Drayman's Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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88
very good
379 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshirebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
379
Reviews:
212
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
43
For Trade:
1
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Photo of florianfloc
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of MTMugs
2.34/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma has some faint roasty/coffee notes, but has a significant yeast character. It's a little much for this beer, with some noticeable diacetyl.

Flavor is a touch cleaner, with some fruity notes matching well with a gentle chocolate note. It could still use some cleaner yeast notes and a stronger malt base, though. The mouthfeel is dry, with a low level of carbonation fits a porter well. Overall, a forgettable, slightly off tasting brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mike for sending me a bottle of this.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a bit of a red hue to it and an off-white head.

S: There is a bit of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, and some mild roasted malt aroma. Unfortunately, I also get a very stale aroma, particularly the cardboard sort of staleness.

T: A weird sugary, candy-like character that is sort of reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers. A moderate level of roasted malt and some bitter dark chocolate. A bit of the same cardboard and staleness on the palate as well.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This was unfortunately quite bad. Usually the Berkshire beers I've had are pretty decent, but this was not.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of acarroll413
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass

A- beautiful! a dark black color with a moderately thick tan head.

S- i smelled hops and nothing much more than that

T- not a big fan at all. i was hoping for a malty-black coffee like bitterness to it but all i was left with regular hops bitterness. not very delicious.

M- it was great in the mouth, nice and thick, well carbonated, but not as smooth as i had hoped.

D- i'm probably going to try the coffeehouse porter next, so i probably wont drink it again.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of LutherBrau
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of disemgrowler
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of WhiteLight68
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jbrumberg
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ncvbc
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Tan head that is fairly creamy with solid retention and some spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is rich and sweet up front, followed by a roast and bitterness. Some creamy chocolate and a touch of coffee. Citric hops. Taste has a little much cocoa and chocolate syrup essence. Not in a thick or cloying way, just what it reminds me of. The bitterness is also pretty harsh and there is not a smooth transition from the sweetness to this. Just a dry, somewhat ashy roast drop off. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth and creamy up front. Silky and velvety but stinted by a dryness and bitter finish. It's really not bad but there are some things that distract me with this brew. Made it through the bomber but doubt I'd have any more than that. Decent Porter.

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Photo of travolta
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of gphelps70
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Very dark brown, almost opaque. A light tan foamy head slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy and spotty lacing.

Dark roasty malts with a little bit of hop twang.

Bitter malts with a little bit of hop bitterness. Towards the end, a metallic taste develops. Medium bodied and slightly acidic. The finish has roasty malts, a little bit of bitterness from the hops, and a metallic tinge.

All the classic elements of a porter, but I'm a bit turned off by the matallic flavors in the end. Still, it isn't overwhelming making it a still decent beer. Try it for yourself.

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Photo of Kochiss
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of dfecteau
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wayne17
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Jeffreytmoore
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chou
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jopper
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 379 ratings.
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