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Green Man Porter - Green Man Brewery

Green Man PorterGreen Man Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.87%


Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006)
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-04-2012 00:43:18 | More by JayQue
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drperm

Virginia

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.

Serving type: cask

09-23-2009 01:55:59 | More by drperm
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 01:18:29 | More by tastybeer
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Mojo

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:19:48 | More by Mojo
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:13:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:30:24 | More by dbrauneis
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.99/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 03:12:31 | More by Fcolle2
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:12:44 | More by Dave1999
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farrago

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:42:56 | More by farrago
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 21:59:13 | More by metter98
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 21:44:04 | More by thagr81us
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RussBecker1


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 15:31:24 | More by RussBecker1
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-06-2012 13:46:29 | More by thegodfather2701
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 08:09:06 | More by tdm168
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Mississipping

Mississippi

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 21:28:03 | More by Mississipping
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 22:44:08 | More by mikeg67
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Onenote81

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 21:09:01 | More by Onenote81
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matt850t

New York

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 03:38:30 | More by matt850t
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2011 06:44:00 | More by mikesgroove
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KidsDoc

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 18:18:14 | More by KidsDoc
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babaracas

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 03:40:13 | More by babaracas
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2011 14:35:38 | More by CBlack85
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EasternDivide

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 00:15:28 | More by EasternDivide
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Bung

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2010 02:32:41 | More by Bung
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 12:03:11 | More by oberon
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