Double Shot - Ethiopian Duromina | Tree House Brewing Company

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Double Shot - Ethiopian DurominaDouble Shot - Ethiopian Duromina
Double Shot - Ethiopian DurominaDouble Shot - Ethiopian Duromina

Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For this batch of Double Shot, we used a coffee from the Duomina Cooperative in Ethiopia, roasted by our good friends at Stumptown Coffee! In our ongoing search to find the most succinct and expressive coffees, we are excited to have come across a bean with such complexity and flair. We taste dark chocolate, syrupy vanilla, stone fruit, and cherry, providing an enjoyable complexity to a well established base beer. Duromina means ‘improve their lives’ in the Afan Oromo language, and we intend to have this beer do just that. Enjoy!

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 47
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Tan head. Lace. Black color.

Chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, fudge, and light berries. Smooth and creamy. Nice flavors, but a bit overrated.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel-colored foam even after a modest 10oz pour. Aroma is chocolate, rich coffee, cocoa nibs, and roasty and toasty malts from the moment the bottle is opened. Swirling the glass and dipping the nose in reveals a fleshy, medium-bodied coffee complimented with roasty malts and milk and dark chocolate. It has a hint of sweetness, but remains remarkably well centered. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, caramely malts right up front, and then flows into fleshy, medium-bodied coffee with a chocolaty finish. It opens up standard stout before showing its true colors between the coffee and chocolate. Balance is pleasant thanks to the dynamic profile, and not providing just a singular explosion of flavor. Mouth feel is creamy with a very fine silty texture at the finish, akin to the final 1/3 of a cup of coffee brewed in a French Press. Overall, rich and coffee forward, this is one delicate and lovely stout.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. I think my third Double Shot. I think I have enjoyed each one less and less. I'm either becoming much more sensitive to the intense sweetness or these are getting way sweeter. I lean towards the former. It looks and smells like the others. Excellent grades. The flavor is decadent and very well done but now I think the sweetness has started to get to me. Still a strong offering from a strong series. Just starting to phase out of beers like this methinks.

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Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Outstanding appearance. The thick, near pitch black body was topped by a tight, frothy, finger-tall, saddle brown head that slowly dropped to a resilient collar. A wall of spotty lacing coated the glass and stuck around until the drink’s end.

The aroma was very coffee forward. Rich, roasty and, overall, quite pleasant. That said, this smelled more like espresso than coffee - especially Ethiopian coffee, which is typically roasted lighter. Slightly smoky. A bit milky and sweet. Vanilla was detectable. Touch of bittersweet chocolate. On the second pour, some dark fruit notes appeared. Dark cherry and raisin came to mind.

The flavor followed the nose but seemed slightly more bitter and astringent. Big espresso presence. Dark roasted malts were also noticeable. Bakers chocolate appeared in the center. Touch of vanilla. More lingering roast and char on the finish. Somewhat bitter. Slightly boozy too.

Terrific frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth and plush on the palate. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Ethiopian Duromina is a solid Double Shot variant, though perhaps not one of Tree House’s better recent ones. The coffee was punchy but a bit too roasty for my palate. I look forward to seeing how this compares to the Colombia La Pirámide variant, which was released around the same time and gets very similar scores.

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark chocolate appearance with small lingering head. Smell is heavy coffee with slight chocolate. Taste is out of this world and exactly what one would expect from Treehouse: strong chocolate and coffee with good but subtle hop bitterness to round it out; not boozy but warming and sweet without being cloying. Overall, o evil the best stouts I e had in a long time v

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thick mocha head that fades to leave a thick blanket and creamy lacing.

S - Aromas of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Very muted, almost subdued. Not overly roasted either.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice vanilla and chocolate. Good chocolate and roasted malts. Nice coffee roast, very fruity, mixed berry like. Incredibly fruity with lovely body.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth creamy.

O - Overall this was a very solid double shot. Super fruity with a little vanilla. Quite nice.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Nice foamy creamy thick dense mocha colored head, nice lacing and retention, pitch black

Nose mild fruity slight nutty coffee, little earthy roast, mild cocoa, mild spicy hops, roasty, fairly light

Taste rich dark malts, and dark roasty coffee, mild char, decent coffee, fairly fruity coffee, berry fruit, earthy char, little cocoa almost fudgey, caramel mild candy syrup, mild alcohol warmth and tingle, little earthy spicy hops

Mouth is fuller bod, decent fizzy creamy carb, mild warming spicy alcohol

Overall good but not quite as good as the Colombian somehow, decent base beer but on the lighter side and not a ton of coffee,

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Photo of bobv
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour from 500 ml. bottle yields a one inch very dark tan, almost brown head over a very dark brown, almost black body with sticky as glue lacing. Beautiful! Nose of coffee and dark malt with chocolate coming through as it warms. Taste is where this shines. Pretty intense flavors of cherry, chocolate, and coffee. Wow! Very nice feel and overall, I'd have to check my ratings, but this has got to be right near the top of the Double Shots. Puts G'Morning to shame. Cheers!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of creamy caramel head. The head leaves a ton of lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of caramel, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted coffee.

The flavor brings a ton of sweet milk chocolate, graham crackers, vanilla, sweet cream, and cherry soda.

The feel is medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Very soft and pillowy, creamy and smooth. Alcohol is present but only just.

Overall, another fantastic addition to the Double Shot series. The nose is a bit muted but the flavors are very rich and complex.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pours that classic TH "dual head" with half dark burnt brown, and the other this Starbucks iced coffee tan. Mesmerizing bubbles drift to the top of this blood-hued black coffee.

S - toasted caramel malts, milk chocolate, and sweet cherry syrup. Fresh and sterile. Mild cleaning solution (not the glass, don't you worry!). Bakers chocolate cake and malted milk balls.

T - definite prominence in the dark cherry side of things. Cherry-infused dark chocolate, you know the kind, where you can find literal cherries in that shit. Chocolate syrup over vanilla bean ice cream. Intense mapley punch with touches of dry citrus peel. Maybe some plum skin and rainforest vibes.

F - energetic carbonation, and of course that's relative to the usual DS carb levels, which are always velvety smooth and full of lip-smacking viscosity. Hint of pep in my step .

O - Double Shots have become increasingly bean-forward and this is no exception. Loads of fruity flavors and candy sweetness that elevate this beyond simply "Double Shot".

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Double Shot - Ethiopian Duromina from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 47 ratings