Fleeting Moment
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #38
Ranked #1,289
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Fleeting Moment is an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with Coffee, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Ceylon Cinnamon, and Vietnamese Cinnamon. It is carefully concocted to emulate the flavor of a big pile of freshly made french toast drizzled in Maple Syrup. We utilize all natural ingredients during every phase of the brewing process to create a thick, decadent beer that tastes of dark amber maple syrup, freshly ground cinnamon, coffee, and swiss dark chocolate. This is a breakfast beer through and through and one that is best savored in a snifter over a hearty Sunday morning meal. Fleeting Moment allows us to reflect upon the seemingly ordinary moments in life that come and go in a flash, and may often be taken for granted -- like the simplicity of breakfast with friends or family. Enjoy!
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 74
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep black. Tight, fine-bubbled light brown head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Chocolate fudge sauce, cinnamon, maple syrup. Stifled hints of roast under the sweetness. Whiffs of red fruit skins. Coffee grounds and smoke peek out a bit more as it warms.

T: Cinnamon is apparent on the palate first. Maple syrup next. Fudgey. Coffee grounds and a kiss of smoke and roast. Dark fruit skins. Stays sweet throughout, but not overly so. Fudge, syrup, coffee, and a lingering smokiness on the finish.

M: Rich and thick in body. Syrupy and coating. Soft and easy. Gentle carbonation.

O: It’s quite sweet, but stops just short of being cloying. I think the cinnamon actually saves it. It provides just enough of a counterpoint to the sweetness without overwhelming things.

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Photo of npolachek
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with tastes of maple, chocholate, and coffee. Also great balance of cinnamon, but not too much. Medium bodied beer, definitely solid amongst stouts, but prefer MOC over this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like earthy maple, spicy cinnamon, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, slight fruitiness, vanilla, caramel, and coffee.

This is definitely a bit drier than the standard pastry stout these days, as there's a good roast character for sure. The cinnamon does a bit of that drying work as well. The maple adds a touch of sweetness, a little bit of earthiness too. There's lots of of chocolate, obviously, and a nice creamy finish.

This is medium bodied, and not super thick, with a good level of drinkability.

This is definitely above average stuff. Not the upper tier for Tree House stouts, but a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of cbutova
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours like a creamy motor oil from the 500ml into a 8oz becher. A thick and creamy dark cocoa brown head rises up to an inch high with great retention. Tons of sheets of lacing wrap around the glass with webs in between.

S- A mixture of very dark chocolate (has that brilliant dark cocoa fruity brightness), maple and caramel which combines for an eggnog feel and woodsy spicy cinnamon. Espresso comes out with some time and the maple really builds with warmth to its sweet and woodsy self with that classic maple pancake aroma. The cinnamon also builds more with the warmth and the balance between all of the adjuncts and the roasty base grains is honestly amazing.

T- The cinnamon is very unique and has a ton of flavor without blowing the palate away with spiciness or the signature cinnamon flavor, it is very earthy and woodsy and folds into the cocoa, coffee, massive maple and grains very well. Fruity dark chocolate bars and medium dark roast espresso, eggnog, spicy cinnamon, maple wood, caramel, big sweetness, vanilla bean sweetness, toffee, roast barley, chocolate malts and toasted nuts. Just a masterclass of flavor balance especially using that unique cinnamon flavor profile to match the deep and roasty flavors.

MF- Very thick bodied with a luscious and creamy, puffy texture. Chewy and substantial. Moderate level of carbonation and a spicy, bitter finish.

The use of cinnamon in this beer is actually next level. The flavor profile and how the cinnamon compliments the dark fruity cocoa, bitter roasted grains, dark roast coffee and sweetness is an experience to behold. Wonderful stouts from Tree House lately.

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Photo of Devileyedog
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am a reviewer of stouts and porters. I recognize that they're not as popular as the over brewed IPAs which have become something of an epidemic in this country. Where are the lagers? Are ales now hiding in corners for fear of being ridiculed by the loyal fan base od IPA drinkers?

I digress, let's get back. Let's get back to the review at hand. I opened this bottle from Tree House hoping for another sensational taste. I like a stout that is hardy. It needs to be very malty yet smooth.

Much like their IPAs, their stouts are starting to become so similar it's hard to differentiate between them.

