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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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499 Ratings

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008)
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Reviews by Rbald42:
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4.38/5  rDev +5%

Got this in a karma package from Reagan1984. That guy rocks.

Appearance is a very dark brown nice and creamy, very full looking while pouring it. Leaves a thin bubbly head with some lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, milkduds and some roastiness, slight burnt coffee and a slight woodsy quality. Taste is where this beer shines. It tastes damn good. Small hop bite with coffee notes. Some chocolate and again milkduds. The mouthfeel is very creamy, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability is high and carbonation is smooth, letting you focus on the flavors. I wish I had more to enjoy. A very nice porter.

03-24-2010 03:10:25 | More by Rbald42
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2013 15:16:10 | More by tbryan5
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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!

09-20-2010 17:40:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-13-2014 21:20:36 | More by MikeC144
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-02-2012 01:29:15 | More by helmdog525
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2012 22:11:22 | More by VernonKell
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Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +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!

09-25-2008 00:06:28 | More by Doomcifer
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-30-2013 23:17:02 | More by JakerLou
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

04-04-2009 15:27:19 | More by tigg924
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

08-03-2011 03:03:59 | More by jondeelee
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-13-2012 17:47:26 | More by juicebox
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-22-2012 13:31:53 | More by jefftuck47
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-17-2013 13:44:47 | More by doremite
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

12-18-2011 21:30:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-28-2013 02:11:20 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.89/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

02-22-2013 15:57:26 | More by rdilauro
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

10-07-2009 21:10:58 | More by racer2k
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-25-2011 20:44:27 | More by mdaschaf
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

A very Dark brown color with ruby red light getting through with a full-on sticky 1" head with moderate dissipation and leaves some nice after math.

The aroma has chocolate barley and brown sugar in the maltiness, gentle maple syrup, dried leaves, sundried corn husks, pretty big aroma.

Oohh, the malty complexity and flavor's are very bold, rich and a bit more assertive than most Porters I can think of. A full, hefty feel with a clean finish. The malt is full of dark chocolate and herbs, mild earthy hops provide a rightous balance of flavor's. The malt flavor's come on first and then mellows with earthy, not bitter hops and a very sour-herbal aftertaste. a slight sweetness rides in right after, for a little reminder that this is the malt's show.

An excellent American made Porter in the English style!

03-06-2010 17:26:19 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-29-2013 21:50:12 | More by alamode
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Poured from bottle, dark brown but still transparent with a thin white head that sticks around, especially at the edge of the glass. Some lacing.
S- Some coffee, roasted rich malts and a chocolate as it warms. Pretty mild aroma overall.
T- The taste is very similar to the smell. Excellent coffee flavor that doesn't overpower the buttery dark malts. Hop bitterness in the finish makes this a great porter. Very well balanced.
M- Not too thick, medium carbonation. Very clean. Probably a bit more fizz then most English porters but I like it.
D- To me this is exactly what an porter should be. Very easy to drink and a great flavorful alternative to my favorite lighter session brews. If I had access to this it would frequently be in my fridge.

12-01-2009 06:52:12 | More by nkersten
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-24-2014 02:20:08 | More by ipc2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

Tasty porter, thanks Jason K. Black body with good head of a thousand small bubbles, and lots of lace. Roasty, tarish, coffee ground, then complexity of chocolate malt. The aroma is sour, yeasty. Easy, smooth above average mouthfeel. Carbonation above average. Interesting.

02-06-2009 03:48:56 | More by Sammy
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

A great looking off white head that sits on top of a seemingly pitch black body. Under closer observation it is apparent that it is an extremely dark shade of brown. Lacing is apparent.
Smells are mostly roasted in character with lots of chocolate and coffee, with a sour smell often found in traditional porters.
Roasted character is again very apparent. As is the sour old ale taste. A hop character is also present to add an additional form of bitterness to the brew. The finish sits on the back of your tongue with a lingering roasted bitterness.
I really love this beer. I will be drinking lots of this in the future. I am proud to have a local beer that I am this fond of.

03-03-2009 06:14:35 | More by alovesupreme
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-27-2014 16:52:51 | More by brokentee
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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.