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Delusion - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 231
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 22.54%
Wants: 71
Gots: 79 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kawilliams81 on 01-13-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 231
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @Prager62 for this midwest trophy wife.
Actually, she's not a trophy wife cuz she's more than just beautiful to look at (and smell) she's a drink of amazing substance and grace as well.
Pours a deepest mahogany. Dark root beer head gently rises and slowly falls to a thin lace.
Smell is well rounded, deep Templeton Rye barrel, slightly spicy and still sweet with raisin and cocoa notes.
Taste is more subtle with the rye, lite roast, deep raisin or date, lite chocolate & molasses. All delivered with an amazing creaminess. Wait...ok. Now some heat, and again the rye comes in a bit more on the finish- almost peppery with a hint of anise.
This is such a complex, lovely lass. Thanks so much Prager62!!!

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Photo of HoosierBrew
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic BA Stout that measures up with the big boys-BCBS, and KBS. Seriously. Taste is of dark chocolate and vanilla with the right amount of bourbon compliment. The feel is creamy and smooth. I'm reviewing this one at the 6 month mark and can say it definitely ages well. I'll try to resist the temptation of breaking into my last two for another six months and follow up with another review. An outstanding BA Stout that's very underrated.

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not much variation from a Bourbon County, a little less heat; really well-done and something I wish I had more and more of. Big vanilla and oak characters coming through, a burnt tan head with nice lacing on the glass, very sticky feel. A slow sipper for me that I truly enjoyed!


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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sexy looking ba stout. Pours viscous and sits still in the glass. Creamy caramel 1 finger head. Aromas of whiskey, baker's chocolate, or wait...dark chocolate. Flavor comes through as straight up roasted malts and rye whiskey. Barrel presence is strong. Not overly complex, but fairly smooth. Booze isn't all that hidden as a fair amount of warmth comes at you, but the feel is nice and creamy.
Overall, pleased to try it. I wouldn't actively seek it out though. Barrel overpowers the base imo

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Photo of glazeman
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Roasty, Creamy, Thick. Complex, not too boozy. Nice Whisky barrel character though could have used a tad more barrel component. Overall an amazing barrel aged stout...one of the best I have tried in a long time.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split between small snifters.

Poured black with almost no head. Smell is roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, some oak, some coffee. Body is full with a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one-finger creamy tan head. Tons of heavy lacing.

S - Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The is a light smokiness in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and
creamy. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

O - Greenbush hit this one out of the park. The flavors are extremely well balanced with a near perfect mouthfeel. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers, Liam!!

A. Pours a very deep dark brown, looks black and opaque in the glass with a finger of light brown head that fades to a skim.

S. Whiskey and a touch of chocolate syrup and oak, a little bit of licorice too.

T. Dark chocolate and whiskey, some dark coffee and well roasted malts. Dry cocoa in the finish.

M. Medium+ body, medium (maybe+ ?) carbonation.

O. A bit to thin and a bit too much carbonation ...small complaints. Good stuff overall.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas with big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, cream, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, cream, light smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Fair amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, cream, light smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial cream stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was generally black with little evident carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was booze, but not overly boozy. I would not describe it as hot.

Taste - Sweet chocolate begins the taste followed by marshmallows, cinnamon, ginger, and of course the booze. Rye shines through nicely in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For a barrel aged beer, this is remarkably smooth without any burn.

Overall - This is expensive, but it is definitely a winner from Greenbush.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Delusion last week at The Lager Mill. I've been interested in trying this one since I heard a little bit of it would be distributed and it looks like I got the Templeton Whiskey version, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown `12oz bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a good look to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it took on just a slight crimson hue around the edges when held to the light with almost a half a fingers worth of brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the whiskey barrels being the first to show up and they impart a straight up whiskey aroma that's fairly boozy and there's a good amount of woody aromas with just a little bit of vanilla. Up next comes the stout base which is a little on the lighter side and it imparts some dark roasted malt, sweet malt, and chocolate like aromas that leads into some dark fruits with raisins seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but it was a little unbalanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off withe a lower amount of high sweetness with the whiskey barrel still being the first to show up and they impart those same aspects that they did in the aroma with the whiskey seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which only impart a generic malty flavor with not much roasted or chocolate aspects coming through and it's followed by the dark fruits which show up more than they did in the aroma with the raisins still sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with some sweetness and alcohol taking it's place and it had a whiskey barrel and raisin like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it's still lacking balance and it's not that recognizable as a Stout.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, slightly cloying, not too crisp, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but I didn't think it was the best example of a barrel aged sweet stout simply because the stout base was very covered up and hardly any of those nice roasted and chocolate like aspects came through. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little boozy, slightly cloying, not too crisp, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me, anymore than that and the lack of balance would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, this was a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the balance, it just wasn't that great and I felt like the barrels covered up most of the stout aspects. I don't think i would buy this one again, it's not bad, but I don't think it's worth the high price. I can't say I would really recommend it, but if your really into Whiskey barrel aged beers it might be worth a shot. All in all this beer wasn't bad, but to me it's the balance that made this beer pretty rough around the edges and I think it could use a little work. It's not a favorite Greenbush beer and it's not a favorite of the style. I appreciate the effort it took to make this beer, but in the end it just isn't for me, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/20/14 Poured into a snifter.

