Tree Of Life
Tree House Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #167
Ranked #14,762
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Tree Of Life is an American Barleywine carefully constructed over the course of an arduous, labor intensive day of brewing -- and elevated by patience. After an appropriate primary fermentation, it was cold conditioned for three months in stainless steel and an additional six weeks in the bottle. It’s flavor profile is a function of an authentic assortment of ingredients, featuring pale, chocolate, and caramel malts balanced gently by traditional American bittering hops. It applies years of learned knowledge and understanding pertaining to the characteristics of these malt varieties sourced from around the globe. It is a beautifully cohesive beer that balances sugary dark fruits with a faint hint of earthy hops, and a modestly chewy body; no single attribute overwhelms. Pouring a deep amber color in the glass with a wispy caramel colored head, it’s quite a sight for a beer of this stature and alcohol content! We suggest that you enjoy it over a wide spectrum of temperatures as it will reveal layer upon layer of character and intrigue. We taste and smell brown sugar, dark candi syrup, toffee, molasses, fig, black cherry, raisins, dates and the faintest hint of milk chocolate.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 33
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose sudsy, off-white head. Nose expresses notes of figs and dark cherry. Taste follows nose with the addition of sugar plums, toffee and some earthy notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, well-balanced without being overly hopped. A solid offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and port.

This is a very, very fruity take on a barleywine - it feels almost quad/BSDA like in this manner. There's port and cherry and raisins, along with some more typical barleywine beats like caramel and toffee. There's some definite dusty chocolate, and a bit of sweet vanilla like flavor. It's listed as an American barleywine, but I don't really get that distinction - whatever hops were used here have no real effect on the final product.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, and decently drinkable for the style, as there's very little outward booziness here.

This is a surprisingly deft take on the style. I wouldn't really expect Tree House to do this well.

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Photo of bobv
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml. bottle.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch tan head over an almost black body with hints of red with some lacing. Nose of dried dark fruit, roasted malt, a bit of booze, and a hint of chocolate. Taste mirrors nose somewhat, but a little too sweet for me. Definite chocolate, molasses, fig, and caramel flavors are apparent; finishing boozy and a tad hoppy. Although many say this isn't a barley wine, I smell all barley wine, and taste all barley wine through the middle; after that it gets sticky and rather sweet. It seems to remind me of that Sierra Nevada anniversary barley wine; sort of, maybe it was a different one from a different brewery? Anyway, nice feel and overall, glad to have had the opportunity to try this and cheers to Tree House for a real good barley wine!

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Photo of agreenman19
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - highest ABV retail beer to date. Digging the textured label, although maybe not such a great idea with the small text. Pour out of the glass is a cherry coke clear brown, but it settles into a brown ball of crimson mud. Barely any head but legs for days.

S - on the brighter side for a barleywine. Hits with the classic dark fruits, albeit more of the medium side. Raisins, plums, cherries, toffee, cranberry, and Juicy Juice. It's unique so far. Notes of Samichlaus. Is this a barleywine?

T - sticky caramel, acetone, and toasted raisins. Getting some seriously strong Belgian vibes; not sure I'd call this a barleywine. Candied figs, a touch of red wine, and pitted grape. Spiced nutmeg and potpourri. Finishes with some booze burn and tingly bitterness. Apple berry Juicy Juice lingers.

F - on the lighter side for such high ABV. It is smooth and velvety though. Tree House always nails the feel.

O - not a barleywine? For the third time. Another reviewer mentioned this, but I am getting more Belgian Dark than anything. Less decadence and more dark, zesty fruits. There is a lot going on with several distinguishable flavors, but it's merely above average for this style!

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Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark caramel colour with a thick off white head that fades to leave thick creamy lacing and blanket.

S - Big aromas of sweet almost burnt brown sugar and loads of fruity notes. Not getting much barleywine characteristics. Smells much more like a Belgian Strong Dark.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter burnt brown sugars. There are loads of apples and berries too. A lot of pearl sugar going on, but still, doesn't taste like a barleywine it tastes like a Belgian Strong Dark without the esters.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, light bodied, very sweet and cloy.

O - Overall this was a mess of a beer based on style. Just wrong with stylistic flaw are flaw. Nothing like an American Barleywine at all.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to rudzud
Forced pour gives it a large tan foamy thick but airy head, good retention and lacing, very dark murky brown colour

Nose tons of sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee molasses, a reddish candy and quite fruity almost red berry and apple, little doughy malt yeasty, burnt brown sugar

Taste very very sweet, tons of candy syrup, toffee, brown sugar, a little caramel, quite syrupy and a bit cloying, rock candy sugar, warming tingly alcohol, mild hop bitterness and herbal earthy tingly alcohol and sticky sweet malt lingering, not even close to barleywine

Mouth is fuller bod, syrupy cloying, tingly hot alcohol, light carb

Overall this was not that good. Nothing resembling a barleywine, a lot more like a Belgian strong dark, esters from yeast and not malts, way too sweet candy brown sugar, no hops, nothing like a barleywine really and almost undrinkable

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Photo of scotorum
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75


Poured from the 16,9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Clear dark ruby with a two inch tan head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mainly dark malt, slight ripe dark fruit note or two.

t; Dark caramel and alcohol with moderate bitterness. Throat burn lingers on the sweet dark caramel finish.

m; Medium, good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o; An exceptional barleywine, flavorful and powerful. About as high ABV (11.8%) as TH ever reaches. A very enjoyable treat.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Treehouse’s first release of an American Barleywine went well. Many Barleywines pour a deep brown color, this one was shockingly red (I assume caramel malt over the preferred Maris Otter). The alcohol was well hidden and the beer improved as it warmed. I would LOVE to have a bourbon barrel aged version of this!

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Tree Of Life from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 33 ratings