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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

208 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 363
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle

Black, off white head, good head retention. Some chocolate in the smell.Taste is a bit dry , moderate roasty flavor. Nice thicker body, good mouthfeel (165 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of BeerEsquire
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Feel like BBC took their really good maiboc and blended in a coffee porter. Nice balance, sense a touch of sweetness on initial chew that I can't put my finger on. (164 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look. Dark coffee brown, medium sized, medium brown froth.
Smell. Yeasty, fresh, toasted ness, no coffee or chocolate for me, maybe a hint of caramel.
Taste. Slight nod to the hoppy side, bit of malty sweetness.
Mouth feel. Medium heavy body, puckery dry oni the back of the palate, slightly chewy, a bit more oily than watery.
Overall. Not too complex, maybe the IBU's, though moderate, overwhelm the malts. I like 'em more robust and malty. (445 characters)

Photo of ervc
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, rich, sweet yet slightly dry. Being only 20 minutes from their brewery I can attest to the fresh quality of all of BBC's beers. This is a very traditional porter, complex enough with notes of chocolate malt while being extremely drinkable as well. Great every day drinker for those colder days. (301 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 1.89L jug. Great head and lacing all the way down. Probably a bit on the lighter side regarding maltiness as far as porters go, but a nice hoppy balance to it. Above average brew beyond a doubt, but not world-class (the Anchor Porter being my gold standard). (275 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (691 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler to pint.

A- A nice darkness to this porter. Sadly no head like I read in other reviews. I think that might be due to the growler.

S- Dark bitter Chocolate with hints of roasted malts.

T- Dark Chocolate, roasted malts, tiny bit of coffee. Front of the tongue brings the malts and the more I drink the more the chocolate taste sits on the back of my tongue.

M- Slightly carbonated but dark, creamy and delicious.

O- Overall a good porter. I love the creamy chocolatey finish. (491 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Poured a jet black with two fingers of nice, foamy khaki head that fades to a nice chunky lacing.

Smell: Up front with a good deal of chocolate and cocoa, and some roastiness too. I get a whiff of coffee but this porter smells more sweet than roasty as some do.

Taste: Chocolate first with hints of roasted barley and more dark, rich chocolate. Very smooth tasting with a bit of coffee and subtle bitter notes, fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a silky smooth texture. Quite creamy and complex while avoiding to be too filling.

Overall: This is a delicious porter here from BBC, and even better at just 6.2%, yet tasting bigger. Putting down a bomber won't leave you stumbling and this is a good one. (766 characters)

Photo of wil19b85
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Had a solid light tan head that dissipated quickly leaving behind some of the larger bubbles. The color is a very dark amber. About as close to black as you can get without actually being black. No light coming through this one when held up to the light either.

S - Says it has a complex smell but I'm honestly hardly picking up much aroma. Definitely some roasty notes. Little bit of chocolate and coffee. Nothing extraordinary.

T - Hit right away with a nice coffee taste. Very mild hoppiness. There is a level of sweetness that cuts the bitterness. Makes for a great well rounded flavor. Pretty heavy with the coffee off the bat and finishes with a subtle dark chocolate flavor.

M - Definitely a "chewy" beer. Light carbonation which is nice because it doesn't mask any of the flavor.

Overall this is a nice porter. I could down this pretty easily with a nice big burger or a steak. Not sure if I'll be picking up another one anytime soon but it beats a lot of other porters that are available around here such as Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter or anything Magic Hat has to offer. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Dools9
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Guinness branded shaker pint. Best before 4/16/12 so its really fresh.

A: Dark brown in color, ruby red around the edges when held up to light. Awesome three, creamy finger, khaki head that retained very well and left awesome lacing. Lookin' good.

S: Mocha, cocoa like aroma, some roasty sweetness, vanilla sweetness, almost smells like a milk stout.

T: Roasted malt, lots of chocolate mixed with over sweetened coffee, getting a good dose of vanilla cream, and a slightly smoky finish.

M: Medium light, creamy feel to it, moderate carbonation. Actually has a refreshing quality to it for a porter and goes down very easily, really nice.

O: I liked this a lot, goes down so easy and has everything you want in a solid, well made porter. Will definitely get this again. (794 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear black with ruby hues. A fair amount of light gets through when held to a lamp. One finger off white head with excellent retention leaves behind gobs of lacing here and there.

S: Coffee and vanilla up front with some hints of chocolate. Not overpowering, but strong"ish."

