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 breadwinner
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 govlady
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark brown, a good amount of foam that took a couple minutes to dissolve.
S- dark chocolate, malt, cocoa
T- malt, chocolate
F- very smooth, great mouthfeel, with the perfect about of carbonation
O- very drinkable, one of the best milk stouts out there

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Photo of Gemmell
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a pint can. The head is a nice mocha/khaki color that fades away rather quickly leaving light lacing clinging to the glass. The nose is all dark, roasty chocolate. The flavor is awesome. Very rich, thick chocolate and coffee. There's an underlying sweetness that takes over after the bitterness fades away. As it warms it gets slightly sweeter, but not in a bad way. The mouth feel gets fuller, even more rich as it warms as well; really coating the mouth with flavors that stick around for some time. Like their description says, for a 5.6% milk stout, this beer is packed with flavor. Great job Tree House. I'm looking forward to more of their line up in the future. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. I loved this one except that it didn't really taste like a milk stout to me. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it did have a little more bitterness on the finish than I expected. It was more like a stout to me, but I still loved it.

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can from the source poured into a snifter.

A= Dark, opaque, no light getting through, looks a bit syrupy as you pour. Head is light brown, creamy, with a few big bubbles, lacing clings to the glass. Head settles to ring around the glass with thin layer looking like espresso foam.

S= Coffee, bitter dark chocolate, some malty sweetness.

T= Lots of lactose sweetness that blends into dark roasted malt toastyness and bitter chocolate.

M= Full bodied, a bit syrupy, mild carbonation that suits the beer.

O= Great tasting, easy to drink stout. Has sweetness, but not at all cloying. Balanced roasty malts.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Digital_luda
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dear lord, this is an amazing beer. Slick velvety mouth feel really rounds out this roasty, toasty beast of a milk stout. Roasty black coffee with a creamy sweetness that dominates the style and makes it what we know and love. two finger off white head that sticks around even after your glass is empty. highly recommended.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can, pours very dark brown to black color with a small tan head. There is a bit of a soapy lacing around the glass. The odor for me is coffee, bitter chocolate, nutty, roasted malt, dry, chalky, woods, warm, slightly metallic. The taste for me is very sweet, creamy, velvety feel, coffee, dark chocolate, nutty, roasted malts, slightly salty, slight pine, barely any bitterness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BranfordBound
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 9/11/15 into a snifter yesterday. Pours inky black with a nice tan head than leaves some lacing. Smell is pure milk stout, just super sweet and roasty. Taste is definitely right on point, more sweet porter than stout. Starts with the sweetness and just goes right into these big chocolate notes, finishes a hair bitter and a touch roasted. Thick mouthfeel, medium bodied. Overall one of the better milk stouts I've had. Great work, Tree House!

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can poured into standard pint glass.

Look: The creamy, chocolate finger to finger 1/2 head is what I first noticed. Spot on coffee black/brown color.

Smell: Subdued. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted grain. Infused Vanilla could make this perfect.

Taste: Wow! Full bodied low ABV. Persistent creaminess, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, black coffee, and mixed with perfection.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Creamy chocolate milk shake that covers your palate like a rich dessert. By far my favorite non-imperial stout.

Overall; So freakishly delicious. Milk Stout perfection.


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Photo of ScaryEd
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
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 ChrisP802
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a mix of Tree House as part of a trade recently and have been very content trying them out
Pour - Dark brown with beige head and thick lacing
Smell - chocolate, toasted malts?, milky
Taste - milk, chocolate, small coffee. Not as flavorful as expected, but still good.
Overall - very smooth. it's exactly what a milk stout should taste like. if you're expecting something more "stouty" this isn't the best choice.

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Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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 maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Mangbus
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can into a TH Tulip.

A- deep brown with an inch thick light brown head. Quickly dissipated.
S- smells of roasty malts and chocolate
T- right with the smell. Tons of roasted malt and chocolate. Not overly sweet - leans towards dark chocolate.
F- smooth and silky - medium body
O- excellent milk stout from a can. Right amount of chocolate and mild sweetness. Could drink a bunch of this.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Kraj30
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

easily my favorite canned milk stout ever. A little thin in mouthfeel for me but great flavor with not being too sweet. that could easily make flavor variants of this that would be great.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev -5%
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 ArkyVaughan
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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 mynie
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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 WunderLlama
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into chalice

Black liquid with taupe ring

Aroma of sweet chocolate and roast coffee, tobacco

Taste follows aroma. Sweet chocolate and nice roast coffee. Taste is in the middle of the tongue.

Gentle carbonation, smooth ,

Delicious, sweet milk stout. Love it. Another fine tree house brew.

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Photo of d5001986
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into shaker pint glass.

Dark opaque pour with tall tan head. Smell is sweet and roasty. Tastesis roasted coffee and chocolate with creamy smooth body. I could sip this stuff all night, so good.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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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