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Drayman's Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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very good

306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998)
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 21:20:00 | More by TMoney2591
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. sampled aug 1/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. lightly toasted mulit-grain bread. bit of biscuit. caramel and a bit of toffee. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of coffee and milk chocolate. dark toasted mulit-grain bread. biscuit. touch of cracker. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. caramel. hint of lactic character.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced. a tasty porter!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 03:05:20 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:45:31 | More by Viggo
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark with some amber/brown highlight; thick, tan head leaves perfect sticky rings down the glass.

S- Faint burnt and toasted malts.

T- Burnt malts throughout the taste but a great balanced between the bitter and sweet aspects from the burnt malt. Notes of dark chocolate come through as well.

M- Medium body with a smooth feel and a pretty crisp finish.

D- Smooth drinking porter; very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 14:44:18 | More by TommyW
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App - a strong black color with just a touch of brown in the head

Smell - subtle burnt chocolate, appealing

Taste - A sudden sweetness that fades quickly leaving a nice burnt roast flavor behind

Mouthfeel - a little thin

Drinkability - easy drinking goes down nice a growler seems like a snack.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2010 23:20:15 | More by jopper
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color, with some nice garnet highlights around the edges and a good light brown head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes like a nice roasty porter, with some coffee and just a hint of hops. Eminently drinkable, this one goes down easy. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 05:00:01 | More by emmasdad
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It has a really nice color to it. It looks black until you hold it to the light. Once you do that it's a very dark brown, kind of a mahogany highlight in the middle of it, the edges remain pretty dark. While pouring it it has a nice dark frothy head that's darker than most porters that I've had, similar to a chocolate or coffee milk color. While being poured it almost looks like it has a Guinness nitro effect, very nice looking. The smell is good, very malty. Has a very chocolaty aroma to it. The smell is good, but not very complex. The taste is very good, like the smell, it's very malty and chocolaty. With all of the chocolate malts it reminds me more of a stout than a porter, but it's still very tasty. Not much of a hop presence in this porter. Chocolate is really the dominant taste, it has more of a chocolate taste than a lot of porters and stouts that have "chocolate" or "mocha" in the name. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied. The hops are detected more here than in the taste. It's a good drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:31:59 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish black, with beige head, okay lacing.

S: Roasted malts, almost burnt smelling, hint of chocolate.

T: Kind of lacking in the flavor department. Definitely some roasted malts, like the nose, burnt tasting to a degree. A little bitterness and cocoa along with it.

M: Smooth, but too thin for my liking.

D: With an ABV a little above 6%, it is easy to drink, but a bomber or pint is all I'd really want.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 22:47:47 | More by mostpoetsdo
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New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bomber, $3.89 from Manchester Discount Beverages, Manchester VT. If this is any good, it's a heckuva bargain. Poured into my favorite chilled O'Douls pint glass.

Dark brown/black brew shows mahogany highlights against a bright light. Frothy rootbeer float head, 1-2 fingers settles to a mass of large bubbles. Pretty complex and appealing nose- coffee, light caramel, vanilla, semi-sweet. More rugged aromas of smoke, bitter chocolate, and stronger coffee arise as it warms and breathes. Taste not as good as I was expecting, kind of musty murky muddy, mostly smoke and bitter green oak. None of the sweet vanilla or caramel notes detected in the nose. Mouthfeel is good and thick, finish is dry with a moderate dose of alcohol present. Drinkability is disappointingly low. I was delighted by the smell and that led me to a big let down with the taste. Meh. :/

Toward the end of the pint the taste really became overwhelmingly bad, like bitter coffee vomit. I dumped the rest. Life is too short to drink crummy beer, especially when there's better stuff in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 23:10:04 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a pint of very dark brown brew, with a one finger light brown foamy head. Head stuck around for about 1/4 of the pint.

Decent aromas here of french-roast coffee, some bitter chocolate, some sweet roasted malt.

My rating dropped a bit because of some off elements, particularly a bit of sourness toward the end. You have all of the elements you'd hope for. Coffee, charred maltiness, some light sweetness fighting thru, and nothing that gets in the way of the other flavors. Nice balance. But then you get a couple of rough edges. It had ok carbonation and good body, but the dips in the flavor are what limited my enjoyment of the pint. Almost as if this was really decent homebrew that needed some tweaking. It was on tap, and the only porter on tap. Still worth the try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 13:18:13 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B. Poured into a 13 oz chalice for 5 bucks... that sucks.

A - Beige head, A few shades shy of black.

S - Roasted malt - Not a ton going on here

T - Toasted malt, some underlying hoppy bitterness to balance it out the taste.

M - Crisp, well balanced.

D - Fresh BBC - always pretty drinkable and this one follows the formula. A nice porter here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 18:55:27 | More by DNICE555
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber into Tulip

A- Black with a little bit of brown in the light but not much. Small very thin white head that left a fair amount of lacing but nothing crazy.

S- Roasted malts up fornt with a good coffee and sweet chocolate backround. Smells pretty amazing haha

T- Once again real great tasting malts with a bitter coffee that fights the sweetness of the faint milk or dark chocolate. Almost got a molasses taste but very faint. Might just be me. As it warms the alcohol comes out a pretty decent amount, but definitely not unbearable.

M- Medium bodied porter that leaves a dryer bitter mouthfeel that is pretty average for it's style. Definitely decently drinkable.

This is a great porter from BBC, nothing to crazy and amazing but if your looking for a solid porter, this is your beer. Good job BBC!


Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 06:21:39 | More by Arenbeer
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber to a taster glass.

A: A shade or two south of black with a big bubbly head.

S: Malty and smoky nose, but not much else to it.

