Drayman's Porter
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #197
Ranked #15,779
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
May 07, 2022
Dec 04, 1998
Very Good
Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter
Notes: A very well balanced and full-bodied, dark ruby-brown ale, Drayman’s Porter is slightly sweet with notes of chocolate malt and mocha married to a delicate hop bitterness and flavor. Its complex aroma and smooth taste embody all that a dark beer should be. Enjoyed by itself or with a hearty meal, this robust Porter will satisfy. Don’t be afraid of the dark.
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Photo of Roy_Hobbs
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Color on the pour is a translucent light brown that reminded me of pouring a Coke. In the glass, it's a dark brown with some light getting through. Relatively minimal beige colored head that receded to a thin yet persistent cap. Aroma is relatively nondescript, with some light roasted malts and underlying notes of pumpernickel.

Taste largely follows the nose, with light roast, moderate bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly light and easy drinking. Overall while this doesn't jump out in any particular way, sometimes it's nice to just drink a simple, no frills beer. I'd gladly try again.

May 07, 2022
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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one, from his first NBS BIF #15 blast. 16oz can (no date) poured into 16oz tulip. Poured a nearly solid black color, some reddish-brown tint on the edges, with an inch-and-a-half of brown head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style; solid base grains, some light hops, a touch of roast, and maybe a hint of chocolate.

Fairly similar on the tongue, with the roast being notably more prominent.

The body was also what was expected, maybe just a touch thinner than usual, was smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, a nice easy quaffer.

Overall, a solid, enjoyable brew. Would probably be in rotation if local to me.

Apr 15, 2022
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

great price at Hanover Coop at Christmas, enjoyed with Salmon dinner.
a) Per spec, a little lace over a coffee black body, firm head, low carb.
s) chocolate, mocha and hop.
t) Adds some char, wood smoke and more smokey drying hop finish.
f) Right weighted low carb, a tad sweet.
o) Done right NE Porter.

Dec 29, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts


Berkshire is usually a good representation of classic styles, so I'm excited to see how they do with a classic, no-frills, American Porter. I had forgotten about this can in my fridge for a few months now, and I'm happy that I found it when I did, it's pretty old and it's exactly what I'm in the mood for tonight. Let's get into it

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of dark tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

I love the yeast expression in my Porters to be a least a bit fruity, and this one does exactly the job. I'm picking up on aromas of red grape, plum, light roast coffee, dark bread, milk chocolate, and caramel malt

It loses a bit of that nice fruitiness in taste, but that is likely from the age of the can. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting dark bread, toffee, lightly acidic coffee, raisin, and light caramel. The swallow brings notes of red grape, bready malt, dark toast, toffee, earthy hops, and milk chocolate

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth beer. Finishes lightly sticky with a nice balance

As I do with beers that are a bit on the older side, I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt overall. It was very good, and I'd love to try it again fresh

Dec 19, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Drayman’s Porter from Berkshire Brewing. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 12 oz can. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 30/10/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on can bottom “BORN ON 07/14/21”. Served at 49.2 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.7 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), nearly opaque.
Body – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent ruby.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, short retention, diminishing to a three to six mm undulating crown and a thin partial cap. Second pour produces a 1.2 cm cap.
Lacing – Fair. Band of tiny to small bubbles
Aroma – 4 – Initially toasted malt, slightly sweet, and weak dark chocolate and coffee, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Taste follows the nose but slightly bitter, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (6.2 % ABV, NOT marked on container but from website) taste or aroma. Moderate gastric warming and transitory esophageal burning. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 Overall, the taste is weaker than the nose, but the mild coffee bitterness has a long hangtime. Very sessionable.

Oct 30, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2021
3.53 by Mustela_Man from California on Aug 12, 2021
3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 07, 2021
4.03 by porterman66 from Massachusetts on Jan 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

22oz bottle from IMN0P

Nov 05, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brureview from Massachusetts

Poured a dark chocolate color with a 4F head in a Stone imperial pint glass.
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt.
Light body, but not thin.
Excellent deep chocolate, coffee, malty taste with a moderate hoppy finish.
One of the better American Porters.

