That's What She Said | Tree House Brewing Company

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That's What She SaidThat's What She Said

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Milk Stout. Roasty, Chocolately, Coffee, Smooth. It is absolutely loaded with flavor for a 5.6% drink, and the residual sugar greases your palate just enough to want to drink this forever.

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly dark mahogany for a 5% beer, with a moderate fluffy, wobbly tan head leaving some minimal lace.

Smell is a blood-like metallic copper with deep roasty malt, very bitter and dusty smelling baker's cocoa and coffee, and a boatload of crushed almonds. Hints of raspberry emerge as it warms.

Taste is less bizarre and quite tasty, with roasty malt, smooth dark chocolate, baker's cocoa, nutty coffee, and hints of pine or wood. It seems it's really sweet AND extremely bitter, all in the same beer.

Smooth, round, with a soft fizz, dry!

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty brew here. Powerful aroma of coffee mostly with a little note of chocolate. Taste is the same, strong coffee hit up front with subtle chocolate on the very back end. Very drinkable and full of flavor. I still think Juicy IPA's are Treehouse's best offerings but this is very solid as well. Cheers

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my buddy back east for the pint can, this is a cool beer, the first non hoppy beer i have had from these guys. hard to get for sure, a real treat, even in hot summer sunshine. its thick for a lower alcohol stout, sticky too, although its as bitter as it is sweet, two intense elements balance each other out really well. the lactose is high, but the beer is also loaded with earthy dark grain with heavy coffee and wet tobacco overtones. some milk chocolate flavor in here too, a creaminess to it, brown sugar sweetness, concentrated flavors, rum soaked raisin, bran muffin, cocoa powder, espresso, there is a lot going on but its one well integrated smooth brown gulp after the next. the bitterness is great, and is really necessary with all the sweet here. scary drinkable for how bold it is too, which i like. i was under the impression it was all hoppy stuff by tree house, so nice to see some diversity in their portfolio and impressive to see that they can nail styles like this down just as well as the highly acclaimed pales and ipas. one of the better and more flavorful milk stouts out there right now in my opinion. something charred comes on late, almost like charcoal itself, earthy and interesting. this is a cool one to let warm up, more and more happening each sip...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my brother for sharing this at our recent Annual birthday stout tasting, poured chilled in a glass from the can.

The color is black with a tan head. The smell is a nice amount of malt with roast aroma and slight caramel/cocoa combo. The feel is smooth as silk with moderate sweetness and enough roast to qualify yet not overdone.

The taste has a milk chocolate quality with light nutty flavor of dark malt with a smooth creamy taste there is enough lactose to make it enjoyable, yet still remains semi-dry. This was a great beer to enjoy and I hope to try it again.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 4 oz snifter canned on 4/1/16. Pours a very attractive dark brown with a half inch light brown head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is cocoa nibs, vanilla, and some expresso.

Taste follows nicely cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, and slight expresso.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, moderate carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very solid milk stout.

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Photo of inkman15
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like pretty much everything Tree House puts out, this is a phenomenal beer.

Appearance: black/deep brown with pretty large creamy tan/white head that sticks around throughout the entire drinking session

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and lots of dark roasted malts. An underlying sweetness from the lactose.

Taste: Huge amount of roast and chocolate. Coffee notes don't quite translate to the palate from the aroma or they blend in more with the overall roast of the malts. Sweetness is just where it needs to be and it never goes over to cloying. Ends with a nice bitter astringency to balance the mid-palate lactose

Feel: Creamy and full body. Leave a little bitterness.

Overall: Probably my favorite milk stout. Robust and full of flavor at 5.6%. Not too sweet. Wish I could get my hands on it more often.

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Photo of gibgink
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at a share on 6/5/16. This is probably the best milk stout I have ever had(and I've had a lot). The lactose in this beer is very present. You can smell it and taste it. It adds to the creaminess and sweetness of the brew as well, which is where a lot of other milk stouts fail. I could easily drink this all the time.

