Greenbush Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #280
Ranked #1,163
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 357 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beastly little brew pours a
rugged brownish black with a nice head of tan foam that settles to
a thick ring, thin swirling layer, and sports some subtle lacing. Nose
of dark coffee, dark sweet chocolate, and strong astringent booze with
some rum notes. Flavors exceed the nose by presentation with a rum
and cola note over a bed of coffee and dark chocolate with sweet cream
and astringent booze with some dark breaded malt notes. Very nice
mouth feel; medium full body, medium light carbonation that gives
needed lift, and a medium to full on sweet finish that falls short
of a "dessert" brew.

Overall---excellent for a hybrid!


Mar 13, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Strong bourbon aroma with a hint of chocolate. Bourbon comes through in the taste but it has a nice smooth delivery. Good mouth feel. This one was on my "beers to look for" list and I'm glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Jan 22, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 11 2020 Review
12oz bottle. No date. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour: deep black with a two finger tan head. Lots of foamy clouds, big lacing upfront but faded fairly quickly.

Nose: sweet cream, hint of bourbon,

Taste: sweet cream, malts, bitter coffee/dark chocolate, bourbon, black licorice.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. A little thin, similar to Guinness, pretty clean finish.

Overall: interesting but sweet cream, typical of a double cream stout, isn’t my favorite. Contrast with bitter hops//coffee/chocolate seems weird. Didn’t finish, not my thing, won’t buy again.

Jan 12, 2020
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. No clue as to how old the bottle is as there is no date stamp on it. This beer really shines as it warms: smooth, creamy of course and the alcohol is fairly subtle. Worthy of its world-class rating.

Oct 22, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlintB for this 12 oz. bottle, though after having to clear my palate with steel wool, I should have followed with something tried & true. But hey, I’m not that bright.

The pour is dark enough that nothing bleeds even through the edges, with a nose of sugar-splattered leather & just a hint of barrel.

Delusion is like a virus. The beer, thankfully, is not, & lowers a boom of large flavors: lots of half-and-half, char, bourbon, baking chocolate, with a finish of green hops & black licorice. Drinks lighter than the ABV & correspondingly easy to drink.

Normally cream ales + barrel don’t work for me, but the combo here is like the unexpected joy of Pride & Prejudice (PBS version only). Very good beer.

Jun 12, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Mar 12, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Mar 04, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Mar 04, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.41/5  rDev +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.

Feb 09, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Feb 03, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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!!

Aug 05, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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)

Mar 18, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour, creamy tan head, just a gorgeous beer. The first note on the nose is a rich cocoa aroma, with a big whiff of the barrel, and some stone fruit.

The taste is a rich, luxurious cocoa with a velvety creamy feel. The barrel appears at the end of the taste, and there’s the slightest bit of stone fruit. Outstanding beer, IMHO.

Jan 15, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Prager62.
Consider this an aged review as I see "MFG 11.3.16" stamped in white on the side of the label.
This was poured into a snifter.
In the appearance category, the pour was thick with a semi-glub glub sort of sound inking out into my glass. The color was dark brown close to black that had a thick finger and a half's worth of eggshell white foamy head that clung nicely and then slid into light legs that spread apart fairly nice.
The aroma captured a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy rye to meld a gentle earthy to woody barrel and then bring in some milk chocolate, some dried dark fruits and a stealthy little bit of dark chocolate compensating nicely.
The flavor finetuned the sweet to the spicy to the roast and a quivering little bitterness all deceptively roaming in and around each other. Light milk/creamy sweetness here. Exceptional balance between the spicy woody barrel to the milk chocolate creaminess in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and allowing it to be a nice sipper. Carbonation seemed to start to drop off just an inkling but still keeping it from becoming cloying. Nice dried dark fruity to milk chocolate and slightly pepper-like to spicy woody barrel sort of finish.
Overall, an exceptional barrel aged imperial stout well worthy of partaking in again if given the chance.

Dec 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a dense but short light brown foam remaining as a persistent creamy espresso film and raised collar.

Smell is peanut butter and chocolate wafer, wet wood and peppery bourbon.

Taste is wet and nutty yet spicy wood, creamy chocolate, vanilla and sassafras. The swallow has some bourbon heat and there is cola in the aftertaste.

Smooth, round and full with a creamy carbonation and a tingly, semi-dry finish.

Oct 23, 2017
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floyd_pugman from California

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/2/16 bottle date; poured into a Crooked Stave snifter. Deep dark brown color with a thin layer of foam, most of which dissipates quickly. Nose is moderate rye barrel with wafts of peanut butter cup. Palate is Butterfinger bar, vanilla, chocolate, roast, oak char, and peanut flour. I have to confess that I had never heard of this beer (it came as an extra in a trade), and I'm frankly shocked at how much I like it. Definitely worth trying.

Oct 23, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Black pour with a thin, firm ring; reminds me of freshly poured coffee.

Smell : I can smell rye malt, hot whiskey, tobacco, tart cherries, plum, licorice, coffee, and booze. It's kind of a mess but it's not terrible. Kind of like sugary rubbing alcohol.