And this experience was just at. It's a very good stout. But it's not memorable compared to their other ones.

What did I not love about it? The smell was just okay. This plays along with the taste. It was actually a little bitter. Because it's not super smooth this is part of the issue. It lacks the sweetness that I enjoy so much with a good smooth stout.

I find an IPA smacks a bitter on the back of your palate. In contrast the stout should be like 'wow...deep..flavorful"...and smack a sweetness in the end.

This lacked this.

Above average. Yes.
Epic. No.

If I saw it on the beer list at Tree House again would I race down there and stand in an hour plus line to get this beer? No. They have far better stouts.

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Stellar appearance. The viscous, pitch black body was topped by a two-inch tall, super tight and creamy, khaki colored crown that slowly dropped to a thick, bubbly collar. A wall of foamy lacing coated the glass and lasted until the drink’s end.

The aroma was a total mocha bomb. Freshly brewed, medium roast coffee came to mind. Loads of milk chocolate as well. Vanilla was also noticeable. Bit of maple too. Rich, smooth and appropriately sweet for the style. As the beer sat, an ashy quality came in waves. Later, the sweet milk chocolate and vanilla cream notes intensified.

The flavor was also super coffee forward but definitely roastier than the aroma. Big malt presence on the front end. Loads of roasted malt character. Darker roast coffee was noticeable. Some caramel malts were also apparent. Milky vanilla notes came through in the center. Touch of maple. Moderately sweet. The roast intensified on the back end and the finish. There was a subtle booziness as well, but this subsided with time.

Fantastic rich, creamy, fuller bodied mouthfeel. Super slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, greater-than-average effervescence that fluffed up beautifully. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Although the cinnamon was undetectable and the maple character was relatively subtle, Fleeting Moment is still a very impressive milk stout. That said, this might make for a better nightcap than a breakfast beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The black used motor oil pour looks thicker than it feels. The body builds a dark mocha convex head slowly settling to a creamy film.

More like a good coffee stout than anything else, the cinnamon, maple and chocolate take a measured backseat. Taste has a mild cocoa roast with hints of sweet maple and cinnamon, but there's definitely a milk chocolate character.

Still, the smooth and round medium-full body has a mild carbonation that's slightly soft and slightly tangy, finishing semi-wet bringing out a hint of blackberry.

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Photo of jheimbigner
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a chocolate milk stout. No cinnamon, no maple syrup, mild coffee as it warms. Nose is of milk, and mild chocolate. One of my least favorite milk stouts from treehouse. This is so far from when I used to sit in lines for hours to get growlers of double shot.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. capped bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Beer opens super syrupy. Nose is chocolate, coffee and maple syrup with hints of lactose and vanilla in the back. Moderately aromatic. Deep. Hints of maple, chocolate, molasses, salted caramel and mocha. Layers of lactose and vanilla in the middle further sweeten this one. Finishes more maple syrup, chocolate and maple infused fudge. Flavor profile is quite intense but if you like maple syrup, this one definitely showcases it. Body is full with low carbonation. Viscous and chewy on the palate and goes down rich, warm and heavy. Lingering, sticky aftertaste. Drinks HUGE!

Not my favorite of the series. This one is super heavy on the maple syrup but I wish the cinnamon came through a bit more to balance and liven things up a bit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is solid black, minimal tan head and tiny bubble lacing. Nose is pungent toasted malts, while the flavor is rich with maple and cinnamon, coffee acidity and a bitter bite in the close. The result is an excellent sipper, a stout that is lush and delicious.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this earlier this week and unlike my can stash, I'm able to clear out my bottles pretty quickly. Thankfully, I had this and the other bottles that my friend brought to me fresh as all of them have been among the best beers that I've had in quite some time! While the description of this was spot-on, I would not have this for breakfast as it was quite thick, strong, and richly potent!

Of course, the pour to this was brown, thick, and topped off with a soft, silky mocha head. A good amount of webbed lacing was left behind as I sipped this as the beer's consistency was exactly what I'd expect in an English Sweet / Milk Stout. Not a strong aroma to this but there hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and coffee but the taste was really what blew me away here. Subtly thick, complex, and oh-so-easy to fall in love with, the cinnamon wasn't overpowering as would be the case with so many spiced and fall seasonal beers. The dark chocolate really took hold as this warmed up as the maple syrup made me feel like I have having pancakes with my breakfast and french toast. Some creamy sweetener emerged during my latter sips as a cloying aftertaste had me regretting that no cafes in this vicinity were open during this late hour of the night!

