Tree House Double Shot – Sumatra Mandheling

Posted: September 19, 2015 in American Stout, Reviews, Tree House Brewing Company

We left Kennebunkport to go spend a few days in Portland. I went to Portland a while back, before I was into beer. It seems like it has exploded into a craft beer mecca of sorts. Our first stop was at Maine Mead Works. This was on a side street and we were the only people there when we walked in. We tried their sampler, which consisted of 4 meads and the 2 of their carbonated meads (both of which we brought home). They were friendly enough, my only complaint being that the sample pours were very, very short and they poured their blueberry mead as the second or third selection and didn’t clean it after. There wasn’t anything to do besides the tasting room, so we bought a set of coasters and some mead and then were off to Oxbow…

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ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “She’s back! What’s better than one shot of espresso? Two shots of espresso! This edition of our favorite coffee infused stout utilizes buckets of Red Barn Coffee Roaster’s Sumatra Mandheling. The Mandheling’s deep cocoa flavors open up to reveal a richly complex treat. We taste flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans, molasses, milk chocolate, balanced by sweet touches of brown sugar. A pungent & decadent bean for sure! A rich, sweet, and less roasty base beer contributes the ideal backdrop to this bold and vibrant treat for the coffee and beer lover alike! We find this to be the most intense and potent Double Shot yet. A true coffee lover’s delight!”

Random: I only have 15 more breweries to talk about that we visited.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was almost black and I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose was intense with dark, strong coffee, caramel and molasses. I didn’t pick up the usual roasted malts, but I was okay with that. The taste was smooth, probably the smoothest of any stout I’ve ever had. It had the same dark, intense coffee along with milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and molasses sweetness. Again, it didn’t have much bitterness to it and had a touch of booze at the end. The body was medium thick with light carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with milk chocolate and coffee. This beer was insanity and one of the best I’ve ever had. I can see why there is so much hype around the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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