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Working Man's Porter - Henniker Brewing Co.

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very good

35 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An ale of true merit, brewed in the tradition of England's Industrial Revolution, an age of rough-handed factory workers, a time before the weekend existed. Hearty and truly robust, this Porter's body is built with complex English brown and black malts, and refined by Brambling Cross hops, which lend notes of herbs and black currants. It pairs well with oysters, shepherd's pie, and sitting down after a long day. ABV: 5.2% IBU’s 30

(Beer added by: HBC_RMM on 10-08-2013)
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Brianedonovan, Saturday at 06:11 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

lou50rp, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

IrishKevin, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bomber into a glass. Bought this one at E & A Mart in Hudson, NH

A- Dark with a thick tan head

S- Roasted malts dominate with a slight soy and hop character, coffee is also apparent as well.

T- I enjoyed the flavor on this one. Coffee, chocolate, and soy are balanced out by the slight bitterness of the hops. Creamy finish, almost a slightly sugared coffee afterbite. Very nice.

M- Tongue-coating, vinous, the way a porter should be.

O- Great beer! It has a great balance to it and pairs well with steak. Definitely not a summer beer by any means, but very enjoyable. I have to say, I do not like the new rating system but I digress, whatever makes things easier for users.

risendragon, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

sammy806, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

2ellas, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Mikeypnh, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

PJLMusic, Jun 28, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

Split a bottle with my dad on father's day.

Black to dark brown with a thin but lingering head. Smells of roast malt, coffee and an initial strong burst of dark fruit. The cassis fades and melds with the rest of the scents after awhile or maybe I just wasn't expecting it but it's a nice touch. Taste is similar to the aroma with typical roast malt and char being the base but a nice touch of currants for personality. Not thin but probably the lighter side of medium bodied.

By far the best Henniker I've had.

donkeyrunner, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

rderedin, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Std73, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Texasfan549, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rekrule, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CSeavey64, Apr 27, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -2%

A - Very dark brown, black body. Nice tan head. Fades quickly. Leaves minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate, roasty malts.

T - Simple, straightforward roast malts, some chocolate. Not getting any coffee.

M - Medium carb, medium to heavy body. Finishes clean.

O - A fine porter. Definitely worth a try.

ColdOneKev, Apr 07, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -12%

Pours a light tan, three finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep ruby color, nearly opaque. Good carbonation and light bodied. Roasted malt, coffee nose and flavor is similar with hints of vanilla. Nearly burnt coffee finish. $7.65 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH.

jdhilt, Apr 06, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Henniker's Working Man's Porter has more of a really dark brown color thank the classic black color of porters. It does have a slight red hue, and thin light/white head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee greet the nose along with light biscuit smell and strong alcohol aroma.

The taste is sour with strong bitterness. A strong soy flavor is prevalent, a pattern I have noticed in certain porters. roasted chocolate and a slight hit of smoke. Very clearly malt forward. As is warms up there a a taste of grassy nuttiness, IE toasted walnut and dry cocoa powder

The mouth-feel is thin and leaves a dry woody mouth. The carbonation is low and leaves an almost tannin coating on my tongue.

Overall it is not as sweet and inviting as I like my porters. the bitterness left the soy saltiness that lingered into a dry mouth feel. The bitterness did calm as it warmed.

DrunkenSwine88, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

NHhomebrewguy, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

FrankLloydMike, Mar 17, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +2%

Very delicious - poured into a tulip glass and the color is black with hints of charcoal grey. Small little brownish white head.

Really impressed with this beer, rich and malty yet almost effervescent. Bubbly mouthfeel gives way to a deep and robust flavor with hints of black cherry. A pleasant surprise so glad I picked it up! Just what I was looking for in a porter today

ktblue22, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

NHbeerfishing, Mar 09, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A = Very dark brown, creamy, moderately dissipating head that leaves ample lacing.

S = My favorite characteristic of this porter. A robust porter smell, with some coffee, but mostly honest malts and hops. I didn't get the herbs and blackcurrants as offered on the label, but that may just be my nose.

T = Just as it smells, but just a little too hop-forward for my tastebuds.

M = True to its kind, a certain thickness (not syrupy) on the tongue. Finishes clean, except for the hops.

O = I like this porter and the price point is such that I would revisit. I think their suggestion that it would pair well with "oysters, shepherds pie, and a hard day's work" is somewhat accurate. I am sure it is offered as somewhat poetic, but the oysters would be a hard sell for me to pair this with oysters. I like the shepherd's pie idea, or maybe a hearty beef stew or rosemary roasted chicken, or proper roast beef dinner complete with roasted root veggies.

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Feb 17, 2014
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Working Man's Porter from Henniker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.