Fleeting Moment
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #27
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4.42 | pDev: 5.43%
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.
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and maple syrup. Picks up the coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Finishes with lingering roast, coffee, and dark chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A very good milk stout that does an amazing job bringing all the elements together to makes a great sipper. Nothing gets too high or low. Definitely worth checking out

Nov 21, 2020
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours jet black. Aroma is roasty coffee & caramel, milk chocolate & hint of vanilla. Wonderful taste as it smells - roast coffee with sweetness of chocolate, caramel & vanilla. Full bodied mouthfeel. Incredible stout.

Oct 29, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top shelf stout! Smooth, rich but not cloying, more sweet than smoky, with very mild coffee flavor but additional bits of spiciness in the mix, especially in the finish. Not the absolute best stout I've had, but excellent overall flavor. Enjoyed from the can on a cold sunny day outside, and it hit the spot!

Mar 14, 2020
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jaluria from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up wa few cans while visiting the brewery recently.

Pours dark brown with a soft, lacy head. Fragrant with maple syrup front and center with hints of cocoa and coffee.
Rich and velvety with a mellow, roasted flavor. Lots of complexity. Lots of flavor. Some sweetness upfront but more lingering bitterness than many milk stouts. Leaves you wanting more. The alcohol is a bit concealed with the roasted, malty flavors. Finishes dry with with a touch of spice. Wonderful to enjoy by the fire or on a cold, sunny day.

Mar 14, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this one was very unique. Loved the flavor profiles here. Picked up this beer from Tree House's brewery. 2/20/20 date printed on can. Pours a thick syrupy black color with some tan head and small rings of lingering lacing that lasted. Smells of dark chocolate fudge, dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, maple syrup, malt, a little Vietnamese coffee spice. Tastes similarly, great balance, reminded me of a Vietnamese mocha coffee drink or dessert. High ABV was so well hidden. Smooth, luscious, sticky, coated the palate, just the right amount of carbonation. A great sweet stout with unique flavors!

Mar 11, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick and fairly viscous midnight black, semi aggressive pour yields a nice mocha head with good retention. Has a bit of a yeasty aroma with some chocolate and maple syrup as it warms. Flavor is not as sweet as I expected, which is good. Ample bittersweet chocolate mixes with light coffee and mild maple syrup. Kudos for the cinnamon addition - just a touch so it is barely noticeable, yet apparent. Chewy mouthfeel and nice, light carbonation produce a fairly full bodied beer. Overall a very enjoyable desert stout.

500 ml bottle dated 5/1/19 - thanks Adam!
4.25 rating

Jan 08, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

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

500ml bottle, undated, poured into a Half Acre "occult" tulip glass. Enjoyed on 07.07.19, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick, oily and inky with a khaki head that doesn't have much height or retention but yields lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is action packed full of adjuncts, nice coffee roast, dark bitter chocolate, modest vanilla marshmallow, soft cinnamon, rich maple and hearty grains. The flavors are right in line with the nose, super chocolate with a nice sweet and rich maple character, strong roasted coffee helps offer a touch of balance, vanilla marshmallow while the hearty rich grains are complemented by lingering cinnamon that dries the beer out a bit. The mouthfeel is good, coating with a thick medium body that is creamy and has a dry finish.

Verdict: A good adjunct forward stout from Tree House. The cinnamon makes this a little dry but all the adjuncts are well expressed and work in harmony.

Oct 27, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 23, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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.

Aug 16, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Aug 01, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 25, 2019
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Devileyedog from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 04, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 02, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.


In 2020 it seems they've dialed this in, where both the cinnamon and maple play a slightly larger, tastier role, and there's also a bit of booze that in a way helps make it more maturely assertive without damaging the flavor profile. I'm upping my score a bit.

Jun 25, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

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.

Jun 23, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Jun 18, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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.

Jun 14, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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!

Jun 07, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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.

Jun 01, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

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.

May 28, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

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.

May 26, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

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.

May 24, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

May 11, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

May 11, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

May 11, 2019
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 111 ratings