Tree Of Light
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #6
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Ranked #625
4.54 | pDev: 4.85%
Dec 29, 2022
Apr 15, 2021
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Notes: Tree of Light is a barrel-aged barleywine made from stand-out barrels carefully selected from our barrel program aged 16-32 months. A product of time, patience, and carefully studied brewing acumen, this beer is over a decade of learned experience in the making.

It pours a near-black dark brown color in the glass and presents with flavors and aromas of molten toffee, butterscotch liqueur, caramel rum cake, varied dark fruit, and caramel candy.

Tree of Light is a beer to be celebrated and enjoyed on a special occasion. Given its heft, it should age exceptionally well and reward your patience for up to ten years.

Vintage 1700 bottles.
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Rated: 4.4 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Nov 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a very dark brown - borderline black. Pours almost still and then a tiny layer of head appears (and then quickly disappears). No bubbles can be seen.

The nose is full of rich toffee and bourbon. Wow. Intense. Prunes, dates, figs, and raisins come through with equal intensity as well. A hint of tobacco and oak.

The taste is intense. Sweet upfront. Quite sweet. Maple, toffee, plums, raisins, figs, some chocolate, brown sugar, and a nice layer of vanilla. It's incredible. I feel like this is much more than the sum of the parts. While each flavor kicks ass on its own, its the masterful integration that makes this rise up quite high. The relative lack of carbonation also intensifies the flavors, which works really well here.

The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy - almost stout like. Sweet on the aftertaste. Although the ABV isn't listed, it definitely feels like something up around 13%. A bit of a boozy burn on the way down. Overall, an absolutely treat.
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Glad to finally try a straight up barrel aged barleywine from Tree House. This reminded me of Grandpa as soon as I opened the bottle, bourbon and Werther's Original minus the Camel smoke greeted my nose. On the tongue this is mellow and profoundly good. Butterscotch, toffee, and a trace of chocolate liqueur provide a nice base for the rich bourbon additions. I get a little oaky tobacco at the finish. Very nice.
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
12 oz bottle poured into a red wine glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a moderate head and some lacing. Aroma and flavor feature brown dark roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, creme brulee, caramel, dark fruit, citrus rind bitterness offset by brown sugar, and butterscotch. Complex and delicious stuff. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for the abv - you can tell it's a big beer but it's not all that boozy. Overall this is a special beer.
Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a deep, dark brown color. Aroma is incredibly complex sweetness of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel with significant oakiness. Taste is equally complex & well balanced. Brown sugar, caramel & bourbon starts the taste; ending with vanilla & oaky. Mouthfeel is full like good barleywines should be. Overall, one of the best barleywines I've had pleasure to drink.
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

May 26, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by StoutSnob40 from California

May 26, 2022
Rated: 5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by DaveCash from New York

May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Holderness from Massachusetts

May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by TheeWarPig from Michigan

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle at share. Ruddy brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty, sweet, caramel with light tannic notes. Taste is sweet malts and caramel. Slick with a nice glowing warmth.
Aug 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours a deep brown, mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, and butterscotch. Some oak and dark chocolate in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the brown sugar, caramel, and bourbon. Picks up the toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Slightly hot. Finishes with lingering bourbon, caramel, and butterscotch

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smoothed a bit by the barrels

O: An incredible BBA barleywine that makes for a great sipper. Huge barrel character and malt influence. Not sure on the abv (I’d say it’s between 13-15%) but it’s not a huge deal either way. Incredible depth and complexity from both barrel and malt standpoint. Definitely worth checking out
Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Massbmx from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
12oz. capped and waxed bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dense dark, almost black mahogany. Lacing is thin but filmy and really coats the glass. No head to speak of. This one's near flat. Nose is incredibly aromatic. I get hints of molasses, anise, sweet soy sauce, booze, oak, tobacco, dried dark fruit, brown sugar, and syrup. Beer opens with layers of molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Sweet soy sauce in the middle coupled with more brown sugar, hazelnut, tobacco bitterness, and dried prunes. Syrup, more brown sugar, and vanilla on the finish and aftertaste. Fantastic! Body is full with low carbonation. Filmy and slick on the palate and goes down boozy and slightly hot. Long, lingering aftertaste.

The last couple of Tree House dark beers have been just a bit off but this one more than makes up for it. Simply fantastic!
May 24, 2021
Rated: 4.76 by MJSFS from Florida

May 23, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 18, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by khoff5 from Connecticut

May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 19, 2021
Tree Of Light from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 29 ratings