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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

615 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 76
Gots: 71 | 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: 615 | Reviews: 233
Reviews by Brezzy24:
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with minimal head.

S - Typical porter coffee and chocolate, burnt caramel malt as well. There is a crispness. Overall the aroma is subdued.

T - Taste is almost identical to the aroma. Chocolate and malts at first turning to coffee with a hint of bitterness on the swallow. That metallic flavor is there as well, if just barely. Light overall.

M - Medium body with relatively high carbonation for the style.

O - Good porter, but could use to be a little bolder in the aroma and flavor and a bit heavier. Wouldn't turn one down, but not on my list of top porters.

Serving type: bottle

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

We wish the world brewed more straight-up Porters.

Pours a dark, opaque brown topped with a tan lace. Aroma is slightly acrid with fresh toasty brown breads and suggestions of bitter chocolate and molasses. Fairly light bodied, but firm and even. Creamy on the palate. An underlying dryness sets the foundation. Semi-sharp acrid character with a quelling layer of sweetness on top. Notes of molasses, faint caramel, earth, dry chocolate, chicory, dark breads and slightly burnt edges. Pithy and peaty. Light citric hop bite with some grass. Finishes mildly abrasive with a drying linger and hint of smoke.

Quite possibly a perfect Porter, by modern-day standards. What we dig about Mayflower's version is that it leans toward the English style, which tends to be more balanced, well-attenuated and sessionable. Delicious!

Photo of MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of helmdog525
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with dim amber hues peaking through when held up to light. Good caramel colored head along with good retention. Smells of lactose, milk chocolate, light roastiness, coffee, earthy hops, malty. Tastes lets in more roastiness, especially in the finish. Lactose, milk chocolate, caramel. The finish is marvelous with roastiness and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is very silky smooth, perfect carbonation, and slightly dry finish. Goes down ridiculously well...making this amazingly drinkable. Color me impressed!

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brown

Smell:coffee, malt, wood, chocolate

Taste: cream, coffee--especially in the aftertaste, chocolate

Mouthfeel: very smooth, creamy, and sweet

Drinkability: This to me is typical Mayflower. They take a style, analyze it, and do it very well. That being said, it does not push the boundaries of its style. For an English porter this is excellent and I could drink six. I would love to see Mayflower do some more extreme beers.

Photo of Freehouse
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower Porter smells deep, rich, and loamy, and the intensity of these aromas immediately sets it apart from most of its kin. Notes of coffee, toasted nut, chocolate malt and milk chocolate, and hints of anise abound, along with a sugary caramel-like thread that spirals in nice counterpoint to the darker, more bitter aromas.

On the tongue, the brew begins with an immediate shot of coffee, ash, tobacco, and near-black malt, then slowly, over the course of a few seconds, allows a few sugars to enter the mix and sweeten things up. Caramels and light vanillas enter here, as well as dark fruit esters such as fig and black cherry. These flavors last throughout the mouthful, abiding slowly in the aftertaste, which is largely a continuation of the main flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, with a noticeable creamy quality, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent porter, though I suspect many will find the flavors more stout-like in their pronounced bitterness. Still, the brew is nuanced, finely crafted, and quite delicious.

Photo of juicebox
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of jefftuck47
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of andrewswiden
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard dark brown appearance, with a lighter brown head around the neighborhood of 1" deep. Mild aroma, leans English, brown ale smell.

Taste, pretty mild as well, has that lack of hopping and wet wood thing going on with the yeast esters that scream cliche English pubby type of thing. Minute amounts of toffee, caramel to this one, didn't pull much if any chocolate, coffee or molasses out of it.

Not a complex or nuanced beer, its pretty straightforward, if you're an old school English brown ale fan, you'll be all about this. Really tame. The further you go east, the more likely this beer will be raved about it seems. Decent stuff, thanks to whomever threw this in as an extra, a nice change of pace, decent palate cleanser for when drinking the heavier beers.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of lambpasty
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Casper134
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kneary13
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of rdilauro
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my second Mayflower beer. The pour was very nice, a deep black porter with a slightly brownish head that was substantial.
The aroma was of a typical porter. Nice malt bouquet but nothing along the lines of chocolate/coffee.
The taste was very clean and flavorful, but also a bit on the light side.
Again as with the other Mayflower I've had, it was clean and enjoyable. Nothing outstanding in this one.
But I really believe that is because I have been tasting some real heavy hitters in the Porter and Stout lines recently. So, this one was like a child of the big guys.

Still, I would recommend this porter to someone who has never had one.

Photo of racer2k
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Very dark mahogany colored beer with a foamy light brown head in my glass

S - Chocolate malt, nuts, coffee and an earthy overtone

T - Nice balance of sweet and biter hops with a full bodied smoky coffee flavor. Very smooth and balanced.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. I found this beer very creamy and textured.

D - Very drinkable with a nice complex porter style flavor profile. This is a very nice interpretation of the porter style and one that would be great on a cool autumn day as a session beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

A: Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a foamy one finger head that was tan in color. Very slow dissipation with pretty lacing for the style.

S: Heavy roasted malt with some caramel and a little bit of molasses. There are also hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Really well done flavor profile, the roasted malt is not as in your face as many porters and balances nicely with some coffee and chocolate. There was a hint of vanilla sweetness too.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that gave it creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish.

O: Had been sitting on this one for a while and now wish I had opened it earlier! Will have to grab some more of this next time I am back up in MA.

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.