Distorter - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep, black color, though the shade might be exaggerated due to the dim lighting at the bar. Some super-deep ruby at the edges when help up to a light. Deep, dense looking tan head which shows excellent retention and leaves some nice lacing at the top of the glass.

Wow, the aroma was quite surprising - I guess I just wasn't expecting much. It has a nice toasty smell with lots of different things going on. Milky and dark chocolates, campfire-like smokiness, big-time roasted malts... The aroma actually reminds be a big of Founders Porter, which is definitely a top notch porter for me. If that is any indication of how this beer will taste, then I'm excited. Mild creamy sweetness in the tail end of the aroma, paired with a touch of bittersweet cocoa.

The taste is very smooth and easy going, although possibly a let-down based off of how much I liked the aroma. Lightly creamy with that heavy, roasted, campfire-woodsy flavor hitting my palate first. Some very light char that gets stronger and stronger with warmth. Slightly milky and packed with all kinds of chocolate characteristics. A nice hop profile comes in about midway through, placing a mild bitterness at the back of the tongue - a good balance to the malty sweetness.

Lots of carbonation turns the beer into a cloudy pillow of froth after a few seconds in your mouth, but I'm not sure that's the best route to go with for a porter. Aftertaste is packed with more charred flavors, an even more solid campfire woodiness, and a heaping of toasted nuts. Overall the beer gets a bit sweeter as it warms, but the light hop profile is always discernible. A more medium bodied, creamy and slick brew is present once the carbonation has time to disperse just a bit.

Probably one of the better things I've had from Greenbush, though I've been relatively unimpressed with their offerings to far. Had this both on tap and out of the bottle and it was MUCH better on tap. If I had to go Greenbush, this would be a top choice for me. Solid porter all around.

Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with one finger of brown head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate. Has a bit of sweetnesss, but mostly a roasty nose.

T - Nice mix of roasted malt, buttersweet chocolate and some milk chocolate. Very faint amount of char. Very nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is quite roasty.

O - This has a bit of a stout character, but definitely still fits within the porter style. Nice flavors and mouthfeel. Another good one from Greenbush.

Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Too hoppy for my Porter tastes but not bad

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Picked up in gr over the 4th. Very dark brown pour, huge head initially which was a bit concerning. Went down to just a frothy layer of light tan that retained really well. A tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma, some roast and cream and a lagery like yeast aroma. Cocoa.

Taste, toasted malt, caramel nuttiness, a little anise and a good dose of dark chocolate.

Not quite medium bodied, carb is a little high, though not as bad as the initial appearance might have indicated. Jus a bit thin as well, but it drinks really nicely. A little more thickness and creamy carb would really do this justice.

All around reminded me of a slightly lighter Dark Horse Black Bier. A good brew to be compared to in my book.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Michael for sharing this one, a bottle straight from the brewery.

Jet black with mocha foam, plenty of residual lacing. Lasting head retention as well.

Bitter dark chocolate and ashy roast. Clean and dry, much like Founders Porter, which is one of my favorites.

Similar flavors of dark chocolate, roasty with a pleasant amount of ashy char that finishes very dry and smooth. Light carbonation and medium bodied, easily sessionable. This is one Greenbush beer i'd definitely look for again, they're doing some good things.

Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap. Dark brown color with a good foamy head.

Good aromas of roasted coffee, malts, and some caramel aromas. Nice depth to it, but a little simple in a way

excellent full body with a really smooth feel to it. More malty for the flavors with some coffee as well and a great finish

A quality porter from a producer I wasn't familiar with. Didn't even realize it was 7% alc as it went down very smooth

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of minterro
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single from spartan spirits for around 2 bucks.

A&S: Pours about a finger and a half of a blend of fizzy/creamy light brown head. Very dark brown colored beer, thick creamy lacing. Lots of chocolate, roastyness, some sugary-cream like sweetness.

T&M: A bit overly roasty, smokeyness is cigarette like. hints of coco and dark fruits. Pretty dry finish. Quite smooth, borderline feels like it was from a nitro keg. no real alcohol presence. Medium body, medium low carbonation.

Overall: I would say this is a pretty decent/interesting beer. It for sure rides the porter side of the porter-stout spectrum more so then the stout side.

Photo of JoshVandy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap on July 11, 2011 in the Greenbush Taproom.
Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, with about a 1 finger tan colored head. Great lacing and retention.

S- Nice roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some subtle dark fruit sweetness. Pretty solid nose on this.

