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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

322 Ratings

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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 ppoitras


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

07-13-2004 01:37:57 | More by ppoitras
Photo of mschofield


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a well carbonated dark brown with a hint of red, three finger creamy dark tan head, leaves webs of belgian lace behind.
Well roasted aroma, charcoal, wood, another roasted note that I can't place (chocolate or coffee beans?).
The alcohol is present in the taste, a bit peppery, toffee, burnt toast, some coffee. Acrid with restrained bitterness and a citric tartness/sour.
Medium-full, I'll go back for this one again.

04-08-2004 21:57:05 | More by mschofield
Photo of mydeadguy


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

22 oz. bomber.

pours a nice black with ruby edges, topped with thick sticky tan head. scent is of sweet roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, smooth and very appealing. Taste is big and sweet with roasted flavors (coffee) and plenty of hops to balance out the malt. mouthfeel is full round with a creamy finish that sticks slightly to the tongue, but not cloying. well carbonated for the style.

this is a good, well balanced smooth and full porter, all the flavors are there.. well done.

03-25-2004 02:26:50 | More by mydeadguy
Photo of travolta


3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

22oz bomber

Apperance: Dark brown/amber, almost black. tan head that sticks around for a bit. Lacing rings are nice and last.

Nose: Some fruits, toasted oats, carmel, cocoa, chewy nugent.

Taste: Cabonation is clean and subtle all the way through. It is a little syrupy at first, but that doesent last, it lightens in the mouth at the end. It tastes like malt, and a little bit of hops. basically a regualar porter.

Notes; I thought this was good, but it didnt blow me away.

03-16-2004 05:08:04 | More by travolta
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Beer pour to a deep black color with a nice thick tan head. The head stuck around for a good while and left pretty good lacing through out the beer. The aromas of the beer where of coffee, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate over all a nice grouping of smells that you want to savor. The taste is nice, could be more robust but not bad. Has a little smoky roast flavor, with strong hints of sweetness from chocolate and a little hop finish. The feel is nice and smooth with good carbonation but I feel that the brew is lacking a little, needs a little more oomph! Not as good as the coffeehouse ported but not bad. Feel that I have had a few other porters that I would try for before this but not bad, not bad at all!

02-04-2004 03:12:26 | More by Stimack
Photo of scottum


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a deep dark dark brown (almost black) with a big tan head which likes to hang out for a while. Roasty/burnish malt flavors dominate the brew. Malty sweetness and a nice hop bitter add balance. A decent porter, but not amoung the best of New England. A touch too dry; pass the water.

12-12-2003 22:37:14 | More by scottum
Photo of Jason


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

12-01-2003 04:10:10 | More by Jason
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +2%

Not a bad porter...smell was light coffee aroma, with taste following suit with a decnt mouthfeel...a bit on the light side, but very drinkable. The head was not as impressive as it could have been, but color was very nice. A nice, sipping porter that I am drinking as I watch the Sox go for a playoff berth.

09-26-2003 00:23:00 | More by edchicma
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

22 oz. bomber, notched 10/03. This time our intrepid brewers have harnessed up some horses and a wagon and are hauling away a few kegs. Hopefully they're heading west towards Albany. Deep, almost opaque red/brown, with a tan head that quickly settles to a persistent lace. Aroma of yeast, bread, and coffee. I want breakfast NOW, dammit!!

Big & round - a truly exceptional, almost velvety, creamy mouthfeel. No, I've never eaten velvet. The flavor is dominated by a coffee-like aspect that lasts from start to finish. The coffee is being served with a roasted toffee nut roll stuffed with raisins and figs, and a side of earthy hops over on the next table. I enjoyed this greatly. Not at all a hoppy porter, and somewhat one dimensional because of that, but a very sippable brew. This may take over for Shakespeare Stout at our annual golf outing for our 8 AM tee-off brew. We'll save the Shakespeare for the turn.

07-13-2003 21:08:18 | More by sponberg
Photo of far333


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Never even heard of this stuff until I saw it in the store. No notch cut out of the label's freshness scale. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black, with a light brown foamy head of different sized bubbles. The head leaves quickly, but leaves nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is a little light, but I can detect roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a smell that is tough to describe, but almost smells like beach sand. Taste is very malty, with hints of coffee and currant, and a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is round and creamy. The only bad thing about this beer is that I only bought one bomber.

06-20-2003 20:02:30 | More by far333
Photo of Murph


4/5  rDev +2%

Pours an extremely dark brown with just hints of light able to get through and keeping it from being totally black, creamy brown head sinks quickly to a thick film. Big roasted malt aromas with hints of burnt malt as well, slight dark chocolate tones as well with a nice bittersweetness. Mellow dark roasted/chocolate malts open up the flavor aspects of this beer. A nice chocolate flavor carries through from start to finish gently giving way to a nicely, just bitter enough coffee aspect towards the finish. Nicely bitter finish that lingers slightly on the tongue. Smooth on the tongue with a nice medium body that just makes this brew very drinkable. A very easy drinking beer that you don't have to think too hard about. Great session brew.

