Forester
Green Man Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
93
From:
Green Man Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  19
SCORE
86
Very Good
ForesterForester
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 08, 2015
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gregu2 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 23, 2014
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Feb 11, 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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kell50 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 25, 2015
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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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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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memphischas from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2015
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DioS from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 12, 2017
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Fulkrum78 from Tennessee

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 23, 2015
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Wolberjs from California

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

Nov 07, 2014
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice big roasted flavors, noticeable hop bite near the end.

Mar 19, 2015
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KingEdward from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 02, 2015
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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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buckyp from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 25, 2016
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jan 19, 2014
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jaswilson2 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 22, 2014
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

Jun 16, 2014
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ghowehattrick from North Carolina

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

Jan 17, 2016
Forester from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 93 ratings