Anger - Greenbush Brewing Company

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rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 3.02%
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Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: minterro on 07-21-2011

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Photo of brewskis
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a finger length mocha colored head that went away fairly slowly and left a thin ring of lacing. Nice balance in the aroma for a black ipa, but not overpowering at all. Get floral and faint pine notes from the hops, while also getting lots of roasted malts, licorice, and some dark chocolate notes. Nice balance in the taste as well. Starts with floral notes, some orange, pine. Then a burst of roasted malts come through and mix with the hop flavors. Start to get dark chocolate notes as well. The finish is a great balance of hoppy and roasty flavors. More of the floral, orange, and pine along with roasted malts and creamy dark chocolate. Get some ashy/smokey flavors as well. Do get that belgian flavor from the malts, but it is minimal and adds to the complexity of the beer. High medium body with a really nice creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat clean on the finish too: no resinous hop oils left behind. I thought this was an outstanding example of what a black ipa should be. Definitely hoppy, but incorporated with a hefty dose of roasted, dark malts nicely. Greenbush continues to impress. (1,114 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color. Produced a great 3+ finger tan fluffy head that stuck around for quite awhile before dissipating. Plenty of lacing left behind too.

(S)- Some dry roasted malts and bits of citrus overall; honestly, it is a bit muted.

(T)- A nice combination of dry roasted baked bread meets a blast of lemon lime and pineapple citrus.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level meets a nice balanced mouthfeel overall. The dry roasted malts help cut the bitterness from the hops while the citrus is free to shine.

(O)- A pretty solid Black IPA. Often times I feel some of this are just too much like a hoppy porter or stout, but this one is well balanced and well-made enough to fit the style. (759 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; jet black with a huge tan fluffy head that leaves amazing lacing. Smell is bitter coffee and chocolate roasted malt, blending equally with sweet floral, fruity and piney hops. Smell is really hitting all the big notes, let's see if the taste does the same. Yes...yes it does. Starts off with sweet, smooth malt and slight citrusey hops, then suddenly smashes headlong into huge crashing waves of bitter coffee, chocolate, and hops. Finishes wet and bitter, with lingering flavors of coffee and bitterness. An excellent black ipa (or cascadian dark ale). (584 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal 10L, Crystal 60L, British Chocolate, Carafa III, Wheat Malt. Hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade
85 ibu, 7.6% by vol., 28.3º Lovibond

Pours out to a lightly cloudy light black (bottle conditioned), forming a modest light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is pungent with fine hops...skunkweed MJ, pine, and cat piss with a hint of roast character. The mouthfeel is pleasantly stinging with hop bite (not bitterness) with a medium dense body and finishing with a hop astringency. The taste is great...a wonderful balance of hop bomb and roasted malts with a well balanced bitterness, a little bit of chalk towards the finish, and more hops and roast lingering long after the swallow. Lots of resinous hop character. Bitterness is medium to medium strong, enough to please most hop heads but not severe enough that it interferes with the drinkability or relative balance.

A great example of the style. Black IPA fans will not be disappointed. This is only my 4th beer from Greenbush, but thus far I have been impressed. Would buy again. (1,191 characters)

Photo of SouthSideSox24
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Pours a deep jet black, developing 1 1/2 inches of creamy mocha head. Thick lacing is left on the glass as the head dissipates.

S: Strong odors of roasted malt and coffee assail the nose. Tiny hints of piney hop notes are noticeable, but get overwhelmed. Pleasant, but in small doses.

T: Full disclosure, I am not a coffee drinker. I enjoy coffee notes in beer, but Anger tastes like straight black coffee, erases any pleasure I get from the bitterness of the hops. The flavor feels one-note, and fails to develop real depth. However, there are moments where dark chocolate flavor plays a large role, and these are my favorite drinks.

M: Has a very light body despite the thickness that the head appeared to promise. The carbonation appears slightly overdone. Average mouthfeel.

