Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #52
Ranked #1,882
4.36 | pDev: 5.05%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Fudge is an imperial milk stout brewed with an authentic mix of raw ingredients intended to emulate the flavor of chocolate fudge in a beer. By utilizing milk chocolate, lactose, and cocoa powder, we are able to coax flavors of melted milk chocolate, gooey chocolate fudge, and chocolate syrup out of this truly seasonal, decadent treat. Fudge is a confectionary treat through and through, and one we are quite proud to have produced a deliberately selected and utilized set of ingredients in harmony with our refined stout making process. Fudge is our endeavor to bring friends and family alike together this holiday season - enjoy!
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 12/11/20.

Pours opaque black with a dark brown head. Decent retention with short ropes of lacing. Dark chocolate in the nose with espresso and brownie batter. Full bodied with an oily, creamy mouthfeel. Black forest cake with chocolate syrup and cocoa on the palate. Finishes sweet and chocolaty.

Oct 30, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Black as pitch with a flash of a dark tan head to a wide dense ring and some minor scraps of lacing.

S: Like brownie batter! Even better as it comes to temp.

T: Somewhere between the nose and chocolate milk. The initial has some dark fruit like a dark ale, but I was pleased that this vanished quickly.

F: Rich medium weight and ideally carbonated.

O: This is a fine brew. Unlike some of the TH heavier milk stouts I would very gladly have it again.

Sep 13, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tree House Fudge; 16oz can poured into a snifter; opaque, jet-black pour with a dark-mocha head that fizzles away quickly and loudly; huge impressions of cocoa, vanilla, and maple syrup sweetness; underlying espresso character, lactose/cream are present as well, combining with the cocoa for an impressive note of milk chocolate; the most impressive thing about this brew is actually the balance, I can say I've had brews with more explosive chocolate characteristics (Prairie Fudge comes to mind) but this brew is so extremely drinkable and the sweetness isn't over-bearing, balanced well by the roasty smoothness. Overall; phenomenal milk stout. Thanks Adam!

Jul 27, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) canned into a conical pint glass; canned 04/24/20, code ARE WE FOREVER CHASING CHOCOLAH?
A: Pours a basically black hue with a one to two finger, foamy/fluffy, light brown head, solid retention and wide, foamy rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of fudge (yes, the name is on point), plum rind, cherry, licorice, and cookie.
T: Very sweet this aroma elements all represented in the flavor. Lot of lactose (glad I'm not intolerant). Bitterness clearly present, but overwhelmed by the sweetness, appearing more as a licorice or peppermint (at least to my palate)
M: Medium bodied with strong effervescence initially. Creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me of licking the fudge frosting when icing a cupcake.
O: This did replicate the experience of consuming "fudge," although obviously a bit thinner. A worthwhile gustatory experience.

Jun 27, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out like motor oil. A finger of mocha brown appears and quickly fades.

Nose is roasty malt, chocolate, and a mild bit of coffee. Strange considering there is apparently no coffee in it. As it warms, I get some of that vanilla and lactose sorta thing going on.

Taste is definitely more chocolate forward. Semi-bitter bakers chocolate dominates. Roasted malts having a significant presence as well. A touch of fruit presence bringing sort of a tart quality. All of this coalesces to a smoky chocolaty stout with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to fullbodied. Mild carbonation. Its not as thick or dense as I would have expected considering what went into this brew. A little bit of a sticky, cloying quality but not overwhelming.

Overall a solid stout from Tree House. Not my favorite of theirs but considering what this is going up against its still stands on its own. This is not a crazy overdone choco-blast dessert drink. This is a balanced, respectable stout that leans toward a chocolate flavoring. This is a dignified brew, make no mistake. Well done.

Jun 13, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer with taste of milk chocolate lactose and cocoa powder it definitely does seem like fudge in a stout but also has a beer taste to it as well.

May 17, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very strong milk stout from Tree House. 2/21/20 date printed on can. Pours a thick dark black color with a little tan head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of rich dark chocolate fudge, dark roast coffee, vanilla, malt, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, a little cinnamon. Taste follows the nose, great depth and richness, very easy to drink despite higher ABV and definitely not a sipper. Smooth, syrupy, thick mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation even as the beer warmed. Excellent to drink with savory dinner and sweet dessert.

