Green Man Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #75
Ranked #885
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Notes: A super limited imperial brown ale aged for 6 months in one of our "magic" barrels, then another 3 months in a rum barrel with an insane amount of sweet Oregon cherries. Pucker up with Maceo and taste the Funk!
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours deep Amber-brown color with a small fizzy white head that disappears after a while

S- smells like a cherry pie, molasses-like rum barrel, lacto tartness and earthy oak

T- flavors of cherry pie burst out with undertones of cranberry and a rum barrel sweetness, hints of lacto tartness and earthy wood, the finish gives more cherry pie with some spicy elements on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a foamy dry finish

O- tastes like a liquid cherry pie, absolutely delicious

Dec 17, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kevin for this one!

man this one looks aweful haha like brownish pond water

smells amazing! great cherry and nice acidic. you can tell this will be a treat

taste is even better than the nose! great sourness and tasty. tons flavor and some slight sweetness on the back en

feel is perfect, doesn't feel like a 9% beer. medium bodied for a stout

overall this is for real. those magic barrels that they have are something special for sure lol

looking forward to more from greenman

Nov 14, 2016
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danh53 from Florida

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brownish red with half finger head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is strong vinegar. It smells very sour. I also get cherries and caramel and earthy notes from the brown ale. The taste is explosive. I get lots of dark cherries, but the brown ale brings chocolate, caramel, and earthy notes to add complexity. The rum barrels aren't center stage, but the vanilla and spice is present in the background. Mouth feel is intense and full with perfectly balanced carbonation. One of the best sours I've had.

Dec 07, 2015
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aleckpa from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

It pours a very murky brown with no head. It smells tart, sour, cherries. First sip is nothing but vinegar so I was very discouraged. I let it sit a little, and it tasted a lot better. It's sour but not overwhelming. Taste is oak and some chocolate. It's somewhat chewy in the mouth and it really sticks. I was fortunate to receive this in a trade, and very grateful for it. However, if I were to have this again, I'd probably prefer it fresh.

Nov 07, 2015
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bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sour, earthy Brown malts on the nose, with tons of cherry and wine barrel. No detectable rum in the aroma. On the tongue is a sharp cherry bite, all but hiding a lightly nutty roast and finally present trace of rum spice. Outstanding.

Sep 23, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa powder, dark fruit, spice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting spice flavor that makes this one unique and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle.

Jul 28, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says May 07 2015.

A- Pours a reddish dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few wisps of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- The aroma is absolutely divine. Huge onslaught of tart cherries with some moderate lacto funk and some rum barrel character. It's all tied together in a harmonious trifecta of bliss that makes my eyes roll back in my head. Perfection. The rum comes through more as it warms bringing a solvent-like alcohol presence that the power of the cherries still manages to complement. Light vinegar aftertaste.

T- The cherries are the star of this show for sure providing a tartness and sweetness that works so well with the lacto. The rum barrel lays back setting the stage for most of the drink, but starts coming through more as it warms. The sourness of the lactic acid and the sweetness of the cherries mask all the bad parts of the alcohol flavor while leaving all the good. After a while the sourness becomes just a tad tiresome making it difficult to imagine drinking more than 12 or so ounces while still appreciating it the way it should be appreciated.

M- Dryness from the lactic acid combines with dry tannins from the oak plus a restrained but still somehow assertive sourness making for a near-perfect feel. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Definitely one of the best sours I've ever had. The cherries meld with the rest of the beer in a way I've only experienced a few times before. The rum barrel adds a complexity that no other "Kriek" I've tried before has exhibited. A shame this exact beer will never be made again but others of equal excellence are sure to be on the horizon.

Jul 14, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pucker up for this fantastic cherry sour. Nice deep burgundy color. The rum rounds out the beer very well at the end although I wish I had more rum. Green Man is on point with sours.

May 29, 2015
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the first-ever tapping May 24, 2015 -- maybe it was an early pour, but it didn't *look* very impressive. Especially not if you compared it to the beers tapped before and after, both raspberry-colored beauties.

Great, but slightly unblended flavors that I hope adjusts favorably with some age in the bottle. A sour finish that crept up on you and kept on coming.

