Dystopia - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 5
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Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gustogasmic on 11-02-2012

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Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ashley's in Westland for the Shorts vs Greenbush Throwdown. Dystopia pours a very deep color, but not quite dark enough to be called black - ruby shines through all of the edges. Not much of a head, but the khaki-colored skin and ring sits on top of the beer almost all the way down leaving some generous spots of lacing behind it.

For a Russian Imperial Stout, the aroma is actually quite muted. I know the beer was served a bit too cold, but even after giving it some time to warm up, it's not really bashing my sense of smell like it should be. Some roasted malts, very faint cocoa powder, and maybe even a hint of smokiness. A very light sweetness plays into the tail end, but no real scents can be drawn from it... maybe a touch of molasses or anise, but it's really hard to discern.

Luckily, the taste is much more lively than the aroma with its first swing containing a brazing of deep cocoa nibs, some toasted and roasted malts, and quite a bit of molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Alcohol is warm and tasteful without being overbearing. Some licorice, anise, and a hint of dates rests in the background, along with a fading taste of cocoa powder in the finish. Surprisingly low bitterness and no immediate hop flavors are jumping out at me. Thick bodied relative to beer in general, though it's still not quite as thick as I'd like my RIS's to be. Low-medium carbonation and a soft, smooth mouth feel.

Not a bad choice, although there are many other RIS's I'd reach for before I'd grab this one (shelf RIS's, that is). Unfortunately it was the aroma that kind of let me down. It was so muzzled, especially compared to the flavor. I really don't understand how that's possible, since flavors and aromas are so closely tied together, but I was reaching deep to pull stuff out of the nose.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.57/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Basic ris decent flavor,smell and mouth feel

Photo of docoman
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent chocolate smell... taste very similar to founders Imp Stout, which I like very much... recommend trying.

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The taste came off a bit harsh. With a year ageing this would mellow out nicely. Nice just not outstanding, Quite drinkable but the alcohol takes over the other flavors as it warms.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Dystopia last week for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I had a small sample of this and I thought it was nice and I thought I would pick up a bottle to review, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that didn't let any come through and it had two fingers worth of bubbly and creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has just a slight molasses like aroma with malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice roasted malt, sweet malt, slightly charred and dark chocolate like aromas. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol aroma that's a little on the lighter side and it's followed by some dark fruit aromas with some plums seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I wouldn't mind just a like more roasted and chocolate aromas.

T- The taste seems to pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's more of a milk chocolate aspect showing up along with just a slight smokey flavor. Up next comes the alcohol which is still on the light side and it's followed by the dark fruit which show up just like it did in the aroma with the plums still coming through nicely. On the finish there's just a light amount of bitterness with a nice creamy roasted malt aftertaste with just a slight bit of dark fruits coming through. This was a good tasting Imperial Stout, it had some nice complexity to it.

M- Smooth, not too crisp, creamy, velvety, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a higher amount of low carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style, while having a pretty good mouthfeel and still being a little complex for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, not too crisp, creamy, velvety, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one is the perfect amount, but I wouldn't rule out drinking two. What I like the most about this beer was mouthfeel, it was just what I want in a good Imperial Stout. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, I wish more of those chocolate aspects came through. I would buy this beer again and I'll be interested to see how this one ages for a little while. I would recommend trying this beer, especially if you really like Imperial Stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer, I thought it was a good stout with just enough complexity to make it a little memorable and stick out from the other Imperial Stouts. So far this is one of the better beers I've had from Greenbush and I would say it's above average for the style. Good job guys, this was a tasty Imperial Stout, keep it up.

Photo of jakewatt135
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice coffee toasty malt nose. Strong dark chocolate flavor on this with a dark chocolate bitterness to the finish. Overall a nice beer.

Photo of Pineforest42
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Nice inch and a half head after a quick violent pour. Great lacing as is settled down.
S- Slight hint of coffee and a bit of vanilla. Hard to pick up anything that clearly stood out.
T- Has a bit of a whiskey bite at first, finishes with a dry dark chocolate taste. Malt aftertaste.
F- Metallic, not has creamy as I expected. Sort of crisp finish.
O- Goes down fast for a RIS. Almost too fast. Not creamy enough.