Oct 29, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kw_pip from Vermont

Bottle. Nice flavor, malty and dark. Great finish. Slightly spicy. Medium body.

Oct 13, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a reddish brow nice ruby highlights when held to the light. Nice fluffy two finger light tan headthat falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is toasted malts, light coffee notes, toffee hints and weak chocolate notes and dark fruit hints. More like an old fashioned porter then the newer almost stout like ones some put out.

Taste is the nose toasted malts, toffee with lighter coffee and chocolate along with the dark fruit hints. Really smells and drinks like an old fashioned English Porter then an more normal darker American style. It's favorable and easy drinking and for me enjoyable a little different then I have been use to lately.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with carbonation that might be a touch too much for my tastes but far from fizzy.

Overall I am enjoying this even though it's not quite what I was expecting.

Sep 25, 2019
3.99 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Aug 13, 2019
3.94 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2019
4.02 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on Feb 02, 2019
4.04 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Nov 04, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Substantial beige head on the initial pour. Excellent lace coming in the form of webs and 3D spots. The color is deep ruby brown, but light passes easily through the center of the glass.

Semisweet chocolate nose. It's a bit like dark bread. I detect a bit of yeast, smoke and cream.

The flavor is dark and chocolatey. There's a touch of smoke like the smell. The body is thin but the carbonation is also muted. The finish is more malty and dry than the start. There's a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste along with the smoky chocolate.

Oct 13, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Aug 14, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Served in a glass at The '6 House Pub in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a ruddy hue in the light, sporting a persistent tan head with strong lacing.
S: Aromas largely of cocoa and molasses. Maltiness evident.
T: Toasty flavor with coffee predominating over caramel/molasses. Creamy. Strong tobacco bitterness offsets natural sweetness very well.
M: Medium bodied with strong and lasting effervescence
O: This was an enjoyable well designed American Porter. Would not hesitate to drink or serve to friends.

Apr 22, 2018
3.78 by Devonking from Massachusetts on Apr 06, 2018
3.38 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Apr 06, 2018
3.51 by bobstockwell from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2018
4 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Mar 26, 2018
4 by dextr24 from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2018
3.71 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Dec 31, 2017
3.71 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Dec 31, 2017
4.06 by bhawk1 from Georgia on Dec 23, 2017
5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2017
3.87 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 02, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

On tap at Uno’s, Shelbourne, VT. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown color with a slim bar pour’s kind of head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light stringy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a super hefty amount of bitter coffee beans and balanced with a decent sweet molasses - esque, perhaps syrupy sort of dark fruits. The taste took the bitter coffee and it came across fairly roasty. A semi-wet yet dark fruity aftertaste leads to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but still good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty good coffee porter.

Jun 21, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: opaque; dark brown, but crystal clear and mahogany if held up to the light; 1+ finger light brown head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain with a hint of milk chocolate in the background;

T: deeply roasted grain and coffee up front; the coffee stays while the roasted grain becomes milk chocolate in the middle; nice combination of coffee and chocolate on the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice, although I didn't pick up any hop character;

Jun 09, 2017
3.84 by williahd from Maine on Apr 22, 2017
3.75 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on Jan 13, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 25, 2016
3.93 by Ctb6582 from Maryland on Sep 10, 2016
4.04 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BCad from New Hampshire

L: Very dark-brown. Minimal light shines through and comes through almost blood red. Nice orange-white head and foam that coats the glass after taking a sip.

S: Pretty weak chocolate malt smell. Nothing hoppy or anything else interesting coming through to me to be honest.

T: Tastes as good as it looks. Clean drinking, and no frills. I like it. Chocolate malts for sure; the drink is pretty malt-centric as there are minimal other flavors coming through. You deffinitely catch a hoppy bite at the tail-end as well.

F: Nice. Creamy, smooth, and bubbly.

O: I would drink it again, but I have had better plain old semi-sweet porters without the flavors. would recommend picking up Berkshires Coffeehouse porter of this if they are side-by-side on the shelf. They are both good, but the coffeehouse is better! All in all, not bad at all and totally worth a try. It's not my favorite though.

Jul 11, 2016
4 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Mar 24, 2016
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Feb 28, 2016
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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