Pain | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 12-06-2011

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by SmartyPints:
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Greenbush.

A- Came to me pitch black in color. Half finger dark khaki head shows light retention and ends up as whisps of foam on the top of my beer. Light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass with some legs to boot while drinking this one.

S- Bitter chocoalte in the front of the nose mixes with lactose and light roast. The lactose starts make up a large part of the aroma in the middle with an underlying caramel malt which is very faint. Some hints of darker fruit come through toward the end and adds a little to a light alcohol aroma in the ending.

T- Roasted malts come right through the front with this beer. Hints of black licorice come through toward the middle of the beer and quickly exit leaving the roast to linger. Ending of the beer shows off where all the lactose in the nose went with a baker's chocoalte like flavor mingling with the roast. Alcohol is present but not as much as I feared it would with being such a big beer. By the end of the beer the roast and bitter chocolate flavor balance each other out.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer itself. No off flavors were present although it would be hard to tell I think. All the flavors were very clean tasting. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.Lots of roast left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, bitter chocoalte, and lingering roasted malts.

O- This for me is a perfect stout which is strong in ABV and in flavor but the two together doesn't bring this one over the top. A nice sipping beer that I wouldn't mind having a couple pints long as I'm not the one driving home from Greenbush.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of king75
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jenjaben2001
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black color, the beer is capped by a dense layer of mocha tinged foam. Compact and creamy, leaving behind lots of dripping lace in the glass. Lasting coverage on the surface, some patchy skim remains after the first few sips.

Deep aroma of sweet spice and rich woodsy roastiness. Cardamom, creamy chocolate covered dried cherry or currants.

Ashy char, bitter roast and milky chocolate in the aftertaste. Rich and creamy, full bodied from the lactose. A slight burn from the higher abv, but it's in the background. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Sticky on the lips, slightly warming. A nice full bodied milk stout that's burly enough for the cold winter months ahead.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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Photo of docoman
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent milk stout, not my favorite, but worth trying.

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Prager62
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Greenbush for the release. Served in their signature 12oz. snifter.

Look- Black as night with a very generous mocha head.

Smell- Chocolate, coffee, tobacco, a bit of licorice and roast.

Taste- Bakers chocolate, tobacco, espresso, and a hint of raisin in the finish.

Feel- Thick and oily with considerable alcohol burn going down.

Overall- This is one big, thick and chewy stout. It starts out drinking quite easy and then the true nature of this beast hits you. A very tasty big stout that's perfect for the colder weather.

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Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Photo of loganburgh
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MallyOMight
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ksills
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blankenhoney
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Think this is #13 from the advent calendar. Bottled 10.09.14 and enjoyed from a snifter.

A: Coal black with a rich, frothy brown head

S: Sweet chocolate, roast/char, and creamy, milky coffee beans. Heavy, heavy roast is nice, but for me it's not pairing well with sweeter aromas here. This is the only (relatively) weak component of the beer.

T: A fantastic blend of roasted malts, creamy coffee, bitter chocolate, and more bitterness and char. Pain starts off slightly sweet, then the sweetness recedes immediately and is replaced by bitter, roasted cocoa and chary coffee flavors. Just outstanding stuff.

M: Thick, a bit viscous, and full-bodied. Totally spot-on to match the rich flavor profile.

O: The best milk stout I've had. Just about perfect (for my palate, anyway) combination of roast, cocoa, and sweet creaminess.

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Photo of core42
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of McBAINx
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Pain from Greenbush Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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