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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...almost black. Red hues when held to the light. One and a half finger beige head that shows medium retention. Nice web lacing on the sides of the glass with some light rings here and there.

S- Roasted malts...a ton of them actually. Light caramel and chocoalte malts. No real signs of hops in the tail end or at all in the beer. Simple malt forward nose that is a little bland but does the trick.

T- There is a light chocoalte forwardness to the front of this beer. Chocoalte malts come out more than the roasted malts. The middle of this beer has a light breadiness to it. The backend of this beer is where the roasted malts come through giving off more of a light coffee flavor more than anything else. No sign of the hops in the backing either. This is a malty malt malt beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Well malts and more roasted malts on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Well blended flavoring for what it is and the style (malt forward..duh). Clean tasting overall. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This is yet another beer from this company that I enjoy. The ABV is well hidden like most things they do. Berkshire has yet to make something bad in my opinion...although I haven't had their entire line-up.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:59:12 | More by alleykatking
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

real nice big voluminous head that hangs, could rest a penny on it. dark crimson color.

Nice nose of straight forward roasted malts.

Taste is really roasty with an fry astringency to it. nice balance and very straight forward, but very representative of the style.

Goes down easy and at $3.99 what a price performer in the world of the $8 bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 22:42:09 | More by OatmattStout
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark reddish brown, almost black. Decent darker tanned head.

S: Roasted coffee malts, some notes of bitter chocolate and caramel. Nothing too complex.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. At first it is very sweet, and then moves to more of a roasty toasty taste. The taste of coffee is more subtle than the taste of chocolate. Easy-going aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely a good one! Easy going down, great taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:49:34 | More by YouSkeete
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber marked (10/05/10) thanks to pabs311.
A: Dark reddish brown, poured with a nice creamy tan head that died to a strong film and collar.
S: A nice coconut creamy milk chocolate with roasted pecans and a banana peel sugar cookie.
T: Stronger vanilla and creamy coconut milk than expected, with less of a roast that comes off like milk chocolate and, again, sugar cookie. There is a lingering slight bourbon vanilla alcohol.
M: Creamy with light carbonation.
D: Really good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:59:04 | More by ne0m00re
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New Hampshire

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

A-Poured into a standard pub glass-brown with minimal head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S-Chocolate malt and black patent malt.

Taste-Roasted malts similar to the smell. The beer taste like a classic porter.

M- Light to medium. A tad light for a porter but it doesn't detract.

D- This is a solid, technically accurate, classic porter. Very drinkable. The burnt/roasted flavor is smooth and it goes down easy. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 19:50:23 | More by beancounter
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours a dark brown with a tan creamy head.

S. Roasted malt with a sour note.

T. Roasty with some coffee flavors that I also picked up in the Imperial Stout (although it surprisingly had more of the roasted and coffee flavors).

M. Medium with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable; I finished the glass long before I realized how little I had left. Quite good, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:42:24 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- brown dark with minimal head... Nice lacing hanging around!

Smell- not much smell... Roasted hints of barley

Taste- toasty and A bit fruity

Mouthfeel- smooth and very nice on the palette

Drinkability- very very drinkable!

Overall a really good beer for the price

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 23:55:29 | More by Urbancaver
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks like Berkshire has recently added New Hampshire to their distribution, so this is only the second beer I've had from them, but I'm looking forward to trying more.

Poured a dark mahogany brown to fill up the glass with an almost pitch black and a creamy, moderately thick tan head. With a little bit of time, the head fades to leave a thin but good looking lace.

Aroma is in your face sweet at first, with a nice caramel and chocolate aroma. A slight hint of roasted/burnt aroma compliments the sweetness well and provides an overall nice showing of the malt bill.

Taste was a similar experience to the aroma, with a notable sweetness followed by a nice roasted note. The roasted flavor is not as strong as some other porters that I like, but then again this isn't a stout, so I can accept that. Obviously this does not have as much coffee flavor as Berkshire coffee porter (which itself is the same beer as this, just with coffee beans added), I can appreciate a nice subtle chocolate covered espresso flavor in this that I dont always get with a porter.

Mouthfeel is moderate, but just about as smooth as one could get for a porter. Overall, a very solid porter that you can't go wrong with. Not as strong and flavorful as some of my favorite American Porters, but like I said, I can accept if for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 23:11:03 | More by Kinsman
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Berkshire bomber into a pint glass.

A: A gorgeous tan head forms and sticks nicely, dissipating slowly and leaving a nice lacing around the glass. The beer appears a deep, opaque, brown-black color, but when held up to the light I can just barely see through some burgundy hues.

S: Sweet dark malt, roasted coffee beans & cocoa. No hop aroma to speak of.

T: Starts off with a rich dark chocolate flavor that becomes more bitter and coffee-like as the finish takes over. A slight hop bitterness makes a nice contribution. A malty sweetness lingers.

M&D: Medium bodied with a smooth, milky feel. I could certainly knock back a pint or two, but at two I'm feeling the alcohol more than expected, and a slightly cloying sweetness is starting to creep in.

A Berkshire brewer once told me they view themselves as "maltheads," (as opposed to hopheads) and I can definitely see that in this beer. This is a malt heavy porter. Try one - it's a delicious and refreshing take on the style, and lies somewhere between west-coast and English interpretations.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:36:16 | More by deciding39
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle Poured into a round little table glass.

Not very much in the way of head maybe half a fingers worth, and what little it has is retained pretty well, lots of lacing.

Tastes and smells a bit like chocolate with a hint of coffee, a great beer for people who normally do not like a darker beer, think of it as a "light" porter. It does leave me wanting a bit more punch to the flavor. A slightly sour aftertaste, nothing terrible.

Not a bad beer, but nothing too great, middle of the road for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:12:49 | More by StoutyMcStouters
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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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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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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black with one finger white/off-white foam. Laces.

Strong roasted smell. Chocolately and malty. Roasted coffee.

Extra Smooth porter taste with a mild hop bitter close. Very even keeled. Light carbonation - step above normal.

Supremely drinkable porter, just a damn good beer. One of the better ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 16:19:22 | More by KTCamm
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.