Green Man Brewery

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English Porter
Ranked #69
Ranked #19,517
3.85 | pDev: 9.09%
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: Dark, full-bodied, and rich in flavor, Green Man Porter is wonderfully easy to drink. It offers a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and finishes with distinctive chocolate notes. This traditionally crafted, award-winning British-style Porter, like a true rock star, enjoys a legendary following.
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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm partial to Porter's, and this one is outstanding. Pours a dark brown/black with almost no head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste follows, with sweet over coffee. Medium mouthfeel and a coffee/chocolate dominated aftertaste

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Photo of jkrich
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness dated can: coco-cola brown with faint orangish-red highlights; there is a quickly receding beige head with no lacing.

The weakest link in the beer with faint hints of sour milk chocolate.

Now, this is an easy-drinking porter - somewhat reminds me of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. There are hints of chocolate and roast along with a bittersweet lingering flavor on the palate - nothing very complex, just a very satisfying flavor.

The mouthfeel is rather short-lived with a light to medium body; the carbonation is restrained with a pleasant, lingering chocolate bitterness on the tongue.

While this is far from my favorite porter, this is another consistent and flavorful effort by Green Man Brewery.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kind of a broad style, this offering has a little sweetness to put it similar to some Baltic porters. There’s a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of char and licorice in the taste. The nose has a bit of dark toast with molasses stronger than the other notes also found in the taste. The feel is a bit fizzy and sticky with a leaning lighter than medium body.

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Photo of ATL6245
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black color, tan mousse-like head with good retention

Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate and expresso

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate and expresso/coffee. Restrained bitterness. Medium sweetness.

Mouth Feel: Soft, creamy with low carbonation. Medium length finish

Overall: Enjoyable to drink. Solid Porter style. No obvious flaws. Not overly bitter. Easily a staple in your fridge for Porter.

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Photo of singletary
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a deep dark brown color with almost no head just a little ring around the glass. The smell is faint chocolate and the taste is typically porter, chocolate burnt coffee with a dry taste on the end taste. The feel is medium with visible carbonation on the glass. Overall a very good drink but I was expecting more.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite local 828 brews! And with so many awesome ones in AVL, that says a lot!
Pours dark, full head with lacing around glass,
smells awesome-dark roasted malt barley , taste is same with slightest hint of chocolate prunes, bordering rich but not heavy at all, feels very smooth and overall 4.5.

Green Man makes some fine beers, ...THIS. IS. PORTER.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin tan head drops quickly with mild lacing. Color is dark red-brown. Aroma of cocoa powder and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor of dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt toast, earthy hops. Overall: good but there is some level of flavor that is missing from this one. Just falls a little flat in the taste.

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Photo of teromous
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the shoulder of the bottle in yellow dots: "ENJOY BY 08/03/19..2182"

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and it has a short khaki head with various sizes of bubbles. It has good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a very light aroma of burnt coffee.

Taste: The beer has a soft flavor of coffee and a bit of carbon. There is a hint of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a medium-light body with low carbonation and medium-low bitterness. It is an easy drinking beer.

Overall: It's a good English Porter that is easy to drink with a nice complement of flavors. It would be a good beer to pair with a sandwich or with some cheese and crackers. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a great porter. Nothing special just a dead on standard porter. A good porter to base as a standard. I'd recommend anyone checking out Green man to try this beer.

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Photo of Speartron
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Light chocolate, roasted malt taste. Strong booze on the nose. Rich taste. Extremely smooth. Not the best but not bad.
$10.99 for 6pk.
Worth it to try

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A decent enough porter...

Very nice looking porter - beautifully black, tannish thin foam, and just a tad bit of lacing. The smell was muted in chocolate scents, which did not translate over to the taste. The mouthfeel was water and carbonated, but all that strangely made for an easy-going, almost sessionable quality. Now, back to the taste - light and muted with its flavor as well. Overall, I enjoyed the brew, it's just nothing that I will be on the lookout again.

