Sense Of Wonder
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #29
Ranked #1,027
4.45 | pDev: 7.87%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Sense Of WonderSense Of Wonder
Notes: Sense of Wonder is an individually crafted Imperial Milk Stout base beer blended with a high quality array of coffee, chocolate, and almonds. It pours pitch black in the glass and rises with a dark brown and red tinged head, carrying aromas of almond pralines, swiss dark chocolate, and sweet almond butter. The flavor follows suit, with heavy almond butter notes intermingling with chocolate and coffee in a way that is both delicious and intoxicating. If you like almonds, you will love this beer. If you don’t, you probably won’t - but we think it is so tasty it may actually change your mind. Enjoy! **CONTAINS TREE NUTS**
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 79
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into Trillium stout glass and allowed to warm.

L: Dark black all the way through. Small brown head, little retention, thin brown ring.

S: Cocoa, coffee, almonds, and roasted malts. Pretty nice. Very wintery.

T: Follows nose. It's sort of like an almond cookie with coffee, but not sweet at all (smart move, I think). Almost a little bitter on the finish, even. Nice and toasty.

F: Full-bodied, no carbonation. Flavors are nicely integrated and balanced. Drinks well enough.

O: More than most, this will hinge on your love for almonds. It's good if you like them.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep black with a brown head that settles after a short time. Light, spotty lacing.

S: Deeply fudgey, coffee grounds, heavy roast tempered by a big sugary pull. Almonds. Whiff of berries. The overall impression is not unlike rocky road ice cream with a big dose of fudge sauce.

T: Follows the nose pretty exactly. Big wave of chocolate fudge sauce with coffee grounds underneath. Overly sugared coffee. Very nutty, and very sweet overall. Almond flavored coffee creamer. Roasted barley peeks through briefly. Estery pull of berries and red fruit. Hints of alcohol. Green hops in the background. Finishes nutty with a trailing roast that’s wrapped and stifled by sugar.

M: Rich and thick. Syrupy, coating, and sticky with a lot of residual sugar. Slightly warming. Good fine-bubbled and mildly scrubbing carbonation.

O: Some of Tree House’s better adjunct stouts (Good Morning) also lean well onto the sweet side, but inexplicably retain drinkability. This one just doesn’t. The sheer sweetness and stickiness of it makes it tough to drink more than a few ounces at a time. Better to share with friends, I guess.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. The head leaves a lot of lacing as it settles into a thin film. Sexy af.

The aroma brings notes of roasted almonds, milk chocolate, and coffee. There's some vanilla cream on the back.

The flavor brings lots of almond butter, chocolate fudge, and vanilla. There's some faint roasted coffee on the finish. Very nutty.

The feel is full bodied with soft carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, yet a tad syrupy. The alcohol is definitely present.

Overall, a great milk stout that is appropriately balanced and tasty. Tree House has been pushing their stouts to the limit, both flavor-wise and ABV-wise. Unfortunately they're starting to taste very similar, often teetering on the brink of cloying. This one is very sweet, but the nutty, roasted character provides a nice balance to the sweet chocolate notes. Definitely not the best of their stouts, but still extremely good.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 500 ml (1 pt .9 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a fuller bodied, near pitch black. An immensely tight and creamy, inch-plus tall, saddle brown head topped the liquid and slowly dropped to a thick, bubbly mass. A wall of odd shaped patches and spotty droplets of lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was intensely nutty. Even though this was brewed with almonds, hazelnuts definitely came to mind. Enjoyable but perhaps somewhat artificial. Roasted malts were apparent. Touch of chocolate fudge. Hint of vanilla too.

The flavor profile was surprisingly bitter and astringent. Big roasted malt profile on the front end. Lots of ashiness. Nutty in the center. Again, hazelnuts came to mind. The roasty notes really intensified as the beer moved along the palate. Bit of espresso on the back end. A super acrid and bitter, char-like quality trailed in the finish. Toward the drink’s end, the bitterness mellowed slightly.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Creamy and soft on the palate. Somewhat lighter in body for the style. The liquid contained a medium bubbled, fairly zippy effervescence that settled down with time.

Tree House’s milk stouts usually drink like liquid candy, but Sense Of Wonder was far more acrid and bitter than I anticipated. This was a definitely a big departure from the other beers in this series.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is toasted almond, coffee, chocolate, lactose and vanilla. Sweet. Lightly roasty and super aromatic. Beer opens chocolate, espresso and toasted almond and macadamia nuts. Vanilla and lactose in the middle with notes of syrup, molasses and more chocolate towards the end. Great balance. Chocolate and cream in the aftertaste. Body is medium to full with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and smooth on the palate and fluffy going down. Lingering, sticky aftertaste.

This one's near perfect. The toasted almond is pronounced and works so great with the simple flavors present here. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this last week, along with a bunch of other bottles from Tree House's recent releases. Sure, this had a great name but this didn't leave me with a sense of wonder as it was quite a bit like the Star Dust. If you like your beers full of nuts and hints of that in the flavor, you've found your match here but this wouldn't be the beer that I'd want to have if I was unfamiliar with this style...

Not a bad look to this as the liquid poured a few shades short of black with plenty of tan head to top this off. Plenty of bubbles lingered along the side of my pint glass as it was quite hard to pick out rings among the lacing that was left behind. Hazelnut ,almond, and Frangelico could be discerned in the nose once I gave this a whiff as this felt more like a seasonal or autumnal beer more than anything else. Where was the milk, cream, or lactose? Nowhere to be found in this English Sweet / Milk Stout as it felt more like a autumnal beer more than anything else. Lots of cake and a moderate amount of cookie dough gave this the sweetness and body it needed, while conflicting my palate at the same time!