05-09-2003 14:06:15 | More by Murph
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Got this bad boy in a growler. It poured a nice ruby black with a small fuzzy head. The smell hints at a chocolate presence. Whoah, big full bodied mouthfeel on this one. The chocolate notes are there, accompanied by a bitter and dry background. The finish comes off more roasty. It's a delicious beer and it's almost like you're having a meal. I originally intended to drink the full growler in one sitting, but 3/4 of the way done I realized that wasn't happening. In other words, this beer sits as heavy in your stomach as any I can remember. Still a pretty good porter though.

03-09-2003 06:20:27 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of paceyourself


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

This 22oz. bottle poured dark brown with a hint of red around the edges. A small tight beige head slowly fades but holds nicely to the sides of the glass as you drink. Mild toffee and caramel aroma is pleasant but not strong enough. An incredible silky smooth mouthfeel helps this porter/stout just slide down your throat. The soft malty taste turns to burnt coffee then a mild bitterness balances it out very easily. Overall a moderate tasting brew thats extremely smooth and very drinkable.

01-20-2003 17:00:36 | More by paceyourself
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

01-13-2003 19:52:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Gusler


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

01-10-2003 16:06:36 | More by Gusler
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a very dark shade of brown with a quarter inch head. The smell is malty with a hint of chocolate. The taste is very smooth, sweet & a bit robust. I noticed that others didn't really like this beer. I actually think that it is very nice. I have had better but still it is solid in my opinion.

11-29-2002 14:58:30 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Thrasher


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

A very tasty porter, black with dirty cream head that stuck, milky aroma that reeked of freshness. Got this bottle in the Berkshires for 2.95. Don't know if this is fresher than the others but I sure like it more than most people seemed to. I liked it better on the cooler side, too, not as deliciously bitter as it approached room temperature, although this could also be due to the beer flattening out in the glass over the course of being drunk. It's a big bottle and the first pour is inevitably the best (unlike some Belgians that like to "breathe"). Burnt malts, reminiscent of coffee with trademark BB hops giving appetizing twist and lactic quality. Went splendidly with both shrimp cocktail and barbeque chicken - no mean feat in my book. Definite thumbs up from me, not sure why others aren't as enthusiastic.

06-30-2002 16:32:33 | More by Thrasher
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New York

2.3/5  rDev -41.3%

M is from the Berkshires and loves porter so she jumped right on this one. What a disappointment. Looked great, nice and dark, thick head. But then the taste - bland, bitter and just plain unforgettable. AND the darn thing cost 10 bucks at Mahar's in Albany. Yes, it was a big bottle but jeeze.

06-26-2002 05:52:04 | More by MTMugs
Photo of beernut7


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Not a great porter, but not bad. Nice color and body. Head didn't stick around too long. Strongest flavors came directly from the dark malts with little help form the hops. All in all not a bad simple porter.

05-03-2002 18:32:37 | More by beernut7
Photo of Todd


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

Near black in colour with brown edges. Nice tan cream lace, with some retention. Light grain aromas, touch of caramel. Tight carbonation that tingles the palate. Flavour has a semi-astringent roasted bite to it that blends with a faint citric hop character. Malt includes some "day old coffee" flavour, caramel, touch of fruitiness. Finish is crisp and dry.

A bit one dimensional, not too bad though and at least worth a try if you're into Berkshire beers.

02-03-2002 22:20:35 | More by Todd
Photo of UmmmOk


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

This is certainly a satisfying beer and well worth the measly couple of bucks I paid for it. It is not as complex as other Berkshire Brewery beers I've tasted, but it does have strong hints of mollases and a dark color for such a light and drinkable beer. My nose is a bit stuffed and I would hesitate to say much more at the moment. More to follow...

11-30-2001 22:44:21 | More by UmmmOk
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Presentation: 22oz brown. Two brewers riding on a horse drawn carriage with barrels of porter in the back. Looks like fun!

Appearance: Tan, chunky head that sticks all over the glass. Black amber in colour.

Smell: Dark roasted malt with a coffee like whiff.

Taste: Slight roasted malt flavour that runs a bit watery. Loads of roasted bitterness brings this to the dry side. Notes of astringency - from the mass quantities of black malt?

Notes: Not a bad brew, however, the sour bitterness from the black malt might overwhelm too much. Seems to get better as it warms up. Serve between cellar and room temperature.

12-04-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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