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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 Ohmmygawd


3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2013 23:20:51 | More by Ohmmygawd
Photo of alee42


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2011 04:06:50 | More by alee42
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.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2011 03:44:01 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of skibumma70


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2011 19:03:03 | More by skibumma70
Photo of thespaceman


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2011 23:01:38 | More by thespaceman
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...

Serving type: growler

08-05-2011 21:07:24 | More by philbe311
Photo of Chico1985


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

Great local porter, growlers are $8 or less, good to grab from time to time.

Pours dark brown, a bit translucent. Beige pillow of head retains easily at a half finger or so leaving some nice lacing.

Definite cocoa powder in the nose, light coffee and hops.

Taste is mocha goodness, nice smooth cocoa with light coffee, caramel and roast. Some dark fruit and lighter hop notes of grass and maybe citrus. Light but smooth mouthfeel, a pretty easy drinking porter. Has a nice coffee with cream taste that lingers in the finish.

I prefer the Coffeehouse Porter to this, but as a standalone porter this is great too.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2011 17:55:36 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Gushue3


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nice black with large off white/mocha head that leaves heavy lacing

S- big malt note off the bat. light scent of black licorice and coffee

T- malty and roasty. a nutty taste on the middle and a very slight bitterness on the finish

M- feels almost creamy, pretty smooth with light carbonation.

D- very drinkable beer. good, no overpowering tastes, smooth nd easy to drink

Serving type: growler

02-13-2011 18:28:23 | More by Gushue3
Photo of TaekwonDylan


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking porter, with a unique smoothness to it. Not sharp or sticky, just an awesome easiness with undertones of roasted malt, mmm. It was ice cold when I had it, which I think added to it's drinkability, not so much to the flavor or the backbone. Very drinkable local ale, another success from BBC. Highly recommended for a porter.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2010 15:49:18 | More by TaekwonDylan
Photo of jopper


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2010 23:20:15 | More by jopper
Photo of morebeergood


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler for $7.99 + dep at Blanchards in WR for New Years Eve consumption. Poured into standard pint glasses. Dark brown color, and a pretty heavy tan head. Wasn't too sure if carbonation would hold up in a growler, but it did. Milky, almost hot cocoa-like smell. Taste was intense but smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee up front, and roasted malt on the palate. Both the smell and the taste were a bit sweet. Middle of the road mouthfeel; just thick enough for me. Easily drinkable, would not have guessed 6.2% abv. This was a nice beer to start a cold night off with, and I was surprised how fast this jug disappeared.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2010 14:40:30 | More by morebeergood
Photo of jlindros


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

Brought a nice growler home of this guy to give it a try. Most of their beers are pretty good, so here goes.

A: Rich and thick, with a semi thick dark colored head with a slow fade that leaves some lace. Pretty black colored with hints of brown light.

N: Rich malty toasted porter aroma with hints of brown sugar and nuttiness. Touches of roasted malts and chocolate malts add some nice aromas.

T: Starts with a nice rich chocolate and some roasted malts, touch of dark fruit like plum. creamy milk chocolate bursts through with more brown sugar.

M: Semi to pretty thick on the mouth with some decent carbonation and very creamy.

F: Finishes a little sweet with some earthy charred malts and roasted flavors lingering for a bit. Otherwise finishes pretty clean with a slight lingering creamy flavor and bitter stoutiness.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2009 18:26:31 | More by jlindros
Photo of taez555


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
Photo of SaintPeter


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black opaque charcoal color with a huge chocolatey tan head that stays for a while. Resembles a Guinness...almost, not quite as black and with a darker head. Left a frothy lace on the glass through the whole life of the beer.

Nose of dark malts, charcoal, oatmeal dark hearty bread. Light and pleasant. Nothing overpowering at all. A hint of sweetness as if lactose was added.

A mellow dark malt flavor monopolizes the taste. Tastes like there is a liberal amount dark roast coffee beans in there, a great addition to a dark malty porter. A hint of carameliness then finishes dry but not too dry, a clean, silky finish leaves you wanting more.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a full body for a porter. I've had some beers less thick and creamy than this that are called stouts. Light to medium carbonation. A bit chewy, the way I like a porter--one step below a stout.

This is the beer I want when I think about having a dark, malty porter. I wasn't really in the mood to drink and then I tried this and kept going back for more. Really impressed by it. This is what I am going to base thick, malty, dry porters on.

Better as it warms. Don't serve this cold, it will steal a lot of the flavor and creaminess. Find it, if you can!

