Tree House Brewing Company

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Porter - Robust
Ranked #15
Ranked #6,979
4.22 | pDev: 5.92%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Surrealism is a robust porter brewed with a significant dose of oats atop a base of chocolate, roasted, caramel, and pale malts. It pours a midnight black color in the glass with a dense and frothy mocha colored head. It's a looker, indeed! We taste and smell dark chocolate fudge, chewy brownies, and chocolate syrup. The oats add a smooth and frothy layer to an easy drinking, densely flavored beer. What an indulgence! Enjoy!
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; dark brown in color; 1 finger finely pored medium brown head that receded to a thick collar; no lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain, milk chocolate, and chocolate syrup;

T: up front, it's milk chocolate with deeply roasted grain in the background; from the middle through the finish, it's chocolate syrup; moderate bitterness at the end; aftertaste is deeply roasted grain;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: nicely complex;

Apr 17, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with one third inch head. Taste is fudge, tobacco, and bakers chocolate. Thick, heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation, slightly bitter. Makes for a slightly above average porter. Solid but not anything I would rush out for.

Dec 07, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with 1.5 fingers of tannish head. Great lacing.

S: Roast and espresso. Dark sugars and cocoa.

T.F: Bitter roast... burned grains, dark sugars, espresso, and dark chocolate. A bit of licorice and chicory. Medium bodied... well carbonated. Creamy on the tongue, likely the oat character. Roast character at the finish.

O: A super solid Robust porter. Expected roasty character.. creamy mouthfeel... and well crafted.

Dec 04, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, looks thinner than I imagined. FInger and a half of brown head.

Nose is roasty malt. Light scents. More so than typical malts. Probably due to the presence of the oats.

Taste is rich, but light malt, some roasty notes similar to coffee. Fades and brightens up a little bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

This is a very simple porter, but well executed. Not too heavy or dark. This is a relaxed brew.

Nov 25, 2019
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musicsherlock from New York

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

Can from the brewery into a pint glass
Canned 11/07/19

Pitch black with a thin tan to burnt umber head. Dissipates rapidly

Smells of dark chocolate, pitch, pine, and licorice

Tastes of same but smoked, maybe almonds too

Nice sparkle that coats the tongue and lingers, minimal cloying

Fun porter

Nov 16, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

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

S - Big aromas of super heavy char and lightly smoky malts, nice light almost cookie aroma. Big fudge notes, the smoke pops out more as it warms. Seriously smoky.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more subtle char and smoke. Big dry almost chalky chocolate. There is good caramel oatmeal. Fudge, chocolate cookies, lingering dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, nice finish.

O - Overall this was a solid enough porter. The creamy oats are nice and the char/smoke is pleasant and not over done. Really nice and could drink throughout the winter.

Serving Type: can

Nov 15, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

THanks to rudzud
Pours a medium foamy thick darker head with medium retention, decent foamy lacing, great legs, basically pitch black beer

Nose tons of dark malts, lots of roast and some smokey malts, dark chocolate with the smoke, fair char like, lots of cookie dough biscuity wafer cookie like malt, and some baking spices, a bit of raisiny dark fruit but light, slight fudgey chocolate and caramel

TAste lots of chocolate fudge, caramel nougat fluffy almost chocolate marshmallow like, some smokey roast and plenty of char again, dark chocolate cocoa, some roasty acidity, almost there but not burnt acrid, lots of cookie dough, and some baking spices, coffee roast notes, and plenty of creamy oats as well, medium-light bitterness on the finish, drier as well, fuller up front but dry finish

Mouth is fuller bod but dry finish, medium to a bit lighter carb, creamy oatmeal like

Overall quite nice, very enjoyable, although a little overly smokey on the nose, but great chocolate and roasty notes, a great winter beer

Nov 15, 2019
Surrealism from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 29 ratings