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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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very good

304 Ratings

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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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Photo of Gatch


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
Photo of Mikecap


4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:15:25 | More by Mikecap
Photo of wil19b85


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:34:11 | More by wil19b85
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:21:36 | More by Dools9
Photo of tylerprince


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:34:20 | More by tylerprince
Photo of SickGnar


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:14:05 | More by SickGnar
Photo of maxk


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:28:51 | More by maxk
Photo of 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
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:31:03 | More by elNopalero
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 20:45:01 | More by paxchristi
Photo of abgba121


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:24:17 | More by abgba121
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:20:49 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of EgadBananas


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

Thanks to cbeer88 for the tasty local!

Pours a black color, dark brown around some lighter edges. Tan head, nice lace. Pleasant aroma's of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee. More chocolate and bittersweet coffee in the taste, nice roasted malt characters. Feels creamy, medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall, a very nice porter. I have to assume this is the base for the Coffeehouse Porter because it is reminiscent of it in a milder form.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:14:30 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of jeffthecheff


2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 05:22:43 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark down to black with some maroon highlights and a finger or brownish head and some nice thick lacing.

The smell is a little roasty with some slight coffee bean aroma and some slight cocoa aroma as well.

The taste is a bit sweet with some nice bitterness keeping things balanced. Caramel and some slight toffee mixed with a roasty flavor rounds things out as a slight creamy flavor hides in the bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice complex flavor and smooth feel that is easy going down and pleasant to drink

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:41:31 | More by Duhast500
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

22oz bottle poured into a mug

Pours a dark chestnut brown, near black body with a tan head that rose three fingers and receded slowly. Moderate lacing strewn on the inside of the glass while the head settles to form a thin coat.

Very good nose. Deep roast, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, dark cherries and a touch of brown sugar. The nose is deep and inviting, however not robust to the point where it whacks your olfactory’s back (in a good way.)

The taste is similar to the nose. A large dose of roast, where a bit of a charred quality dominates after a while. Semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark cherries mix with brown sugar and molasses to try and break through and sweeten this guy up. A nice little battle going on where roasty bitterness wins in the end.

Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth, but not overly creamy or lush. Drinkable and enjoyable for sure.

Overall, I found this to be an instant favorite. This is a new go to porter for me when I come across it. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t in the company of some of the elite of the style, but this does everything pretty darn well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 21:23:45 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of DirtybeerguyRI

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:14:34 | More by DirtybeerguyRI
Photo of womencantsail


2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 19:20:23 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:55:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle bought at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a dark brown liquid with some ruby red highlights a half inch of tan head that dissipated within a few minutes. scents of chocolate and espresso immediately hits the nose with notes of toffee, nut, and banana in the background. Flavors of coffee, toffee, nut, and chocolate. full bodied with moderate carbonation. It also leaves an aftertaste similar to that of coffee dregs. not a bad beer overall.


Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:41:29 | More by CheckMate
Photo of InebriatedJoker


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

Thanks to mob2332 for this in a trade -

poured from 22 oz bomber into pint goblet -

Poured dark brown almost black with two finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy lacing ,decent carbonation .

Smell - Toasted malts with light chocolates

Taste - Toasted malts with with some chocolates with maybe a hint of anise,

Drinkability - This is a very smooth porter that is very easy to drink ,has great roasted malts with slight chocolates ,finishes with a creamy smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:09:36 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. A dark pour, black with brown around the edge only when held up to the light. A thin layer of light tan head. Just barely sticks to the glass.

Aroma has some malt, caramel and toffee. Earthy peat. All fairly muted however.

Strong caramel present in the taste. Toasted malt, light chocolate also. Very light peat, citrus hops. Finishes with the caramel/toffee.

Border of medium and light body. No alcohol, easy, easy drinking.

Very much a pleasant session type porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:02:16 | More by Bung
Photo of GallowsThief


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BennyL1 (thanks Ben). Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown with a huge 3 inch creamy brown head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Smell of dark chocolate, mocha and coffee. It's a fairly light scent. Some sweet dark fruit smell as well.

T - The taste is quite like the smell. It is also light. You definitely get the coffee/mocha/chocolate but it is not an aggressive taste. If you don't like big imperials this taste will do you well. Just a touch of sweetness lingers. Nice roastiness.

M - Light bodied and a tad thin. Decent carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

D - I would say this makes a nice session beer. You cant even detect the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:00:49 | More by GallowsThief
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with 1 finger of creamy off white head that stuck around for a little while, a thin layer of foam lingers on top for the entire glass.

Smell is malty sweetness with rich chocolate notes, some herbal hops and a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt up front, with a rich mocha/ chocolate flavor. Some hints of dark fruit as it warms up. Herbal/ earthy hops with a touch of bitterness, mild alcohol spice rounds off the finish. Pleasant nutty/woody aftertaste. Very nice mouthfeel, mild carbonation balances the relatively sweet malt without overpowering at all. Medium bodied, felt very smooth in the mouth.

Overall: A nice porter, haven't tried many other brews of the style to judge it against but this was a pleasant brew. Drinkability was quite high, only bought one bomber but two would be no problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:36:54 | More by mattjv
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big foamy tan head. Good retention, very sticky lacing.

S: Signature earthy BBC yeast, mild coffee, faint chocolate, earthy hops, and hints of vanilla and cane sugar.

T: Dark chocolate and old coffee open, followed closely by some sweet vanilla. Earthy hops complement the yeast, which lends some earthy and spicy tastes of its own. A spicier black licorice and tobacco leaf flavor comes out more as the beer warms. Earthy yeast and some sooty, smokey roasted malt tastes round out the finish.

M: Medium bodied, but very rich, full, and creamy with low carbonation.

D: Drinks like an English session ale, despite being bigger in abv.

Notes: This is a solid enough beer, but it certainly won't blow you away. Very easy to drink, and good if you're looking for something different. You really can't go wrong at under $5 a bomber either. This is one that I tend to re-visit on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 16:58:27 | More by ryan1788a5
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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.