Space & Time
Tree House Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #645
Ranked #2,447
4.22 | pDev: 8.77%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Space & TimeSpace & Time
Notes: Space & Time is a double mash, extended boil stout that eschews overt sweetness and focuses on robust and authentic flavors from hand selected specialty malts. We taste and smell dark bakers chocolate, dark chocolate fudge, dark chocolate fudgsicles, brownies, roasty malts, and a sturdy but pleasing Magnum hop bitterness. This beer will evolve beautifully in the can, and we encourage you to try it fresh and to age it for up to a year in the fridge. Cellar temperature will accelerate degradation. The concept of Space & Time calls our attention to how important spaces from our past invariably evolve while their memory in a different place in time holds strongly in our hearts. #2013 #brimfield

2013 Release: 8.8% ABV
2019 Release: 11.0% ABV
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 156 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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

A- Can pour into a becher glass with a black body. The head is a nutty tan hue and has a frothy and puffy texture. The cap stops rising at a finger high and a small ring at the edges leaves spotty lacing.

S- Roasted malts and chocolate are far and away the most prominent thing in the aroma. Roast barley is big with char, bakers chocolate and heavily toasted notes. Also coming out are slight molasses, brownie batter, dark chocolate, espresso and fudge.

T- Pretty much equivalent between the sweet and the roasty bitter things in this bold stout. Again the main flavor profile revolves around roasted barley and chocolate notes. Dark chocolate bars and cocoa powder open things up with chocolate milk, heavy nuttiness, toast, molasses, dark roast coffee, slight bitter pine hops and fudge.

MF- Thick and slick oily body that sits heavy on the palate. The carbonation is a medium level and it has a fairly creamy texture. Ends slightly warm.

A little bit straightforward with dark chocolate bitterness and the roast grains really being far and away the most prominent flavors but still a solid, well crafted straight up stout.

Jan 10, 2021
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, opaque with a mocha 2 finger head. Aroma has rich chocolate and winy liquor notes. Very pleasant. The taste is similar with great chocolate and malt notes. There is a moderate alcohol burn as well. Velvety smooth mouth feel, no real bitterness.

Great stout with a solid mouthfeel and nice chocolate layering to it.

Jan 04, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Fresh from can. Will keep some to try down the road as well.

This is the absolutely best beer I have ever had. Yes, it is expensive - but lives up to the price.

Gorgeous deep deep brown with nice head.

I usually do not smell much in my beers, but this one comes through. Rich, decadent heavy chocolate.

Delicious. Seriously delicious.

Easy to drink, no hint of ab at all. Smooth silky rich.


Jan 03, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to a super thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, earthy hops, and a touch of molasses

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, and earthy hops. Picks up some fudge as the lingering bitterness from the roasted malt and dark chocolate fades slightly. Finishes with lingering earthy hop notes and roast

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good stout that is definitely on the hoppier side, but it works well with how hefty and roasty it is. Balances the sweetness nicely. Makes for a great sipper

Dec 31, 2020
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newcastlemike from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 3/20/20, but cellared for 3 months.

This is definitely a departure from what you might expect from a tree house brew, but it is a welcome counterpoint to the legendary sweetness of many of their IPAs and stouts. It is toasty, and malty, and definitely not overly sweet. The house description of Baker’s chocolate is pretty much right on. The alcohol is completely undetectable, which is quite a feat considering the 11% it possesses. A really great example of a straightforward Russian Imperial Stout. Sometimes restraint is the hardest thing to do, and treehouse has done a very nice job here.

Jun 20, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from yllib.
2019 release.
L: black with min/mod Brn creamy head. Fizzy.
S: Chocolate, toasty, cream.
T: Same. Slight bitter coffee finish. Slightly fruity hop presence.
F: fairly thick not crazy.
Overall: No alcohol presence. I don’t know where they’re hiding it. Just a fairly light chocolate coffee stout from flavor.

Jun 10, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a stemmed tulip glass.

The pour is jet black with a finger of creamy mocha head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing as it settles into a thin halo.

