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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

304 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998)
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours very dark but not quite black with a medium tan large head with a easy pour and lots of sticky lace with every sip. slightly smoky roasted malt aroma. roasted and slightly burnt malt with fresh coffee taste. mouthfeel silky smooth with a light to medium body with a light carbonation that works well with the taste. very easy to drink and no lingering after taste.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2007 19:35:47 | More by billybob
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a growler

This bee r poured a pitch black body with a thick bright off-white head.

Nose is extremely fresh with loads of fresh dark malts and dark roasted grain. Touches of brick, coffee, chocolate, cocoa all with a nice fresh dark sweetness. Extremely inviting.

Taste is medium bodied and smooth and very creamy at first. Very simple and straight forward with tons of classic Porter flavors. Very rich malt. Sweet with some very faint hints of fruit. Nice dark roasted and toasted malt and fresh grain flavors Very fresh grain flavors. A very strong chocolate, or even bakers chocolate comes to mind, but stays just enough below the malt to not be distracting. Hops are kept to a minimum never really showing it's face except to give a mild backbone to the malt, very little in the way of any hop flavors. Maybe just a touch of earth.

This beer is the very definition of session porter. I could drink it night and day. Very fresh, never over the top, lots of fresh dark roasted grains, but never astringent. This stuff is heaven in a 64oz growler. :-)

Serving type: growler

08-26-2009 21:29:44 | More by taez555
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Murchmac

California

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This could be the worlds most perfect porter.

Big head, Dark black appearance.

Hoppy smells, with toasted coffee grounds thrown in

Great coffee cocoa taste. Creamy, hoppy.

Sweet dry finish.

I wish I had access to this beer all the time. It would be my go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:07:11 | More by Murchmac
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color, small tan head on the pour.

smell - Roasted malt smells here.

taste - A big taste here, i liked this one a lot. Chocolate and cofee flavor here, kinda on the sweet end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Real tasty beer, another good one from BBC. easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 03:03:14 | More by auxiliary
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black with one finger white/off-white foam. Laces.

Strong roasted smell. Chocolately and malty. Roasted coffee.

Extra Smooth porter taste with a mild hop bitter close. Very even keeled. Light carbonation - step above normal.

Supremely drinkable porter, just a damn good beer. One of the better ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 16:19:22 | More by KTCamm
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now one of my favorite porters. I poured this with a huge head, which stuck around for a very long time before fading into a few rings on top of the beer. It's got plenty of roasty maltiness in the nose, with most of what you expect in a porter-- chocolate, coffee and some breadiness. Very smooth taste, little carbonation and a crunchy hint of burned brown-sugar toast. I drank this bottle over two nights. The first glass was a tiny bit thin in the body (its only drawback). I sealed it with a vacu-vin and opened it two nights later, and the flavors had definitely intensified and the thin body was gone. Another must-have from BB.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 00:38:59 | More by gfreed
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on drought from Parish Cafe. Served in a 20oz pint class.

A-Nice dark body with a pretty tan head on top. Great cascade effect

S-malty, toast scent, light grass

T-like warm ice cream in the front, light hop middle and non-assertive end.

M-exceptional mouthfeel. not at all filling, soooo creamy. I could eat the head of this beer for dessert every night.

D-Great beer. I would let someone try this to try to turn them onto dark beers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-15-2009 22:48:17 | More by jneiswender
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cooter

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest black color with small-bubbled, smooth head of cream color. A beaut. Can't smell enough with this cold, but I think I recognized some hazelnut and caramel scents. Lovely taste, smooth coffee, toffee, and nut, with an excellent and pronounced malt/hop balance; both are solidly recognizable. Damn I love local craft brews.

