Dad Shoes
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #121
Ranked #3,898
4.2 | pDev: 6.67%
Jun 22, 2022
May 03, 2019
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Notes: A homage to dads! Dad Shoes is a milk stout brewed with chocolate, coffee, graham crackers, marshmallows, toasted coconut, coconut milk powder, dutch cocoa powder, vanilla salt water taffy, hops, water, malt, and yeast. It pours with a very dark appearance and gives off aromas of vanilla, toffee, sweet marshmallows, chocolate coconut syrup, a hint of graham cracker, and surprisingly, hazelnuts. The flavor follows suit, with a melted cherry chocolate ice cream affect washing over the palate, also featuring gently sweet notes of caramel, cherry cola, marshmallows, and chocolatey, sugary sweetness. It shares similar attributes in taste and appearance with a coffee liqueur. The name and the label honors dads everywhere, old and young, new and seasoned, who value function over fashion, utility over style, for the sake of just being, and who dedicate their lives toward the betterment and well being of their children and loved ones, while carving out a little time for themselves in the most peculiar and inexplicable ways. What does your dad do that no other dad does? Thank you dad, and thank you to dads everywhere.
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Ratings by Tucquan:
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2022-02-27 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned on 2020-06-1

A - Deep dark opaque brown with a lighter brown 1-finger head that leaves moderate lace.

S - Chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla

T - Cocoa, graham cracker, marshmallow, espresso latte, coconut, fudge, nutty. Dollop of roasted bitterness in the finish to somewhat-calms the sweetness.

M - Full body and light light carbonation. Smooth, creamy, eat it with a spoon.

O - Like a beer chocolate milkshake. This beer is 20 months old and it held up very well.

Feb 27, 2022
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4.26 by Strohm from New York on Jun 22, 2022
4.36 by SeaCros from Florida on Nov 30, 2021
4.33 by alexsergio from New York on Aug 22, 2021
4.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 09, 2021
4.29 by mdfb79 from New York on Jul 25, 2021
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 28, 2021
4.19 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 28, 2021
4.04 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 07, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Super dark and motor-oil thick, but the fizzy quarter finger head was vanished quickly and left only the thinnest ring behind.

S: Oooo it's rich and fudgy. It's a blended note that is difficult to pick apart, but going off the can, I'm finding mostly chocolate, vanilla, and salt water taffy. There are the slightest hints of coffee and marshmallow, and the slightest possibility of coconut and graham cracker. I wouldn't find those without the prompt. This goes for the hazelnut as well, which I only caught on the first pour. Aside from the details it smells great.

T: It drinks dangerously fast. Follows the nose, but more on the cocoa, vanilla, and coffee (there it is) notes. The coconut is more pronounced on the palate also. The rest is overwhelmed.

F: Medium heavy weight. Mouthfeel is moderately rich and velvety as well. The carbonation is lower and spot on if drank slightly colder than typical for the style.

O: I do like desert stouts, but prefer them balanced with a more bitter backbone. This is super impressive for a milk stout, but not roasty or coffee-forward enought to rise to the top for me. If you go for the sweet and rich only - this will not disappoint as it has loads of character.

Sep 26, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

16 oz. can from 6/10/20. Poured into a Lawson's tulip glass and allowed to warm.

L: Beer is very dark brown. 2F tan head but not much retention and it leaves a bit of light brown lacing and a ring.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, vanilla predominate. Can is 3 months old so coconut may have faded - it generally is the first thing to go.

T: Very luxurient cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, I do get that chocolate-cherry and marshmallow vibe as well. But not oversweet, just a little bit.

F: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation. Well constructed, balance is good as it is a bit sweet, but not cloying. ABV not a factor here, which I think is the right call.

O: Heading into the Trillium territory of luxury dessert stouts. A good effort, not something I would want often, but it's a nice accomplishment in beermaking.

Sep 03, 2020
4.38 by smaddock from Massachusetts on Aug 03, 2020
4.28 by Burt from Rhode Island on Jul 30, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BeerBaronBear from New York

I got a 4-pack of this canned 6/10/20. Writing this rating on 7/21/20. I liked this more and more through each of the 4 cans. Rich and flavorful, but not too syrupy or over-sweet. I can't say I could pick up on all the ingredients they include in the description, but I still really enjoyed it. There are a few stouts that I have liked more, but this is up there as an excellent one.

