Space & Time
Tree House Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #888
Ranked #3,396
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
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: 16 | Ratings: 116
Photo of sulldaddy
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Naughead
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of agreenman19
4.13/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler purchased on saturday

A- Pours pitch black with a big ful mocha colored head, looks inviting

S-Dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and a kiss of light ash/smoke, very well rounded

T- I personally lean towards stouts that are very roast forward, but this may be one of the better well-rounded stouts I've had. To me, what Kate the Great and Southampton are to Russian Imperial Stouts, Space&time is the well balance american imperial stout. The taste follows the nose even better, you start with a touch of deep dark roasted coffee that quickly becomes a bitter dark chocolate bar. As you finish, you notice a smokey surprise. Just enough of everything.

M- this could be bigger, but considering it is on the "smaller side" of the abv spectrum, understandable.

O- Exceptional Imperial Stout, touches on some kickass notes ( dark roast coffee, dark cocoa and smoke). Look forward to the next batch

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up on Thursday. I've had a couple chances to try this but skipped so I could have the full effect with a nice growler pour.

Pours a chocolate colored super rich thick creamy 2.5 finger huge head that fades semi slowly, it almost looked like chocolate pudding with bubbles in the middle, it leaves a thick layer of lacing too, pitch black beer, thick too.

Nose, woo roast, there's loads of roasted malt in this sucker. A little bit of charred malt aroma, with some burnt coffee beans, little dark highly roasted coffee, fluffy dark nougat and some dark caramel, faint cocoa powder like the powder of hot cocoa itself, it even seems like a light barrel char despite no barrel, a bit of a toberlone like chocolate, faint almonds, faint clean alcohol, I even seem to get a touch of a smokey malt, like smoldering log.

Taste starts big as expected, roast is the key word but not overbearing surprisingly, roasted malts, black malts, plenty of char, charred malts, charred barrel again for some reason, I think the light smoked malt smoldering log adds that barrel char like character. The smoked flavor, as I just said, is there but light. Faint over roasted coffee, and the smoke adds a hint of smoked meat. Faint cocoa, powdered cocoa, as well as the fluffy nougat and slight dark caramel, and a candy bar like flavor. Hops finally start to break through towards teh finish as the bitter roasty malts, a nice dark chocolate comes out as well on the finish, with nice bitterness, semi dry but a little sticky, hint of warming booze but it's hidden pretty well mostly, and light smoked log and charred roasted malt flavors lingering for a while.

Mouth is fuller bodied but not as thick as I expected, creamy, with decent carb, and very light warming booze.

Overall pretty nice Imperial Stout, high on the charred roasted side which isn't always my fav but it would do really well sitting in the cellar for a couple years, so I wish they bottled it... booze is hidden well, the smoke adds a nice touch too, and hops are not really there until they cut in on the finish after the other flavors subside a bit. A nice beer for a pint, but getting through the 750ml will be a bit tough at the end due to the heavy roast and char flavors. This really would do well with a few years on it (not in the growler though).

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

First THB glass pours with a 1/2" purply brown head, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fizzes away slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is dark roastiness and alcohol.

Taste is dark sweetness to start, licorice snap in the middle with some dark fruit, green hops bitterness to the close, which warms with a moderate alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good. Almost too easy to drink this one.

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Space & Time from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 116 ratings