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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #233
Ranked #2,044
4.57 | pDev: 5.47%
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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Photo of agreenman19
4.66/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of IMN0P
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
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, Pencil thin creamy brown layer that quickly settles to a big bubbled ring with good rentention over five minutes, some thin lacings

Aroma is 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

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of RichD
5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Permanence from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 30 ratings