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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

236 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 655
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 4.88%
Wants: 80
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lunch for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours black with a good light mocha head and plenty of lacing on the way down. Thin cap for a bit. The nose is really nice with plenty of chocolate along with a good roast balance. Slight coffee in the background. The flavor isn't as well melded. Too much roast there. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good. (384 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with ruby highlights; the tan head retains well and leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: A lot of roast on this one; black bread, too

Taste: After a black bread and mocha start, the roasty and hop flavors really kick in, providing a charred bitter flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roast hangs around but steps back into place as the mocha flavor returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Just a tad too fizzy, but otherwise a first rate example of the style; this is a brewery to reckon with

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity (654 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger brown head of foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness, chocolate, caramel and balanced by some bitterness and hop bite.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice representation of the porter style. Nice mix of sweet and bitter. (391 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a nice extra fropm a fantastic set of growlers. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was nice, rich dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing on top as well. Slow settle revealed some nice side glass lacing and a small pillow of tan on top.

The aroma was steep with roasted malts. Rich notes of caramel and molasses. Light grain touches and a bit of a herbal note persisted. Nice robust flavor, rich and sweet with a dry finish. Lots of roasted malts and a classic coffee and chocolate profile. Smooth, mellow and quite nice actually with an easy sessionability I was most impressed with.

Overall a really nice little porter I was very happy with., I would have no issue with trying this one again any day. (790 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michelle for this bottle, included as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is almost black in color with a fairly fluffy tan head on top.

S: The nose is a wonderful mix of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. There might be some hints of vanilla and a touch of sweetness as well.

T: The flavor is absolutely wonderful. The roasted malt flavors are subtle and allow the coffee and chocolate to stand out. There is once again a slight bit of vanilla which just adds a perfect amount of sweetness.

M: the body is medium with a great creamy carbonation and a smooth body overall.

D: This is just a fantastic beer. I was thoroughly impressed by this and would have no problem opening another one of these. (723 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is smoky and malty up front with flavors of black coffee & dark chocolate. There's a decent hops presence for the style that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice porter to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style. (751 characters)

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip a dark cola-brown, almost black with a thin creamy tan head about an 1/8 inch thick which dissipated rapidly with little to no lacing. The coffee aroma hits first than follows through taste-wise and is balanced well with the chocolate undertone. A slight bitterness at the end leaves a pleasant puckering mouthfeel. Overall a solid and enjoyable porter. (373 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (1,068 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a quite thin tan head. Nose is quite a bit of malts and a touch of coffee. Flavor is a good mix of malts with a slight touch of chocolate and roasted and coffee in the back of the flavor profile. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is soft with a slight nip. This is a really good porter. It'd be phenomenal on cask.

Big thanks to mtgoat for a chance to try a new brewery and a good beer. (427 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black where no light shines through. Proper sized head that leaves light lace on the glass.

Strong burnt toast and coffee aromas. Some chaulkiness.

This is very close to a dry stout. Lots of Black Patent and unmalted toasted barley. The aftertaste is also very dry. While it dies quickly, there is a subtle, but chewy, remnant of bitter burnt grain. The body is good for a porter, slightly thin for a stout.

This is a potent flavored porter. I imagine this was how Guinness got their start...sort of a super porter. One of the best. (542 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thankst to donkeyrunner, ralflord and jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours black with ruby hues. A thin, light brown head stays. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is ashy, some chocolate and earthy notes.

The taste is ashy, ash-tray-like, sourish fruits and some acidity. Some chocolate "saves" it, keeping the sourness underneath. It has a smoky, slightly astringent, finish.

The feel is a bit thin, but okay.

I like it to a point - has a basic outline that fits well enough, other than slight sourish notes underneath. A bit too smoky - going towards an English stout type of smokiness. The standard "English porter" is usually very "sessionable", to me anyway. This one's not quite so. (690 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goddamn Lunch, you are bringing the tasty. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Dark brown / black, brown head, small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is a little sweet, malty, mild roast, some chocolate.

Beer is medium in body and has some coffee bitterness at the back of it, decent body throughout the palate and a nice finish. A good beer for sure. (395 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopGoblin for this extra in a recent trade!

I poured this one into my Sam Adam's Sensory glass.

It pours about 1/2 finger of khaki tan head, then fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a very small amount of lace. Color is black, but when held up to the light it shows some ruby hued copper colors near the edge of the glass.

Aroma: The aroma begins very sweet. It has a milk chocolate and cocoa flavor up front along with a nice level of roasted malts. There are some light coffee flavors hidden in the back a bit with some grassy hops. This beer has a lot of malts up front, but is balanced out a bit by the hops.

Taste: The taste begins with a lot of malts, very roasted. The beer brings a lot of milk chocolate and coffee notes to the table and they complement the roasted malts nicely. There is also some sweet molasses. Again, the grassy hops are there, but nothing to big.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a tad bitter from the hops. This beer has a medium to full body with a medium amount of carbonation. This porter ends dry with malt flavors, typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It represents the style well and is drinkable. I am very glad I got to try this beer and I could easily drink another. Everything just seems to work well this beer. It is simple, but complex at the same time. Worth a try. (1,363 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with some excellent crystal/chocolate malt notes. The taste is great! It has a very enjoyable black and chocolate malt flavor. It has a nice roasted feel with a balanced flavor that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a tremendous porter. It's full of character; a fine session ale. (529 characters)

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

Thanks to BA bring for the chance to try this one.

