Drayman's Porter
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Porter - American
Ranked #177
Ranked #14,005
3.93 | pDev: 9.67%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
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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sponberg from New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Jul 13, 2003
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown body with a beautiful brown frothy head that leaves a lot of lacing and retention. Nice looking brew.

Aromas are light grainyness and coffee, not very potent and I'm straining to get a good analysis. Smells like Guinness.

On the tongue is a light coffee and chocolate with a dry bitterness on the finish. A little watery in both mouthfeel and taste. Low carbonation.

Decent, easy drinker. Subtle flavors but they're there.

Feb 14, 2016
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Mini4x from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Jul 06, 2014
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kirkse from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Sep 20, 2013
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Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dec 04, 1998
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DirtybeerguyRI from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Thick, off-white head that stacks up about a finger deep and dissipates slowly. There's a nice, thin lacing. The beer itself is very dark, but not black. If you look close, it's got an almost ruby hue.

SMELL: Hearty burnt malts and a bit of coffee, perhaps. It's a very warm, earthy-smelling beer. Not a complex aroma, but very nice.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp but viscous. Ultimately, this is a very smooth, medium-bodied porter that goes down easily. What more could you ask of any beer? The light carbonation feels good on the tongue.

TASTE: You'll get hint of burnt malts chased by a mellow sweetness that keeps the bitterness at bay. Ultimately, a very nicely balanced beer with a lot of warm coffee and caramel tones. The finish is tight and a little bitter.

DRINKABILITY: This is a nice, warm porter with a great taste that does not overwhelm. At 6.2% ABV, the alcohol content doesn't hit very hard. I could drink several of these as a session beer.

VERDICT: Another great beer from Berkshire Brewing Company! I didn't find this to be an incredibly complex beer, which is perhaps why I liked it so much. It's an earthy, warm porter that's got a fair amount of burnt hops, coffee, and caramel flavors all blended together without a great deal of bitterness. This beer goes down very smoothly.

John Harvey

May 06, 2011
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Todd from California

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 03, 2002
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prisdefer from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 10, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Dec 01, 2003
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Krakistophales from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a tan head that creates some interesting bubblework as it recedes

S: Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, slight roast, woody smokiness, and earthy hops

T: At first, a mild mixture of dark fruit, which quickly finishes with a coffee and hops bitterness and a slight wood dryness. Rather tasty.

O: This is a pretty good porter. I'm new to the style, but they seem to just be mild stouts, which in itself can't be a bad thing. I've had better, but this is still quite tasty. This might just be the one that opens me up to berkshire brewing, which I've seen plenty of times at the store and always passed up.

Aug 05, 2011
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Murph from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

May 09, 2003
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paxchristi from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter and served at 50 degrees. Best by date says "use by 8/11/11." Thanks to Andrew61923 for this one.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with about 1/2 finger of creamy khaki head that dissipates quickly but leaves a silky blanket at the top once it does. Hardly opaque but very dark. Looks stout-like somewhat. Clings to the glass tightly. At the curves, the brown is more obvious and is a bit lighter than the rest of the body. Pretty good looking porter.

Nose: Coffees, chocolates, dark roasted malts, and some hoppy notes as well. About par for a porter-- but pretty good.

Taste: Nose justifies the taste. I catch a hint of something subtly fruity and or "bubblegummy" in the distance-- which is weird for this style. The skill of balancing moderately bodied chocolates and coffees to produce a subtle and yet skillfully crafted porter is what I get out of it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Creamy, well-balanced, smooth, and a delight in the mouth. Beautifully done. A person could drink this brew all evening. The drinkability is amazingly high for a porter.

Overall: Nothing particularly blows me away about this beer, but I'm very glad I got to try it. I must admit, however, that my biggest downfall as a critic is that I tend to be underwhelmed by certain styles-- especially porters. I'd drink this one again for sure, but its nothing I'd go out of my way for. My favorite thing about this brew is its classic porter taste with an obscure subtle note of bubblegum that actually works quite well. The craft on this brew is definitely skillful, but at the end of the day, I just don't think it will be all that memorable.

Thanks to Andrew61923 for including it as an extra! My first Connecticut beer.

Oct 14, 2011
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kw_pip from Vermont

4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Oct 13, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite porter's. Pours an inky black with red tinged edges and a tight tan head. Smell is roasted malt with a bit of chocolate. Smooth taste of roasted malt with hints of cocoa, and just a slight hop presence to mitigate the slight sweetness.
Very tasty brew!

Sep 18, 2006
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codon2004 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 29, 2011
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft on-tap at Chandler's in Deerfield, MA, pours a two-finger light tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Baked chocolate nose. Black color with hints of mahogany. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Flavor is sweetish baked chocolate. $5.25 for a pint.

Nov 30, 2008
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joeroma5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2015
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

May 03, 2002
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ErrandWolfe from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Jul 18, 2012
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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MTMugs from New York

2.34/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Jun 26, 2002
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2016
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UmmmOk from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

Nov 30, 2001
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Ajlvt from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mar 03, 2012
Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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