The aroma brings a ton of dark roast malts, dark chocolate, brownie batter, and fresh ground coffee. Then comes a wave of sweet dough and char with a solid, spicy hop backbone.

The flavor is an absolute explosion of dark chocolate, rich chocolate fudge, freshly baked brownies, and cookie dough ice cream. As the beer warms, there's some caramel, and the sweet, doughy malt backbone comes through in spades. Finishes with the foggiest idea of piney hops.

The feel is full-bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. A tad sticky with plenty of alcohol warmth.

Overall, this is absolutely a fantastic imperial stout. The fact that this has no adjuncts is utterly absurd. There's just so much chocolate flavor here but it's not overly sweet or cloying. Find another 11% stout with no adjuncts with this much flavor. Go ahead.

May 26, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer does a number of things that I really appreciated. First, it is a monster (11%) - one of these will keep you rolling. Second, it is not the sweet-splosion that a lot of Tree House stouts are. And while I love a rich fudge-y stout, this is a nice break from that trend. Space & Time has a more classic Russian imperial bitterness, but still has a rich, creamy mouthfeel, which made that bitterness perfectly enjoyable. My only knock on this beer is the aroma, which is really boozy without a lot of other appeal. It seems that people have had different experiences with this beer based on its age - mine was canned 3/30/2020, and was enjoyed 5/6/2020.

May 06, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 3/30/20. 11% abv.

Pours opaque black with a half inch of beige. Decent retention and lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted brownie bits in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Bakers chocolate, dark fudge, and espresso on the palate. Finishes sweet with lingering roast and chocolate.

Closer to an old school RIS but still has some of that Treehouse sweet richness.

Apr 26, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Picked up two cans of this back in June. Nate told me this would be hitting it's stride around Thanksgiving so now is the time to crack it. Shared with JLindros so he could compare it as I missed the original release back in 2013.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a good thick one finger mocha head that fades quickly to leave light wisps and a thin halo. The legs are really good though.

S - Aromas of really big roasted malts, bakers chocolate and bitter chocolate. Almost a char aroma. Alcohol hidden nicely. Flashed of coffee beans but this is mostly just a roast malt bomb.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with enormous roasted malts and dark fruits. The can says this is a Russian Imperial Stout so I really think this isn't the same beer as 2013 which is rather annoying. Good slightly sweet dark fruits, heavy roast, slightly sweet, decent char.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little fluffy, alcohol hidden rather well.

O - Overall this was a solid stout, however, calling this Space And Time was a mistake. This is NOT the same beer from 2013...It simply isn't. The char and dark fruits are nice and it's a solid enough Russian Imperial. I wish they did more of this style.

Serving Type: can

Nov 27, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 06/13/19
“somehow facets of the same thing”

Finally cracked this open for a very important occasion/celebration. Taking a huge step probably years overdue.

Maybe this needed to be consumed fresh or maybe it needs more time in the can. Delicious and drinks as described, but just a bit disappointing. Likely because of the brewery attached to it, I expected a massive mouth orgasm.

Turns out it’s just a well-crafted, traditional Imperial Stout without extra stuff added to make it fancy. This uses the strength of quality basic ingredients. The malt bill is fantastic, with unique character full of charred wood, roasted espresso beans, molasses, brown sugar, etc. After a while, though, it becomes cloying and a bit too bitter. Man, this is a bipolar beer. One sip it’s delicious and the next is upsetting. The nose is too boozy and the feel is almost sticky sweet after a while. A pleasant sipper but this seems to be missing some key components.

I’ll give it higher marks because it’s as advertised...heavily malted stout with tons of dark flavors. That heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, etc. As craft beer drinkers, maybe we expect too much out of a stout now to where this is considered “bland?”

Oct 25, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a tulip

Pitch black appearance. The thick, oily looking body was topped by a frothy, finger-tall, saddle brown head that quickly fizzled away. No lacing or head retention whatsoever.

