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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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539 Ratings

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 68
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of corylew
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

corylew, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

rowingbrewer, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of jale
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BearsOnAcid for this.

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of light brown head.

S: Light toasted malt

T: Light smoked malt followed by slight sourness. A hint of bitter coffee and just a hint of malt.

M: Just a tad on the lighter side for the style. Good carbonation.

O: Goes down well. Would drink another.

jale, May 09, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to Ty for bringing this from Boston!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.

This pours a deep nut brown and settles a very dark ruby hued brown. 3 whopping fingers of head sit briefly before returning to the mass. Spotty lace.

The nose bring scents of roasted malt, cocoa, hazelnut, and , smoke. All collide nicely. The aromas are a bit subtle.

The taste mimics the nose almostly completely. Im tasting some smokey coffee, nuts, and chocolate. The blend isnt subtle but isnt in your face. A good medium. A bit of molasses os noticed on the backend along with a smidgen of hops.

The mouthfeel is full, lightly carbonated, and smooth. Diggin' it as the aftertastes ressonate throughout my palate.

Overall, a great traditional porter that stays true to its roots. Very impressed with this brew as it is one of the lighter colored porters I have had and doesnt compromise flavor.

ChugginOil, May 08, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tar like black with a small, quickly dissipating light brown head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate and faint roasted coffee notes. Flavor begins with sweet chocolate notes. A bit of roasted coffee, molasses and a nice smokiness round out this perfect example of a porter. Great smoothness. Well rounded and again, just a classic example of a simple porter profile.

uustal, May 04, 2011
Photo of rebelthrower
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a bit of brown/red around the edges when held to the light. Head was about an inch, mocha in color.

S: A bit malty not really impressed here.

T: A bit of chocolate/mocha and malts. A little smokey. A nice malty finish with the mocha lingering.

M: Smooth and crisp. Good carbonation too. Finished a bit dry.

D: Very drinkable. A good little above average porter.

rebelthrower, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours black with some nice chocolate brown on the edges. Not too much of a head on it

S - smells peaty, smoky, chocolaty. Nice smell

T - starts off with some nice sweet, chocolate malts. This then moves on to a light roasted malt and coffee flavor, which fades to a bit of a smoky peatiness to it. Ends with a bit of dark chocolate. Really nice flavor profile here.

M - a little lighter than I hoped, but still decent body. A little dry from the roasted character

D - this is an outstanding porter. Really nice flavor profile that is balanced and delicious. I would drink this often if it were available around here. Good introduction to this brewery.

birchstick, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of shangwang
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. served in a Guiness pint glass.

picked this one up during a recent visit to New England.

Starts off with great smells- roasted coffee beans, baker's chocolate, and surprisingly a little booziness for the lower ABV. Standard porter appearance- dark black with little opacity, tan head with little lacing. Medium mouthfeel, actually a little waterier than I expected. Tastes similar to smells- some coffee and chocolate in the background with a distinct roasted maltiness and hints of annis. Bitter smoky finish that doesn't linger. I enjoyed this one- a solid porter that goes down easily.

shangwang, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was dark brown, almost black, with a nice head and sparse but enjoyable lacing.

Smell was smoky and woodland fresh, like being near a winter stream that's not yet succumb to winter's grip. Fresh break bakes in the nearby cabin and you enjoy nature's goodness.

Very typically porter tasting, with dry but still sweet roasty malt domination, coffee and chocolate accents, with light notes of brown sugar and molasses.

Feel is medium but still rich and smooth, a very pleasant aftertaste of sweet coffee and roasted malts leaves you quite satisfied.

This is a nice porter. Well worth it to pick up a sixer of.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Special thanks to Reagan1984 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours with a totally appropriate Porter thinness. Black with traces of black cherry at the bottom and edges. Head quickly disappears and leaves a thin tan collar behind.

S: Heavy on the roast. Burnt malt, campfire, pan seared caramel, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: A virtual mirror of the smell. Very burnt, smoky, and chocolate-y.

M: Start off like a typical English Porter. Thin and bitter. Gains a ton of smooth mouthfeel as it comes up to proper temp. Nice amount of playful roast lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

D: Very much to the style. Sessionable abv, smooth (eventually) but not creamy mouthfeel, and loads of roast. Very nice!

GbVDave, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a English pint]

Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was light of roasted caramel malts, a sort of barnyard scented yeast and strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate. It tasted slightly sweet and quite flavorful with notes of coffee and caramel at first and then a bitter sweet chocolate/coffee flavor engulfed the taste buds and stayed with you for a nice little while. Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and a little oily in texture with a nice soft carbonation. Overall a nice straight forward Porter.

KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received as an extra in a recent trade. I think it was from AleLovinRusskie but I could totally be wrong. I will check and update this.

