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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998)
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Photo of Liverpool08


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice offering from BBC. A dark brown pour. Aroma of burnt coffee, and bitter chocolate. Follows with a hint of toasted malts. Flavor is similar. Roasted smokey coffee, with a bit more bitterness. Stil the malt smooths it out to give it a nice finish. This one is a good session porter as its not to heavy.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2011 02:13:22 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of kingcrowing


3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: cask

11-28-2009 15:22:10 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of UnionMade


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

Cask pour at Eli Cannon's Tap Room. Cask was tapped the day before.
Dark brown, topped with a large bubbled, ivory head. Decent head retention, keeping a weak collar throughout. No lace. Soft roasty aroma, balanced with a bit of herbal hops. Pretty easy going. The flavor opens with moderate roastiness, fruity and appley, with some plum juice. Maybe just a little too warm, as Cannon's has the cask directly under the beer engine, on a little platform, and provides no temperature control besides the interior air conditioning. Some vestiges of oxodization and a hint of sourness in the finish, but nothing to complain about. Mild hoppiness in the finish. Herbal and kinda piney. Very dry. A nice pint, but I opted for some of the more unusal chioces on the menu for my second round.

Serving type: cask

09-29-2006 10:27:56 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Lnedrive14


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Bukowski's:

A bit straightforward, but still a fairly likeable beer. Roasted malts, a bit of sweetness, and a subtle touch of hops round out the palate. I think having this on cask really brought out some things that wouldnt surface in other serving types. It's a highly drinkable beer and I definitely could have polished off a few more of these, although there was something to be said for just sipping and relaxing. I'd look forward to trying one of these out of the bottle to compare.

Serving type: cask

01-16-2006 18:15:57 | More by Lnedrive14
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.