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Photo of Old_Beard_Belly
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good brown ale. 1cm head heavy pour recedes quickly. Light chocolate note drinks like a super dark amber (slight light visible through) smells of malt and light chocolate and for some odd reason I smell bacon. Pretty good very slight filling sensation for being so dark and creamy. Overall would buy again but not my preferred porter style.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/31/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuttiness, toasted dark/brown bread, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very nice English porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Nicely rich English malt complexity, light earthy hop balance, and restrained yeast fruitiness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of CapnSteve
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle so reviewing blind. Big Green Man IPA fan so expected no less from the porter. Subtle nutty roasted back of mouth feel with clean finish - very nice.

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Photo of briandschorr
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My second beer from this Brewery. Impressed once again. Dark cola color with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. The nose is a nice blend of roasted chocolate malt and a nutty element. Taste follows the nose. I like the bitterness balanced with some grassy noble hops. A creamy mouthfeel and medium body. I will place this on tap for the fall season. Recommended.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich, velvety, chocolate brown behind a Harp logo on a nonic glass. The dark khaki foam that reaches one-half inch lasts for a few minutes before leaving no lace.

Milk chocolate and coffee greet the nose, followed by light roasted malt and nuances of hazelnut.

The flavor is sweet up front but quickly displaced by bitterness, both of which are mild. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt are followed by mixed nuts. A long, mild finish brings back the sweetness and lingers. All these flavors open up with warmth.

The body is medium on entry, then becomes fuller. Alcohol is as expected and the texture is slick like nylon. There is a fine fizzy carbonation and mild astringency.

This beer works well after a long day. It is tasty and interesting, yet subdued enough to leave room for conversation. One might also find it works well as a dessert beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head. The cap gives way quickly despite a good amount of bubbles running up the sides of the glass.

S: At least at refrigerator temperature, the aroma is quite low. Faint roasty chocolate malts…and that’s about it. Not much going on here, even when it warms up.

T: Roasted malts with some chocolate up front. There’s a touch of metallic flavor in the middle that shouldn't be there, along with a bit of Skoal tobacco. Roast bitterness balances nearer to the end, along with some grassy noble hops. More chocolate flavors recur at the swallow.

M: Body is average to slightly thin. Good carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This is something I'd drink on tap if a porter sounded good at a restaurant that didn’t have a large selection. But I wouldn't seek it out, and it's likely there's a local porter just as good if not better on your shelves (or taps) already.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste matches the nose. An outstanding porter.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate body, with a very thin ring of head that fades to a moss on top.

Lots of rich decadent chocolate on the nose, with some roast malts complimenting. Light molasses, licorice, and coffee faintly trailing.

Tons of great licorice and dark roast malts, supplemented with molasses, dark chocolate, and mild coffee.

On the mouth, there's a lot of carbonation with a heavily roasted feel.

Green Man Porter is extremely tasty and has tons of great anise and molasses notes which I am a fan of. Will hopefully be trading for more :-)

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This orange-litten, fervently effervescent brown beer wears a thin, slightly pebbly tan head that leaves fair lacing in the form of thick, twisted spiky bands. The nose is medium in intensity and leads with assertive cassis notes, backed by more subtle milk chocolate and cocoa and hints of toffee, topped by subtle alcohol overtones. The palate is a tartish, slightly bitter, thinnish indeterminate dark malt flavor that touches on cola, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa. The finish is quite clean, showing just the least bit of malt, and the linger is a mild, thin slightly bitter chocolate/cola flavor that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is light for the full body, but not inappropriately so for the style; the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 278 days after pkg)

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Photo of ScottL1966
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Green Man Porter is on tap at my local. I have never considered a beer as a 5. On my scale anything that rates more than 4 is superior. This brew is excellent in all regards except the froth and head you might except.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Green Man Porter is a really solid example of the style. Dark, roasty, but with a level of smooth chocolate maltiness I expect in a good porter.

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Photo of SlappyMcGee
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tastes to me like a watered down Guinness with a slight more coffee taste than Guinness. Won't be drinking against unless someone hands me one for free and nothing else is available.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black, less than a finger of head, fades quickly.

S: Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate.

T: Follows nose with a bit of bitterness on the back end.

F: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Everything you want in a porter is right here. This one represents why I love porters.

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Black with brown notes, a half finger tan head that moves to a thin lace immediately. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts, vanilla, and hints of dark fruit. Taste is in line with the nose. Cola notes. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation medium low. An enjoyable porter.

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