Bear With A Hint Of Coffee
Tree House Brewing Company

Bear With A Hint Of CoffeeBear With A Hint Of Coffee
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #95
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,879
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
67
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Bear With A Hint Of CoffeeBear With A Hint Of Coffee
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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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a brown-colored... ale. Reddish fringes with a creamy tan head. Stays fluffed up for some time.

S - classic Bear starts with toffee, roasted English malts, and caramel. The coffee bite comes in at the end with notes of tobacco and burnt popcorn.

T - milk chocolate and toffee ice cream. Starts rich and full, then the metal sets in and thins the flavor out a bit toward the finish. Toasted grains and light roast black coffee with some fruitiness. Brown sugar and Milk Duds. Finish is numbing like peppermint feels.

F - thin and refreshing, but good carbonation levels lead to a smooth and creamy beerxperience.

O - the coffee is quite a boon to this otherwise "it's a beer" beer. Far from overwhelming, you literally get a hint of coffee. But you get just the right amount of bite and bean roast that almost separates itself from the OG Bear flavors and creates a coffee halo around the beer, adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that whenever needed.

Apr 05, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this to share with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark chestnut brown hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin blanket

S - Aromas of an old stale ashtray, decent coffee, fair amount of biscuits. Really nutty and burnt coffee like.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of spicy hops on the taste, little sweetness, decent biscuit notes. Nutty but with burnt acrid coffee. Loads more of the weird ashtray flavour that plagues this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little slick though.

O - Overall this was just all over the place. That ashtray throughout really ruins this beer. What is mess?

Serving Type: can

Feb 16, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud. Canned 2/01/19

Forced pour gives a decent thicker foamy brown head with nice retention and lacing, dark opaque brown color

Nose big coffee, roasted coffee beans, little nutty earthy coffee, touch fruity, very nutty both coffee and malt, little burnt char ash thing, spicy earthy hop, toasted brown malts, little peanutbutter fudge, burnt coffee

Taste a little sweet malt but toasted brown malts, little biscuity, mild caramel toffee like, roasted coffee beans, nutty coffee and a little earthy ashy, smooth brown malts but mild acrid, medium bitterness with spicy hops, mild cocoa, finishes fair bitterness spicy hops, and

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little smooth, no alcohol, lighter carb

Overall mixed, some decent American brown notes but burnt coffee, very nutty, ashy, but in general wasn't that great

Feb 16, 2019
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jykleo from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/1. Enjoyed on 2/13.
Majority of Stout W/Coffee are Too Sweet and I am not fan of them.
Bear is not stout but a like.
Smooth, clear, not too much sweet and even feel dry after tastes.
May be good for after lunch ?

Feb 13, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottom of can:

"Just a wee hint
02/01/19."

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a brown body with some lacing. Head dissipates after a few minutes but comes back nicely with a vigorous swirl or two. Great nose of coffee, dark malt, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Taste mirrors nose nicely and as it warms, the aromas and flavors become even more pronounced. Good feel and overall, I am diggin' this beer, even though it is a tad thin.
Cheers to TH (and my connection, Rob!!!)

Feb 11, 2019
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TripleShot from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little bit better than regular Bear with the hint of coffee in there but still not an impressive brew. Nice little change up though if you had one with some IPA's or stouts.

Feb 10, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin tan head. The head leaves a fair bit of lacing before settling into a crown.

The aroma brings notes of caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar.

The taste follows the nose: Lots of caramel and brown sugar with a nice middling wave of coffee. There's a faint kiss of hops on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Very dry finish.

Overall, a great brown ale that comes exactly as advertised; It's Bear with coffee. Not much different yet still very much worth trying.

Feb 05, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label says Bear with a hint of coffee. Tree House tempering expectations here?

This one pours a dark-ish brown color - much prettier and less sludgy looking than regular Bear. There's a small white head and a good bit of lacing.

This has some nice spice and breadiness to it, with creamy coffee, slight vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses.

As indicated by the can, this is a much more restrained coffee addition than the typical Tree House coffee beer. It's got a nice maltiness, and some slight spice, vanilla, and chocolate from the light coffee addition. The taste falls off slightly at the very end of the beer, and it feels a touch thin.

This is kind of thin bodied, and I wish there was more creaminess to it. It's pretty drinkable, though.

Though this looks nicer than the regular Bear, I think the regular Bear overall tastes much better.

Feb 05, 2019
Bear With A Hint Of Coffee from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 67 ratings