T- Follows the nose, and tastes a lot like a frozen mocha from Bigby coffee in Michigan. Lots of good coffee and chocolate flavors, roasted malts and subtle vanilla.

M- Thick and chewy, with medium carbonation and a subtle, somewhat dry finish.

O- A very well done porter from Scott and company. The board says it's a cross between and porter and a stout, and I completely agree. It displays characteristics of both a good porter and a great stout. Got a growler to go, if that says anything. Well done.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Distorter last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This is the finial beer that I have yet to try from Greenbush's newly released bottled lineup, I'm a big fan of robust American Porters and I would like to see how this one stacks up, so lets see hew it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple looking and not that eye catching, but I still think it looks fine. It poured a real dark black color that didn't seem to let any light come through and it had three fingers worth of fluffy dark tan/brown head that faded to a thin layer that left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I really like it, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness to it that had a real slight molasses like aroma to it followed by loads of dark roasted malts that imparted lots of roasty, coffee and chocolate aromas. There was also a sweet cream like aroma with pretty much no hops showing up in the aroma. This beer has a goof aroma, it's very roasty and robust, i'ts just how I like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a sweet cream like flavor to it followed by loads of dark roasted malts that imparted lots of roasted, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The bitterness seems to show up right in the middle and is on the really high side of medium and was slightly astringent and it had a nice chocolate like aftertaste with a slight bit of coffee. This is a good tasting American Porter, but I feel that if the bitterness was toned down some it could be great.

M- A little smooth, slightly chewy, a little dry, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a real nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of an American Porter, it's right on the edge of the style and it's pretty close to being a stout in fact I have had many stouts that weren't as robust or as thick as this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, and the flavors held my attention, but one would be enough for me, I think the bitterness hurts the drinkability. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and how roasted and robust the aroma and taste were, those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, if it was toned down some it would really help this beer out. I would buy this beer again, it's priced nicely and it's tasty for what it is, I recommend this to anyone who likes Porters and Stouts. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it was just a little rough around the edges with the extra bitterness but other than that this was pretty enjoyable beer. Now that I have made my way through Greenbush's newly released bottled lineup I thought all the beers were nice and some were pretty damn good, I think my favorite was Dune Gras or Anger, but I thought they were all worth checking out. I'm looking forward to see what the future holds for Greenbush's if they keep up the quality of the beers I have tried then I see nothing but good things for this brewery in the future, nice job guys.

Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Fountainhead 12/30/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a deep black with one finger of creamy khaki colored foam on top. Retention was excellent with a healthy amount of head remaining until the end of the glass. A few light ropes of lace decorated the glass. Gorgeous.

S: Intense roasted malt aroma that shows off a coffee side as well. Chocolate comes up as it warms as does a touch of piney hops.

T: See above. Just when you think the roasty malt couldn't get more complex, a sneaky char peeks out and actually hangs around for the duration.

M: Full and slightly slick at first before turning decidedly dry/spicy/ashy (take your pick). Killer long finish.

O: This was our first experience with Greenbush and we were definitely impressed. An excellent interpretation of the style!

Photo of Daktah
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black colored beer with a small tan head that faded to a small ring and left some minor stick and spots on the sides of the glass. Some brown and ruby on the edges.

S - Lots of coffee with a bit of chocolate. There is some good roast in here and a touch of char that separates itself well from some of the sweeter notes of the beer. Some earth tones.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells with good coffee and roasted malts, as well as a touch of chocolate and some hints of dark fruit. Little vanilla, very robust flavor in this one that is quite enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with some softer carbonation, dry and bitter on the finish.

O - Really enjoyed this beer a lot, and if the rest of Greenbush's offerings are like this one they are going to have a bright future. Good complexity, nice beer.

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of lochef81
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of KFBR392
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of cserrato02
2.61/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, coffee, floral, light pine, biscuit, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes with a fair amount of hop presence. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, coffee, biscuit, floral, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, biscuit, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt flavors; with light-moderate hop presence and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, lightly slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice robust porter. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of swtchuck
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Distorter Porter, 7.2% ABV, 50 IBU's. A - very dark porter, nice everlasting cu head. S - hop forward, with some roasty-chocolatey character. T - again hop forward, chocolate notes, some nutty roasty flavors, rather thin mouthfeel for a stout-ish porter. Overall a drinkable beer although more of an American Stout with dominant dark-hop-chocolate, was looking for more base caramel malt complexity being a porter.

Photo of karengarys
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Distorter from Greenbush Brewing Company
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