Working Man's Porter | Henniker Brewing Co.

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3.91/5
Very Good
106 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

Added by HBC_RMM on 10-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,289
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
106
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
34
Trade:
1
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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling from a growler poured into my snifter, cold and filled at the brewery only a few hours ago. The beer pours a deep chocolate brown color with fluffy tan head of 3.5 cm even with a gentle pour. The foam fades slowly and is a dense surface layer with very tight lattice work long after the pour.
The aroma is heavy with roasted malt notes and a bit of dark chocolate and some charred note as well. I get some faint herbal hop hit, sort of like a green tea scent. Nice nose, sort of mild overall, but encourages me to drink the beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine and spacious carbonation. the bubbles roll gently across my palate and the physical traits on this one make it an easy drinker.
Flavor is some sweet chocolate and then a good dose of roasted malt and again some char. I dont get any booze and the finish gets at little bitter, but coffee ground bite, not from any hops.
This is a nice straightforward porter, roasty and drinkable. Good example of the style and worth a try.

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3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HashiitMahdroos
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My personal favorite from HBC. Or is the Roast/Double Roast? Hmm...

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/19/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Working Man's Porter from Henniker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 106 ratings