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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:
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(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008)
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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a pint glass is a completly black and opaque 12 ounces of darkness. The head is mocha colored and is about one finger thick but thins out quick. The beer still looks good anyway.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate malts,. The hop aroma has a little bit of sharpness. On the tail end is a faint peanut aroma.

Taste: Chocolate malts that present themselves right up front. A little bit roasted hoppiness. The mouthfeel is is very smooth. On the finish has a subtle peanut flavor.

Notes: A great English Porter a good example of the style. Cheers.

horshack7, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, dark mahogany that looks almost black in the glass. there are ruby hints when held up to light. The smallish tan head recedes quickly to a small collar and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by heavily roasted chocolate malts with some ground espresso. There is some caramel and vanilla sweetness but it's secondary in the nose.

The taste is much sweeter than the aroma with the chocolate seeming to mix with some cream and vanilla. Don't get me wrong, the backbone of toasted malts is still there and really dominates in the finish with a seriously dry, toasted finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry in the finish with low to moderate carbonation.

This is great porter with a nice mix of sweetness and roasted character which makes it extremely drinkable and complex at the same time. Excellent beer.

gford217, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from TheManiacalOne, thank you very much. Poured into a pint glass at 39 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger creamy tan head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is dark brown with garnet highlights on the bottom of the glass. The clarity is opaque.

Nose: A roasted dark malt that has coffee, chocolate, and a burnt note. There are also some floral, wood, phenols, toasty, biscuit, and yeasty notes.

Taste: A good dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, burnt character, floral, wood, phenols, toasty, biscuit, yeast, and a slight funky meat flavor.

Mouth feel is creamy, full, and velvety.

Overall. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. There is a slight off meat flavor in the beer. The beer has a lot of good qualities and is very tasty.

colts9016, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

womencantsail, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of travduke
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Near pitch black body. I got a little crazy when I poured this and turned out to be about 6 fingers of head. Once it settled it was about two fingers so that's good. I'm half way down the glass and its still fluffy, great retention. Lacing is beautiful aswell.

Aroma: Heavy on the roasted chocolate malt. You can pick up some nice coffee and vanilla aswell. Great smell.

Taste: Same as the nose really. The hops are present aswell as thit the back of the mouth. I am really impressed with this beer.

Feel/Drink: Nice creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth. Drinkablity is superb.

travduke, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Rbald42
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a karma package from Reagan1984. That guy rocks.

Appearance is a very dark brown nice and creamy, very full looking while pouring it. Leaves a thin bubbly head with some lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, milkduds and some roastiness, slight burnt coffee and a slight woodsy quality. Taste is where this beer shines. It tastes damn good. Small hop bite with coffee notes. Some chocolate and again milkduds. The mouthfeel is very creamy, with a nice dry finish. Drinkability is high and carbonation is smooth, letting you focus on the flavors. I wish I had more to enjoy. A very nice porter.

Rbald42, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from jmu500, thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my small Koningshoeven snifter. Pours a medium black, similar to Coke/Pepsi as it pours. Seems a little on the thin side. Fills the glass black as night though. Very little head, basically non existent. Leaves very light, fizzy lacing...that slides quickly down the sides of the glass.

Aroma consists of roasted barley, slightly roasted coffee. Roasted is the primary word here. Picking up a slight hint of vanilla too.

Flavor has a nice measure of coffee, notes of chocolate on the back side...again...a roasted flavor is large. Creamy, light body. More roasted malts, toasted barley...pretty tasty!

ShadesOfGray, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in the Local BIF from ppoitras. Thanks again for all the wonderful brews Pete. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a chocolate brown color with red hues on the sides when held to the light. One finger thicker looking tannish head. This stuck around for a little while leaving sticky lacing in the aftertmath.

S- This one is interesting to say the least. Chocolate and light roasted malts in the front end of this. I pick up a light coffee scent and the bitter grassy hopping comes out very well in the back end of the aroma.

T- Roasted malts right off the get go clash with a light milk chocolate undertone. The coffee comes in the middle and adds a extra layer to the roasted malts. The grassy hops come in the back but are a little muted...I was surprised by the chocolate undertones throughout this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the weak side for me. Chocolate and roasted malts played on the palate with a light coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Clean flavors throughout the entire beer. Some light metallic flavor but nothing annoying in any way.

