Simple Life
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #38
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,117
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.98%
Ratings:
113
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 15, 2022
Added:
Jun 21, 2019
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  5
SCORE
96
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Notes: Simple Life is an imperial milk stout brewed with chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers, and coffee to carefully emulate the flavor of S’mores! We taste and smell sweet chocolate marshmallows, milk chocolate, dusty cocoa powder, graham crackers, and a hint of roast to emulate the browned edge of a marshmallow. It is rich, decadent, and flavor saturated in a way that will make you smile throughout the whole glass. Simple Life is the ideal beer to share around the campfire this summer and pairs quite well with the real thing. Enjoy it with bare feet and warm toes!
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4.39 by hopley from Massachusetts on Apr 15, 2022
 
4 by bvargajr from Colorado on Feb 13, 2022
 
4.35 by alexsergio from New York on Jan 08, 2022
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Looks and smells awesome and has the typical TH stout mouthfeel, but it is just way too sweet for my tastes; a couple years ago TH went into these imperial milk stouts and I am now really missing bitter, roasty stouts

Jan 08, 2022
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3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Black with brown edges and cap. Getting chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker in the nose with roasted malts and char. Taste is where the issues begin, not a good s'more or milk stout, sorry new england homers. Overly roasted malt eats up the graham cracker, sickly sweet marshmallow and vanilla cloy, chocolate syrup doesn't help. Feel is cloyingly sweet, medium bodied yet thick and sticky. Drain pour after a few ounces

Dec 31, 2021
 
4.28 by smb71481 from Vermont on Dec 09, 2021
 
4.43 by steve8robin from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Poured at 54°. Black with ruby edges; reddish brown fizzy head that vanished immediately leaving no cap retention, ring nor lace; no to thin legs on swirl. Toasted marshmallow, chocolate and lactose nose. Taste is sweet chocolate milk and dark chocolate fudge. Medium body, smooth silky feel with a dusty, grainy tongue coating; no warmth from 9.8% abv; moderate minus carbonation. Overall, not too sweet - a lovely chocolate forward milk stout, but fighting in a lower weight class than heavy weights like Angry Chair and others.

Jul 24, 2021
 
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2021
 
4.19 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 06, 2021
 
5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Apr 17, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Am I pouring motor oil into my glass, or beer? This is a very thick looking, pitch black pour. The head is a 2 finger brown color. The retention is damn good, and there's nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is a very rich mixture of many aromas. Chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, graham cracker, and a malty biscuit.
Taste - This beer hits hard up front with graham cracker and vanilla. It turns to the back with chocolate and vanilla. There's a malty biscuit throughout.
Thick bodied. No booze "burn". Smooth.
Tree House is known for their NEIPAs. Well, I can say, for sure, they're not a one trick pony. They can make an amazing stout, as well.

Apr 14, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow, graham crackers, vanilla, and a touch of caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of cocoa, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and graham cracker. Picks up the marshmallow, vanilla, and caramel. Finishes with lingering cocoa, roasted malt, and marshmallow

M: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation

O: A great rendition of a s’mores stout that delivers big time on the chocolate and marshmallow with the graham cracker adding a nice layer. Makes for a nice sipper any time. Worth a drink

Apr 07, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a deep dark brown to black color with a finger of fluffy tan head. The nose has gorgeous chocolatey notes.

The flavor drops off considerably compared to the nose. There are definitely chocolate notes but it is more like Baker's cocoa. There's not much hearty roast here either.

Mar 20, 2021
 
4.25 by sunnytropic from New York on Feb 10, 2021
 
4.6 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
 
4.87 by MAR2814 from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

16oz can dated 12/4/19.

Pours opaque black with a thick brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, nougat, and mild vanilla in the nose. Full bodied with a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Cocoa-dusted chocolate syrup with malted milk balls and a hint of espresso on the palate. Finishes sweet and chocolaty.

Dec 06, 2020
 
4 by Massbmx from Massachusetts on Oct 14, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

Traded for this with a friend last week as he made a run up to Tree House recently. Sure, I love their classic IPA's but a beer like this reminds me that they're darned good at whatever they tackle. Lots going on here but this didn't feel anywhere near as strong as it turned out to be, as this was an easy substitute for sitting around a campfire in an attempt to make dessert!

