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Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 367
Photo of stortore
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -16.9%
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 -12.5%
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 +1.3%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark, almost chocolate black pour with a hazelnut ring of lace. 100% opaque.

Aromas of milk chocolate, toasted oats, some campfire, and marshmallow.

Flavor...overhopped immensely, tastes like I licked a pine cone and remedied it with a chocolate bar. The campfire comes out in a strong, unattractive way, and leaves burnt coffee on the palate. As it warms it grabs some more chocolate from beneath.

Feel is semi-creamy, which turns to roastiness, and dryness at the finish.

Another "glad I didn't buy a six pack" beer. Disappointing.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Odd name for a brew let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of chocolate sauce. Pours to a motor oil color with a dark tan micro bubble head. On the taste this brew has a bold coffee and chocolate flavor up front followed by a roasted malt flavor. Nice carbonation and good mouthfeel. Clean slightly bitter finish. A very bold and smooth drinker.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a substantial head of khaki foam. Aroma smells mostly of roasted malt and molasses with some dark chocolate and caramel.

The taste presents roasted malt, extra-bitter chocolate, and peppery, herbal hops accompanied by notes of charred marshmallow, toasted bread, and brown sugar. The bitterness appears aggressive at first blush, but a subtle, complex sweetness manages to right the ship and facilitate what is ultimately a nicely balanced stout. Medium-heavy body and high carbonation make for a full yet lively mouthfeel.

Overall, I was quite impressed by this offering from Greenbush. It’s not quite as heavy as a stout, but has more balls than a porter, and the complex, balanced flavor profile keeps the palate happy and engaged.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark, with a thick brown head. The nose I get coffee notes. The taste is balanced. It has some hops in it. A very interesting balance between the malts and hops. Adelicious beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, light tan velvety head. Smell and taste contain roasted malt and charred wood, faint caramel. Both also have an unpleasant dusty element to them, unmitigated by any sweetness. Hop resin comes through a bit on the finish. Light body, slightly oily.
While mixing stout and porter this beer fell off a cliff into pure roastiness with little variation in either direction. Not bad, far from great.

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Photo of travelguy
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As others have noted, closer to a stout than a porter. Very robust taste despite the moderate 7.2 abv. Overall very satisfactory. Will definitly be buying on my next Michigan trip.

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Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit on the stout side of the porter/stout style with the use of roasted malt. Dark black with a tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Smells or roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some umami. Tastes like a stout with a lot of roast, a bit of smoke and ash, with hints of chocolate and then earthy hops. Rich body and nice carbonation. Nice feel to this one. A brewer can call a beer whatever style they wish, but I would consider this an American stout with all the roasted malt and some would say, assertive hoppiness. But the end result is this is a very flavorful and rich beer.

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Photo of yungbrew
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer! Not your average porter/stout

Look - nice and dark with a tan head
Smell- not much going on here but I can faintly smell coffee
Taste - goes down smooth with a hint of chocolate and coffee notes, finishes a little more bitter than other beers of this style but i like that. it's something new.

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Photo of jparizo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Distorter is a nice porter. While I've had better, it definitely gets the job done. It's also very drinkable; I'll enjoy a mug at the brewery every now and then.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice mix of a porter and stout.
smokey, malty, smooth.
hints of roasted coffee & sweet malt.
the porter side has a robust & full flavor while
the stout side gives it a smooth clean finish with just a hint of lingering sweetness.
give it a try if you are interested in porters even a little.

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Photo of cserrato02
2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Nice color and aroma. Very strong roasted, almost ashy flavor with a lingering bitter taste in the end. Good carbonation and somewhat mouth coating. However is a bit to hoppy for my taste.

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Photo of MNJR
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good porter, or stout, depending on how you interpret the label. This is sturdy, and tasty with lemony hops, and some ginger/nutmeg spice. Is this spiced? It certainly tastes that way. But, I don't know. The background flavor is like spent coffee grounds. That sounds worse than it is. The feel suffers from chewiness and slightly thin carbonation. This beer is unremarkable as a stout or porter except for the interesting spicy flavors.