Lots of booze here but you'd never know it unless you looked at the label or the numbers on here. This was indeed a fleeting moment for me as the liquid in my glass was gone before I even knew it. Tree House has been hitting it out of the park with their bottled offerings and with so many fresh ingredients in the right proportion, it's easy to see why here. Please keep these coming!

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours black with some carbonation bubble pockets and mocha head. smells of roast, an unidentifiable sweetness and a touch of cinnamon. taste is chocolate, roast (i assume this is their attempt at the coffee aspect of this beer), subtle maple sweetness and again, a touch of cinnamon. pretty muddled and lackluster to be honest. feel is typical TH. not thick but not thin either. little too much carbonation for my liking. overall, seems like false advertisement or maybe i just expected more of the adjuncts to pop.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is tasty stout for sure but I don’t get any of the adjuncts the maple and cinnamon is hard to find , really if I did not have the description I would have no idea.

But it is still a tasty.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - splashes a caramel tan onto the glass, settling into dark mud brown with a roasty, burnt crimson head. Quickly settles to a ring of lacing.

S - fresh, lively, and nutty. Toasted caramel, maple butter, and light roast coffee with a cherry citrus kiss. Cinnamon cocoa powder to top it off.

T - heavy on the maple caramel. Not quite maple syrup, but perhaps melted maple candy... then toasted. Can you toast a liquid? Bittersweet dark chocolate and hazelnut coffee, with perhaps a hint of cream and sugar. Maple continues to develop as it warms and the french toast character creeps out. Wraps up nicely with a touch of dry barley bitterness and minimal aftertaste. Quite nicely packaged.

F - this is 9.5%? Never saw that coming. Drinks relatively light with that classic soft TH creaminess we've come to know and love.

O - bright and nutty, this is not overwhelmingly sweet or sticky. Surprisingly refreshing for a dessert beer. Beautiful balance that satiates the sweet tooth without the inevitable root canal.

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Photo of scotorum
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Tree House Willi Becher glass

a: Opaque black with an inch thick light brown head which receded to thick surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mix of chocolates.

t: Follows the nose along with a pretty strong hop bite and alcohol throat burn. Sweet finish. Maple syrup notes develop as it warms.

m: Hefty medium to full, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A wonderful chocolaty and maply milk stout, a great pleasure to sip. Just wish the maple syrup notes were a little stronger from the gitgo.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big maple syrup, white sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon powder on the finish. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty. Good milk stout. I prefer other big Tree House stouts, but still makes for a good entry into the stout series.

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Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a fat creamy one finger mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin blanket. Great legs.

S - Aromas of light maple notes along with really really faint cinnamon. The chocolate is really really subtle with faint coffee notes. Shocked at how subtle this is.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with pleasant subtle cinnamon followed by real nice maple cream candies. The chocolate is rather faint as is the coffee, almost like they're an afterthought.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely but rather sticky.

O - Overall this was a rather mediocre beer. Shocked at how subtle the additives are. Quite disappointing.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Pours an average dark creamy dense head, fair retention, little lacing and good legs

Nose and rusty charred coffee and malt, decent malts with a bit of roast and char, grainy caramel and lactose, light chocolate, but no cinnamon or maple,

Taste big maple, rich creamy chocolate, a bit syrupy and very sweet, little cocoa, into big char and coffee roast, earthy coffee and a little nutty, very faint cinnamon and as little alcohol, rich cocoa coffee center, finishes semi sweet sticky and some bitterness
Mouth is thicker bod rich creamy but gritty char, creamy fluffy

Overall fairly lackluster, esp for a tree house stout

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle. Thanks Steve for this!

Pours a thick black inkjet body with a decently sized brown head that reduces to leave great retention and lacing.

Aromas of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and sweet, light maple syrup.

On the tongue it’s lightly sweet with cocoa, milk chocolate, creamy coffee milkshake, light maple flavors, maybe a hint of cinnamon but I really don’t get a lot of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is great as is with all tree house stouts, silky and creamy and easy to drink with medium low carbonation.

Definitely a great beer, delicious and well crafted, just wanted more cinnamon.

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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 74 ratings