A- Pretty black, some light coming through on the edges, one finger light brown head, decent alcohol legs.

S- Dark fruits, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, coconut, vanilla, all the aromas of a great BA stout, the alcohol is a bit harsh but that's the only real complaint.

T- Lots of chocolate, coffee, some dried cherry, bit of vanilla and coconut, the alcohol is there but much smoother than expected given the nose. Finishes with a nice coffee and dark chocolate note with a bit of lactose sweetness.

M- A bit on the lighter side of a big barrel aged stout but not to where I would call it thin. One thing is it seems to perhaps be on the higher end of the carbonation range for a stout.

O- I haven't really had anything from Greenbush that has wowed me but this one definitely does. It has all the flavors and aromas you expect from a great bourbon barrel aged stout like that of Black Note or BCBS. This is definitely something worth tracking down and even trading for and I will definitely be seeking this out in years to come.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pair of samplers from Georgetown. 4208 71C0811 is the code printed on the bottom of the bottle. MFG 11.20.14 is printed on the label.

Pours black with a good sized brownish head that fades surprisingly slowly. Head ends up as a creamy, softly rolling surface. Smell is bourbony, smokey, and woody. Alcohol and vanilla.

Taste is surprisingly strong coffee and chocolate. A little stab of vanilla; more of a whiskey taste than vanilla taste than the aroma indicated. Strong bitterness, and very noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, warm, fluffy. Overall, pretty nice beer. I like it.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first beer from Greenbush's 2014 Advent Calendar. Bottled 11.20.14 and enjoyed from a snifter

A: Very dark, with a lot of khaki foam (but not much head) swirling around the glass.

S: My first impression was of a beer that was bitter, roasty, and hot/boozy. But as I spent more time with the beer I picked up spicy rye whiskey; sweet, milky chocolate; lots of roast; and some faint, pleasant wood notes. Nice nose.

T: Great stuff. Delusion delivers a rich blast of sweet chocolate that's cut by strong, spicy rye whiskey. Maybe some very faint vanilla or marshmallow sweetness. Finishes nicely with a roasty bitterness, like a bite of good dark chocolate

M: Silky smooth and pretty much the definition of medium-bodied.

O: A really nice rye-barrel stout that manages to display a lot of wood and alcohol and use those components effectively to cut and complement the sweeter aspects of this beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ivan for the chance to try this one. Had no idea what I was walking into on this.

A: Black body capped by a huge tan head that foams up in the glass like crazy, nearly spilling over. Retention is ridiculous, and after about ten minutes, the beer finally settles at about a half finger. Leaves big spots of lace after each sip.

S: Some subdued whiskey notes right away with a lot of sweetness behind it. Milk chocolate, rich cream, coffee with sugar and cream, char, roasted malt and some light oak. Very well balanced.

T: Roasted malt mingling with milk chocolate right away. Some caramel, tootsie roll, vanilla, cream and toffee in the middle. Finish shows a touch of smoke, anise and charred oak. Mouthfeel is rich and super creamy. The thick head makes the beer almost milkshake-like. A really unique and really incredible barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Thanks JR. Poured into a O'so snifter today, 4/22/2014.

A- Dark black body, two finger mocha head that's particularly large for a BA stout like this. Great retention and some lacing left over. Quite different than all the other BA stouts I've seen, actually.

S- Very sweet lactose, roast and charred malts that is cut by a nice bitter spicy rye nose. Solid, nothing super special or pungent, but this combination shows up much better on the nose.

