Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

631 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 77
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008

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Ratings: 631 | Reviews: 235
Photo of Tankmass
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic porter. Lighter on the abv but very rich and smooth on the pallet. There are fewer porters that I would have other than this on tap.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Midnight black with little to no head. Had a tan lacing.
S: Toasted bread, roasted malt, some hints of alcohol, raisins and candied fruits added some sweetness to the aroma.
T: Seemed pretty complex flavor wise. I was able to taste a wide spectrum of flavors almost like I would with a Bourbon County Stout for example. I predominately tasted candied fruit like sweetness, some dry raisin like bitterness, nutty boldness and a hint of alcoholic warmth to top it all off.
M: Very thin body, almost wine like, medium amount of carbonation.
O: I like the Mayflower porter. The complexity of flavors added to the overall enjoyability of the beer. Well done!!

Photo of tekstr1der
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour with thin tan foam. Heavy roasted aroma, turning chocolate semisweet in the sip. Light, clean finish. Pretty tasty!

Photo of Oldejoe
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look. Fairly dark mahogany, light brown, thin head.
Smell. Toastiness, tar? yeasty, beery, clears the nostrils, a fair amount happening for me which is unusual.
Taste. Toastiness, fairly even hop to malt balance with a slight tip to the malt end, fairly dry.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, sparkly despite the weak head, dry, chewy, a bit puckery.
Overall. Not outstanding in any one area, but an interesting mix of aromas, feels and tastes, pretty good as a dry porter.

Photo of TBonez477
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall a satisfying porter. A little thin bodied but great flavor and balance.

Photo of BradMatton13
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

love this porter as well as this brewery

Photo of keithmurray
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel

Taste - much like the smell, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, in the finish there is a mineraly mustiness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, in the back is some of the mustiness that detracts from the experience of this beer

Overall - decent porter, albeit a slight letdown due to the glowing reviews I heard about this beer previously

Price Point - $9.69/6 pk 12 oz botles

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Drank a couple of pint glasses from a tap.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice brown head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell the hops, coffee, and roasted malts, but none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and with a hint of roasted coffee. The hops are just enough to balance the malts and provide for some complexity. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, with a little coffee flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with a good body.

Overall: This is an interesting porter. I would buy a case of this.

Photo of Roxanna
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Very good, rich with hints of coffee.

Photo of predikit
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours black with a tan head, after a vigorous pour left a one finger head that receded fairly quick, left a moderate amount of lacing behind.

Smells smokey, and hints of coffee.

Definitely a lot of smoke in this flavor, smoked malts and deep coffee, espresso even. Very smooth, no off flavors, and the bitterness doesn't run rampant.

Medium-full bodied, leaves a bit of an oily feel, mild carbonation.

This is quite a pleasing porter, and I think I'll be checking out other Mayflower brews very soon.

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color with a 1F head in a Stone Imperial pint glass.

Aroma: chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and roasted malt. One of the best aromas I have experienced in a Porter.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: mostly roasted malt, with some chocolate.

The finish is slightly hoppy- unusual in a Porter.
Overall: one of the best porters I have tasted. The style can be lackluster in aroma and taste, and the body can sometimes be too thin. This excellent brew has character.

Photo of Jeff0024
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Great full body, flavors of chocolate and coffee, good mouthfeel.

Photo of NinjaJesus
5/5  rDev +19.6%

The. Best. Porter. What more needs to be said? I live about 15 minutes from the brewery and get a growler of this about once a week. Beyond delicious, so well balanced, toasted with a little note of coffee at the end. Perfectly roasted!

Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a black body with a thin tan head.
Aroma has a roasty, chocolate smell to it.
taste is roasted malt up front followed by coffee and chocolate.
mouthfeel is smooth and over all a good porter m

Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

A-dark brown black color with a decent light brown head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, light char

T-dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, light char, vanilla, light caramel

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy

O-good flavor and lighter body, nice for the style

Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March '14.
Very dark brown. Fully opaque. Forms a large tan head that takes a while to settle down. Leaves some spotty lacing on the way down. Aroma is dark toasty-roasty malts with some lighter notes of pine. Taste is comprised of deeply roasted malts, baking chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Not sure if it is the age of the beer, but unfortunately, this beer is heavily over carbonated, giving it a lighter body than it should have and thinning out the taste. Overall, I could see this beer having potential, but the carbonation is far too lively for this to be a world-class beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a very dark brown, with a half inch head, and little bit of lacing- not a whole lot.

