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 philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up on a recent trip to CT...

A - A slightly cascading pour yields two plus fingers worth of rich creamy tan colored head with a slightly rocky batter-like top... The color is a deep dark brown that allows a bit of light to leak in around the bottom of the glass... There is a faint red hue... Mostly still with just a few stray carbonation bubbles, many of which just cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Very nice aroma from the get go... Rich coffee... Notes of milk chocolate... Some roasted malts... Perhaps some caramel and toffee... A bit of cream... Not overly complex, but spot on for the style... Simple, straight-forward and quite effective...

T - Roasted malts... Chocolate... Caramel... Toffee... Very mild coffee... A touch of vanilla...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly creamy... Ultra smooth... Very light carbonation... A bit juicy throughout... A slight bitterness lingers on the finish...

D - An near perfect interpretation of the style... Super quaffable... Lots of good things going on here in every facets... There's nothing show stopping about it, but I could enjoy several of these on any given night anytime of year... A very nice introduction to Berkshire...

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Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

Thanks to cbeer88 for the tasty local!

Pours a black color, dark brown around some lighter edges. Tan head, nice lace. Pleasant aroma's of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee. More chocolate and bittersweet coffee in the taste, nice roasted malt characters. Feels creamy, medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall, a very nice porter. I have to assume this is the base for the Coffeehouse Porter because it is reminiscent of it in a milder form.

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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 Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark down to black with some maroon highlights and a finger or brownish head and some nice thick lacing.

The smell is a little roasty with some slight coffee bean aroma and some slight cocoa aroma as well.

The taste is a bit sweet with some nice bitterness keeping things balanced. Caramel and some slight toffee mixed with a roasty flavor rounds things out as a slight creamy flavor hides in the bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice complex flavor and smooth feel that is easy going down and pleasant to drink

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great local porter, growlers are $8 or less, good to grab from time to time.

Pours dark brown, a bit translucent. Beige pillow of head retains easily at a half finger or so leaving some nice lacing.

Definite cocoa powder in the nose, light coffee and hops.

Taste is mocha goodness, nice smooth cocoa with light coffee, caramel and roast. Some dark fruit and lighter hop notes of grass and maybe citrus. Light but smooth mouthfeel, a pretty easy drinking porter. Has a nice coffee with cream taste that lingers in the finish.

I prefer the Coffeehouse Porter to this, but as a standalone porter this is great too.

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

On tap - 16oz pour into a pub-style pint glass

A: Black/dark brown, light around the edges, just over an inch of light brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Leave just a little lacing.

S: Medium roast earthy coffee, milk chocolate, fairly robust roasted malts, slight floral hops.

T: Just like the nose, this is dominated by coffee and chocolate. Medium roasted coffee with earthy tones complements milk chocolate and roasted malt perfectly. Hints of tobacco and smoke arise from the coffee, a good bit of sweetness lend milk chocolate/caramel middle. Good heavy base of roasted malts that are robust, but not to the point of char. Earthy and slightly floral hops are at just the perfect ratio to add a compliment of flavor without bitterness or taking away from the malts. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish, but it's definitely from the roasted malts. Finishes fairly dry with just a touch of sweetness following through.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Right on point with the style, no more carbonation or body than what I would expect. Fairly smooth and creamy, pleasant finish. A notch above average for sure, but not quite a stand out.

O: A good and noteworthy porter with lots of coffee flavor, though not quite stand-out good. While I generally prefer extreme "dark" beers, this is one of the better "sessionable" porters/stouts I've had. Pretty big, smooth, and balanced flavor with a nice body and moderate ABV. If I'm ever looking for a good dark brew at a place without much craft, this would be a great option if available.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug

Pours a dark chestnut brown, near black body with a tan head that rose three fingers and receded slowly. Moderate lacing strewn on the inside of the glass while the head settles to form a thin coat.

Very good nose. Deep roast, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, dark cherries and a touch of brown sugar. The nose is deep and inviting, however not robust to the point where it whacks your olfactory’s back (in a good way.)

The taste is similar to the nose. A large dose of roast, where a bit of a charred quality dominates after a while. Semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark cherries mix with brown sugar and molasses to try and break through and sweeten this guy up. A nice little battle going on where roasty bitterness wins in the end.

Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth, but not overly creamy or lush. Drinkable and enjoyable for sure.

Overall, I found this to be an instant favorite. This is a new go to porter for me when I come across it. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t in the company of some of the elite of the style, but this does everything pretty darn well.

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Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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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 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 CheckMate
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle bought at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a dark brown liquid with some ruby red highlights a half inch of tan head that dissipated within a few minutes. scents of chocolate and espresso immediately hits the nose with notes of toffee, nut, and banana in the background. Flavors of coffee, toffee, nut, and chocolate. full bodied with moderate carbonation. It also leaves an aftertaste similar to that of coffee dregs. not a bad beer overall.


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

Thanks to mob2332 for this in a trade -

poured from 22 oz bomber into pint goblet -

Poured dark brown almost black with two finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy lacing ,decent carbonation .

