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 RedChrome
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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 -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 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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Photo of mshallah
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +9.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.1%
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%
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 +0.8%
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 -9.2%
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 jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -8.9%
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 BadBadger
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -18.9%
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 kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Litterbean
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown, bordering on black. Off-white head with decent retention.

Faint smell of roasted chocolatey malts. Sweet scents abound.

Bitter chocolatey flavor, with a nice blend of coffee and a good all around bitterness. Filling but delicious. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Woody Chandler for sharing this beer with me.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tan head that fades to a frothy cap.

Smell: I am a big fan of a good porter. I like the welcome break from the extreme and ten to find porters a relaxing sessionable beer. That said the aroma on this beer was a bit too lax. Dark malts and toasty grains show if I really really work to get at it.

Taste: It has a lightly roasted coffee been flavor, bittersweet chocolate or carob, a hint of molasses, caramel and burnt malt and then lingering coffee bitter aftertaste through which a gentle hop attribute may be detectable. Simple. Easy! DRINKABLE! = good porter attributes, IMO.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant medium body porter that is smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: The feature of an excellent porter, IMO, is that fact that I could sit down with a six and drink it all evening without growing tired. This is certainly in that league.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Poured this one from a 22 oz. bomber. Very prominent beige head reduces to about 1/4 inch, but with very good lacing throughout the bottle. Very dark brown color doesn't let much light through. Smell is of coffee, choco/toffee. This is a very tasty brew. I sampled it from my garage at cellar temp which underscored the nice chocolate & roasty flavors--much better than when I have had it from the fridge. The mouthfeel was the only thing I was not real fond of; for a porter I thought it was quite thin. Didn't really taste the higher ABV. This is one of my faves from BBC. A very good beer for the Fall.

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Photo of bigone4
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 22oz bottle from Corona’s package store in Enfield, CT. Pours a dark black with a hint of dark brownish red when back lit. Nice light tan two finger head. Good solid dense head and nice retention. Beautiful lacing all the way down the pint. Smells like a mix of roasted malts with fine chocolate hints. Almost has a mild chocolate coffee smell. Like pouring a large red eye in a bowl of Count Chocula Cereal. Smooth roasted malt flavor with a subtle hop flavor in the back ground. The roasted malts really play the leader in this porter. Well balance mouth feel and great drink ability. Remarkable smokiness and great malt flavors as the pint warmed a bit. Very well made and another great brew from the guys at BBC. I look forward to the Hollidale and the Cabin Fever Ale. Keep them coming guys.

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

Cask pour at Eli Cannon's Tap Room. Cask was tapped the day before.
Dark brown, topped with a large bubbled, ivory head. Decent head retention, keeping a weak collar throughout. No lace. Soft roasty aroma, balanced with a bit of herbal hops. Pretty easy going. The flavor opens with moderate roastiness, fruity and appley, with some plum juice. Maybe just a little too warm, as Cannon's has the cask directly under the beer engine, on a little platform, and provides no temperature control besides the interior air conditioning. Some vestiges of oxodization and a hint of sourness in the finish, but nothing to complain about. Mild hoppiness in the finish. Herbal and kinda piney. Very dry. A nice pint, but I opted for some of the more unusal chioces on the menu for my second round.

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

This is one of my favorite porter's. Pours an inky black with red tinged edges and a tight tan head. Smell is roasted malt with a bit of chocolate. Smooth taste of roasted malt with hints of cocoa, and just a slight hop presence to mitigate the slight sweetness.
Very tasty brew!

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

On tap at Eli's.

Dark maple with shades of black oil. A creamy-soft, off-white head that allows layers of thin lacing down the pint glass.

Dark chocolate packed with dark, roasted coffee beans. Touches of mocha and a slight mustiness. The aromas don't jump out from the glass.

Powdered, dark chocolate; truffles. An intensive espresso and roasted coffee bean flavors. A touch of tartness prior to a coffee flavored, hop-intensified chewy bitterness. A dry, chewy finish allows for an aftertaste of dark chocolate and caramel.

Full in body; chewy, gruff, and ultimately dry on the palate.

A Porter tilting towards the robust side of the scale in terms of flavor and mouthfeel. A full-flavored Porter that is a nice treat on-draught.

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Drayman's Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.92 out of 5 based on 377 ratings.
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