Tree House Brewing Company

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European Dark Lager
Ranked #24
Ranked #20,051
3.99 | pDev: 5.76%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Nomad is a czech-style dark lager, or tmavé pivo, constructed with deliberate attention to detail, tradition, and patience.

It is brewed with authentic floor malted bohemian pilsner malt, german dark malts, and carefully selected noble hops. A laborious mashing and conditioning process yields a complex texture and malt profile.

Nomad pours a nearly pitch black in the glass. Through extended, natural conditioning, not a hint of haze remains. An aggressive pour yields a thick and billowing head that clings to the side of the glass as you work your way through the pour. It is the most appealing looking beer we have made in recent memory. We taste mild chocolate, brown bread, hay, and earthy noble hops. It goes down remarkably easy while leaving a pleasant and lingering impression on your palate.

The mark of a great beer is the ease in which it drinks in conjunction with potent, appealing, and incisive flavors. To that end, we are extraordinarily proud to offer Nomad to you for your enjoyment. I’m not sure if there is another beer we will collectively drink more of this autumn at Tree House.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 16
Photo of npolachek
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer looks nice, but taste is really pedestrian for a beer from Treehouse. Doesn't have any particularly strong finish, basically tastes like any ordinary beer. I'd give it a 5 for can art though!!!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights when backlit. Head is 1.5 inches, fluffy, khaki-colored and embedded with pinpricks and craters. Nose expresses roast and hints of cocoa (somewhat reminiscent of scharzbier). There are also some grassy notes that follow. Taste consistent with nose; however, it all comes off a bit muted. Mouthfeel is light on body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, I'm not particularly familiar with the style; however, it's fairly drinkable.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $3.50. My fifty fourth brew from these guys. Only got the one can, as I didn't think that I would like this. Pleasantly surprised, nice change of pace by TH.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Black pour with garnet hues and good clarity. Creamy two finger head retains well and leaves behind whisky lacing.

S: Cocoa, toast and roast, bit of molasses, hay, grass clippings and slight whiffs of herb box.

T: Follows the nose. Toasty and roasty, hay, molasses, slight green and herbal hop note. Very clean lager fermentation profile. Cola and faint roast on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy malt richness and aggressively crisp fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: I visit Tree House only a few times a year. This time, this very beer was the draw for me. It’s a style of beer you rarely see stateside, and a pretty big departure from the usual for Tree House. We know they can brew great hazy IPAs, but all lager attempts I’d had from them to date had been just decent to good. Nothing spectacular. I would not quite call this beer spectacular, but I’ll say it’s easily the best lager I’ve had from them to date, and actually a pretty damn good stab at the style. A little more roasty than the norm, maybe, but a good and drinkable beer nonetheless. Color me impressed. For those interested in pursuing the style further, we have the benefit of a world-class lager brewery in Massachusetts too. Visit Notch in Salem and drink their Cerne Pivo or Tmavy. I think Tmavy is the stateside benchmark for the style.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep cola brown color with a 2 finger fluffy khaki head. The head doesn't stick around for long, but leaves a beautiful crown of lacing before settling into a ghostly thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of raisin bread, brown bread, roasted malts, and sweet milk chocolate. There's the foggiest idea of earthy hops on the back end.

The flavor brings notes of brown bread, coffee and chocolate. There's also some raisins and fig, with a solid middle of roasted malts. Has a nice earthy hop finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Crisp, yet creamy. There's a spicy hop bitterness that coats the mouth and lingers a bit after each sip.

Overall, I would call this a great dark lager. It's very drinkable, and hits all the notes expected of the style. This is a nice change of pace for Tree House, and I hope to see more beers like this in their future.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

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

S - Aromas of roasted dark malts, tons of dark Russian bread. Very brown bread forward with a flash of chocolate, little bit of noble hops on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big chocolate and Russian brown bread. There are little moments of hop bitterness mixed in with the noble hops along with minimal sweetness, though as it warms starts to come out more and more.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, though as it warms the sweetness becomes a bit much.

O - Overall this was a solid enough euro dark, however, it's sweeter than I'm used to for the style as well as being less crisp.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy tan head fades semi quickly, low lacing, very dark basically black hint of ruby light

Nose dark roasty malts, dark chocolate and a little roasty coffee, flash of dark fruits, corn stock sweetness, dark bread, light herbal floral noble hop,

Taste sweet dark malts, inky level of dark roasty char, very roasty, some dark chocolate and coffee, flash of dark fruits again, light noble herbal grassy hops, medium bitterness, dry quick finish, but a little sticky

Mouth is medium bod getting a little fuller and soft lager, carb is a little light, not a super crisp finish

Overall meh, a bit too sweet, and doesn't finish as crisp, not super complex, lower carb

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Nomad from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 16 ratings