What we have here is another delicious libation from our favorite forest dwelling brewers. Green Man Brewery has graciously provided me with their take on the traditional British-style porter. Porters are like the hybrids of the beer world, overlaying classic hop flavors on a malty backbone. Back in the good old days, they would actually make porter by mixing various beers together. I’ve often wondered if I could engineer a modern day porter by mixing stout and IPA/pale ale. Can a Wayfarer and a Forester make a Green Man Porter? That’s a question for another day…
Green Man Porter pours a rich, dark brown with a creamy, beige head the dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma primarily features the malt with chocolate, brown sugar, and sweet molasses. Underneath the sweet, roasty malt is a light contrasting citrus from the hops.
The flavor profile surprisingly begins with a quick burst of lemony citrus before sharply turning to dark chocolate and brown sugar. This does an excellent job of highlighting the rich malt flavors. The finish has a slight hint of coffee with a lingering presence of dry cocoa. The body is relatively light with a smooth, creamy texture that makes this porter go down freakishly easy.
Green Man does a solid job of nailing the porter style with this flagship brew. The robust malt flavors are perfectly balanced with a splash of highlighting citrus. With the lighter body on this porter making it incredibly easy to drink, it’s the perfect gateway brew for introducing friends and family to craft beer. Cheers!
- Appearance: Dark Brown / Creamy, Beige Head
- Aroma: Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Light Citrus
- Flavor: Lemon, Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Coffee, Cocoa
- Mouthfeel: Medium Minus, Smooth, Creamy
- ABV: 6.0%
- Score: 88
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