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Green Man Porter - Green Man Brewery

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006)
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

burnzgtm, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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.

humuloner22, Sep 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Donkerbruin, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of drperm
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reviewed this one on tap at the brewery; here it is in Cask at Brewgrass '09.

I have to say, a couple of things:

1) Reviewing is a completely subjective and contextually-bound enterprise. I could review the same beer on two different occasions and have somewhat different results. That being said,

2) This beer is good on tap, but I find it SUPERB on cask. The cask brings out a stronger, more appealing aroma, and an excellent chocolatey flavor. It's a bit thin on the finish.

I love cask ales. I wish they were more common in my neck of the woods.

drperm, Sep 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

EigenBeer, Aug 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Beer_4_brains, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

ChristiBerli, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of matt850t
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Jack of the Wood November 2011.

Appearance similar to most porters, nice med-dark brown head with good retention. Nose nothing to write home about. Once you take a sip, that's where you notice how great of a porter this is- one of the most, if not the most, enjoyable porters to drink I've had. Nice balance of maltiness with some hints of roastiness and chocolate, mouthfeel is spot on. Smooth in all aspects. Great on a crisp autumn day sitting outside!

matt850t, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

JustinSparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

KevinGordon, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ninaturner, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

MostlyNorwegian, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dave317, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

BigAlofOrion, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

AngusOg, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Thomas_Picton, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mikepcarney, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

NCbeerpirate, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Raseky, May 11, 2014
Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Dirty Jacks, but this growler was from Brawleys, nice to see growlers making it into the Charlotte area.

Full dark brown pour, thin finger of off white froth. Just barely sticks to the glass.

Aroma has the standard roast, earth, some cocoa.

A malty, bready porter. Roast malt, peat and light coffee. Earthy, pumpernikel like spiciness. Finishes pretty dry, hint of roast and cocoa.

Mouthfeel could be preceived as a bit thin, but it does border on creamy still. Alcohol non-existent and really drinkable in all seasons.

Bung, Jul 27, 2010
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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

Drumnart, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Biere Garden in Asheville.

A - black with a thin brown lacing of head

S - roasty with a big coffee presence

T - creamy, roasty, coffee, faint chocolate, mildly bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This is a nice, traditional porter. It has solid flavor and good drinkability. I would definitely have this again.

tdm168, May 29, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a pretty good beer. Pour was somewhat flat with a thin cocoa head that was gone before my eyes. Lighter colored than what I'm used to and almost crystal clear when held to light with a ruby/mahogany color. Smell was very nice with the malts being more sweet with less roasted character than many American Porters I have. Sweet chocolate with hints of caramel, coffee, and a small earthy/grassy hop bite. Mouthfeel was a fairly light and thin. Not necessarily too watery but the body wasn't big enough. Carbonation being extremely low might have played a factor. Still, I find this very drinkable. The stuff went down about as quick as it was poured after I got the point of what I was dealing with. Split this on Thanksgiving with my sister who happened to purchase it from Green Man in Asheville. Nice!

ncvbc, Nov 25, 2007
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Green Man Porter from Green Man Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.