Double Shot - Espresso | Tree House Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are very excited to share this new batch of Double Shot with you! This is a carefully crafted beer that exhibits intense coffee character in a balanced, enjoyable way. We worked with our friends at Gracenote to create a coffee blend that would integrate seamlessly with a beer designed explicitly for this coffee, and more specifically, a significantly heightened coffee to beer ratio. Our entire process of producing the base beer was adjusted to be in harmony with this particular blend. Double Shot Espresso pours pitch black in the glass and rises with a dense, dark brown creamy head - the proper presentation for what awaits! We taste and smell syrupy dark chocolate, molasses, dark brown sugar, caramelized honey, fudge pops, and creamy espresso. As you work your way through the glass, an attractive creamy skim of foam graces the edges of your glass as more flavors evolve and present themselves as the beer is allowed to warm. This is a delightful and well integrated beer, indeed. Tree House aspires to make beers that are intensely flavorful yet soft on the palate, balanced, distinctive, and enjoyable all the way through the glass. To that end, we find Double Shot Espresso to be a triumph, and a beer we are very much looking forward to enjoying with friends and family alike.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 59
Photo of Harrison8
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of dense, caramel foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is expressive and complex roasty and toasty malts with a lightly bitter, creamy shot of espresso just underneath. Beyond the forward malts and espresso are fragments of caramel, chocolate, toffee and molasses. Lovely, deep, expressive aromatics. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, caramely malts with a bold shot of espresso riding on its heals. Espresso is complex, chocolatey and creamy adding an expressive and explosive portion to each sip. Caramel, chocolate, cocoa nibs and toffee add lightly sugary, but not overly sweet, additions to each sip. Mouth feel is full, thick and creamy - just like a well-pulled shot of espresso. Overall, big and expressive stout that still manages to showcase and benefit from featuring espresso.

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

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 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
Big thanks to my friend MrDarcy for this housewarming gift.

Near pitch black appearance and fuller bodied for the style. The liquid was topped by a small, bubbly, saddle brown head that quickly fell to a thin halo. Tiny streaks of lacing cascaded along the sides of the glass.

Like all the beers in the Double Shot Series, this one too was super coffee forward. However, the coffee here was more roasty, smoky and acidic than usual. Hence, espresso. There was a rich and somewhat savory note that came across as perhaps even a bit meaty. A slight ashy quality appeared as the beer warmed.

The coffee character in the flavor profile was sweeter, punchier and more pure. Darker roast, cold brewed, creamed and sugared coffee came to mind. Maybe some coffee ice cream too. Nice creamy lactose quality. Moderately sweet. Touch of vanilla. Subtle dark fruit notes were detectable. Raisins and plums perhaps. Roasted malts appeared on the back end and the finish. Nice melding of booze, roast and sweetened coffee after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was impossibly creamy, plush and smooth. Nearly full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. Signature Tree House perfection.

While Double Shot - Espresso might fall toward the bottom of the pack in regard to my favorite Double Shot variants, this is a fantastic beer nevertheless. Thanks again to my friend Bill for this thoughtful gift.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stark black with a foamy tan head that settles to wispy but persistently creamy tails on the surface.

They really nailed the acidic yet frothy roasty espresso character here, as the thick body has a light sting and a semi-dry finish, and chocolate with vanilla whip is met by a light nuttiness in the medium-full body that has an almost smoky exhale.

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Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, undated but purchased on 3.5.19, poured into a Tree House snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous, incredibly opaque with a thick khaki head that has moderate retention and yields great soapy lacing. The aroma is wonderful, rich chocolate, robust espresso that brings out a great mocha quality, stone fruits, light acidity from the coffee, deep roasted grains with a bit of vanilla. The flavors are very good, loads of espresso, deep, bitter and rich dark chocolate, acidity from the coffee offers a nice counterbalance to the sweet and rich flavors, a bit of vanilla that plays well with stone fruits and grains. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, heavy body that coats well, feels creamy and soft with an easy but warm finish.

Verdict: A great coffee stout from Tree House. The espresso is robust and plays so nicely with the chocolate qualities of the base stout in both a rich mocha quality but also the acidity that comes with it that emphasizes the stone fruit character of the stout. Just a super well made beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head, not much lacing, decent legs, pitch black beer,

Nose dark choc cocoa, roast, earthy nutty coffee, slight acrid, toasted coffee grinds, dense roasted malts

Taste rich chocolate, dense cocoa dark choc, mild acidity with nice roasted coffee, nutty and little fruity, mild sweetness, very slight acrid note, dry finish, mild spicy hop

Mouth is thicker rich, creamy, no alcohol, decent creamy carb

Overall pretty nice, nose was too burnt acrid, taste was smooth

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Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery.

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

S - Aromas of chocolate fudge and dark chocolate. Little bit of nutty coffee roast, bright rich espresso.

T - Taste is similar to the nose huge chocolate fudge, rich coffee grounds nutty, roasty, big chocolate. Very rich with light vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy nougat, fluffy.

O - Overall this was a very solid milk stout. Excellent roast coffee notes. Lovely chocolate as well.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of agreenman19
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - thick, black, syrupy darkness. Leaves legs like you wouldn't believe. Hard to pour this vigorously enough to get a good-sized head because it just plops into the glass like oil. Getting some burnt brown grainy head though.

S - bright and lively. Marshmallow and brown sugar sweetness. Lighter roast coffee with playfully fruity flavors of citrus and maraschino cherry.

T - starts light with milk chocolate and whipped cream, then the alcohol cuts in with sharp, biting, cinnamony coffee grounds. Cold brew coffee, hints of dark chocolate, and espresso beans. I can see the fudge pops; the way this beer feels gives off ice cold, creamy vibes. Iced coffee, chocolate coffee ice cream, etc. Finish is mostly neutral which begs another sip.

F - oh man, one of the better Double Shot mouthfeels. That marshmallow from the nose is back in full force with a fluffy, full-bodied, well-rounded pillowy creaminess. Heavy cream that *almost* approaches the black magic that is Tree House on draft at the brewery.

O - this isn't a particularly explosive rendition of Double Shot, but it is comforting and feels great to drink. Nails the soft, fluffy, light roast flavors in a creamy cold brew package. A great Sunday sipper.

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Double Shot - Espresso from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 59 ratings