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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

304 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A well-done competetent porter, very smoothly done without rough or acidic edges. Malted and stout-like. Unpasterized and unfiltered fresh bottle from recent Massachusetts trip. Chocolate malt and balanced roastiness. Black with bubbles could be right off the tap, A must-try porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 03:34:43 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Another one I decided to grab out of the fridge yesterday. Not really knowing what to expect but having been genuinely please by all of their offerings in the past I dove right in. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/27/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, deep and dark brown in color with a nice head of tan that took shape across the top of the glass. Rich lacing then came forward and draped the entire insides of the glass. Aroma is typical for the style again with nice notes of coffee and chocolate malts. Hints of light grain and a brown sugar touch as it warms. Towards the end of the session we started to pick up hints of smoke. Smooth, delicate flavor as I take the first sips. Nice roasted notes start to come through now, hints of cocoa, light brown sugar touches as well. Very interesting. Not the most complex thing in the world, but still very solid. Smooth, medium body has a nice bit of carbonation to it and this keeps it feeling fresh and new. Nice easy, smooth, and clean sipper, I would have no issue at all with having a couple of these as they went down quite nicely.
 
Overall a very solid ale here, nothing over the top or out of the ordinary, just a solid after dinner treats.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 18:02:06 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Man, those two guys seem to have all sorts o' fun with their beers. Must be nice. This one pours an ever-so-slightly-translucent black-brown, highlighted with deep ruby, topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, a hint of coffee, and a tinge of figs in the back. The taste leans heavily on the chocolate and graham cracker side, with the aforementioned elements all making respective cameos. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and relatively dry finish. Overall, a pretty dern good porter, though something's missing...that would catapult it to greatness were it there. Still, a tasty beverage, fit for even Jules's discerning palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 21:20:00 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown with a thin tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell contained mostly chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a faint whiff of hops.

T: The taste is loaded with the flavor of coffee & chocolate. There a little bit of a hops background along with a mild warmth of alcohol. The after-taste is very sweet.

M: Very smooth, light-to-medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is kind of sticky due to the rich sweetness.

D: Tasty with a decent kick, but a little too heavy to pound down a lot of it. This one is more of a sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 14:36:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bomber from ppotrias, Cheers pete!

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate in subtle amounts

T: Roasted malt, coffee, & dryness up front. Slight vanilla notes, light herbal hop bitterness, a bit of iron & nice cocoa presence as this warms. Finishes with nice chocolate sweetness, a smidge of toasty malt, coffee, & caramel

MF: Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation. great balance for the style

Super drinkability, belies the 6.5% abv, one of the better porters I've had in a while

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 04:00:36 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts. It has a rich and creamy aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted, patent, and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and creamy with a bit of residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It's got excellent malt character and a superb mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 01:31:24 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is leather, tobacco, toffee and some nuttyness like you would get in a brown ale. The flavor is toffee, grass and some roasted malt. The flavor is nice, but I wish it was a little more complex. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 05:54:15 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber, courtesy of opwog,

A: Pours black with a moderate off-white head, good retention, mild lace.

S: Dominated by coffee, black malt, dark chocolate, fragrant.

T: Clear dark chocolate porter flavour. Tasty, the hops come out a bit near the end, but it's pretty much a classic American Porter taste.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, fairly smooth, light at times, actually thought it was around 5%.

D: My 2nd beer ever from Berkshire, a real solid effort. If the guys back east are getting this for $3.99 a bomber, they're getting a deal, well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:59:54 | More by Halcyondays
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with freshness dating marked on the label, its a start but howabout including the year??, anyway pours allmost black, light around the edges only., respectable lacing, dark tan head. Malty, oat nose. Full bodied and flavored porter, malty initially then roasty, chocolate/coffee notes and then mild but drying hops. Nice, fresh tasting porter. Another respectable, smooth drinking ale from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 01:34:12 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft on-tap at Chandler's in Deerfield, MA, pours a two-finger light tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Baked chocolate nose. Black color with hints of mahogany. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Flavor is sweetish baked chocolate. $5.25 for a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 22:33:39 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Tight bubbly foam holds a finger of head for a while. Two shades lighter than black, a typical porter colour.

Smell: Faint bite of burnt malt in the nose, very clean and a touch malty.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A viscous crispness shows a superb smoothness, medium bodied. Faded burnt malt flavours from start to finish. A handful of malt sweetness fends off the burnt flavours as well as the modest hop bitterness. Unsweetened baker’s chocolate comes to mind as well as a dark fruitiness.

Notes: A tasty local treat for me, this certainly goes down as a session beer as well as one of the better Porters brewed in New England.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 04:10:10 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to goodbyeohio for this one.

Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, big coffee flavour, some roast, and caramel. The taste is malty/coffee, some roast and caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from Berkshire, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 19:33:23 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1"+ tan head above the barely translucent dark brown with reddish highlights brew. Head had tremendous staying power and laced like nobody's business. Aroma consists of subdued but easily noticeable coffee and other dark malts. Taste is a chewy dark malt extravaganza, but bitterness is controlled, which is nice. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. The best BBC product I have enjoyed thus far, and surprisingly better out of the bottle than on tap, in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 01:37:57 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a deep, dark-tan head with little to no retention. The color was a ruby-red with good clarity. The nose was a bit light with some roasty notes but nothing of great merit. The mouthfeel was medium and smooth with a pleasant cocoa and charcoal mix of flavors on the tongue. The finish was more chocolate than anything else. It was quite tasty and would be a good beer for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 21:58:19 | More by woodychandler
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with some garnet highlights along the bottom and 2 fingers of creamy, light mocha colored head. Great looking layer of creamy retention that leaves some big lacing behind. The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, and a touch of floral hops.

