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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

26 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 21:52:50 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-04-2014 18:14:07 | More by Mikeypnh
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-28-2014 03:31:36 | More by PJLMusic
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 00:23:40 | More by donkeyrunner
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Maine

3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-03-2014 18:09:55 | More by Std73
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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-02-2014 15:56:22 | More by Texasfan549
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-31-2014 20:47:54 | More by Rekrule
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CSeavey64

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-27-2014 23:39:54 | More by CSeavey64
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:17:52 | More by kjfinnerty
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:17:18 | More by jdhilt
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DrunkenSwine88

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:45:47 | More by DrunkenSwine88
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-19-2014 01:07:53 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-17-2014 19:55:19 | More by FrankLloydMike
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ktblue22

Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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03-12-2014 19:40:25 | More by ktblue22
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NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-09-2014 23:17:43 | More by NHbeerfishing
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, the ABV on my bottle says 5.9, no freshness that I could see. Pours a mahogany, with a one inch light tan head, that leaves behind loads of lace. Smell is caramel, toffee, bread, and some brown sugar. Taste is all of that caramel most dominant, a little bit of raisin that I didn't get in the nose. Body is medium, nice carbonation, not dry, and easy going down, but taste bigger than its 5.9abv. This is a solid brew from them, they describe it as a English Style Dark Ale, doesn't really taste like a Porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 18:29:18 | More by SawDog505
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:12:55 | More by Jason
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JGrummell

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-17-2014 01:05:53 | More by JGrummell
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d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2013 01:54:47 | More by d_brommer_nh
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-30-2013 21:07:03 | More by ChrisL24481
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bpowers315

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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tpauer

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-09-2013 00:17:14 | More by tpauer
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 17:39:52 | More by puboflyons
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Working Man's Porter from Henniker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.