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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

516 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 67
Gots: 41 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

billybob, Apr 07, 2013
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TimBeaulieu, Sep 10, 2014
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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!

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

MikeC144, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

helmdog525, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
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!

Doomcifer, Sep 25, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

JakerLou, Nov 30, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tigg924, Apr 04, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

juicebox, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jefftuck47, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
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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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kneary13, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

acurtis, Sep 11, 2014
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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.

rdilauro, Feb 22, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

racer2k, Oct 07, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

mdaschaf, May 25, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

alamode, Jan 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nkersten, Dec 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ipc2000, Mar 24, 2014
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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.