Space & Time - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

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From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #143
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,720
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.14%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
16
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 24, 2022
Added:
Aug 14, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  1
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Space & Time - Vanilla BeanSpace & Time - Vanilla Bean
Notes: Vanilla Bean Space & Time is a double mash, extended boil imperial stout infused with mountains of vanilla beans. It is pure, rugged, and laced with bold flavor due to extraordinary European roasted and crystal malts.
Amid a world of sweetness, this stout rebels, putting forth potent flavors of white chocolate, marbled chocolate vanilla cookies, roasted malts, and a firm bitterness enticing the next sip.

With this beverage, you have the perfect companion to reflect upon the inexorable march of time.
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 8/13/21
This pretty straight forward and works well. The vanilla is rich and potent but the rich, fudgy chocolate and light roast of the base stout are a bit more prominent.
Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pour dark, dark brown. Aroma is simple but delicious - roasted malts, vanilla & sugariness. Taste is a balance of the vanilla sweetness, roasted malts, dark chocolate with a RIS bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Outstanding RIS.
Mar 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by JonB25 from Delaware

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by smi69 from New York

Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Indeed, the beer tastes like a sodr black & white cookie; chocolate ganache, soft vanilla yogurt muffin underbelly; black + white cookie dipped in a caramel macchiato, which creates roasted crystal malt sweetness. Floral cherry-walnut, smoked peanut shells; I'd return to the bakery that created this confection.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Space & Time – Vanilla Bean from Treehouse Brewing. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 12 oz bottle. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 29/10/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Etched on bottom rim “10209 2840501A”. Served at 55.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.4 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Deep brown (SRM 30), nearly opaque.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, same, although some light does penetrate the edge and appears red.
Head – Tiny (Maximum 0.5 cm, aggressive center pour), brown sugar, fizzy, no retention, diminishing to a 0.5 mm ring of tiny bubbles and no cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Initially roasted malt and ethereal brown sugar, no hops, no yeast, no vanilla. The roasty aroma lasts for the entire pour.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with the taste of bitter malt, a little sweetness, no hops, no yeast. From the middle on, the malt is the sole flavor. No vanilla per se, but there is a longer chain alcohol note on the exhale. No ethanol (9.9 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Moderate gastric warming and transitory esophageal burning. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Decent RIS – vanilla is below my personal detection limits. Roasty with a pleasing alcohol gastric burn.
Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into HF Wine Stem.

Appearance: black bodied stout with thin cap of light tan head that does not stay around for very long. Thin ring around the glass. This beer poured looking fairly thick.

Smell: roasted dark malts and vanilla frosting.

Taste: vanilla sweetness upfront with complex roasted malt profile. Campfire smoke, espresso, and dark chocolate / bakers chocolate. I also distinctly taste walnuts. Hint of tobacco. A light lingering bitterness in the finish. You can taste a hint of booze in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied stout. low carbonation levels. Motor oil texture. This is a pretty thick stout for clocking in under 10% abv. The double mash really made a difference here to thicken the texture of this stout.

Overall: My only critique is that I wanted more vanilla from this stout. This is a massively roasty russian imperial stout with a lighter vanilla complement. I really appreciate the fact that the roasted malt profile of this stout is interesting and complex. The texture of this russian imperial stout is pretty noteworthy as well. The thickest bodied stout of a russian imperial stout under 10% abv that I can think of. This stout is bold and roasty when cold, but it sweetens up a little when it warms up. Overall it is still more roasty than sweet at any temperature.
Oct 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
If there's any separation between space and time, then here's to hoping that there's vanilla there, and a lot of it. That's also what Tree House is banking on as they develop a beer that evolves around this very notion.

Their Vanilla Bean version of Space & Time pours with a lush and creamy pour of jet black depth of darkness and building a dense espresso froth. An abundance of vanilla rises to the nose along with strong scents of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, sweet cream and an overall woodsy campfire roast. Sweet to taste, the early malt impressions are nougat-like with suggestions of burnt marshmallow, french vanilla and milk chocolate.

With the simplicity of the beer's flavor spread, much of what's experienced holds true through the duration of the middle palate. Sweet, heavy and plush on the palate, a slow and even transition into a roastier, slightly smokier, and more bitter late taste that's reminiscent of walnut oil, smoldering embers and espresso roast.

Lavishly full, creamy and marshmallowy on the palate, the beer's textures are milkshake-like as the stout finishes malty-sweet with a pleasantly cloying sense of drinkability. A long and savory aftertaste is framed by bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream and a dense texture to close.
Oct 01, 2021
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Rated by Wesmaze from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very sweet with the first sip which does calm down over time but it's ultimately too sweet for my liking.
Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by DaveCash from New York

Sep 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by smb71481 from Vermont

Sep 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours opaque, jet black in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is Oreo with a bit of smoke and extra milk chocolate. Medium heavy body, moderate carbonation, sweet but mercifully not cloying. One of the better Tree stouts. Closest I have had to their Oreo variants. Delicious.
Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Russian Imperial Stouts aren’t all that popular aside from the classics like Old Rasputin and the like. This is the first RIS I’ve had from Tree House, though I have seen the base version of the beer on their site occasionally. It would be nice to have had that first to compare but I can’t complain. This is also my final new brew from them from my latest trip out there, thinking I need another trip soon but I should probably give my wallet a break

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of espresso colored head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

It’s interesting, tbe nose here doesn’t feel too far off from the base of one of their milk stouts, not much in the way of roast or bitterness here. I’m picking up on aromas of French vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted brown bread, caramel, light roast coffee, and the slightest touch of smoke

This has a nice transition in taste from the sweeter side of things to a nice gentle roast. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting creamy vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate cake, toffee, and sweetened coffee. The swallow brings notes of chocolate cake, black cherry, roasted malt, mild campfire smoke, light earthy hops, and a lingering note of red grape

A medium full body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick and oily beer. Finishes sticky with a nice subtle bitterness, even if it doesn’t stick around for long

While I enjoyed this, it’s not what I’m looking for in the style. It all worked, but didn’t feel very different from a stronger milk stout, especially from TH. Oh well, still worth drinking
Sep 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by smcel371 from New York

Sep 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by Taycro from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked-up a single bottle at Tree House in Sandwich for five dollars and fifty cents. My one hundred and seventy seventh brew from these guys. This is excellent.
Aug 23, 2021
Space & Time - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 25 ratings