Delusion | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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...

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Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Snoopy488
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown almost black hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of wood, vanilla, light smoke, light char, faint chocolate. Loads of whiskey.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of whiskey and chocolate. Vanilla, barrels, char, and smoke. Really no cream ale notes though.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden very nicely well.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, however, really not a cream ale....

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy dark head, long legs, very dark almost black.

Nose big dark malt, roasty, little char, super dark choc, bakers choc fudge, some buttery toasted oak, little whisky, little roasted coffee and caramel, touch fluffy nougat.

Taste brings chewy nougat, fluffy dark cocoa, bakers choc, little caramel and roasty coffee, little roasted malt, char, bitter roast, dark roasty porter, into mild cookie baking spices, vanilla oak notes, faint whisky. Finish mild bitter roast, dark choc cocoa and baking spices, touch of whisky.

Mouth is med bod, not very creamy, decent lighter carb, almost no booze.

Overall it was a great beer but not close to a cream stout.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a snifter for at leat the last half of this non dated bottle.

Outstanding. A oily viscous black with a huge khaki colored head that is milkshake frothy, and leaves almost a 1/4" film on top after it receeds.

The aroma is outstanding, even if fairly one dimensional. There is some chocolate there, but make no mistake. It is owned by whisky like the Wolverines are by the Buckeyes.

I think the flavor is a bit more balanced. Some whisky and spicey rye up front that is a little boozy, that offers some vanilla like sweetness. Instead of getting a heavy dose of chocolate or charred malt next, it continues to stay fairly sweet. Dark fruits are noticeable. To me there is decent amount of cherry. Then in the finish, the chocolate finally shows up (barely) along with some wood and definite bitterness and a little reminder kick that there was rye in case you forgot. I really cant tell if the bitterness is hop or coffee bean related because it just remains on the sweet side without any ashy/charred/roasted notes.

I love the feel. Fluffly and silky.

This was a hard one to be objective with. 1: I love whisky. 2: I love cream stouts. Obviously I was excited to see a barel aged cream stout. The body of any stout, even good ones, typically gets thinned out during aging. This is one of the reasons that Black Note stands out for me, and I would like to see more. All of that being said, I would not disagree with anyone who thought this is a little rough around the edges. I think the biggest reason is the lack of the malt presence other than feel. If you likethe idea of a rye whisky and a Bell's Double Cream stout you will want to check this one out.

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Photo of M_chav
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pour, really nice frothy foamy head stays and keeps the dark abyss looking cream stout beneath. One of my favorite stout pours for sure, its attractive. Not a big nose, really mellow and malty, muted bourbon barrel notes. nothing to brag about, it's too hidden and won't open up much. Taste is boozy/hot. Big bourbon notes come out now, the mouthfeel is nice - milk stouts tend to favor a soft/silky mouthfeel and this is nice. Not chewy but not thin, just right. Overall a pretty good barrel aged stout but the alcohol takes over too much for my liking.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - no date:
Not a very enticing brew. Brown side of black, oily pour, but the head is erased early and doesn't reappear. The feel backs this up as there is only the lightest carbonation on the tongue.

The nose, however, almost carries the price of admission. Rich chocolatey base that is a platform for the rye/alcohol, vanilla, wood, and even a little cherry.

Taste is sort of a flat root beer, with just a bit of the chocolate from the nose. The taste seems influenced decently by the whiskey and barrels, which are perceptible throughout. Wood strengthens into the end, tart/tang from it growing first then woody dryness long term. The chocolate makes a little appearance mid-late taste on some sips.

Even though the rye whiskey shines, it's not overpowering. It seems to be the star, with a chocolatey stout accenting or supporting it. Nice scent and flavor, wish it were paired with just a little more carbonation.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Sweet bourbon flavor. Opened it a day after purchase, so letting it sit for months (if you can) is recommended. I'm a fan of dragons milk from new holland and this is comparable and more! Very good beer from Greenbush

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Photo of K-Dog
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a couple of fresh bottles this week so decided to Crack open one sitting in my cellar from last year. Wow this fantastic great bourbon smell and taste this aged nicely. Nice and thick and syrupy. Will seek this out every year. By far green bush's best beer.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11-20-14 btl date
Flat screen TV black with very minimal khaki head. Great whiskey flavor without a lot of burn. Smells of typical whiskey barrel beers, with a presence of anise after it warms up a bit. Super smooth feel that makes this creamy dream an easy drinker.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm reviewing a 2016 version. The beer pours thick and black with only a small deep tan ring of head. From a couple feet away I can smell wonderful whiskey and chocolate. The taste is incredibly whiskey forward with some deep malt and chocolate as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and thick. Overall an excellent beer I would regularly seek out.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @Prager62 for this midwest trophy wife.
Actually, she's not a trophy wife cuz she's more than just beautiful to look at (and smell) she's a drink of amazing substance and grace as well.
Pours a deepest mahogany. Dark root beer head gently rises and slowly falls to a thin lace.
Smell is well rounded, deep Templeton Rye barrel, slightly spicy and still sweet with raisin and cocoa notes.
Taste is more subtle with the rye, lite roast, deep raisin or date, lite chocolate & molasses. All delivered with an amazing creaminess. Wait...ok. Now some heat, and again the rye comes in a bit more on the finish- almost peppery with a hint of anise.
This is such a complex, lovely lass. Thanks so much Prager62!!!

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Photo of HoosierBrew
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic BA Stout that measures up with the big boys-BCBS, and KBS. Seriously. Taste is of dark chocolate and vanilla with the right amount of bourbon compliment. The feel is creamy and smooth. I'm reviewing this one at the 6 month mark and can say it definitely ages well. I'll try to resist the temptation of breaking into my last two for another six months and follow up with another review. An outstanding BA Stout that's very underrated.

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not much variation from a Bourbon County, a little less heat; really well-done and something I wish I had more and more of. Big vanilla and oak characters coming through, a burnt tan head with nice lacing on the glass, very sticky feel. A slow sipper for me that I truly enjoyed!


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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sexy looking ba stout. Pours viscous and sits still in the glass. Creamy caramel 1 finger head. Aromas of whiskey, baker's chocolate, or wait...dark chocolate. Flavor comes through as straight up roasted malts and rye whiskey. Barrel presence is strong. Not overly complex, but fairly smooth. Booze isn't all that hidden as a fair amount of warmth comes at you, but the feel is nice and creamy.
Overall, pleased to try it. I wouldn't actively seek it out though. Barrel overpowers the base imo

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Photo of glazeman
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Roasty, Creamy, Thick. Complex, not too boozy. Nice Whisky barrel character though could have used a tad more barrel component. Overall an amazing barrel aged of the best I have tried in a long time.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split between small snifters.

Poured black with almost no head. Smell is roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, some oak, some coffee. Body is full with a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one-finger creamy tan head. Tons of heavy lacing.

S - Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The is a light smokiness in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and
creamy. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

O - Greenbush hit this one out of the park. The flavors are extremely well balanced with a near perfect mouthfeel. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers, Liam!!

A. Pours a very deep dark brown, looks black and opaque in the glass with a finger of light brown head that fades to a skim.

S. Whiskey and a touch of chocolate syrup and oak, a little bit of licorice too.

T. Dark chocolate and whiskey, some dark coffee and well roasted malts. Dry cocoa in the finish.

M. Medium+ body, medium (maybe+ ?) carbonation.

O. A bit to thin and a bit too much carbonation ...small complaints. Good stuff overall.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super dark, inky black with a huge, fluffy mocha colored head. Big whiskey smell, dark chocolate, cocoa, and oak. Nice vanilla undertones in the taste. Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

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