The taste is a delicious blend of silky feeling chocolate and caramel sweetness, zippy coffee notes, and a small underpining of citrus character. Balance comes courtesy of a nice tingling hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and completely easy feel.

An all around solid Porter that packs in some nice flavors to go along with an even nicer drinkibility. A tasty and refreshing offering from Berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 16:27:53 | More by Kegatron
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plaid75

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, nearly black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid burnt grain and coffee aroma with hints of caramel and dark chocolate.

The taste consisted of a blend of coffee and cocoa with a dry burnt grain bitterness. There was a nice smoky finish. There could have been a deeper malt profile however.

The mouthfeel was dry, but a bit thin.

Overall a nice porter. A bit thin in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 17:23:48 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very opaque dark brownish orange, black away from the light, medium sized light tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, some nice lace sheets stick.

Smell is great, lots of chocolate, a big hit of roast, caramel, lots of biscuit, some dark fruit, a light bit of floral, very malty, a bit of brown sugar, almost stout like, very nice.

Taste is nice, very smooth and roasty, raisins and caramel, some brown sugar, lightly fruity, floral, biscuit, chocolate wafers, a bit of roast, lightly nutty in the finish, very bitter and roasty but still balanced, real nice.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, real nice flavours, nice porter. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:45:31 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, nearly opaque with reddish chestnut edges. A tight tan cap formed after the pour and proceeded to coat the glass with bubbles. Even some rings in the lace denoting levels the beer was at. Nice aroma, lots of roast and malt with muted hop character, caramel sweetness and dry cocoa. Solid bitterness with leafy hop flavour throughout. Dark chocolate and malted milk, bitter roast and caramel, hint of vanilla. Well balanced. Silky texture, slightly lower than average carbonation with medium plus body, slight astringency from the dark grains. This is really good. I normally prefer my porters with more burnt than roast character, but this worked for me. The name also reminded me of the fabled Upper Canada Drayman's Tawny Porter - a beer I remember fondly - and this character of this beer didn't let me down.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:54:04 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah the beauty of a “Porter and or Stout” sitting in the glass, this one a deep dark garnet, almost brown, the head is leviathan in size, frothy, and light tan in color with a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grain, sweet with some hints of yeast, with the start rich in malt and somewhat sweet, with a skinny top. Finish is perfectly acidic, modestly hopped and quite dry, a darn decent porter at any rate.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 16:06:36 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger brown head. Nice, malty aroma with a hint of coffee upfront. Taste is very nice as well. Toasted malt with a small hint of coffee underneath. Aftertaste is very desirable. Otherwise, a very smooth porter that hits the mark on what a porter should be but at the same time, could do more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:36:38 | More by Brad007
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of connecticutpoet poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a big rocky tan head that recedes very slowly to a cap and leaves delicate lacing.

The aroma is dominated by slightly roasted sweet chocolate malts with hints of coffee and vanilla.

The taste is also on the sweeter side of things with plenty of semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. The roasted character is subtle and leaves a slight dry bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of carbonation.

A very well constructed porter that's definitely gots lots of roasted character but definitely leans sweeter on the palate. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 23:51:33 | More by gford217
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Berkshire Drayman’s Porter pours a very deep black color. Head is a brown rocky tan mass at first, which slowly settles to a smoother 1” traditional head, but this all too soon disappears to a ¼” thin smooth covering through the drink – however this did stay the distance and never broke up as indeed I fully expected it to.
Nose is restrained, and whilst attempting to gain access to the aromas, a quick swirl of the Mug reveals good carbonation, this I hoped would aid the release of aromas. Sadly not, but the carbonation does add greatly to the overall mouthfeel and gives the beer a nice body and a satisfying wholesome presence whilst in the mouth. Aromas are of roast malt, mild coffee and caramel with some biscuit malt in the background.
Initial tastes are, and please excuse the lack of technical descriptiveness, but it reminds me so much of a cup of Folgers Classic Roast instant coffee that has gone cold. Caramel and roast malts are there in the middle, and they are dominant and very nice. The finish is quiet and short lived, it is hoppy though and leaves a very pleasing nice dry bitter roast finish. I would class this as a mix between a Porter and a mild, dry Stout.

I like this beer very much, but it just falls short in a few departments to be regarded too highly. A really nice try, but a bit lacking overall for me, and I just cannot get away from thinking of that stagnant cold cup of coffee.
Nice beer though and by no means offensive, just a little one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 19:52:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

Bottle into my Narke tulip...Dark brown body with a really nice full creamy head. Its a light tan and stays forever, great lacing as well...The aroma is malty, pretty sweet chocolate with a hint of smoke and bitter on the back...An average taste, not strong enough to be awesome, but very drinkable. Sweet, maybe a touch to sweet, light alcohol on the back, bitter in the middle. Not strong or offensive, a drinkable porter but doesn't knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:56:29 | More by jrallen34
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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.