Working Man's Porter | Henniker Brewing Co.

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Working Man's PorterWorking Man's Porter

Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 93
Photo of BCad
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: About as dark as can be. Just a hint of deep amber when held up to light. Head is pretty decent, mostly white with a bit of yellow

S: Smells good! A bit sweet and pure malty, but not a lot of noticeable different scents to my nose. The fragrance is pretty subdued and almost has a hint of somewhat-coconut, but that's not even it really.

T: Yes. No frills, and by that I mean no sweet additives like vanilla, coconut, or coffee. This is (as the name implies) a simple yet satisfying Porter. Drinkable, and actually damn near quaffable, if you don't have a full stomach. They nailed the balance on this one. Not too sweet, plenty of flavor and body. The malt profile is balanced and there is a nice gentle push of bitterness on the back-end to balance the sweetness. I like it a lot.

F: Solid body and good fizz. It actually could be a bit thicker, but I'm not mad about it.

Overall: I buy this beer all the time. I've bought growlers, 22oz bottles, cans, and pints at the bar. It never fails me, and they brew it well, consistently. The folks at Henniker have a really solid lineup, and out of that strong flight-list this is one my favorites. I've taken it on travel and shared it around, I have yet to find a Porter fan who doesn't like it.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into Piraat tulip glass

The color is a nice, rich, dark brown, dark chestnut color with a tan half inch head. The head does settle rather quick too.

You can instantly smell the malts from this brew. It's a sweet toasted malt smell with tones of toffee.

The taste is not overpoweringly sweet which is awesome. There are tones of malt, coffee, and darkened sugar or maybe chocolate followed by subtle hops that doesn't over power the flavor.

There is a little more carbonation than I expected in this brew but it was more of a welcomed surprise. Not too thick and more on a slight thin side. It does foam quickly if held too long.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It's different than most porters I have had and it was a welcomed treat. I will definitely be enjoying this brew more often.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in March 2016. There was no "bottled by" date on the bottle. Found this beer when visiting in New Hampshire

Appearance: Very dark with nice thick brown head. Just a little lacing.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell both some hops, but the aroma is dominated by coffee and some roasted malts.

Taste: Great taste. There is a strong roasted malt and coffee influence with some sweetness like chocolate flavor, and balanced with a little hops. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The balance between the flavors is great.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter.

Summary: This is a very good porter. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth, bold stout with coffee flavors. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Interestingly I get more hops bitterness in the aftertaste than in the original tasting. Definitely a beer I will drink again. The more I drink it, the more I like it.

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Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Kind of a muddy color with a one-finger off-white head that recedes quickly. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Some coffee and dark, burned toast along with an herbaceous quality.

Taste: Classic porter. Coffee, a little chocolate and dark roasted malt. Very appealing. The slight herbal kick from the nose is there. Fairly dry; not a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a tiny bit on the thin side of typical for style, but not a flaw.

Overall: Very good straight up porter. Always nice to grab a classic take on this great style.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance really throws me off from the beginning - milky and mud colored, almost like an unfiltered apple cider. I'm almost ready to tell the waitress she brought me the wrong beer.

Tastes OK, albeit a bit of a strange sour/chocolate in the after-taste. A bit thin too. But wow, I look back down in the glass and still have a vision of cider in my mind. It's really bizarre and off-putting.

Probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near-black pour with frothy tan top. Smells of chocolate and rich malt. Both come through in flavor with some spice and roast. This finishes fairly clean, but a little dry. Slightly more carbonation than I’d like. Pretty decent overall.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Madden's Beverage in Maine:

Poured into a sam adam's custom glass: color is brown, dense looking at the narrow bottom, head is tan with fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 to 1 inch thick then dissipates to top.

Smell is chocolate and toasted malts, some biscuit and roast as well, nice sweeter aroma.

Flavor is a blend of chocolate, biscuit, and roasted malts with a caramel undertone. Very pronounced flavors with a dry bitterness in the finish then some lingering flavors. Hops are subtle with earthy and grassy flavors presenting.

Mouthfeel is full with flavors impacting the tongue and cheeks with a quick drying bitterness overtaken by the sweeter maltier flavors, it does seem to linger bit long.

Overall a great brew with full flavors and great porter profile, on the sweeter side in terms of mouthfeel and taste but nice to enjoy.

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Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby towards the bottom. Inch and a half tan head receded to thick rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Milk chocolate and alcohol.

t: Mild black coffee and chocolate over a light to moderate hop bite which lingers a bit on the sides of the tongue. Dry finish, Later milk chocolate comes to dominate with a few smoke notes in the background.

m: Light to mediuim, ok body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: An enjoyable, highly drinkable porter, on the mildish side flavorwise with no off-putting elements. Eminently sessionable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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..

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Photo of risendragon
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of DrunkenSwine88
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Working Man's Porter from Henniker Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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