Photo of snoopy5023
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very fillable. Coffee taste with a residue left in the mouth of chocolate does this stout well.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a thin tan head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses.

T - The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts, light vanilla, and dark fruits. The finish has a good deal of smokiness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very tasty RIS and another solid offering from Greenbush.

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scud for throwing this one my way

A: poured into a Bell's tulip glass. Very dark with a ½ in. caramel colored head with some fine bubbles on top. It shrunk quickly to a thin tan bead around the glass

S: roasted malt, molasses, burnt sugar

T: coffee, toffee, brown sugar although not overly sweet. Slightly bitter on the end and the alcohol is hidden well

M: medium mouth feel, a bit thinner than I would normally expect from a RIS, but didn't bother my enjoyment of this beer

O: The cap on the bottle had a ring on it as you would find on a hand bottled cap or sometimes when there is infection, so I was a bit concerned as I opened the bottle. Then is started to immediately foam up inside the bottle, but did not overflow. Now I was concerned about over carbonation, but was pleasantly surprised that is was not overly carbonated at all, and instead just the right amount. So do not be concerned if you experience this. Dystopia is not as edgy as some other Greenbush beers, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a very solid example of this style.

Photo of justinp444
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thick dark black stout with a nice thick foamy light beige head. Smell is of dark roasted malts, some slight earthy hops, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is a nice sweet chocolaty malt flavor with a coffee bitter end, a little warm alcohol, and a quick dissipating medium mouth feel. Not a lot of complexity but a easy drinking Russian imperial stout all the same.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/20/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light smoke, and roast/smokey earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toast, molasses, light char/smoke, light raisin/plum, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toast, molasses, light char, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Russian imperial stout style. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a nice, thick light tan head. Head disipates slowly and remains a rim around the glass with lots of lacing.

Strong roasted smells of sweetness of molasses, cocoa, coffee, and smokiness. Just a hint of alcohol present.

Taste is much bigger than expected. Lots going on here with chocolate, coffee, carmelized sugar, smoke, roasted almond, and balanced earthiness on the finish of the roasted malt sweetness. Alcohol is well incorporated here.

Body is medium. Perhaps a bit thicker here would make this better than it already is.

Overall a nice surprise with the ever so slight sweetness. Great example to showcase roasted malts. Look forward to trying this one again.

Photo of PaulyB83
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent, not as complex perhaps as others and maybe a tad sweet.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Greenbush so I figured I'd try something heavy. I was surprised that it was pretty light on the mouthfeel and finish. It has a smooth flavor of roasted coffee and dark chocolate but very little bitterness. Not overly carbonated and I don't really pick up the heat from the alcohol but 9% isn't really crazy. A good offering at a good price, looking forward to trying more from Greenbush.

Photo of Jordan1127
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strong, yet very smooth. Remarkable taste. Hints of coffee and dutch chocolate. Great color. A standout beer overall.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really rad to follow a sweet barrel aged russian imperial with its original form, and in some ways, i prefer this. less sweet for sure, and definitely less boozy than the industry standard for a bourbon aged edition. this is one of the first few beers i have had from these guys, and i think easily my favorite. big thanks to thebrewo for sharing it. its not shiny and slick looking like others, almost understated in appearance, and not overly frothy, but average in the glass. something about this beer coming in under 9% abv is comforting. these are getting out of control, so i like this as much for what it is, as what it is not. dry cocoa undertones, sharp almost tannic dark grain warm fermented esters, and enough bitterness to be true to style without limiting drinkability. notes of walnut and cigar smoke, this has some serious nuance, but is not intended to be particularly complex. it sort of floats through space, middling on the spectrum, but excelling in the overall. soft in feel, one of its best features, light for what it is, and appeasing to a stressed palate. its like going home after vacation, sad to leave but happy to return. cool that feeling comes in an affordable twelve ounce bottle...

Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
Dark, black, except you can see some red-brown near the edge of th glass. About 1 finger of light tan foam, dissipates down quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - 3.75/5
Dark cocoa, sweet malts, an alcoholic banana-like fruitiness

Taste - 4/5
Lightly sweet dark malts, lightly fruity with alcohol notes, strong cocoa notes at the end of the sip. A little smoky. The best part of the taste is definitely the strong cocoa end/aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, light-medium carbonation, more creamy than crisp. Goes down smooth.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall this was an okay Russian Imperial Stout. It was more drinkable than other RIS's I've had. I think partially because it's on the lower end of the ABV spectrum for RIS's (9%).

