Working Man’s PorterMay 30, 2014
Working Man’s Porter is brewed with English malts and hopped with Phoenix and Bramling Cross hops.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1059
Poetic name. Pours deepest brown, almost opaque until held to the light when reddish highlights appear, like rare jewels. Head of tiny bubbles dissipates quickly. Pleasant java nose has slight hint of vegetative hops. Nice balance of roasted malt and hops on the palate—almost like a “light” black IPA. Marries well with rich comfort foods like homemade pasta carbonara with butter, cream, peas and smoked bacon, followed by a chocolate crème brûlée doused with crème de cacao.
- Charles Finkel
This is a no-see-through, wealthy-rich looking-in-the-glass dark porter. A velvety rich toasted malt aroma and flavor with a balanced foundation of roast malt character to boot. Smooth hop-malt/bitter-sweet balance in flavor. Impact of aftertaste is evident but not everlasting, forcing you to continue working on this glass of truly well-made porter. Worthy of being a classic.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.