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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #6
Ranked #8,081
4.05 | pDev: 6.67%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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.
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, near black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Roasted malt, chestnuts, earthy hops, and grass

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of toasted malt, caramel, earthy and very slightly spicy hops, and nuttiness. Picks up some dark chocolate and super light tobacco/leather. Finishes with lingering nuttiness and toast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good dark lager that is super easy to drink. A nice change of pace from TH

Nov 14, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 4/6/20.

Pours dark brown with crimson edgework. Retention is short-lived with minimal lacing. Caramel-drizzled banana in the nose. Light bodied with a slick, tacky mouthfeel. Cocoa with light roast on the palate. Finishes dry with mild chocolate undertones.

May 13, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up all of 1 can of this when I was in New England back in October 2019. Drank it at Thanksgiving after the Slayer show the night before.

Pours mostly black, lesser brown, cola like appearance, but without the viscosity of a porter/stout, its a firm appearance in the dark lager category with a light beige head. The aroma kicked down that mild chocolate malt and noble hop bitterness alongside an earthiness that was quite different than a brown or red ale might do.

Taste was quite nice. A mix of hearty darker breadiness, a mild hop twinge with that light chocolate feel to it. Carbonation was spot on. Hint of smokiness to it. Toffee and nuts followed. Pretty complex without being challenging to drink. Really does fit the fall season drinking vibes. Wouldn't describe this one as sweet at all, but you can find a hint of it if you really look in the palate. I wonder what I did with the sticker for this? Can't find it.

Apr 10, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice European dark lager, the first from this style for me. Canned date 2/24/20. Pours a nice medium dark brown color with just a little off-white head and scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of nice bready malt, toasted nuts, brown sugar, milk chocolate, lighter roast coffee, caramel, a little faint muddled hops. Taste follows the nose, decently developed and balanced, good flavors and enjoyable to drink. Actually felt a little heavier than the low ABV. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, decent carbonation, went down easy. Not bad at all!

Mar 27, 2020
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 2/24

It is a very dark beer. Black like a Schwarzbier with a fairly frothy tan head that hangs around for awhile and leaves some lacing behind.

The aroma is a little light, but very nice. Light chocolate, lager yeast, and a earthy/woody note. If I was drinking this blind, I’m sure I would peg it as a Schwarz or Dunkel.

The flavor really pops. Distinct, but not overpowering chocolate without any roasted/charred flavor like you would find in a Schwarz. A little bit of toffee and nuttiness, some slightly spicy herbal hops, and a very rustic/earthy/yeasty finish. Kind of like chewing on a piece of wet straw.

It is pretty light bodied and fairly crisp. Definitely a pilsner like feel although a little thinner/more watery at times than creamy.

A really enjoyable beer overall.

Mar 22, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the only beer like it that I've tried from Tree House. It's got an appealing combination of dark color, light body, but a slightly smoky and malty flavor. Not as overwhelmingly sweet or heavy as many porters/stouts, so it's perfect for a lighter offering with hints of the same flavor profile. I say 'hints' because it's not as rich in flavor as some of Tree House's other stout offerings, but on the other hand it's more refreshing and crushable. I'd definitely grab a couple of these while at TH, but wouldn't make the trip if this was the only beer available.

Mar 14, 2020
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Loonypapa from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14-day old can at 38 deg F poured into a pint glass.

Aggressive pour gives you a firm, 3-finger head.

Nose is pure roasted malt, in a delicious, smokey, over-cooked-bottom-of-an-apfelstrudel kind of way. Think malted milk cake with figs, chilled.

Body is light, refreshing. Not overtly carbonated, slightly tingly at first sip, moving on to silky after 5 minutes in the glass. Nice, smokey, slightly bitter cacao nib vibe across the palate. Flavor is classic old country. Makes you wish you had some roast pork or rizek in front of you.

This will be a regular, especially in sauerbraten season.

Mar 05, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Almost black. Smells of nutty, bready, and light chocolate malts. A bit of spicy hop. Tastes of spicy hops and light roasted malt that comes off slightly sharp. Finishes with a little lingering malt and sharpness. Light body. I don't drink a lot of this style, but I don't remember the ones I have had being this acidic.

Dec 02, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, cola in color, with one third inch head. Taste is smoked malt, raisin, and cola. Medium light bodied, smoky, sweet with moderate carbonation. Did not realize this was a smoky beer. Different from other Tree House offerings. Super sessionable. Will pick up again.