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku. Thanks, Another6Pack!

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) color. The head is a finger high, and mocha in shade. The texture seems to lack some creaminess, and retention isn't anything special. A small ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: Well, this hits all of the notes I like in a RIS - namely dark chocolate, roast, and coffee. I also get a touch of leafy hop bitterness that meshes well with the rest of the brew. Some graham cracker and licorice rounds it out. It isn't the most explosive imperial stout ever, but like I said: all the notes I like in the style are nailed. (4)

Taste: Disappointing next to the nose. I get a small amount of roast at first, followed up by notes of licorice and brown sugar. Some dark fruit flavors finish it off. Not very complex at all, and that's the beer's undoing. There really isn't much interesting going on - luckily, there are no brewing flaws. (3)

Mouthfeel: Easier to drink than other imperial stouts in general. While it has a sweet finish (typical of the style, for the most part), there's enough of an astringent prickle to will it down easily enough. (3)

Overall: This beer's undoing lies in the fact it just isn't interesting enough for me to give a really good review. And that's a damn shame in a 9% imperial stout. That, and it smelled far better than it tasted. There's nothing particularly bad about this, but nor is there anything to make this worth picking up over the imperial stout staples. (3)

3.24/5: This dystopian empire leaves me a bit cold

Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this on a whim, trying to fill my pick-6 with an extra stout.

A - Pours a nice black with a plentiful off-white head with moderate lacing.

S - Rich roasty aroma with chocolate and coffee secondary. More of the roasted character than anything else but still enough accompanying malt, cocoa, and coffee to keep it rounded out. Not too pungent.

T - Very similar to the smell; has the roastiness from the smell first but closely accompanied by the milk chocolate, malt, and lighter coffee tones. It is drier and smoother than many of the RIS's I've had in the past but there is plenty of flavor to keep sipping away on this one.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate to high carbonation. Didn't pour very hard and still 2" of fine head. Though the head didn't stay for the entire beer and it wasn't the thickest this beer really did well to keep the 9% ABV out of the way and let you just enjoy the beer.

Overall, this is a very good imperial stout. This is a RIS on the lower side of the RIS scale with more drinkability as opposed to more flavor and impact. I would recommend this beer but only after you've tried many of the better more readily available RIS's out there, e.g. Ten Fidy, Yeti, Old Rasputin.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of gustogasmic
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with burnt brown edges, a nice- sized manila ring with wisps across the top, little to no lacing, very little carbo. True to style minus the lacing, might be better it i were drinking from a snifter (drinking from a conical belgian beer flute)

S- Smoky, carbon, burnt. Dark dry fruits, especially dates (more than plum, fig, etc.)

T/M- Wow, this beer opens up big time when sipped, and does not reveal its alcohol. Much more on the dark fruit than roast/chocolate when it comes to traditional RIS flavors. Very sticky, very long roasty/sweet linger. One of the more fruit-forward RIS I have had; perfect for someone who enjoys Expedition, or Ivan the Terrible. Not as full-bodied as I would want but massive in flavor, so it lingers well, lingers strong.

O- Greenbush. This brewery is killing it and their RIS is up to par, just a hard category to enter with heavy hitters like Pt5 and Expedition right next door. A brewery to believe in, delivering a solid RIS. Can't wait to see what the barrel-aged edition tastes like...

Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent light brown head with some lacing

S-dark malt, cocoa, hint of vanilla and brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, cocoa,little dark brown sugar, hint of vanilla and smoke

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent RIS, would like a little more body and depth of flavor

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the imperial stout I expected it to be, but surprising to be sure.
dark cocoa black with a beige head that goes away quick enough.
smell is by far the most unique thing about this beer.
smokey, earthy, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, something else?
taste is subjectively a russian Imp stout, same with the mouthfeel.
medium body at best.
you get roast-y chocolate malt upfront with just the right balance of sweet & hop bitters.
goes down easy for a RIS, not sure if this is labeled right.
would have put it in a double breakfast stout category.

Dystopia from Greenbush Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.