Delusion | Greenbush Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kawilliams81 on 01-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
106
For Trade:
18
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Photo of HopSavant
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Slack
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz
11/20/14
$?

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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 shehateme
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Truck67
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of INSTACAM85
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goblue30
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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 cherche
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
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 mcrawford
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chewy777
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrborchert74
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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 devilfluff
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Delusion from Greenbush Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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