D- This is a well crafted porter that I think more people should try. It's not a heavy hitter by any means but in the long run it is a well made craft beer. Sessionable and enjoyable.

alleykatking, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very Dark brown color with ruby red light getting through with a full-on sticky 1" head with moderate dissipation and leaves some nice after math.

The aroma has chocolate barley and brown sugar in the maltiness, gentle maple syrup, dried leaves, sundried corn husks, pretty big aroma.

Oohh, the malty complexity and flavor's are very bold, rich and a bit more assertive than most Porters I can think of. A full, hefty feel with a clean finish. The malt is full of dark chocolate and herbs, mild earthy hops provide a rightous balance of flavor's. The malt flavor's come on first and then mellows with earthy, not bitter hops and a very sour-herbal aftertaste. a slight sweetness rides in right after, for a little reminder that this is the malt's show.

An excellent American made Porter in the English style!

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jstilwell
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We did a porter tasting with some of the better rated ones from this site. Side by side, this did not impress. The color is almost straight black but there is a slight dark brown/purplish hue. This has very little lacing and head. Looks like a pepsi. I am getting a faint amount of roasted malt in the nose and a small bit of dark fruit, nothing special. The taste is fairly dry and watery. There is good balance for sure between hops and malt. Overall it is very thin with not enough flavor for us as compared to some others. Try the IPA by MAyflower it is solid.

jstilwell, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

mothman, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love the cask but this place has an aversion to the sparkler which is continuously annoying to me and it just kills the presentation in addition to the intended body and mouthfeel of the beer, but I digress.

opaque at first glance but a clear deep ruby against strong light. Soley on the merits of the pour, the head was over the top fluffy and bubbly but dead in a minute. No lacinng at all.

Chocolate and black patent malt aromas with burbon phenols in the nose. Oak and tobacco too.

Taste is bitter and dry but medium to light in body. It tastes like a porter should in my opinion. Modest chocolate burnt taste that does not dominate; in fact nothing does. This is a well crafted beer; exemplary of the style.

The finish is very dry; almost too dry for my taste. Drinkability suffers for this but it's good for one.

StrangeBrewer76, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a generous sample from Ryan at Mayflower today. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour yields a dark brown body, with mahogany edges that let a decent amount of light through. There is a frothy, off-white head that fades to a tight ring pretty quickly. There is a trace amount of oily lacing on the edges of the glass.

The smell is roasted coffee, a nice blend of milk and dark chocolate, sweet cream and a slight peppery hop aroma in the background.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely, but the dark chocolate really dominates. There is a nice touch of sweet milk chocolate, cream and vanilla mid palate that leads to the roasted coffee malt character in the finish.

The beer is medium bodied, full flavored and well carbonated. There is a nice dry finish and the alcohol is well masked by the flavors, as it should be for a nice sessionable porter.

rpstevens, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Kelp
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

Kelp, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Pecorasc
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to LarryG for sending this as an extra. I'm making a point of reviewing this because I feel bad about not reviewing Mayflower's fantastic IPA. 12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A- Pours a deep ruby red with great clarity. Khaki colored head that assaults the sides of the glass with lacing all the way to the bottom. Retains a quarter inch head right to the very end.

S- Roasted barley, coffee and cream, chocolate and earthy hops. The roasted barley is dominant but in no way overpowering. Pleasant and balanced.

T- A bit watery at first, then chocolate malt and carbonation lead the way. Finishes with roasted barley, coffee beans and english hops. The flavors become increasingly intense, while maintaining their restraint and sessionability. The aftertaste leaves me craving more.

M- A creamy smoothness with a snappy and dry finish. Works perfectly in this porter.

D- Simplicity, snappy dryness, and great aftertaste make this very sessionable: one isn't enough if your a fan of porters.

Another impressive beer from Mayflower. Glad to have it.

Pecorasc, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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

tzieser, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe for this one (or two)!

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Roasty with a little bit of everything, porter wise, in it. And the touch of smoke is really nice. Very well balanced.

Highly drinkable. Definitely a new favorite in this style. Worth checking out.

Next review!