T: A little more to it than the average porter. Smoky, but smooth, not overwhelmed at all by alcohol. Just a nice medium body brew.

M/D: Smooth and easy to drink, and the body makes it worth the drink.

This is the kind of beer that makes me rethink porters...worth another shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 02:19:56 | More by Jesstyr
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22 oz bottle poured into shaker glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a frothy beige head that holds up well. Lots of lacing down the side as well. Just a teeny hint of ruby red on the edges but overall dark dark brown

Smell: Strong aroma of darky chewy malts and just a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Begins very sweet with a nice chewy malty flavor. Chocolate and caramel and a little bit of fruit flavor. Finishes with a tinge of bitter hops. There's also a kind of lingering dry ashy husky flavor, but nothing unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: mmm so smooth with just the right amount of subdued carbonation. Maybe a tad on the thin side as it goes down.

Overall: very solid delicious porter, right on the money in terms of style in my opinion. A great comfort beer and one that I will definitely be revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 00:34:03 | More by nhopkin
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler for $7.99 + dep at Blanchards in WR for New Years Eve consumption. Poured into standard pint glasses. Dark brown color, and a pretty heavy tan head. Wasn't too sure if carbonation would hold up in a growler, but it did. Milky, almost hot cocoa-like smell. Taste was intense but smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee up front, and roasted malt on the palate. Both the smell and the taste were a bit sweet. Middle of the road mouthfeel; just thick enough for me. Easily drinkable, would not have guessed 6.2% abv. This was a nice beer to start a cold night off with, and I was surprised how fast this jug disappeared.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2010 14:40:30 | More by morebeergood
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good body, dark brown almost black in color. An off-white head with solod lacing throught drinking it. I always appreciate a beer with hints of chocolate and coffee flavors. I'd love to try it on tap sometime, Consumed on 12/30/09...Top Notch Beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:56:02 | More by TGArnold
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 18:02:06 | More by mikesgroove
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear black with magenta highlights with a thin white head. Great retention leaves several lace rings at regular intervals like my beer is wearing one of those striped rugby shirts--but the rugby shirt would be made of foam. I really like Berkshire's caps by the way.

Roast malt, instant coffee, and Ovaltine aroma. Smooth and lightly roasted with that "nutty sour" porter thing at the end. Clean and balanced=drinkability city.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:26:05 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a and pumped cask.

Pours a dark black with a thin almost nonexistent head. Nose is very sweet and malty.

Taste is really sweet as well. a bit too much so for me and I think it hurts the drinkability quite a bit. It's pretty creamy and smooth with some nice roasty bitterness to finish it off.

Serving type: cask

11-28-2009 15:22:10 | More by kingcrowing
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer - nice color, body - very drinkable.

It has more of a burnt coffee flavor and bitterness than I was expecting but it's still pretty balanced.

If given my choice, I'd probably take their Imperial Stout over the Porter. To me, it has a better flavor and body.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 16:14:59 | More by msolar
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2009 18:26:31 | More by jlindros
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a one finger head that retains decently and has a nice tan color. Smell to me is weak here, straight up malts with a tiny bit of hopa. The roasty and darker notes seem to be missing. I can pick up some chocolate. Taste is solid. Lots of dark chocolate, roasty sugary malts, some coffee and a tiny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the taste, medium bodied. There is an oily texture to it because of the low carbonation. Drinkability is nice, great taste, good growler price, no off flavors or high alcohol taste. This might be my go to porter from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 22:10:21 | More by cbutova
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cakanator for shipping me a bomber of this in a summertime trade. Split with my lovely wife.

Pours a very dark brown, light penetrates only around the periphery of the combat zone. Head is more like...weird globs of light-colored mold. Smell is dark roast & specks of coffee.

And I think Drayman's may be my new favorite porter. Yowza! The first swig is for the dark coffee & darker chocolate. The second is for the nice malts. The third (all taken in quick succession) is for the hops flashing in at the end giving me a fastball of bitter right at closing time. Zing! Right over the inside corner. All of which form a nice, cooperative conga line. Very nice.

Hits the spot, too, with a sweet, but zesty creaminess. But a rare dark beer that isn't filling at all.

Excellent beer. This, along with Berkshire's Lost Sailor IPA, should be guiding lights to the rest of their brewing philosophy.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 01:34:26 | More by maximum12
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful, beautiful porter. pours black with a slight tan head and a considerable amount of lacing on the glass. the smell gives off a smoked chocolate, roasted coffee, malt. the taste is bitter, creamy, and surprisingly smooth for it's 6.2 % ABV. had this at The '6 Pub in Williamstown, MA where they had several Berkshire Brewing Co beers on tap and they were just so fresh. if you're in the area, check this pub and these beers out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 02:43:21 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a growler

This bee r poured a pitch black body with a thick bright off-white head.

Nose is extremely fresh with loads of fresh dark malts and dark roasted grain. Touches of brick, coffee, chocolate, cocoa all with a nice fresh dark sweetness. Extremely inviting.

Taste is medium bodied and smooth and very creamy at first. Very simple and straight forward with tons of classic Porter flavors. Very rich malt. Sweet with some very faint hints of fruit. Nice dark roasted and toasted malt and fresh grain flavors Very fresh grain flavors. A very strong chocolate, or even bakers chocolate comes to mind, but stays just enough below the malt to not be distracting. Hops are kept to a minimum never really showing it's face except to give a mild backbone to the malt, very little in the way of any hop flavors. Maybe just a touch of earth.

This beer is the very definition of session porter. I could drink it night and day. Very fresh, never over the top, lots of fresh dark roasted grains, but never astringent. This stuff is heaven in a 64oz growler. :-)

Serving type: growler

08-26-2009 21:29:44 | More by taez555
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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