T: Starts coffee, giving way to mild hints of chocolate and mint. Finishes with a potent hoppy bite, leaving behind an earthy bittnerness on the tongue. I'm going to be generous here and say that, since I enjoyed this on tap a few nights ago (no notes taken; cellared version), that this beer mellows exceptionally well. Let's say 3.5 this sampling, 4.0 on tap, cellared.

M: Smooth as all hell. Low on the carbonation, but foams a little in the mouth before going down like a creamy, but slightly thinned stout.

O: This is a great porter greatly improved over time. I would strongly recommend cellaring it for 6 months to allow the hop character to meld with the rest of the beer. On another note, try it as a black and tan with BBC's raspberry ale - a phenomenal dessert combination. (1,124 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown – garnet hued when held to light as it is clear despite the darkness. Large-sized & fairly big-bubbled, light tan head that settles quite quick, but keeps a ring and tries mightily to leave respectable lace.

S: Dark chocolate that is more sweet and bitter. Also a fairly strong malty sweetness of dark scorched toffee. Some nutty base malt pokes through. Ghost hint of darker roast. No hops. Soft hint of dark fruit. Quite sweet & reasonably richly malty. Not all that robust though in the umph department. Malty, nutty, bread crust malt notes do grow as it warms.

T: Quite a bit roastier than the nose, but in a narrow and steely way – dark roast malt without any real acrid bite (black patent?) & a ghostly hint of coffee. Still lots of the dark sweet / bitter-sweet chocolate. Nutty malt backbone is there too, but covered over a bit by roast – at least when chilled, as it warms the base malts grow with increasing notes of bread crust and really come on strong. Malt sweetness hints at both molasses and dark fruits. Noticeable balancing hop bitterness. Character is faint but it does have a faint citrus note. Roast is pleasant & long lasting in the finish.

M: A frog’s hair over medium body with carbonation the barest bit under-matched. Smooth and almost soft initially with just a bit of chew and sticky sugars. Roast pushes it drying & gives the finish a touch of a bite. No real alcohol presences noted.

D: A nice straight ahead classic porter. Perhaps a slight American twist in the hopping. Very solid. If it is readily availably to you, then count yourself lucky. Nothing stands out as great, but it is superbly balanced with a really good mix of aromas & flavors, and a good feel. (1,727 characters)

Photo of maxk
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in two pours from a lightly chilled bomber into a DuClaw pint glass.

Little light gets through this rich mahogany beer except at the edges where the red tinge is highlighted. There is good lacing and moderate head retention for the two finger, tan/red head.

The smell is mostly that of sweet malts and chocolate. There is a bit of milkiness to it.

First sip makes me think of somewhere between a porter and a milk stout. There is a good amount of coffee bitterness with smooth chocolate undertones. The sweet malt brings everything together very nicely. It has a very creamy mouthfeel, very good body to it and is well carbonated for the style.

A very good beer and a great price. Good example of an American porter, but it straddles the line of a stout too. Definitely will get a few more bottles of this. (817 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on a chilly New England November night out of a tall ceramic mug that could have passed for a stein. Seemed appropriate for the style and for the season.

This poured a ruddy dark brown with a lot of foam topping it. Some dark chocolate, some coffee and some toffee shined through on the aroma, with a full bodied roast flavor coming through as you tasted it. Sweetness up front, some hints of tartness around the edges, and a semi-dry finish that invited further sips. Really enjoyable. (501 characters)

Photo of alee42
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro for the beer suggestion.

Picked this up in a growler. Pours a very dark brown color. The head forms nicely at the top; a foamy mixture, smells of hazelnut coffee, roasted notes, and chocolate.

The taste is rather complex, and definitely had to let it sit in the mouth to pick up the subtleties and small nuances. It first delivers a smooth glaze of coffee flavor - the essence of chocolate and truffle are well disguised, and I could detect a nuttiness to the hops. The roasted notes finish it off, and resonate throughout the palate. A good balance between hops and malts, although the malt does take precedence at the finish, and I'm left with a slight blandness.

Carbonation is mellowed out, not too much bubbly sensation happening here - a good thing. Very smooth going down, and a very good transition from smell to taste; almost every element detected by the noise is present in the beer. Very enjoyable, drinkable beer, but could offer more robust flavors. (985 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark. Almost stout-like. Tan head is smaller but leaves nice lacing and retains well.

