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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 68
Gots: 40 | 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:
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(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008)
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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color which turns black when in the glass. There are brown highlights throughout when held to light. The head on this beer is outstanding. Dark sand color, with a whipped cream formation with excellent retention. Tons of lacing.

The aroma is malty with some fruity yeast that manages to lighten the impact. I don't detect anything in the way of hops. There is some light chocolate with a bit of coffee to provide a kick. It almost as a smoky aroma to it, like something is cooking. I'd love some grilled steak or BBQ with this. The yeast adds a nice, fruity character to it, making this distinctly English. The aroma doesn't have anything that sticks out a ton, but it all comes together really nicely.

The beer finds a good balance between the smooth, sweet, simple flavors of a porter with a bit of a bitter bite. In the front its light but sweet, with a caramel malt character along with some chocolate. The finish dries out with help from the bitterness. There is also a bit of a charred flavor, although I wouldn't describe it as roasty like many dark beers are.

The body is light to moderate, just like the carbonation. It doesn't do much on the palate but it doesn't get in the way either. This is a very good beer overall. I see this working well with a good steak, or a few relaxing pints.

jeffthecheff, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks lack, almost cola like with red at the edges. Decent 1 1/2 finger head that left nice lacing behind.

S - Very nice and complex, not a fan of porters but this smells very good. Coffee, caramel, and that smokey porter smell. Fruit and molasses present in smaller doses and I swear I can even get the faintest whiff of hops. Very nice.

T - It's good, I'm just not a fan of porters. Very complex as the fruits and coffee and caramel come through nicely.

M - Solid, medium to heavy bodied with some nice carbonation that adds a little bite.

D - More drinkable than I may give it credit for, I just can't really do much of these.

AgentZero, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle mentions the "three strands" of blended porter despite this porter not being blended. Dark black, not quite opaque, with ruby highlights. Tan head leaves snowfall lace.

Aroma is of rich, roast malt and vanilla. Got a little bit of ocean air and tar in there somewhere.

Smooth roast malt and vanilla with that English tea-like mouthfeel.

Very, um...colonial? This is a much better beer (A worthy) on tap IMO.

donkeyrunner, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of racer2k
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

racer2k, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as an extra from 6DaysBottomOcean. Thanks!

Dark brown pour, almost black; think flat pepsi. ¾ inch tan head with decent retention. Held up to the light and tinged brown at the edges, lively carbonation bubbling up from the bottom but hidden in the dark depths of the beer. Decent lacing on the pint glass too during my drinking.

Aroma of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar. Pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this porter.

Taste parallels the aroma. Again, pleasantly surprised but it seems that the flavors area all fighting for attention and none really get recognition on the palate.

Full bodied with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Decent lingering flavor between each drink. Carbonation seems just right to keep this from being too heavy.

Damn good drinkability. Good flavor, not too strong, complex. Worth a try and wish I had some more!

davexisxrabid, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a treat, not just because it's very good but because it presents a number of unusual flavors. A very thick head, all-but-black color and aromas of toast, roast beef and celery, and even burning electrical wires (not bad, in my book). It has a dense body with moderate fizz that burns a bit on the tongue; there's much complexity in the taste but prominent flavors are roasted nuts, caramel, more celery, wet earth, sausages and perhaps roasted potatoes. Dry finish with a mild tilt of bitterness at the end. Not the greatest American porter I've had (that honor goes to Berkshire Brewing Co.), but unusual and excellent nonetheless.

gfreed, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from naproxen, heeey.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with thin ruby outlines when held up to the light. A light and fluffy two finger khaki colored head slowly crawls down the sides leaving a good amount of stick. Aroma is damn good; molasses, coffee beans, and some licorice first off. Underneath the sweetness is a touch of gritty hops and light smoke, good stuff. Taste starts with roasted coffee beans and smoked malts. Midway a touch of dark chocolate and brown sugar balance out the tongue. Aftertaste is pretty dry with roasted grains slightly sweetened with a touch of vanilla. Soft light to medium body with a creamy feel and a prickly carbonation. Very drinkable, I'm starting to appreciate porters more and more, and this is just another stepping stone. Great representation of the style, I need more. Hey Aliza, more please, TIA.

BeerTruth, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Sep 04, 2009
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having not been blown away by Mayflower's other selections--I am fully satisfied by this smooth and warming porter. Excellent!

Poured into a pint glass, turns a bitch brown--espresso in color with a beautiful, burnt caramel head that retains throughout. Carbonation looks inviting as well.

Awesome coffee and chocolate notes, as well as hints of different woods.

Tastes great. This brew is well balanced, smooth, viscous, warming, well-carbonated, and easily drinkable. Again, the further I travel down this brew, I keep sensing different woods. I nice chicory, subtle barbeque/coffee flavor.

I could almost have this with breakfast or with a hearty steak. Please try this one out...

JTWILDOATS, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer sent courtesy of naproxen in the Naked Beer Geek BIF - thanks again!

She pours the infamous coal black into the Bitburger glass - topped with short lived but sticky tan head. No dating info on the label.

Molasses and chocolate in the aroma, even a hint of dark fruit. Quaff has subtle notes of gritty burnt bread amongst the dark malt backbone. Tad thin bodied, but it drinks well on this cool July evening in the Midwest. Not tasting any sour ale as a porter should have, but it nevertheless is a tasty treat!

Vancer, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with one and half fingers of off white head.

Scent of cocoa, molasses and lightly roasted malts. A very solid scent, but nothing amazing.

