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 BeerAndBourbon
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours a dark brown with a tan creamy head.

S. Roasted malt with a sour note.

T. Roasty with some coffee flavors that I also picked up in the Imperial Stout (although it surprisingly had more of the roasted and coffee flavors).

M. Medium with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable; I finished the glass long before I realized how little I had left. Quite good, especially for the price.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- brown dark with minimal head... Nice lacing hanging around!

Smell- not much smell... Roasted hints of barley

Taste- toasty and A bit fruity

Mouthfeel- smooth and very nice on the palette

Drinkability- very very drinkable!

Overall a really good beer for the price

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Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks like Berkshire has recently added New Hampshire to their distribution, so this is only the second beer I've had from them, but I'm looking forward to trying more.

Poured a dark mahogany brown to fill up the glass with an almost pitch black and a creamy, moderately thick tan head. With a little bit of time, the head fades to leave a thin but good looking lace.

Aroma is in your face sweet at first, with a nice caramel and chocolate aroma. A slight hint of roasted/burnt aroma compliments the sweetness well and provides an overall nice showing of the malt bill.

Taste was a similar experience to the aroma, with a notable sweetness followed by a nice roasted note. The roasted flavor is not as strong as some other porters that I like, but then again this isn't a stout, so I can accept that. Obviously this does not have as much coffee flavor as Berkshire coffee porter (which itself is the same beer as this, just with coffee beans added), I can appreciate a nice subtle chocolate covered espresso flavor in this that I dont always get with a porter.

Mouthfeel is moderate, but just about as smooth as one could get for a porter. Overall, a very solid porter that you can't go wrong with. Not as strong and flavorful as some of my favorite American Porters, but like I said, I can accept if for what it is.

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Photo of deciding39
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Berkshire bomber into a pint glass.

A: A gorgeous tan head forms and sticks nicely, dissipating slowly and leaving a nice lacing around the glass. The beer appears a deep, opaque, brown-black color, but when held up to the light I can just barely see through some burgundy hues.

S: Sweet dark malt, roasted coffee beans & cocoa. No hop aroma to speak of.

T: Starts off with a rich dark chocolate flavor that becomes more bitter and coffee-like as the finish takes over. A slight hop bitterness makes a nice contribution. A malty sweetness lingers.

M&D: Medium bodied with a smooth, milky feel. I could certainly knock back a pint or two, but at two I'm feeling the alcohol more than expected, and a slightly cloying sweetness is starting to creep in.

A Berkshire brewer once told me they view themselves as "maltheads," (as opposed to hopheads) and I can definitely see that in this beer. This is a malt heavy porter. Try one - it's a delicious and refreshing take on the style, and lies somewhere between west-coast and English interpretations.

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Photo of TaekwonDylan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking porter, with a unique smoothness to it. Not sharp or sticky, just an awesome easiness with undertones of roasted malt, mmm. It was ice cold when I had it, which I think added to it's drinkability, not so much to the flavor or the backbone. Very drinkable local ale, another success from BBC. Highly recommended for a porter.

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Photo of StoutyMcStouters
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle Poured into a round little table glass.

Not very much in the way of head maybe half a fingers worth, and what little it has is retained pretty well, lots of lacing.

Tastes and smells a bit like chocolate with a hint of coffee, a great beer for people who normally do not like a darker beer, think of it as a "light" porter. It does leave me wanting a bit more punch to the flavor. A slightly sour aftertaste, nothing terrible.

Not a bad beer, but nothing too great, middle of the road for the price.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my Narke tulip...Dark brown body with a really nice full creamy head. Its a light tan and stays forever, great lacing as well...The aroma is malty, pretty sweet chocolate with a hint of smoke and bitter on the back...An average taste, not strong enough to be awesome, but very drinkable. Sweet, maybe a touch to sweet, light alcohol on the back, bitter in the middle. Not strong or offensive, a drinkable porter but doesn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber, courtesy of opwog,

A: Pours black with a moderate off-white head, good retention, mild lace.

S: Dominated by coffee, black malt, dark chocolate, fragrant.