Serving type: growler

03-23-2009 18:41:00 | More by SaintPeter
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thick liquid poured from the growler, dark coffee brown, opaque. Displayed a frothy creamy khaki colored head, quite a bit of it. Very good retention, eventually settling to a nice ring which pokes out to form some islands, but little in the way of a cap.

Espresso and chocolate chips to the nose. Lactose-like sweetness wafts in and out. Grains and nuts.

Sweet chocolate malts initially, with the bittering and roasted qualities amping up. Roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolate, some ground coffee, hints of grass. Slightly drying finish.

Crisply carbonated, though not really prickly. Medium bodied. Goes down smooth, with good flavors throughout. Settles a tad heavily. I like this. Next time I have the opportunity to try a Berkshire Brewing Company beer I will have to take it, as they do not distribute to my area.

Serving type: growler

01-20-2009 22:06:01 | More by TheMistler
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
June 29, 2008

Great smell of toasted malts. Pours dark black with a brown head. Excellent, creamy palate, thick. Really smooth taste as well that's pretty easy to drink. One of the better porters I've had, and I think this is the first beer that I've ever rated out of a growler.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2008 01:33:23 | More by Vendetta
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64-ounce growler into a Ten Penny Ale glass.

A: Pours a rich, deep dark brown color with a bubbly cap of tan foam which disperses to a fine ring and some lacing.

S: Smells of roasted coffee malts and a little bit of coal, with a thin hop aroma kicking around in back.

T: The sweet, rich malty flavor is filled with bittersweet cocoa, weak brewed coffee and a touch of charcoal. The hop flavor wasn't really noted in the taste, if not slightly in the finish, but was a little weak and ineffective.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich, but quite quaffable.

D: A pretty easy drinking porter and a good session option to share around the campfire. The 6% ABV is masked well by the sweet and slightly bitter dry flavors incorporated into the brew.

A friend of mine whom I shared this growler with is a huge fan of this porter, and it is good, but it's not the best flavored or even the most balanced that I've had. Look to Sierra Nevada Porter or even the recently had Smuttynose Robust Porter for better examples of the style.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2008 19:58:27 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of billybob


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
Photo of wesleyhighley


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
Photo of alamode


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark with a brown laced head that will stick around. good lacing.

smells of choc. coffee and malt.

very nice roasted taste. coffee and choc. with a nice hit of hops.

I've always felt this had a thin feel. I usually grab this one by the growler, but have had it more than enough times on tap. results were always similar.

i can drink this stuff 'til the cows come home. very, very drinkable. we have a rule, if you crack a growler of Drayman's, it has to finished by the end of the night. no exceptions. opening and finishing a growler of this has never been a problem.

a great beer from the happy valley that drinks well any time of the year. find it on tap in a few spots in Northampton, MA.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2007 04:29:29 | More by alamode
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass at roughly 50 degrees.

A pour down the middle yields nearly three fingers of dramatic rocky tan head over a very dark nearly black body with reddish brown highlights. Slight lace patterns as the head falls.

Scent is an unobtrusive chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste is a delicious creamy coffee and chocolate caramel with a mild citrus hop note to follow but little to no bitterness. There's a hint of oatmeal here and I find the creamy chocolate lingers a bit.

Soft, creamy medium mouthfeel with very low carbonation. Although creamy this strikes me as a little thin. Berkshire's Coffeehouse Porter tends to seem thicker and weightier to me. The thinness here may be related to the fact that I'm reviewing this from a growler whereas I reviewed the coffeehouse from a bomber.

Frighteningly drinkable - my first pint disappeared rapidly and I'm ready for another.

I don't love this as much as I do the Coffeehouse Porter but it is a very good porter nonetheless. Excuse me while I pour another!

Serving type: growler

03-24-2007 23:26:33 | More by sethmeister
Photo of bjohnson


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Marty's.

A: Pours jet black with a half finger caramel colored head that leaves great lace down the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel and chocolate malts and a faint fruit aftertaste--maybe raisins or prune.

T: Tastes of chocolate and caramel with a slight dark fruit in there.

M & D: Mouthfeel is silky smooth--very nice. Not very heavy but well balanced. Not very carbonated, but not flat--very middle of the road. this is a very drinakable porter, and would like to try it on tap or in a bottle as it might be a tad fresher. I might just finish the growler myself...

Serving type: growler

01-08-2006 20:55:20 | More by bjohnson
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
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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.