Simple Life
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #43
Ranked #1,342
4.37 | pDev: 5.03%
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!
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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

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
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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beergoot from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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stoumi from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simple Life pours a thick, viscous black with a full finger or dark, tan head with no lacing. The smell is sweet and roasty with vanilla, marshmallow and chocolate. It's sweet is over the palette with a fair amount of vanill and chocolate with a roasted malt and shot of coffee.

Jan 29, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tallboy pours into a snifter with a midnight oil body. The head ascends to an inch high with a thick and foamy texture and decent retention. The very dark brown foam at the edges leaves spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is basically fudge with massive dark chocolate and cocoa powder above hints of s'mores, coffee and roast grains. Suggest big sweetness and a lot of chocolate.

T- Comes off as really fudgey and a ton of dark chocolate, very similar base profile to the other recent stout releases with that deep cocoa flavor. Fruity dark chocolate notes, hints of graham crackers, marshmallow, toasted burnt sugars, roast barley and fairly high sweetness. Has a bit of a s'mores feel but more rich dark chocolate and espresso.

MF- Medium to heavy bodied with a moderately low level of carbonation. The texture is sweet and slick and a bit frothy. Ends with roast grain bitters.

Gets more reminiscent of a s'more as time goes on with graham cracker hints as well as the toasted marshmallow and tons and tons of dark chocolate.

Jan 22, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a tulip

Dark brown/black appearance. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid was topped by an inch-tall, tight and frothy, tan colored crown that slowly fell to a thick, resilient collar. Streaks of drippy lacing stuck along the glass and lasted until the drink’s end.

The aroma was outstanding. Rich mocha notes came through big time. Nice mix of dark chocolate fudge, dusty cocoa powder and creamed coffee. Malty and robust. Roasted and caramel malts were apparent. Vanilla was also noticeable. Perhaps this was the marshmallow. There was a milky, lactose like quality as well.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive as the nose. Uber malty on the front end. Big roasted malt presence. Sweet caramel malts were apparent as well. Dark chocolate came through in the center, along with a bit of vanilla. Hint of creamed coffee. More roastiness on the back end and the finish. Touch of booze and espresso-like bitterness too.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Rich, creamy and fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine, fairly aggressive effervescence that turned pillowy soft on the palate.

I have been a bit underwhelmed by some of Tree House’s milk stouts lately, but Simple Life really blew me away. The chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes were front and center but not overwhelming, and the mouthfeel displayed that signature Tree House plushness. As stated on the label, I definitely see how this beer can evoke memories of making s’mores around a campfire.

Jan 15, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 12.04.19, poured into Tree House snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a two finger head that has a nice caramel color with good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is nice, rich, decadent and sweet, lots of chocolate with vanilla and marshmallow fluff, hearty grains, light coffee roast with some sweet cream. The flavors are good, dark and rich bittersweet chocolate, marshmallow fluff, a bit sugary with some vanilla flavor, smooth coffee, light graham cracker and a nice dose of hearty grain with some lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, coating and thick heavy body, super smooth and luscious with a creamy finish that slightly warm and dry.

Verdict: A nice adjunct stout from Tree House. A bit sweet for sure but the s'mores character is there but not a lot else. The adjuncts are well expressed though I wish there was a more present graham cracker profile but the coffee is a great addition to add a nice depth to the beer.

Jan 11, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: pitch black, thin mocha head

smell: caramel, toffee, coffee

taste: cacao, coffee, toasted malt

feel: dense, airy, fluffy, cloying, a very heavy bittersweet finish.

overall: decent beer, simple but very pleasant, not many beer can be this good, cheers!

Dec 27, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up one can at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $8.55, my seventy seventh brew from these guys. Very nice stout from these guys. TH is known for their IPAs, but their stouts are great too, just a bit too $, & high ABV for me.

Dec 27, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out like motor oil with a thin mocha head that fades to ringlet; dots sprinkle down

Smell: Rich chocolate, graham cracker, some ash, vanilla, coffee and pine

Taste: Rich chocolate and graham cracker forward with ash and pine flavors building; rather herbal, with a coffee aspect, in the finish, which offsets the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; a bit flabby

Overall: An interesting flavor profile and I like that it was not as sweet as I feared; the mouthfeel was a demerit

Thanks, BostonDipas, for the opportunity

Dec 27, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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

500ml bottle served in my Spieglau tulip. Pours an inky black with a fizzy, half inch, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly dissipates. Nose expresses cocoa, roast, marshmallows and lactose. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a slightly acidic quality to the flavor profile - not quite citric acid, but also not really dark fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, prickly carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the the throat between quaffs. Texture is slightly oily. Overall, a complex flavor profile; however, the mouthfeel detracts from what it could be.

Dec 06, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as ink with a 2 finger thick whipped dark brown colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles, dissipating slowly and leaving decent spotty lacing.

The label says it’s a “campfire beer” and that’s a very good description of the aroma. A ton of chocolates in the mix, with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, milk chocolate molasses, chocolate syrup, char or smoky notes, graham cracker, herbs, piney hops, heavy cream and fudge. Very complex and full of chocolate, Tree House should be acclaimed as much for stouts as they are for IPA’s because this pretty much matches what’s listed on the bottle and it’s an experimental brew.

Flavor picks up where the nose left off with tons of different chocolates, hints of burnt campfire marshmallows, faint piney notes, dark chocolate, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, molasses, toffee, hot fudge, chocolate milk, smoked grains, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, heavy cream, graham cracker, herbs, a bitter lingering metallic taste, and bakers chocolate. Not too sweet as the dark chocolate and cocoa powder put out just enough bitterness to keep it in check while masking the ABV. Definitely a dessert beer, another winner from TH.

Dec 04, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Sep 21, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Sep 21, 2019
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Billolick from New York

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

Aug 20, 2019
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npolachek from New York

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.

Aug 01, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Jul 15, 2019
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ChipChaight from New York

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.

Jul 14, 2019
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cheer4beer_ from New Jersey

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.

Jul 08, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

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.

Jul 07, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 03, 2019
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