Sense Of Wonder
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #23
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #736
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Ratings:
112
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 01, 2022
Added:
Apr 26, 2019
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  8
SCORE
97
World-Class
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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**
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4.29 by crobinso from Colorado on Jan 01, 2022
 
4.19 by Newbeergeek1 from Maine on Dec 09, 2021
 
4.25 by sunnytropic from New York on Feb 10, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours an inky black with soft, brown head.

Smell is creamy an sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee, nuts, brown sugar and tiramisu.

Taste is smooth, sweet and creamy. Notes of nuts, chocolate, espresso, brown sugar, chocolate cake with a slight roastiness. Very balanced, with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and chewy with good carbonation.

Overall, a terrific milk stout even at 6 months old.

Oct 10, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

31 August 2020 - Beer #174

Price: $8.55 at the brewery

Appearance: 5 - completely black. And look at that stunning head!

Nose: 5 - yep, they nailed it. Coffee, chocolate, and almond all the way. Mostly almond, actually.

Taste: 4 - all three still there, but in a different ratio. It's like 40% chocolate, 35% almond, and 25% coffee. I don't love almonds or coffee.

Mouth: 5 - man, this is as frothy and smooth as it gets. An achievement in mouth feel.

Overall: 5 - an outstanding offering. Among the best stouts I've had from Tree House.

Cheers!

Sep 21, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

CAN
Pours viscous anthracite with burnt umber foam that settles to a thing ribbon; toasted almond + espresso nose; fig jam, Baker’s chocolate, German chocolate cake; latte, kettle roasted almonds + some roast; full, smooth, with clean bitterness + tingling heat.

4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4

Some cautious optimism with my first TH stout: it looks good pouring but the head retention is non-existent (and the ABV not quite high enough to justify that) + the nose is deep, but not complex: just a nut-coffee 1-2 punch.
That carries over to the flavor: powerful notes, but it’s all broad strokes. I kept waiting for the complexity of some dark fruit, licorice, smoke, but nope - I just kept on waiting...
Yet it’s also not doing the full on Snickers/Bounty bar thing, either. Omnipollo works those concepts, to *much* better effect.
It’s also too hot, borderline too sweet, has a bitterness from the almonds that I don’t want, and - being low carb - sits kinda heavy.
This beer is 3.5 months in the can - for a ~9% stout, I can’t believe that matters.
Sure, it’s well executed, the adjuncts are balanced (tho the coffee is muted), the body is good and the lactose isn’t distracting.
But I’d bet cash you could drop .2 off the average score if this didn’t say “Tree House” on the label.

Not nearly as much fun as it should be.

May 20, 2020
 
4.5 by rab53 from Washington on Apr 12, 2020
 
4.38 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Apr 10, 2020
 
4.17 by lowlyone from Massachusetts on Apr 08, 2020
 
4.28 by aasher from Indiana on Apr 06, 2020
 
4.6 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2020
 
4.35 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Mar 12, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Canned 2.6.20, opened 3.10.20

“To view paradise, simply look around and view it”

Two finger dense , small bubbled brown foam cap with good retention over black motor oil liquid

Aroma is sweet, coffee, milk chocolate

Taste is sweet milk chocolate, coffee, toasted almonds

Fizzy sudsing, coffe taste lingers, toasted almonds linger

Good dessert beer

Mar 11, 2020
 
3.99 by Bad_Attitude_Brews from South Carolina on Mar 02, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 16oz can dated 2/06/2020 to a diagonally cut snifter @ approx. 50F.
Incredible presentation with a black body and dark brown frothy moonscape with large hills.
The aroma is like sniffing a bag of over-roasted almonds.
The taste is as if there was chocolate syrup floating above almond extract, but much more complex. Alcohol is only noticeable in a subtle way at the end of each swallow.
Body coats and coats, the sweetness not mentioned above seems to assist in this sticky effect.
I don't usually go for sweet stouts, but this is pretty damn good.

Mar 01, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Kendo from New York

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is syrupy but black in the glass with a half-finger brown head.

S: Big nose of hazelnut coffee and smoked almonds. Coffee beans and earthy grounds. Hint of chocolate and molasses.

T: Coffee. Hazelnut coffee with cream. Lots of chocolate too. Something fruity - plums or prunes - dark, dried fruits - maybe. Tasty. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I can be turned off by too much coffee in a beer, but this one doesn't get that far.

M: Noticeably a milk/sweet stout and not an Imperial/Double - creamy, milky and on the thinner/watery/lighter side. That's not a knock on this beer - at all, as it meets the style (Double Sweet/Milk Stout?), though I like the roasty thickness and heft of a RIS or American Double Stout.

O: Really good stuff. I cracked this beer tonight thinking it was a NEIPA - boy was I surprised to see the black goodness come from the can. At first I was disappointed, but on tasting this . . . I'm glad I poured it.

Feb 29, 2020
 
4.99 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2020
 
4.41 by steve8robin from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2020
 
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Feb 23, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewme from Massachusetts

Picked-up a single can at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $8.55. My ninety eighth brew from these guys. Brew # 2 in TH stout day (off this week). Pretty good, I liked a bit more than Hedonic Adaptation.

Feb 18, 2020
 
4.1 by SpaethJam from New York on Feb 16, 2020
 
4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2020
 
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 09, 2020
 
4.45 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 08, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by NYNorseman from New York

This is a great beer! It says not to cellar and to drink fresh but I secretly wonder how it would age. At 9.6 ABV it might age well... I will never know. It doesn't matter because it is too delicious to save! Chocolate, coffee, almonds come through boldly as the creamy tan head laces my snifter. I might fight through a nut allergy to try this one. A very good dessert beer, it is creamy and not overly sweet. Definitely worth trying! Tree House is a fantastic brewery and they hit a homerun with this imperial milk stout!

Jan 28, 2020
 
4.38 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jan 25, 2020
 
4 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jan 22, 2020
 
4.1 by smi69 from New York on Dec 08, 2019
 
4.5 by JonB25 from Delaware on Dec 01, 2019
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Nov 15, 2019
 
4.25 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Nov 03, 2019
 
4.57 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Nov 03, 2019
 
4.27 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Nov 01, 2019
 
4.43 by pkalix from California on Nov 01, 2019
 
4.15 by user785335 from Florida on Oct 09, 2019
 
4.78 by edthehead from New York on Oct 08, 2019
 
4.84 by hughesm12 from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2019
 
4.48 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Sep 28, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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.

Sep 28, 2019
 
4.71 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2019
Sense Of Wonder from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 112 ratings