Not a shock that this poured a very dark chocolatey brown with a fine mocha head that had a nice volume and softness to it. Thin rings of lacing were left behind as they got more spotty the further down my pint glass I went. The aroma could have been stronger but there was plenty of cocoa powder, vanilla, and sticky marshmallow in it as I was hoping for more body and graham cracker to round it out. More milk and roastiness came through in the taste as this was nicely slick, sweet, and rich once it fully warmed up. A bit of coffee and creamer entered the mix but this was just a bit short of what I was hoping for, as more chewiness and cracker would have made this a fabulous brew.

Amazingly, I never felt the alcohol in this as this might have been the most easygoing beer of it's kind as I never felt and hardly tasted the booze that was in this. Along with a light alcohol, made this a truly Sweet Stout that would be appropriate nearly year-round. Canned on 8/19 with "IT'S WHAT WE WANT" written above it, there wasn't anything wrong with this as it was fun and fun to drink. Glad I was able to get my hands on this!

Oct 07, 2020
 
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Sep 28, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned on 08/19/2020. Enjoyed on 09/24/2020.

Sep 25, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

A: Pitch black and thick, very thin dark khaki head.

S: S’mores galore.

T: S’mores galore. Chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker, a little roast, raisins. It drinks sweet but balanced.

M/F: Sticky and smooth. Velvety and fluffy. Finishes with marshmallow chocolate.

O: Awesome beer. Love the sweet s’mores flavors they really pulled that off perfectly. I also love that this beer has some meat to it, instead of being thin and too sweet. Definitely recommended.

Sep 24, 2020
 
4.25 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Sep 13, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Canned 8.19, opened 9.11

16oz can poured into a snifter

One finger brown , dense, rich creamy foam cap over black motor oil, good retention, settles to a pencil thick layer, some lacings

Aroma is milk chocolate, roast malts, fragrant on the pour,

Taste is cocoa, chocolate, Graham cracker, roast malts, sweet,

Smooth , low sudsing, syrupy, sweet,

Good beer

Sep 12, 2020
 
4.46 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Sep 08, 2020
 
4.5 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Aug 30, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Pours a very dark brown with an inch of fizzy toffee colored head that hangs around for maybe 30 seconds before disappearing. Aroma is sweet, toffee, and more sweet. Taste has notes of chocolate & roasted malt, and is also plenty sweet. Not a ton of carbonation, but a nice overall feel. Solid beer.

Aug 17, 2020
 
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jun 23, 2020
 
4.56 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on May 22, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BeerBaronBear from New York

Canned 3/25/20 "Weeee've got it simpleeeeee". Tasted 5/20/20. A really nice stout! I got more coffee from this one than s'mores, though - not sure I would have ever guessed that this was supposed to taste like a s'more. Pours black but not too thick, carbonation is low and fine. The smell was pretty good - roasty and rich, but had a hint of iron to it that wasn't the most appealing. The taste and feel were the highlights for me. Pronounced coffee and dark chocolate bitterness plus a lot of sweetness as well, overall nicely balanced. In my opinion, the mouthfeel was excellent. I liked that this beer didn't feel massively heavy despite the high ABV and richness of flavor. The only detraction was that it didn't froth up too much in my mouth to release even more flavor.

May 20, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned 3/25/20. Pours pitch black with a finger plus mocha head that leaves thin rings of lace, with solid retention. 4.5

Smell cocoa, vanilla beans, coffee grounds, toffee, and caramel. 4.25

Taste follows dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee, and caramel really tasty. 4

Mouthfeel is above average, gentle carbonation, not dry, and at 9.8% really approachable. 4

Overall this is really tasty, but lacking a bigger body and a tad watery for a stout of this heft. Still really nice, but I wanted more. 4

May 20, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by beergoot from Colorado

Jet black body; thin yet lasting head, light tan, dense and creamy. Notes of roasted and charred grain on the nose; sweet; dark roast coffee. The taste amplifies the smell; stronger presence of coffee; rich mocha tones; sweet milk chocolate; a very satisfying under-layer of bitterness from the hops and chocolate. Dense, creamy, heavy body; sludgy; residual sugars coat the palate; primarily sweet on the tongue.

This beer exudes sweetness and lusciousness, coating the palate with complex richness. Sweet throughout yet not cloying, it is nicely offset with roasted and bitter qualities which provide nice balance and depth to the whole experience. Extremely pleasurable...

May 09, 2020
 
3.99 by crobinso from Colorado on Apr 24, 2020
 
4.28 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Apr 22, 2020
 
4.25 by Piddle from Connecticut on Apr 17, 2020
 
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Apr 11, 2020
 
4.37 by heysuz from Indiana on Apr 11, 2020
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Apr 08, 2020
Simple Life from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 113 ratings