Working Man's Porter | Henniker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
96 Ratings
Working Man's PorterWorking Man's Porter
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
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by ThisLadyLovesBeer:
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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 Jason
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Timtastic
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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 JGrummell
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 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 trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Std73
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Mike
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Matthowland
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 BigSmooth12
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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 KMDiPas
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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