Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #93
Ranked #326
4.5 | pDev: 7.56%
Oct 23, 2023
Jan 01, 2021
Persist is a barrel-blended Imperial Stout. Featuring 60% barrel-aged maple stout, with an average age of 22 months, it is meticulously blended for intense flavor and maximum drinkability.

Persist also contains a kiss of coffee to balance the hugely decadent, rich characteristics of the blend.

It pours with a fluffy head in the glass and tastes of maple-bourbon candies, chocolate-covered caramels, mocha-maple ice cream floats, and vanilla maple syrup.

It is a monster beer worth savoring, and cherishing - Enjoy!
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Rated: 4.5 by Roy1586 from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

May 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an oily jet black with a thin tan head. Some lacing, and tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle (most of which went down the drain, not into my glass). Aroma and flavor feature sweet maple, vanilla, coffee, oak, bourbon, and dark roasted malts. It's quite sweet but not cloying. Hides the abv extremely well. Mouthfeel has light carbonation and is very thick and viscous. Overall it's a delicious beer to slowly savor.
Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jan 28, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by vfgccp from New York

Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2023
Rated: 4.56 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sweet, savory and built for that special occasion when you need an extra ten-thousand calories in your diet, TreeHouse is quite persistent with their pastry milk stout. Extended bourbon barrel aging and a jolt of java gives this session a very dessert-like feel.

Pouring like tar, the inky black stout releases a host of pastry shop scents above its opaqueness. Heavy cream, chocolate, mocha latte, coconut and a soothing bourbon perfume greets the nose ahead of a lusciously dense first sip of molasses, milk chocolate, coconut cream and caramel macchiato.

Better served with a spoon, the beer's heavy middle palate is slow and sipping, sharing a delicate bourbon weave of vanilla, coconut, candied pecan, praline and a pleasant warmth that permeates the linger of chocolate, dark sugars and sweet cream. A pleasantly cloying finish brings more of a coffee tone to the session with a spike of Kentucky whisky with a smoldering warmth in the beer's waning moment.

Recklessly full, thick and dense, the beer is straight up alcoholic brownie batter with a Klondike flavor. It's best served after pouring into a 9" x 11" pan, baked in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for an hour or until the middle is set.
Nov 29, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by acurtis from New Jersey

Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours pitch black, thin mocha head that fades into just a ring around the glass. The smells is sweet but really warming, lots of chocolate fudge and coffee notes. The taste much like the nose is rich with chocolate, coffee, maple and caramel notes. The feel is silky smooth, decadent and fully bodied. Overall it's a wonderful stout from a top tier brewery.
Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2022. I do not see a bottled on date (just a code stamped on the bottle), but I drank this about 1 month after purchasing the bottle at the Tree House brewpub.

Appearance: As with many imperial stouts, very dark black with a very thin dark brown head. Head was very small, and lasted only a minute. It leaves only a little lacing on the glass, and ended with a thin tan head around the beer. Head bubbles were very fine.

Smell: Strong aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and licorice. There is also some coffee, caramel, vanilla, and some other sweet aroma, but overall the bourbon and chocolate dominate the others. It is a very nice balance of aromas, and good contrast.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the chocolate, bourbon, and coffee flavors. There is some smokie roasted flavors, some caramel, vanilla, and a little amount of bitter hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence, but it is balanced nicely by the sweetness. The taste is an excellent mix.

Mouth-feel: Thick like liquid licorice, but with a smooth body. Not overly smooth like a Milk Stout.

This is an excellent, complex Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This coconut sweetness nicely contrasts the bourbon flavor, and is a nice balance to the alcohol. This reminds me a lot of Founder's CBS and KBS stouts which are some of my favorite beers. Also, very similar to Persevere (not surprisingly) but without any coconut flavors. At $10 for a 12oz bottle, I just wish it was not so expensive. Another outstanding beer by Tree House.

See my Founders CBS review for a list of my current favorite stouts.
Nov 05, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle, no date but picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago

Pours like used motor oil, tan colored head that fades into a collar around the glass. Aroma and taste features maple, espresso, dark chocolate, rich caramel. moderately sweet, and extremely full bodied, silky mouthfeel.
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Dope from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Drank from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a tulip

The beer poured the blackest of blacks and insanely viscous, like used motor oil. I cannot recall the last time I saw a stout this dark. The body was topped by a thin, frothy, mocha colored film that transformed into a fine ringlet and a few dime-sized circles. There was zero lacing however.

The aroma was super interesting. Fragrant vanilla notes came through big time. There was a big dark fruit presence as well. Raisins were most apparent. Ripe berries were noticeable too. Moderately sweet and pleasantly boozy. This definitely smelled more like a port versus a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Subtle mocha notes appeared later. Overall, really unique and complex.

The flavor profile was different from the nose but also fantastic. Malty and robust up front. Nice melding of caramel and roasted malts. Maple notes kicked in next. Pleasantly sweet but very well balanced. Hint of mocha. Touch of vanilla in the center. Dark fruit notes were also apparent. Quite raisin-y and savory but also somewhat sweet. Again, this reminded me more of a port barrel instead of a bourbon barrel-aged beer. The port qualities crescendoed on the back end and the finish. Sweet boozy notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel dense and decadent. Full bodied for the style. Quite syrupy. The liquid contained a super fine, mild effervescence that tuned creamy and smooth on the palate.

Persist is an absolutely spectacular barrel-aged imperial stout and possibly the best example of the style I have ever tried by Tree House. The adjuncts were present though not overdone, and the base beer demonstrated a level of complexity few others do. Now I am curious to see how this would stack up to the component of the beer that was entirely barrel aged.
Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2022
Persist from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 88 ratings