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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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A stout-ish porter with a touch of porter-ish stout. Accepting the fact that we live in confusing times, Greenbush offers up itís own "ball of confusion," with Distorter - a robust porter blurring the lines between a porter and a stout. Have a bottle or get therapy.

Grain: Maris Otter, Crystal 60L, British Chocolate, Black Malt, Roasted Barley Hops: East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Cascade Yeast: British-style Ale yeast


timtaylr's rating

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timtaylr (16) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2012
On tap at Blackthorn Pub in Holly Michigan. Dark beer with a shall dark head and a light roasty aroma. Rich chocolate flavor with roasted bits lingering on the tongue.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2548) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft at the source. From notes. Absolutely malt dominated. Loads of Roasty coffee, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Note" the word "Robust" does not appear on the label, however it does describe the brew as "A stout-ish porter with a touch of porter-ish stout." Okay, I buy that - whatever it means. Itís got a handsome pour, an opaque mahogany body with a creamy light brown head and provides sheets of lace. The aroma has a dark chewy malt, an earthiness, a hint of the floral, and some licorice. The flavor has dark caramel drizzled with bittersweet chocolate, an earthy/woody bitterness, a hint of lactic sourness, and a mild maltose sweetness. This is a tasty brew that bears repeating.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6846) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle from Binnyís in Bloomingdale, IL. Very dark dense looking pour with a small but dense head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasty malts. Good heft to the palate. Very nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1342) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2014
bottle pour black with a tan head. bitter roasted coffee flavor with a bitter finish. one of the best porters i have had to date. smells of roasted black coffee had at home.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edwardbass (539) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Dark brown color with a tiny tan head. Aroma is a bit lost on me, but thatís nothing new for me - a bit of roastiness. Taste is coffee, roasted grain, a bit of chocolate and just enough bitterness. Iím not a devout fan of porters, but this is really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (763) - - JUL 10, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is roasted malts and some coffee. Taste is similar to aroma but with some chocolate and a slightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
12 oz bottle: Appearance is a deep dark black with a medium tan head. Aroma has a nice malt note, coffee, nutty, caramel notes, and chocolate. Taste is malt forward with some really nice coffee, nutty, and chocolate overtones. Palate is malt forward, medium carbonation, with an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. Overall, Nice stuff. I would buy it again. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle
A respectable porter from Michigan was good enough to finish but not so excellent that I will seek out Greenbush again. With so many other options in the Great Lakes region I would rather go for breweries that are either new or known to produce great products.

Aroma / Appearance - A heady fast growing beer was a bit too aggressive. Finally I was left with a glass two-thirds full of mocha head and the rest black inky liquid. Coffee, dark chocolate, truffles, and rich roasted textures calm the nerves.

Flavor / Palate - Malty and roasted, this beer emphasizes local coffee flavors that blur the lines between porter and stout. Dry toast, ash, and black coffee transition to a woody finish. The lingering finish becomes a bit one dimensional over time. Overall though this is an interchangeable release that is an average baseline.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2014
pours black with a rich brown head that lingers pretty wel and clings to the glass. This one has a pretty intense nasal explosion of citrus, floral, some piney character, black dark roast, chocolates, coffee, toasty and biscuity malts. Flavor is similar with intense black roasty malt some citrus, fruits, pines, toast, bitter character, roasty and acrid but not offensive. Pretty solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
malkyore (203) - - MAY 1, 2014
This is good. Itís sweet but has a hoppy bitterness that lingers a bit too long for my taste. Itís very smooth bodied and goes great with scotch!


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