O: I feel that what I wrote above may sound slightly more critical than I actually feel about this beer, as I believe it solid. However, it would not be my first choice in the Black IPA variety. (1,032 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from Greenbush Brewing Co., and excited to have it within my grasp! Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque jet black colored body with two fingers of creamy fluffy mocha colored head. Big rings of fluffy lacing on the way down.

S - Fresh juicy citric grapefruit and pine hops right off the bat, paired beautifully with the roasted coffee notes, and notes of dry powdery cocoa.

T - Taste follows the nose: ultra bitter roasty coffee beans, refreshing citric & pine hops, some pineapple maybe, and some dry cocoa.

M - Feel is dry, with bitter hops & coffee beans lingering around. Medium-full bodied, with a good solid level of carbonation that tingles the tongue.

Overall, a solid black IPA if there ever was one. A nice hybrid of styles, of sorts. Could come off as either an extremely hoppy stout, or a nice coffee-infused IPA. Either way, it works. Rewarding 7.60% abv, another winner from Greenbush. A beer I would have again, and a brewery I want to try more from.

Greenbush Anger ---4/5. (1,095 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Anger has an onyx color, a gentle reminder that this is a beer that will deliver some intensity. A small ecru head rests on top of the beer, but the small size is more due to the nature of the pour than the beer itself.

The aroma is a sharp blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and pine and citrus hops. It is easy to distinguish the aromas, but they work together nicely.

My first sip starts off with a bang; fully roasted malt, smoke, dark unsweetened chocolate, and strong black coffee all come through. The flavor at this point is enough to be considered a flavorful beer. But then the hop flavors start playing games with my taste buds. There is a dash of grapefruit and orange citrus, but the main player is a strong spicy, resiny pine note. The hops and coffee work together to bring a bitter finish, although there is not much aftertaste.

The thickness of this mouthfeel is right around where I want it to be. At 7.6%, I want something that has some bite to it, and Anger does not disappoint. The carbonation is creamy and smooth. Out of the bottle the carbonation is a little bit out of control, so I like it better on tap. There is a bit of hoppy resin residue left on my lips after each sip.

Anger is one of the top American Black Ales out there, no question. This is a great beer that straddles two categories rather nicely. I order this regularly. (1,406 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pours black with slight mahogany hues when held to a light, huge foamy tan head, excellent retention, some lacing. Fresh, dank, citric and floral hops - mainly grapefruit, with some dark malts on the nose. Tastes include an excellent meld of roasted malts, chocolate, biscuity grain, caramel, grapefruit rind, and pine. Very creamy mouth-feel, bitterness lingers with roastiness in there as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this offering from Greenbush. I look forward to trying more of their beers. (514 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Black IPA. Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Jake Melnick's in Chicago over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I really enjoyed Greenbush's porter right before this.

A: Pours a one finger rich tan colour head of good cream and thickness, and good (3-4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a solid opaque dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, dark malts, and slightly buried roast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Creamy. Dark malts. Generic floral hop character. Buried yet intrusive roast. Balance is decent, but it's still an unrefined black IPA, never quite getting the mix of roast/dark malts and hoppy character to feel natural. They don't play well together here. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but it's built decently for what it is. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Nice thickness. Slight overcarbonation.

Dr: Drinkable. Hides its ABV pretty well. Enjoyable, but far from the best in the style that I've had. I might have it again, but I'm in no hurry. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Unrefreshing.

High C+ (1,144 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Greenbush snifter.

The beer pours a very dark cola brown cola, nearly black color, quite opaque with 2 fingers of khaki colored head that has decent retention and leaves a touch of lace behind. The aroma is of pine, bitter hops, lots of resinous character with some roasted coffee, mild citrus and floral character and some sweet malt character. Piney hops hit the tongue first, some fruity and citrusy notes behind it, light coffee roast, rich dark grain and some light bitter dark chocolate all find their way in. The body is nice, moderate carbonation with just a touch of prickly zip, that finishes very dry.

Verdict: A nice take on the black IPA, the flavors are balanced nicely, but don't really dazzle. It's a safe bet for anyone who likes hops or wants to find a happy medium between an IPA and a Stout/Porter. (848 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale,IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this $1.67 a bottle. No freshness date.

