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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

332 Ratings

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998)
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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.

francisweizen, Jan 22, 2005
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.

Citadel82, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of cooter
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

cooter, Dec 30, 2004
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.

Billolick, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Kookiekwan, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

blitheringidiot, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of danadeny
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

danadeny, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

steinlifter, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

gentlebubbles, Sep 16, 2004
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.

BillyBrew, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  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.

ppoitras, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mschofield, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of mydeadguy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mydeadguy, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of travolta
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

travolta, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Stimack, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of scottum
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

scottum, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jason, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

edchicma, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

sponberg, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

far333, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Murph, May 09, 2003
Photo of Hhawk06
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Hhawk06, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of paceyourself
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

paceyourself, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Gusler, Jan 10, 2003
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.