Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #16
Ranked #565
4.51 | pDev: 5.32%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Permanence is an imperial milk stout brewed with coffee, chocolate, & a huge dose of maple syrup. Below these additions lies a complex base of chocolate, caramel, and dark crystal malts. Permanence amplifies everything about Impermanence while carving out its own space of individuality and charm. The aroma of rich maple is so potent it sticks to your nostrils. The flavor is equally indulgent, coating the tongue with decadent flavors of sweet milk chocolate, dark amber maple syrup, maple ice cream, and chocolate covered maple caramels. This beer will contribute positively to cozy winter celebrations, we are sure of it - Enjoy!
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S -- Milk chocolate, roast, caramel, burnt brown sugar, medium roast coffee, some maple (but less than expected)
T -- Largely follows the nose. Fairly sweet, but not sickly. Again, not nearly as much maple as expected
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb
O -- For the price point, not the most impressive


Friday at 02:29 AM
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick jet black with a calico brown head aloft. Really surprised by how fizzy the head as it just sputtered ahead like after opening a bottle of cola.

S: Finding the caramel to be very poignant - fruitier with blackcurrant and bright pineapple - and also nuttier with toasted walnut. There's an earthy moss note that stops short of peat, but like a maplewood sauna; or, a mesquite-fired coffee roaster. Moderate-strong and sumptuous coffee and chocolate.

M: Full-med bodied that starts to lull you with a lush a creamy feel, but can surprise you with a sparkling exuberance.

T: I really like how the maple sweetness plays out, and I would never figure the maple was paramount. Starts with an impactful coffee astringency that really tampers down on the sweetness. Just some really good burnt toffee/pecan hotcakes made on a well-seasoned griddle. Served with some melted dark chocolate and a side of maple butter. Eventually, the earthy/nutty astringency yields to a sweeter coffee ice cream with maple flavored espresso chips.

Thursday at 11:23 PM
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, coffee, and maple up front. Some caramel in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa/milk chocolate. Coffee and maple come through shortly after. Finishes with lingering coffee and roast

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A great imperial milk stout that does an impressive job at balancing the chocolate, coffee, and maple. Not overly sweet and the 10.4% is extremely well hidden. Definitely worth checking out

Feb 07, 2021
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Tulip pour from the 500ml bottle with a pitch black body and a dark cocoa brown head. The head has a creamy texture and is fairly sturdy staying around for a while before it leaves a thin ring around the edges. Lacing is a mixture of spottiness and small sheets.

S- Maple syrup right off the top and pancakes naturally come to mind. The chocolate is big as well with fudge and dark chocolate bars coming out with dark roast coffee in the back drop. Roasty, nutty, caramel and slight fruity hints round it out.

T- Dark chocolate is huge and the maple syrup is also pretty strong in the flavor as the base stout ends up showing more here as well. Roasted barley, chocolate malt, toasted nuts, toffee and a touch of dark dried, spiced fruits. Dark roast coffee beans round it all out.

MF- Luscious and creamy and I have said it before but few breweries nail down mouthfeel like Tree House. Smooth and rich heavy body with a light slickness and a warm finish.

A few really standout flavors in the maple syrup, dark chocolate and roast malts with the coffee in there as well further back. Fairly sweet but a nice bitter presence and still mostly balanced.

Jan 25, 2021
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

17 January 2021 - Beer #221

Price: $12.00 at the brewery

Appearance: 4 - attractive lacing, but nearly no head. Very black, but on the thin side.

Nose: 4 - faint coffee, no maple, and a ton of chocolate.

Taste: 5 - ooo, very different from the nose. I get almost no chocolate, but the coffee/maple combo is divine. Perfect ratio.

Mouth: 5 - much thicker than it looks. Had to gulp it down.

Overall: 5 - one of the best maple beers I've ever had. Tree House really showed off their expertise here.


Jan 19, 2021
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into TH Tulip glass. Smell was heavy on the maple with some coffee and chocolate. The taste was similar, though not cloying. Thick mouthfeel. Delicious.

Split this into two sessions. The second session I had recently eaten something and noticed that the flavor of the beer had died down quite a bit. I recommend drinking this before or long after a meal as it was superior prior.

Jan 14, 2021
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Kendo from New York

4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Tree House tulip glass. Body is thick black with crimson edges when backlit. Small crimson/tannish head on top.

S: Not as strong as I expected in the nose: maple and lactose, with some vanilla.

T: Good flavor profile - I was afraid the maple would overwhelm, but it doesn't. Milk stout foundation of lactose, milk chocolate and coffee. Finishes with the sweet maple. Modest boozy heat from that ABV. The more I drink it, the more the sweet maple/maple syrup is noted.

