Green Man Brewery

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Stout - American
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: This time of year demands a bold flavor. Green Man’s beloved stout delivers. An impressive blend of roasted black and chocolate malts creates an opaque color and alluring depth. A distinctive blend of hops allows the balanced flavor to shine. The Forester personifies a trustworthy companion for winter’s unpredictable darkness.

IBU: 60
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 93 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with hardly any light passing through. Dark caramel head that goes away quickly. Has a very roasty malt smell. Tastes like how it smells.

Mar 18, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, traditional stout with a nice tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma. Clean scent with some char. Nice char and roasted malt flavor with a bit of sweetness and a great bitter finish. It is a really nice beer that simple is good.

Mar 13, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Forester pours to a slightly rocky medium tan head on an effervescent brown body shot through with ruby highlights; head retention is brief, but lacing is excellent, consisting of bands and cavelets. The nose is light-medium in intensity, and is predominately peaty smoke, with more subtle cocoa, the slightest hint of toffee and slight alcohol overtones. The palate is a medium-bitter, thinnish smoky baker's-chocolate-and-cola flavor with a hint of molasses on the back end. The finish is a medium hit of bitter chocolate, and is fairly dry; the linger is a thinnish, medium-bitter chocolate flavor that lasts awhile. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium-full body and is very slightly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

Dec 29, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pitch black with 1/2 a finger of head and some tan lacing left on top of the brew and on the glass

S - Roasted malts, but nothing overwhelms

T - Roast up front, semi-sweet, but again nothing surprises

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - An average stout

Apr 29, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored hear that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: light roasted malt aroma is all that is detectable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some dark fruit sweetness is balanced with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting roasted tones stick to the tongue.

Overall: a very enjoyable and easy drinking stout.

Apr 03, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Black as night, pours a healthy tan head that produces some lace on the glass. Bready roasty nose with some herbal hop and dried dark fruit in the nose. Kiss of chocolatey sweetness upfront, toasted and roasted maltiness drys middle to end. Ample hoppiness and some warming alcohol in the finish. Love hoppy stouts like this, well done!

Jan 12, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights under a 1” tan foam cap that is moderately persistent and has a very fine bead.

S: Has a roasty nose with traces of chocolate, coffee, grain and dark sugars.

T: Begins mildly sweet with dark dried fruit flavors, and a touch of stone fruit, moving towards coffee by mid palate with a balancing hop bitterness and some grainy roast astringency on the finish that helps dry the beer out. There are no sharp or burnt flavors. The malt flavors are medium high, the roast is medium, the chocolate flavors are medium low, the hop bitterness is medium high, the sweetness is medium low. In the finish a lingering roast flavor and hop bitterness combine to suggest dark bitter chocolate.

F: Very creamy medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: A very drinkable and satiating stout.

Dec 25, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a nice dark brown color that borders on black but doesn't quite make it there. The smell and taste have a slightly hoppier note than a usual stout. It certainly has more roasted coffee notes than other similar beers. Good. Get it.

Apr 25, 2015
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mschantz from Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich dark brown and opaque with a slight tan head. Nose is roast with aging of chocolate and coffee. Taste is malty cocoa and a bit one note. Not enough complexity to be world class. But decent and drinkable. Finishes a bit thin for style.

Jan 20, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says DEC08 14

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a symmetrical pattern of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Solid roasted malt hit with some light coffee and semisweet chocolate interlaced.

T- Roast-forward but the alcohol level and mouthfeel keep it more subdued. A little char with a fading aftertaste.

M- Somewhat thin feel but with a fullish body and medium carbonation.

O- Pretty decent, no-frills stout. Straightforward and balanced enough to make me enjoy one, but not reach for a second.

Dec 25, 2014
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, but brown and red show thru when held to the light. Thumb sized brown head falls fairly quick but leaves gobs of lace.

Aroma is nice charred notes, hints of smoke and light licorice riding on chocolate malts. Some coffee and vanilla notes mingled with some hoppy herbal notes.

Taste is earthy notes up front riding on roasted malt base, chocolate and good coffee notes mingled. Some good vanilla notes with herbal hoppy notes. Some good spice notes mingled through out not sure if its the hops yeast or what.

