Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #52
Ranked #1,631
4.35 | pDev: 6.67%
Dec 25, 2021
May 10, 2019
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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3.81 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 25, 2021
4.19 by Newbeergeek1 from Maine on Dec 09, 2021
4.51 by khoff5 from Connecticut on Nov 27, 2021
4 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2020
4.37 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 25, 2020
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 25, 2020
4.1 by smi69 from New York on Dec 08, 2019
4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 14, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Just kind of meh. They've made much better adjunct milk stouts.

Nov 11, 2019
4.5 by JonB25 from Delaware on Nov 08, 2019
4.75 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Nov 03, 2019
4.25 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Nov 03, 2019
4.52 by HopBelT from Belgium on Oct 03, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

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
4.28 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2019
4.35 by TreeHouse_Erection from Connecticut on Aug 23, 2019
4.88 by hughesm12 from Massachusetts on Aug 13, 2019
4.35 by Ultra-Plinian from Connecticut on Jul 26, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jul 24, 2019
4.5 by smaddock from Massachusetts on Jul 19, 2019
4.5 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jul 18, 2019
3.44 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Jul 12, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Damian from Massachusetts

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
4.27 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Jun 26, 2019
4 by eppie82 from Illinois on Jun 23, 2019
3.9 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2019
4.66 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts on Jun 11, 2019
4.44 by Jeremy_w73 from Massachusetts on Jun 10, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by illshowyou from Arizona

Thick, sweet, strong, great to split. A dessert beer for sure. Honestly they all kind of blend in.

Jun 09, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

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
4.54 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jun 05, 2019
4.25 by smcel371 from New York on Jun 01, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by scotorum from Massachusetts


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
4.26 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jun 01, 2019
4.52 by JimmyAddo from Massachusetts on May 31, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

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
4.29 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
4.25 by Gowens18 from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
4.27 by mltobin from Connecticut on May 26, 2019
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