The beer poured a dfark brown color with 3 finger's worth of tan head. Retention was good as was the lacing.

Wow! - Huge piny hop aroma.

Pine and grapefruit hops dominate the flavor and provide 85 IBU's worth of bitterness. Under the hops there is a mild chocolaty malt flavor but it plays a secondary role to the hops..

Medium body with medium carbonation. I really enjoyed the creamy texture to this beer.

Not my favorite black ale - New Glarus's Black Top takes top prize for that, but those who like it on the hoopy side may enjoy this one. (723 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

How appropriate that I'm drinking this while watching an AVGN episode. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a solid finger of soft khaki foam. The nose comprises miscellaneous greens, light pine needle, and some very light roasted malts in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of pine and a more robust roastiness, providing the balance so sorely missed in the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly silky feel. Overall, a nice little black IPA. 'Nuff said. (584 characters)

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle to try. Poured a good two fingered head that settled to a light ring with some spotty lacing. I rate it high for looks because it is what I expect for a good beer. I only would like it better if had a little better head retention. As for fitting the style, I'd say it's as it should be. The smell was nice and hoppy right off and roasted malts latter. Fairly strong but not complex but for me to notice with my nose it is impressive to me.

I loved the balanced flavor between roasted malts and the piney hops, nice. This is dry and clean but after 2/3 through it left too much lingering bitter. Taste follows the nose and has depth but I don't pick up a lot of other complex flavors, maybe I am just not that imaginative. Not as pleased with mouthfeel. A bit thin and became too astringent toward the end but I am being nit-picky. Medium carbonation is good.

Overall I would go back to this one. Above average but not wow and fairly priced. Greenbush you have my attention. (1,002 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, opaque black brown with a towering three and a half fingers of thick greyish tan foam.

Smell: Fairly muted aroma of toasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel, coffee and a faint, almost grape-like, fruitiness.

Taste: Faint citrus, roasted and caramel malts, cocoa, pine, some bitter grapefruit rind and a nice spicy bite. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly creamy with a lightly crisp finish.

Overall, this is one of the best black IPAs I've had. Unique, complex, flavorful, and perfectly balanced, this is a beer lover's beer. (571 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, passionfruit, tangerine, caramel, toast, floral, light roast, and floral earthiness. Nice and interesting aromas with huge tropical hop presence and minimal malts. Taste of mango, passionfruit, tangerine, orange zest, roasted malt, light char, toast, coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical, roasted malt, light char, toast, and floral on the finish for a bit. Good complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; and smooth to sip on. An enjoyable offering. (1,105 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black body with a tan two finger head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: I could smell the piney hops when I popped the cap;

Flavors: nice hoppy spice for a black IPA; roasted grains mix it up with some citrus and pine

Mouthfeel: good bitterness, medium-full body, mild-moderate fizzy carbonation feel, pine on the aftertaste, very dry

To the Point: I have had several black IPAs and this one does have a little attitude with the bitterness compared to the other ones. If you like to have an IPA with a little black lager – this is it (550 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pete's Garage. In the dimly lit restaurant, the beer is seemingly black, only traced with a wood-stained brown around the very edges when held up to the light. It's capped with a coffee-and-cream colored head that mellows out at a few millimeters thick and leaves small bits of wet, dripping lacing on the sides of the glass.

Chocolate malt is the first thing that my senses pick up on as I take my first whiff - it's got a hefty, dry cocoa aroma to it. Crushed coffee beans, burnt caramel, and some roasted malts make up the remainder of the malt bill contribution. Hops are in full force; leafs, mild pine, and even a small, citrus-filled finish. Reminds me a little of Shorts' Goodnight Bodacious, only this one is a little more tame and not quite as coffee-heavy.

