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Provisions Series: The Workman's Friend - The Bruery

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 27
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Workman's Friend is our take on a classic imperial porter. One of the more classic and "to style" beers we've brewed around here, it's a rich and creamy strong porter with a big malty backbone. Roasty and with a hint of smoke in the finish, a fantastic beer to get you through the foggy months of winter.

ABV: 8%, IBU: 20, SRM: 50, Release: One time only

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-12-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Buck_Jones, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

SoCalSuds, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

WynnO, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.1.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a foamy and active brown head that fades fast.

S - Nutty, roasted malt, smokey.

T - Smoke, nutty and roasted malts.

D - Decent carbonation with a lighter than expected body.

O - Lots of roasted and smokey layers.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

deniserat, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

orangesol, Mar 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

jsanford, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a few glasses. Pours black with a smooth mocha head. Rich and sudsy look. Smells of citrus, dark fruit, roast cocoa and touch of tobacco. Tastes of dark fruit, ripe citrus, cocoa powder and burnt roast. Pretty tight profile. Fuller bodied with a sharp and crisp feel. Barely any alcohol. Great Porter here with full flavors and a smooth body for the higher ABV. Great dark beer fix.

Kegatron, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this one during a recent gathering. Poured into a Bruery snifter, the brew appears black in color with a finger of mocha head sitting atop. Some stringy to patchy lace sticks to the glass and the cap displays solid retaining powers. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface. When held to the light, some lighter brown shines through the edges.

The smell is roast with a fruity depth like raisins mixing with notes of chocolate from the roast of the grain. There is a mild citrus hop component also present that blends into a bit of floral to fruity alcohol ester.

The taste is roasted from the grain that inmediately transitions to some dark fruit elements like raisin and/or plum. Chocolate grain is present throughout with a mild note of alcohol tang before transitioning back to a bit of cocoa quality. Faint notes of citrus hops are still present mixing with some vinous alcohol. The favors mingle together nicely.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and enjoyable and a bit different considering the advertisement as an imperial porter. Obviously stronger than your staple porter but not quite into the stout realm of roast. It was a pleasant experience with my only gripe being a bit of mineral inclusion. If you get a chance, this is worth checking out. Thanks again Heath!

stakem, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

drewone, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

enelson, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jfstilling, Jul 28, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt, beer served in a Bruery tulip because I'm the man. Beer is black, dark, with a nice brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carobnaiton. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet, chocolate, a little mild roast, nice.

Beer is sweet and bitter with chocolate and has a medium body, a nice wonderful little porter, very enjoyable. I really like it and I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Jul 11, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected gift from Richard. Thank you so much.

The beer is near black with an inch of thick, tan head. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, anise. The flavor brings a nice blend of vanilla and roast flavors. Slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with present carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty.

Huhzubendah, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of sergeantstogie
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BLUF: This is easily the most perfect porter I've had.

Almost black with hints of brown and ruby creeping in around the edges. The smell is very subdued. Only a hint at what goodness is waiting for you. I had no idea it was smoked but after the first couple of sips it goes from being strong to a very well crafted complement to the rest of the malt backbone. It tastes like smoked chocolate with a slight twang. Perfect. If the smell was stronger this would have been damn close to all 5's. It says to enjoy in the winter but this is the hottest day I've had this year and it is absolutely perfect as I am prepping my grill for steaks. Beers this good need to be year round.

sergeantstogie, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, May 10, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a touch of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong roasted bakers chocolate with some dark chocolate, coffee, some smoke, roasted malts, and a bit of sweetness.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some bitter baker’s chocolate and some light smoke and coffee. Through the middle, some vanilla comes through with some stronger smoke. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate, smoke, and vanilla that linger.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and coats the tongue with a smoky, dry, and chocolatey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance of flavors with the coffee, chocolate, and smoke really coming together nicely.

ngeunit1, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

2beerdogs, Mar 30, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass, yes I love mine

A - Nicely carbonation head rise. Head is nice light brown foamy bubbles. Brew is very thin and roasty brown. Looks more like a brown then a Iporter. no lacing.

S - Heavy smoke, but not overwhelming, it's done right. Decent amount of chocolate and coffee too. Well caramelized. Hops have long faded, but sweetness still remains. Slightly watery smell.

T/M - Very smooth and silky, even with the smokeyness. Very earthy and well rounded. Malt heavy, but not sugary. Just a touch too much carbonation, but zero heat. Body is a bit thin too, for style.

O - Awesome brew! Slightly rough, but mostly amazing!!! I'm not a fan of smoked brews, but this one is superb! Highly recommended! A fantastic extra from an awesome trader! Great 1st trade, cheers!

chugalug06, Mar 27, 2012
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Provisions Series: The Workman's Friend from The Bruery
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