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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

621 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 77
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: 621 | Reviews: 234
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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!

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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!

Photo of nkersten
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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 alovesupreme
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade, thanks to BelgianPrincess I think, but can't be sure since I acquired this from the haze that was DLD.

Pours darkest brown in color with a creamy three-finger tan head that lasts.

Aroma is excellent: rich roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and vanilla.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but is still fairly tasty. Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, espresso, peaty earthiness, vanilla, and a little tartness to it even, like porters sometimes have.

Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium body.

A nice, enjoyable porter overall.

Photo of 3leggeddub
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm always glad to pick up a beer from a local brewery to help support the cause and craft of local brewers and artisans, but I'm downright ecstatic when it's a local beer that's this damn good.

Mayflower Porter pours out a lovely black-brown with a respectable tan head that dissipates to a thin covering with a little lacing. The nose isn't too powerful , but it is pleasant with a bit of dark fruit and general roasted malt smokiness. The first sip reveals a great body as it spreads across the tongue. Goldilocks would love this as it's just right: not too thick and not too thin. This tastes like a porter should with lots of roasted nuttiness up front, some hints of sweetness, and a slightly dry finish. There's some coffee and hop bitterness around the edges that is thankfully not overwhelming in the least. Combined with sharp carbonation the mild bitters maintain a solid balance to the beer. Even after a few Mayflower Porters you don't find an unpleasant build up of after taste that you would expect from a dark beer. There's no acrid bitterness and no sweet malt slickness. Throw all that together with the reasonable 5.5% ABV and you have a beer that could take you from the beginning through to the end of the night with no regrets.

This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink. What blows me away about Mayflower Porter is its simplicity. There's plenty going on with the flavors of this beer yet they never bombard you, are heavy handed, or out of balance. That's exactly what an English porter is supposed to be. If you are tired of imperial or Baltic porters and would like something easy-going and basic pick up some Mayflower Porter and drink the hell out of it.

Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bready, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate.

L: Dark brown, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Roasted coffee with a bready backbone. Slight English fruity esters, medium low earthy bitterness, little hop flavor. Some tobacco flavors near the finish. Finishes semi-dry with some breadiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

The best American "English" porter I've had. Absolutely phenomenal, all the flavors pop.

Photo of aquaphiliac
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer for $10.99... kinda expensive.

Appearance: nothing special here, looks good for a porter. not a whole lot of head, but good retention.

Smell: smells toasted, some bittersweet cocoa but the toasted malts dominate. Little bit of hop smell comes through as well.

Taste: Good blend of the three smells upfront then the aftertaste is a very pleasant roasted flavor. Satisfying to say the least.

Mouth: Carbonated but not annoyingly so. Does not feel heavy by any means.

Drink: Going off of the mouthfeel, it strikes a great balance between feeling on the light side for porters and being very satisfying. I drank three and was very content. I could have had another and still enjoyed it very much.

Overall a very good beer, probably won't buy it again exclusively because of the high price though.

Photo of edchicma
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark murky chocloate in appearance..small head. Smell- coffee, smoke, malt..very nice. Taste rich coffee, smoke...smooth and with great body. Mouthfeel..wow! Smooth and craemy, butnot losing a hop presence..exceptional. Drinkability...smooth, just right...not too light or heavy..exceptional.

Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in the Local BIF from ppoitras. Thanks again for all the wonderful brews Pete. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a chocolate brown color with red hues on the sides when held to the light. One finger thicker looking tannish head. This stuck around for a little while leaving sticky lacing in the aftertmath.

S- This one is interesting to say the least. Chocolate and light roasted malts in the front end of this. I pick up a light coffee scent and the bitter grassy hopping comes out very well in the back end of the aroma.

T- Roasted malts right off the get go clash with a light milk chocolate undertone. The coffee comes in the middle and adds a extra layer to the roasted malts. The grassy hops come in the back but are a little muted...I was surprised by the chocolate undertones throughout this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the weak side for me. Chocolate and roasted malts played on the palate with a light coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Clean flavors throughout the entire beer. Some light metallic flavor but nothing annoying in any way.

