Working Man's Porter | Henniker Brewing Co.

very good
96 Ratings
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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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white to tan foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Messy lacing tries to cling but slides into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet blend of sticky cocoa, rich dark fruits, some light coffee and a delicate amount of robust spices. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice rich robust roastiness sticking to my tongue and leveling out to a nice smooth fruity to robust to sweet coffee aftertaste. There’s a quick little rich sweet fruity roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth. Low penetration of bitterness definitely shows its an English Porter. Overall, for me it’s good. Pretty sure I’d have again. For the style, it’s right up there as a well done English Porter.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msondel
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yanks017
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morebeergood
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthowland
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strengthdoc
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCad
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
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 ChrisBouchard81
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdevilliers
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 MispeledStalion
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Prost76
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -27%
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 ricknelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of griffey123
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Working Man's Porter from Henniker Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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