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Distorter - Greenbush Brewing Company

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very good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentZero on 10-28-2011)
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Reviews by lochef81:
Photo of lochef81
3.71/5  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.

lochef81, May 19, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

oberon, May 14, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.11/5  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.

warnerry, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Too hoppy for my Porter tastes but not bad

barhoc11, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of mikejonze
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

mikejonze, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of sculls65
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sculls65, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

TCJosh, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  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.

chinchill, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Zonian1, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GRE680, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Tuckersmth, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DruC4, May 13, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  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.

WoodBrew, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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mzeld, Mar 06, 2013
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Gidyup, Sep 11, 2013
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Distorter from Greenbush Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.