Taste of roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. Great Porter flavors with a nice strength.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower's Porter pours a very opaque brown almost black in color. It seems like a very rich beer as it enters my glass and the head on this is near perfect, its almost as if it was a pour from a nitro tap. Very impressive.

Inhaling the aroma of this beer brings about a lot of dark roasted coffee grounds, burnt toast, sweet caramel and chocolate milk. Its toasty, its roasty, its smells delicious.

That first sip and all of those smells come alive! Their is a definite burnt toast taste that is quickly followed by bitter chocolate, high octane espresso, caramel and some brownie batter. Man, this stuff is flavorful!

Definitely take a chance on this Porter if you get the opportunity as it is delicious. Nothing but quality in this beer and all of the aromas and tastes prove that. Great job on your Porter Mayflower!

indiapaleale, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A..Very dark black, as a true porter should be.

S..A nice malt scent. Something else is present but I cannot quite place it.

T..Malt taste was obvious from the start. A good toasty/roasty character from start to finish. A little bite at the end but nothing too strong.

M..Light to medium body.

D.. Very easy to drink. A good porter by any standards. Worth a try if you can find it.

bbeerman, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cakanator for sending this my way.

Looks like a porter, dark, little show-through. Smells like a porter too, a touch on the sweet side.

This is more like it. I feel a lot of porters are just stouts that should have "THIN" slapped on the side in big block letters. This one has the assitude to back up being called a porter with a immediately rich, creamy, almost bold body. Mouthfeel is easily the classiest thing about this brew & it's a valedictorian in that respect.

Tastes pretty good too. Dark chocolate, faint hints of smoke & coffee, malts that never saw the lights of day. Nice.

Very good beer, great example of a well-executed porter. Is this so hard? Why can't more brewers get this style to taste so good? My first Mayflower & I'd be happy to sample another of these or anything else their peddling. Props.

maximum12, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful deep dark brown with slight ruby highlights when held to the light. A nice creamy 1 finger thick tan head with nice retention leaving thick sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is of mocha, toffee, coffee, and chocolate and some mild hops. Taste is of rich roasted malts at first, then a nicely mixed caramel malts with toffee and chocolate, and finishes with a nice coffee flavoring, some bitterness is left on the tongue in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, rich creamy feel at first but the carbonation lightens this beer up. This is an extremely drinkable beer - this is one for an entire evening.

Jayli, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of strengthdoc
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out of the bottle with a very dark brown almost black color. There was a nice rich dark chocolate aroma. The mouthfeel was nice and full. There was a nice chocolate taste with a mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The after taste was a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. This is a very good beer.

strengthdoc, Jun 14, 2009
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!

UncleJimbo, May 31, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Abysmally dark - opaque mahogany color. The head it foamy with the color of lightly creamed coffee.

S: Malty - nutty - coffee tones.

T: Tastegasmic. A complex full bodied mix of smoky, coffee flavors. Sweet and balanced with bit of bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth, Slightly creamy. Lightly, but adequately carbonated.

D: Infinitely so. Darker and more flavor-packed than a boring brown ale, and lighter on the stomach than most stouts - this beer is great with a steak or solo. A bit too much of a punch to be sessionable but the strong flavors make this a perfect slow drinker that you will savor to the last drop.

CavePainter, May 28, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, ruby-tinted brown. Topped by a frothy, light-brown head that fades to a film. The aroma is rich and malty. There are notes of chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a mild booziness.

Mildly sweet malts are well balanced against a roasty backbone: notes of toffee, chocolate and a nice booziness. There's a sharp bite in the finish with a nice, lingering, roasted bitterness. Moderately carbonated and light-bodied.

This is a fine session beer. It's very flavorful and not overpowering, yet it's not a beer that grows bland after you've had a couple.

EPICAC, May 20, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass.
A - Dark ruby brown with a smallish tan head that falls quickly to a ring.
S - Cocoa, roasted coffee, sweet malt, vanilla.
T - Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, roasted nuts. Little bitter hops on the end. Quite tasty.
M/F - Body is medium, the carbonation seems light but is also effervescent - unusual.
D - Very tasty porter - would love to try this on tap or cask.

ThirstyBird, May 12, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing one of these with me.

A - Nice dark mahogany brown body with reddish highlights and one finger of tan head that settled into a thin film and left sparse lacing around the glass.

S - Quite an aromatic nose for a porter with lots of roasty and earthy notes as well as a hefty dose of nutty astringency.

T - Opens with a dominant roasted malt character with bitter coffee notes and hints of walnuts. A slight sour aspect creeps into the mix in the middle, which bolsters the hop bitterness quite a bit. Finishes with a prominent earthy bitterness as well as a good bit of astringency, but with a chocolate sweetness that cools everything down a bit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation providing a bristly sensation on the tastebuds, which in turn gives it a somewhat prickly mouthfeel, yet it still maintains a smoothness in body. Finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness as well as some sourness and astringency on the palate.

D - This porter has a lot of character, which I enjoyed. The flavors are quite pronounced and lively. This is definitely not a boring, run of the mill porter.

ffejherb, Apr 15, 2009
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

waldoiverson, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tigg924, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of damienblack
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown, but not quite black. Perky tan head with some lively lacing. Smells roasty and slightly smokey, with a bit of sweet malt behind it.

On the dryer, roastier side all the way through. Against the back of the palate, features what almost is like bitter baker's chocolate, with a semi-sweetness like the sweetness from the smell. Finishes with an alcoholic flourish. Leaves a slight chalkyness on the tongue after it's finished. The flavors are there, but left sort of lifeless in the mouth. Worth it for the flavor, but the end presentation leaves a bit to be desired.

damienblack, Apr 02, 2009
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