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Green Man Porter - Green Man Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

43 Reviews
THE BROS
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very good

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of humuloner22
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of matt850t
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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! (470 characters)

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. (542 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (387 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (822 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thick dark brown with a large creamy tan colored head on the top. Great retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally being nestled down into just a thin layer across the top. The aroma was very full and sweet. Lots of chocolate roaming through it along with a touch of coffee and lots of sugar. A slight smoked presentation as well. The flavor was also very full for a porter. This almost had a stout like feel to it as it was very thick and full with a great robust profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes dominated it. (552 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went out for a pint with my wife the other night and grabbed one of these to start it off. Came out a thick dark black with a thin tawny head on top. Rich nose with big hits of coffee and chocolate. Lots of roasted goodness. The mouth is weighted perfectly as there is a nice chew to this one. This beer is teeming with a bounty of roasted coffee. There is a "green" element to this beer though. Leafy greens noticed in the flavor, with a fresh hop presence. Nice bitter snap at the end. This was a great beer, and one I would gladly have again. (545 characters)

Photo of MECove
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (437 characters)

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

Smokey, roasty, slightly sweet, a bit of chocolate. This is a delicious porter................................................................................ (158 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +5%

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! (458 characters)

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4/5  rDev +5%

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. (295 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

The beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and nearly two fingers worth of off white/tannish head that recedes quickly into a thin crown that remains until the beer is gone

The nose consists mainly of chocolate/cocoa, caramel, and roasted malts. Subtle notes of coffee and a slight nutty character are also present. There is a slight hop spiciness as well

The taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of chocolate/cocoa, caramel and roasty malts. Less coffee in the flavor than in the nose. There is also a bit of brown sugar sweetness present. The earthy and spicy hops are also more noticable in the flavor than in the aroma. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Finishes slightly dry and is very drinkable

Overall, this is a good solid porter. A very good representation of the style. (838 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Jack of the Woods pub in Asheville NC and wanted to try something on cask. The choice was Green Man porter that night. Served in a pint glass, this beer was dark brown with a good size light tan head. head retention was decent and there was considerable lacing on the glass.

Aroma was a bit light, coffee and roasted malts were the strongest smells.

Tasted great!!!! Nothing like an ale on cask for smoothness!!!! This one went down real easy..Would be great for a session although the abv is a hair high by BA standards. Flavor of coffee and roasted malts with a little hops in the finish and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, light with rich flavor.

This one is a winner. The cask certainly added to the experience. (747 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with auburn hues around the edges. I poured it relatively hard so it had a decently thick off-white/tan head that dissipated rather quickly.

S-It had a funky smell to it at first, I believe it was due to it being straight from the growler because it had an odor that typically comes from food that has been sealed. That is why I deducted points from the nose. That aside, it smelled like a typical porter-roasted malts and some coffee.

T-Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and some bitter hops. It seemed more bitter and hoppy than I expected.

M-It had a good mouthfeel, definitely not too thick which is good for the style.

D-Very drinkable as its not too heavy and has a good flavor.

Overall, this a solid porter and I would love to have it on tap sometime. I love Green Man Brewery in general and have yet to drink one of their beers that I didn't enjoy. (874 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 (474 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewpub.Poured a near jet black except for a tinge of ruby,a thin off white head atop.Picked up roast and bitter chocolate mainly in the nose,there was a light fruitiness underlying as well.Pretty well rounded flavors going on,somewhat roasty and earthy from the onset,a juicy fruitiness seems to come in late and makes it pretty balanced.A little thin but its a sociable porter,not half bad,I would liked to try on cask. (435 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found the beer at Jack of the Wood in Asheville NC. (The taproom at the brewery was closing (who closes at 11:00 on Saturday night?) so this was the closest place to find the beers). The Porter turns out to be quite nice. A flavorful barley aroma and taste give a nice blend of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and nuttiness. Lots of sweetness approach caramel levels, but level off just before. The low-lying hop presence lets the beer seem sweeter and maltier than it acually is. No real hop aroma, little flavor, and a balanced bittering. Body is a bit light, but fair for an English Porter. Finishes on a clean fermented, cocoa note. Won't knock your socks off, but certainly quenched my thirst on this summer night. (721 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (994 characters)

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