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 maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CJTman for this extra in a recent trade (something I am saying a lot of, since the box was bigger than my porch). Tallboy 16 oz. can resplendent in silver & brown.

The pour is milk stout dark, 76% of the way towards black from brown. The nose is similarly dark with light richness of chocolate, roast, & milked-up lactose. Very nice.

That’s What She Said…so many jokes, so little time…the fact that it comes in a can…well…this might have enough lactose to feed an infant. There might be more milk in this than beer. The roast in the smell is just about missing & the chocolate is subdued enough to that it may find itself on a milk carton. The high point here is the mouthfeel, which is creamy, silky, smoother than Will Smith on a first date. If one was really into milk stouts, I could see drinking plenty of this.

Lovely to drink but there’s only one note here, about a C sharp. And what she said was, this is a pretty good beer.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large pitted tan head like drifting snow pocked by drips snowmelt. Dark brown pour sits black. 3 thick lace rings.

Roast malt and sweet lactose smells...milk shakey. Milk shake-esque.

Roast malt, strong dark coffee and a gentle amount of acrid char helps to balance out the lactose sweetness. Sweetness still wins though.

Drank while my wife brews her first all grain batch.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml swing-top growler poured into a snifter. Growler was filled at the brewery only a few hours ago.

A: Deep black on the pour with a sandy colored head. Good retention, even when the head begins to settle it can be revived with a swirl of the glass. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Milk chocolate, french roast coffee, roasted malts, a bit earthy, lacto sweetness. Tight berry darkfruit.

T: French roast coffee and nutty tastes open. Tide of milk chocolate. Kiss of smoke and a strong roasty push. Sugary lacto sweetness throughout. Hint of cola. Tight, subtle undercurrent of raspberry. Drying finish of wood, roast, and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and slick. Prickling carbonation is too mild to provide adequate support. It's a bit too flat and still, and this makes it seem a little on the watery side.

O: It's a pretty classic milk stout. Solid enough, but a few minor tweaks would go a long way to enhance the drinkability. Stiffer carbontaion would provide the lift that the body needs.

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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 ScaryEd
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown color with a frothy, caramel-colored head that leaves spotty lacing all over the top of the glass.

The aroma is filled with notes of dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Some vanilla and brown sugar are detected as well. Not as sweet as I expected from a milk stout. It's a bit smokey and the burnt coffee is quite pronounced.

The taste, like the nose, has plenty of notes of dark chocolate and coffee roast, with the vanilla being a bit more pronounced. A bitter, charred tobacco-like taste can be detected on the back end as well. Not what I expected from a milk stout, but still pleasant.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Not quite as smooth or creamy as expected. A bit thin, with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, yet another good stout from Tree House, though this doesn't quite live up to the standards their other stouts have set. It's sweet, but not overly so, yet it drinks more like a strong, robust porter than a milk stout. This is far more smokey and bitter than I expected, but the flavors and aromas are pleasant for the most part.

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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 scotorum
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 750 ml fill at the brewery 7/31. Poured from the bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Opaque black with clear ruby highlights at the bottom. Finger and a half thick tan head receded to thin even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Primarily roasty malt.

t: Follows the nose at first along with evident black coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some hop bite. Sweetish finish with a slightly bitter black coffee-type aftertaste.

m: Medium, good body and moderate carbonation tingle.

o: A solid, easy drinking stout, not as smooth as some milk or oatmeal varieties but very good nonetheless. Although I am a big fan of most of Tree House's brews, I personally would probably not get more of this, simply because I like North Coast Old Rasputin, Founders Imperial Stout, and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Organic Chocolate Stout better, ...all of which cost significantly less than $3.50 per serving.

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Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up from the brewery on Thursday and poured in to my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich, dark brown nearly black hue with a good almost two finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and nice lightly sticky side lacing.

S- Aromas of creamy lactose and chocolate (ala chocolate milk), cocoa powder, light malt sweetness, maybe a hint of roast.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose, chocolate milk, light creaminess, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, light light roasted notes, light malt sweetness. The finish is a lingering creamy chocolate, albeit somewhat sticky like I have chocolate syrup in the mouth.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad, creamy, lightly carbonated. Easy drinking.

O - Overall, not a bad milk stout. Nice lactose and chocolate notes, easy drinking. Would be a fine stout to drink in the warmer months.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -5%

750ml swingtop growler into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a nice, creamy dark chocolate covered head with great retention. Lace is spotty and patchy with excellent stick. A really nice looking brew.

Aroma of chocolate, liquorice, roast, lactose, smoke and coffee. Really robust for such a small beer.

Flavor is chocolate, lactose, fudge, liquorice, anise and a touch of coffee. A nice balance of sweet and roasty.

Feel is really excellent. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down super silky. Gets better and better as it warms.

As far as a milk stout goes, this is near the top. Certainly very drinkable and one of the best in the style.

