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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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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 cbutova
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a one finger head that retains decently and has a nice tan color. Smell to me is weak here, straight up malts with a tiny bit of hopa. The roasty and darker notes seem to be missing. I can pick up some chocolate. Taste is solid. Lots of dark chocolate, roasty sugary malts, some coffee and a tiny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the taste, medium bodied. There is an oily texture to it because of the low carbonation. Drinkability is nice, great taste, good growler price, no off flavors or high alcohol taste. This might be my go to porter from now on.

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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cakanator for shipping me a bomber of this in a summertime trade. Split with my lovely wife.

Pours a very dark brown, light penetrates only around the periphery of the combat zone. Head is more like...weird globs of light-colored mold. Smell is dark roast & specks of coffee.

And I think Drayman's may be my new favorite porter. Yowza! The first swig is for the dark coffee & darker chocolate. The second is for the nice malts. The third (all taken in quick succession) is for the hops flashing in at the end giving me a fastball of bitter right at closing time. Zing! Right over the inside corner. All of which form a nice, cooperative conga line. Very nice.

Hits the spot, too, with a sweet, but zesty creaminess. But a rare dark beer that isn't filling at all.

Excellent beer. This, along with Berkshire's Lost Sailor IPA, should be guiding lights to the rest of their brewing philosophy.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful, beautiful porter. pours black with a slight tan head and a considerable amount of lacing on the glass. the smell gives off a smoked chocolate, roasted coffee, malt. the taste is bitter, creamy, and surprisingly smooth for it's 6.2 % ABV. had this at The '6 Pub in Williamstown, MA where they had several Berkshire Brewing Co beers on tap and they were just so fresh. if you're in the area, check this pub and these beers out.

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Photo of taez555
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a growler

This bee r poured a pitch black body with a thick bright off-white head.

Nose is extremely fresh with loads of fresh dark malts and dark roasted grain. Touches of brick, coffee, chocolate, cocoa all with a nice fresh dark sweetness. Extremely inviting.

Taste is medium bodied and smooth and very creamy at first. Very simple and straight forward with tons of classic Porter flavors. Very rich malt. Sweet with some very faint hints of fruit. Nice dark roasted and toasted malt and fresh grain flavors Very fresh grain flavors. A very strong chocolate, or even bakers chocolate comes to mind, but stays just enough below the malt to not be distracting. Hops are kept to a minimum never really showing it's face except to give a mild backbone to the malt, very little in the way of any hop flavors. Maybe just a touch of earth.

This beer is the very definition of session porter. I could drink it night and day. Very fresh, never over the top, lots of fresh dark roasted grains, but never astringent. This stuff is heaven in a 64oz growler. :-)

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich coffee bean brown color with fluffy beige head of 3.5 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The head fades slowly leaving clingy lattice work and some deeper craters in sections.
Aroma is all malt with some roasted notes a bit of cocoa powder and maybe a pinch of brown sugar. No booze or hops show up at this stage.
First sip reveals a silky textured brew with mild spacious carb caressing my palate during each sip.
Flavor is cocoa powder and roasted malt mixing with just a bit of fruity twang. No hops and no alcohol anywhere. This is a malt lovers porter and drinks very easy, quite a well-crafted brew.
I will pick this up for quaffing again for the fall.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brothercannon fro hauling this and a few other Berkshire back from VT. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with an inch of creamy ecru foam. The head has good staying power, lasting until way past the half-way point before fading to a thin layer. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, dark fruits such as berries, bittersweet cocoa, mild coffee notes, sweet malt. A notch better than medium in body with more than ample carbonation for a porter. Good stuff, thanks again Tim.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear mug.
Purchased from Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Beautiful dark brown-almost balck with 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention and lacing.

S: Strong mix of dark and sweet light malts and coffee

T: A full-flavored porter well worth the price tag. Delicious dominant dark malt flavor with lively earthy, floral hops. Coffee and dark chocolate enhance the flavor with depth rather than dominance.

M: Creamy with good, active carbonation. Aftertaste is stronger in coffee and chocolate than the up-front flavor. Body is medium. No alcohol detected in the least.

