Tree House Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #124
Ranked #5,628
4.32 | pDev: 5.79%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Intemperance is an imperial milk stout brewed with cinnamon, vanilla cream, Christmas cookies, and a hint of chestnut. Throwing the kitchen sink of authentic holiday-themed ingredients at this beer results in a truly unique, exciting, nostalgic-tasting beverage that doesn’t take itself too seriously. As it warms you can truly pick out the flavor notes of its individual constituents. Put on some pajamas, start a fire, and let this beer take you into the night.
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Reviews by gooddaydiablo:
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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hughesm12
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Taycro
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScaryEd
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a mason jar.

The pour is jet black with a finger of effervescent dark tan head. The head leaves a few spots of lacing as it settles into a thin halo.

The aroma brings notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar. There's some sweet cream, and roasted nuts with a faint hint of cinnamon and spices on the back end.

The flavor brings lots of vanilla, chocolate, and sweet cream. There's some sugar cookies and fudge before a very subtle hint of roasted nuts and cinnamon.

The feel is full bodied with soft carbonation. Very thick and creamy. The alcohol makes its presence known from start to finish.

Overall, a great milk stout that is perfect for the winter months. This beer comes exactly as advertised, without going overboard with the ingredients. If anyone truly knows how to brew sweet, pastry stouts, it's Tree House.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimmyAddo
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is roasted coffee and gingerbread and sugar cookie. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, with low carbonation. I have had better Tree stouts. Tree House produces several good milk stouts. That said I cannot tell much difference between the four holiday stouts.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbiello
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip glass a nice dark brown almost black with a really fat mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a light creamy blanket.

S- Aromas of lactose, light coffee, flashes of decent chocolate. There are flashes of baking spices as well, probably due to the cookies, vanilla, and cinnamon. I don't nutty chestnut aroma, but there is a generic nuttiness. No discernable alcohol on the nose. Massive sugar cookie aroma as t warms!

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice creamy lactose. There are good chocolate notes as well as flashes of almost coffee flavour. There are nice baking spice flavour, cinnamon and vanilla. Good flashes of sugar cookies and syupy chocolate. There are decent amounts of almost fluffy nougat. The alcohol is hidden very nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden very nicely, however, this isn't quite as thick and creamy as Fudge.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout. I thought this would come across as a 'kitchen sink' esc type of beer but it actually kinda works. Decent lactos and coffee, solid chocolate, good baking spices, and light cookie notes. Just with the nuttiness was more discernable .

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a very large foamy creamy rich tan head with good retention, great soapy lacing, just about pitch black color, basically stains the glass with legs

Nose is similar to the fudge one, a bit of baking spice and cinnamon notes added to it, mostly roasted malt, coffee, fudge, a bit of generic nutty, some vanilla and lactose, then big sugar cookie

Taste starts with rich roasted malt again, into fudge and cocoa, a little coffee and a bit of generic nutty flavors, dry roasted coffee and bitter roast, a little earthy hop, some cinnamon coming late with baking spices, gets a little warming alcohol flavor late as well, more coffee and roast lingering, mild sticky sweet finish as well

Mouth is rich creamy fuller bod, fluffy carb, light alcohol

Overall solid but not incredible, not a ton of the expected characters, but also not overloaded with them, so OK in general

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Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a single can at the Tree House Brewery in for $8.56. My seventy eighth brew from these guys. Liked this very much, in the upper-echelon of TH stouts for me.

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

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattycasey
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Black as the moonless night sky from the tallboy into a becher. A two finger head with a thick and frothy texture. Small webs of lacing.

S- Very deep and dark fudgey chocolate makes up a lot of the aroma with a rich and fruity character. Roast barley, sweets, coffee, caramel,

T- Things open up here more but again fudge, caramel, roast barley, fruity dark chocolate and toast run the show. The chestnuts really come out here with that toasted nutty earthiness. A bit of vanilla sweets and coffee rounds it out. Woodsy spicy cinnamon on the taste buds.

MF- Thick and rich base with a medium level of carbonation. Texture is silky smooth and chewy. Ends with a roasty bitterness. A bit oily.

Base beer feels a lot like some other Tree House stouts and the adjuncts bring some toasty chestnut and vanilla sweets.

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Photo of Damian
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Oily, viscous, pitch black appearance. The ominous looking body was topped by a small cap of saddle brown froth that quickly fizzled away. Tiny dots and a few steaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was pretty uneventful initially. Dry yeasty notes dominated. Crisp and powdery. As the head dissolved, flinty roasted malt notes appeared. Hint of mocha-like character as well. Dark roast coffee was noticeable. Some chocolate syrup too. Later, the mocha notes became more pronounced.

The flavor profile also started out fairly one note. Big roasted malt presence. Dry and somewhat grainy. Moderately acrid and bitter on the back end and the finish. Like the nose, the flavor became richer, sweeter and, overall, more interesting as the beer opened up. Creamy lactose and vanilla notes were apparent. Some mocha character came through as well. Dark roast coffee and dark chocolate notes specifically. More roasty bitterness on the back end and the finish. By the drink’s end, the mocha took on a creamed and sugared coffee quality.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The liquid was medium bodied and seemed pretty ordinary initially, but it turned super creamy, slick and smooth as it moved the palate. An ultra fine, extra zippy effervescence gave the beer an amazing soft and plush suppleness.

Cinnamon? Nope. Christmas cookies? Negative. Chestnut? None whatsoever. Vanilla cream? Perhaps a touch. While nearly all the beers in Tree House’s milk stout series are highly enjoyable, some (including this one) fall short in showcasing their adjuncts. At times, this brewery's efforts to create balance and drinkability in their beers means that they sacrifice some distinction and excitement.

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Photo of Joesapp
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of agreenman19
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - most excited for this one, based on the ingredients list. Pours a boisterous, frothy motor oil with dark tan mocha cream head. Leaves legs as the lacing dissipates, simmering down to an oily mirror finish, I can see my reflection!

S - bright milk chocolate with a cinnamon holiday twist. Chestnuts and hazelnuts contribute playful nuttiness as a huge wave of lactose washes over the chocolate pudding and coffee-infused whipped cream.

T - heavy on the nuts with some mild coffee ground acidity. Sways between baker's chocolate and milk chocolate cream. Vanilla, sugar cookies, and there's definitely a spackling of those blue-tinned butter cookies. Far from sweet though, Intemperance features crisp, drying black coffee bitterness to, well, temper the chocolatey flavors. Finishes with a touch of allspice and potpourri with residual chalky dryness.

F - creamy and dense, but not terribly full for this ABV. Remains drinkable, yet silky smooth.

O - not has heavily chocolated or coffee'd as some of TH's other stouts. Vaguely refreshing and festive with holiday spice. I'm a little late in partaking here, but the Christmas tree is still up, so I'm good right?

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Intemperance from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 25 ratings