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Photo of breadwinner
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew, there's some serious body on this brew. The lactose definitely contributes sweetness (more on that in a bit), but I think what it does most is give this some serious mouthfeel, almost to point of being, quite honestly, a bit of a chore to work through. You want thick, low(er) ABV stout, though? This is your dancing partner. Nice, light brown bit of foam that recedes over time. Nose kinda kicked and screamed a bit at cold temps but found its stride as it warmed, offering general sweetness, some definite chocolate notes, not much roast to be honest. Palate is also rather sweet/chocolatey, that lactose richness, a bit of acid from the roasted malt but actual roasty notes are pretty minimal. Overall, I found this a sort of indulgent brew, almost over the top with that lactose-buttressed body, and I struggled to finish the whole pint. It's tasty, but the drinkability makes it hard to imagine this being something I'd throw in the regular rotation.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Dave M, thanks for the opportunity!
Rich roasty chocolate and light caramel with just enough earthy hops to balance. Pretty damn fine stout right here.

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Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev -5%

I prefer a more "standard" (not "sweet" or "milk") stout but the sweetness is not overpowering here. It's a meal with a gorgeous head, no complaints, quality stuff.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with a one finger width tan head.

Aroma- Tons of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste- Once again a lot of roasty malt and coffee flavors, but there is some vanilla sweetness that accompanies that bitter roastiness as well. In the finish the roast/bitterness is subdued a bit by bittersweet chocolate. Little bit of smoky flavors in there at times too.

Feel- Very carbonated, medium bodied, and definitely some residual malt sweetness that coats the mouth.

Overall- Really good milk stout with a surprising amount of roasted malts and coffee flavors, but which are balanced nicely by subtle vanilla and chocolate. Well worth picking up when at Treehouse brewery.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a growler into a snifter
Pours a black hue with a nutty brown ring. Pretty nice lace left behind.
Smell tends to show off roasty malt aromas and some bitter baking chocolate
Taste brings forth more bitter roasted malt up front with some nuttiness shinging through as well. Chocolate appears again and the sip finishes with a slight bitter taste.
Mouthfeel is so good on this, as is just about every Tree House beer I have had. Heavy-medium body but the amount of lactose is perfect to make the most creamiest of sips.
Overall, this is a solid milk stout, but with that being said, nothing out of this world flavor or taste-wise. The mouthfeel helps boost this one up a bit. Still, I would revisit for sure.

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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 jlindros
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another beer I'm pretty sure I reviewed before, but somehow it disappeared. So just bought another growler and go at it again.

Big creamy head pillowy looking, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, super dark black faint hints of molasses colored light sneaking through.

Big lactose milk, chocolate milk, powdered cocoa, light toasty brown malts and caramel, hint biscuit.

Taste again creamy lactose, milk chocolate, light powdered cocoa, creamy and smooth, hint of roasted char, light biscuit and caramel roasted brown malts, little bit of spicy hops and bitterness. Finish is dry and milky smooth but little sticky, a bit more bitterness, light cocoa powder and lactose lingering.

Mouth is med bodied but very creamy and milky, lighter but decent carb, the drying lactose on the finish leaves a milky film in the mouth.

Overall pretty nice, very creamy lactose, a bit of choc/cocoa, decent malt profile, nice light but noticeable hops, tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 10/16/15, "Nice cans!" inscription on the bottom.

Black in color and opaque with a brown head. Good retention throughout the length of the beer. Nice, subtle complexities going on with the malt. Milk chocolate and coffee standout with burnt malts, caramel, and smoke lingering in the background. Light pine from the hops as well. The hops, caramel, and smoke all disappear upon tasting and you're left with a bittersweet chocolate/coffee combo. The lactose adds a creamy texture (maybe just a little too much) and smoothness to the medium-full body.

A really enjoyable milk stout, but not something I would crave seconds of. Thank you, Ian, for the can!

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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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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 Chico1985
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Last of 2 cans picked up at the source a couple weeks back. Have had this out of growlers and on-tap a handful of times.

A - Pint can poured to mason jar. Color is just about black, no light getting through. A finger of tan head turns to a thick ring and some strands for a cap by the end. Some decent light lace strands left behind as well.

S - Cocoa, roast, sweetened coffee, chocolate milk, bit of vanilla and bread.

T - Big chocolate milk feel with prevalent cocoa and lactose. Roast noticeable but stays mostly as a backbone. A bit of toasted bread there, lots of good cocoa.

M - Super smooth and swishy, carbonation a bit on the low side but at a great level. Pretty big flavor and body for the ABV. Light bitterness. Quite drinkable and a great feel to it.

O - Really solid milk stout, the chocolate milk flavor is pretty unstoppable with some nice balancing roast, and you actually do get the 'sweet milk' feel here than in most examples of the style. Uber-smooth, nice drinkable lightish stout that doesn't sacrifice flavor. Tree House, man.

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Photo of lic217
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: black, tan head, some lacing
Smell: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate
Taste: same as above, starts sweet and end bitter
Feel: great light level of carbonation, very drinkable, would prefer it a little thicker
Overall: a really enjoyable beer

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml THB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First THB glass pours with a 1/4" brown head, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven skim, with sticky lacing. Aroma is rich coffee and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, coffee and sweet chocolate, closes lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Another good one from Tree House.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown pour with a frothy tan head. Smells of roasted malt, earthy hops and faint chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt, mild chocolate and a hint of coffee. Medium texture. A very good milk stout that isn't overly sweet.

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