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Green Man Porter - Green Man Brewery

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 252
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 252
Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid porter. Pours dark brown, small head, good lacing, chocolaty flavor. Rich malty, roasty taste with only slight hops bitterness. Will definitely have more of these.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, opaque brown-ruby — almost black. A little tan suds and thin lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, roasty malts, a hint of coffee. Exemplary.

Taste: Bittersweet cocoa/chocolate, burnt malts, smooth iced coffee. In fact, smooth is the operative word here, as this porter is easygoing, faithful to style, and so very drinkable. A delicious and well-done porter!

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Very English style here, love the hop tone with minty and earthy suggestions in the nose and on the taste buds. More of chocolate toasty flavor than roasty, something of a burnt flavor but its like a soft charcoal. Some sweetness and a little chewy, kiss of warmth as well. Job well done, way to easy to knock back.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamy light tan head, almost with a dark vanilla tone to it, but with two fingers tall in height and a soft little appearance. Body color is dark walnut brown with some light chestnut red highlights. Some see through quality to this brew and some clarity while looking underneath towards the head. Minimal lacing, otherwise a very solid looking beer.

Nice interesting nose. Soft nutty quality and hints a little towards peanut butter. Some faint dark charring roast hides in the background through a very soft aromatic body. Quite nice and simple.

Palate seems to continue the basics well, but lacking a little bit of depth. Light bodied if slightly wet, with a hint of milk chocolate in the mid palate. Washes clean but light, and has a bit of herbal sweetness on the finish. Slightly tight mouthfeel and a hint of faint flat carbonation to it, but also feels a little let down as there isn't much malt thickness. Little bit of roast character and some of that nice nutty flavor manages to coat and feel over the palate with a hint of peanut and chestnuts.

Overall not too bad, but lacking a little bit of depth otherwise fine.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours black with a light tan head.
S - Nice roasty smell.
T- Taste matches the smell.
F- light carbonation, maybe a little oily.
O - Delicious roasty porter.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green Man Porter pours a black color with a very small almost non existent head. There is a nice sweet creamy aroma. The taste is roasted, earthy, with some nice smoked malt notes. Nice body, good feel. Overall its a solid no frills porter.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light chocolate malt nose with some Graham cracker, marshmallow, dry malt, roasted grain and smoky embers.

The flavors are very muted and hard to distinguish. I do get some chocolate malt, light embers, touch of smoke and a bit of barley.

This is quite thin, kind of airy and has a bit of carbonation bite.

Not much here, certainly not offensive but just not much personality to distinguish it from others.

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Photo of Garrett19
2.51/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the best porter I have had. Tastes like a dark Budweiser. I hope that I got a bad glass or the wrong beer, but I didn't get any of the overtones I read about in the reviews.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

The Green Man Porter is one of my favorite porters. Very smooth. Hint of chocolate and coffee, and slight smoky finish. But that is what I expect in a porter. My only criticism is the head. It has none and almost seems flat. Still a good beer. If you like porters, definitely try this one.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, roasty, slightly sweet, a bit of chocolate. This is a delicious porter................................................................................

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A 12oz bottle picked up at Brusin Ale's in Asheville Sep 2014

A - Pitch black with no clarity, 1 finger of head, and lots of sticky lace left all over the glass

A - Roasted malt, coffee beans, and dark chocolate all rolled up. Nice!

T - Smooth, silky, coffee and chocolate. Well balanced. Creamy. Tasty..well done!

M - Full bodied, creamy, rich, and nice aftertaste.

O - Very high drinkability. Enjoyable. Definitely a go-to porter if available!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

I have had this one before, but this was the first one I have had since they began bottling. I love that they are bottling and now distributing. However, I would prefer they offer cans. Hopefully in the future they will.

Pours: Dark, some head that settles into a nice lacing pattern. Maybe a bit of light comes through but not much.

Aroma: Nice chocolate notes, some light hops going on or some floral element, maybe even a bit of bourbon in there.

Taste: Man, how good is this porter! Its what the style should be. Its got all the notes you want when you are looking to have a porter but without the harsher bitterness that some often have. Many breweries are just trying to do a watered down version of their stouts, this one is a stand alone porter and does just what it is advertised to do in the taste department. I could definitely drink several of these with ease. It finishes clean but with a nice smooth chocolate, molasses, rum and/or bourbon sweetness, but not at all overly sweet. Perfectly balanced beer.

Overall: I am so happy this is being distributed more widely and in bottles. My one problem, which really is not a problem is they should offer this in cans. I hope they do, a lot of Asheville breweries are beginning to go that direction.

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Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade probably 8 or so months ago that just kind of got lost in the fridge. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown nearly black hue with a one finger mocha head that faded quickly to leave a thin sudsy halo and light wisps. 3.75 (x .05 = .186)

S - Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, lightly sweet malts, darker chocolate, nice caramel, faint metallic twinge though. 3.75 (x .2 = .75)

T - Taste is similar to the noce with nice roast, a bit darker, good chocolate, the malts are sweet but not in the way. Darker chocolate comes out along with some nice caramel. The metallic twinge is gone...there is a creamy flavour here, more akin to oats. Quite pleasant. 4 (x .45 = 1.8)

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated almost overly so, creamy, alcohol hidden. That being said it does suffer from feeling a bit thin/watery. 3 (x .1 = .3)

O - Overall, fairly decent porter in a pinch. Nothing I would go back and revisit, but a solid enough offering from Green Man Brewery. Perhaps if fresher it would be closer to 4's. 3.75 (x .2 = .75)

Total Rating Score: 3.79
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of MECove
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark, deep auburn highlights, a bit thin, not a big head or lace

Smell: honey! Sweet, a hint of spice. strong

Taste: subtly wondrous! A wave of flavor rolls over the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A tiny bit too much carbonation, goes down easily without a heavy sitting afterwards.

