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Green Man Porter | Green Man Brewery

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Green Man PorterGreen Man Porter

Brewed by:
Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006

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Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

I have had this one before, but this was the first one I have had since they began bottling. I love that they are bottling and now distributing. However, I would prefer they offer cans. Hopefully in the future they will.

Pours: Dark, some head that settles into a nice lacing pattern. Maybe a bit of light comes through but not much.

Aroma: Nice chocolate notes, some light hops going on or some floral element, maybe even a bit of bourbon in there.

Taste: Man, how good is this porter! Its what the style should be. Its got all the notes you want when you are looking to have a porter but without the harsher bitterness that some often have. Many breweries are just trying to do a watered down version of their stouts, this one is a stand alone porter and does just what it is advertised to do in the taste department. I could definitely drink several of these with ease. It finishes clean but with a nice smooth chocolate, molasses, rum and/or bourbon sweetness, but not at all overly sweet. Perfectly balanced beer.

Overall: I am so happy this is being distributed more widely and in bottles. My one problem, which really is not a problem is they should offer this in cans. I hope they do, a lot of Asheville breweries are beginning to go that direction.

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Photo of drperm
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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 pat61
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright brown with a ½” tan cap that recedes quickly.

S: Dark malts, faint chocolate, and grain with some dark sugars. The aromas are mild, the malt aromas are moderate, hop aromas are low.

T: Malt with some tartness in the background, light fruit, dark dried fruit, some chocolate with a hint of creamy coffee. No harsh or burnt roast flavors. The chocolate flavors grows as it warms. The malt flavors are medium high, the hop flavors and bitterness are medium low.

F: Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation.

O: A malty full flavored porter.

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Photo of matt850t
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid porter. Pours dark brown, small head, good lacing, chocolaty flavor. Rich malty, roasty taste with only slight hops bitterness. Will definitely have more of these.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 mooseisloose
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love porter, my favorite style lets give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of some chocolate and roasted malts. Pours to a deep jet black letting no light through with a thin micro-bubble head. On the taste this brew has a godd mouthfeel up front followed wit a nice deep well roasted and semi-sweet chocolate flavor that rolls to the middle of the tongue and gets only slightly bitter and dry on the aftertaste. A solid dark porter that lives up to the description on the bottle of a "rich dark ale". I would repeat this one, no doubt.

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Photo of jasadewi
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours medium brown with a medium sized tan head that quickly fades away. Smells faintly of malts and coffee, but the chocolate aroma certainly is striking. Very creamy and smooth feel, all the way down the throat. I wish it was slightly less carbonated, but it isn't too much. Leaves a great aftertaste of roasted malt and chocolate on my palate and in my nostrils. Not bitter at all. The finish is darkly sweet, roasted and smooth. It's hard to describe my love for the feel of this beer. The taste is rather astonishing as well. Overall, it's a very lovely beer and it hits all the marks for an English Porter in my book. I'd highly recommend to anyone who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 EvoRich
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pretty standard stuff here. dark, than head. A bit fizzy, and fades quickly.

Smell: It's smells, almost fruity in a way, but roasted and sweet. A hit of nuts.

Taste: Pretty good stuff. as a very nice roasted finish, with some nutty flavor to it.

Feel: Medium bodied. medium carbonation.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark bodied with ruby highlights. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - It smells like fresh roasted coffee. Fantastic!

T - The taste started out with some cocoa and coffee. The coffee really came out as it warmed.

M - Full

O - This is a great porter. I would drink this regularly if locally available. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of ncvbc
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 zac16125
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light, 1plus fingers width of tan colored head, dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves only a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, some oaky herbaceous notes. 3.75

T: Roasty, leather and tobacco, semi sweet cocoa on the finish, subtle herbaceous oaky characters. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a regular porter with so much leather and tobacco characters; and I like it. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate, a very nice creamy smoothness, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: A very nice porter, no where near on the same level as the Green Man’s BA Imperial Porter, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. 4

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, deep, amber-highlighted brown coloring with a slim, filmy ring around the surface. Aromas of cream, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle roasted coffee. Extremely balanced nose, and very inviting. Flavors are chocolate forward, bitter and slightly roasted, with cream highlights and hints of vanilla. Very tasty, and once again, very well balanced. Light in mouth, with a dryness to it that keeps the sweet flavors in check. The aftertaste is more of the bitter coffee and cocoa notes, but the creamy sweet character does peek it's head out here and there at the end of each drink. The finish is slick, crisp, and slightly dry. Very solid, tasty brew.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 MECove
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark, deep auburn highlights, a bit thin, not a big head or lace

Smell: honey! Sweet, a hint of spice. strong

Taste: subtly wondrous! A wave of flavor rolls over the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A tiny bit too much carbonation, goes down easily without a heavy sitting afterwards.

Overall: A solid satisfaction.

Blurb on bottle: 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 farrago
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly solid. Head is about 1 finger and has great retention.

Smell has great rich aromas. Lightly roasted chocolate malt is forward and has a smooth creamy aroma to it. There is a very mild earthiness before a very slight herbal hop aroma.

Taste is good, malt is forward and has some lightly roasted flavors over a very slight bitter chocolate near the end.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth rich creamy and well balanced.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, roasty, slightly sweet, a bit of chocolate. This is a delicious porter................................................................................

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A 12oz bottle picked up at Brusin Ale's in Asheville Sep 2014

A - Pitch black with no clarity, 1 finger of head, and lots of sticky lace left all over the glass

A - Roasted malt, coffee beans, and dark chocolate all rolled up. Nice!

T - Smooth, silky, coffee and chocolate. Well balanced. Creamy. Tasty..well done!

M - Full bodied, creamy, rich, and nice aftertaste.

O - Very high drinkability. Enjoyable. Definitely a go-to porter if available!

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

The Green Man Porter is one of my favorite porters. Very smooth. Hint of chocolate and coffee, and slight smoky finish. But that is what I expect in a porter. My only criticism is the head. It has none and almost seems flat. Still a good beer. If you like porters, definitely try this one.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Very English style here, love the hop tone with minty and earthy suggestions in the nose and on the taste buds. More of chocolate toasty flavor than roasty, something of a burnt flavor but its like a soft charcoal. Some sweetness and a little chewy, kiss of warmth as well. Job well done, way to easy to knock back.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, opaque brown-ruby — almost black. A little tan suds and thin lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, roasty malts, a hint of coffee. Exemplary.

Taste: Bittersweet cocoa/chocolate, burnt malts, smooth iced coffee. In fact, smooth is the operative word here, as this porter is easygoing, faithful to style, and so very drinkable. A delicious and well-done porter!

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