The King
Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #322
Ranked #1,354
4.39 | pDev: 5.92%
Jan 22, 2022
May 30, 2021
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Notes: The King is an arduously crafted barrel-blended stout made with bananas and peanut butter. It contains a thread of barrel-aged beer that was masterfully blended and then conditioned upon heaps of dried bananas. This portion of beer was then blended with fresh stout that was conditioned upon peanut butter and then blended with the barrel-aged banana portion of the beer. We taste creamy chocolate peanut butter, overripe banana, and sweet coffee with a permeating and delicious vanilla bourbon note. Enjoy!
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4.53 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Jan 22, 2022
3.94 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 15, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - ah, The King. Not to be confused with that other famous beer Tree House makes. Prince Julian or something? Pours viscous motor oil with minimal head. Maybe a small ring of lacing as if to say "I tried". Leaves legs that distort any light trying to make its way through this thick pool of mud.

S - does exactly what it says on the tin. Peanut butter and banana vie for top spot as a hint of vanilla creeps in, but ultimately the harshness of the PB reigns supreme on the finish.

T - a splash of banana cream pie up front that is quickly covered up with Reese's Puffs and acrid Skippy's peanut butter snack bars. Fudge and chocolate cake add some heft. TH House Blend coffee brings up the rear with a touch of tangy bitter dryness.

F - perhaps a touch thin for something called "The King", but I do see it's only 8.2%. Silky smooth, regardless. Feels like banana cream pie.

O - quite a bright and flavorful stout with some polarizing flavors. Both banana and peanut butter can overwhelm, but as always, TH does an excellent job with balance and restraint. The banana is not artificial or sugary sweet, but very much hits those fluffy pie notes. There's a lot more of it in the nose, whereas the PB takes over on the taste profile.

Nov 07, 2021
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Oct 18, 2021
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2021
4.41 by dsshuck from Delaware on Sep 13, 2021
4.19 by smi69 from New York on Sep 12, 2021
4.42 by pdonovan16 from Massachusetts on Sep 12, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewme from Massachusetts

Picked-up a single bottle at Tree House in Sandwich for ten dollars. My one hundred and eighty second brew from these guys. This was a miss for me, flavors just blend well.

Aug 30, 2021
4.39 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Aug 26, 2021
4.25 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Aug 26, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

A nice salute to Elvis
Pours a dark brown small fizzy head with low retention, decent legs, pitch black beer

nose brings plenty of peanut butter, toasted roasted nuts in general, dark fudgey chocolate, cocoa with a bit of roasted malt, a bit of coffee, little caramel and baking spice, if I try hard I can get a hint of banana, little vanilla ice cream barrel

Taste brings rich dark chocolate and peanut butter up front, definite candy bar vibes, some caramel and nougat as well, touch of baking spices, roasted toasted nuts into a mild roasted coffee and roasted malt, fudgey cocoa with more vanilla ice cream and a little vanilla barrel, some bitter spicy hop notes in the background, hint of alcohol, and again just a touch of banana in the background (thankfully not over powering and artificial), mild sticky sweet finish, more peanut butter and mocha lingering with a hint of caramelized cooked bananas

Mouth is fuller bod, but not too rich, a little creamy fluffy, med fluffy carb

Overall not bad, I was worried the banana might be too much but it's barely there, maybe a touch more would have been nice, and there's not much barrel overall, but otherwise a good beer

Aug 23, 2021
4.71 by TheeWarPig from Michigan on Aug 08, 2021
4.25 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Aug 03, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

12oz. bottle into Tree House stemware.

Nose is rich peanut butter, fudge, milk chocolate, mint, and hazelnut with overtones of banana. This works. Very aromatic. Beer opens banana laced milk chocolate. I get fudge, molasses, peanut brittle, and cocoa powder in the middle. Not overly sweet which is perfect. Hazelnut towards the end with a hint of coca cola and more milk chocolate. Actually really good. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate and goes down rich and filmy with a long, lingering aftertaste.

This is impressive. Its not easy to do peanut butter and banana in a stout and I've had some really sub par offerings. This is great though.

Aug 01, 2021
4.29 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2021
3.83 by khoff5 from Connecticut on Jul 30, 2021
4.31 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jul 25, 2021
4.52 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jul 23, 2021
4.38 by Boston970 from Connecticut on Jul 23, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet creamy peanut butter, coffee and cream, dark chocolate, and a hint of banana.

This works very well at invoking chocolate covered bananas with peanut butter. There's not a ton of barrel here, maybe some caramel? The star of the show is the two flavor additions, plus a fantastically chocolatey base beer.

This is medium bodied, nicely silky, and very drinkable.

I've been really happy with Tree House's stout program lately.

Jul 20, 2021
4.96 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Jul 19, 2021
4.36 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jul 19, 2021
4.55 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jul 18, 2021
4.49 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Jul 14, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

12oz bottle - poured into a balloon stem at 50°F.

Pours a seemingly thin-ish, deep coal brown, sitting basic stout black in the glass. Not pitch, not brown. A thin ring of khaki head surrounds the ale and seems to persist.

