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 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 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 4amepiphany
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.
No bottle date. Cool label. Complementing color schemes throughout.

If you liked Southern Tier's Creme Brulee stout, you'll want this. You'll want it bad. Enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one. Nice to have something more dense after a lot of thinner stouts. Boozy. Good boozy. Excellent.

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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 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 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 cfrances33
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Greenbush snifter.

Pour: Oily dark brown with a nearly midnight black body. A finger of deep khaki head forms and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Wow. Incredibly roasted oak char, seamlessly mixed with creamy milk chocolate, butterscotch, and toffee. The butterscotch is definitely the most prevalent flavor, but everything else supports it very well. A hint of coffee. This smells perfect.

Taste: Again, woah. Huge oak char up front, mixed with clean bourbon vanilla, smooth roastiness, and sticky toffee. Loads of butterscotch and milk chocolate in the middle. As it warms, the roast on the back really owns with a delicious char and smooth vanilla. In no way is this beer smokey - simply roasty and full. Finished with sticky toffee, melted milk chocolate, and dry roasted oak.

Mouthfeel: The body of this is incredibly creamy and smooth. A nice sipper, at least simply for the oak character. A touch too sweet as it warms, but this isn't a major negative. A nice bourbon presence, but not much heat to speak of.

Overall: So Greenbush literally has made me eat (drink?) my words. This was one of the best barrel aged stouts I've ever had. Incredibly unique and unlike any other of the style I've had before.

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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 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 JefferyLaGrow
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily my favorite beer from this brewery. The Koval distillery barrel aged version smells wonderful, with aromas of wood, roast, whiskey, vanilla, honey, and a hint of mint. The flavors are sweet and syrup like. Very chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Finishes like a good dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is thicker than I remember from last year, and the carbonation is light but enough to hold up to the viscosity. Great beer!

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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 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 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 kawilliams81
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark cola head. Small bubbles and clumps of lacing cling to the glass.

S- chocolate, marshmallow, whiskey, vanilla.

T- dark chocolate, some roast, whiskey, some spice, vanilla and slight bitter coffee.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Very smooth, thick and creamy beer. Hides the abv very well.

O- amazing beer! Greenbush nailed it with this beer. I will be trying to get more of this for sure.

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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 JohnnyHopps
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was generally black with little evident carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was booze, but not overly boozy. I would not describe it as hot.

Taste - Sweet chocolate begins the taste followed by marshmallows, cinnamon, ginger, and of course the booze. Rye shines through nicely in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For a barrel aged beer, this is remarkably smooth without any burn.

Overall - This is expensive, but it is definitely a winner from Greenbush.

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Photo of buzze40
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber from the 2012 release at the brewery. Pours nearly black. One of the thickest stouts Ive drank. A lot of malt went into this one.

Flavor is rich and complex. Cream stout with a rye bite on it is unique. will be grabbing another one of these if they are still around or next time its bottled. A real jewel by Greenbush.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ivan for the chance to try this one. Had no idea what I was walking into on this.

A: Black body capped by a huge tan head that foams up in the glass like crazy, nearly spilling over. Retention is ridiculous, and after about ten minutes, the beer finally settles at about a half finger. Leaves big spots of lace after each sip.

S: Some subdued whiskey notes right away with a lot of sweetness behind it. Milk chocolate, rich cream, coffee with sugar and cream, char, roasted malt and some light oak. Very well balanced.

T: Roasted malt mingling with milk chocolate right away. Some caramel, tootsie roll, vanilla, cream and toffee in the middle. Finish shows a touch of smoke, anise and charred oak. Mouthfeel is rich and super creamy. The thick head makes the beer almost milkshake-like. A really unique and really incredible barrel aged stout.

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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 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 PaulyB83
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/20/14 Poured into a snifter.

A- Pretty black, some light coming through on the edges, one finger light brown head, decent alcohol legs.

S- Dark fruits, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, coconut, vanilla, all the aromas of a great BA stout, the alcohol is a bit harsh but that's the only real complaint.

T- Lots of chocolate, coffee, some dried cherry, bit of vanilla and coconut, the alcohol is there but much smoother than expected given the nose. Finishes with a nice coffee and dark chocolate note with a bit of lactose sweetness.

M- A bit on the lighter side of a big barrel aged stout but not to where I would call it thin. One thing is it seems to perhaps be on the higher end of the carbonation range for a stout.

O- I haven't really had anything from Greenbush that has wowed me but this one definitely does. It has all the flavors and aromas you expect from a great bourbon barrel aged stout like that of Black Note or BCBS. This is definitely something worth tracking down and even trading for and I will definitely be seeking this out in years to come.

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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 Jeffo
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of this from cpferris. Had never heard of this beer, let alone this brewery, so thanks for introducing me to something new man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial cream stout on rye whiskey.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour, almost black, yields a one finger, looser, mocha colored head with good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and ring, though only a ring remains leaving a few falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Whiskey barrel for sure, with oak and some sweet vanilla cream on the nose. Milk chocolate and some dark, roasted chocolate aromas as well. Bold and enticing, with plenty of depth. Really wonderful.

TASTE: Whisky and oak up front for sure, with some sweet cream and milk chocolate as well. Finish is whisky barrel with boozy flavors, sweet vanilla cream, bitter pure chocolate and some roasted flavors. Lots of boozy barrel, caramel and vanilla cream sweetness, with some roasted and bitter dark chocolate from the base beer lingering on the palate. Really interesting and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. Creamy and enough weight for sure. Solid.

OVERALL: This was really good, with lots of great aromas and flavors in exceptional balance, on top of a solid mouth feel to support it all. Well done. A little less booze in the flavor and a darker, thicker head would help the cause, but these are minor complaints. A complex, well balanced, bold and flavorful stout with lots going on. Really enjoyed this one. Thanks again cpferris. Recommended.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Thanks JR. Poured into a O'so snifter today, 4/22/2014.

A- Dark black body, two finger mocha head that's particularly large for a BA stout like this. Great retention and some lacing left over. Quite different than all the other BA stouts I've seen, actually.

S- Very sweet lactose, roast and charred malts that is cut by a nice bitter spicy rye nose. Solid, nothing super special or pungent, but this combination shows up much better on the nose.

F- Very good and very balanced. Simultaneously sweet lactose, sweet whiskey notes and dark malts mixed in with the rye bitterness that balances everything out. Very flavourful and very interesting.

M- Medium bodied but on the thicker side, very substantial and surprisingly low carbonation despite the large head in the appearance.

O- Very good imperial stout, it's certainly not BCBS but it's a very good and somewhat unique beer in its own right.

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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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