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: 385 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of reginaldo
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with a healthy head. Smells mostly coffee-like, with a slight malty aroma. Strong coffee taste with chocolate, caramel and roasted malt flavors. Coffee taste is complimented by the malt's sweetness. While heavy this porter goes down easily. Not the best porter I've had but still a good effort by BBC.

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Photo of billybob
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours very dark but not quite black with a medium tan large head with a easy pour and lots of sticky lace with every sip. slightly smoky roasted malt aroma. roasted and slightly burnt malt with fresh coffee taste. mouthfeel silky smooth with a light to medium body with a light carbonation that works well with the taste. very easy to drink and no lingering after taste.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought it in one of their large bottles. It poured with a large, bubbly head. Extremely dark colored; with very faint hints of amber on its sides. The smell of roasted caramel is most distinguishable; a bit of coffee even as well. Very medium carbonation and a full, creamy feel. A bit heavy for some, no doubt, but this is a darn good porter from New England that should not be missed.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger brown head. Nice, malty aroma with a hint of coffee upfront. Taste is very nice as well. Toasted malt with a small hint of coffee underneath. Aftertaste is very desirable. Otherwise, a very smooth porter that hits the mark on what a porter should be but at the same time, could do more.

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Photo of uconnalum2
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark brown with red hints at the edges when held to the light. Starts with a one finger head that goes down a bit but lasts throughout. Decent lacing. Mild coffee smell. The taste is a wonderful blend of coffee and roasted malt. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very good. This goes down easy but is filling. Overall, this is a very good beer. A delicious porter that is a joy to drink.

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Photo of wesleyhighley
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

couldn't really ask for much more in a porter. I bought a growler to share with friends on my birthday. I even put a bit of it into a cheese soup, (which worked out quite nicely). It has a very rich nutty taste that only gets stronger as the beer slowly warms up room temperature. not much head from the growler, but i don't really expect that in most porters.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with massive taniish head. Good retention.
Smell is a bit light, yet some strains of roasted malt and cooffee come through.
Tast is extremely nice. Strong notes of roasted malt, coffee,chocolate, and very sweet dark fruit abound. Nicely refreshing.
Left a pleasant sweet fruity taste in the mouth
This was dissapeared very quickly. Very Nice beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark tea colored liquid. Inch and a quarter high tan head began to shrink right away. Too dark to note almost any carbonation. Sticky lacing clumps.

Very sweet roasted coffee aroma, like flavored grounds. Black licorice also coats the nostrils at end of the first whiff. Sharp allspice and a hops crispness come through nicely.

Taste of coffee with creamer. A slightly grainy smoked earth finish was pleasant. Not much more,just a straightforward tasting beer. Balanced well between different flavors.

A slightly watery consistence and a general lack of any noticeable carbonation effect on the mouth surfaces.

Good effort. This is a nice beer for a plate of venison meat. A nice version of the style. Worth it for anyone looking for a relaxed sipping beer for a session.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of mshallah
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Growlers also sampled. Pours near black with dark ruby edges. Foamy light tan head with scattered large bubbles amidst smaller ones. Head dissipates to a film of bubbles. Aroma of fresh roast wort. Edge of citrus tang in the nose. Taste is well rounded and easy going. Great roast flavor and subtle bittering hop. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp. Long finish with a great aftertaste. One of the first BBC beers I've tried and now that I've sampled the whole line-up they are right up there with the best of the best in New England.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce bottle:

Poured nice, with a small cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Very dark in color.

It smelled like roasted chocolate, and had a malty aroma.

The taste was complex, with a wonderful after-taste, roasted, with subtle alcohol presence.

A great brew for a single serving, maybe with a meal.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black, with brilliant, blood-red highlights that are only visible under direct light. Pretty tan head that lasts and lasts. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malts... it's a pretty slight aroma, really. Smooth and balanced from the first sip to the last, with roasted malt and hop bitterness counterbalancing some chocolatey sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel with a touch of hop acidity. Quite a nice porter -- this one is definitely a winner. True to style but not over the top by any means. Very good.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, with chestnut highlights and a tan head. Some lacing, but the head dissipates fairly quickly. Smells like coffee and baker's chocolate (i.e. roast malts) and cream, but not milk chocolate, if that makes any sense. Tastes much the same, but it works better for me in the mouth than in the nose. Big flavor, creamy on the tongue, dry on the finish. A very nice porter!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish/mahogony with a large dirty white head. The smell is light with coffee,cocoa,and burnt dark chocolate. The taste is like the smell,but the flavors are much stronger than the smells. Chocolate,coffee,expresso beans, makes this a tasty brew. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. A first rate porter from a brewery that all should try.

