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Delusion | Greenbush Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,484
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
348
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
116
Trade:
18
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of WunderLlama
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip

Dark brown liquid , pencil thin taupe foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of roasted malts, tobacco, dried cherries, dark chocolate, leather, whiskey

Taste of roasted malts, tobacco, whiskey, dark chocolate

Smooth, roast coffee on the finish,

Good beer

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Photo of REVZEB
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium black body with white swirling lacing on surface. Smells strongly of whiskey, tobacco and dark chocolate. Taste is exceptionally dark, heavy and complex. Great tobacco, whiskey, wood, dark chocolate, leather, smoke, rye, coffee, dried dark fruit, and through the sip a progressively stronger vanilla cream. Robust and chewy body with some creaminess.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/20/14; drank 1/6/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

Dark khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Bourbon, oak, cream & milk chocolate nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & cream flavors up front; bourbon & oak notes in the finish. Marshmallow notes emerged as this warmed; oddly, the booze notes receded!

Nicely balanced & complex; an excellent brew.

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Photo of stevepat
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful rich brown with a thick tan head and lots of visible carbonation. Head is creamy and persistent.
Smell is sweet molasses and raisin and fig/prune up front. woody vanilla and leather notes as well. Very pleasant.
Taste is vanilla, oak, and molasses covered raisins. More dark dried fruit notes through the middle and a coffee bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is smaller than the taste or smell imply. Nice but could be fuller.
Overall, great dark beer. Complex and deep, really bringing it.

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Photo of briandgilbert
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near black with a thin finger of mocha head that settles into a crown and leaves decent lacing.

It has a relatively restrained aroma. The first thing I picked up was light cider or even apple brandy. That quickly gave way to some milk chocolate and whiskey with vanilla, toffee and light woody notes.

Chocolate and roasted malts hit first in the taste. There’s clear wood and a nice kiss of alcohol burn. A touch of that fruity apple character also continues. Wood, toffee, almond, chocolate bitterness and a hint of char linger in the aftertaste.

Relatively thin bodied with some milky creaminess. Light, slow-building carbonation.

Real tasty, with some nice depth of flavor as you sit with it.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sauced4life
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bucrogers26th
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much appreciation to @FlintB for sending this along as part of the NBSBIF#007 madness.

I didn't think the pour was THAT aggressive, but my glass is maybe 40% coffee black/brown liquid, and the rest is a massive pillowy light brown the colour of cardboard boxes (or is packing up and moving just on my mind...) or coffee ice cream. Head lingers languidly, leaving lacing, lowering its level as I look on.

Nose is an interesting melange of cocoa and nutty and vanilla and a rich creamy character... almost like non-dairy creamer, but inviting. I get some spicy hints, but not the rye spice I was expecting, more faint edges of cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice.

Tongue starts off with some roasted woody character that ties into the nutshell character presented before. Cocoa and powdered milk come in again giving it a soft powdery impression until the tail end when the rye barrel comes in with both spice and a touch of heat. The alcohol is not overwhelming even as it comes in to play the foil here, instead coming off as a culmination to an event.
Sharp pinpricks of carbonation augment this effect and give it more of a burning impression than it truly carries on its own. The finish slides back into melted chocolate before finishing into a slight bitter alcohol end.

I'd been looking forward to this one for a while, and am really glad to have gotten to try it. It's good. Quite good. Reasonably unique, as well. Definitely worth checking out if it sounds at all appealing. I'm glad to have gotten the chance to try it and would gladly drink one again if the opportunity presented itself. Thanks Brian!!

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gambyt20
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmukid87
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modest half finger head, during the pour it looks like it might not develop but covers the full surface, more brown than dark tan, for what it starts from has good retention, leaves a broad residue across the glass with plus level stickiness. Big nose that wafts up out of the glass with sugary vanilla, coconut custard, butterscotch, milk chocolate, heavy cream, glazed nuts, just about the whole kitchen sink, some plum to prune fruitiness but this all about the confectionary qualities. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and velvety smooth in a layered fashion which sinks into the palate. The carbonation provides a tiny bit of tingle but can’t match the overall weight. The intensity of the chocolate, cola bean, vanilla bean, anise to butterscotch is impressive. The milkiness dampened any boozy heat which might linger from the whiskey barrels, the roast likewise seems tamed by some aging. As in the nose, not a lot of fruit presence, the same prune to fig. You keep coming back to the sheer depth of the milk cream and chocolate, relentless. Given the high level of sweetness can’t call it balanced but it does drink evenly and, again, smoothly. (Bottled 11/2/16)

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stanale
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of novamat
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Delusion from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 348 ratings