For a brew of this type, there was quite a bit of alcohol here and unlike the other bottles that I had as of late, I could certainly feel it well before I finished this off. This wasn't bad as much as it was categorized incorrectly. Too much pecan and praline ended up ruining this for me but that didn't mean that this beer was necessarily a pass. If nutty brews of this type are your thing, then you won't mind this. For the inclusive imbiber like me, this was a novelty more than a must-have - buy and drink at your own peril...

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Photo of illshowyou
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, sweet, strong, great to split. A dessert beer for sure. Honestly they all kind of blend in. No taste of almond I could find, or my friend. Still great though.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Opaque dark, dark brown pour.. nearly black with thin tannish head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Coffee, nuts, sweets, cocoa, and more coffee.

T.F: Roasted grains... rich espresso and almond. Nutty/earthy... dark chocolate.. sugar sweetness mingles with char and roast character... more almost/nut comes through. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue and warming.

O: A fantastic stout... coffee, nuts, and roast all mingled together. A great dessert beer... world class.

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Photo of scotorum
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75


Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with a two inch thick tan head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and very dense lacing. Wow, visually oozes quality.

s: Some sort of tea cracker or toffee cookie! Seriously!

t; Actually follows the nose but with some roasty malt notes, a moderate hop bite and a little throat burn from the high ABV, on a cookie-sweet finish with lingering bitterness.

m; Medium, good body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A definitely different stout, although not that far from Evil Twin's long popular Imperial Biscotti Break, which can now be had for a lot less money in 16 oz. cans than this. Not to denigrate the fact that Sense of Wonder does incur some wonder for the strong and unusual English cookie/cracker-like flavor, which covers its nearly 10% ABV admirably well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours jet black, opaque with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big dark roast coffee, chocolate truffle candy, and faint almond. Heavy bodied, bitter, with low carbonation. Was expecting more almond taste. Very middle of the road for the Tree House stouts I have had recently. Not bad, but also not a beer I will likely revisit. Really good for coffee drinkers, of which I am not.

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Photo of b11
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited here to see what all the fuss was about, and I'm drinking this from a bottle. Rich, slightly sweet, subtle chocolate and coffee, and milky. Perfect feel in the mouth, not too syrupy as other members of this family can be. Highly enjoyable, and worth the one hour wait in line!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slick tar black with a very tall cascading mocha foam settling to a thin film clinging in thin walls leaving a few arms of lace.

Smell is smooth and nutty of cocoa dusted almond with milk chocolate and medium roast coffee.

Taste has that tangy almost stinging sharpness many of these TH stouts have, possibly from the acid of the coffee, or maybe the type of dark malt they use. Either way there's still plenty of room for that nice nutty roast, a touch of vanilla, and dark chocolate liqueur.

Feel is silky but thin with a light carbonation finishing lightly sticky. There's a bit of an alcohol burn on the swallow. Not the typical Tree House experience.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a thick, motor oil black. Head is a dark tan, toasted with crimson hues. A leg/lacing combination to die for.

S - Reese's Puffs up front. It's got that peanut butter aroma, but nothing terribly heavy. Light, lactosey, and sugary. More like Mounds Puffs. Milk chocolate and almond butter.

T - flavor is much more biting than the nose. The alcohol plays a good-sized part here. Roasted hazelnut black coffee, dark chocolate a la Toblerone, and straight up raw almonds. The back half is that same coffee but softened with almond milk creamer and drizzled with brown sugar caramel sauce. Finish is a touch dry, a touch bitter, and a touch roasty toasty.

F - soft and fluffy. Luscious density that's a joy to slush between the ol' toofers.

O - if you like toasted almonds, you'll like this. Truly brings out the almond character in all its varieties from the milks to the chocolate to the nut itself.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black color, with a fluffy head, and a lot of lacing.

This one smells like creamy almond, rich roasty coffee, praline, milk chocolate, and vanilla.

There's a lot of almond here, but it's delicious. It melds well with the coffee, and kind of creates an intense flavored coffee sort of flavor. There's some milk chocolate/hot chocolate sort of thing, too, with some caramel and vanilla. This is definitely sweet, but there's some definite roastiness to balance it out.

This is medium bodied and not super thick, but it's quite creamy, and very drinkable.

This is fairly wonderful. I don't really care about TH IPAs anymore, but I still dig their stouts.

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Big creamy dense foamy mocha head, great retention and lacing, pitch black color

Nose loads of almond, big toasted almond praline, caramel, coffee, roasted grains, toffee, super nutty marzipan, mild char and dark chocolate, light lactose

Taste super rich intense, big almond paste and marzipan, more roasty coffee and chocolate cocoa, high sweetness, coffee cream and sugar, little caramel, quite roasty and a little fudgey, big nutty almond but less than the aroma, fair bitterness especially on the finish, big sticky sweet finish, lingering roast and coffee

Mouth is super rich thick chewy, creamy, medium but good carb, very little alcohol, a bit sticky

Overall very nice, but a bit sweet and sticky, but otherwise very good

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Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a fat two finger tan head that fades to leave thick lacing and nice legs.

S - Aromas of almond galore! Sweet marzipan and almond biscotti. Tons of chocolate and coffee. The nuttiness here is insane!

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter almond paste flavour. Sweet malts, almost sticky sugars, the chocolate is rich and dark with light coffee that blends more in the background.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout. The almonds here are just great, wish they could get this much nuttiness from their peanut based stouts! That all said the mouthfeel here is quite sticky.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of Bigdaddy92
4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best stout I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming. Dark chocolate covered almonds all day. Not overly sweet. Tree house nails it again!

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Sense Of Wonder from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 79 ratings