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Photo of alamode
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark with a brown laced head that will stick around. good lacing.

smells of choc. coffee and malt.

very nice roasted taste. coffee and choc. with a nice hit of hops.

I've always felt this had a thin feel. I usually grab this one by the growler, but have had it more than enough times on tap. results were always similar.

i can drink this stuff 'til the cows come home. very, very drinkable. we have a rule, if you crack a growler of Drayman's, it has to finished by the end of the night. no exceptions. opening and finishing a growler of this has never been a problem.

a great beer from the happy valley that drinks well any time of the year. find it on tap in a few spots in Northampton, MA.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass at roughly 50 degrees.

A pour down the middle yields nearly three fingers of dramatic rocky tan head over a very dark nearly black body with reddish brown highlights. Slight lace patterns as the head falls.

Scent is an unobtrusive chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste is a delicious creamy coffee and chocolate caramel with a mild citrus hop note to follow but little to no bitterness. There's a hint of oatmeal here and I find the creamy chocolate lingers a bit.

Soft, creamy medium mouthfeel with very low carbonation. Although creamy this strikes me as a little thin. Berkshire's Coffeehouse Porter tends to seem thicker and weightier to me. The thinness here may be related to the fact that I'm reviewing this from a growler whereas I reviewed the coffeehouse from a bomber.

Frighteningly drinkable - my first pint disappeared rapidly and I'm ready for another.

I don't love this as much as I do the Coffeehouse Porter but it is a very good porter nonetheless. Excuse me while I pour another!

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, nearly black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid burnt grain and coffee aroma with hints of caramel and dark chocolate.

The taste consisted of a blend of coffee and cocoa with a dry burnt grain bitterness. There was a nice smoky finish. There could have been a deeper malt profile however.

The mouthfeel was dry, but a bit thin.

Overall a nice porter. A bit thin in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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 jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far, I have only had this one staright from the growler, so I decided a dark porter on a night where it is supposed to snow might be a smart choice. It poured a deeply dark brown, with an impressive rocky white heading with great retention. Smell had a hint of bourbon, some charcoal, and an overall burnt character. Taste had the same burnt presence, with some nice mild molasses, and a bit of oatmeal flavor as well. Body was a bit larger then I was expecting, which I appreciated a great deal. I really like this porter. It tastes much better then the last time I had it from the growler. Maybe this is a new batch or something. Although I still prefer the coffeehouse porter, this one stands up to it quite well. More then worth grabbing.

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Photo of Liquids
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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 BadBadger
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Company's Drayman's Porter is a rather pleasant treat. It pours from the bottle a nice dark color, not black but approaching that hue. There was moderate head formation (It seems to have been in a hurray, as it did not stick around the glass). The smell was of malts and faint coffee, being rather nicely subdued. The taste was most pleasant, a nice coffee bittering flavor. A good after taste. This is a very enjoyable brew. If you like porters or stouts, don't pass on giving this one a try. Enjoy!

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Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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 kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. I'm excited to try this brew. My glass fills with a solid deep brown brew that has distinct amber highlites at the bottom of the glass. A very small head falls to a nice set of island of bubbles boiling up keeping it mostly covered. Clarity on this one is very nice, and at least a modest amount of carbonation. This one has a nice color. The aroma brings me a solid nuttyness, with cocoa notes and a mild roastyness to boot. Flavor brings me a lot of nutty notes, with a very decent roasted character with a light chocolate to back it. The hop comes through as a really nice green flavor that moves to a mild pine on the finish with a mild bitter that clings on and gives me just a hint of coffee as it lingers. Enjoyable. Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice moderate carbonation that really keeps the beer from being too thick. I think this is a good brew. I really like the hopping that comes through in the flavor. It reminds me a bit of what Alpha Klaus should taste like according to the aroma. This seems to be the yin to the yang.

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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 385 ratings