Jul 21, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SpeedwayJim from New York

16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is whole milk, chocolate, toasted coconut and a slight touch of roast. Nice but surprisingly subtle. Beer opens whole milk, vanilla and chocolate. A touch of toasted coconut and a slight roasted malt tartness in the middle. Ends fudge, chocolate, and a touch of honey. More chocolate in the aftertaste. Nice but I wish there was more coconut in this one. Body is medium with low carbonation. Smooth and soft on the palate and goes down soft with a sticky, lingering aftertaste.

For a Tree House stout, this is one of the more "medium" ones. I'm craving more of a coconut presence as well as a more complex flavor profile.

Jul 17, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - pours a fizzy dark blackish brown. Big, bubbly head that's gone before I can say, "nice head". Looks like cola.

S - bouquet of milk chocolate, s'mores, and vanilla with a hint of brown sugar. Dark fruits a la plums, raisins, and blackberry. Lots of adjuncts.

T - surprisingly fruity. Berries galore, mixed with milk chocolate. Dark cherry-filled chocolates, nougat, and hazelnut butter. Marshmallows and soft doughiness with a smoothing effect, much like stale graham crackers. Vanilla, lactose, and a kiss of coconut, just like the tin says. Certainly exotic and varied. Finishes sticky and sugary with relatively neutral nuttiness. Sips come too easily for this ABV and style.

F - low carbonation and silky smoothness. Not terribly full, but velvety enough to satisfy.

O - sweet and shameless, just the way I like it. There's a lot going on here and you can definitely taste it. Some of it is a little muddled or discombobulated, but it's excitable and intriguing. Lively, much like dads and dad shoes.

Jul 10, 2020
4.44 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Jul 09, 2020
4.74 by Zach423 from Massachusetts on Jul 09, 2020
4.19 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Jul 08, 2020
3.96 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 08, 2020
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 07, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 16oz can, dated o8/10/20. Paint em green. Huh. Anyway, served in a tulip.

Pours a deep chocolatey-brown with a scant half-finger of moccha foam. Zippo for retention, just a few wispy bubbles and scattered dots of thin lacing.

The nose isn’t especially robust but it does smell nice. It pretty much smells like a s’more, only cold.

Taste is tasty. Damned if it doesn’t actually taste like every single adjunct they’ve listed on the label: chocolate, coffee (at least a little), graham crackers, marshmallows, coconut, vanilla and salt water taffy... really, it does. Sweet, but not thick and cloying. I’m tempted to go to 5 just for being exactly what it’s billed as but I’m going to give it a .5 ding for a funny saccharine/metallic aftertaste.

Feel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied and aggressively carbonated relative to the style, to its benefit IMO.

Overall, a fun and tasty beverage. It’s not something I would ever have gotten for myself if the 2 cans hadn’t been included in a pandemic friendly prepacked mixed case. It was a hoot to drink them, I enjoyed the bejeesus out of them both, but I’m unlikely to ever want a third.

Jul 01, 2020
3.81 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jun 26, 2020
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3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured from a 16 oz can into a harmony glass.

Pours a jet black color with a finger of fluffy caramel head. The head leaves a ring of cobwebs before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma is pretty typical Tree House milk stout fodder: Chocolate, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Good, but not picking up anything listed on the can.

The flavor is exactly the same. There might be a faint hint of marshmallows and graham crackers but like most Tree House stouts, the chocolate just completely dominates everything else.

The feel is full bodied with very soft carbonation. Creamy, syrupy, and quite a bit boozy.

Overall, this is a good milk stout, it just doesn't have any of the advertised notes (at least to my palate) and tastes exactly like any other chocolate-forward Tree House stout. Disappointing.

Jun 22, 2020
4.56 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2020
4 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Apr 21, 2020
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Mar 30, 2020
4.25 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2020
4.5 by JonB25 from Delaware on Dec 01, 2019
4 by RollTide7 from New Jersey on Oct 01, 2019
3.83 by smi69 from New York on Sep 29, 2019
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 16, 2019
4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Aug 09, 2019
4.35 by emount91 from Connecticut on Jul 29, 2019
4.1 by Ultra-Plinian from Connecticut on Jul 26, 2019
4.37 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Jul 25, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by curtis6290 from New York

Enjoyed this one with Dad on Father's Day 2019. Solid stout, very complex and opens up nicely.

Jul 23, 2019
4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jul 18, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by brutalfarce from Connecticut

Eh kind of muddled not getting any of the flavors in the can

Jun 28, 2019
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