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Pain - Greenbush Brewing Company

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very good

31 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-06-2011)
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Reviews by emerge077:
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black color, the beer is capped by a dense layer of mocha tinged foam. Compact and creamy, leaving behind lots of dripping lace in the glass. Lasting coverage on the surface, some patchy skim remains after the first few sips.

Deep aroma of sweet spice and rich woodsy roastiness. Cardamom, creamy chocolate covered dried cherry or currants.

Ashy char, bitter roast and milky chocolate in the aftertaste. Rich and creamy, full bodied from the lactose. A slight burn from the higher abv, but it's in the background. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Sticky on the lips, slightly warming. A nice full bodied milk stout that's burly enough for the cold winter months ahead.

Thanks for this one Eric!

emerge077, Nov 01, 2012
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A bottle from CaptCleveland from one of our many trades, this one a couple months back (I think) & other than a few bottles of BA Blackout, the last beer standing. 12 oz. of beer with some inscrutable bottle art involving horns & a hammer? Maybe the kids get it.

Pour is dark black with a foaming-at-the-mouth head I didn't really expect from a big milk stout; takes two pours to get it in my chalice. Chocolate is the strongest element of the nose, accompanied on the mash tun by some lactose & roast. Nice, if rather mundane.

Pain reminds me of the anise stout that Stone made a while back & no, that's not a big compliment. Anise/black licorice come on like a pair of Czech porn stars, aggressive, dominating. The lactose/milkiness provides a jarring counterpoint, & the bitter chocolate adds to the flailing chaos. Roast noticeably absent, with the void filled by sweet malts. Really nice & thick, but I could have done with a half-pour.

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

On-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a snifter.

A - A finger of dark mocha foam settles to a partial cap, thicker collar, and a few splotches of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Plenty of lactose sugar in the aroma, mingling with dark chocolate, light biscuit and toffee, estery yeast, hint of black cherry, roasted grains, and a faint alcohol note. I initially thought this was a Belgian stout as the yeast is very fruity and lightly phenolic, but apparently it's just their house strain. In any case, quite unique.

T - The roasted malts take center stage here, with some black malt char and anise making an appearance. The lactose is still present, but gets pushed to the fringes a bit - definitely less sweetness that the aroma, and it comes across in more of a baker's chocolate kind of way. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Smooth texture, and a medium-full body that seems a tad undersized for 11.2%. Lower carbonation and a mostly clean and lightly sticky finish. Minimal alcohol warmth is present.

D - Another fine effort from Greenbush, just not my favorite offering. I'd certainly have this again as I found the aroma very intriguing and complex. I also anticipate great things from the forthcoming barrel-aged version.

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Pain from Greenbush Brewing Company
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