Thick and heavy on the mouthfeel, as appropriate. Small sips were exciting exercises in minute taste, but large gulps are very easy, too. There is a gratifyingly noticable lack of an overthick, cloying aftertaste usually found in porters I've had. Excellent texture. A beautiful stab at the style, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 05:53:33 | More by cooter
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this. Decided to pair it with a barbeque pulled beef sandwich that I made and it went great with it. Beautiful pour into a 24 oz. mug. Perfect amount of head which was tan and frothy. Let some nice lacing down the sides of the mug. Great smelling stuff as well. Strong nutty aroma and roasted malts. A touch of hop bitterness to round it out. Upon tasting, a strong coffee flavor stood out above others, but there was terrific balance between the malts and the hops. Nice, smooth mouthfeel and goes down very easily. A very enjoyable beer and one of the best porters I have tried to date. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 03:10:54 | More by Jacobob10
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wesleyhighley

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

couldn't really ask for much more in a porter. I bought a growler to share with friends on my birthday. I even put a bit of it into a cheese soup, (which worked out quite nicely). It has a very rich nutty taste that only gets stronger as the beer slowly warms up room temperature. not much head from the growler, but i don't really expect that in most porters.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2007 19:22:38 | More by wesleyhighley
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argock

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear mug.
Purchased from Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Beautiful dark brown-almost balck with 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention and lacing.

S: Strong mix of dark and sweet light malts and coffee

T: A full-flavored porter well worth the price tag. Delicious dominant dark malt flavor with lively earthy, floral hops. Coffee and dark chocolate enhance the flavor with depth rather than dominance.

M: Creamy with good, active carbonation. Aftertaste is stronger in coffee and chocolate than the up-front flavor. Body is medium. No alcohol detected in the least.

D: An excellent porter with full-flavor, good body for the style, and an excellent value for a bomber. Great job and I am going to make an extra trip for Berkshire's Coffeehouse Porter on the merits of this very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 04:07:31 | More by argock
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albertjr21

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass pours a deep dark brown (black) with a well preserved tan head. Aroma is of sweet roasted malt with outstanding notes of cocoa, coffee and nut. Carbonation keeps itself in check, supporting a rich, flavorful, and smooth roasted malt body. A generous amount of dark sweet chocolate and nut really come through in the taste here.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:58:27 | More by albertjr21
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black, with brilliant, blood-red highlights that are only visible under direct light. Pretty tan head that lasts and lasts. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malts... it's a pretty slight aroma, really. Smooth and balanced from the first sip to the last, with roasted malt and hop bitterness counterbalancing some chocolatey sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel with a touch of hop acidity. Quite a nice porter -- this one is definitely a winner. True to style but not over the top by any means. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 03:51:44 | More by geexploitation
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with massive taniish head. Good retention.
Smell is a bit light, yet some strains of roasted malt and cooffee come through.
Tast is extremely nice. Strong notes of roasted malt, coffee,chocolate, and very sweet dark fruit abound. Nicely refreshing.
Left a pleasant sweet fruity taste in the mouth
This was dissapeared very quickly. Very Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 10:28:20 | More by tgbljb
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 01:52:40 | More by jcdiflorio
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TGArnold

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good body, dark brown almost black in color. An off-white head with solod lacing throught drinking it. I always appreciate a beer with hints of chocolate and coffee flavors. I'd love to try it on tap sometime, Consumed on 12/30/09...Top Notch Beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:56:02 | More by TGArnold
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 02/25/14

A: Dark brown to amber in color with a big, fluffy, light brown head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Huge aromas of chocolate, some coffee, and roasted malt. The dark chocolate really stands out. Fantastic for a Porter. Maybe some spices in there, too. A lot of good stuff going on.

T: Similar to the nose...full of chocolate and roasted malt. Some charred and earthy qualities. A very tasty beer that I would drink anytime.

M: The body is spot-on for the style, if not better than usual and closer to a stout. Not watery like some. Carbonation is there. The flavor never fades and provides a great finish.