Mar 28, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2020-03-22 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned on 2020-02-11

A - Impenetrable dark brown with a 1-finger light brown head and mild lace

S - Espresso latte. Baker's chocolate. Fudge.

T - Vanilla ice cream with lots of chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles. Then gooey fudge followed by mild roasted coffee, some earthy spice, roasted grain and 80% cacao bitterness on the finish, which moderates the sweetness. Nicely balanced.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Chewy and creamy.

O - This beer gets a D for Decadent. Rich, enjoyable and I'd gladly sub it out for desert after a fine meal. Well done.

Mar 22, 2020
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This imperial stout pours a black color with a fairly small frothy tan head. The smell is bold and as advertised is all chocolate and lactose. The body is appropriately heavy for an imperial stout and the mouth feel is as creamy as I've ever had in a milk stout. The taste similarly is extremely milk chocolate and lactose forward. They are so prominent that you can barely detect the alcohol at all. To be fair the ABV is on the low end for an imperial stout though. This is truly a dessert in a glass and would be very fitting for the winter holidays. I think they have certainly accomplished what they were looking to do with this beer, so my only criticisms are based on my own personal preferences. I can appreciate a dessert beer, but for me this is just a little bit too sweet. Also, my favorite chocolate stouts have some roasted notes to give the flavor of a milk chocolate / dark chocolate blend. This really has no roasted malt notes at all, which is fair because it's a milk stout, but I just personally prefer that. Still it is an excellent beer and I applaud the fact that they took the concept of a dessert beer to what I think is the further extent that it can safely be taken.

Mar 04, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Thick and oily, absolute pitch black appearance. The ominous looking body was capped by a finger-tall crop of super tight and creamy, saddle brown froth that dropped to a resilient collar. Tiny streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was very much in the character of other beers in Tree House’s milk stout series. A dry and flinty roasted malt base was nicely matched by rich mocha notes. Creamed and sugared coffee came through strong. Lots of milk chocolate too. Some brown sugar as well. Sweet but appropriately so for the style. As the beer sat, the chocolate notes intensified. Hershey’s chocolate syrup and/or chocolate fudge came to mind.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Roasty and dry up front. Mocha notes kicked in next. Again, big creamed and sugar coffee presence. Loads of milk chocolate as well. Brown sugar was also apparent. The roasty notes reappeared on the back end and kicked in hard on the finish. A touch of charred, acrid bitterness and booze lingered after the swallow. Like with the aroma, the chocolate intensified as the beer warmed.

Terrific mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style but ultra creamy, fluffy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, fairly zippy effervescence that gave the beer a fantastic pillowy softness. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

Fudge is another really well done milk stout by Tree House, albeit not much different from most other offerings in this series. The chocolate notes were fairly subtle initially but came forth as the beer opened up. That said, with the name “Fudge,” I was expecting this to be a chocolate bomb.

Jan 27, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- 500ml can into a snifter with a pitch black body and a one finger deep brown cap. The foamy, silky head has OK retention and dies out almost completely when all is said and done. Lacing is rare and spotty.

S- Fudgey aroma with heavy notes of bitter, fruity dark cocoa powder and milk chocolate showcasing. Vanilla sweets, caramel, roast barley, toasted nuts, chocolate malts and hint of coffee.

T- The flavor profile revolves around chocolate whether it is notes of backing cocoa, deep dark fruity chocolate or milk chocolate all donating to that fudge factor they describe. Fudgey but not necessarily a ton more than a lot of their stouts lately. Roast bitter barley, toast, caramel, vanilla sweets, raisin and a hint of char and booze.

MF- Moderately thick body and a texture that is both creamy and fluffy. The carbonation is a at a medium level. It all ends warm and with a roasty bitterness.

Fudgey indeed with lots of chocolate and roast flavors driving the flavor profile. Not exactly a ton more fudgey than the other Tree House stouts of late but a really tasty one indeed.

Jan 18, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is fudge, white sugar, and faint coffee. Heavy bodied, low carbonation and sweet. Less sweet than the other holiday stouts that make it my favorite of a rather underwhelming bunch. Fudge taste does shine through.

Jan 11, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can at brewery and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thick mohca head that fades to leave thin wispy heads. Rather nice legs.

S - Aromas of roasted dark malts, little bit of char, typical Tree House milk stout aroma. There are nice roast notes going on here, flashes of coffee as well that builds as it warms. The chocolate here as it a nuttiness, little fudgy with solid enough dark chocolate. There are decent enough chocolate notes, however, it's a bite more muted than I was expecting.

