Green Man Brewery was kind enough to send me another one of their seasonal green men, Forester. This stout is depicted by a stern ranger with a bushy beard and stylish beanie. While the bottle art is only a head shot, I like to picture him as having a body constructed of enormous tree trunks, kind of like Wood Man from Mega Man 2. A stout should be thick and bold… like a tree trunk…. right? Obscure gaming references and tree trunks aside, it’s time to dive into this stout!
Forester pours a dark brown that borders on pitch black. The head is a creamy, beige cloud that dissipates slowly. The aroma is fairly complex with bold coffee and dark chocolate notes. There’s also a hint of dark fruit and a light tartness that almost gives it a cherry characteristic.
The bold coffee/espresso and dark chocolate aspects on the nose are amplified tenfold in the flavor. The dark fruit in the aroma is replaced by a hop citrus that shines a spotlight on the intensity of the malt . The hops balance out the finish with a mouth drying bittersweetness. The body is just big enough to contain the robust malt flavors, making this stout surprisingly easy to drink.
We may never know if Forester has tree trunks for arms, but we do know that this is a robust stout with surprising drinkability. The flavor intensity is pretty amazing for what I would consider a sessionable stout. Forester would be the perfect accompaniment to a bowl game tailgate or a holiday get together. However, don’t let your terrible football team and/or lack of friends stop you from enjoying this stout. Cheers!
- Appearance: Dark Brown, Nearly Black / Creamy, Beige Head
- Aroma: Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Dark Fruit, Light Tartness
- Flavor: Espresso, Dark Chocolate, Hop Citrus, Bittersweet Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Plus, Dry
- ABV: 6.0%
- Score: 86
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