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 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 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 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 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 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 GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, ruby highlighted, blackish color with a frothy, light, creamy tan colored head that quickly settles into a chunky, sparse, surface coating. Aromas of dark roast coffee, sweet caramel, smoke, dark chocolate, a touch of char/campfire, and a hint of cream. Smells like a bitter, robust, rich beer. Flavors are cream forward, quickly underscored by a bitter roast coffee character. Chocolate and caramel blend in the backbone to sweeten the brew a bit further, but the scales still tip to bitter and smoky. This is a campfire beer, and a very drinkable one, at that. Tasty. Light, smooth body that is slightly dry to remain within the style parameters. The aftertaste is cream and coffee, with a touch of the campfire smoke still present. Slick, slightly bitter, dry finish. This is a good, solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma his of milk chocolate and cocoa, lactose creamy sweetness.

The flavor follows with milk chocolate, lactose sweetness and creamy flavors, medium roasted malt, a touch of caramel and brown sugar to move the beer along. The beer finishes off with a nuttiness and a hint of anise bitterness.

A delicious brew for its ABV.

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

750mL growler poured into a tulip

A midnight black body with a dark brown colored cap that rose two fingers and fell slowly. Some spider web lacing coats the glass.

Notes of lactose sugar are buried by milk chocolate, roast, and some coffee notes. A pretty robust milk stout.

Roast malt and coffee slide onto the palate with lactose sugar through the middle. Milk chocolate and bitter roast with just a touch of lactose sugar in the finish. The ratios are bit out of balance, but this is one delicious milk stout. The robust roast/coffee flavors are a welcome addition and help to balance out the sweetness of the lactose sugar.

Medium body with on point carbonation. Very easy to drink.

A well made milk stout with a unique spin highlighting roast/coffee over top of the lactose sugar. This works really well and I can see why this is so popular.

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

Third time around for this brew. Had it on-tap before and also out of a growler once. Time to finally get this review done.

A- 750ml flip top growler (filled Nov 1st) poured to a snifter with a black body, tiniest bit of dark brown at the edges. A really large head (good sign for the carbonation) forms up to over three fingers and almost flies right out of the top of the glass. The tan head has nice retention eventually dying to a puffy, medium ring that leaves behind large sheets and webs of lace.

S- Roasted grains bring on the milk chocolate and very slightly charred notes while the lactose delivers noticeably with it's signature twang. A very smooth and clean roastiness is the overriding theme here.

T- Pretty much mimics the nose spot-on. Smooth roasted grains providing the bulk of the flavor with chocolate malts, cocoa powder, slight caramel and toasted notes combining smoothly with the lactose flavor and a slight sweetness. Milk chocolate.

MF- Carbonation seems identical to the sample and draft versions I had at a medium-high level and it comes down on the palate smoothly thanks to a silky texture from the lactose. Finishes with a fairly roast bitterness but no astringency.

I am sucker for Left Hand's Milk Stout and pretty much use that to gauge the style. This is definitely the best local example of Milk Stout I have had and perhaps second best to Left Hand so far for me. That doesn't count beers like Life Is Like and Xocoveza because those are pretty much Imperial Stouts with some lactose.

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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 mynie
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

That name is triggering. Reported.

Ahh, j/k. I'm not a humorless wench. I also think it's neat the Wayne's World references have finally run the full gamut and gone from their brief, contemporary moment of hipness, then to gross overuse, then to widespread disdain, then to scarcastic acceptance, and now to limited acceptance out of kitsch appeal.

Anyhow, this pours pretty and smells kind of plain: stout barley, a little sugary sweetness.

Tastes wonderful, though. Super smooth, bitter barley up front, getting a bit rougher in the middle with some more earthen barley and sweet milk chocolate. Finishes sweet with a nice, dry hop that lingers long after the sip's been swallowed.

Nothing otherworldly, but pretty darn good for the style.

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Photo of popery
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dark brown highlights around the edges. Soft, khaki head. It's a thick blanket of small bubbles. Great lacing, good head retention. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with some gentle roast. Nice lactic edge. Loads of milk chocolate. The taste is similar. It's medium sweet with lots of cocoa flavor. The relatively mild lactic note keeps the beer from getting cloying. Plus, there is very little of the cola flavor that I tend to find a bit overbearing in other examples. Mouthfeel is creamy and gentle. They filled this growler right up to the top, leaving nearly zero head space, and the beer kept very well. Pretty much perfect for the style. Very impressive stuff. I'm not the biggest milk stout fan, but this is just how I like them.

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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 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 stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown that's settles with a black body and a frothy mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, sugary vanilla and a dash of coffee. Taste includes flavors of sweet malt, milk chocolate and hints of bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and frothy with a medium body. Very good example of the style with pronounced flavors for a 5.6% abv beer. Well done.

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

Can from the most recent can run. My first non-pale ale from Tree House. Excellent mouthfeel and smoothness, presumably from the lactose. This is not a standout like their hoppy offerings, but still very good. I continue to be impressed with Tree House.

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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 Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Sweet lactose sugar, roster coffee, milk chocolate, toasted, and a little smoke.

Taste: Nice lactose sweetness and acidity, char, roasted, milk chocolate, biscuity, earthy, and toasted. Some bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little chewy, semi sweet, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid milk stout. Would be nice to try this out on nitro. That would be awesome.

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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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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 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 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 agreenman19
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the first Tree House memories was sampling this at the spot across the street. About time I finally get around to reviewing it proper. 2/12/17

L - crimson chocolate coming out of the can. Settles a paint brown. Mocha chocolate-drizzled head with a lot of bubbles spread out. Makes the head look darker than it actually is.

S - vanilla and milk chocolate. Slight hint of dark red cherries, but that is far from the main attractions. Coffee with chocolate syrup.

T - creamy chocolate brownie cake. Coffee with cream and sugar. Latte. On top of all the sweetness is a refreshingly crisp hoppiness. Slight hint of brown ale and some metal that gives way to fresh drinkability.

F - great creaminess for a milk stout. I usually like stouts with some warmth on them, but this drinks beautifully when ice cold. Like a fudgesicle.

O - great example of the style. I always picture milk stouts as these creamy, decadent, pure sugar chocolate milk drinks, but they really aren't because the low ABV isn't conducive to those flavors without imparting some sort of fragile breakdown in richness. The result is something light and easy to drink, but also has the decadent flavors you expect. Many milk stouts collapse to a weak, metallic, hoppy maltiness but this one has the body to keep it afloat. Well done.

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