pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark with a tan head. Sweet choco aroma with a very sweet taste. I prefer porters that have the more smoky, charcoal profile. Still, not a bad beer.
IndianaRed (4268) - 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 (348) - 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 (407) - 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 (4528) - 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 (5034) - Essex Junction, 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 (5731) - 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 (1593) - 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 (4643) - 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 (13906) - 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.