Delusion | Greenbush Brewing Company

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kawilliams81 on 01-13-2013

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Ranking:
#1,406
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
337
pDev:
7.03%
 
 
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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

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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

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

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

Photo of ovaltine
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Delusion from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 337 ratings