The aroma was super roasty and pretty rough around the edges. Huge dark malt presence. Loads of charred graininess too. Really savory and robust. Some oxidative/wet paper notes were also apparent. Moderately smoky. Touch of licorice and some brown sugar sweetness as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but had more going on. Deeply roasted malty notes dominated. Big charred grain character too. Burnt espresso came to mind. Slightly smoky. Some sweetness appeared mid palate. Dark fruit notes also. Charred raisins and prunes perhaps. Bakers chocolate came through as well. The wet paper/oxidative notes that were noticeable in the aroma appeared on the back end. The beer finished with more roasty bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. Hint of brown sugar after the swallow.

Terrific rich, creamy mouthfeel. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence that fluffed up really nicely on the palate. After a few sips, the sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

These days, it is increasingly difficult to come across notable imperial stouts that are neither adjust laden nor barrel aged. Unfortunately, this example was simply not very good. With an intensely roasty acrid character dominating in both the flavor and aroma, it reminded me of a mediocre take on the style from the mid 2000s. If this were made by anybody but Tree House, it definitely would not land the scores it does.

Oct 02, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. 2019 vintage. The beer pours a jet black hue with no light passing through my glass. A frothy tan colored head foams up about 1.5 cm and fades to the thinnest of edge layers soon after I finish pouring the beer. Wish the foam stuck around a bit longer.
Aroma is the darkest chocolate and some roasted malt, almost to the point of charred wood actually. I also get a bit of black licorice or anice note here plus black coffee. Nothing sweet about the nose of this beer. No hops and the ABV is pretty well hidden too.
First sip reveals a smooth textured fairly thick body with fine yet spacious carbonation. The beer coats my palate and is a little sticky after each swallow.
Flavor is malt and malt and dark malt notes. Again dark chocolate notes, with black coffee and some roasted hits. Maybe a little bit of raisin buried in there, but no hop presence that I can detect and the ABV is pretty well hidden for this big boozy beer.
Im glad I got a chance to drink this one and its nice to see TH do a stout that isnt coffee centric or lactose and sweetness. A simple well crafted imperial stout here.

Aug 04, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as sweet and soft as their milk stouts, but really roasty, dark chocolatey. An excellent after-dinner beer, but I taste no alcohol at all - dangerous since this is 11%. Elegant and mature are words that come to mind.

Jul 13, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. A little thin. Aroma is a nice malt with chocolate. Taste is also a nice malt with a light chocolate that is a little more thin than I would like.

Jul 02, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The darkest stout I've had by TH, Space & Time pours tar black with a roiling but short dark mocha head that dies to a silky surface with a thin ring.

The profile is of strong dark roasted malt with dry roast coffee characteristics. Malted milk balls and dark cocoa also pack in with an accent of tobacco. A faint hint of pine wood and licorice comes out on the exhale.

The slick medium-full body has a tingly carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.

Jul 02, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really had high hopes for this as I love non milk adjunct stouts, did not have a lacing nor complexity and no malt shine did not get and roast or coffee notes

Jun 23, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours cherry cola with the most mesmerizing head dissipation I've ever seen. Wow. A chain reaction of quickly-popping bubbles shifting from brown to crimson to tan to black, accompanied by a sound similar to those crackling fireworks. Give this one an aggressive pour and stare straight down into the glass.

S - toffee, caramel, and nuts. Almonds, walnuts, figs. Stale tobacco and mild cardboard. Maybe some industrial-grade adhesive. It's an odd aroma, but somewhat attractive.

T - dark and brooding. Not particularly roasty tasting, but certainly roasty feeling. Cherry tobacco is the dominant flavor with underlying nuttiness and smoke. Dark chocolate lays a foundation and probably best captures that unsweetened essence of Baker's chocolate. Whole wheat bagels. Dark fruits round it out with dry semi-bitterness.

F - smooth and fluid. Not as heavy as one would expect for 11%, but viscous and satisfying all the same.

O - gotta say, I'm a bit disappointed in this one. Far from a bad beer, in fact it's above average for sure, but considering the hype around the OG Brimfield era, I expected this to be a legendary beer. It's suffocated by tobacco and muted in its roast. I can see this being hit or miss for some people depending on their tastes. I like it, but wish I liked it more.