O: Superb stuff here. Very easy-drinking. Well done, Berkshire!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:30:50 | More by Gatch
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danadeny

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice black body, very nice light brown head that is small and bubbly. The smell is a light roasted malt, fresh. The overall flavor is light. Dont confuse that with weak though. Very smooth roasted malt, like a Guinness with balls. Little hop finish, very clean, and no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, clean, and evaporates nicely on the tongue. Drinkability is insanely smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 03:29:52 | More by danadeny
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful, beautiful porter. pours black with a slight tan head and a considerable amount of lacing on the glass. the smell gives off a smoked chocolate, roasted coffee, malt. the taste is bitter, creamy, and surprisingly smooth for it's 6.2 % ABV. had this at The '6 Pub in Williamstown, MA where they had several Berkshire Brewing Co beers on tap and they were just so fresh. if you're in the area, check this pub and these beers out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 02:43:21 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cakanator for shipping me a bomber of this in a summertime trade. Split with my lovely wife.

Pours a very dark brown, light penetrates only around the periphery of the combat zone. Head is more like...weird globs of light-colored mold. Smell is dark roast & specks of coffee.

And I think Drayman's may be my new favorite porter. Yowza! The first swig is for the dark coffee & darker chocolate. The second is for the nice malts. The third (all taken in quick succession) is for the hops flashing in at the end giving me a fastball of bitter right at closing time. Zing! Right over the inside corner. All of which form a nice, cooperative conga line. Very nice.

Hits the spot, too, with a sweet, but zesty creaminess. But a rare dark beer that isn't filling at all.

Excellent beer. This, along with Berkshire's Lost Sailor IPA, should be guiding lights to the rest of their brewing philosophy.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 01:34:26 | More by maximum12
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 16:32:33 | More by Thrasher
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, unfiltered and unpasteurized. It pours a deep brown - garnet in bright light - with low carbonation and three fingers of light brown head that leaves a new ring of lace with each sip. Pleasant roasted/hoppy aromas with a smattering of spice. Roasted and chocolate malts blend well with the spicy hops, which contribute a medium bitterness. There is a mild malt astringency, along with some tropical notes (lychee?) and hints of spice (spruce? cardamom?). It has a lightish body, with tingly carbonation and a smooth, conditioned feel that contributes to the medium finish. Overall, a full-flavored, light, easy to drink porter that is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 20:50:26 | More by mmmbeer
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 04:00:36 | More by russpowell
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, nearly opaque with reddish chestnut edges. A tight tan cap formed after the pour and proceeded to coat the glass with bubbles. Even some rings in the lace denoting levels the beer was at. Nice aroma, lots of roast and malt with muted hop character, caramel sweetness and dry cocoa. Solid bitterness with leafy hop flavour throughout. Dark chocolate and malted milk, bitter roast and caramel, hint of vanilla. Well balanced. Silky texture, slightly lower than average carbonation with medium plus body, slight astringency from the dark grains. This is really good. I normally prefer my porters with more burnt than roast character, but this worked for me. The name also reminded me of the fabled Upper Canada Drayman's Tawny Porter - a beer I remember fondly - and this character of this beer didn't let me down.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:54:04 | More by DrJay
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up on a recent trip to CT...

A - A slightly cascading pour yields two plus fingers worth of rich creamy tan colored head with a slightly rocky batter-like top... The color is a deep dark brown that allows a bit of light to leak in around the bottom of the glass... There is a faint red hue... Mostly still with just a few stray carbonation bubbles, many of which just cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Very nice aroma from the get go... Rich coffee... Notes of milk chocolate... Some roasted malts... Perhaps some caramel and toffee... A bit of cream... Not overly complex, but spot on for the style... Simple, straight-forward and quite effective...

T - Roasted malts... Chocolate... Caramel... Toffee... Very mild coffee... A touch of vanilla...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly creamy... Ultra smooth... Very light carbonation... A bit juicy throughout... A slight bitterness lingers on the finish...

D - An near perfect interpretation of the style... Super quaffable... Lots of good things going on here in every facets... There's nothing show stopping about it, but I could enjoy several of these on any given night anytime of year... A very nice introduction to Berkshire...

Serving type: growler

08-05-2011 21:07:24 | More by philbe311
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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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