D: An excellent porter with full-flavor, good body for the style, and an excellent value for a bomber. Great job and I am going to make an extra trip for Berkshire's Coffeehouse Porter on the merits of this very good brew.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. best before date of 07/14/09 is printed below the label on the glass, in black ink, and is very hard to see. tasted in mid-april 2009.

almost black, very dark brown, with red/orange tint under the light. large, light tan head, fades to constant, thin foamy layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: caramel maltiness with just a hint of roast. brown sugar. fruity notes of cherry and pomegranate. trace of vanilla. earthy tones and coffee reminiscences on more forceful inhales.

taste: sweet, dark caramel, approaching maltose syrup, but also fruity, with cherry vanilla cola notes. touch of roasted malt and earthy hop give mild to moderate bitterness, with coffee hint, esp into finish.

medium body, moments of wateriness, but smooth, with lightly acidic and astringent notes in finish. mild to moderate carbonation is slightly prickly upfront, but also adds body.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of connecticutpoet poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a big rocky tan head that recedes very slowly to a cap and leaves delicate lacing.

The aroma is dominated by slightly roasted sweet chocolate malts with hints of coffee and vanilla.

The taste is also on the sweeter side of things with plenty of semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. The roasted character is subtle and leaves a slight dry bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with lots of carbonation.

A very well constructed porter that's definitely gots lots of roasted character but definitely leans sweeter on the palate. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, nearly opaque with reddish chestnut edges. A tight tan cap formed after the pour and proceeded to coat the glass with bubbles. Even some rings in the lace denoting levels the beer was at. Nice aroma, lots of roast and malt with muted hop character, caramel sweetness and dry cocoa. Solid bitterness with leafy hop flavour throughout. Dark chocolate and malted milk, bitter roast and caramel, hint of vanilla. Well balanced. Silky texture, slightly lower than average carbonation with medium plus body, slight astringency from the dark grains. This is really good. I normally prefer my porters with more burnt than roast character, but this worked for me. The name also reminded me of the fabled Upper Canada Drayman's Tawny Porter - a beer I remember fondly - and this character of this beer didn't let me down.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an a very dark brown with just hints of light able to get through - it's the only thing keeping it from being totally black. There is a rich, creamy brown head that recedes rapidly leaving thick sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is of strong roasted malt, touch of burnt malt, slight dark chocolate tones as well with a nice bittersweetness. The taste starts with a mellow dark roasted/chocolate malts. The chocolate flavor carries through from start to finish but bends more towards coffee in the finish, lending a slightly bitter finish. This is a medium bodied beer, decent carbonation, pretty smooth on the palate, goes down quite easily. This is a nice one to sit with for the evening.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Chandler's Tavern at the Yankee Candle flagship store in Deerfield, MA. It arrived with a three finger, rocky head atop a clear, dark brown brew.

Aroma was mainly roasted malts, but with hints of dark fruits. Not much hoppiness, which was expected.

Taste was mainly roasted malts. A little roasted barley was present, as well as a touch of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Quite easy drinking.

Drinkability gets a good grade. Quite pleasant. I like most of Berkshire's brews, and this was a good one. However, I think their coffeehouse porter is even better.

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Photo of shanem
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with about 3 inches of light tan head, touches of lacing

S: Nothing really jumps out at me... strange kind of light roasted malt with a touch of citrus. bitter aroma comes out as it got warmer

T: good balance of roasted malt with a touch of smoke maybe black patent? Some coffee flavor and a tiny hit of sweetness

M: medium bodied, lighter than I would expect from its appearance. Very smooth with low carbonation

D: quite drinkable, no turn offs at all

a very good porter, not great and nothing really sticks in my mind as exceptional but a very good representation

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black opaque charcoal color with a huge chocolatey tan head that stays for a while. Resembles a Guinness...almost, not quite as black and with a darker head. Left a frothy lace on the glass through the whole life of the beer.

Nose of dark malts, charcoal, oatmeal dark hearty bread. Light and pleasant. Nothing overpowering at all. A hint of sweetness as if lactose was added.

A mellow dark malt flavor monopolizes the taste. Tastes like there is a liberal amount dark roast coffee beans in there, a great addition to a dark malty porter. A hint of carameliness then finishes dry but not too dry, a clean, silky finish leaves you wanting more.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a full body for a porter. I've had some beers less thick and creamy than this that are called stouts. Light to medium carbonation. A bit chewy, the way I like a porter--one step below a stout.

This is the beer I want when I think about having a dark, malty porter. I wasn't really in the mood to drink and then I tried this and kept going back for more. Really impressed by it. This is what I am going to base thick, malty, dry porters on.

Better as it warms. Don't serve this cold, it will steal a lot of the flavor and creaminess. Find it, if you can!

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Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance is very dark brown, with some red highlights. A one inch cream colored head forms on top. Very nice lace work down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of chocolate, some dark fruit, cream, some caramel.

Taste is chocolaty up front with a fruit character kind of like blackberries coming in midway. In the finish I get kind of a coffee and cream impression, since it started to get a bit more astringent but that same creaminess that was picked up in the aroma comes in and slightly off sets it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation, making this one fairly easy to drink.