M: A little slick in feel - pretty flat; definitely close to full bodied.

O: A very good beer, but falls a little short in my "Tree House Expectations Are High" category. I'd probably give this a slightly higher score if it was from some unknown brewer who wowed me with this; as it is, I'm modestly "disappointed," though that's not really the right word. A little too sweet for my tastes - could use some more "roastiness" (though I appreciate that as an Imperial Milk/Sweet Stout, this is what you get). . . .

Jan 04, 2021
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Big thanks to hopley for grabbing me this bottle.

The beer poured fuller bodied and pitch black. A tight, creamy, inch-tall, caramel colored head topped the liquid and slowly fell to a thick, frothy, lasting collar. Excellent retention. A blanket of spotty lacing coated the glass from top to bottom and lasted until the drink’s end.

The aroma was roasty and sweet with subtle maple and coffee notes. Somewhat underwhelming initially. As the liquid warmed, the nose improved considerably. The maple really came forth. Good dose of milk and dark chocolate as well. Malty and robust. Vanilla was also noticeable. Sweetened and creamed coffee too. A touch of booze appeared later.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was a bit muted initially but improved considerably with time. Super malty and rich up front. Big roasted and caramel malt presence. Sweetened and creamed coffee notes kicked in next. Fairly roasty. Huge maple presence in the center. Vanilla was also apparent. Some milk chocolate too. More coffee and roast on the back end and the finish. Subtle bitter espresso notes lingered after the swallow.

Fantastic rich, creamy, fuller bodied mouthfeel. Super creamy, slick and smooth. The liquid contained an ultra fine, fairly subdued effervescence that fluffed up beautifully on the palate.

It has been a number of years since the guys at Tree House brewed Good Morning, but Permanence might very well be as good, if not better. Despite the big maple presence, the beer managed to avoid being excessively syrupy or sweet. All in all, this is a fantastic imperial milk stout that really shines when you allow it some time to warm.

Dec 25, 2020
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LocalRippa226 from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Believe I cracked it around 2 months ago.

WOW. Smooth N sweet. No bite. Amazing flavor. I put this atop my favorite of Treehouse stouts along with Miles to go.

Apr 27, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (no date I could find, purchased at Tree House on 2/2) into a small glass taster

L: Deep espresso black with minimal dark brown head that fades fairly quickly, minimal/no lacing

S: good amount of chocolate (brownies) with serious amount of maple. Sweet milk, coffee, vanilla

T: nose comes through with sweet maple coffee, followed by rich chocolate. Medium-long finish, quite decadent without being over the top. Lacks something in the depth department for me to really love it

F: great mouthfeel, if I’m going to be picky feel carbonation is slightly high and body could be slightly thicker. But really that’s me being picky, think this is great

O: a solid, sweet, delicious stout. Solo bottle a bit much for me, but a step above some of the other sweet stouts I’ve had lately

Mar 29, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour with burnt toffee colored lacing that oozes down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like chocolate cake with coffee coffee beans and vanilla. Aroma is sweet and rich with intensity.

T - Cream, coffee, dark chocolate roast, char, vanilla, caramel, and finishes with a lingering roasted char and a slight alcohol presence with some cream.

M - Thick and rich with a silky texture. Leaves the mouth wet and the back of the tongue dry.

O - This is a fantastic stout that's worthy of the score.

Mar 15, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a single bottle at the Tree House Brewery in Charlton for about twelve dollars. My 101nd brew from these guys. Very good, if boozy stout from these guys. Would prefer in cans.

Mar 13, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours nearly opaque dark brown with a thin head of tan. Minimal retention or lacing. Maple-infused espresso with dark fudge in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, lush mouthfeel. Sweet maple syrup with dark chocolate and coffee beans on the palate. Finishes faintly boozy with long-lingering maple and chocolate.

Mar 08, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - I've been really enjoying Impermanence lately, so this was a nice surprise. Pours a rich, brown, bold coffee with dark mocha head, featuring a crimson hue. Loads of legs left on the glass.

S - brightly acidic milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Roasted chocolate malts, faint sawdust, and toasty caramel. Throw some pancakes and maple syrup and baby, you've got yourself a stew.

T - huge burst of milk chocolate up front. Lactose and vanilla. Quickly morphs into something zestier, tangier, toastier. Acidic and bitter coffee beans clash with sweet maple syrup to light fireworks of dark chocolate bitterness and booze warmth. Aggressive and bitey. Smidgen of peanut butter cups. Mild dryness help to tame the heat.

F - medium feel up front that froths up into something creamier than suggested. Finishes with a nice, syrupy sugariness. Slick and filling.

