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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%

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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Photo of Givemebeer


3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 19:44:11 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of rudzud


3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin tan head that fades to leave a thin blanket and creamy halo.

S - Aromas of Smokey malts, light chocolate, gentle malts faintly sweet.

T - Taste is lightly smokey, dark malts, light chocolate, slight mineral notes, not bad at all.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and light for the style, sessionable English porter.

O - Overall this is a lightly smokey very easy drinking English porter. Not bad in a pinch

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:08:35 | More by rudzud
Photo of jneiswender


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery as part of the brewery tour. Pours a black body and a tan head. Smell is great. Chocolate milk shake, some smoke, faint grass.

Taste is chocolate milk shake and some herbal flavor just for some tang. Good medium body. Great porter. I really like this beer. Real respect for the style and the gives me the impression that this is what a style of this sort tasted like way back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 02:34:00 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Dools9


4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Mayflower Brewery...

A: Dark black, hints of amber along the edges of the glass. Off white, creamy head.

S: Lots of heavy roast, dark chocolate, mild black coffee, some tobacco.

T: Big roasted malt, slightest bittersweet chocolate taste, light lingering bitterness and a good smack of black coffee.

M: Lighter bodied, a bit thin, smooth drinking, soft on the tongue.

O: Very, very solid. Good representation of the style. Always awesome to have a world class porter readily available. Hell, the brewery is a 20 min drive for me!

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 00:30:15 | More by Dools9
Photo of corylew


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is everything a man wants in his porter. Beefy roasted malt, nice balanced hop flavor, lighter in body without sacrificing big strong flavor. You show me a man who doesn't like this beer and I'll show you a man who should take his popped collar and go order some Bud Lites. It looks good, smells good, tastes good. Mayflower did it right when they picked out this recipe.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 03:47:52 | More by corylew
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice 1 1/2 finger tan colored head. the smell is slightly roasty with a good hop presence. the flavor is a little hop flavor up front, kind of floral, followed by a slightly sweet roasty malt flavor and finishes with a tiny hop bite. the mouthfeel is a little fuller than i would expect for this style, but the carbonation is just right, overall this beer is absolutely phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 01:32:32 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of magisterquintus


5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely wonderful. The perfect porter! I've been drinking Mayflower for a few years now and I like their others, but my love always lies with the porter. The appearance is dark and the smell is of light coffee and hints of dark chocolate and some good hops. A nice full mouthful with a great hoppy finish and dark chocolate aftertones. Like I said, perfect. The way porter should be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 01:52:40 | More by magisterquintus
Photo of tzieser


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i can't believe i havent reviewed this yet. Mayflower Porter is my favorite of their lineup, great dark color, with a nice tan head that sticks for a while. Roasted malt flavor, with nice subtle notes of coffee and dark chocolate. tastes similar to Fuller's London Porter, which is saying alot-- because i consider that to be god of all porters. the porter which all English style porters should strive for, and this brew nails it

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 00:27:41 | More by tzieser
Photo of diechipmunk


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. Deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Moderate head dissipaded quikly, but left a nice lacing

s- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate a little dried fruit.

Taste is well balanced and on the dry side, good roasty malt flavor with a trace of coffee, milk chocolate and dried fruit/plum and a touch of smoke.

Mildly carbonated and so easy to drink. Feels light bodied but still tastes rich.

Really smooth and easy to drink, definiately up there as one of my favorite porters and I love that is is brewed locally.

Very drinkable. Light and easy to drink but so full of flavor. Definitly on of my top 3 favorite porters. At 5.5 ABV, this makes an exceptional session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2010 14:16:19 | More by diechipmunk
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours an opaque black-brown color with creamy, brown foam that persists and clings to the glass. The smell is a nice, roasty malt aroma with hints of coffee and cocoa. The taste has cocoa and light coffee. There is a touch of sweetness but it is dry overall. Bitterness builds to the finish, passing a touch of light fruitiness in the middle, and ending with dry coffee and chocolate overtones. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation. This is quite a nice porter!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 23:08:01 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of waldoiverson


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap to us pint

A dark brown very creamy milky head solid carbonation

S sweet malted milk balls

T spicy hop with smooth lactic kind of sweetness

M smooth with pronounced carbonation

D very tasty with full flavor bit wonderfully light a keeper

Reviewed on phone

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 00:11:13 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of Hojaminbag


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower porter has a dark brown body with lots of ruby highlights, especially around the edges. Only about a finger of head here, but this was served on tap. OK retention, but it leaves some nice, thick sheets of lacing behind.

The aroma is big on roasted malts with sweet malts playing the secondary role.

The taste here features a ton of roasted character also, it is by far the biggest flavor in this beer. Next comes some caramel sweetness, but even that tastes a little burnt. A touch of dark chocolate comes through also. No hops at all here, but that's ok.

Mouthfeel is adequate in thickness as it is slightly creamy, and the carbonation is acceptable. Very dry in the mouth from all of the roasted character.