T: Clear dark chocolate porter flavour. Tasty, the hops come out a bit near the end, but it's pretty much a classic American Porter taste.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, fairly smooth, light at times, actually thought it was around 5%.

D: My 2nd beer ever from Berkshire, a real solid effort. If the guys back east are getting this for $3.99 a bomber, they're getting a deal, well made.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black with one finger white/off-white foam. Laces.

Strong roasted smell. Chocolately and malty. Roasted coffee.

Extra Smooth porter taste with a mild hop bitter close. Very even keeled. Light carbonation - step above normal.

Supremely drinkable porter, just a damn good beer. One of the better ones I have had.

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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 grub
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. sampled aug 1/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. lightly toasted mulit-grain bread. bit of biscuit. caramel and a bit of toffee. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of coffee and milk chocolate. dark toasted mulit-grain bread. biscuit. touch of cracker. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. caramel. hint of lactic character.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced. a tasty porter!

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very opaque dark brownish orange, black away from the light, medium sized light tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, some nice lace sheets stick.

Smell is great, lots of chocolate, a big hit of roast, caramel, lots of biscuit, some dark fruit, a light bit of floral, very malty, a bit of brown sugar, almost stout like, very nice.

Taste is nice, very smooth and roasty, raisins and caramel, some brown sugar, lightly fruity, floral, biscuit, chocolate wafers, a bit of roast, lightly nutty in the finish, very bitter and roasty but still balanced, real nice.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable, real nice flavours, nice porter. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of TommyW
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark with some amber/brown highlight; thick, tan head leaves perfect sticky rings down the glass.

S- Faint burnt and toasted malts.

T- Burnt malts throughout the taste but a great balanced between the bitter and sweet aspects from the burnt malt. Notes of dark chocolate come through as well.

M- Medium body with a smooth feel and a pretty crisp finish.

D- Smooth drinking porter; very well balanced.

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Photo of jopper
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App - a strong black color with just a touch of brown in the head

Smell - subtle burnt chocolate, appealing

Taste - A sudden sweetness that fades quickly leaving a nice burnt roast flavor behind

Mouthfeel - a little thin

Drinkability - easy drinking goes down nice a growler seems like a snack.

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

Nice black color, with some nice garnet highlights around the edges and a good light brown head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes like a nice roasty porter, with some coffee and just a hint of hops. Eminently drinkable, this one goes down easy. Very good.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It has a really nice color to it. It looks black until you hold it to the light. Once you do that it's a very dark brown, kind of a mahogany highlight in the middle of it, the edges remain pretty dark. While pouring it it has a nice dark frothy head that's darker than most porters that I've had, similar to a chocolate or coffee milk color. While being poured it almost looks like it has a Guinness nitro effect, very nice looking. The smell is good, very malty. Has a very chocolaty aroma to it. The smell is good, but not very complex. The taste is very good, like the smell, it's very malty and chocolaty. With all of the chocolate malts it reminds me more of a stout than a porter, but it's still very tasty. Not much of a hop presence in this porter. Chocolate is really the dominant taste, it has more of a chocolate taste than a lot of porters and stouts that have "chocolate" or "mocha" in the name. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied. The hops are detected more here than in the taste. It's a good drinkable porter.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish black, with beige head, okay lacing.

S: Roasted malts, almost burnt smelling, hint of chocolate.

T: Kind of lacking in the flavor department. Definitely some roasted malts, like the nose, burnt tasting to a degree. A little bitterness and cocoa along with it.

M: Smooth, but too thin for my liking.

D: With an ABV a little above 6%, it is easy to drink, but a bomber or pint is all I'd really want.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bomber, $3.89 from Manchester Discount Beverages, Manchester VT. If this is any good, it's a heckuva bargain. Poured into my favorite chilled O'Douls pint glass.