Nose: I can smell this from a few feet away. The peanut butter note is quite prominent against a stout base that smells very much like a classic porter or small English stout. No big fudgy, dense, decadent backbone. Lightly roasted malts, brown bread, toffee, and buckwheat pancakes lay down the base, with peanuts, semi-sweet chocolate, light roast black coffee, and just a whisper of dried banana chips in the background. A hint of alcohol. Fairly simple, dry, and reserved.

Palate: Somewhat of a decieving aroma. While the nose hints at a thin, dry, fragile stout, The King greets the palate with a big fudgy hug. Rich, sweet roasted malts lend a big semi-sweet chocolate chip vibe, with a very nice balance of dark, bold roast, and sweet chocolate fudge. Notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and rich malt play with the firm roast, with just a subtle kiss of fig in there. The barrel-aged blend is subtle, but it's there, lending a welcome presence of bourbon-soaked charred oak, vanillin, and a touch of apple. The banana influence, however, is lacking, getting lost in the shuffle. There's a suggestion of dried banana, lending a bit of a banana bread note, but it's easily overlooked. Blind, I likely wouldn't recognise it. Peanut butter is subtle as well, but still manages to emerge with an identifiable roasted peanut note, which interestingly, also lends this unique sweet maple character as well. The finish sees the sweetness dramatically fade, allowing that firm roast to come to the forefront, along with some barrel, concluding with dry, roasty, bitter cacao, spent coffee grounds, and dry oak - firm and roasty, but not overbearing, allowing the peanut and fudge to slowly step back without smashing it into oblivion. Lingering roastiness.

Mouthfeel/Body: While the appearance doesn't indicate, The King is actually a pretty full, lush stout. Sporting a velvety medium-full body, and a touch of fudgy thickness, the beer drinks quite large, managing to find that balance between rich, decadent viscosity, and restrained, balanced drinkability. Effervescence is fuzzy and ample. Sticky around the lips, and finishing with a tight roasty dryness.

Overall: I love the idea here. The base beer (or blend, rather) is brilliantly done, finding a rare balance of sweet, rich, and classic and roasty. I do think they could have upped the additions. They aren't subtle ingredients, so instead of preserving the integrity of the admittedly gorgeous base, why not go all out and really showcase that banana-chocolate-peanut butter combo? I think eliminating the "adjuncts" altogether or going all in with them would result in a more memorable stout, but it's still perfectly enjoyable, if extremely subtle. A well-made stout, and brilliantly blended.

Jul 11, 2021
4.29 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jul 08, 2021
4.56 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jul 06, 2021
4.46 by MJSFS from Florida on Jul 05, 2021
4.33 by socon67 from New York on Jul 05, 2021
4.21 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jun 28, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Bottle poured into a treehouse snifter

“ what are you waiting for?” Inside the bottle cap

Thin taupe layer evaporates to a ring over a jet black motor oil liquid

Aroma is bananas and freshly salted and roasted peanuts, chocolate, banana nut bread

Taste is a chocolate covered banana with freshly salted peanuts , sweet coffee finish

Sudsy mouthfeel

It’s well crafted but not flavors I expect in a stout , good beer

Jun 28, 2021
4.58 by smcel371 from New York on Jun 25, 2021
4.39 by mdfb79 from New York on Jun 25, 2021
4.34 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jun 22, 2021
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Jun 20, 2021
4.59 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Jun 20, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours jet black with no head or lacing, as expected of a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Strong aromas of chocolate and peanut butter fudge, as well as some banana nut bread, banana chips, and fresh coffee beans. The bourbon vanilla and oak notes are subtly present on the back. I could smell this beer all day.

The flavor brings freshly baked banana bread up front, followed by a wave of chocolate and peanut butter fudge brownies. As the beer warms, there's some overripe bananas dipped in Nutella, with a bit of vanilla flavored coffee and bourbon. Some light oak. Absolutely stupid.

The feel is full bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy, sticky, and boozy. I don't know the ABV but I'm assuming this is an appropriate feel for this beer.

Overall, holy balls. This. This is how you make a bourbon barrel aged stout. You let the base beer do all the talking, and invite the bourbon notes in as your humbled guest. Most beers like this are basically just bourbon with a touch of beer. This one puts the bourbon in a carseat in the back and tells it to shut up or it's turning this car around. The banana flavor works so well with the peanut butter and chocolate. It's so rich and decadent, but never comes close to cloying. Incredible.

Jun 18, 2021
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Tree House is often known for their hazy IPAs. This is an incredible brew that displays the diversity Tree House is capable of. Tons of deep dark chocolate, a slight peanut butter middle and a sweet banana finish. So wonderful!!

Jun 15, 2021
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours opaque, jet black in color with one quarter inch head. One of the best smelling beers ever.. Taste is banana nut bread and light barrel, peanutbuttercomesout as it warms. Heavy body, sweet with moderate carbonation. I have been hyper critical of Tree House's barrel program. Several of the beers have been too barrel forward borderline undrinkable, however this is so balanced. Easily the best of their barrel series. The barrel adds complexity to a great beer and doesn't overshadow it.

Jun 12, 2021
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