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Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yes, absolutely loaded for 5.6%... very nice. creamy, roasty, chocolate-y. smooth. super easy to drink. darn good milk stout. done very well. the force is definitely with Treehouse.... havent met the 'perfect' milkstout yet... starting to realize there is a limit..... this is close to it....

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hanging their hat on the explosive trend of New England-style hoppy beer, the Tree House brewers now turn their attention to the classic English milk stout and exercise their brewing prowess on that genre...

That's What She Said pours with the common creamy, milkshake-like viscosity with a thick, whipped and luscious head. Rich aromatics rise to captivate the senses with coffee and chocolate with a sweeter caramel and cream backdrop. Its taste is sultry and savory sweet as caramel, chocolate, vanilla and cream slowly seep into the tastebuds.

As the taste transpires, the sweetness begins to wane and the more earthy, bitter and robust flavors overachieve. Dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, walnut and burnt cream all roll onto the middle palate with a culminating taste of roasted marshmallow. Gaining an earthy ground later, the essence of cocoa, chicory, light licorice and fresh coffee grinds balance with the finesse of whipping cream, vanilla and an angel food-like starch.

Full but moderate in its mouthfeel, the beer's texture is luscious and smooth. Its creamy taste and texture continues to buffer the roast, chalk and cocoa earth textrues as it keeps the notion of cream alive. Still, the beer's drying tendencies offer a semblance of drinkability while still celebrating its more decadent side.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - pours Jet black with a fingers worth of bubbling tan foam. Quickly fizzles out to a thin ring around the glass.

S - the aroma is soft and sweet. Notes of yogurt, milk chocolate, blonde roast coffee, hints of soy and general earthines.

T - notes of bakers chocolate up front which deepens in intensity as it warms on the tongue bringing out notes of soy and burnt crusts. Flavors of milk, toffee and nuget add sweetness. Backend is more herbal and earthy with more coffee character coming through followed by a dry, roasty finish.

M - mouthfeel is slick and oily. Carbonation is medium on the lower side. Body is medium.

O - solid milk stout with very prominent lactose notes. i am glad I got to try it but would like to revisit on draft as this can was just not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a thick light brown head. Smell is pretty sweet and chocolatey. Some nice roasty notes in there too. Taste follows the nose. The sweetness from the lactose definitely gives this a "bigger" taste than what the 5.6% would imply. I didn't know a 5.6% stout could have this much flavor. Mouthfeel is great. It actually feels much heavier than you would think. It's not watery really. Carbonation is where it should be. Overall, a really good milk stout. Super crushable and super flavorful.

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Photo of aleigator
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oil black color with a decent, beige head.

Smells of a lactic infused and roast covered maltiness, with a decent rock sugar quality atop. Its profound malt bill features a nice toffee note, together with a layer of melting milk chocolate.

Has a vivid carbonation among a medium, truly soft mouthfeel.

Smells of burned sugar among a subtle, delicate coffee roastiness, coated up by a lactic tart note. Exhibits a great sweetness, easily balanced by the profound malts and a huge amount of cream. Finishes with a bubbly carbonation among more caramel and a cream coated roast.

Very well made, perfectly composed beer with a nice twist between, roasted malts, soothing cream and tart milk. Very smashable, while producing a great flavor intensity.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pitch black. Thick fluffy mocha head. A beautiful looking beer in my Treehouse snifter.
Smell - Coffee, sweet milk chocolate, roastiness, lactose
Taste - Coffee, chocolate, nice amount of sweetness from the lactose, brown sugar, French vanilla
Feel - Silky and smooth. Awesome mouthfeel for a 5.6% stout.

Overall - Another delicious TH beer. Tastes similar to Single Shot (which I love). I would drink this everyday.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Midnight black, thick mocha head.
S: Vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee.
T: Similar to nose. Has a vanilla/coffee sweetness. Notes of brown sugar and milk chocolate.
M: Medium carbonation, smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a slightly bitter coffee finish.
O: A very good stout. Not as thick as double shot as it isn't an imperial. I wish the coffee notes popped out more as well, but overall it was very good!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very, very dark brown to not quite completely black in color in body. A very dark, brown and chocolaty head forms and retains a good long while. Lacing is very good due to the dense head that is left on the top of the beer during the drink.

