Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #59
Ranked #2,185
4.38 | pDev: 5.71%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Homemade is a milk stout made with chocolate fudge, walnuts, and a hint of maple syrup. It pours a silky black in the glass with a dense, marshmallow-like head. We taste and smell milk chocolate, chocolate covered walnuts, and maple walnut truffles. Yum! It calls to mind a confection you might find at a back road general store. A decadent, smile inducing concoction, indeed - just in time for Halloween!
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Reviews by tigg924:
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, black in color with one third inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, big maple and light walnut. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, very sweet and roasty. Makes for another nice sweet stout. In the middle of their recent stouts. Would get again.

Nov 09, 2019
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Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 21, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the brewery last Friday 11/1/19. Canned 10/30. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Opaque black with an inch olus brown head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Milk chocolate and hazelnuts

t; Follows the nose with a moderate hop bite over which lingers on the sweet finish. High ABV not evident.

m: medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very tasty stout, seemingly a bit light weight in feel but tremendous in flavor. The nut additives dominate any smoky/coffee notes stouts are known for. And like "Candy Shop," their chocolate milk stout, exceptionally expensive at $8.50/16oz.

Nov 07, 2019
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 22, 2020
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PDinunzi from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 19, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - been jonesing after this one ever since it was first released. Bummed I missed it then, especially since it was during that heartbreaking time I stopped chasing TH beers because they simply make too many unique beers these days. Life is hard. Pours a black motor oil with a big, fluffy, crimson head. Looks like mocha. And seriously, this shit is B L A C K.

S - fudgey brown sugar and cinnamon. Chocolate-covered maple candies, freshly-shelled walnut, and vanilla ice cream.

T - milk chocolate with the slightest hint of dark chocolate twang. Features a light, vanilla-esque flavor that borrows heavily from the light nuttiness of walnuts or cashews. Hershey chocolate syrup, truffle oil, and sweet, sugary maple cream. Chocolate pudding. Finishes with an almost tart, acrid coffee ground bitterness. Leaves a sticky residue all over. Lingering flavors of peanut butter and Royal Dansk cookies.

F - not as sickly sweet as a 9.6% might suggest. More of a fluffy, mellow mouthfeel that's not too thick, but still silky enough to satisfy.

O - one of TH's sweeter stouts. I gotta say, it hit the spot I was looking for, even if it might be a little too sweet at times. Impressive, but definitely in moderation. It's a good thing I only snagged one; not looking to catch the beetus tonight.

Apr 27, 2020
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paulish from New York

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

Apr 06, 2020
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black in color with a finger of dense medium brown head that leaves behind sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, a bit of maple, and some walnut. Taste is very sweet. There are nutty, chocolate, and maple notes. Very smooth. Medium-full bodied with moderately low carbonation and sweet but not overly cloying. Typically I don’t love adjucnted beers but there is enough subtlety to the additions that I find this enjoyable. The flavors are well balanced and the sweetness is just restrained enough to keep this drinkable. I really enjoyed this one.

Apr 04, 2020
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JonB25 from Delaware

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

Nov 22, 2019
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 15, 2020
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Mar 09, 2020
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grahuba from Connecticut

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

Nov 07, 2019
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RichD from Rhode Island

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 11, 2020
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DuncanBishop24 from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 28, 2019
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Spluger from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 11, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with a thin caramel head. The head is gone quickly, leaving no lacing as it settles into a golden crown.

The aroma brings a ton of dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, and maple syrup. There's a ton of nuttiness here, bringing notes of pecans, walnuts, and toasted peanuts.

The flavor starts off with a wave of chocolate fudge, followed by some roasted nuts and fresh maple syrup. Comes pretty much exactly as advertised.

The feel is full bodied with low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy with plenty of alcohol warmth.

Overall, this is a great milk stout, however it's disappointing by Tree House standards. It's just a bit too sweet and frankly the mouthfeel is pretty bad. I really wish TH would make balanced stouts again instead of the sugary pastry bombs they brew now. All that said, it's a very good beer. Just not up to Tree House standards.

Mar 27, 2020
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 22, 2020
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jvillefan from New York

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

Jan 25, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Super oily and viscous, completely pitch black appearance. The ominous looking body was topped by an uber tight and creamy, mocha colored crown that fell to a thick, frothy collar. Odd shaped streaks and spotty droplets of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

Terrific aroma. Dry, flinty, roasted malts came through strong initially. Slightly smoky. Chocolate fudge notes were also apparent. Some brown sugar too. Nice balance between roasty and sweet. Touch of espresso. As the beer warmed, the chocolate intensified.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Really rich and robust. Big roasted and caramel malt presence on the front end. Chocolate notes appeared next. Chocolate syrup came to mind. Some creamy lactose appeared in the center. More roastiness on the back end and the finish. Slightly ashy. Notes of bitter espresso lingered after the swallow.

Outstanding rich, creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that turned amazingly slick and smooth on the palate.

Although I failed to pick up the maple and walnut notes entirely, Homemade is still a very tasty and enjoyable imperial milk stout with an incredible mouthfeel. Unlike many reviewers, I found this beer to be surprisingly balanced and drinkable given the style.

Apr 29, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A sweeter stout, with little to no coffee flavor. Instead, it has a rich fudgy flavor with a pleasant nuttiness and marshmallow aspect. My favorite thing to do with some of these stouts is to take a medium-sized mouthful and froth it inside of my mouth. It puffs up the mouthfeel and opens up a ton of flavor, which in my view improves greatly on the syrupy feel of the beer if you just pour it down your throat. This is a really enjoyable sipping stout, but not my favorite overall - the sweetness gets to be a bit sickly for my palate, and I would love a bit more carbonation.

Mar 18, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 08, 2019
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 21, 2020
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 10, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

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

S - Big aromas of maple syrup and chocolate candy. Good maple cream candy, light roast and nuttiness, alcohol hidden wonderfully.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice slightly sweet maple notes. Big coffee ice cream flavour, flashes of nuttiness. Good nice sweeter lactose. Almost takes like a coffee ice cream sundae.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this was a solid enough milk stout, good chocolate and walnuts. Good sweetness.

Serving Type: can

Nov 01, 2019
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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout has got distinct notes of coffee, chocolate and nutty notes. There’s traceable maple in here as well, and the beer has a full-body. Great evening snack!

Jan 08, 2021
Homemade from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 52 ratings