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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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very good

208 Reviews

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 367
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998

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Reviews: 208 | Hads: 367
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a nonic. Poured a dark, opaque brown with red highlights around the edges. Half inch tan-colored cap embedded with tiny bubbles. Some strands of watery lacing with decent adherence. Subdued nose; primarily sweet and malty. More malt and a roasted coffee character. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium (but closer to the light side) with a mild and even carbonation forming the backdrop. Easy drinking and flavorful. A solid representation of the style.

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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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