ScreamForMe, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of diechipmunk
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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.

diechipmunk, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of caresville
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- deep dark brown to almost black body with a nice mocha head (after an aggressive pour). minimal lacing, not much carbonation and the head disappears quickly.

s- roasted malts, coffee, raisins, chocolate and some coffee.

t&m- smooth and thin. subtle hints of coffee, caramel, plums, raisins, milk chocolate and for some reason i get raspberries.

d- easy sipping, really smooth and light. could easily throw a lot more than 1 or 2 of these down.

caresville, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of mirish72
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having been seeing more Mayflower available in the Worcester area, which is a really good thing.

This pours black with a strong but balanced aroma of roasted malts and hints of coffee. Has nice lacing with a one finger head.

Nice balanced and dry taste with a lingering malty bitterness. Really smooth and easy to drink, definiately up there as one of my favorite porters and I love that is is brewed locally.

I would put it up there with Smuttynose as one to try.

mirish72, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at the British Beer Company.
It was freezing outside so I was looking forward to having something cask conditioned. Was glad to see it was a porter they had on cask.

To be honest, I think this beer may be better cold, but I haven't had it cold.

Appearance was nothing to shout about. It was a very dark brown with ruby red tints to it. The head was sudsy, but weak...it dissipated before my first sip.

Aroma was layered with malts, smokiness, and fruits.

Taste - The fruits are what hit me first - almost an orangy chocolate, but I sense that orange-like flavor wouldn't come through when this is cold.

I did taste a bit of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses, and something I can't quite put my finger on...vanilla?

Mouthfeel was silky, yet thin, and the carbonation of course almost non-existent.

Drinkability was decent for one, but I wasn't raring to have another. This wasn't bad - but I was a little disappointed.

jbertsch, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, transparent brown with some slight scarlet highlights. There's a 2-finger beige cafe au lait head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

The smell is mainly toasted coffee malts with some dark chocolate & a hint of smoke. The taste has some bitterness from the toasted coffee-like malts which balances nicely with the chocolate & caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy with some dryness in the end.

This is a fantastic porter. Goes perfectly with a dessert. Highly drinkable because it's not too heavy.

theghost3, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Jettanbass9
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles from Tim (vwaddict) while trying to spread the porter love. Thanks Tim!

a - dark, dark brown with black cherry and chestnut highlights. thin, pillowy head that doesn't go anywhere. rich looking brew, satisfying for this winter night.

s - complex aroma of peated malt, light roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some dark caramel. peat takes the forefront as roast and caramel mingle. wonderfully complex aroma.

t - much like the aroma peated malt takes the forefront. dark chocolate and dark caramel mingle inbetween the peat that leaves the beer fairly simple with just the right complexity.

m - medium to full bodied with light carbonation. smooth and rich with some balancing bitterness.

d - this porter is rich and deserves to be drank next to a warm fire. this beer is without a doubt rich and complex but in a very simple way. i could easily put down a few of these on a cold night.

Jettanbass9, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of nkersten
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from bottle, dark brown but still transparent with a thin white head that sticks around, especially at the edge of the glass. Some lacing.
S- Some coffee, roasted rich malts and a chocolate as it warms. Pretty mild aroma overall.
T- The taste is very similar to the smell. Excellent coffee flavor that doesn't overpower the buttery dark malts. Hop bitterness in the finish makes this a great porter. Very well balanced.
M- Not too thick, medium carbonation. Very clean. Probably a bit more fizz then most English porters but I like it.
D- To me this is exactly what an porter should be. Very easy to drink and a great flavorful alternative to my favorite lighter session brews. If I had access to this it would frequently be in my fridge.

nkersten, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served at 51 degrees in my SA Sensory Pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with some deep red, almost brown highlights when backlit. Pour revealed a frothy/sudsy two inch, khaki-colored head that crackled and popped as it slowly receded into a fairly consistent quarter inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose off the bottle pop was coffee, roasty and perhaps a hint of smoked meat a la rauchbier. Nose in the glass is a bit more subdued - light coffee aromas and something else hard to tease out; maybe a hint of lactose and something else...Taste follows nose - smoky character definitely remains, but I also get a slightly metallic quality as well. Mouthfeel is medium-light with carbonation levels that approach prickly; however, this beer is also a bit gassy. Not a bad porter by any means, but a little too much CO2 happening here. I might have to try another bottle as some small beer stains on the label might be indicative of an off bottle.

Jwale73, Nov 28, 2009
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