Distorter | Greenbush Brewing Company

375 Ratings

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AgentZero on 10-28-2011

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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

Photo of Gambyt20
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +10.1%
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 km02600
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaximalC
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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