Sense Of Wonder
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #29
Ranked #897
4.42 | pDev: 7.24%
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**
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.


Sep 21, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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Kendo from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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NYNorseman from New York

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Sep 28, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Sep 09, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Aug 28, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Jun 27, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jun 12, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
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...

Jun 10, 2019
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illshowyou from Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jun 09, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

May 31, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

May 25, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

May 19, 2019
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b11 from New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

May 18, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

May 16, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

May 15, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

May 11, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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

May 10, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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

May 10, 2019
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Bigdaddy92 from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

May 06, 2019
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