1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Not Rated.
Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 328
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Drayman's Porter Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 201 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of florianfloc
2/5  rDev -48.8%

florianfloc, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of MTMugs
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

M is from the Berkshires and loves porter so she jumped right on this one. What a disappointment. Looked great, nice and dark, thick head. But then the taste - bland, bitter and just plain unforgettable. AND the darn thing cost 10 bucks at Mahar's in Albany. Yes, it was a big bottle but jeeze.

MTMugs, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bomber, $3.89 from Manchester Discount Beverages, Manchester VT. If this is any good, it's a heckuva bargain. Poured into my favorite chilled O'Douls pint glass.

Dark brown/black brew shows mahogany highlights against a bright light. Frothy rootbeer float head, 1-2 fingers settles to a mass of large bubbles. Pretty complex and appealing nose- coffee, light caramel, vanilla, semi-sweet. More rugged aromas of smoke, bitter chocolate, and stronger coffee arise as it warms and breathes. Taste not as good as I was expecting, kind of musty murky muddy, mostly smoke and bitter green oak. None of the sweet vanilla or caramel notes detected in the nose. Mouthfeel is good and thick, finish is dry with a moderate dose of alcohol present. Drinkability is disappointingly low. I was delighted by the smell and that led me to a big let down with the taste. Meh. :/

Toward the end of the pint the taste really became overwhelmingly bad, like bitter coffee vomit. I dumped the rest. Life is too short to drink crummy beer, especially when there's better stuff in the fridge.

BeerNinja007, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mike for sending me a bottle of this.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a bit of a red hue to it and an off-white head.

S: There is a bit of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, and some mild roasted malt aroma. Unfortunately, I also get a very stale aroma, particularly the cardboard sort of staleness.

T: A weird sugary, candy-like character that is sort of reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers. A moderate level of roasted malt and some bitter dark chocolate. A bit of the same cardboard and staleness on the palate as well.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This was unfortunately quite bad. Usually the Berkshire beers I've had are pretty decent, but this was not.

womencantsail, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma has some faint roasty/coffee notes, but has a significant yeast character. It's a little much for this beer, with some noticeable diacetyl.

Flavor is a touch cleaner, with some fruity notes matching well with a gentle chocolate note. It could still use some cleaner yeast notes and a stronger malt base, though. The mouthfeel is dry, with a low level of carbonation fits a porter well. Overall, a forgettable, slightly off tasting brew.

jeffthecheff, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of acarroll413
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass

A- beautiful! a dark black color with a moderately thick tan head.

S- i smelled hops and nothing much more than that

T- not a big fan at all. i was hoping for a malty-black coffee like bitterness to it but all i was left with regular hops bitterness. not very delicious.

M- it was great in the mouth, nice and thick, well carbonated, but not as smooth as i had hoped.

D- i'm probably going to try the coffeehouse porter next, so i probably wont drink it again.

acarroll413, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.3%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of LutherBrau
3/5  rDev -23.3%

LutherBrau, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -23.3%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of disemgrowler
3/5  rDev -23.3%

disemgrowler, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of WhiteLight68
3/5  rDev -23.3%

WhiteLight68, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of jbrumberg
3/5  rDev -23.3%

jbrumberg, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -23.3%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of ncvbc
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Tan head that is fairly creamy with solid retention and some spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is rich and sweet up front, followed by a roast and bitterness. Some creamy chocolate and a touch of coffee. Citric hops. Taste has a little much cocoa and chocolate syrup essence. Not in a thick or cloying way, just what it reminds me of. The bitterness is also pretty harsh and there is not a smooth transition from the sweetness to this. Just a dry, somewhat ashy roast drop off. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth and creamy up front. Silky and velvety but stinted by a dryness and bitter finish. It's really not bad but there are some things that distract me with this brew. Made it through the bomber but doubt I'd have any more than that. Decent Porter.

ncvbc, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of travolta
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber

Apperance: Dark brown/amber, almost black. tan head that sticks around for a bit. Lacing rings are nice and last.

Nose: Some fruits, toasted oats, carmel, cocoa, chewy nugent.

Taste: Cabonation is clean and subtle all the way through. It is a little syrupy at first, but that doesent last, it lightens in the mouth at the end. It tastes like malt, and a little bit of hops. basically a regualar porter.

Notes; I thought this was good, but it didnt blow me away.

travolta, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of BeerSox
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Very dark brown, almost opaque. A light tan foamy head slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy and spotty lacing.

Dark roasty malts with a little bit of hop twang.

Bitter malts with a little bit of hop bitterness. Towards the end, a metallic taste develops. Medium bodied and slightly acidic. The finish has roasty malts, a little bit of bitterness from the hops, and a metallic tinge.

All the classic elements of a porter, but I'm a bit turned off by the matallic flavors in the end. Still, it isn't overwhelming making it a still decent beer. Try it for yourself.

BeerSox, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Kochiss
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Kochiss, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Wayne17
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Wayne17, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Jeffreytmoore
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Jeffreytmoore, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Chou
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Chou, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of jopper
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App - a strong black color with just a touch of brown in the head

Smell - subtle burnt chocolate, appealing

Taste - A sudden sweetness that fades quickly leaving a nice burnt roast flavor behind

Mouthfeel - a little thin

Drinkability - easy drinking goes down nice a growler seems like a snack.

jopper, May 22, 2010
Photo of 2ellas
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

2ellas, May 13, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Todd, Feb 03, 2002
Photo of Urbancaver
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- brown dark with minimal head... Nice lacing hanging around!

Smell- not much smell... Roasted hints of barley

Taste- toasty and A bit fruity

Mouthfeel- smooth and very nice on the palette

Drinkability- very very drinkable!

Overall a really good beer for the price

Urbancaver, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, split with BA CheckMate. Pours a nearly opaque black body with slight dark copper brown highlights. Toast and dark chocolate comprise the aroma. Dark chocolate, toast, with a good fruity note - raisins, pear, and banana. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Overall, I'm not blown away by this beer. There's too many things going on but not harmoniously. Could afford to be cleaned up a bit - more robust roasty and toasty flavor would be great. Still not a bad beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 26, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.