Distorter - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 324
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 27.66%
Wants: 8
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
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Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: AgentZero on 10-28-2011

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Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit on the stout side of the porter/stout style with the use of roasted malt. Dark black with a tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Smells or roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some umami. Tastes like a stout with a lot of roast, a bit of smoke and ash, with hints of chocolate and then earthy hops. Rich body and nice carbonation. Nice feel to this one. A brewer can call a beer whatever style they wish, but I would consider this an American stout with all the roasted malt and some would say, assertive hoppiness. But the end result is this is a very flavorful and rich beer.

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Photo of yungbrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer! Not your average porter/stout

Look - nice and dark with a tan head
Smell- not much going on here but I can faintly smell coffee
Taste - goes down smooth with a hint of chocolate and coffee notes, finishes a little more bitter than other beers of this style but i like that. it's something new.

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Photo of jparizo
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Distorter is a nice porter. While I've had better, it definitely gets the job done. It's also very drinkable; I'll enjoy a mug at the brewery every now and then.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice mix of a porter and stout.
smokey, malty, smooth.
hints of roasted coffee & sweet malt.
the porter side has a robust & full flavor while
the stout side gives it a smooth clean finish with just a hint of lingering sweetness.
give it a try if you are interested in porters even a little.

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Photo of cserrato02
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Nice color and aroma. Very strong roasted, almost ashy flavor with a lingering bitter taste in the end. Good carbonation and somewhat mouth coating. However is a bit to hoppy for my taste.

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Photo of MNJR
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good porter, or stout, depending on how you interpret the label. This is sturdy, and tasty with lemony hops, and some ginger/nutmeg spice. Is this spiced? It certainly tastes that way. But, I don't know. The background flavor is like spent coffee grounds. That sounds worse than it is. The feel suffers from chewiness and slightly thin carbonation. This beer is unremarkable as a stout or porter except for the interesting spicy flavors.

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Photo of PintSizedLover
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

AP: Pours pitch black, with a thin tan head with just a outlining ring of retention, with barely any retention. AR: Slight roast, with a predominance of bitter chocolate and dark yeasty bread. TA: Same bittering baking cocoa, buttered dark toast and earthy hops to finish. MF: Decent carbonation, not overly creamy. Slightly abrasive. OV: Easy go-to for a hoppy Porter with caffeinated chocolate tendencies.

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Photo of ribby
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To me this is a hoppy porter, not quite intense enough roasted malt as most stouts. The carbonation is a bit coarse, not creamy at all. Otherwise this is a vaery good beer ito those who appreciate the style.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with quarter inch tan head. Smell is semisweet with hints of cocoa. It's rather bitter and goes down strong. The 7.2% is definitely noticed here. Outside the bitterness it's smooth going down. Overall it's an ok porter, but a little bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of karengarys
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Warning: I'm not much of a porter fan (too thin), and I like some stouts (not necessarily "typical"). RIS is my favorite, so take this from the point of view of somebody who prefers, um, thicker drinks.

This pours like you'd want a stout to pour, I slow pour but got a bit of carmely small-bubble head anyway. It's dark and the foam ring laces a bit.

Smell... good... words to describe... hmm... First word is "roasty". Maybe cocoa? dark mustiness lingers, not quite sure how to label it - it's a good mustiness, like darkness not ickeyness...

Taste is quite good. wow. um, no one flavor jumps out and says "it's me!"... Maybe some cocoa, coffee, toffee, and somehow slight clean hops keeping things bright somehow. Alcohol? There is alcohol in this? so well hidden!

Mouthfeel is really creamy. No porter water pop stuff going on here. No flat-nitro-stout stuff either (sorry - I'm not a nitro fan). This sort of has a really nice drink to the end.

Finish is somewhat hoppy. Strange. But clean.

If you see this, and are yearning for a beer that is this color, give it a try. If you like yummy malty dark beers, even if you don't know what to call them, this one is worth looking for, and I don't say that very often.