This is a pretty good and characterful Porter that has some complexity while still remaining quite drinkable. Of course I have favorites over this one, but it's good nonetheless.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A..Nice, dark brown color on the pour. A bit of lace left behind after the first several sips -- this made me happy.

S..Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, possibly a scent of "tree," if that makes any sense. Inviting.

T..A very good porter. Not too dry, but a hint of dryness near the end of each sip. Less chocolate in the taste than in the scent, but that is not a bad thing in this case. A bit of fruit.

M..Feels pretty good for a porter. Nothing exceptional, but above average.

D..Easy to drink porter. I could have two of these in a session, but probably not more (mostly because they're 22oz). Above average overall. BBC scores another good brew.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the hook-up!

Best by 06/06/09

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly pitch-black color with some faint ruby tinting towards the edges. A vigorous pour netted just a tiny little dark-khaki head that receded in seconds and left a very small amount of random lace spatters in the glass.

S: Heavily roasted malt dominates the nose. Along for the ride also are caramel, mild roast coffee, cocoa, toasted grain, bitter dark chocolate, and a pinch of citrus hops..

T: Roasty malt and bitter dark chocolate vie for attention but lurking in their midst are medium roast coffee, singed caramel, milk chocolate, brown sugar, smoke, lemon-y hops, and an interesting hint of sour grain.

M: Bitter and dry with a sticky chalkyness that plasters itself to every square inch of the inside of my mouth. Playful carbonation = peppery notes on the tongue.

D: I found myself liking this more and more as it warmed up. Cellar temp is perfect for this beer. The flavors and aromas came alive as it came up to temp.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jcb890 for this one.

A - Black, brown with ruby highlights and a thin mocha head with creamy, spotty lacing.

S - Fruity, chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt and maybe even some fudge. Very nice aroma.

T - Sweet and creamy, slightly milky followed by bitter hops, chocolate, coffee and roasty malts that linger.

M - Medium body and very creamy. Lingering dryness that stays until the next sip.

D - A very tasty porter that would be a regular drinker if it was available here.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thick liquid poured from the growler, dark coffee brown, opaque. Displayed a frothy creamy khaki colored head, quite a bit of it. Very good retention, eventually settling to a nice ring which pokes out to form some islands, but little in the way of a cap.

Espresso and chocolate chips to the nose. Lactose-like sweetness wafts in and out. Grains and nuts.

Sweet chocolate malts initially, with the bittering and roasted qualities amping up. Roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolate, some ground coffee, hints of grass. Slightly drying finish.

Crisply carbonated, though not really prickly. Medium bodied. Goes down smooth, with good flavors throughout. Settles a tad heavily. I like this. Next time I have the opportunity to try a Berkshire Brewing Company beer I will have to take it, as they do not distribute to my area.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: Poured a very dark practically opaque, color (slightly reddish if held right to the light). A nice two-finger khaki colored head. Good rentention of the foamy/bubbly head with excellent lacing and adhesion to the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, with coffee and a smokey aroma. Just a hint of chocolate and some sweetness comes through.

Taste: Taste is of very dark roasted/smokey malts, with a bitter and sweet finish. Any hint of chocolate in the smell does not present itself here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied beer and very smooth. A slight bitterness tang on the tongue and little carbonation. Good consistency for a porter.

Drinkability: Excellent porter that is very well rounded. More smokey than sweet, but very smooth and very good. Definitely a perfect session porter.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on drought from Parish Cafe. Served in a 20oz pint class.

A-Nice dark body with a pretty tan head on top. Great cascade effect

S-malty, toast scent, light grass

T-like warm ice cream in the front, light hop middle and non-assertive end.

M-exceptional mouthfeel. not at all filling, soooo creamy. I could eat the head of this beer for dessert every night.

D-Great beer. I would let someone try this to try to turn them onto dark beers.

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Photo of Vendetta
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
June 29, 2008

Great smell of toasted malts. Pours dark black with a brown head. Excellent, creamy palate, thick. Really smooth taste as well that's pretty easy to drink. One of the better porters I've had, and I think this is the first beer that I've ever rated out of a growler.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a dark nearly black garnet color with a tan head. The head started two fingers thick, became a thin skim that retained well and left streaks of nice lacing. The aroma was of roasted and toasted malt with hints of milk chocolate. The flavors were robust and rich, chocolate and roasted malt again along with some hints of coffee. Similar to a stout with a clean, dry finish. Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and medium/full bodied. High quality and worth a shot!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 381 ratings
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