's got a much lighter body than Tree House stouts or porters, but the lingering head gave a little bit of foamy body to the beer all the way to the end. The flavors came out more as it warmed, but the most noticeable roasty flavor was there from the very beginning, and persisted on the tongue for a long time after swallowing. The coffee really was just a hint, but I found the overall flavors more complex and interesting than the original Bear.

Mar 23, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Canned 1.31.20, opened 3.21.20

“ What do you see?”

Can poured into Pint glass, massive three finger dense, creamy taupe foam cap. Great retention , great lacings , settles to a pencil thick foam layer after five minutes over dark brown liquid.

Aroma is coffee, hint of sweet

Taste is thin, coffee , roasted malts

Low sudsing , hint of coffee bitterness

Nice beer

Mar 21, 2020
4 by Roy1586 from Massachusetts on Mar 21, 2020
4.23 by mgmoore314 from Massachusetts on Mar 21, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mnj21655 from Massachusetts

Pours dark brown with red mahogany highlights and a finger plus of khaki head. Aroma is roasty, toasty, and has a bit of a caramel malt note. Taste is unsurprisingly malt forward with lots of lightly sweet caramel malts and darker malts that lead to a roasty finish. The coffee isn’t explicitly present aside from the more generic roasty notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth. Overall a tasty and drinkable beer. I haven’t had original Bear in awhile but the coffee addition seems subtle and adds some additional layers.

Mar 17, 2020
3.87 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Mar 15, 2020
4.07 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York on Mar 13, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Delicious brown ale, one of the best I’ve tried so far. 1/31/20 date printed on can. Pours a slightly thicker dark brown color with some tan foaming head and small amounts of spotty lingering lacing. Smells of nice nuttiness, caramel, brown sugar, malt, light roast coffee, milk chocolate and toast. Taste follows the nose, great balance and depth. Good flavor and almost reminded me of a stout at times. Smooth, rich, slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. A real pleasure to enjoy.

Mar 13, 2020
4.37 by Icka31 from Ohio on Mar 07, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 16oz can dated 1/31/2020 to a tulip glass.
The pour is exciting and active. Super opaque brown body with an amazing pillowy head that is continually reinforced by active rising bubbles creating about 2-3 inches of action for 10-12 seconds. 5 minutes later looking very closely you can still see a small number of bubbles rising against the glass wall. Who knows whats going on behind the black curtain of opacity.
The aroma is all malt, must, fall leaves, caramel, raisins, prunes. I do not detect the coffee by smell alone.
Taste is malt front, coffee end, and I mean good, dark roast, unsweetened, non-dairy coffee. Dryness that almost makes you pucker after swallowing. Alcohol is undetectable by taste or smell alone.
The body is thin, after all its only a brown ale, not a stout despite all that flavor.
I love this beer, or should I say bear.

Mar 01, 2020
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 26, 2020
4.85 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2020
4.09 by Spluger from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer was picked up at the brewery about 2 weeks ago.
The beer pours a clear cola brown color with a fizzy beige head of about 1 cm, it fades to a thin edge layer and some wispy bubbles on the surface.
The aroma is some roasted malts and a little bit of black coffee grounds. there is a little dark chocolate and some charred wood too. No hops to be found and the beer is definitely roast scent forward.
The first sip reveals a medium body with very fine and tingly carbonation that is sort of prickly on my palate. Physical traits are pretty easy drinking, but also not remarkable.
Flavor is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate with a good dose of coffee grounds mixing together very nicely.
The coffee lingers on my palate after each swallow and the hops are absent throughout the flavor profile.
The beer is well made and the flavors mix well, making this a very drinkable brew. If you are a malty and this is available during your visit, its worth buying a few cans.

Feb 24, 2020
4.16 by alexsergio from New York on Feb 23, 2020
3.89 by user785335 from Florida on Feb 18, 2020
4.15 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewme from Massachusetts

This beer is not retired. Picked-up a single can at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $3.80. My eighty first brew reviewed from these guys. Not my favorite style, but this is solid, like a bit better than regular Bear.

Feb 02, 2020
Bear With A Hint Of Coffee from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 78 ratings