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Green Man Porter - Green Man Brewery

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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 262
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | 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: 49 | Hads: 262
Photo of Dave1999
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of farrago
4.03/5  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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -8.6%
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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Photo of RussBecker1
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of matt850t
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of EasternDivide
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of drperm
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Green Man Porter from Green Man Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.