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Barrel Aged Dystopia - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Dystopia
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Journeyman Distillery whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: atoulouk on 07-21-2013)
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a deep black color with a generous mocha color head. Some lacing was left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The whiskey comes through in the aroma, but it is not overpowering. Dark fruits and coffee notes are also present.

Taste - On the initial taste, I note the sweet malts. The sweetness is warmed with whiskey notes that are mild and pleasant. With the whiskey comes dark fruits (particularly raisins), milk chocolate, and a modest amount of coffee. The dark fruit notes linger in the aftertaste, paralleling the whiskey notes. There is no burn from the whiskey. In fact, the whiskey notes are close to perfect.

Mouthfeel - When presented with a Russian Imperial Stout, I think of motor oil. Dystopia has a level of thickness more appropriate for a black ale or porter. Regrettably, the taste does not coat the tongue and linger.

Overall - I have yet to be overwhelmed by a Greenbush offering. This barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout is pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 00:16:02 | More by JohnnyHopps
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-24-2014 23:01:10 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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pjkelley82

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks jas44678 for the bottle...

Poured into a mini snifter. ..

Pours a tad thin black brown color that lets some light in around the edges. 1in head thats burnt brown sugar in color. Went away fairly quickly which left a ring that was super thin, almost non existent by the end. Very sparse lacing but the brew has some legs on her. Constant bubbling initially which gave me the perfect chance to smell...

Man... I got some good dark fruit and cherry up front.. really dark cherry followed by the typical ris smells of liquorice, anise, dark bitter chocolate. Midway thru a nice whiskey scent is picked up.. this is more prominent as it warms.

Wow.. what a beautiful meld of a ris and a whiskey barrel. Whiskey tends to be strong and boozy and this one has some characteristics but this bad boy is smooth as he'll. Tastes like a beautifully crafted ris in whiskey barrels. The base beer is very good but the dance it has with the whiskey is like none other. Your reminded of it upfront, midway and in the aftertaste. Classic ris taste with a toasty malt. Liquorice and really really bitter chocolate. Dark fruits, dark bread, slight vanilla taste...

A tad thin on the pour and was reflected in the feel. Not overly, but nice and creamy. Medium to heavy in feel. Not sticky.. can seem a bit sweet but trust me the bitter is well matched and the whiskey kills all sugary sweet thoughts. Carbonation is right in between a lot and a little.

Overall was very impressed with this brew. I wanted to save it for a bottle share as its a small brewery one off essentially. Kind of mad I didn't cause this was a treat and others would of enjoyed it. A really solid base beer matched with perfect barrel character imo.. perfect timing and an excellent balance. This hit the spot big time.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 03:14:48 | More by pjkelley82
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Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-29-2014 00:15:47 | More by Drucifer
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the bottle

Jet black, 1.5 fingers tan head, good lace. Smell is of barrel and oak, roast malt up front with chocolate, coffee and vanilla points, a bit of bourbon comes out but more of an oak presence. Taste is well roasted, smoke and some deep char, whisky and oak, dark fruit with chocolate and anise. Light-med carb, medium body. Not bad, but not a stand out for the style, still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 20:53:48 | More by peensteen
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-24-2014 06:57:56 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a barrel aged presence that is somewhat subdued.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:14:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Jordy777

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-03-2014 04:25:39 | More by Jordy777
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-28-2013 20:27:25 | More by ToddGingerich
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-21-2013 01:36:21 | More by zekeman17
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-20-2013 05:15:57 | More by Zaphog
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-20-2013 05:02:07 | More by StoutHunter
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-04-2013 00:36:43 | More by shehateme
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-04-2013 00:17:06 | More by AOShabaz
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-24-2013 22:47:17 | More by thegerm87
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2013 20:01:00 | More by hopswap1
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-04-2013 22:16:38 | More by CTJman
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a big khaki head. Medium collar. A few islands.

Smell - Huge whiskey aroma. Buckets of liquor. Slight vanilla. More just whiskey. Some fruitiness.

Taste - Strong whiskey again. Fruity malt flavor. Chocolate. Muted by caramel malt. Boozy, but mostly barrel heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Barrel booze. Medium body.

Overall - A ton of whiskey. Too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:49:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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kodt

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

10-12-2013 01:11:58 | More by kodt
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-09-2013 20:15:51 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-07-2013 18:55:38 | More by BMart
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-28-2013 15:03:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Matt_Ortiz

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-20-2013 21:10:23 | More by Matt_Ortiz
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-10-2013 04:48:55 | More by Lukafer
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Black with one finger of light brown head.

S - Roast, charred oak and whiskey notes up front with hints of vanilla and cocoa.

T - Big charred oak presence with whiskey and sweet vanilla notes. The base beer adds hints of chocolate fudge and molasses, but the barrel definitely dominates this one.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:49:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Barrel Aged Dystopia from Greenbush Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.