D- This is a well crafted porter that I think more people should try. It's not a heavy hitter by any means but in the long run it is a well made craft beer. Sessionable and enjoyable.

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours dark brown with a big two-finger foamy and frothy light tan head that continues to float on top long after the pour, leaving behind a few patches of lace

S- lots of toasted brown bread with some chocolaty undertones, biscuity malt, earthy peat aromas with a light herbal/grassy hop finish

T- smoky malts with some slightly burnt toast and charred notes, dry chocolate and toffee, earthy hop with a somewhat dry finish, slight hoppy herbal linger

M- somewhat light body and low carbonation, but silky and creamy which leads to a filling mouthfeel, velvety finish. One of the most quaffable porters I've had to date

O- this is one of the most drinkable porters that I've ever had, mouthfeel us so smooth and creamy that I could probably tackle a whole 6pack in one setting. Overall, awesome traditional porter flavors

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles from Tim (vwaddict) while trying to spread the porter love. Thanks Tim!

a - dark, dark brown with black cherry and chestnut highlights. thin, pillowy head that doesn't go anywhere. rich looking brew, satisfying for this winter night.

s - complex aroma of peated malt, light roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some dark caramel. peat takes the forefront as roast and caramel mingle. wonderfully complex aroma.

t - much like the aroma peated malt takes the forefront. dark chocolate and dark caramel mingle inbetween the peat that leaves the beer fairly simple with just the right complexity.

m - medium to full bodied with light carbonation. smooth and rich with some balancing bitterness.

d - this porter is rich and deserves to be drank next to a warm fire. this beer is without a doubt rich and complex but in a very simple way. i could easily put down a few of these on a cold night.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great head with staying power. deep tan

nice roasted nose but subtle with chocolate notes.

taste is spot on. roasty malts, light chocolate dry light astringency in dark malts. nice hops that balance out this beer. as said in many reviews it is not overdone but to me done with perfection. yes, straight forward porter that i could quaff many off.

love this style and love this one.

Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no noticeable dates of lot codes on the bottle. Th label has this 17th century look to it and I liked that. Sampled on March 15, 2009.

This pours an attractive dark brown with hints of red when held up to bright light. There are about two fingers of foamy beige head that takes an extended period of time to dissolve. It never really goes away. The aroma is smoked and of clean hops. It seems well balanced in that regard. The mouthfeel is better than medium and the taste is a little hopped but mainly smoky and slightly raisin-like. Overall a good beer and very close to what a well done English Porter should be.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Julio's.

A: The porter is a dark cola brown color. Ruby red highlights populate the base of my glass. A finger and a half of tan head accompanied the pour, leaving lace all around the glass.

S: Chocolatey with bitter nibs and cocoa powder, my first impression. The richness, burnt and sweet, suggests that molasses may play a significant role as well.

T: Mildly carbobated, the flavors concentrate and linger with each sip. Roasted grains and chocolate stand out with bitter acrid flavors coming through in spades. Burnt flavors support the molasses aspect, adding a fuller body to the porter. Mid-sip the flavors drop off momentarily before returning for the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is resplendent with dark malts, chocolate and molasses. Hops are nowhere to be found amongst the dark body.

D: The strongest ale of the evening but you'd never know it. A nice porter.

Photo of fitzy84
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I must say this was a pretty exceptional beverage. Appearance was dark black with a light, coffee-color head with eventual lacing. The best way to describe the smell was a definite "icy", smoked feel wrapping around the strong mocha flavors. There was even a hint of vanilla I sensed. It was wicked sweet for my tastes with a soft, bitter aftertaste. Definitely strong on the mocha, coffee flavors. The mouthfeel, I felt, was a key to the success of the drink. A good solid body but wonderfully light and thin essentially. Allowed it to be enjoyed the whole night. Overall, an excellent porter.

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.