O - returns to that almost tart acidity from the first batch of Impermanence, a beer which has drifted more toward maple syrup sundae of late. Intensely amplifies Impermanence with a dry, peppery coffee ground potency. It's less sweet and more sharp, really highlighting the "adult" flavors of coffee and chocolate.

Feb 07, 2020
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IMN0P from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black pour into a snifter with about a finger of mocha colored head. Aromas of roast malt, coffee, and vanilla dominate with maple and dark chocolate making their presence known. The taste is much more pronounced than the aroma. There is a great balance of maple, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and roast malts with light hints of dark fruits. The maple build with each sip. The body of this beer is insane, like a partially melted milkshake. Dense and chewy throughout, coating your entire mouth with each sip, it has a dry, sticky finish.

Feb 06, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with a mocha head on top. The smell of the beer has a great aroma of coffee and maple. The taste has a sweet cream flavor with maple, chocolate and coffee in the mix. No bitterness. The feel is thick, but finishes dry. Overall the beer is outstanding.

Feb 03, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter

Jet black motor oil on the pour, one finger thick creamy , soapy brown layer that quickly settles to a big bubbled ring with good rentention over five minutes, some thin lacings

Aroma is espresso beans, coffee, maple syrup , French toast and coffee

Taste is sweet milk chocolate, maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, no coffee bitterness

Mouthfeel is syrupy , slightly fizzy carbonation that quickly settles down,

Delicious, sweet dessert beer

Feb 02, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a large foamy creamy darker colored head almost black head, moderate retention, good soapy lacing, decent lacing, good legs, pitch black inky beer

NOse a bit nutty, fair maple syrup and candy, a bit of caramel toffee candy, rich earthy coffee and a touch fruity, plenty of nice maple, a touch of roasty coffee as well, a bit of fudge and carlo

Taste is super maple, candy maple and molasses caramel candy, so much maple, a bit of coffee roast and roast, lactose, milk chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee grounds, sweet candy and a little bitterness, roasted char like bitterness but not a ton, coffee milk and chocolate milk, milky syrup, sticky sweet finish with fair bitterness and coffee lingering, with big maple

Mouth is med bod, a bit thin for what it should be, med foamy carb, low alcohol

Overall good, tons of maple but doesn't really come together well like a good tree house, still a very nice beer

Feb 01, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thick one finger mocha head that fades to leave nice halo and light thin wispy blanket.

S - Aromas of big maple syrup, not cloyingly sweet. There are pleasant chocolate nots as well as flashes of coffee. Rich maple candy cremes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with enormous sweet maple candies galore. Tones of coffee nuttiness as well. The chocolate is pleasant without being assertive. The finish is lingering maple candies without becoming cloyingly sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, fluffy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a lovely stout with excellent maple notes. No...this is not Good Morning. Not even close. It's still quite enjoyable imperial stout with lovely maple notes.

Serving Type: Bottle

Feb 01, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque, jet black in color with half inch head. Taste is huge maple flavor, syrup and ice cream with roasted coffee that supports the maple but never outshines it. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty. Huge maple flavor that hits you over the head but then gets more nuanced. Lots of their stouts lately have been disappointments, tasting relatively the same, but this is delicious. Their best non-Oreo stout that I have had possibly.

Jan 25, 2020
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RichD from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the closest thing to Good Morning that Tree House has brewed since.

Huge maple and coffee flavors come through with a real nice base stout. This seems like it's literally Good Morning with a different name.

A true stunner of a beer.

Jan 23, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of creamy mocha head. There's a wonderful crown of lacing and the stubborn head remains as a thick layer of chocolate mousse sitting on top of the beer. Gorgeous.

The aroma...good God, the aroma. There's a tidal wave of chocolate ice cream and fresh maple syrup overlapping notes of caramel, almonds, mocha, and cookie dough. There's a faint hint of brown sugar and maple leaf candies on the back end. I need an insulin shot just from smelling this beer.

The flavor brings loads of roasted malts and mocha up front, followed by melted chocolate ice cream, maple syrup, maple candies, caramel, pecan pie, and chocolate chip cookies. There's a subtle roasted coffee bean note on the finish with the absolute foggiest idea of cinnamon.

The feel is perfect for the style. Full-bodied with very low carbonation. Pillowy soft, creamy, and exceptionally smooth. There's some slight warming from the alcohol but only just.

Overall, I think this beer is going to be massively overlooked by a lot of people but in my opinion it very well may be the best beer Tree House has ever made. It's so incredibly rich and full of flavor yet despite the ingredients it never comes close to being cloying. Make no mistake, this is a "dessert beer" but everything works so perfectly together and its just shockingly balanced. If TH ever brews Good Morning again, I doubt it could hold a candle to this beer.

Jan 23, 2020
Permanence from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 95 ratings