T - Taste is like the nose but much much more intense and what I was expecting. There are nice creamy lactose notes as well as nuttiness and flashes of coffee. The chocolate though is just lovely; big rich fudge and cocoa nibs, tons of syrupy chocolate and rich rich milk chocolate. Thick, globby and rich chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, thick, creamy, alcohol is hidden very nicely.

O - Overall this was a very enjoyable milk stout, thick, rich, creamy with lovely chocolate notes. Very straightforward, however, it's incredibly well executed. Really, really enjoyable.

Serving Type: can

Jan 03, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THanks to rudzud
Pours a large tan foamy fizzy head with med retention, a bit of lacing, light legs, touch of light coming through very dark brown color

Nose starts with fudge and cocoa nibs but not a ton, some lactose and milky, fair roasted malt and coffee, getting a bit more nutty fudge late like those single individual wrapped nutty fudge brownies I used to get as a kid

Taste starts much more intense, rich cocoa and chewy fudge, fudge brownie but not really nutty, cocoa nibs, some roast and coffee, a little coffee fudge, but plenty of cocoa fudge this time, a touch of alcohol and light bitterness, drier finish but a bit sticky, light alcohol warmth, lingering cocoa and fudge

Mouth is med fuller bod, rich chewy, medium foamy fizzy carb, low alcohol

Overall pretty good, nose was a little light overall but decent, taste was a lot more fudgey and cocoa, tasty, and great mouth, so overall nice beer

Jan 03, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pumped for this Christmas quartet of milk stouts! Pours a decently thick motor oil with aggressively red hueing. Crimson brown cola head with a bit of an oil slick on top.

S - aromas of dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and cacao. Bitter beans and coffee grounds. Smells kinda like the art (?) series a la Abstraction, etc. There's a hint of syrupy chocolate sweetness toward the middle-end. Perhaps some dark fruits.

T - kicks brightly with resounding bittersweet dark cocoa and burnt chocolate fondue sauce. Lactose makes an appearance with hefty chocolate syrup and whipped cream. More of that baker's chocolate. It's fudge for sure; avoids any cloying sweetness or milk chocolate sugariness in favor of a more mature, bitter flavor. Dark chocolate with added robustness. Finish is a bit sticky on the lips and warming like hot chocolate.

F - lactose give it a stronger, frothier backbone than your typical imperial stout. Feels meaty and heavy without the syrupy creaminess.

O - it does taste like they used baking powders moreso than natural flavors. Loads of confectionary delights here wrapped up in a raw, unrelenting fudge-packed fudginess.

Dec 31, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a mason jar.

The pour is pitch black with a small dark tan head. The head leaves a few splotches of lacing before quickly settling into a thin ring.

The aroma is... chocolate. The beer is called "Fudge" what more do you expect? Chocolate syrup, dark chocolate chips, chocolate cake, and fresh fudge all hit the nostrils. There's some very subtle coffee and caramel but this is definitely the chocolate show. Do you know how chocolate smells? That's this beer.

The flavor takes you for a ride on Willy Wonka's psychedelic drug boat through waves of chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, and fudge. It's kind of stupid to be honest. If you squint you might catch some notes of marshmallow, cream, and caramel with a subtly nutty finish. But this is all a distraction for the chocolate assimilation.

The feel is full bodied with very low carbonation. Creamy, syrupy, and smooth. The alcohol is definitely present.

Overall, have you ever felt violated by chocolate? Like, have you cried in the shower for 30 minutes knowing nothing will ever be the same? You will never know a life that doesn't involve a cacao assault? That's this beer. It's called "Fudge" because it knows exactly what it has done. There's no subtlety here, no "Hey let's get to know each other first". It's just chocolate in every orifice until you cry uncle. I've chugged Hershey's syrup from the bottle, and that was a simple butt pat compared to the romping I just endured from this beer. If you like chocolate, stay away. If you have a fetish for chocolate, then this one might be up your alley.

Dec 16, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $8.55 (single can limit). My seventy second brew from these guys. This is absolutely delicious. You think IPA when you think TH, but every TH stout that I have had has been great. Slight ping for price, but huge plus for can vs bottle.

Dec 15, 2019
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 67 ratings