Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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very good

359 Ratings

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998

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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 212
Reviews by Litterbean:
Photo of Litterbean
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown, bordering on black. Off-white head with decent retention.

Faint smell of roasted chocolatey malts. Sweet scents abound.

Bitter chocolatey flavor, with a nice blend of coffee and a good all around bitterness. Filling but delicious. Drinkability is good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown. Two brewers riding on a horse drawn carriage with barrels of porter in the back. Looks like fun!

Appearance: Tan, chunky head that sticks all over the glass. Black amber in colour.

Smell: Dark roasted malt with a coffee like whiff.

Taste: Slight roasted malt flavour that runs a bit watery. Loads of roasted bitterness brings this to the dry side. Notes of astringency - from the mass quantities of black malt?

Notes: Not a bad brew, however, the sour bitterness from the black malt might overwhelm too much. Seems to get better as it warms up. Serve between cellar and room temperature.

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black in colour with brown edges. Nice tan cream lace, with some retention. Light grain aromas, touch of caramel. Tight carbonation that tingles the palate. Flavour has a semi-astringent roasted bite to it that blends with a faint citric hop character. Malt includes some "day old coffee" flavour, caramel, touch of fruitiness. Finish is crisp and dry.

A bit one dimensional, not too bad though and at least worth a try if you're into Berkshire beers.

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, notched 10/03. This time our intrepid brewers have harnessed up some horses and a wagon and are hauling away a few kegs. Hopefully they're heading west towards Albany. Deep, almost opaque red/brown, with a tan head that quickly settles to a persistent lace. Aroma of yeast, bread, and coffee. I want breakfast NOW, dammit!!

Big & round - a truly exceptional, almost velvety, creamy mouthfeel. No, I've never eaten velvet. The flavor is dominated by a coffee-like aspect that lasts from start to finish. The coffee is being served with a roasted toffee nut roll stuffed with raisins and figs, and a side of earthy hops over on the next table. I enjoyed this greatly. Not at all a hoppy porter, and somewhat one dimensional because of that, but a very sippable brew. This may take over for Shakespeare Stout at our annual golf outing for our 8 AM tee-off brew. We'll save the Shakespeare for the turn.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Tight bubbly foam holds a finger of head for a while. Two shades lighter than black, a typical porter colour.

Smell: Faint bite of burnt malt in the nose, very clean and a touch malty.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A viscous crispness shows a superb smoothness, medium bodied. Faded burnt malt flavours from start to finish. A handful of malt sweetness fends off the burnt flavours as well as the modest hop bitterness. Unsweetened baker’s chocolate comes to mind as well as a dark fruitiness.

Notes: A tasty local treat for me, this certainly goes down as a session beer as well as one of the better Porters brewed in New England.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a near-black, almost completely opaque, with reddish tones. There was a two-finger foamy, creamy tan head that had staying power. The smell is nutty and slightly hoppy with a hint of coffee. As I drank the beer, the lacing remained on the glass.

The taste is woody, it leaves a hoppy taste in the mouth. There is a slightly bitter taste, like black coffee. The beer starts smooth but it leaves a slightly abrasive feeling on the tongue. I detected carbonation as I swallowed the beer.

The beer tasted a little better as it sat and got a little warmer.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with freshness dating marked on the label, its a start but howabout including the year??, anyway pours allmost black, light around the edges only., respectable lacing, dark tan head. Malty, oat nose. Full bodied and flavored porter, malty initially then roasty, chocolate/coffee notes and then mild but drying hops. Nice, fresh tasting porter. Another respectable, smooth drinking ale from BBC.

Photo of uconnalum2
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark brown with red hints at the edges when held to the light. Starts with a one finger head that goes down a bit but lasts throughout. Decent lacing. Mild coffee smell. The taste is a wonderful blend of coffee and roasted malt. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very good. This goes down easy but is filling. Overall, this is a very good beer. A delicious porter that is a joy to drink.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is leather, tobacco, toffee and some nuttyness like you would get in a brown ale. The flavor is toffee, grass and some roasted malt. The flavor is nice, but I wish it was a little more complex. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Very deep mahogany almost black with ruby red highlights. Very dense creamy head,off-white towards tan with good retention leaving curtians of lace around the glass.

Clean aromas upfront,some fruityness with lightly roasty and dust chocolate scents.Nice complex malty nose,well blended aromas,no real standouts.

Very nice pleasing chocolate taste throughout,nice complex malty tastes as in the nose.Vert good balance with a clean,sharp dryness that slowly creeps up on you.Nice English-style porter taste.

Very creamy and pleasing,juicy and mouthwatering. Velvety mouthfell as with a lot of the Berkshire beers i've tried before. A sessoinalbe porter for me,could drink this one all night long.

Thanks to Sudsdog for the send. Wish i had more!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a and pumped cask.

Pours a dark black with a thin almost nonexistent head. Nose is very sweet and malty.

Taste is really sweet as well. a bit too much so for me and I think it hurts the drinkability quite a bit. It's pretty creamy and smooth with some nice roasty bitterness to finish it off.

Photo of Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty porter, black with dirty cream head that stuck, milky aroma that reeked of freshness. Got this bottle in the Berkshires for 2.95. Don't know if this is fresher than the others but I sure like it more than most people seemed to. I liked it better on the cooler side, too, not as deliciously bitter as it approached room temperature, although this could also be due to the beer flattening out in the glass over the course of being drunk. It's a big bottle and the first pour is inevitably the best (unlike some Belgians that like to "breathe"). Burnt malts, reminiscent of coffee with trademark BB hops giving appetizing twist and lactic quality. Went splendidly with both shrimp cocktail and barbeque chicken - no mean feat in my book. Definite thumbs up from me, not sure why others aren't as enthusiastic.