F- Very good and very balanced. Simultaneously sweet lactose, sweet whiskey notes and dark malts mixed in with the rye bitterness that balances everything out. Very flavourful and very interesting.

M- Medium bodied but on the thicker side, very substantial and surprisingly low carbonation despite the large head in the appearance.

O- Very good imperial stout, it's certainly not BCBS but it's a very good and somewhat unique beer in its own right.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle as an extra from Tim. Big time thanks! Pours black with a big fluffy dark brown head that pops out of my Teku glass. Some roast and sweet lactose aroma, a little chocolate, a bit of bourbon booze. Plenty of rye whiskey here on top of a big roasty stout. Some dark chocolate notes, a bit of dark fruit, and some more mellow whiskey. Lingering roast and like oak left on the palate. Rich mouthfeel supported by what I assume is lactose that sweetens things up a bit. Low to medium carbonation. A really nice beer with good balance between roast, sweet, and spicy rye whiskey notes.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Creamy and lush like a first grade crush - why, hello there. Don't get Raul wrong, he's not tripping on this one like that one time Anabel Eliza gave him some her Candy Hearts on valentines day - no no no. But it's a nice lil brew to sip on when you are sippin' it.


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Photo of Jeffo
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of this from cpferris. Had never heard of this beer, let alone this brewery, so thanks for introducing me to something new man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial cream stout on rye whiskey.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour, almost black, yields a one finger, looser, mocha colored head with good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and ring, though only a ring remains leaving a few falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Whiskey barrel for sure, with oak and some sweet vanilla cream on the nose. Milk chocolate and some dark, roasted chocolate aromas as well. Bold and enticing, with plenty of depth. Really wonderful.

TASTE: Whisky and oak up front for sure, with some sweet cream and milk chocolate as well. Finish is whisky barrel with boozy flavors, sweet vanilla cream, bitter pure chocolate and some roasted flavors. Lots of boozy barrel, caramel and vanilla cream sweetness, with some roasted and bitter dark chocolate from the base beer lingering on the palate. Really interesting and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. Creamy and enough weight for sure. Solid.

OVERALL: This was really good, with lots of great aromas and flavors in exceptional balance, on top of a solid mouth feel to support it all. Well done. A little less booze in the flavor and a darker, thicker head would help the cause, but these are minor complaints. A complex, well balanced, bold and flavorful stout with lots going on. Really enjoyed this one. Thanks again cpferris. Recommended.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.
No bottle date. Cool label. Complementing color schemes throughout.

If you liked Southern Tier's Creme Brulee stout, you'll want this. You'll want it bad. Enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one. Nice to have something more dense after a lot of thinner stouts. Boozy. Good boozy. Excellent.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Greenbush snifter.

Pour: Oily dark brown with a nearly midnight black body. A finger of deep khaki head forms and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Wow. Incredibly roasted oak char, seamlessly mixed with creamy milk chocolate, butterscotch, and toffee. The butterscotch is definitely the most prevalent flavor, but everything else supports it very well. A hint of coffee. This smells perfect.

Taste: Again, woah. Huge oak char up front, mixed with clean bourbon vanilla, smooth roastiness, and sticky toffee. Loads of butterscotch and milk chocolate in the middle. As it warms, the roast on the back really owns with a delicious char and smooth vanilla. In no way is this beer smokey - simply roasty and full. Finished with sticky toffee, melted milk chocolate, and dry roasted oak.

Mouthfeel: The body of this is incredibly creamy and smooth. A nice sipper, at least simply for the oak character. A touch too sweet as it warms, but this isn't a major negative. A nice bourbon presence, but not much heat to speak of.

Overall: So Greenbush literally has made me eat (drink?) my words. This was one of the best barrel aged stouts I've ever had. Incredibly unique and unlike any other of the style I've had before.

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Photo of buzze40
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber from the 2012 release at the brewery. Pours nearly black. One of the thickest stouts Ive drank. A lot of malt went into this one.

Flavor is rich and complex. Cream stout with a rye bite on it is unique. will be grabbing another one of these if they are still around or next time its bottled. A real jewel by Greenbush.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark cola head. Small bubbles and clumps of lacing cling to the glass.

S- chocolate, marshmallow, whiskey, vanilla.

T- dark chocolate, some roast, whiskey, some spice, vanilla and slight bitter coffee.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Very smooth, thick and creamy beer. Hides the abv very well.

O- amazing beer! Greenbush nailed it with this beer. I will be trying to get more of this for sure.

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Delusion from Greenbush Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.