Jun 20, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, jet black in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is charred malts, licorice, and dark chocolate syrup. Heavy bodied, roasty, low carbonation. Curious to see how this ages. Makes for a nice straight up stout. Loads of depth and interesting. Glad I got a couple cans to age.

Jun 17, 2019
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PHBoiler from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The nose is chocolate, smoke, and almost tobacco. The beer is jet black with no head. The body is really thin for a stout. This drinks like a porter. I get the smoke and chocolate in the beer. Something just does not balance in the flavor profile of this beer. Maybe the mouthfeel can't hold up to the strong flavors, but I just don't think they are balanced either way.

Jan 13, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a taster. Growler dated 9/28/2013.

Appearance - Thick looking black body. Nice mocha head.

Smell - Dark fruits, kinda licoricy. Roasty.

Taste - Licorice is strong again. Roast comes back. Less chocolate. A little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Not the thickest stout. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A good stout, but a little different from a standard stout.

Oct 08, 2013
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vonnegut21 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Tree House beer. 750ml growler poured into a tulip.

A: Pours black with very minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts and some spice hints. There's kind of a dried cherry, maybe raisin aroma coming out as it warms. A very interesting smelling beer.

T: Baker's chocolate, toasted malt, a bit of coffee with some hop notes at the end. As it warms I'm getting more cherry, raisin, almost winter spice flavors. I'm wondering if they pitch a Belgian strain in here. I'm definitely picking up some fruity, spicy esters.

M: Medium-thin mouthfeel. Coats the mouth well. Low carbonation.

O: This is a pretty tasty stout. Definitely has some interesting flavors going on that are not always present in the style. Certainly worth drinking and will be looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Jun 17, 2013
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steve8robin from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, 9.8% ABV version in the 750ml Tree House growler..

A: Nice and dark with a creamy mocha colored head about 1 inch thick which slowly fades but never disappears. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Good.

S: I get some roastiness and dark fruit upfront. Like a chocolate cranberry. Some more sweetness and dark fruit follow through the nose. Nice.

T: A slightly bitter watery roast upfront. Followed by a creamy coffee blend. Hints of dark cherry hidden on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a solid brew. I think it needs some more complexity for the higher ABV and style. On a positive note, you cannot taste the 9.8% ABV one bit. Actually tastes like it's more around a 6-7% brew with the amount of watery flavor I get.

Jun 15, 2013
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler picked up yesterday at the brewery. ABV listed as 9.8%

Black pour with a tan head of about a finger. A thick ring, slight cap, and some lace remain.

Straight up roasty stout scent, simple but good. Lots of roasted and charred dark malts, dark fruit. Black cherries. I like it but it could use more potency.

Taste is a little more well-rounded but a very dark feel overall, roast, char, burnt dark chocolate, dark fruits, dark caramel, perhaps some licorice.some hops hidden in there somewhere.

Good body with nice medium carbonation. It has some alcohol warmth but not really a burden here.

Love the take on this one, straight up imperial stout with lots of burnt roasty malts and dark fruits, old school feel. Drinkability is a bit low (splitting a 750 was plenty for me) but I appreciate the robust yet straightforward flavor.

Jun 10, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in my opinion. Slight head. Not too much light penetration. Tried its very best to lace the feeble plastic tasting cup.

S-Roasty with some hiccups of char. Maybe even a hint of dark fruit? Big whiffs of bitter, powdered baker's cocoa powder.

T-This Stout has a unique flavor. It has a special, somewhat tangy note that is a bit fruity. Then the triad of coffee, chocolate and smoke kick in. There is a lot going on here. I would love to have a larger sample to elaborate upon.

M-Respectable viscosity. The body has some heft but it goes down willingly. A noticeable bitterness which may be derived from all those dark malts and even some sneaky hoppiness.

O/D-My second Tree House brew. This one is pretty kick-ass as well. Its not a stunner but I think this unique and sometimes I have trouble finding unique qualities in Stouts.

Jun 04, 2013
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