IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by PinkZambia Clear dark brown. Light roast aroma. Mostly light sweet roast malt flavors. Chocolaty and easy. Lacking the sour bite of many porters. Very tasty
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another brew from the Pioneer Valley here in Western Massachusetts. There must be a dozen breweries in the valley now, as the Connecticut River meanders from the Vermont/New Hampshire border south to the sea. Berkshire is one of the oldest of these breweries. Drayman’s is, as many have pointed out, not an outstanding porter, yet a decent, palatable brew. Tastes mildly of coffee and chocolate, lightly malty and hoppy just a tad. Next time I want a porter, this one will do nicely.
TATE (400) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate aroma that follows through in the taste. Some nuttiest too. Not to bold but a great overall porter.
DiarmaidBHK (4017) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Western Massachusetts convenience store. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Nice roasted malt on the nose. Nice creamy mouthfeel. solid malty roast on the tongue with some toffee notes and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Solid
Bulk_Carrier (3344) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Uno’s, Shelbourne, VT.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a slim bar pour’s kind of head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light stringy lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell had a super hefty amount of bitter coffee beans and balanced with a decent sweet molasses - esque, perhaps syrupy sort of dark fruits.
The taste took the bitter coffee and it came across fairly roasty. A semi-wet yet dark fruity aftertaste leads to a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but still good for the style and for me.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good coffee porter.
zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Ariel. Pours black with a beige to brown head, aroma of mold, chocolate and coffee, flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and wet wood, medium bodied.
60minuteman (1217) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark pour, persistent thin layer of tan head. Smell’s notes of coffee, malt, chocolate, brown sugar. Taste is similar. Coffee malt backbone. Finishes with roast/coffee possibly malt.
kerenmk (3804) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks Ariel. Black with tan head. Dryish malty aroma, like dry toast. Also dry in the mouth, good roastiness and dark fruit. Full-bodied, mildly carbonated with roasty finish.
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Ariel. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, yeast and some fruitiness. Bittersweetish flavor with a bit of chocolate, coffee, roast, a bit of yeast, a fruity note and a drier finish. Medium-bodied.
PhatB420 (817) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft in a 20oz plastic cup during Mike Gordon Band at Mass Moca 4/5/14. Full charcoal black with some brown shades. Minimal and faint head, bubbles of brown cream and solid carbination. Aroma is earthy, heavy malt based roasted flavour. Deep dry chocolate tones, sweet roasty and enjoyable on the pallate, a bit dry going down, as the name suggest, and mild in the aftertaste of coco, molasses and brown sugar. Smooth and easy drinker, fun for the masses if the masses will choose the porter over the steal rail. This is a working mans beer, sort of.