Drayman's Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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88
very good
379 Ratings
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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-done competetent porter, very smoothly done without rough or acidic edges. Malted and stout-like. Unpasterized and unfiltered fresh bottle from recent Massachusetts trip. Chocolate malt and balanced roastiness. Black with bubbles could be right off the tap, A must-try porter.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown with a thin tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell contained mostly chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a faint whiff of hops.

T: The taste is loaded with the flavor of coffee & chocolate. There a little bit of a hops background along with a mild warmth of alcohol. The after-taste is very sweet.

M: Very smooth, light-to-medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, finish is kind of sticky due to the rich sweetness.

D: Tasty with a decent kick, but a little too heavy to pound down a lot of it. This one is more of a sipper.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with some garnet highlights along the bottom and 2 fingers of creamy, light mocha colored head. Great looking layer of creamy retention that leaves some big lacing behind. The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, and a touch of floral hops.

The taste is a delicious blend of silky feeling chocolate and caramel sweetness, zippy coffee notes, and a small underpining of citrus character. Balance comes courtesy of a nice tingling hop profile in the back. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and completely easy feel.

An all around solid Porter that packs in some nice flavors to go along with an even nicer drinkibility. A tasty and refreshing offering from Berkshire.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bomber from ppotrias, Cheers pete!

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate in subtle amounts

T: Roasted malt, coffee, & dryness up front. Slight vanilla notes, light herbal hop bitterness, a bit of iron & nice cocoa presence as this warms. Finishes with nice chocolate sweetness, a smidge of toasty malt, coffee, & caramel

MF: Smooth, medium bodied with light carbonation. great balance for the style

Super drinkability, belies the 6.5% abv, one of the better porters I've had in a while

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 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 paulish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with freshness dating marked on the label, its a start but howabout including the year??, anyway pours allmost black, light around the edges only., respectable lacing, dark tan head. Malty, oat nose. Full bodied and flavored porter, malty initially then roasty, chocolate/coffee notes and then mild but drying hops. Nice, fresh tasting porter. Another respectable, smooth drinking ale from BBC.

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Photo of Dicers
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to goodbyeohio for this one.

Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, big coffee flavour, some roast, and caramel. The taste is malty/coffee, some roast and caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from Berkshire, recommended.

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts. It has a rich and creamy aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted, patent, and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and creamy with a bit of residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It's got excellent malt character and a superb mouthfeel.

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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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