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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

482 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 68
Gots: 28 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:48:56 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-25-2012 03:02:41 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 13:52:16 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 02:16:57 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-18-2011 03:00:31 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:02:14 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 17:46:32 | More by womencantsail
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 21:23:06 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 20:26:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:40:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:13:15 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 23:23:50 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 03:19:30 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:04:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-27-2011 15:53:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 20:39:07 | More by smcolw
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 07:38:48 | More by corby112
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:16:44 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:32:22 | More by stakem
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 03:51:20 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 23:11:07 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:06:46 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonatin, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, all the Mayflower's I've had to date have been very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:46:22 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:23:08 | More by mothman
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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.