Dec 01, 2019
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is roasted malts with smoky hazelnut notes. The color is a very dark brown/black with about a finger of frothy light brown. As for the taste - it’s heavy on the roasted malts, and has a nice smoky bite.

Nov 23, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is roasted malt, hazelnut shell and smoked malt. Beer opens roasted malt, liquorice and dark chocolate. Light but creamy with hints of hazelnut shell in the middle. End more roast, a slight brown sugar and smoke. Nice character. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down sparkling, crisp, refreshing.

I'm not a huge fan of this style but this isn't bad. Refreshing with surprising complexity.

Nov 13, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16oz can into a dimpled mug. pours a cola brown with half a mug of chocolate milkshake looking head. smells very earthy, with a very lager yeast aroma to it. also a hint of chocolate. taste is earthy hops with a subtle chocolatey aftertaste. mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side. less carbonation than i was expecting. overall, a pretty good take on a style that seems to get neglected by a lot of U.S. breweries. it’s dark appearance is a stark contrast to its light body and easy drinkability. a nice autumnal offering.

Nov 01, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my mug. canned on 9/30, trade with @schuee for this one. Thanks broski!
The beer pours a rich cola brown color with some garnet highlights onthe edges of my glass when held to the light.
A minimal khaki colored dense head of .5 cm foams up and fades soon after my first sips. Leaving only the faintest wisps on the surface.
The aroma is some bakers chocolate and a bit of biscuit. I also get tobacco notes, not smoked by dry leaf. Maybe a little spicy hop character, but the malts are the front runner here.
First sip reveals a crisp textured lightish body with tingly yet spacious carbonation. Pretty crushable physical traits. Mouthfeel is kinda slick and goes down very easy.
Flavor is what the nose advertised, with bakers chocolate and again some biscuit note and toasted malt here too. These are mixing with a bit of spicy or black tea hop on the finish. There is a bit of caramel note on that kicks back on the swallow , but it certainly wouldnt be called sweet. No hint of the low ABV anywhere.
QUite a nice flavored crushing dark beer. Glad to have tried this and I would like to have several of these in the fridge at all times to be honest. Really like this one.

Nov 01, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with tall poofy tan head quickly settling to a thin film and collar leaving octopus arms of lace.

Cola, sassfras and sweet raisin on the tip of the tongue quickly transition mid-palate to a chocolatey, toasty dark lager character with tobacco and light woody notes that are semi-bitter.

The medium body has a soft but tingly carbonation and comes to a paper dry finish, making this very drinkable. It almost tastes like a porter, but with a more quenchable vibe to it.

Oct 30, 2019
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brutalfarce from Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautiful dark brown with nice head to it, smells sweet n roasty. Drinks very thing with no body from that frothy luxurious pour, very light with swwwt roasty notes but not much flavor meh

Oct 30, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can split with my wife. Canned 9-30, purchased 10-12, consumed 10-28. Pours a dark brown with a nice off-white head and lacing. Smells and tastes like dark malts, pumpernickel, some citrus/floral/grassy hops, coffee, and semisweet chocolate. Complex, fragrant, and flavorful.

Oct 29, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Crisp and clean. Oh soooo clean. Dark malt flavors are the show here, hit the palate with just the perfect level of mild roast ... nothing burnt. Herbal, floral, spicy, and earthy hopping. Balanced and extremely drinkable. Perhaps one of the best beers that Tree House has ever released.

Oct 21, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - a Czech dark lager? Pours a much darker brown than expected. Caramel fringes and a lovely tan mocha head with fluffy creaminess. Rather sticky lacing reveals a hint of legs as it oozes down the side of the glass.

S - raisins, dark bread, and metal. Kicks into nostalgia of beers past, mostly from my early days. A hint of milk chocolate and a whiff of coffee ice cream.

T - features a sharp, pointed roastiness that isn't exactly bitter or abrasive, but it is sharper than usual for the surrounding flavors of chocolate pudding, earth, and dark fruits. Must be some residual hop bitterness. Lightly toasted grains and herbal pilsner hops. Getting that barnyard hay on the finish with light, tingling bitterness.

F - feels lighter than it looks, but that's only because it looks creamy af. Expected viscosity for a dark lager with decreased carbonation levels for a silkier feel.

O - on one hand, it's a lager. Albeit a dark one! On the other, it's nuanced with clear and varied flavors that electrify and encourage reflection. Well done for the style.

Oct 18, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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!!!

Oct 13, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Oct 12, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Oct 11, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. It's the best benchmark for the style stateside.

Oct 09, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Oct 09, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1%
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

Oct 04, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Oct 04, 2019
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