Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #66
Ranked #2,679
4.37 | pDev: 6.64%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Stardust is an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with dark chocolate, white chocolate, coffee, and macadamia nuts! It pours pitch black in the glass with a dense, fluffy head, and emits aromas of sweet white chocolate, earthy nuttiness, and high quality coffee. The flavor follows suit, and on the whole, is reminiscent of a chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookie! The flavors are subtle and well integrated; allowing Stardust to warm will reveal its depth of character and flavor. Stardust truly unique, appealing, and intriguing entry into our Milk Stout line-up!
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, Tree House snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, oily brown with a one finger mocha head, not much retention or lacing. Smell is chocolate fudge, a bit of white chocolate sweetness in addition to a mild coffee roast. There is a fair bit of nuttiness on the nose, but it comes out in spades on the palate. Massive nuttiness which is fairly sweet- it is presumably the mac nuts at hand, but it has a pretty big chocolate fudge and white chocolate sweetness to it. Now that I think about it, maybe there is a touch of lactose there also. Medium bodied, good carbonation, might be a touch thinner than you'd expect based on the palate, but that may be the coffee there.

Sep 11, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Outstanding appearance. The beer poured a viscous, absolute pitch black and was topped by a super tight and creamy, inch-plus tall, cappuccino colored crown that slowly dropped to thick, bubbly collar. A wall of drippy lacing coated the glass and stuck around until the drink’s end.

The aroma was super coffee forward initially. Big medium roast coffee presence. Really fresh and bright. Milk chocolate also came through strong. Moderate sweetness. As the head died down, the rich mocha notes subsided and darker roast coffee and roasted malts took over. Some chocolate fudge appeared as well.

The flavor profile was a total mocha bomb. Huge, freshly brewed, medium roast coffee notes. Loads of milk chocolate. There was a big milky, lactose-like creaminess as well. Touch of vanilla. Fairly sweet but not excessively so. The finish contained a nice mix of slightly bitter roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate and vanilla.

The mouthfeel was spectacular. Fuller bodied for the style. Super creamy, fluffy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained an ultra fine, fairly aggressive effervescence that lent the beer an amazingly soft suppleness.

Stardust is definitely one of the more impressive recent releases in Tree House’s milk stout series. While the macadamia nuts were nonexistent, the coffee and chocolate notes were in full effect. All in all, a fantastic dessert-style beer.

Jul 07, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this last week, along with a lot of other recent bottle releases from Tree House. This wasn't as good as those although it was probably because there was just a bit too much macadamia in it without enough chocolate and and coffee to balance things out. It was a nice beer that like the others, had the alcohol recessed but didn't blow me away in any aspect.

Of course, this beer poured dark with plenty of tan, luscious head to top it off. Plenty of soapy rings were left behind as I sipped this, with most of them being seen along the bottom half of my pint glass. Tons of macadamia nuttiness in the nose with some walnuts and coffee underneath that. Only a hint of chocolate, cake, and brownie underneath as they were felt more in the mouthfeel than in the taste. A bit of roasted malt came through as this warmed up as the chalky and powdery taste was not as smooth and rich as I would have liked. Chocolatey sweetness kicked in at the end as this felt like a cake that someone would bake for the autumnal season, which didn't quite fit in during this spring!

Plenty of booze here but the warmth from it would be the only giveaway as this went down somewhat smoothly and easily given the amount of heft it had. This wasn't bad as much as it wasn't my cup of tea. Worth a go once if you love Stouts, beers with nut flavors, or anything from Tree House but after having the Double Shot bottles, this didn't quite measure up to those in the end...

Jun 10, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Perfectly menacing and viscous. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, fudge and espresso. Pretty basic for the style but really aromatic. Beer opens chocolate, vanilla, fudge, molasses and cold brew coffee. A touch of saltiness in the middle (maybe from the addition of nuts?) amplifies the sweetness. Finishes more layers of vanilla, chocolate and cold brew coffee with a lactic smoothness. Really good. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Silky and rich on the palate and goes down smooth, almost fluffy. Lingering, sweet aftertaste. This one drinks amazingly for the ABVs.

This one's amazing to drink. Can't wait to try the other variants!

Jun 07, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Pitch black with a half finger thick brown head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Coffee with cream.

t: Follows the nose with more pronounced coffee flavor, a moderate hop bite on the sweet finish. The initial dominant coffee notes are replaced by chocolate after a bit,but throughout the high ABV is not evident.

m; Full, great body and some carbonation tingle.

o; An exceptionally fine Imperial stout, with all the elements of added coffee and chocolate featured. Highyl enjoyable.

Jun 01, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - hm, this label seems familiar... head is exceptionally dark and burnt for TH stout fare. Paint brown with reddish hues.

S - bittersweet dark chocolate cream, light roast coffee with mild citrus, and macadamia cookies. Hints of burnt popcorn and an overall sweet, zesty cocoa nuttiness.

T - keeping it going with the burnt popcorn. This is much darker and heavier than the nose suggests, almost dirty in how the big chocolate flavors and spackled about. Not in a bad way, but they're very in your face and uncompromising. Dark German chocolate cake, crumbly brownies, and rich, cocoa powder-laden coffee. Molasses, barley, and nougaty toasted caramel. Finishes with a kiss of booze heat in the best way possible. A little sticky, a little roasty, but overall quite pleasant. Citrus dryness on the verrrry end.

F - smooth, creamy, but with some restrained bite. Has just enough pep to stave off the sweetness.

O - deceptively sweet. Not sugary, but big and boisterous... robust is a good descriptor. The ABV suits this beer nicely.

May 29, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a good one finger tan head that fades to leave nice lacing.

S - Aromas of nice bright coffee notes, light fruity notes, decadent chocolate. There is a pleasant nuttiness. Not sure it would be macadamia nut but it's quite nice.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of slightly sweet malts and dark chocolate. The coffee is super nice and fruity. There is loads of nuttiness but not really macadamia nut flavour.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, super creamy.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout from Tree House. That being said the macadamia nut is almost non existent. Creamy cookie batter and vanilla were nice.

Serving Type: bottle

May 25, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Big rich creamy thick dark head, great retention and lacing, pitch black color

Nose rich creamy dark malts, very nutty and roasty fruity coffee, little fudgey dark chocolate, caramel, generic nutty

Taste big fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate, little caramel and nougat, light alcohol, big coffee and roasted malt, big nutty, generic nuts not quite macadamia, although maybe as it warms, raw vanilla, light bitter earthy hop, drier finish with mild hot alcohol

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy rich, medium carb, light warming alcohol

Overall mixed, great base beer, generic nutty but not quite macadamia.

May 25, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coffee, cream, vanilla, white chocolate, and light macadamia nut. Heavy bodied, sweet and roasty, low carbonation. In the better half of the imperial stouts they have released lately. I like the white chocolate. Want the macadamia to come out more. Not as good as Candy Shop but still very good.

May 25, 2019
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 45 ratings