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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

520 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 67
Gots: 44 | 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 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
Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appears a a dark brown color, clear mahogany behind the light. A one inch light tan head forms on top and leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is very chocolatey with a fairly strong fruitiness reminiscent of cherries. There's also a creamy aspect to it that reminds me of a milk stout.

Taste is again very chocolate forward. The fruitiness enters midway, not necessarily cherries again, just an "English fruitiness." The finish is like creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and smooth texture.

A very good example of an English Porter. I wish this one was available around here.

roadhouse, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no noticeable dates of lot codes on the bottle. Th label has this 17th century look to it and I liked that. Sampled on March 15, 2009.

This pours an attractive dark brown with hints of red when held up to bright light. There are about two fingers of foamy beige head that takes an extended period of time to dissolve. It never really goes away. The aroma is smoked and of clean hops. It seems well balanced in that regard. The mouthfeel is better than medium and the taste is a little hopped but mainly smoky and slightly raisin-like. Overall a good beer and very close to what a well done English Porter should be.

puboflyons, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with a nice tan head that disappeared fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

Some deep roasted malt scents, and a little edge of boiled grain.

Bit on the mild side for me. Nice coffee and some cocoa elements, as well as some nutty hints -- almost a creamy edge to this one. The coffee edge is done right -- right level of deep roast bitterness without getting to the point of burnt charcoal. Good job, but lacks a bit of intensity.

Thinner mouthfeel, but a fairly clean dry finish.

It went down very easy, with no harsh edges. Very very easy to down these. Overall, I liked it but was a somewhat underwhelmed. Perhaps it is because so much is overdone these days that we forget what a simple, standard, good brew can be like. I've had much better, and much much worse for the style. Still, I'd buy this again.

OtherShoe2, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower porter has a dark brown body with lots of ruby highlights, especially around the edges. Only about a finger of head here, but this was served on tap. OK retention, but it leaves some nice, thick sheets of lacing behind.

The aroma is big on roasted malts with sweet malts playing the secondary role.

The taste here features a ton of roasted character also, it is by far the biggest flavor in this beer. Next comes some caramel sweetness, but even that tastes a little burnt. A touch of dark chocolate comes through also. No hops at all here, but that's ok.

Mouthfeel is adequate in thickness as it is slightly creamy, and the carbonation is acceptable. Very dry in the mouth from all of the roasted character.

A nicely drinkable porter, something I will probably have again due to the pretty good price it can be found at around here.

Hojaminbag, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this one in trade as an extra I think. Pours a dark brown with a thick 2 finger off white/tan head that faded after a while and left barely any lacing on the glass. Smelled a little bitter, coffee, roasted malts, stout-ish. Tasted nutty, Cold Coffee, Roasted malt flavors. Med Bodied. Overall a decent but not extraordinary beer.

mugglesandhops, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
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

Slatetank, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking off white head that sits on top of a seemingly pitch black body. Under closer observation it is apparent that it is an extremely dark shade of brown. Lacing is apparent.
Smells are mostly roasted in character with lots of chocolate and coffee, with a sour smell often found in traditional porters.
Roasted character is again very apparent. As is the sour old ale taste. A hop character is also present to add an additional form of bitterness to the brew. The finish sits on the back of your tongue with a lingering roasted bitterness.
I really love this beer. I will be drinking lots of this in the future. I am proud to have a local beer that I am this fond of.

alovesupreme, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a well done porter, and this is a great one. Poured into my nonic tumbler and appears a very dark brown color with a healthy two fingers of creamy tan colored head. Smells of richly roasted malts, cocoa powder, and bready grain. Tastes of dark roasted grains, chocolate, caramel malt and a hint of coffee. Medium body and carbonation. Picked this up as a single at Julio's, wish I would have threw a whole sixer in the cart.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter is almost black, with just a bit of a deep chestnut color showing through when held to the light. Thick tan head is nice and rocky, and sticky lacing is prominent.