Overall: A solid satisfaction.

Blurb on bottle: Dark, full-bodied, and rich in flavor, Green Man Porter is wonderfully easy to drink. It offers a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and finishes with distinctive chocolate notes. This traditionally crafted, award-winning British-style Porter, like a true rock star, enjoys a legendary following.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

grabbed a couple of bottles of this on a recent trek to Knoxville.

Nice dk brown coloring, with an off white head, wh8ich did not retain much.

liking the aroma here, chocolate, coffee, faintly roasted malt.

Taste is pretty good, not too harsh at all. Coffee comes through more than the chocolate.

Mouth is between medium and full.

Knew nothing about this beer or brewery when I picked it up. A good one, I'll be looking for more of their offerings when back down south

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Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark bodied with ruby highlights. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - It smells like fresh roasted coffee. Fantastic!

T - The taste started out with some cocoa and coffee. The coffee really came out as it warmed.

M - Full

O - This is a great porter. I would drink this regularly if locally available. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an auburn glow in the right light around the edges. Head is a couple fingers high at the start and recedes to a thin sheet and ring. Very light brown in head color. Aroma is creamy chocolate, something like green fresh coffee bean, vanilla, nicely malty, and a touch earthy. Taste is sweet, malty caramel and cocoa followed by a drawn out semi-bitter hoppiness, in the direction of pine, and resiny through the finish. Has a sprucy mintiness as well. Chocolate of various kinds...bittersweet, milky, dark, and cocoa-y... Pretty nice stuff. Good mouthfeel; creamy, silky soft, a liiiitle bit chewy.

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Photo of Mojo
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - pours up black with a small one finger head, no retention and no lacing.

S - rich chocolate aroma with some coffee notes

T - very malty and sweet with some vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and molasses.

M - just so-so

O - I wasn't impressed. It wasn't horrible, but I can think of a lot of better Porters.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, deep, amber-highlighted brown coloring with a slim, filmy ring around the surface. Aromas of cream, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle roasted coffee. Extremely balanced nose, and very inviting. Flavors are chocolate forward, bitter and slightly roasted, with cream highlights and hints of vanilla. Very tasty, and once again, very well balanced. Light in mouth, with a dryness to it that keeps the sweet flavors in check. The aftertaste is more of the bitter coffee and cocoa notes, but the creamy sweet character does peek it's head out here and there at the end of each drink. The finish is slick, crisp, and slightly dry. Very solid, tasty brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some reddish brown + cola brown highlights. The beer has a one and a half finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted dark malts, almost slightly burnt.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts with just the slightest hint of burnt malts. Very light hints of bittersweet chocolate near the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very nice and enjoyable porter and probably my favorite beer from Green Man - it has been a solid brew for quite a while and one which is definitely sessionable. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly solid. Head is about 1 finger and has great retention.

Smell has great rich aromas. Lightly roasted chocolate malt is forward and has a smooth creamy aroma to it. There is a very mild earthiness before a very slight herbal hop aroma.

Taste is good, malt is forward and has some lightly roasted flavors over a very slight bitter chocolate near the end.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth rich creamy and well balanced.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a small white head.

The smell is roasted coffee,vannila and chocolate. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a good porter.

The taste is milk chocolate and coffee and finishes slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium to light bodied and light carbonation.

Overall a very tasty porter, I haven't been overly impressed by Green Man so far but this is pretty good.

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Photo of farrago
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin head, crests around one finger’s worth, deep tan in color, disappears very quickly, mostly tinier bubbles, doesn’t really have lacing per se as a razor residue after you tilt the glass. The liquid is an impenetrable black with a yellow aura around it, upon very close inspection there’s a few bubble beads visible. The nose is filled with brazil nuts, cashews, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar, cherry and red berry fruit, while sweet and roasty also has that telltale “organic” metallic, mineral water touch to it, no overt signs of hops, however, the overall feel has a refreshing stiffness to it, not soft and flabby. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation has decent activity and that mineral water aspect gives it cleanliness. The cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, cola, coffee bean, nut flavors have cut, not overly roasted nor burnt. The black fruits more muted here, particularly as it becomes successively drier from mid-palate through the finish. Here you do get a grassy twinge at the end too. Seems calculated to appeal to those with a sweet tooth while also remaining food friendly and trim, light of step. A good summertime option for those who like Porters.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color-traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: Faint aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted and dark malts along with hints of cola.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is very easy to drink and has a good amount of flavors.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a Green Man sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, dark chocolate, and nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, dark chocolate, nutty, and peanuts. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. My one question on this one is, where did all of this nuttiness come from? Holy moly! It would have been nice if it were only an undertone, but that amount was just a little bit too much to put this one in a good category. It however did not totally ruin the brew, but it definitely would have ranked higher if the nuttiness were toned back slightly.

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Green Man Porter from Green Man Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.