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Photo of lochef81
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This porter pours a deep near black color with a grotesquely over foamy tan head. The aroma is a blend of rich dark chocolate and coffee. The initial aroma is very nice but upon subsequent sniffs an unappealing esters aroma begins to make itself present. The mouth is creamy and smooth; a little thick for a porter but perfect for a stout. The flavor is very chocolaty with a coffee and bitter burnt malt finish. Thus is a good beer; much more stout than porter, but still not one that I'd return to often.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola color with a big thick creamy dep beige head that settles so slowly leaving multiple broken rings of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Chocolate nad coffee dominate the aromas,the coffee gives off some big earthy roasted notes.A full smooth creamy feel is just great for this beer,it glides down easily.Deeply roasted coffee and bitter chocolate are the main flavor components,not very sweet with mild chalkiness and earth in the finish.I like this porter/stout alot,I like it's dryness and drinkability.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise, as this was picked up without any research or expectations. Bottle pours a clear dark brown with a respectable milk chocolate coloured head and impressive lacing. Aroma is muted compared to the taste, but a nice blend of chocolate malts with roasted nut tones. Flavours include dark chocolate and coffee elements. Sweet roasted malts transition to a delightful bitterness in the finish that hides most of the >7% alcohol heat.

Will have to plan a visit to Sawyer in next MI trip...

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Photo of pkalix
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! what an aroma! yes, it smells like a full stout. beautiful looking in the bar glass with a nice cap of tan head on top of the ultra-dark brown brew. dark malts, toasted and roasted malts, slight cocoa, slight espresso.... what's the difference between a stout and a porter, again....? the battle rages on and this brew certainly doesn't do much to settle it, but fuel it....
feels like a good, old-fashioned stout, before the days of bourbon barrel aging and cherries and additional hops and all that good stuff that the recent craft brew scene has been promoting. a good, old-fashioned stout. that's what this is. bitter, chalky, roast-y. very nice brew.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - black with a thinner creamy light brown head
S - chocolate, roasted barley, fruity esters of cherry, plum, and fig
T - bold and stout (for a porter - haha), dark chocolate, coffee-like roasted barley, ashy, fruity with cherry and plum
F - fuller bodied, very creamy and smooth, easy to drink even for 7.2%
O - surpriser here. I've had mixed feelings for what I've had from Greenbush so far, but this came through in a big way. Big, bold, almost imperial stout flavors, unique, and delicious. Solid. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dad suprised me with a 6 pack of this. I dont understand what theyre saying on the bottle... a stout-ish porter and a poorter-ish stout. Ive been reading alot about porters lately and its funny how confusing it is. Basically theyre the same beer just one is stronger and more hopped than the other. Id be interested in seeing the recipe for this. It is very good, very... Irish, if that makes sense.
A- Looks just great, perfectly poured in my Stone Ruination pint glass. The head looks delicious. Good thick lacing. Id call this more of a stout than a porter.
S- Mmmm bitterness. I believe thats williamette or EKG... Love hops like that. They give it almost a sour bittterness that i like very much, thats kinda what I mean when I say Irish.
T- Its really tasty. Kinda porter-ish, Kinda Stout-ish. I dont know what they were going for heere but it turned out pretty good.
M-Here again, it gets confusing. Its like a porter that wants to be a stout. The mouthfeel says porter, as its thinner than most stouts. But I guess it is classified as a porter....
Overall, I like Greenbush beers, theyre really good and this one is definitely not my favorite, its decent, though. Would I seek it out? No. But Id love to try something else from this brewery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours opaque and essentially balck, with a large, creamy and durable light brown head. A little sediment left in the ottom of the bottle and a lot of lacing left on the sides of the glasses.

Aroma: has a sour note that I find undesirable in a porter. Rather spicy and hoppy for style.
Flavor: decent, but hoppy and sour for style. Very good bitter/sweet balance. Plenty of dark roasted grains plus hints of coffee in the lingering aftertaste.

O: Great looks and feel but unappealing aroma.

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Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a thick dark brown body with a massive (to the top of glass) suede head. Retention is incredible and it looks so creamy and delicious. Lacing is all over the glass. It really looks perfect for a porter.

S - Roasted malts, milk and dark chocolates, and hints of French roast. Some earthy hops are hidden in the aroma. Not picking up the cola I am used to in Porters.

T - Good amounts of roasted malt, plenty of chocolate and French roast notes. There is also a good amount o f earthiness from the hops, and light nutty notes. It is both sweet, but with some bitter on the finish.

M - Has a medium body, yet has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - This is a nice and different approach on a Porter. It really does seem to bridge a Porter to a Stout. I am used cola like flavors, but could not pick any up in this. A good one to try.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of the recent 2013 seasonal release. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/26/2013. Happy Krimbus!

Pours a thick dark brown body, very dark and opaque with a decent two fingers' worth of mocha head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down. Looks like a rich, dark mocha latte.

Smells interesting. Some floral hops mixed in with roast malts, both milk and dark chocolates, and hints of bitter espresso. Perhaps a bit of dark fruit presence. Not super complex but very interesting and rich.

