Distorter | Greenbush Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
greenbushbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AgentZero on 10-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,415
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
382
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
75
Trade:
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Ratings: 382 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of ScottishStoutMan
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours BLACK-no light coming through this one whatsoever-with a two-finger, toffee-coloured head. Coffee and chocolate aromas permeate. Some sweet maltiness as well, and what I can only describe as an earthy, garden soil smell. Taste is mostly of that same coffee-chocolate combination. Some vanilla comes thru in there as well, as does the roasted (almost burnt) malt. It's a very smooth beer, but also quite a bit heavy. Lingers on the tongue pretty nicely, but the carbonation is a bit much. Not a bad beer, it would be perfect for a nitro tap in my opinion, but without that leaves just a little bit to be desired.

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

Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insane carbonation

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is nearly black, with some light leaking on the edges. Aromas are char, dark chocolate, and heaping helpings of dark fruit (cherries, plums, prunes).

The taste is char up front, almost a smoky note, then hoppy dark fruit flavors, with dark cherries leading the way, plus some cocoa notes. I think this is an excellent hybrid porter/stout.

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kerrieh66
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am relieved.
At 50 IBU, I expected this to be a hop-bomb. (And I admit being biased against Greenish as taking the easy route of high hops and alcohol.) So, I'm glad I tried Distorter. And I'm even more glad I'm enjoying it.

A bottle bought direct from the brewer, it Looks normal, quite opaque and a nice mocha foam. It Smells balanced, mostly roasted malts giving the impression of chocolate and coffee. (It inspired me to have a piece of chocolate.) Tastes reveal where the 50IBU is, but it is still balanced and quite easy to take another sip. Feel ends full and dry and a little bitter as the dark chocolate I was savoring went away.

Overall, a well done American porter and further proof that Greenbush should stick to its knitting (see my pan of its Belgian pale.)

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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black. Tall, thick, brown head fades slowly.

Smells dark fruit, chocolate, roast malt, coffee and earthy.

Tastes roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and earthy nuttiness. Followed by dark chocolate and light earthy bitterness. Finish is dry with roasty linger. Lighter medium body and picky medium carbonation.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darren8221
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 12 oz bottle very gently poured into a 20 oz glass. Something is wrong here as I can't even finish pouring. HUGE inappropriate head that sustained for a long time. Opaque.

Smell: Dark chocolate, raisins, roasted malt with a bit smoke. Soapy as well?

Taste: Again all the dark notes, bold coffee, plus more pronounced roasted malt and the smokiness. The sweetness in the smell is gone. Very solid flavor and somewhat overwhelming.

Feel: Medium to watery body, way over carbonated. This makes it not a porter nor a stout but something very incoherent. Earthy bitterness lingers for a long time in the throat.

Overall: An over-carbonated porter with stout flavor. Incoherence is the key.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dankacheese
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/10/16, had 9/14/16.

Pours an opaque. dark brown, with a huge head on an apparently careless pour. The head has some staying power, too, with lots of foamy lacing. The smell brings chocolate. medium roast malts, some vanilla, light smoke. light coffee. Not overly complex, but smells great. The taste follows the nose with the chocolate and malt. Caramel, vanilla, some coffee. touch of vanilla. Again, not overly complex. Smooth, nice medium body, This bottle is way over carbonated. but have had before, and it's normally appropriately carbonated .

Good flavor and and aroma. enjoyable to drink. The fizziness was a problem with this bottle. but I don't think it's typical. Worth giving a try, good for the style.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell: dark roasted malts dark fruit rasin plums.

Taste: big dark malts that turns into burnt coffee hints of dark fruit charcoal And a noticeable piney biterness in the finish.

Feel: medium body. Low carbonation. The hop biterness sticks around in the aftertaste.

Overall: not the biggest fan of this beer it's ok but pretty bitter and not very easy drinking.

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Photo of FBarber
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely black and opaque. Thin tan head dissipates steadily leaving a ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has notes of coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, lactose, and chocolate milk. Very sweet on the nose.

Taste is initially more hoppy with some roasted malts, bitter hops and some smoke. Immediately what stands out is how hopped up this beer is. Sure its an "american" porter, but it still seems over hopped to my taste. Bitterness does mellow a bit on the aftertaste leaving a chocolate malt flavor lingering on the tongue. As you drink the beer, the sweetness starts to come through more and more. The overall flavor is just too bitter and harsh for my taste.

Feel is quite full - definitely on the heavier side for what one might expect from a porter - but I like a full porter. Medium carbonation. Feel is rather rough - rustic. Very dry almost dusty finish - like you'd get from eating cocoa.

Overall I just am not able to get past the bitterness and harshness of the flavor. Finish is also dry to the point of feeling dusty or ashy. Too many other porters out there that I like better.

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Photo of bnes09
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Towering head that takes several minutes to settle and multiple pours to get all of the liquid out of the bottle. Assertive roasted malt. Coffee and cocoa. Rich earthy hop excites the taste buds. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Solid.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffshore545
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Distorter from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 382 ratings