Drayman's Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Drayman's PorterDrayman's Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-1998

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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 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 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 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 Todd
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- brown dark with minimal head... Nice lacing hanging around!

Smell- not much smell... Roasted hints of barley

Taste- toasty and A bit fruity

Mouthfeel- smooth and very nice on the palette

Drinkability- very very drinkable!

Overall a really good beer for the price

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, split with BA CheckMate. Pours a nearly opaque black body with slight dark copper brown highlights. Toast and dark chocolate comprise the aroma. Dark chocolate, toast, with a good fruity note - raisins, pear, and banana. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Overall, I'm not blown away by this beer. There's too many things going on but not harmoniously. Could afford to be cleaned up a bit - more robust roasty and toasty flavor would be great. Still not a bad beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light black color with a big retentive sticky head that is a little too soap-sudsy but pretty anyway. Smells like the top crust of a fresh bread that had just started to burn. Cocao and vegetal too. Whoa, this beer is damn thick and fudgy. Dirt with grassy and metallic notes. Bitter is there all the way through. Black coffee and ash. Finish is long and tar-like. Coating and morphing. There is certainly the burnt malt acidic bite, but enough sweeter malt present to pull it off. A bit sizzly and bitter and leaves the tongue dry. A well-made beer that is not necessarily easy to drink, but is complex, interesting, and good.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of BlueHammer
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a near-black, almost completely opaque, with reddish tones. There was a two-finger foamy, creamy tan head that had staying power. The smell is nutty and slightly hoppy with a hint of coffee. As I drank the beer, the lacing remained on the glass.

The taste is woody, it leaves a hoppy taste in the mouth. There is a slightly bitter taste, like black coffee. The beer starts smooth but it leaves a slightly abrasive feeling on the tongue. I detected carbonation as I swallowed the beer.

The beer tasted a little better as it sat and got a little warmer.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber marked (10/05/10) thanks to pabs311.
A: Dark reddish brown, poured with a nice creamy tan head that died to a strong film and collar.
S: A nice coconut creamy milk chocolate with roasted pecans and a banana peel sugar cookie.
T: Stronger vanilla and creamy coconut milk than expected, with less of a roast that comes off like milk chocolate and, again, sugar cookie. There is a lingering slight bourbon vanilla alcohol.
M: Creamy with light carbonation.
D: Really good.

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Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown with a big, chunky head of thick milk shake froth. Faintly roasted light cocoa aroma...reminds me of chocolate milk. Solid malty flavor, lightly roasted chocolate sweetness. Pretty full bodied with not a whole lot of carbonation. A simple but well-made porter.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a deep, dark-tan head with little to no retention. The color was a ruby-red with good clarity. The nose was a bit light with some roasty notes but nothing of great merit. The mouthfeel was medium and smooth with a pleasant cocoa and charcoal mix of flavors on the tongue. The finish was more chocolate than anything else. It was quite tasty and would be a good beer for the fall.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours a dark brown with a tan creamy head.

S. Roasted malt with a sour note.

T. Roasty with some coffee flavors that I also picked up in the Imperial Stout (although it surprisingly had more of the roasted and coffee flavors).

M. Medium with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable; I finished the glass long before I realized how little I had left. Quite good, especially for the price.

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Photo of Liquids
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather black and can't get any lamplight through this dark pour, with scant carbonation. The rousing pour yields a mere 1 and 1/2 finger head that is an odd yellow-tan hue that is hurting the appearance score here. Aroma is sweet malt, light hops, and english in style with a little american-tyle aroma due to type (not amount) of hops certainly not being noble...but otherwise mostly an english porter type of aromas here. Taste is light english porter. Not ultra smooth, but smooth enough with a creamy roastiness. As it warms a definite bubblegum flavor emerges from the yeast, espcially in the final bit from the bottle when the yeast is roused. Low on hops and spicy if any, and a subtle caramel aearthiness followed by the charcoal porter finish. Subtle as opposed to complex in flavors, but drinkable. Mouthfeel is strikingly creamy. Just right on the carbonation, no burn but not flat, very cask like in the mouthfeel. Overall I'm glad I tried it, but on this bottle alone I may not be driving even a moderate distance north to get more BBC, despite the fair price.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from BennyL1 (thanks Ben). Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown with a huge 3 inch creamy brown head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Smell of dark chocolate, mocha and coffee. It's a fairly light scent. Some sweet dark fruit smell as well.

T - The taste is quite like the smell. It is also light. You definitely get the coffee/mocha/chocolate but it is not an aggressive taste. If you don't like big imperials this taste will do you well. Just a touch of sweetness lingers. Nice roastiness.

M - Light bodied and a tad thin. Decent carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

D - I would say this makes a nice session beer. You cant even detect the alcohol.

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