Mouthfeel is only medium with lightly peppy carbonation. Seems little light for a stout but its enjoyable enough.

Overall find it a solid beer, little spicier then most but makes for a good holiday brew. Will buy more of this if its still available.

Dec 17, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle filled last month (Nov. 2014).

Pours clear but near black in the glass. The dark brown body is topped by a large and exceptionally creamy head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: A load of dark roasted malts with faint spicy hops. Strong for style.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma. There's enough hint of coffee here to send me frantically scanning the label of this late night ale, but no coffee listed in the description: the limited suggestion of coffee in the aftertaste proves reassuring. Exceptional abundance of very dark but not quite burnt grain flavor. Excellent bitter-sweet balance is mildly bitter overall; seemingly less than the listed IBU = 60..

Feel: smooth, near medium body; excellent medium, soft carbonation.

O: a strong offering from this experienced brewery.

Dec 10, 2014
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer is underrated. It is a very nice stout and it is awesome that they are beginning to bottle these. Although this is only a winter seasonal for now, I believe it is the best one that Green Man has offered this year. I hope they keep putting good beer out!

Look: Dark, but not as black as many others have been. There is some translucence there. But this is also just a standard stout, not an imperial. Caramel head with tiny bubbles, which remains for a while but eventually dissipates.

Smell: Nice sweet chocolates and malts, pleasant.

Taste: This is a good robust stout, but not overwhelming. You can session this one a bit, I could probably drink several of these in a sitting.

Overall: This is a great stout, very much worth seeking out.

Nov 30, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a bit of ruby hue,a thinner lighter beige head atop.Dark froast coffee stands out most in the nose with some molasses thrown in,I like the deep roast,it's like being in a coffee house.Dark roast,unsweetened chocolate, and char at the onset of the palate with some vanilla/caramel flavors providing just enough sweetness to make for a well balanced stout.I like the fact that it's not a one sided stout flavor-wise,it's roasted but also has some good sweetness that never becomes to big.

Jan 27, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours near black with a finger+ of lighter yet rich chocolate colored head. Very good retention and strong lacing.

S - Oh man, all chocolatey. Roasty sweet chocolate malts, a little bit of a burnt aroma, super minimally roasty. Perhaps some lactose, we shall see...

T - Initially its mostly roasty and surprisingly hoppy. Earthy hops steal the show initially but quickly transition its a smoother milky flavor/feel followed by a nice roasty chocolate sweetness. Finish is hoppy and chocolatey sweet. Aftertaste is initially mostly bitter, then a wave of sweet chocolate comes in only to be soon overtaken by roasty and hop bitters.

M - Initially the bitterness causes more of a watery/carbonated feel, but that isnt the case. Not overly thick but a nice smooth milky drinker for sure. The hops confuse the body IMO. overall i would say medium body, very smooth drinking.

O - Interesting the intense bitter/carbonated, to rich chocolatey and smooth ends of the spectrum this brew bounces between. I dig it.

Jan 03, 2014
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick, frothy one finger dark tan head. Absolutely amazing head retention and huge globs of lacing stuck on the sides of the glass.

Very nice roasty aroma with a heavy shot of char and dark chocolate. A touch of coffee sneaking in but you can really get a sense of the heavily roasted chocolate malt used in this beer.

Lots of roast and char in the flavor but it just remains smooth enough not to be acrid and overbearing. Dark chocolatey notes underneath with a moderate bitterness but very little in the way of hop flavor. Very nice silky mouthfeel with just a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a very impressive beer from Green Man. A nice winter seasonal that is just perfect for cold weather.

Dec 31, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted dark malts with some slight hints of charred malts and just a touch of smoked malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted dark malts with just a hint of anise/licorice. There are some very light notes of charred malts and hints of earthy malts. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger through the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Another very enjoyable beer from Green Man...not that I should be surprised as I have enjoyed just about everything I have tried from this brewery. A really nice winter beer and could easily stand up to a cold winter night (probably best enjoyed sitting in front of the fireplace being sipped slowly).

Dec 22, 2013
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