Photo of far333
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never even heard of this stuff until I saw it in the store. No notch cut out of the label's freshness scale. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black, with a light brown foamy head of different sized bubbles. The head leaves quickly, but leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is a little light, but I can detect roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a smell that is tough to describe, but almost smells like beach sand. Taste is very malty, with hints of coffee and currant, and a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is round and creamy. The only bad thing about this beer is that I only bought one bomber.

Photo of BadBadger
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Company's Drayman's Porter is a rather pleasant treat. It pours from the bottle a nice dark color, not black but approaching that hue. There was moderate head formation (It seems to have been in a hurray, as it did not stick around the glass). The smell was of malts and faint coffee, being rather nicely subdued. The taste was most pleasant, a nice coffee bittering flavor. A good after taste. This is a very enjoyable brew. If you like porters or stouts, don't pass on giving this one a try. Enjoy!

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

Had in the prefilled growler from coastal. Poured only brown with a nice porter flavor overall. Easy to drink but not worth getting over the coffeehouse porter.

Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Thick, off-white head that stacks up about a finger deep and dissipates slowly. There's a nice, thin lacing. The beer itself is very dark, but not black. If you look close, it's got an almost ruby hue.

SMELL: Hearty burnt malts and a bit of coffee, perhaps. It's a very warm, earthy-smelling beer. Not a complex aroma, but very nice.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp but viscous. Ultimately, this is a very smooth, medium-bodied porter that goes down easily. What more could you ask of any beer? The light carbonation feels good on the tongue.

TASTE: You'll get hint of burnt malts chased by a mellow sweetness that keeps the bitterness at bay. Ultimately, a very nicely balanced beer with a lot of warm coffee and caramel tones. The finish is tight and a little bitter.

DRINKABILITY: This is a nice, warm porter with a great taste that does not overwhelm. At 6.2% ABV, the alcohol content doesn't hit very hard. I could drink several of these as a session beer.

VERDICT: Another great beer from Berkshire Brewing Company! I didn't find this to be an incredibly complex beer, which is perhaps why I liked it so much. It's an earthy, warm porter that's got a fair amount of burnt hops, coffee, and caramel flavors all blended together without a great deal of bitterness. This beer goes down very smoothly.

John Harvey

Photo of tastybeer
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad looking. Deep chocolate brown color and nice medium head. Aroma = smoky + tangy berries, a lot of dark purple fruit, chocolate, molasseses, caramel, and milk/lactose. Taste is creamy, fruity, and black malty. Flavors match the aromas. Texture is creamy and beery smooth. Brightly bitter and enjoyable to drink.
Perhaps I'll come across it again.

Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish/mahogony with a large dirty white head. The smell is light with coffee,cocoa,and burnt dark chocolate. The taste is like the smell,but the flavors are much stronger than the smells. Chocolate,coffee,expresso beans, makes this a tasty brew. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. A first rate porter from a brewery that all should try.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not overwhelimngly unique. Pretty run of the mill porter. Good. But stamdard.

Photo of alamode
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark with a brown laced head that will stick around. good lacing.

smells of choc. coffee and malt.

very nice roasted taste. coffee and choc. with a nice hit of hops.

I've always felt this had a thin feel. I usually grab this one by the growler, but have had it more than enough times on tap. results were always similar.

i can drink this stuff 'til the cows come home. very, very drinkable. we have a rule, if you crack a growler of Drayman's, it has to finished by the end of the night. no exceptions. opening and finishing a growler of this has never been a problem.

a great beer from the happy valley that drinks well any time of the year. find it on tap in a few spots in Northampton, MA.

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

A well-done competetent porter, very smoothly done without rough or acidic edges. Malted and stout-like. Unpasterized and unfiltered fresh bottle from recent Massachusetts trip. Chocolate malt and balanced roastiness. Black with bubbles could be right off the tap, A must-try porter.

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midnight black with minimum white head.
Smelled of roasted malt, a bit bready, hint of caramel.
Tasted similar to the nose especially in regards to the roasted malt. A bit bitter.
Medium bodied porter, a bit acidic/bitter, not too watery.
Overall, it's not a bad porter. Solid base for the Coffeehouse Porter.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bomber from ppotrias, Cheers pete!

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate in subtle amounts

T: Roasted malt, coffee, & dryness up front. Slight vanilla notes, light herbal hop bitterness, a bit of iron & nice cocoa presence as this warms. Finishes with nice chocolate sweetness, a smidge of toasty malt, coffee, & caramel

MF: Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation. great balance for the style

Super drinkability, belies the 6.5% abv, one of the better porters I've had in a while

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with some garnet highlights along the bottom and 2 fingers of creamy, light mocha colored head. Great looking layer of creamy retention that leaves some big lacing behind. The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, and a touch of floral hops.

The taste is a delicious blend of silky feeling chocolate and caramel sweetness, zippy coffee notes, and a small underpining of citrus character. Balance comes courtesy of a nice tingling hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and completely easy feel.

An all around solid Porter that packs in some nice flavors to go along with an even nicer drinkibility. A tasty and refreshing offering from Berkshire.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Bukowski's:

A bit straightforward, but still a fairly likeable beer. Roasted malts, a bit of sweetness, and a subtle touch of hops round out the palate. I think having this on cask really brought out some things that wouldnt surface in other serving types. It's a highly drinkable beer and I definitely could have polished off a few more of these, although there was something to be said for just sipping and relaxing. I'd look forward to trying one of these out of the bottle to compare.

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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.