May 25, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a mahogany brown color with a maroon tinge; the head is modest but leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Sour cherry and vinous notes, the rum barrel is hard to detect in the aroma

Taste: Toasted malt, lactic sour cherry flavors and a touch of chocolate, up front, with the vinous and oaky notes developing, in the middle; after the swallow, the tartness continues to expand but the rum doesn't really make a presence until the finish though it becomes a touch more apparent with each sip

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; nicely puckery

Overall: Not sure what the "magic" barrels are but I did see some Rombauer barrels marked "Maceo" stacked in the brewery area so I am guessing that they beer was aged in red wine barrels of some sort before being finished off in the rum barrel; however, they did it, the end product is quite impressive

May 25, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros 2013 Vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark dark brown almost black hue with a thin blanket that leaves a thin halo and awesome legs 4.25 (X .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of awesome rum notes without being boozy. Really nice sour brown notes, good cherries too. Lighter chocolate and darker malts, super aromatic. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really good sour brown and cherries, loads of subtleties. The wine is awesome and is accented incredibly by the rum. This is simply delicious. The booze is hidden well, lightly flemmy. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Wow. 4.75 (x .45 = 2.138)

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely tart and sour, great softer carbonation, alcohol hidden well. 4.5 (x .1 = .45)

O - Overall this beer was just incredibly good. Awesome nose and taste that just popped with barrel and rum and sour cherry. Simply delicious 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

Total Rating Score: 4.6
Serving Type: Bottle

Sep 14, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to rudzud for this one.


No head, nice legs, super dark maroon mahogany almost black like color. 4

Nose big tangy sour malts, sure brown malts with tons of rum, not spiced rum, tangy fruit, Hint cherry, some wine barrel as well, some brown masks hint of rummy booze. 4.25

Taste tart sour generic fruit, sour brown malts, little toasty even, nice rum, little wine barrel notes, red vinous wine notes, little sour cherry. brown dark malts with hint of choc and sour brown sugar. Mild malt vinegar and acidity, Nice smooth rum, little tangy on the finish, little choc covered cherry lingering, nice tart sour malt and sour malt, flemmy. 4.5

Mouth is med bod, lighter bit decent carb, nice acidity, booze hidden well. 4.25

Overall quite nice, great rum and wine barrel notes, nice sour cherry and tart flemmy acidic notes, nice base brown ale, etc. 4.25

Sep 10, 2014
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coriswrasse from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter type maple syrup glass. No head other than a very thin layer of film. Low carbonation. Sweet flavor, less acidic. Leaves a syrupy sweet feel on the tongue giving way to sour mild acid with some soft sour bite in the back of the mouth. Not a major puckerer. Appearance is dark amber/red with good clarity. Overall a very nice sour from a NC brewery I really like. Wicked Weed Black Angel Sour just up the road is better.

Mar 16, 2014
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bcp5296d from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this one the second one I tried.

It seems to have balanced out very well and seems that it would only get better. I could have swore the carb increased in the bottle since its release but not by that much.

A really good combo of fruit and sour. Posted this mostly because I think it has improved since bottling.

Feb 04, 2014
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mechamifune from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish red. Almost zero sense of carbonation. The slightest bit of lacing stays up on the walls of the glass. No head at all. Well....the color is nice enough I guess.

Smell is very pleasant. Tart cherry juice, a little funk, a bit of that sour lacto smell, and a bit of generic dark fruit.

Taste is very in line with the smell. Finishes with a sharp sour bite but never becomes overpowering. Integrates a sense of fruit with the sourness as well as any sour I can think of off hand. Never comes close to being sweet, mind you, but there are fruit notes all over the place here. A great tasting sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid despite the seeming lack of carbonation. Drinks a bit more carbonated than it looks, but this is still a very "slick" beer. None the less, the mouthfeel works well with the taste profile.

Overall this is one of the better sours i've had in terms of taste profile. It could use a little more carb, but that ultimately doesn't detract too much from it. A lot of fun and easy to drink. A very unabrasive sour (though admittedly I wonder how much of that is just my palate adjusting to sours over the years).

Feb 02, 2014
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 127 ratings