The flavor is pretty strong straight out of the gate, and is painful to hold in the mouth, but it starts pretty dirty with rolled tobacco and old dark cherries. Notes of plum, strong acidic and acetone-like whiskey, coffee, ash, and tart cherry on the finish.

The feel is acidic and ripping, and I actually feel numbness on my tongue and the roof of my mouth after just a couple sips. Burns all the way down. Shamefully overcarbonated. It's just not pleasant. You don't make a prickly imperial stout.

I mean, this is okay, but I'd be really disappointed if I had bought a ton of these. It's basically tobacco, bad whiskey, and spoiled cherries. I realize that can notate infection but this is rather fresh and I haven't heard of any infected batches of delusion. Egh.

Jun 25, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Deep brown in color with about a quarter inch of head that settles to a solid ring and nice lacing.

Nose is whiskey sweetness, minor oak, booze but acetone like.

Taste is sweet whiskey, spice, malt, a bit of smoke, minor cocoa, and oak.

Mouthful is medium, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi sweet.

Very impressive whiskey barrel stout that drinks real smooth especially with 3 years on it. The only drawback is the bit of acetone on the nose. The rest though is delicious - creamy, sweet booze that drinks real easy.

May 21, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks!). Bottled 11/3/16. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of fluffy khaki head. The froth shrinks down, leaving some healthy retention and a good bit of lacing.

Aromas of rye whiskey, creamed coffee and cooked caramel. Straight forward and enjoyable.

Sweet, easy-going whiskey hits my palate first. That pleasant spirit essence is bolstered by milk sugars, dark chocolate, wet earthy oak, cooked caramel, heavily kilned malt, minor pepper spice and an occasional reminder of that double digit abv. The flavor profile is right on point for the style.

Smooth, creamy, medium full body with pillowy carbonation. Aftertaste of rye whiskey tinged tres leches cake with some roasty chocolate.

My first experience with Greenbush Brewing illustrates that they have some skills. For my tastes, Delusion is exactly what a barrel aged imperial cream stout should be.

Apr 26, 2017
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LancetherealLeader from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this one recently in a trade. 2016 vintage (11/2/16) poured from a bottle into a tulip glass (2, actually). Appearance is the typical black, with some nice lacing. I didn't get much smell, but that was because it was really cold and didn't give it a chance to warm up first. The velvety mouthfeel blew me away with the first sip! It was not what I expected since most BA stouts can be a bit harsh or at least rough around the edges. Overall, the wife and I enjoyed this bottle a lot and I'm glad to have another in the 'cellar' for later. This is one that is worth seeking out.

Jan 21, 2017
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drunkenmess from Michigan

4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours oil black with thick dark tan head that laces very well then dissapates as it warms. Smells of faint alcohol heat, vanilla, strong dark roasted chocolate.
Taste is same as nose but stronger hints of vanilla due from the barrel aging. Light smokiness followed by roasted malts and a mellow abv heat sting. Full bodied. Low carbonation.
Easily one my favorite off the radar barrel aged stouts.

Dec 29, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap during Hop Cat Detroit's "Wood & Wild" a few weeks back.

Have wanted to try this for awhile, so ... alas!

Truly delicious stuff. Not sure what else to say about this beer that'll be of any substance -- it's a BBA'd (well, whiskey, evidently) stout. It has the same characteristics of those sorts of beers. Excellently brewed with a fairly significant barrel quality, with a very nice, thick mouth feel. There's some char as well, but it's never over-bearing or necessarily bitter... this is a well-rounded brew.

If you like a strong whiskey/bourbon presence in your barrel aged stouts, this is the one for you. I can only sit here and wonder why this beer might have "only" a 92 rating...

Oct 23, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, aged in Templeton Rye Barrels, poured into a Greenbush snifter glass.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and viscous with a firm, foamy, khaki head, about a finger high with good retention and nice striped lace. The aroma is pleasant, lots of barrel, plenty of charred oak, roasted grain, light rye whiskey, cocoa and vanilla with lots of lingering roast and char. The flavors are nice, creamy chocolate, vanilla, loads of chewy oak, rye whiskey, charred wood, roasted grain and some smokiness. The mouthfeel is great, coating, creamy, full bodied, super smooth with a bit of a dry finish that is lightly warming.

Verdict: A nice barrel aged stout from Greenbush, nice roasty and creamy qualities of the base beer. There is a TON of roast and charred barrel going on in this beer, which isn't quite for me, but it's also not totally detracting from the beer.

May 03, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with thick mocha head, fades to a ring leaving tons of lace. Bourbon n vanilla nose. Taste is heavy on the bourbon, vanilla and chocolate fill out the edges, delicious. Medium to thick chewy mouthfeel. This brew is killer if you love bourbon.

Apr 17, 2016
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Snoopy488 from Nevada

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol is hidden very well. If whisky is your thing then you will love this beer. Taste of light chocolate and vanilla with a slight bitterness. Good spiciness from the whisky barrel. Smells of whisky and vanilla.

Mar 21, 2016
Delusion from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 357 ratings