Tree Of Life
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #75
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,608
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
78
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Tree Of LifeTree Of Life
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.
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Nose is brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisin, other dried dark fruit, molasses and tobacco. Rich, deep, and super robust. Beer opens caramel, molasses, honey, and brown sugar. Maple syrup in the middle with a dose of booziness, oak, and tobacco. Super sweet and syrupy. Toffee and more caramel at the finish with a lingering, sticky, sweet aftertaste. I love this flavor profile. Body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft on the palate and goes down slightly hot with a long, lingering aftertaste. Solid but I wish this was a bit fuller.

The first and only barleywine I've had from Tree House and it doesn't disappoint. Definitely worth trying.

Nov 20, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into the test glass.
A - Dark brown colored backdrop hides the gentle carbonation. A full pour yields no froth. Being a Barleywine I can understand.
S - Raisin, bakers chocolate, a touch of tannin, some blackberry, a stronger cocoa element that dominates.
T - Again with the raisins up front, then wave after wave of cocoa, some milk chocolate as well, a thread of vanilla is in there as well
M - Medium in body, sweet on the palate, almost too sweet.
O - A twist on Barleywine, with lots of chocolate in each aspect, the texture is excellent.

Nov 09, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hot damn! I wish I could tell you, given that I am 350 miles away, how much fun it is to try to maximize their beers to buy that I have never had before and also get their best standbys all on the same trip. This stuff is just bloody outstanding and my favorite style. Yay

Nov 02, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours clear brown like a brown ale, but fills to a darker, hazier brown with a moderate, airy khaki foam head that retains well.

Sweet coconut, caramel, and...wait, what?!? The smooth, softly full body...again, wait what?

This sucker isn't bitter at all, so it's not really in the American vein, despite the can's label. Not only is it not that, it's so drastically in the other direction, it also doesn't even seem like an English version.

It's like...a pastry brown ale, ala...Funky Buddha? The fluffy body contains notes of milk chocolate, with hints of oatmeal raisin cookies. Huh?

Stepping back, it really tastes like a Samoa-flavored brown or porter, as if intentionally so. However, it does dry out to a lightly woody, cotton dry finish that exhales some fresh tobacco, which, as it warms, continues to shift into porter-like characteristics, except for some heat on the finish.

...but it's certainly not a barleywine of any kind.

Aug 06, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of yllib. ~3 months old.
L: dark molasses amber/brown, creamy light tan head. Soapy lace.
S: brown sugar, prunes.
T: brown sugar, molasses, caramel, Milk chocolate, Dates, earthy, Slight booziness.
F: pretty thick and creamy.
Overall: pretty tasty, pretty chocolate-forward which wasn’t expected. Not much if any hop presence.

Jul 29, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a world of IPAs and stouts, this was a really unique change of pace. I really loved this beer. Sometimes barleywines are just... too much. But this one was dangerously drinkable, despite the nearly 12% ABV and 16-oz format. The color was a beautiful rich mahogany, the head was low but beautiful and delicious, and the mouthfeel was super-smooth, and just the right thickness. Not syrup as can happen with barleywines, but still rich and tongue-coating. I would highly recommend trying this the next time it's available.

Jul 21, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very solid Barley Wine. Good chocolate flavor, and similar to a stout. Tastes of raising as well as stone fruit. Good booziness as well and a great drink.

Jun 30, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 4/13/20.

Pours cola-brown with a short-lived head of bone.

Chocolate, toffee, raisins, and malted milk balls in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, tacky mouthfeel. Cocoa and toffee on the palate with a minimal booziness. Finishes sweet with lingering toffee.

Jun 15, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Honestly love this beer, but I'd also say that it isn't completely true to style - it's super chocolate-y and has a lot more characteristics of a stout (one of their stouts as well) than a barleywine! So dinging the overall I guess?

Apr 28, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, chestnut in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, with earthy hops. Heavy bodied, sweet with underlying bitterness, with moderate carbonation. Has the underlying Tree stout milk sugar sweetness and is missing the over the top caramel sweetness I associate with the style. This is totally a barleywine--Tree House-a-fied.

Apr 25, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

molasses, raisin, spice, booze, tobacco, fig, plum juice, espresso, caramel, candied cherries. for me its watery, too much booze shows, and the flavors are clashing. its certainly bold but it isnt cohesive imo. poor example of a barleywine.

Dec 27, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

May 28, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

May 13, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

Mar 28, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Mar 22, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Mar 15, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Mar 15, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

TREE HOUSE TREE OF LIFE BARLEYWINE 3/12/19

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.

Mar 13, 2019
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Duffman79 from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Mar 11, 2019
Tree Of Life from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 78 ratings