Working Man's Porter - Henniker Brewing Co.

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Working Man's PorterWorking Man's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews by ThisLadyLovesBeer:
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Complete darkness with a tan lacing that sticks around for a while. Rounded roasty aromas of brown bread, molasses, and coffee with hints of yeast and dark fruit. Super smooth with a semi-chewy medium body. Tasty charred grain tone throughout, mild fruitiness suggestion currants. Dried hay with undertones of coffee and carob in the middle. Ends a bit on the dry side with fading roasted flavors.

A stand up Porter here, I don't see getting tired of this beer at all.

Photo of Timtastic
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of JGrummell
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on October 26, 2013.

The pour is very dark brown to nearly black. As I get to the bottom of the bottle a bit of sediment shows up. There is a small beige head that settles down and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is an array of characters including coffee, coffee grinds, smoked malts, burnt malts, black currant, and herbs. Minor earthy hop note.

The body was thinner than I might have liked but that made for easier drinking.

The flavor expands the black currant and herbal notes liberally and leaves the smokiness and coffee back in the dust. There is a low bitterness at the finish. A very nice porter.

Photo of Std73
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mike
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of krl2112
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another new brewery popping up, awesome! let's see how this is as the IPA wasn't too great.

Pours a darker colored fizzy fluffy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice creamy effect, decent lacing, super dark almost black beer but a little brown light sneaking through.

nose brings nice porter aromas, dark malts, a little chocolate and cocoa, some caramel, plenty of biscuit into a cookie wafer, toasty brown malts, and a little grassy hop note in the background.

Taste brings some of the good characters, but a little bleh as well, decent biscuity malts, toasty brown malts and some cookie wafer, with a faint cocoa. Some grassy herbal hops in there give a weird flavor, as well as a light metallic over burnt malt, and a faint tangy yeast flavor, some phenols I think, but either way there is a bleh off flavor from the burnt malts and yeast. Finish is pretty bitter, more herbal grassy slight spicy hops, chewy like, with a little biscuit and wafer, faint bur over roasted flavor too.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, it has some good points, but there is something off about it, either something with the yeast or over roasty metallic malts. But still enjoyable.

Photo of CSeavey64
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large initial head. Settles in a rocky fashion. Chunky spots of foamy lace. The liquid is deep brown where a touch of light does pass along the edge of the glass.

Good cocoa nose. Mild chalkiness.

Thin bodied, but the carbonation is on the low side. The flavor starts mild--the real flavor comes out in the swallow. The aforementioned chalky aspect is part of the finish along with the semisweet chocolate touches. Overall, this is a mild but run-of-the-mill flavored porter..

Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of risendragon
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Bert's
Pour an opaque black color with a smallish rich creamy tan head that shows moderate retention. Aromas of coffee roasted grain and burnt sugars with hints of milk chocolate and light pitted fruit. The aroma is wonderful. The flavor is a rich chocolatey coffee malt affair with a hint of smoke and caramelized and burnt sugars. Light vanilla and a sweet lactose flavor with bits of licorice and molasses. Medium to thick body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. This is a really nice porter! Complex, flavorful, light enough to drink a few pints.

Photo of Brianedonovan
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ScotNH
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Working Man's Porter from Henniker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.