Smell - Toasted malts with light chocolates

Taste - Toasted malts with with some chocolates with maybe a hint of anise,

Drinkability - This is a very smooth porter that is very easy to drink ,has great roasted malts with slight chocolates ,finishes with a creamy smoothness.

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Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. A dark pour, black with brown around the edge only when held up to the light. A thin layer of light tan head. Just barely sticks to the glass.

Aroma has some malt, caramel and toffee. Earthy peat. All fairly muted however.

Strong caramel present in the taste. Toasted malt, light chocolate also. Very light peat, citrus hops. Finishes with the caramel/toffee.

Border of medium and light body. No alcohol, easy, easy drinking.

Very much a pleasant session type porter.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nice black with large off white/mocha head that leaves heavy lacing

S- big malt note off the bat. light scent of black licorice and coffee

T- malty and roasty. a nutty taste on the middle and a very slight bitterness on the finish

M- feels almost creamy, pretty smooth with light carbonation.

D- very drinkable beer. good, no overpowering tastes, smooth nd easy to drink

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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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Photo of Liverpool08
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice offering from BBC. A dark brown pour. Aroma of burnt coffee, and bitter chocolate. Follows with a hint of toasted malts. Flavor is similar. Roasted smokey coffee, with a bit more bitterness. Stil the malt smooths it out to give it a nice finish. This one is a good session porter as its not to heavy.

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Photo of mattjv
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with 1 finger of creamy off white head that stuck around for a little while, a thin layer of foam lingers on top for the entire glass.

Smell is malty sweetness with rich chocolate notes, some herbal hops and a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt up front, with a rich mocha/ chocolate flavor. Some hints of dark fruit as it warms up. Herbal/ earthy hops with a touch of bitterness, mild alcohol spice rounds off the finish. Pleasant nutty/woody aftertaste. Very nice mouthfeel, mild carbonation balances the relatively sweet malt without overpowering at all. Medium bodied, felt very smooth in the mouth.

Overall: A nice porter, haven't tried many other brews of the style to judge it against but this was a pleasant brew. Drinkability was quite high, only bought one bomber but two would be no problem.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big foamy tan head. Good retention, very sticky lacing.

S: Signature earthy BBC yeast, mild coffee, faint chocolate, earthy hops, and hints of vanilla and cane sugar.

T: Dark chocolate and old coffee open, followed closely by some sweet vanilla. Earthy hops complement the yeast, which lends some earthy and spicy tastes of its own. A spicier black licorice and tobacco leaf flavor comes out more as the beer warms. Earthy yeast and some sooty, smokey roasted malt tastes round out the finish.

M: Medium bodied, but very rich, full, and creamy with low carbonation.

D: Drinks like an English session ale, despite being bigger in abv.

Notes: This is a solid enough beer, but it certainly won't blow you away. Very easy to drink, and good if you're looking for something different. You really can't go wrong at under $5 a bomber either. This is one that I tend to re-visit on occasion.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is leather, tobacco, toffee and some nuttyness like you would get in a brown ale. The flavor is toffee, grass and some roasted malt. The flavor is nice, but I wish it was a little more complex. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...almost black. Red hues when held to the light. One and a half finger beige head that shows medium retention. Nice web lacing on the sides of the glass with some light rings here and there.

S- Roasted malts...a ton of them actually. Light caramel and chocoalte malts. No real signs of hops in the tail end or at all in the beer. Simple malt forward nose that is a little bland but does the trick.

T- There is a light chocoalte forwardness to the front of this beer. Chocoalte malts come out more than the roasted malts. The middle of this beer has a light breadiness to it. The backend of this beer is where the roasted malts come through giving off more of a light coffee flavor more than anything else. No sign of the hops in the backing either. This is a malty malt malt beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Well malts and more roasted malts on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Well blended flavoring for what it is and the style (malt forward..duh). Clean tasting overall. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This is yet another beer from this company that I enjoy. The ABV is well hidden like most things they do. Berkshire has yet to make something bad in my opinion...although I haven't had their entire line-up.

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

real nice big voluminous head that hangs, could rest a penny on it. dark crimson color.

Nice nose of straight forward roasted malts.

Taste is really roasty with an fry astringency to it. nice balance and very straight forward, but very representative of the style.

Goes down easy and at $3.99 what a price performer in the world of the $8 bomber.

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

A: Very dark reddish brown, almost black. Decent darker tanned head.

S: Roasted coffee malts, some notes of bitter chocolate and caramel. Nothing too complex.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. At first it is very sweet, and then moves to more of a roasty toasty taste. The taste of coffee is more subtle than the taste of chocolate. Easy-going aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely a good one! Easy going down, great taste.

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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 beancounter
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a standard pub glass-brown with minimal head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S-Chocolate malt and black patent malt.

Taste-Roasted malts similar to the smell. The beer taste like a classic porter.

M- Light to medium. A tad light for a porter but it doesn't detract.

D- This is a solid, technically accurate, classic porter. Very drinkable. The burnt/roasted flavor is smooth and it goes down easy. Very sessionable.

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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 376 ratings.
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