The citric character in the nose is only amplified on the palate - heavy citrus up front; a good helping of peppery grapefruit and tangerine. It's actually almost tart for a brief moment before the leafy and herbal notes start to creep in and take over. The malts crescendo through the background and halfway through, they are in full force; slightly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and some charred wood. The aftertaste is full of burnt hops with a roasty malt and faintly citric flavor combination. Medium bodied, decent carbonation with a slick and almost crisp mouth feel.

I don't know why, but I wasn't feeling the vibe on this one quite like everyone else. It was okay, but not something I would seek out or pick up again, unless I had a super-huge craving for a black IPA and there were no other one's available. I'd take both Shorts' black IPAs over this one (Bludgeon Yer Eye and Goodnight Bodacious). I guess my main complaint with this is that the citrus profile of the hops didn't mesh too favorably with the malt bill. I would have rather seen more herbal, ashy, spicy hops. Wish in one hand, I guess. (1,899 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to zaphog for looking out in a LNBA BIF. enjoyed from a mystery brewing tulip.

a - brew poured watery black with a thin grey white head that had some creaminess to it. hung out for a bit, but eventually vanished leaving a thin skin of heady bubbling and lace chunks on the surface.

s - strong hopping over roasted malts.

t - just like the smell, strong hopping over roasted malts. bitterness is more subtle.

m - medium bodied, decent bitterness not overly hoppy.

o - overall, not wild about this style less a few examples. just had a short's double black ipa (goodnight bodacious) and feel that this is pretty similar except the shorts had a bit more heat and the hopping on the shorts was a bit more present and gave the beer a bit more character. this one is not bad, and worth checking if you dig the style, but for me, this was just pretty good. (861 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured form the bottle cold and cola black with a 1/2 finger tan long lasting big bubbled head.

big sweet earthy hops in the nose, real nice.

smooth and big bodied, great big hops but not too terribly bitter. very tasty.

great beer, i'd give this one another go. (265 characters)

Photo of SimcoeJoe
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured slowly down the side of a nonic from a 12 oz bottle. Dark in color. Light barely peeks through a dark amber window around the edges. Left a pinky thick, dark sandy colored head that was light and foamy and disappeared into a silky beer ceiling. Very light lacing.

Aroma: Coffee apparent. A subtle long grass breeze swoops in followed by a spicy chocolate. Spice slightly tickles the back of your throat.

Taste: Coffee comes through first. Its quickly followed by sweet chocolate and a grassy hop character. All is pushed aside by a tongue lashing of spicy hop character that sticks to your gums and teeth. Spice slowly fades out and leaves you with a grassy bubble gum to chew on until you take your next drink.

Mouth feel: Medium body. Its a bitter beer at 85 IBU's. The hops takeover here. Water feel at first followed by the medium body that turns into thick hop, bitter consistency.

Overall: A great beer. Solid! Has everything you could want from a Black IPA. Greenbush is coming. Look out! (1,008 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a good looking beer. Pours very dark with a medium-high viscosity. Very rich and creamy head that is a mocha color. Looks exciting!

An ok aroma, but I'm not crazy about it. I detect a faint hop character, but the nose is more about the malt. Very sweet smelling, almost like a sweet stout. I detect dextrose, corn, and caramel as well as some faint hops, which are mostly hidden.

A nice flavor. It's rich and full-bodied, but less sugary than it smells (although it's still sweet). There is some nice roast malt flavor. The beer finishes dry due to the malt and hop bitterness. A nice balance making for a drinkable beer.

Kind of a confusing texture. The beer almost feels like a porter. It leaves a syrupy layer which is astringent and smoky. I wish it drank lighter. Carbonation is medium-high.

