Simple Life
Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #65
Ranked #3,059
4.37 | pDev: 4.58%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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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!
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 39
Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery back in June.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thick one finger mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and wisps.

S - Aromas of syrupy chocolate, dark chocolate but still syrupy. Good marshmallow notes and flashes of graham.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with tons of syrupy chocolate, big charred marshmallow as well. Flashes of good roasted malts. Good lighter graham notes. Finish is nicely milk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, super creamy. No alcohol.

O - Overall this was a very solid milk stout. The chocolate and marshmallow is nice but the graham was awfully light.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Super rich dark cocoa thick head with great retention and lacing, good legs, pitch black beer

Nose brings typical tree house stout, creamy lactose and vanilla, fudgey, maple and sweet candy, vanilla, light marshmallow

Taste big sweet stout, creamy lactose milk stout and roasted campfire marshmallow, lactose milk chocolate, light toasty graham cracker, but no cinnamon or baking spice, some bitterness, mild sticky lactose finish

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

Overall pretty good, not incredible but quite good

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

MId sized bottle, purchased at the source.

Pours super dark, near black, dark mocha cap that leaves a thicker film and quality looking sheeting on the glass.

Nose is straight up milk chocolate and cafe au lait.

Deliciously complex, rich and flavorful brew, that is also impossibly smooth and enjoyable in the mouth.

Notes of more of the sniff, chocolate, cafe au lair, soft dark grains, and yes a hint perhaps of toasted class...terrific right need to age this one

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Photo of npolachek
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a good sweetness to it. Tastes like a very good sweet stout. Marshmellow, milk chocholate, cocoa, and graham crackers are a few of the different flavors.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Used motor oil black with burnt brown ribbons and a tall cascading mocha head settling to a puffy foam blanket of tiny tan pearls curling thick at the ridge.

The s'mores character comes out more after the swallow, with a marshmallow hot chocolate sort of flavor. The front end is still that classic roasty, nutty and airy cola sort of Tree House stout, but sweeter, and more chocolatey.

The medium silky body has a soft but tingly froth and finishes semi-wet.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours black with dark tan head that lingers and boozy lacing, smell is sweet toffee, caramel, brownie batter, cocoa powder, chocolate covered boozy cherries, and hints of strawberry nesquick, taste follows the nose with a nice roastiness and hints of cinnamon, this beer is full bodied and velvety. A beer that brings the campfire to you, but it would be great to drink this in front of a campfire too, roasty chocolatey goodness.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought the beer directly from the brewery and drank it the day after while it was still fresh. The beer pours a very dark brown color with a moderate caramel colored head. The look is exactly what you want to see in a stout. Very rich aroma of melted chocolate, toasted marshmallow and a real depth to the smell. This beer is somewhat outside my typical beer selection, I felt the beer was too sweet for my taste but that may just be me. I tasted chocolate and toasted marshmallow and maybe a slight hint of coffee. There was a creamy fluffy mouth feel that made the beer very drinkable for this style of beer.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a used and abused motor oil brown with at least 10k miles on it. Dark, dull, cigar paper tan head.

S - peanut butter, burnt popcorn, and milk chocolate fudge. Hints of bakers chocolate with caramel drizzle. Bit of burnt coffee roast and lactose.

T - caramel is out in full force with a brown sugar sidekick. Chocolate pudding accents a bright, marshmallow base. Cream is the name of the game here. Full, suffocating flavor that isn't particularly potent, but still manages to be everywhere. Anybody who's eaten a marshmallow knows what I'm talking about. This is meant to be satisfying and filling without blowing your socks off flavor-wise. Heavy cream and hazelnut coffee. Finishes light and citrusy with mild bitter tingles.

F - feels like a mallow. Freshly toasted over burning embers, slowly oozing down the stick... consumed at the optimal time, just as the marshmallow is about to melt off into the burning abyss.

O - been waiting for a TH marshmallow beer to hit off-premise packaging. Nails the vast feel and flavor profile. S'mores-flavored expanding foam. Not a whole lot of different flavors, but does what it sets out to do.

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Photo of scotorum
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


16.9 oz.(half liter) bottle acquired at the brewery today.

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with a finger thick tan head which receded to moderate surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Mainly milk chocolate and graham cracker. Smells a lot like your favorite candy store smells.

t; Follows the nose to a point, but more black coffe roastiness than chocolate or graham cracker. Moderate hop bite lingers somewhat on the bittersweet finish. High abv (9.8%) is quite well hidden and it smoothes out a lot later.

m: Heavier side of medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o; Effort to create liquid alcoholic smores is applauded and somewhat evident, but the whole effect is not as pleasant at first. Bitterness tends to overshadow the smoothness a good milk stout should have, and the total net lingering flavor is a bit odd. However as it warms and is consumed, it becomes more smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is dark chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker. Heavy bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Yet another fine entry in the imperial sweet stout series. Sweet but not overly so. In the upper half of the recent sweet stouts.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of dark tan head. The head leaves a crown of lacing as it settles into a thin, golden ring.

The aroma is about as decadent and rich as a beer gets: Lots of milk chocolate, chocolate fudge, and sweet marshmallows with a hint of graham crackers, roasted coffee, and bready, dark roast malts.

The flavor brings loads of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and chocolate fudge before a wave of graham crackers, sweet cream, marshmallow, and roasted coffee. There are some very faint notes of toasted pecans on the finish.

The feel is full bodied with soft carbonation. Very soft and creamy, yet a tad sticky and syrupy. The alcohol is present on the back end.

Overall, a great and decadent stout that is just exploding with sweet, dessert flavors. It's perhaps a bit too sweet, and definitely meant to be shared with a friend. Since I have no friends, I'm stuck here giving myself diabetes with every sip. Worth it.

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Simple Life from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 39 ratings