12oz brown bottle with a package date of 5/27/10. Poured into a Sam Adam's sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with some ruby red clarity when held up to the light. More than a finger of darkly tanned head appears and holds on to top of the brew with good retension. A little bit of patchy lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this beer is fantastic. A wonderful smell of roasty malt and darkly kilned fresh grain is emitted from this beer coming across a bit like coffee. Slight touch of citrus hops in the back of the nose are evident as well.

Taste is lightly bitter upfront with a flavor of fresh dark roasty grains and a little bit of hoppy bitterness is included as well with a slight taste of citrus throughout the dark roasty character. Long lingering aftertaste of dark roasty malt a bit like coffee and a touch of must. Through the medium to light body is some light sourness that accents the dark malt character of the brew making it seem almost a bit sweet at times. Modestly carbonated with a prickly feel, this is quite drinkable.

I have been avoiding porters with the heat of summer lately and found this offering to be very enjoyable. Very solid example, I would drink this again if given the chance. (1,293 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a quarter inch of beige head. The aroma brings roasted malt in the English style, toffee, dark fruits, hints of chocolate. The flavor brings toasted malt, roast, alcohol, toffee. Pretty tasty. Medium to light bodied. Overall, very drinkable and tasty. Would happily throw back a pint of this on another occasion. (387 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces a two finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is quite dark with an almost black color, it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, dark ruby color I held up directly to my desk lamp. The aroma has a nice dark grain character to it with aromas of chocolate, toasted bread crust, browned saltine crackers and burnt grain. The aroma is very malt focused, and pretty smooth for all of its roast grain focus.

Lightly sweet tasting, the beer quickly picks up some dryness from the roast grain flavors. The beer finishes with a burnt grain bitterness, a touch of roasted astringency, some light acidity as well as a touch of roasted vegetal notes (this last is pretty faint thankfully). This has a nice, rich, dark malt character to it that provides a complex sweetness to this brew. The beer is fairly light bodied, which definitely makes this easy to drink, though some of the sharper, roast & acid notes can get in the way of this at times. The sweetness found here evokes thoughts of lightly burnt caramel, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and some notes reminiscent of lightly roasted coffee beans sweetened with lactose.

Not overly complex, but it does play the dark malt note pretty well. There is not much in the way of hop or fermentation character here, which is definitely ok by me. (1,349 characters)

Photo of Kelp
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a nice dark brown color with a tannish head to it. About a finger and a half of head dissipated at a decent pace, leaving behind little lacing.

The smell just reminds me of porters of my past. Almost the best part of the beer. Barley, chocolate, cream, and coffee come to mind in the smell.

Tastes of chocolate at first. Followed by coffee and barley. A nice dry finish to the beer.

It feels a bit watery to start, but has a nice carbonation and creaminess to it.

I could easily finish off the six pack I have and still want more. This is a great session beer. A great example of a basic porter. (608 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brownish highlights and a thin swirly tan head. A bit of licorice and roastiness in the aroma as well as a slight coffee aroma. The taste is similar with maybe the barest hint of dark fruit at the end. Nicely balanced and the brambly fruit comes out a bit more as it warms. The tiniest bit thin in the mouth, but this also gets better as it warms with a bit of prickliness- just enough not to be unpleasant helping add some crispness to the porter. Quite solid, one that I would definitely drink were it local. Quite dry and fairly light and not as roasty as some, but very well balanced and with some nicely nuanced flavors. (642 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights and a creamy off white head that dissipates but never really goes away. Smells of chocolate and roast Yum! Tastes of chocolate, roast, and a bit of hop bite with a lingering roast in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body, light but ample carbonation. Great porter! Smooth and silky and chocolaty. Must try more Mayflower. (388 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a thick, frothy dark beige head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of lacing behind.

Roasted malt aroma that is slightly acrid and bitter smelling with hints of chocolate, roasted coffee bean, lactose, toast, caramel, hazelnut and oatmeal.

Medium bodied and slightly smokey with plenty of roasted malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, hazelnut and caramel. Decent balance of sweet and roasted notes with a bone dry finish. (544 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower Porter is black, but like a good porter teases out a trace of clarity along its base. As for highlighting, no such luck. This has the complexion of onyx. Its head, while not exactly flourishing, does have a concrete-coloured tint to it and refuses to fade.

The aroma has the air of a gourmet Oreo. It has a chocolaty cookie base, with vanilla and mocha flavours that require no effort to notice. Tantalizing though not exactly 'dessert-like', the prominence of roasted black malt keeps this squarely in 'grain-y' (not sweet) territory.

The flavour has a moderately strong malt flavor and showcases a lightly burnt black malt character that is chalk full of roasty dryness. That in and of itself is gratifying but it doesn't end there; traces of espresso and molasses spring up in the secondary. More bitter than sweet, it nonetheless manages a nice balance.

Mayflower Porter has a big, mouth-filling texture that has notes of coffee lingering in the finish like long guitar reverb. You might think it was made by a barista. The impression of chocolate-covered coffee beans is unmistakable. Despite dark and roasty flavours, leave the knife and fork behind; this ain't so heavy.

Mayflower Porter requires no "further search or consideration" - it was obvious right from the outset that this is a world-class porter through and through. When it comes to brewing hearty porters no one yields a sharper bayonet than the Americans. It's hard to find anything to nitpick about in this quintessential robust porter. (1,526 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Black color no highlights. Nose is roasted chocolate. Flavor is roasted, almost burnt chocolate. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. (272 characters)

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
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