Dark brown/black brew shows mahogany highlights against a bright light. Frothy rootbeer float head, 1-2 fingers settles to a mass of large bubbles. Pretty complex and appealing nose- coffee, light caramel, vanilla, semi-sweet. More rugged aromas of smoke, bitter chocolate, and stronger coffee arise as it warms and breathes. Taste not as good as I was expecting, kind of musty murky muddy, mostly smoke and bitter green oak. None of the sweet vanilla or caramel notes detected in the nose. Mouthfeel is good and thick, finish is dry with a moderate dose of alcohol present. Drinkability is disappointingly low. I was delighted by the smell and that led me to a big let down with the taste. Meh. :/

Toward the end of the pint the taste really became overwhelmingly bad, like bitter coffee vomit. I dumped the rest. Life is too short to drink crummy beer, especially when there's better stuff in the fridge.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a pint of very dark brown brew, with a one finger light brown foamy head. Head stuck around for about 1/4 of the pint.

Decent aromas here of french-roast coffee, some bitter chocolate, some sweet roasted malt.

My rating dropped a bit because of some off elements, particularly a bit of sourness toward the end. You have all of the elements you'd hope for. Coffee, charred maltiness, some light sweetness fighting thru, and nothing that gets in the way of the other flavors. Nice balance. But then you get a couple of rough edges. It had ok carbonation and good body, but the dips in the flavor are what limited my enjoyment of the pint. Almost as if this was really decent homebrew that needed some tweaking. It was on tap, and the only porter on tap. Still worth the try.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B. Poured into a 13 oz chalice for 5 bucks... that sucks.

A - Beige head, A few shades shy of black.

S - Roasted malt - Not a ton going on here

T - Toasted malt, some underlying hoppy bitterness to balance it out the taste.

M - Crisp, well balanced.

D - Fresh BBC - always pretty drinkable and this one follows the formula. A nice porter here.

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

22oz Bomber into Tulip

A- Black with a little bit of brown in the light but not much. Small very thin white head that left a fair amount of lacing but nothing crazy.

S- Roasted malts up fornt with a good coffee and sweet chocolate backround. Smells pretty amazing haha

T- Once again real great tasting malts with a bitter coffee that fights the sweetness of the faint milk or dark chocolate. Almost got a molasses taste but very faint. Might just be me. As it warms the alcohol comes out a pretty decent amount, but definitely not unbearable.

M- Medium bodied porter that leaves a dryer bitter mouthfeel that is pretty average for it's style. Definitely decently drinkable.

This is a great porter from BBC, nothing to crazy and amazing but if your looking for a solid porter, this is your beer. Good job BBC!


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Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber to a taster glass.

A: A shade or two south of black with a big bubbly head.

S: Malty and smoky nose, but not much else to it.

T: A little more to it than the average porter. Smoky, but smooth, not overwhelmed at all by alcohol. Just a nice medium body brew.

M/D: Smooth and easy to drink, and the body makes it worth the drink.

This is the kind of beer that makes me rethink porters...worth another shot.

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

Serving Type: 22 oz bottle poured into shaker glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a frothy beige head that holds up well. Lots of lacing down the side as well. Just a teeny hint of ruby red on the edges but overall dark dark brown

Smell: Strong aroma of darky chewy malts and just a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Begins very sweet with a nice chewy malty flavor. Chocolate and caramel and a little bit of fruit flavor. Finishes with a tinge of bitter hops. There's also a kind of lingering dry ashy husky flavor, but nothing unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: mmm so smooth with just the right amount of subdued carbonation. Maybe a tad on the thin side as it goes down.

Overall: very solid delicious porter, right on the money in terms of style in my opinion. A great comfort beer and one that I will definitely be revisiting.

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

Picked up a growler for $7.99 + dep at Blanchards in WR for New Years Eve consumption. Poured into standard pint glasses. Dark brown color, and a pretty heavy tan head. Wasn't too sure if carbonation would hold up in a growler, but it did. Milky, almost hot cocoa-like smell. Taste was intense but smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee up front, and roasted malt on the palate. Both the smell and the taste were a bit sweet. Middle of the road mouthfeel; just thick enough for me. Easily drinkable, would not have guessed 6.2% abv. This was a nice beer to start a cold night off with, and I was surprised how fast this jug disappeared.

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Photo of TGArnold
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good body, dark brown almost black in color. An off-white head with solod lacing throught drinking it. I always appreciate a beer with hints of chocolate and coffee flavors. I'd love to try it on tap sometime, Consumed on 12/30/09...Top Notch Beer!!!

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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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