Pop Art
Tree House Brewing Company

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Style:
Porter - Robust
Ranked #21
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,860
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
37
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Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Pop Art is a Robust Porter brewed with a plethora of chocolate and roasted malts, caramel malt, and Kuromitsu. Kuromitsu - or black honey - is a very dark sugar syrup made from Japanese unrefined Okinawan kurozato. It is similar to molasses, but with a milder, more subtle taste. Pop Art pours a beautiful clean black color in the glass and tastes like chocolate, fudge, subtle molasses, and gently bitter dark malts. It is a robust porter through and through, with intense yet rewarding flavors. Enjoy!
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artrocity from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2020
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Roy1586 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 13, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros. At Red Pepper.

A - Poured into a wine glass a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades very quickly to leave light halo. Rather disappointing.

S - Aromas of light roasted malts, chocolate, light roast. Faint fudge. Flashes of sweetness thanks to that black honey, but the aroma is pretty run of the mill.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice toasty roast and char, great big chalky dark chocolate, molasses like sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter.

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

O - Overall this was a solid enough porter, however, it doesn't really wow. The roast and chocolate are nice, but, they're really isn't much going on here. Wouldn't buy it again.

Serving Type: can

Jan 11, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Pours just shy of black. Brown enough that you can see how murky it is. Smells of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, and molasses. Tastes sweet right up front. Sweet caramel, cut by roasted malt, developing into molasses into the back end. Retains its sweetness, but it never builds into anything overpowering. Light bitterness from roasted malt. Medium heavy. This is surprisingly good. I expected it to be quite sweet. It's sweet, but it works well.

Mar 10, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a smaller fizzy dark vhead with lower retention, very dark brown colour, light legs

Nose brings plenty of roasted malt and coffee, typical tree house porter, toasted roasted malt with little molasses and touch of honey like, fair sweetness, little fudge brownie, but fairly bland and average

Taste brings more typical tree house porter, fair roast and coffee, a touch nutty, fudge brownie, fair molasses and a little dark honey, fruity coffee, fair bitterness, fudgey and a little cookie dough, but again average

Mouth is medium to fuller bod, lighter carb, little fudgey, low alcohol

Overall eh, just average and very tree house flavors, and for a tree house porter it's meh

Jan 11, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 02, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.43/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is molasses, cocoa, honeycomb, and Friendly's chocolate ice cream. Medium light bodied, way too sweet, roasty, with moderate carbonation. Unique, but the sweetness is throwing me off. This somehow feels sweeter than the lactose stouts and perhaps it is because the light body cannot carry the sugars. A super rare Tree House drain pour. Could not finish this one.

Feb 01, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

TREE HOUSE POP ART ROBUST PORTER 1/17/19

Acquired at the brewery 1/15/20. Canned 1/3. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque dark brown with an inch thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Dark chocolate and strong black coffee.

t: Chocolate and roast malt char, moderate hop bite on the sweetish finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine, tasty porter, with a balance of chocolate and roasty malt notes, seemingly Americanized with extra hops leading to some bitterness throughout which the Japanese molasses did not entirely smooth out. Still far better than the majority of today's porters.

Jan 18, 2020
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a single can at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $4.30. My eightieth brew reviewed from these guys. I like porters, but usually don't seek them out. This is solid, a bit too sweet.

Feb 02, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a rich, dark, fudgey chocolate syrup. Creamy mocha head with enough cling that it jiggles like Jell-O.

S - fresh roasted barley. Walnuts and rust. Stainless steel, baker's chocolate, and refreshing peppermint.

T - wow, I can really see where TH is coming from with this Kuromitsu. It's roasty, bittersweet, vaguely caramely, and restrained compared to molasses. Toffee. Features less sweetness and and more crispy sharpness. The beer's already cold, but you know how rich chocolate stouts feel "warm"? Not talking booze, but depth of flavor and decadence. Pop Art feels cooler and more refreshing. Like a breath of winter air. Somewhat herbal. Finishes with a touch of coffee creamer sweetness and earthy dryness.

F - the usual TH creaminess, but with a touch of airy carbonation. Dries out any residual sweetness and introduces more bitterness.

O - robust but fresh af. Bright, lively, and worthy of the exclamation point. Great use of Kuromitsu to create a rawer, more natural sugar cane flavor. This will hardly please the milk stout crowd, but it is a nice distraction from the diabetes.

Jan 18, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 1/3/20.

Pours opaque dark brown with an inch-plus of tan foam. Retention and lacing are minimal. Dark chocolate, espresso, and nougat in the nose. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Molasses with treacle on the palate with coffee and bakers chocolate. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering roast.

Feb 25, 2020
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Taycro from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 05, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a very deep, dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. The head is gone rather quickly, leaving some cobweb lacing as it settles into a golden halo around the top of the beer.

The aroma brings notes of dark roast malts, milk chocolate, coffee, honey, brown sugar, and molasses.

The flavor brings notes of chocolate fudge brownies, caramel, roasted coffee, and dark malts before a wave of sweet honey and molasses.

The feel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall, this is a great porter that is full of bold flavors while still being quite drinkable. The Kuromitsu doesn't add a whole lot and is subtly present. This beer tastes more like chocolate fudge than honey or molasses. Still a good beer.

Jan 22, 2020
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 16, 2020
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acurtis from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 16, 2020
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Spluger from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 21, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Picked up at the brewery a few months ago. The beer pours dark chocolate brown color with no light passing through my glass.
A fizzy tan head foams up 1 cm on the pour and fades quickly to the thinnest of edge layers.

Aroma is lots of roasted malt and coffee notes, dark cocoa, brown sugar and a molasses scent. Maybe actually a little charred wood too. No hop character and the alcohol is fairly buried at this point.
First sip reveals a medium to light body, which is a little surprising as I thought it would be thicker. Carbonation is fine and tingly and the beer feels a little sticky on my palate after each sip.

Flavor is what the nose advertises with roasted malt up front, but this yields to chocolate notes and some brown sugar, again molasses and a little dark fruit on the finish. Pretty sweet profile, but not cloying or candylike. Lingering roast notes long after each swallow.

I dont get any hop on the flavor and the booze is only a little warmth on the burps, making this a very drinkable porter with a pretty hefty ABV.
Nice malt forward brew that I am glad to have tried, I would get this one again.

Apr 05, 2020
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TangoJuliet from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2020
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2020
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mattycasey from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 20, 2020
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gbiello from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 02, 2020
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 2020
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Joesapp from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2020
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greenboat from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 11, 2020
Pop Art from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 37 ratings