I like the beer, but it didn't blow me away. It's a fun drinking beer with a really pleasant flavor. It's also an exceptionally good-looking beer. My favorite feature by far. (984 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Anger last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm still working my way through Greenbush's lineup, I haven't had this beer before but I have had Rage before which I think is suppose to be the imperial version of this beer, I'm in the mood for a Black IPA tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, I know it's fairly fresh since they just showed up. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it had a nice darker look to it that went nice with the name which I also like, Anger just seems like a fitting name for a Black IPA. It poured a nice black color that let hardly any light come through with two fingers worth of medium tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Black IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma is pretty intense and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it followed by a good amount of hops that impart a pretty big resiny and piney aromas with a slight bit of citrus hops that add a little more depth. Up next comes the malts which also stick out a good deal and impart some dark, roasted, and almost charred malt aromas followed by some nice chocolate and coffee aromas and there was also a slight boozy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was intense and fairly complex, I enjoyed it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar flavor to it and it's followed by a nice amount of hops with some resiny, piney and citrusy hop flavors all showing up equally making for a nice and unique hop profile. Up next comes the malts which impart some dark roasted malts flavors that had a slight charred flavor to them and were followed by a nice medium amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. Towards the end I get a real slight boozy flavor followed by a medium amount of bitterness with a half and half mixture of roasted malts with some resiny and citrus hops in the aftertaste. This was a good tasting Black IPA, it was well balanced and pretty unique.

M- fairly smooth, creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, it worked nicely with it and I have no complaints.

I thought this was a good beer and a good and unique example of a Black IPA, it was nicely balanced with neither the hops or the malts being too overpowering and it wasn't overly bitter. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the flavor did a good job at holding my attention, but I couldn't see myself drinking more than two of these, this seems like a nice fall time beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was enjoyable and pretty unique, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, I don't think that there's anything that I would change with this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this bee again when in the mood for a nice and unique Black IPA and I think it's priced well, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Black IPA's. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it did remind me a lot of Rage, but much less intense which made it much more enjoyable. I thought this was a good Black IPA, I still think that Arcadia's B Craft is still my favorite Black IPA, but this beer isn't that far behind. I've been pretty impressed with these new Greenbush beers, it seems like all the beers I have had from them haven't tasted like anything I have had before and I really like that, Keep up the good work guys. (3,724 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pitch black with a dark creamy head that has a good cling to it.

S. hop resin, malts, chocolate and coffee beans.

T. Good level of hop taste up front, some malts, full bodied, toasted nutty flavor, roasted coffee. The balance falls apart as the beer finishes with a heavy handed dose of anise that sticks to the mouth.

O. The charred lack licorice taste left a bad aftertaste and a lot to be desired. I will not be having this again. (441 characters)

Photo of robhbest
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A: Nice dark brown with a gorgeous tan head. This beer looks awesome.

S: Smells piney and citrus. With a little booziness in there too.

T: Starts off a little sweet, getting citrus notes, dark malts, ending with a nice bitter pine finish.

M: Good mouthfeel, carbonation is just right.

O: This is my second offering from Greenbush, and never has a newer brewery impressed me like they have. I love everything they've done with this one, the maltiness, the hoppyness, watch out for Greenbush Brewing! (537 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap for $5.99 a pint at Terry's Terrace in Harrison Township (?), Michigan.

Just not as impressed as the majority of people here.

Appearance: Pitch black with a creamy finger or two of head. Pretty gorgeous, if I may say so. The lacing doesn't last through the whole glass, but it's nice looking regardless.

Smell: Quite interesting, like the taste is... smells like a stout or dark coffee with hops. Has roasted malts, coffee, and... hops.

Taste: A lot like the smell, but with tastes of char and smoke as well. The hops aren't present initially, but kick in on the finish. It definitely has a different taste for the average craft beer drinker (whatever that means), but it's certainly not an unpleasant one. I definitely preferred this beer when it was a little bit colder than room temperature -- once it warmed up, the alcohol could be traced, there was a warmth in the throat, the primary taste was that of smoked wood, and the bitterness really kicked in. I didn't hate it, but it was certainly tastier within the first 15-20 minutes of having it, as it seemed to just be more balanced.

It isn't my favorite of the style, but it has a unique taste to it... it had me thinking, and it really changes quite a lot the more it warms up. Wouldn't be my go-to black ale, but it's a very nice offering from a brewery that I have never heard of. Good going, Greenbush. (1,379 characters)

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Anger from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.