Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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2.3/5 rDev -41.3%
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.
06-26-2002 05:52:04 | More by MTMugs
2.58/5 rDev -34.2%
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.
03-08-2010 23:10:04 | More by BeerNinja007
2.63/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
04-30-2011 19:20:23 | More by womencantsail
2.63/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
07-01-2011 05:22:43 | More by jeffthecheff
2.95/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
04-21-2006 18:25:16 | More by acarroll413
3.03/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
11-18-2008 02:04:15 | More by ncvbc
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
03-16-2004 05:08:04 | More by travolta
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
12-25-2006 02:31:49 | More by BeerSox
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
05-21-2010 23:20:15 | More by jopper
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
02-03-2002 22:20:35 | More by Todd
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
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
10-21-2010 23:55:29 | More by Urbancaver
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
03-26-2011 23:55:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
11-28-2009 15:22:10 | More by kingcrowing
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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