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Green Man Porter - Green Man Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

43 Reviews
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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 Garrett19
2.51/5  rDev -34.1%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -15%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of KidsDoc
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Scully's in Asheville, NC

Nice dark, cola colored porter with light tan soft head.

Aroma of roasted malt. Taste will light malt characteristics, bit of a souring middle. Some roastiness, and semisweet chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and seemed watery at times. Just a loose drinking porter.

Overall, probably average for the style - I think English Porters just are not all that enjoyable for me. It's the odd sour, thin characteristics I dislike every time I have the style. (502 characters)

Photo of RussBecker1
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Jack of The Wood, Asheville, NC

Decent porter from "Beer City USA". Nothing too out of the ordinary though. it poured an inky black with a dirty brown head. The look was nice, but everything else was just about average. The flavors were all indicative of a porter, the problem was the the flavors simply were not there in abundance. The finish was watery with very subtle smoke, and given the style of beer I really would have appreciated something my palate could marinate on for an extended period of time. (526 characters)

Photo of EasternDivide
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On my way out of Asheville this month I stopped at the airport bar. I sampled a few beers including the Green Man Porter. The color was light for a porter, bordering on a dark oak. When poured it's head was tan and thin, nose smelled of cocoa and carmel. It is certainly malty (what else would you expect from a porter) a majority of the taste is oatmeal with brown sugar with a very low IBU. A good beer but not exceptional. I personally think it is better than Highland's Oatmeal Porter, due to a difference in hop content or type of hops. (541 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap. Pours dark brown with an off-white, long lasting head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of cacao, brown sugar, toast, nutts and hints of dark fruit. Medium, smooth body. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is semi-sweet, long lasting. Light, easy drinking porter. (273 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jack of the Woods on 11/27/09.

A - Mahogany brown body with burgundy highlights around the edges and a slim tan head head that settled into a thin patchy veil.

S - Nutty aroma suggesting chestnuts and walnuts with a hint of coffee and roasted malt character. Subtle chocolate notes are also apparent, as well as a hint of molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Scant hop presence overall with very minimal herbal tones.

T - Quite nutty with hints of chocolate and coffee as well as some caramel malt. There is also a faint hint of licorice present. Brown sugar and molasses notes offer up some sweetness and complement the mild hoppy finish, gently masking the porter's ever-so-slight astringent quality.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and a bit of carbonation, resulting in some mild bristle on the tongue. Finishes with mild bitterness and a touch of astringency on the palate.

D - Solid overall, although I found this porter to be pretty run-of-the-mill in the grand scheme of things. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Arrived in a standard shaker glass.  Appeared dark brown with a moderate off-white head that stuck around briefly before setting to a patchy film and thin ring.  Minimal lacing on the edges of the glass. 

S: Typical porter characteristics with some roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of chocolate.  Not much going on here, but an appealing porter nonetheless.

T: The taste follows the aroma pretty well.  Typical porter flavors with some roasted malt, chocolate, and some caramel that provides a nice sweetness toward the finish.  Again, not much going on here, but pleasant and tasty for what it is. 

M: Pretty thin with a good bit of carbonation.  Slightly creamy and a bit tingly on the palate.  Starts out just a touch on the bitter side as the roasted barley comes out, but finishes a bit sweet with the caramel malt and chocolate.  

D: Really easy to drink.  Pretty good balance, typical characteristics, and a bit thin, but enjoyable. (958 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: At least in the dim lighting of the Jack of the Wood pub, this beer had a black body crowned with an off-white head.

Smell: The aroma has nary but a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Nice, semi-sweet chocolatey flavor with a bit of nuttiness. Finished dry, but with no bitterness (or hop character for that matter).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly simple and straight-forward, though it made for fine, easy drinking hours after the Brewgrass Beer Festival.

****

Re-sampled on 2/3/08 at the Green Man brewery:

(Currently listed as 6.1% abv at the brewery).

Appearance: Dark brown body with a small, light beige head.

Smell: An aroma akin to a Heath bar with added notes of roasted nuts.

Taste: Pleasant mix of toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and roasted nuts with a medium sweetness. A very light touch of roast and earthy bitterness brings balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty solid! Presents a bit more character than our last encounter. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jack of the Wood in a shaker pint. Dark brown with thin cream colored head that leaves big splotches of lace. Smell: fruity, caramel, nutty, with a little bittersweet chocolate. Taste: toasted nuts, caramelized sugars, fruity. Clean finish. Decent. (258 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Griffin2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (161 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)

Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (1,128 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 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 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 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 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)

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Green Man Porter from Green Man Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.