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Photo of PintSizedLover
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

AP: Pours pitch black, with a thin tan head with just a outlining ring of retention, with barely any retention. AR: Slight roast, with a predominance of bitter chocolate and dark yeasty bread. TA: Same bittering baking cocoa, buttered dark toast and earthy hops to finish. MF: Decent carbonation, not overly creamy. Slightly abrasive. OV: Easy go-to for a hoppy Porter with caffeinated chocolate tendencies.

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Photo of ribby
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To me this is a hoppy porter, not quite intense enough roasted malt as most stouts. The carbonation is a bit coarse, not creamy at all. Otherwise this is a vaery good beer ito those who appreciate the style.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with quarter inch tan head. Smell is semisweet with hints of cocoa. It's rather bitter and goes down strong. The 7.2% is definitely noticed here. Outside the bitterness it's smooth going down. Overall it's an ok porter, but a little bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of karengarys
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Warning: I'm not much of a porter fan (too thin), and I like some stouts (not necessarily "typical"). RIS is my favorite, so take this from the point of view of somebody who prefers, um, thicker drinks.

This pours like you'd want a stout to pour, I slow pour but got a bit of carmely small-bubble head anyway. It's dark and the foam ring laces a bit.

Smell... good... words to describe... hmm... First word is "roasty". Maybe cocoa? dark mustiness lingers, not quite sure how to label it - it's a good mustiness, like darkness not ickeyness...

Taste is quite good. wow. um, no one flavor jumps out and says "it's me!"... Maybe some cocoa, coffee, toffee, and somehow slight clean hops keeping things bright somehow. Alcohol? There is alcohol in this? so well hidden!

Mouthfeel is really creamy. No porter water pop stuff going on here. No flat-nitro-stout stuff either (sorry - I'm not a nitro fan). This sort of has a really nice drink to the end.

Finish is somewhat hoppy. Strange. But clean.

If you see this, and are yearning for a beer that is this color, give it a try. If you like yummy malty dark beers, even if you don't know what to call them, this one is worth looking for, and I don't say that very often.

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Photo of lochef81
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This porter pours a deep near black color with a grotesquely over foamy tan head. The aroma is a blend of rich dark chocolate and coffee. The initial aroma is very nice but upon subsequent sniffs an unappealing esters aroma begins to make itself present. The mouth is creamy and smooth; a little thick for a porter but perfect for a stout. The flavor is very chocolaty with a coffee and bitter burnt malt finish. Thus is a good beer; much more stout than porter, but still not one that I'd return to often.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola color with a big thick creamy dep beige head that settles so slowly leaving multiple broken rings of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Chocolate nad coffee dominate the aromas,the coffee gives off some big earthy roasted notes.A full smooth creamy feel is just great for this beer,it glides down easily.Deeply roasted coffee and bitter chocolate are the main flavor components,not very sweet with mild chalkiness and earth in the finish.I like this porter/stout alot,I like it's dryness and drinkability.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise, as this was picked up without any research or expectations. Bottle pours a clear dark brown with a respectable milk chocolate coloured head and impressive lacing. Aroma is muted compared to the taste, but a nice blend of chocolate malts with roasted nut tones. Flavours include dark chocolate and coffee elements. Sweet roasted malts transition to a delightful bitterness in the finish that hides most of the >7% alcohol heat.

Will have to plan a visit to Sawyer in next MI trip...

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Photo of pkalix
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! what an aroma! yes, it smells like a full stout. beautiful looking in the bar glass with a nice cap of tan head on top of the ultra-dark brown brew. dark malts, toasted and roasted malts, slight cocoa, slight espresso.... what's the difference between a stout and a porter, again....? the battle rages on and this brew certainly doesn't do much to settle it, but fuel it....
feels like a good, old-fashioned stout, before the days of bourbon barrel aging and cherries and additional hops and all that good stuff that the recent craft brew scene has been promoting. a good, old-fashioned stout. that's what this is. bitter, chalky, roast-y. very nice brew.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - black with a thinner creamy light brown head
S - chocolate, roasted barley, fruity esters of cherry, plum, and fig
T - bold and stout (for a porter - haha), dark chocolate, coffee-like roasted barley, ashy, fruity with cherry and plum
F - fuller bodied, very creamy and smooth, easy to drink even for 7.2%
O - surpriser here. I've had mixed feelings for what I've had from Greenbush so far, but this came through in a big way. Big, bold, almost imperial stout flavors, unique, and delicious. Solid. I'll buy this again.

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