A nicely drinkable porter, something I will probably have again due to the pretty good price it can be found at around here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 14:01:59 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Slatetank


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Bukowski's in Cambridge MA. Served chilled in a pint glass
A - Deep brown w/ good clarityand garnet highlights. The cap is smooth khaki measuring approx an inch high. The lace is thick and clings in rings on the glass

S - A deeply roasted aroma dominates, mostly roasted barley but notes of coffee and sweet caramel accent the dark grain odors

M - A basic dark malt texture w/ slight burnt tinges in the finish. The feel is rather dry, but clean and moderate full in carbonation

T - This porter didn't make me say wow, seemed standard fare right out of the gate. The dark roast notes dominated the flavor as in the nose w/ mild dark fruit and burnt malt notes. There is a hint of hops and very mild sweetness. This tastes a bit on the dry stout side to me, but your mileage may vary

D - I wasn't impressed by this porter. It wasn't lacking really, but seemed simple w/ a basic malt profile. Simple is good, but to me it was lacking in drinkability. I wanted to try something else 1/2 way in. I should probably try a bottle later for comparison

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 03:43:12 | More by Slatetank
Photo of currysage1


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled into a diminutive glass that did not allow for head at all on this brew. Next to their IPA this is definately their best brew.
Very English looking, dark in the center but some decent light showing through the edges, but again no head (not the brewers fault).

Smell is of medium dark coffee, maybe some mocha going on as well, roasted oats, black patent.

Taste was good as well, solid flavors but not too overwhelming, they worked with each other not against. All the above flavors plus a little bittering from the hop in the rear. Slight dark fruits.

I couldn't help but compare this one to my own English Porter, this one definately won in the feel category. Nice carbonation not too much, it is English, but not to little, it plays on the tongue with smaller silky bubbles. As to the thinness, it also did great just enough body to keep the flavors bouyed up, English Porters can be watery if the brewer allows them to be.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2008 12:32:13 | More by currysage1
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 18:03:56 | More by fitzy84
Photo of drinksandeats


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this at the Union Brewhouse, and ordered a pint. It arrived with the thinnest amount of fizz on top of a rich, opaque chocolate beer.

A mild coffee and more pronounced toffee aroma arose from its thick body. Its mouthfeel is as one would expect of a porter of its appearance, filling my mouth with sweet and roasty tastes.

Surprisingly, this porter goes down easy and light. My mouth wanted more after my first sip, and I feel I could have obliged it a few more pints quite easily.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 04:11:55 | More by drinksandeats
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse. Excited to try it from a local brewery and one of my fave styles! Good looking beer- blackish brown with nice tan one finger head. Aromas of roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee. First sip has a wonderful smokey flavor. Then gets balanced out with the malty flavors (chocolate being most obvious) Medium to full body so it is pretty hearty for a porter, and a bit richer and smooter, also. Still very drinkable. Had about 3 the first time, and keep going back for more!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2008 16:43:24 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.46/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 15:21:55 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Jack4goodbeer


4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 17:17:09 | More by Jack4goodbeer
Photo of oonthego


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

A: Dark brown body with a creamy coffee-colored frothy head.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Not carbonated. Very smooth. Taste of chocolate and coffee but more coffee than chocolate.

M: Very mild aftertaste.

O: Great beer. Would recommend to someone looking to start a porter beer journey. This is definitely on the top of my porter list.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:26:14 | More by oonthego
Photo of Duff27


3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall light brown head on a dark brown body. Cap and collar throughout, leaving splotchy lacing.

S- Whiffs of cocoa powder, deep coffee.

T- More roastiness/coffee notes than chocolate in the taste. Has a lingering roasty/burnt taste that I'm not sure how to feel about.

M- Smooth, lower carbonation. Medium/medium-thick body for it's ABV. Really enjoy how this drinks.

D/O- Highly drinkable although the plus-roastiness may lead to palate fatigue after a few. Thanks for this "Top 50 English Porter" @mj0126 !

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:09:20 | More by Duff27
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Johnnnieee

Same spot as I found the date for their blonde "PKG DEC 16, 2013"

Into a mug.

A: pitch black colored body with a slim white one fingered foamy head that drops to a speckled sticky foamy lacing

S: delicately balanced coffee to chocolate - a nice gentle burnt and roastiness

T: pretty much the same as the aroma with a crisp dry roasty chocolatey aftertaste and just a dry finish

M: sits fairly light on the body with a gentle sessionability to it, carbonation is slightly smooth but also shows some harshness to keep one from pounding it

O: what a nice English Porter, probably the best one I've had today by Mayflower as I would definitely have this again

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:38:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Omnium


4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Rich brown black with two fingers of thick foamy tan head, small on lacing.
S - Dark chocolates, smoke, burnt caramel, some dried apricot.
T - Really nice rich flavor, lots of dark and bitter roasted chocolates, a nice hint of smokiness, even a little ashy, slight earthy bitterness, a little coffee, dried fig and apricot.
M - Creamy silky smooth texture, velvety
O - Excellent porter, lots of complexity in the flavor, it really just opens up from there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 07:07:33 | More by Omnium
Photo of GotWad629


3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Next to Edmund FItgerald this tops the list for my everyday porter

Pours a dark black with a thick tan head

faint chocolate and coffee notes in the nose

the taste is similar, nothing is overpowering - coffee, dark chocolate, a lingering bitterness, and an almost coca-cola like flavor to it.

Light/watery mouthfeel which is typical for this style but I think it could use a little more body.

Overall a great porter - especially if you're going to have more than a couple. The watery mouthfeel and balanced subtle flavors allow you to toss a couple back without feeling weighed down and having your palate overpowered.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:13:54 | More by GotWad629
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 02:51:24 | More by Treyliff
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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.