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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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346 Ratings

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.03/5  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.

Photo of bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Marty's.

A: Pours jet black with a half finger caramel colored head that leaves great lace down the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel and chocolate malts and a faint fruit aftertaste--maybe raisins or prune.

T: Tastes of chocolate and caramel with a slight dark fruit in there.

M & D: Mouthfeel is silky smooth--very nice. Not very heavy but well balanced. Not very carbonated, but not flat--very middle of the road. this is a very drinakable porter, and would like to try it on tap or in a bottle as it might be a tad fresher. I might just finish the growler myself...

Photo of akahn
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour's a dark brown with ruby hues. A moderate brown head of tight bubbles. A good deal of lacing.

Smells of chocolate and prunes.

Tastes rich and juicy. Very smooth, with mild carbonation. Milk chocolate and slightly bittersweet in the finish. The feel and taste remind me of root beer. Notes of dark, sweet fruit.

I enjoyed this beer and the bomber went down easily with some help from my girlfriend over Law & Order. Recommended.

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Company Drayman's Porter
22 oz brown bottle
Freshness calender on the side of the label, but nothing is notched
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a dark brown and black mix. Interesting reddish orange highlights on the bottom of the beer. Massive fluffy light brown colored head floats on top.

Whiffs of Spanish olives, chocolate and malt.

Smooth malty porter with flavors of powder chocolate and sweet cream. A nice feature on the finish with a roasted, bitter coffee snap. The roasted malt presence is chewy on the tongue.

A solid porter with a nice drinkability level.

Photo of waughbrew
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light black color with a big retentive sticky head that is a little too soap-sudsy but pretty anyway. Smells like the top crust of a fresh bread that had just started to burn. Cocao and vegetal too. Whoa, this beer is damn thick and fudgy. Dirt with grassy and metallic notes. Bitter is there all the way through. Black coffee and ash. Finish is long and tar-like. Coating and morphing. There is certainly the burnt malt acidic bite, but enough sweeter malt present to pull it off. A bit sizzly and bitter and leaves the tongue dry. A well-made beer that is not necessarily easy to drink, but is complex, interesting, and good.

Photo of Hagbard
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, nearly opaque beer with a huge tan head forms after pouring into an imperial pint glass. The head quickly fades to a thin film, but leaves nice lacing down the sides of the glass. When held up to the light the opaque surface lets some light in on the sides, revealing ruby highlights. The aroma brings a strong blast of chocolate settled between nice malt profiles. The taste begins with a bit of chocolate. A malty sweetness comes along for the ride. In the background I detect a tinniness. During the swallow and after the swallow, the hops assert themselves but never come to the forefront. It may have been the baked beans I was eating beforehand, but I also thought I picked up abit of smokiness lying in the background. This is a fantastic porter with all the elements I expect in one. BBC is a great little brewery that makes consistently solid brews that are ideal examples of their respective styles.

Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy head and some lace. There is a little nutty sweetness at first in the aroma. Then the chocolate builds in and there is a hint of coffee in the background. You get some prickly carbonation around the edge of your tongue. The flavor starts with a little sweet milk chocolate character that moves smoothly to a sharp coffee finish.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at RedBones.

This porter poured a very deep, dark brown color with tan foam that quickly settled. The smell was roasted malt, a touch of dark caramel, and a hint of sweetness. The taste was roasty malty with a bit of coffee and caramel malt, and low bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and low carbonation feel. The roasted malt and coffee flavors lingered lightly in the aftertaste. This was a good porter.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a toulip glass. A dark black beer with no light getting thru. A beige/tan head a good three fingers thick that melted away to about 1 finger. Some sparse lacing.

Smell: deep dark chocolate. Roasted malt, black coffee and expresso. Deep burnt malty smell.

Roasted chocolate flavor and strong burnt black coffee. Slight alcoholic kick with each sip, but no overpowering. Malty and dark flavors but surprisingly light body. Well balanced between all flavors.

Well carbonated and only a mild body. Rather surprising on the latter, the smell is indicative of something heavier.

Very drinkable and tasty. Expecting and would have liked something a little thicker. I prefer their coffee porter, but this one is not bad.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of this. Decided to pair it with a barbeque pulled beef sandwich that I made and it went great with it. Beautiful pour into a 24 oz. mug. Perfect amount of head which was tan and frothy. Let some nice lacing down the sides of the mug. Great smelling stuff as well. Strong nutty aroma and roasted malts. A touch of hop bitterness to round it out. Upon tasting, a strong coffee flavor stood out above others, but there was terrific balance between the malts and the hops. Nice, smooth mouthfeel and goes down very easily. A very enjoyable beer and one of the best porters I have tried to date. Highly recommended.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep maroon with some black tints. Rather large foamy brown/tan head forms and leaves some scattered pockets of lace.
Aroma is a mix of black chocolate malt, mild roasted coffee and juicy, citrus hops, very distinct and difference notes.
Flavor of coffee, some light chocolate and a distinctly floral and citrus hop note, so much so that I would use the term sour and tart. A little overboard on the citrus piece for me.
Mouthfeel was bitter yet more on the citrus side that seemed a tad out of place for the style.
Drinkability was decent but just could not get past the heavy does of citrus injected into a standard porter.

Photo of twelvsies
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Spring Jam, my last one at college. There's a beer garden... kind of rocks. So I think it would be even better if not consume in the early afternoon, but regardless it is a solid porter. Dark brown color, nice big foamy head, pretty standard. I haven't had their coffee house porter, but this seemed to smell pretty strongly of brewing coffee and some bitter hops, along with some roasty chocolate malts. I love the roasted burnt bitter taste that comes out in the taste... balances out the sweetness. Nice full mouthfeel. A solid session beer and another quality offering from BBC.

Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BBC seems to do these darker beers better than some of the other lighter colored beers I have had by them. This one is a nice, lower alcohol version of the Imperial stout. Dark roasted malt, smooth, some chocolate and caramel. There is definitely a milder smell and taste than the IS but it is excellent nonetheless.

Photo of deejaydan
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Secret Santa BIF. Pours Dark, opaque, with some ruby highlights. Large frothy head on pour, settles down to a nice compact sustainable head. Nice lacing on the glass too. Taste is of chocolate malt and roasted malt, with a hint of hop spice in the first taste. I don't get a ton of aroma off of this beer though. I think this comes close to Ed Fitz from Great lakes or Arcadia London Porter. Could be a touch thicker in the mouthfeel. Very good porter in my book.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate with a nice head of espresso foam. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and more! Taste is chocolate-like with caramel hints and roasted malt notes. Mouthfeel is porter-like and thick and drinkability is good as well. A damn fine porter.

Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought at the brewery.

In a word: Scrumptious.

Pours a rich coffee brown with a thick creamy tan head. Head lasts a good while and left lace to the last drop.

Smells of coffee, caramel, malt and hints of floral hops.

Taste was well balanced with a lean to the malt. Some coffee, some caramel and some fruity yeast notes.

Mouthfeel was full and rich with abundant carbonation.

A very drinkable porter.

Photo of cooter
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest black color with small-bubbled, smooth head of cream color. A beaut. Can't smell enough with this cold, but I think I recognized some hazelnut and caramel scents. Lovely taste, smooth coffee, toffee, and nut, with an excellent and pronounced malt/hop balance; both are solidly recognizable. Damn I love local craft brews.

Thick and heavy on the mouthfeel, as appropriate. Small sips were exciting exercises in minute taste, but large gulps are very easy, too. There is a gratifyingly noticable lack of an overthick, cloying aftertaste usually found in porters I've had. Excellent texture. A beautiful stab at the style, very nice.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with crimson highlights if held to a light, has a one finger head with good retention and average lacing for a porter. The aroma is of roasted malt with some hints of coffee in the background. The taste is of caramel, roasted malt and coffee. It has a dry bitter bitter citrus hop finish and is very crisp and drinkable.

Reflection: I like to buy local beers and I love porters, Berkshire has made a very good porter that will keep me going back to them.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Double deuce browner. Drayman’s Porter. (American style) Confusing magic marker swipe on Jan and “purchase before month notched. That means nothing!

Beautious brown opaque pour into an apropos Beamish nonic pint glass with a few scant bubbles sticking to the glass while allowing glints of violet purple peeking through under a tacky spotty khaki head cap. Excellent head retention leaving lattice lace. Second pour was a mountain of khaki “crater of the moon” surface.

The most delicate toasted pumpernickel scents that just decry “porter!” Even some sweet Turbinado sugar nose and vanilla maltiness.

First Swigs: Toasted cocoa. Sweet powdery cocoa flavors. Somewhat bittering essence. Malts are quite present. Some chocolatey notes.

Gritty powdery feel. Rough but quite drinkable, like a milkshake. Becomes a bit cloying and grainy towards the finish.

Last Swigs: Cocoa powder gritty Vanilla. Sorta one dimensional, but what a cheap porter and tasty! Wow 6.2 % ABV! Undetectable.
*** Beer bargain alert *** $3.99 from my friend JBWs from Millis, MA.

Beer is good. Happy Porter beering.

Photo of danadeny
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice black body, very nice light brown head that is small and bubbly. The smell is a light roasted malt, fresh. The overall flavor is light. Dont confuse that with weak though. Very smooth roasted malt, like a Guinness with balls. Little hop finish, very clean, and no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, clean, and evaporates nicely on the tongue. Drinkability is insanely smooth.

Photo of steinlifter
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour:This poured almost jet black, but held up close to the light you can see a deep amber at the bottom, lovely thick brown head, which left lacing all the way through
smell:toasted malt, coffee notes .
taste: fruity almost cherry taste,giving away to toasted malts and coffee on the aftertaste, delicious full taste!
mouthfeel: creamy, medium carbonation, chewy on the end, very good.
drinkability: awesome stuff! could drink this all the time, is tasteing real nice on this cold Autumn night! recommended!

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle notched with "buy-before" date of May. No year.

Opaque black chocolate under a tall creamy mocha head. Rings and trails on the glass.

Sweet malta goya scent.

Smoke up front upon a chocolatey body that trails off into sweetness. No sign of hops.

Prickly fizz. Light body. Easy to knock back.

Pure and simple: a straightforward porter, no question about it. I'd keep a bottle of this around as a good example.

Photo of BillyBrew
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing gets me excited like a tall, dark and sticky lady (or 22oz porters for that matter)!

Nice super dark, not black, porter tone. Very fine, tan head that poured thick and left a thin, solid cap on top with cloudy splotches down the sides.

Big roasted-malt nose, kinda carmelly.

I am tasting a pretty big, roasted malt that is followed by a carmel sweetness. A shade short of burnt, but may be covered by its sweetness.

Very smooth, medium body that is crisp for its sweetness. Finishes dry with hardly any lingering.

Nothing remarkable for this sweeter-than-dry porter. Just solid porter goodness. I type 'sweet' an awful lot, but this would make a fine session brew.

Photo of ppoitras
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.