Green Man Porter | Green Man Brewery

very good
63 Reviews
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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 330
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -3.6%
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 +7.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -23.3%
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 +10.9%
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 +3.4%
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 EvoRich
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 LMO1190
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look- It has a coca cola color with very little tanned head.
Smell- Light roasted grains, some raison, light coffee tones.
Taste- Light sweetness, The roasted malts come thru, lite mild coffee flavor, lite dark fruitiness.
Feel- Light carbonation, not overwhelming.
Overall- This beer seems ok. Not overwhelming. I guess it would be a good gateway porter/stout. It's a nice session porter, I would go out of my way for it!!!! Cheers!!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark beer that lets a bit of light through at the edges. There is a very light tan head that fades but still clings to the edge of the glass. The nose is nice roasted malt and a hint of coffee. The taste has a nice sweetness and very little char or bitterness. There is a bit of a grain flavor and some bitter coffee. Nice creamy, medium mouthfeel. Pretty solid porter.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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%
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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malts, chocolate, biscuit, and some light coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with cocoa and some roast. Decent beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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 zac16125
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A very subtle aroma of chocolate, malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee notes, and a hint of hops. A decent enough flavor, but it never grabs hold you. The cocoa element was nice, but there could've been more of it.

M: A below average amount of carbonation with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't a bad porter, it's not one that jumps out you. Nonetheless, it has some likable qualities.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone Ridge Tavern in Asheville, NC. Very dark ruby-brown/black with a moderate tan head. Initial impresssion is burnt malts, coffee, and cocoa. Hops are not evident at all. Medium mouthfeel - a little light for a porter. Not bad - I'd probably have again.

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Photo of Moose90
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured out for samples

A — Pours a nice deep rich brown hue into the glass, there is a light coffee colored head that forms and leaves behind some OK spotty lacing.

S — Smell is light and quite fruity, though it is balanced with some nice light roasted malt character, still quite light for the style and the English ale yeast really comes to the forefront.

T — Taste is light and slightly roasted, notes of chestnut, cocoa powder, and a bit of berry, and light yeasty esters.

M — Medium bodied, easy drinking and smooth.

O — Nice overall, somewhat monotone and the yeast strain really comes through.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamy light tan head, almost with a dark vanilla tone to it, but with two fingers tall in height and a soft little appearance. Body color is dark walnut brown with some light chestnut red highlights. Some see through quality to this brew and some clarity while looking underneath towards the head. Minimal lacing, otherwise a very solid looking beer.

Nice interesting nose. Soft nutty quality and hints a little towards peanut butter. Some faint dark charring roast hides in the background through a very soft aromatic body. Quite nice and simple.

Palate seems to continue the basics well, but lacking a little bit of depth. Light bodied if slightly wet, with a hint of milk chocolate in the mid palate. Washes clean but light, and has a bit of herbal sweetness on the finish. Slightly tight mouthfeel and a hint of faint flat carbonation to it, but also feels a little let down as there isn't much malt thickness. Little bit of roast character and some of that nice nutty flavor manages to coat and feel over the palate with a hint of peanut and chestnuts.

Overall not too bad, but lacking a little bit of depth otherwise fine.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours black with a light tan head.
S - Nice roasty smell.
T- Taste matches the smell.
F- light carbonation, maybe a little oily.
O - Delicious roasty porter.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green Man Porter pours a black color with a very small almost non existent head. There is a nice sweet creamy aroma. The taste is roasted, earthy, with some nice smoked malt notes. Nice body, good feel. Overall its a solid no frills porter.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light chocolate malt nose with some Graham cracker, marshmallow, dry malt, roasted grain and smoky embers.

The flavors are very muted and hard to distinguish. I do get some chocolate malt, light embers, touch of smoke and a bit of barley.

This is quite thin, kind of airy and has a bit of carbonation bite.

Not much here, certainly not offensive but just not much personality to distinguish it from others.

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Green Man Porter from Green Man Brewery
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