Okay, I totally screwed up. Opened it, poured it with the intention to immediately review, than started answering BM's about 1/2 hour ago. It's 2/3 gone and I've just been enjoying drinking it while I type away so no complaints from me. I would gladly take another one of them but it seems unlikely anytime soon.

Nice dark complexion, good carbonation and great taste. you know how it is with porters, some are surprisingly good and some are shiite. Okay, someone send me some more and I'll give it another whirl. And I promise, I will remember who sent it to me and give you your credit on BA.

Good stuff!

sendsilk, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another bottle from my most recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

12oz bottle. sampled march 7/2011.

pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a small cap of fine tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace. at its thinnest it starts to show a beautiful crystal clear garnet colour.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. bit of dark fruit. lightly toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy and woody. light herbal character.

taste is great. dark and bittersweet chocolate. touch of milk chocolate. coffee. dark toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit and cracker. light alcohol. bit of dark fruit. touch of alcohol. medium-light bitterness level, more chocolaty than hoppy. earthy and a bit woody. a bit herbal too.

mouthfeel is good. medium bitterness level. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. good depth. tasty!

grub, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a slightly opaque dark brownish orange/red, medium sized light tan head forms, settles down to thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick to the glass, looks alright.

Smell is neat, quite malty, some biscuit, caramel, light wafer and some coffee roast, a bit of chocolate, light fruitiness, some sweet orange peel, interesting sweetness, almost molasses/treacle like.

Taste is nice, really interesting roastiness, chocolate wafer, toasty and biscuit like, graham crackers, caramel and light fruitiness, some brown sugar, a bit of vanilla, cookies, light espresso roast, maple syrup in the finish, a bit weak going down but solid flavours.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty smooth going down, almost a touch more American brown like than English porter, but I dig it. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of magisterquintus
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

magisterquintus, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of jayt206
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with hints on crimson along the edge. One finger creamy white head with some lacing. Looks like a fresh cola.

S: Milk chocolate, brown sugar, and burnt brown bread.

T: Sweet milk chocolate dominates at first, followed by cold, bitter coffee. A hearty toast-like flavor in the middle is finished with a nice earthy bitterness to balance everything out.

M: Light/medium body with a crisp, palate cleansing amount of carbonation.

D: A solid Porter. Would make an excellent go-to and session style brew.

jayt206, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of DanThomas
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Opaque dark brown with some hints of red. Thin, off-white rim on the glass.

S- Milk chocolate with a touch of smoke and some sugar.

T- This is a slightly sweet style porter, and the milk chocolate that was on the nose comes through. Towards the back I get some nice roasted malt flavors. Finish is smooth and sweet.

M- Somewhere between the taste and the body I get a certain wateriness that isn't great. Still, The beer has a deceptively full malt body. Carbonation is nice and tingly on the tongue.

D- A quintessential "sessionable" porter. Moderate ABV, smooth pleasant flavors, refreshing. As it has sat and warmed here in the glass, a smoky flavor, from the nose, has developed.

DanThomas, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

akorsak, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- This beer is really dark. Almost like a stout. The head sits right on top of the liquid almost detached.

s- I could smell chocolate and coffee and some yeast and bread. The smell is pretty faint.

t- boozy coffee followed quickley with chocolaty boozie warmness.

m- light and alot of carbonation. THe flavor really meshes well with this mouthfeel.

d- I overall really like this beer there are plenty of breweries out there trying to do what this brewery did with this style.

leakyfaucet12, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sometimes I don't want big beer, though not that often anymore. I am also trending to darker brews, so this one is the prefect fit when I want a sixer. Deep dark brown with a good head and nice lace. The smell is well balanced chocolate, coffee, and roast. The taste is the same. Very well balcned and drinkable! Mayflower rules!

BeerMusketeer, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

corby112, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaged on 11/22/2010. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black but not quite, with a 2 finger, creamy tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts with some slight chocolate on the back end. Really the only things in the nose but the aroma is pretty good.

Taste is some coffee at first with tons of dark roasted malts and a slight bitter finish that brings some chocolate with it.

Medium carbonation with a lighter body that goes pretty good with the style and flavors.

Drinkability is quite high with this one. A lower ABV and a lighter body would probably allow for more than a few of these in one sitting.

ms11781, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle generously provided by apollokim in the 'You Aint From Around Here?' BIF, thanks Kim!

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours as a black void with a 2 fingered tan colored head. Retention is fairly poor but the beer has pretty good lacing.

S - Smell is all roasted malts and coffee. Some slight nose of dark chocolate and tobacco, but this is almost all espresso.

T - Taste is like drinking a nice iced coffee with a bit of mocha powder in it. This beer actually has a surprisingly spicy hop bite to it in the finish with a long lasting bitterness. Unfortunately the finish is a bit washed out and watery to go with the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy at the start and bitter in the finish.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. The flavors are nice and bold, but the watery, bitter finish detracts a bit.

nhindian, Dec 27, 2010
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93 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.