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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: 6
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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Jas45678

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-28-2013 01:30:33 | More by Jas45678
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mireland

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-31-2013 17:31:32 | More by mireland
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

10-15-2013 01:49:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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pjkelley82

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-01-2013 02:45:27 | More by CRJMellor
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

09-08-2013 16:49:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Prager62

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-29-2013 01:38:34 | More by Prager62
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Night Shift Tulip Glass. This beer is Greenbush's Dystopia RIS barrel aged in whiskey barrels from Journeyman Distillery which is not far from Greenbush.

A: Pours jet-black into the glass leaving a thin deep brown head. Pours like an RIS should, silky smooth but not as viscous as an American Imperial stout, the head stays for longer than expected.

S: The whiskey barrels are certainly the headliner here, semi-sweet but drier than many BA stouts. The oak from the barrels is present as well as a nice toffee. I'm not picking up much from the RIS other than a faint roasty nose that has a nice smokiness to it, would liked for the nose to be a little more balanced and let the smell of the base beer come out.

T: Wow. This beer is balanced. I'd put it right up there with BB Pt5 and Silva stouts as the examples of perfectly blending the whiskey/bourbon flavor with a great stout. The bourbon is present initially, bringing a nice sweetness but its not over the top sweet. The notes I get are oak and toffee as in the nose. The RIS comes forward now with a very strong roasty character, almost smoky. As the beer lingers on my palate the whiskey comes back again with a nice warming kick but not boozy. Very nice balance.

M: This is in line with a traditional RIS, smooth silk without a huge body and a little more carbonation than other BA imperial stouts. My personal taste would prefer something a little more rich, thick and viscous. Again on the back of the palate you can feel the 9.5% without tasting it, really well done there.

O: This is an incredible beer from a really up and coming brewery. There is just something about a really well balanced BA stout that is impressive and this one is very impressive. Just below BB Pt5 in my book as the body of the beer left just a little to be desired, but the flavors of this beer are spot on. Well done Greenbush.

07-21-2013 15:57:21 | More by atoulouk
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Illinois

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Illinois

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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%

Thanks to my buddy Chris for picking up this bottle from the brewery. Poured at cellar temperature from a 12 oz. bottle into my bell's tulip. Writing this review as I drink it

A: Pours a very dense, opaque blackness with a decent thick creamy tan head. About 15 minutes into this beer and there is still a decent head

S: roasted malt, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and of course lots of nice whiskey

T: nice malty sweetness up front with molasses and a hint of coffee. a good boozy finish but not over the top

M: a bit thinner than other imperial stouts that I enjoy, with a medium body. Also a bit more carbonated than I prefer, but neither of these detracted from my enjoyment.

O: I have enjoyed watching Greenbush from their beginnings. I haven't had a single beer from them that I haven't enjoyed, and many of their beers more than that. This is a perfect example of what they are capable of brewing. Other than being a bit more carbonated and having just a slightly thin mouth feel, I thought that this was an amazing beer. Wish I had another bottle to put down for awhile

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Barrel Aged Dystopia from Greenbush Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.