Aroma is of roasted dark malts, some coffee and bitter choclate as well. definitely an inviting aroma. The taste is very roasty, dry with some bitter chocolate, dark coffee, it finishes rather dry with a suprising little bit of alcohol. This blends well with the flavors and adds to a nice smooth drinker.

Good body, good smooth feel and easy to drink. A fav style of mine and a great example. Love to have it again some time.

ZimZamZoom, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this extra!

Pours a very dark, mahogany brown color, with a large, dark tan head that left some nice lacing. Very nice chocolate aroma coming from this one, a bit of roastiness in the background and a bit of dark fruit. Lovely dark chocolate flavors, hints of coffee and vanilla, plus a good smack of caramel. Medium-full body, creamy, delicious. What can I say, this is a very good porter, bordering on great. I only wish I had more than one of these!

KeefD, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep brown color with a solid tan haed after a hard pour. laces nicely as the head/beer is consumed.
Bready in the nose, hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
Initial hit in the buds is very rich, rounded and almost like a chocolate shake. But bitter, oh so bitter in the finish.
This beer came to me in the BIF trade and I am glad I recieved it

dmamiano, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of schroederm
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Great retention for the style with thick creamy head and substantial lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and smoke. Great bitter to round out excellent malty character. Aftertaste is quite good. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is pretty thin, although the carbonation is decent.

Overall: Well rounded porter with a classic taste that looks fantastic.

schroederm, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Nipitato
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: One finger thick light tan head with decent retention. Very dark brown. Opaque with legs.

S: A great aroma. Subtle roast mingles with a very nice caramel sweetness. Smooth. Not hops.

T: A nice roasted flavor but I think the age of the bottle really mellowed this out. Some bitterness at the end. Caramel malt flavor is very muted.

MF: Medium light body. Lightly carbonated. Quite dry.

D, notes: A really nice nose that doesn't quite carry through to the taste. A good session beer nonetheless.

Nipitato, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of trbergman
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Dark brown chestnut with one finger of creamy tan head.

S - Mostly chocolate with some graininess in the background. Good aroma, if a bit one-dimensional.

T - Milk chocolate, Russian black bread, and a hint of creamy coffee. While primarily malt-driven, the beer does have a good balance of spicy and earthy hop bitterness.

M - Full and smooth, with subtle carbonation.

D - A good, simple beer with a nice flavor, and easy to drink. Hits the spot when you're craving dark malts and chocolate but don't need the alcohol and complexity of a big stout.

trbergman, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, chewy porter.

Pours a near midnight brown. Off white heads that runs leg all down the inside of the glass. Nutty, cocoa aromas waft out.

Flavor is a wallop of hazelnut, cocoa and porter. Just a slight hop bitterness toward the back end. Some sulfur tangs circling the edges of the tongue. Flavors are more pronounced as it warms. Nearly full body.

MuddyFeet, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditto, thanks to Jay for throwing this in as an extra. This is a very nice all around porter. No rough edges. Pours dark brown with a centimeter of creamy tan head. Smell isn't very prominent, but dark roasted malts and coffee are what I'm detecting. The low ABV is hidden fairly well. You could have told me this was 7% and I wouldn't disagree. Tasty coffee and chocolate notes dominate the flavor. Fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a very nice brew.

waltonc, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of treyrab
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jay for throwing this in as an extra! I never heard of this, but am real glad I know of it now.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark ruby brown with a one finger light khaki head. There is some patchy, creamy lacing as this one goes down the glass. Overall, very light in color for a porter as this is really a dark crimson color.

S: Bitter coffee and roast come to the forefront. This one smells rather light, but the complexity is still there. Some caramel and cocoa come in as well.

T: I'm very surprised at how much flavor comes in from such a small beer. Very roasty with dark malts, followed by some semi-sweet chocolate and some sweet crystal malts as well.

Overall, this one could combat with Edmund someday as this really has potential and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

treyrab, Jan 26, 2009
Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.