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Barrel Aged Dystopia - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Dystopia
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 8
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atoulouk on 07-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Journeyman Distillery whiskey barrels.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by peensteen:
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3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Didn't care for the sour qualities. To each there own.

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -10%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Bottle #5 from the Advent Calendar, bottled on 9.11.14 and enjoyed from a snifter

The whiskey is strong with this one. BA Dystopia pours a cola brown with almost no head, only a thin khaki ring at the edge of the glass. Whiskey and straight alcohol dominate the nose, but there are nice notes of oak, vanilla, char, and chocolate. Taste is heavy on roasted malts, straight whiskey, wood shavings, and chocolate. The finish is very bitter. Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Overall, I think this is a nice BA stout that manages to taste much bigger than its 9.5% ABV. The heavy whiskey and wood presence was a bit much for me, but the nose is great and I can appreciate the flavor profile Greenbush is aiming for here.

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Barrel Aged Dystopia from Greenbush Brewing Company
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