S-Good Porter nose. Getting the typical chocolate and roasty coffee. A hint of fruit. A tad smoky. Light hops in the nose as well.

T-Chocolate/cocoa mixes well with the light cappuccino flavor. Hops trump in a bit on the back end. Overall, a very, very smooth flavor. Not intense but pretty tasty.

M-Medium feel with prickly carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Extremely mellow bitterness in the aftertaste.

O/D- A solid porter. I love the style, and this is a pretty easy drinker. Not unique or very intense, but polishing off a growler will not be a problem. Good feel; matches the flavors well. (697 characters)

Photo of paxchristi
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter and served at 50 degrees. Best by date says "use by 8/11/11." Thanks to Andrew61923 for this one.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with about 1/2 finger of creamy khaki head that dissipates quickly but leaves a silky blanket at the top once it does. Hardly opaque but very dark. Looks stout-like somewhat. Clings to the glass tightly. At the curves, the brown is more obvious and is a bit lighter than the rest of the body. Pretty good looking porter.

Nose: Coffees, chocolates, dark roasted malts, and some hoppy notes as well. About par for a porter-- but pretty good.

Taste: Nose justifies the taste. I catch a hint of something subtly fruity and or "bubblegummy" in the distance-- which is weird for this style. The skill of balancing moderately bodied chocolates and coffees to produce a subtle and yet skillfully crafted porter is what I get out of it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Creamy, well-balanced, smooth, and a delight in the mouth. Beautifully done. A person could drink this brew all evening. The drinkability is amazingly high for a porter.

Overall: Nothing particularly blows me away about this beer, but I'm very glad I got to try it. I must admit, however, that my biggest downfall as a critic is that I tend to be underwhelmed by certain styles-- especially porters. I'd drink this one again for sure, but its nothing I'd go out of my way for. My favorite thing about this brew is its classic porter taste with an obscure subtle note of bubblegum that actually works quite well. The craft on this brew is definitely skillful, but at the end of the day, I just don't think it will be all that memorable.

Thanks to Andrew61923 for including it as an extra! My first Connecticut beer. (1,726 characters)

Photo of skibumma70
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is of day old coffee and burnt chocolate, but a pretty good smell. Appearance is very dark brown with a finger laced tan head. Taste is chocolate and burnt malt flavor with a good balance. The carbonation is light, and is a smooth drink. Overall this is very good, and a tasty porter. (290 characters)

Photo of abgba121
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark amber brown color with about one inch of creamy tan head and leaves a weak lace down the glass.

S: smells of burnt roasted malts at first, followed by some subtle hoppy hints

T: the taste is much of the same with a little coffee flavor as well and a little lingering bitterness

M: medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation

O: a good basic porter, hits all the marks (389 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler (only 2 days old from the brewery) into a Berkshire pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep brown, almost opaque - lots of head retention here. This billowing tan head slowly escalates up the beer and leaves nice, thin wisps of lacing.

Smell: Lots of aroma notes hit home. I get some milk chocolate, some light coffee notes, and a nice smokey aroma from the malt. This is one of the more interesting porters as far as aromas are concerned, the slight smokey backdrop pairs well here with light roasted chocolate notes. Very pleasing!

Taste: Lots of coffee, espresso bean & milk chocolate notes here, they smack you in the face all at once! Malt sweetness is not to sweet, subtle yet very refined. I get a nice tinge of hops here towards the finish, it's light yet noticeable and really adds that extra element to this porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, this one rolls across the tongue and keeps it's full body while sitting in the mouth. A slight bitterness from the hops is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability: I had the pleasure of drinking this fresh from a growler that was delivered straight from the brewery only 2 days before I opened it, so this stuff was FRESH! A very sessionable porter to say the least, it's got alot of nice aromas going on and this beer really captures the essence of what a true porter should be. I enjoyed this beer with a porterhouse steak and it was the perfect compliment. (1,456 characters)

Photo of philbe311
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... (1,198 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a tan head that creates some interesting bubblework as it recedes

S: Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, slight roast, woody smokiness, and earthy hops

T: At first, a mild mixture of dark fruit, which quickly finishes with a coffee and hops bitterness and a slight wood dryness. Rather tasty.

O: This is a pretty good porter. I'm new to the style, but they seem to just be mild stouts, which in itself can't be a bad thing. I've had better, but this is still quite tasty. This might just be the one that opens me up to berkshire brewing, which I've seen plenty of times at the store and always passed up. (624 characters)

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