Smells pretty nice- chocolate, a little bit of dark fruit, vanilla cream, and roasted malt.

This tastes amazing, a bit like an Irish dry stout meets an English porter. A wisp of smoke flavor, baker's chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and roasted coffee, raisins. It's all subtle, and doesn't bash you over the head, but it's all there. Great flavor for only 5.5% ABV.

This one has a really creamy, amazing mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a body of medium thickness.

An absolutely delicious English porter. The high ratings are absolutely justified- it should honestly be rated higher and talked about more. Find this if you can, and drink a ton of it.

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

The aroma has strong chocolate and medium porter roasted malt.

The flavor follows with cocoa, milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, a milk sweetness with a bright yeasty note on the back end.

The beer packs wonderful flavor and mouthfeel for a lower ABV brew.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger light brown head that receded to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S; deeply roasted grains; chocolate; a bit of coffee;

T; deeply roasted grain from the start through the moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation;

O: with all the high ratings, I'm a little disappointed by the lack of complexity in the flavor;

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with Coca-Cola highlights, topped by an enormous dense light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Deep roasted coffee aroma, very inviting.

Smooth roasted taste, solid foundation. Small pleasant sour accent. Earthy hop bite.

Smooth slick mouthfeel.

A really well done porter. A must try in Mass.

Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with some dark brown at the edges. Lacing is very minimal and gone instantly. No lacing. Somewhat heavy carbonation. 3.75

Aroma: The nose is more faint than I expected but it's there. Black coffee, roasty malt and dark chocolate dominate. 3.75

Taste: Good stuff. The taste follows the nose, and the flavors are bold while the alcohol is mild. Roasted coffee beans lead the way. Some bitterness, but it's kind of muted by the coffee and roasty notes. It's a really smooth, flavorful porter. 4.25

Mouthfeel: It's velvet-smooth with a mild finish. A pleasure to drink. 4.5

Overall: I had high hopes for this, and it didn't disappoint. Fans of domestic porters should seek it out. It's a balanced, flavorful, easy-drinking porter that should please all dark beer fans.

Photo of Flounder57
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Estelles in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasty, smoke, chocolate, toffee, caramel, old and stale ale, and some earthy qualities.

Taste: Smoke, toffee, caramel, earthy, chocolate, roasty, and some old stale ale qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little bitter, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Very exceptional porter. Spot on for the style.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower Porter, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a low viscosity brown, settling black, with a good sized foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is malt, coffee, and a touch of chocolate, simple but effective.

Taste - Taste is traditional English porter. A touch of roasted malts and some coffee/chocolate sweetness. Great finish.

Mouthfeel - Low-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Amazing drinkability. Keep wanting more and more.

Overall - Spectacular English porter, easily my favorite so far. The current trend is towards imperials but it's nice to find a great "regular" porter/stout time and again.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a nice creamy tan head

S: Coffee and roasted notes

T: Coffee and creamy. Lots of flavor for a 5.5% porter. Not toooo complex.

M: Medium bodied. Dry finish

O: Very good porter. Not sure I'd take it over a Sierra Nev porter, Edmund Fitz, or Anchor porter but glad I had it.

Photo of Jack4goodbeer
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, almost black color leaving a tan, foamy head with nice lacing when poured.

It has an initial smokey taste that quickly evolves into a chocolate/coffee blend that lingers on the sides of the tongue.

A smooth, heavier taste without the heavier feel. Very light carbonation.

The kind of beer you can drink all night.

I've had porters in nearly every state and a few provinces in North America, including one that just one an award in Tucson, AZ. Mayflower Porter is the best I've had in many years of drinking porters. You won't go wrong with this one.

Hopefully Mayflower can work on expanding its distribution as only a few places in my area carry it. It was recommended by a bartender at Mondo's in Middletown when I asked for a dark beer. She served up a winner!

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.