Flavour falls a bit short of the nose, still very flavourful. Nutty, sweet milk chocolate, bitter espresso and dark chocolate, some roast malts. No dark fruits, with a decent bitter earthy finish. A bit more bitter than I'd like, but very interesting with a nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Very good mouthfeel on this beer- medium to fuller bodied, well carbonated and creamy. Small hints of its 7.2% ABV is present, but not particularly bothersome- rather, it complements the flavour profile well.

Very smooth drinking porter-stout, I think its all the same thing and it's very enjoyable. If it was a bit less bitter and had the malts come out some more, I think this would be a more higher rated beer. As it is, I'm enjoying this Michigan local and if you have access to this, you should try it out too.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Christmas! The first beer of the day is the Distorter Porter! The beer poured an opaque black with tan head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries subtle earth tones with hints of espresso. The taste is roasty and earthy with touches of coffee. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer to start the day.

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Photo of Daktah
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with a slim tan head. Smell is heavy on the roasted notes: grains, coffee, chocolate. All swirling around together and producing something great. Taste brings more of the same, with a hint of alcohol following. Excellent mouthfeel and body.

Great beer and definitely somewhere between what I think of as porter and stout (just like the tagline says). A little surprised that this is 7.2% given its smoothness. Looking forward to the last one in my fridge.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours with a finger of rich and creamy head which is present while drinking. Color is very dark brown to black. Sticky layers of lacing left behind at each level. Awesome looking brew.

Smell: sweet vanilla and medium to dark chocolate all over the front. Below those is a substantial body of malt that really bring levels of complexity. Fresh coffee grounds round this stellar aroma out.

Taste: like this aroma the vanilla jumps out right away. A mossy hop profile adds a different touch on the palate. The middle of this brew is a full bodied malt presence with perfectly balanced amounts of sweet and bitter. The coffee bite shows up toward the back end and leaves the drinker thinking about its presence.

Mouthfeel: love the creamy Mouthfeel to this porter. Certainly understand why they called it a stout-ish porter. Mild coffee bitterness is a welcome addition .

Overall: for me its a top notch porter. Full bodied with a definite sweetness. The stout-ish-ness is very well played. Great stuff.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Greenbush. Acquired a single bottle of this from the local Binny's. Expectations are decent enough, based on my previous experience with this brewery.

Poured into a Guiness Extra Stout St. James's Gate Dublin glass mug.

A - Aggressive pour yields four big fluffy creamy fingers of mocha froth with excellent staying power. Body is an opaque black in the glass. Looks excellent.

S - Smell is wonderful also. Smooth whipped cream, vanilla, chocolate, cookie dough, malt roast, brown sugar, piney hop presence, some faint alcohol, some yeast, and maybe some spice character that I can't identify. Lovely.

T - Lots going on here also. Powdery chocolate / cocoa, creamy vanilla, crisp malt, coffee beans, some cola, dark bitter malt roast, and some faint herbal / grainy/ mineral earthiness on the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, with good bitterness. Thick, medium full bodied with good coarse carbonation.

Overall, I am actually really enjoying this beer. Although, it is definitely more of a stout than a porter, I'd say. Moderate 7.20% abv is hardly noticeable in the least; I could surely knock more than a few of these back. Definitely recommended.

Greenbush Distorter ---4/5.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$5.25 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Appearance: Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head. Lacing is all over the glass, but it's not "thick"... very nice looking beer.

Smell: You've smelled a good porter before -- plenty of roasty notes. Roasted malts and some coffee, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Dark malts and coffee are most dominant here though.

Taste/feel: Same as the smell. A relatively harsh bitterness when the beer was initially served (way too cold), but changed for the better quite a lot as it warmed. Surprisingly heavy for a porter, and drinks more like a stout. Slight warming on the finish with a very slight touch of alcohol, but it's minor. The roasted malts and coffee are most prominent in Distorter, with just a little bit of chocolate.

For some reason, I was expecting an awesome porter with Distorter, but I just got a very good one instead. I don't like this as much as Mr. Hyde, but this is one of the better porters I've had recently. It worked well for me on tap.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours practically pitch black with some good tan froth.

(S)- Good spiced raisin and coffee grounds with subtle cocoa. A good solid porter aroma.

(T)- A good roasted bread meets bitter coffee grounds and raisin.

(M)- A good mellow carbonation level. Its really a solid porter with a nice mouthfeel without being too rich or sweet.

(O)- I am definitely liking what Greenbush is putting out. Its a solid porter with superb coffee bits to it.

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