Good Morning

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It’s not many nights that I say to myself “wow. this may be the best beer I’ve ever tasted”, but the other night when I enjoyed Tree House Brewing’s Good Morning Imperial stout, those very words came out of my mouth. And upon sipping it over the new two hours, letting it warm and allowing the layers and layers of complexity to unfold, my final rating pointed to just that – Good Morning might be the best beer I’ve ever had. It’s certainly the highest I’ve ever given any beer a rating, and if it wasn’t for my stubbornness and belief that “no beer is perfect”, I may have just given it a 5/5.

I guess it was worth waiting 2 hours in line (in the snow) after a long day to get my 750mL growler fill. And you can bet that next time it’s released, I will be doing the same thing (hopefully without the snow).

Here’s my review:

Final Rating: 4.9/5
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL growler filled 4 hours ago at Tree House Brewery into a Tree House tulip glass.

Pours an inky, black, oily, thick body that instantly produces a rising dark mocha colored, light-to-dark textured soft frothy head that reduces very slowly, leaving blotchy lacing and an uneven layer of light brown foam.

Let this one warm up to let the aromas develop and come through. Holy.. this beer reminds me of the wonderful aromas one would experience when first walking into a bakery.. extremely decadent, rich, complex, EXTREMELY inviting. How one earth do I begin to describe the aromas coming from this beer? Take the most delicious dessert you ever had and put it in aroma form.. rich french vanilla, super roasted rich freshly ground coffee, fresh brownies and cake, maple syrup, slight jammy fruits, anise, charred malt, sugar cookies. I can’t wait to sip this.

Taste is equally as decadent and complex, rich freshly ground coffee, sugar cookie, maple candies, dark chocolate chip brownies, cocoa, finish is roasty and toasty. So incredibly delicious. The mouthfeel is rich, heavy, full-bodied, low carbonation. Absolutely fantastic.

I was blown away by this beer. I enjoyed it over two hours and it just got better and better as it warmed and the flavors and aromas opened up. It was absolutely amazing, and as rated the best beer I’ve ever had. The complexity, uniqueness, balance, and flavors are out of this world. Seek this out.

Hill Farmstead Citra Pale Ale




Was super psyched to try this pale ale, as I recently brewed a citra pale and and this was pretty comparable! Super delicious , here’s my full review:


4.56/5  rDev +2.5%

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml growler into a HF taster. Filled at the brewery 2 days ago.

Pours a magnificent golden yellow very cloudy body with a white head that reduces to a layer of foam. Some lacing.

Aromas are delectable, tons of tropical fruits.. The hop profile here is dominated by juicy citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, mango.

On the tongue come big freshly hop oils – straight citrus and tropical fruit, followed by a slight hop bite but not much, making this an extremely easy beer to put down. Carbonation is medium and body is medium-light.

Delicious citra ale.. Having experience in brewing citra forward beers, this is what I aspire to create.

Founders Blushing Monk: A Raspberry Bomb!



Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more.

Final Rating: 4.09/5  


look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Founders KBS snifter. Purchased in North Providence, RI. 

Pours a deep maroon, slightly hazy translucent body with a beautiful pink head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves spotty lacing and retention. 

Aromas are sharp and potent – strong raspberries sum it up, not much more. On the tongue is immediate raspberry jam, sweet raspberry juice, some malt, on the finish is straight raspberry aftertaste. This is an absolutely raspberry bomb, but not overly sweet and not much alcohol detected. Medium-syrupy body with low carbonation. 

If raspberries are your thing, get this beer. A little one dimensional but tasty.

Founders Big Lushious Stout with Chocolate and Raspberries

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“This deep, rich stout is packed with flavor: roasted malts, all-natural dark chocolate, a subtle suggestion of burnt coffee grounds and a kiss of tart raspberries. It’s big but balanced. At 7.8% ABV, Big Lushious is a sumptuous, extravagant dessert beer fit for enjoying with friends and family around the holidays or to celebrate a special occasion. But really, this beer can make any occasion special. Don’t worry; we won’t call you a lush.”

Final Rating: 4.24/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Founders KBS goblet. Purchasedin North Providence, RI.

Pours a deep black, inky body with a modest 1 finger head that reduces quickly to leave spotty lacing and little retention.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee with berries in the background come through. Reminds me of a chocolate covered raspberry. Nothing huge in this category, kind of subtle aromas.

Woah… wasn’t expecting the flavors to come in this proportion.. at first it tastes like a regular stout with milky chocolate characteristics, then boom – the raspberry hits you. Strong, almost tart raspberries shine through from the follow through to the finish, mixing with semisweet chocolate and coffee. The finish is roasty, espresso and raspberries are reminiscent. Carbonation is low, body is a little lighter than I prefer for an imperial stout.

Very nice, I actually really enjoyed this one. If it were a food I’d compare it to a chocolate covered raspberry espresso bean. Try it if you’re into it!