S- Semi-sweet chocolate and very light dark roasts assault the nose right up front and dominate the scent of the beer. The chocolate presides over the length of the smell and lingers a bit afterwards. Lightly bitter dark roasts balance the scent nicely and counter the chocolate sweetness throughout the smell.

T- Taking a drink reveals very similar flavors on the tongue as were in the scent. Chocolate hits right up front in a fairly sweet profile, albeit somewhat subdued compared to the scent. Throughout the entire drink the chocolate is the dominant flavor and the drink leans towards the sweet side, but the more bitter malt flavors from the scent give a good effort to balance that is mostly realized at the end of the drink. The lingering flavors are mostly chocolate with a brief touch of bite right at the end.

M- First off, this beer has the perfect level of carbonation for the style (at least in my opinion). It is incredibly smooth and silky on the tongue and light in the stomach, making this a very easy drink. This is the perfect weight and feel for a sweet stout.

Overall, this beer falls into one of my favorite styles and does not disappoint. Deliciously sweet, a balanced bit of bitterness, a creamy and silky smooth feel, and great drinkability makes this an awesome beer.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Some milk stouts either intentionally or accidentally mask their sweetness with roast and bakers chocolate. No chance of that here. This is a sweet milk stout and is not afraid to be milky or sweet.

Fingers worth of tiny nearly nitro-esque bubbles on top of this beer. Aromas are dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee along with a wheat bread note. Flavors meld that with a slick whole milk sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly tongue coating for a lower ABV beer. A pint of this was enough to quench my thirst. I prefer the hoppy offerings from Tree House but this was a perfectly nice stout.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a mocha head.

Smelling some chocolate and coffee.
Tasting slighty more chocolate than coffee.
If youve had single shot, its similar in taste but again, more chocolate than coffee.

The added lactose definitely adds a silkyness to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of mickyge
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth slightly sweet stout. Pours extremely dark chocolate like. Very smooth mouth feel and slight tang on the finish. It is very drinkable and almost light tasting for a stout. Not a big stout drinker but I would definitely drink this one more.

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Photo of katsumi27
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of chocolate but I get a hint of whisky. Maybe it's my inexperience.

Taste right off is chocolate then a smooth coffee. No bitter aftertaste which is fantastic. Tastes like a milkshake. Not too thin.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell of coffee and slate chocolate burnt toast beautiful black body with a mocha head tastes of burnt toast dark chocolate coffee slightly sweet taste. Fantastic mouth feel I would drink this again

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Photo of snilsen13
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dense color, deep deep brown. light milk chocolate brown head. Tempting!
Mild, clean nose - nothing exciting/offensive about the smell.
Tastes like malted milk balls (candy) with mild sourness. Lip licking goodness!
Nice body, but a little too carbonated to call perfect.


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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours jet black, two finger mocha head recedes slowly, not much lace. Mild burnt sugar aroma. Really like the taste of this brew. Lactose sweetness with bitter cocoa throughout the sip. Medium slick mouthfeel. Lots of flavor packed in this milk stout, yet so drinkable.

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Photo of BillErickson
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown (almost black really), with a mocha-like head.

Smell - Chocolate is what hits me right away, but also coffee... and overall these scents are combined with a roast-y like aroma. Very nice!

Taste - I don't have a bad thing to say here. Very similar to the smell - sweet dark chocolate, coffee and a very slight hint of vanilla. Also, there's a tad of bitterness. The cool thing here is, it totally tastes like a Tree House brew even though it's a stout.

Feel - This is really my only issue with this beer (and this is a very small gripe), it's a little thin. This thinness helps to make it smooth, but I was hoping for a little more body.

Despite the thin body, I still highly recommend this one. This is a delicious beer and one of the best milk stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great offering from treehouse. Unfortunately with all the other insanely good offerings this is easily overlooked. Good flavors and decent mouthfeel but not even close to as good as they're double shot variants.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a mocha head. Has a roasty chocolate aroma. Flavor is smooth and a little sweet with notes of coffee and chocolate. Finishes a little on the light side. Overall a sold milk stout.

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