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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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481 Ratings

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
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:
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(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008)
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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim


4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fine, superfine porter! Drunk from an undated bottle poured into a Mayflower pint glass. (Cmon y'all, date these bottles - it's in your interest as well as ours!) This one has become one of my favorite porters. It's dark, dry, robust, very malty. Medium lacing, a pretty brew. Full, round and chewy, just as I like my porters. Cara-karma!

Mayflower's Pale Ale is excellent as well. A very promising brewery. I believe the brewer is from Offshore on Martha's Vineyard. And they sure serve up some excellent ales there. Just sayin'.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:27:12 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
Photo of 3leggeddub


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm always glad to pick up a beer from a local brewery to help support the cause and craft of local brewers and artisans, but I'm downright ecstatic when it's a local beer that's this damn good.

Mayflower Porter pours out a lovely black-brown with a respectable tan head that dissipates to a thin covering with a little lacing. The nose isn't too powerful , but it is pleasant with a bit of dark fruit and general roasted malt smokiness. The first sip reveals a great body as it spreads across the tongue. Goldilocks would love this as it's just right: not too thick and not too thin. This tastes like a porter should with lots of roasted nuttiness up front, some hints of sweetness, and a slightly dry finish. There's some coffee and hop bitterness around the edges that is thankfully not overwhelming in the least. Combined with sharp carbonation the mild bitters maintain a solid balance to the beer. Even after a few Mayflower Porters you don't find an unpleasant build up of after taste that you would expect from a dark beer. There's no acrid bitterness and no sweet malt slickness. Throw all that together with the reasonable 5.5% ABV and you have a beer that could take you from the beginning through to the end of the night with no regrets.

This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink. What blows me away about Mayflower Porter is its simplicity. There's plenty going on with the flavors of this beer yet they never bombard you, are heavy handed, or out of balance. That's exactly what an English porter is supposed to be. If you are tired of imperial or Baltic porters and would like something easy-going and basic pick up some Mayflower Porter and drink the hell out of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 19:18:30 | More by 3leggeddub
Photo of bigkahunas4


3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Guinnes stout glass

Appearance: Deep brown, almost black. No head, and not any lacing.

Smell: Coffee roast

Taste: Notes of coffee, nutty, and smokey as well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light brew, with some gentle stickiness.

Drinkability: Tastey and smooth - goes down easy.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2008 19:19:14 | More by bigkahunas4
Photo of brdc


3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Nearly black, just one shade below; very thin tan head that does not hold well.
This medium bodied porter shows an expected, solid but not complex aroma of roasted malts, and a similar taste. Starts relatively sweet, evolves and finishes on the dry side.
Solid, but not special.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 22:44:22 | More by brdc
Photo of Acochran


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at a company event, which was refreshing because you do not typically find porters at company events. Poured by Drew Brosseau, Founder and President, of Mayflower Brewing Co, into an 8-ounce sampling glass. Pours with a small creamy head, dark chocolate in color with strong roasted coffee aroma...ahh smells so nice. The aromas come from the Chocolate and Brown malts. Peated malt is in there for good measure. While the porter is hopped to balance the malts you'll struggle to find hop flavor, and that's a good thing for English Porters. If you're considering trying a porter or are an anti-hop fan I suggest giving Mayflower's Porter a try.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2008 03:16:54 | More by Acochran
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, no visible freshness date

Pours a very dark brown with ruby hints and about a finger of light brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is quite nice, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of sweetness. Taste is quite complex, very enjoyable. Cocoa, caramel, toffee, and coffee are the most prominent flavors, there is no one dominant flavor, this is a very complex but well balanced brew. There is medium-low+ hop bitterness that is solid but I think this brew leans just toward the malty end of the spectrum. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. Overall this is a very drinkable beer that I thought was immensely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 01:28:02 | More by mnj21655
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the Plymouth, Ma brewery. Very nice people running this place. They also make good beer too.

The appearance is a dark brown/black color with no transparency. The head after pouring into a sampler glass was minimal and falls to a thin crown that sticks around.

The aroma is coffee and thick roasted malts. Taste is dark roasted, bitter coffee. I am not a coffee drinker but I liked the taste of this porter. The malts are perfectly roasted for this style and have a small amount of bitter hop flavor in the backend of the taste.

The mouthfeel is ample with good carbonation and a medium body. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

10-19-2008 23:24:36 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Photo of Cunningham26


2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: pours thick into a glass tumbler, with a thin tan head that clears quickly. On the second bottle, i purposely created a larger head, but even that cleared quickly. Almost opaque, but overall looked exactly how you want a porter.
S: not much to speak of, but hints of bittersweet chocolate, malt, and toffee present
T: Overall, not a strong porter taste. If this was a blind taste test, i would have thought this was a dark lager/dunkel. Good caramel, toffee, and chocolate notes, but they didn't last too long
M: more carbonated than an average porter, and more so than i would have liked, unfortunately. Usually a porter is a bit more syrupy, leaving a lasting impression on the palate, but this seemed watery and flavor dissipated quickly.
D: High, because for its style i found it more crisp and easy to drink.

I really, really wanted to love this beer. But after having a few, it only hits a few of the notes I wanted it to. There's nothing wrong with it, and when it warmed a bit it brought out more complex flavors, but overall this didn't live up to my hopes. I appreciate the efforts of these guys and think the IPA is amazing, but this one just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:21:26 | More by Cunningham26
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with dim amber hues peaking through when held up to light. Good caramel colored head along with good retention. Smells of lactose, milk chocolate, light roastiness, coffee, earthy hops, malty. Tastes lets in more roastiness, especially in the finish. Lactose, milk chocolate, caramel. The finish is marvelous with roastiness and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is very silky smooth, perfect carbonation, and slightly dry finish. Goes down ridiculously well...making this amazingly drinkable. Color me impressed!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:06:28 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Freshie


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with thin tan head.

Aromas of chocolate and sweet malt sugar. Faint spicy hops.

Taste is a dry and sweet. Chocolate and earthy hops. Tasty and delightful.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Goes down nicely, leaving a crisp aftertaste on the palate.

Another good one from the boys in plymouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 02:28:58 | More by Freshie
Photo of ArrogantB


3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with ralflord (I think). Dark brown, almost black, not quite. Smells decent, roasty porter. Slightly above average flavor, and very easy to knock back. This would be nice to have a sixers in the fridge. The only problem I had was it seemed thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 03:58:04 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Bitterbill


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a clear dark brown with reddish highlights. There's a good ~2 finger head of foam and there's some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee.

The taste is a rich roasted malt flavour with side notes of light coffee and some dark chocolate. This is pretty yummy!

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is on the low end of medium. Btw, the head retention is average but the lacing refuses to give up the battle. ;^)

Drinkability is *very* good and being only 5.5%abv helps. I'm having no problem emptying my glass and if I had another bottle, I'd tap that baby as well.

Bottom line: This is a *very* tasty and oh so enjoyable English Style Porter. I'm impressed with what Mayflower Brewing has done here.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:04:10 | More by Bitterbill
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark dark almost completely opaque brown that let in a little light. Head was 1 finger, mostly foam, but some bubbles and was slightly brownish in color. It lasted about 5 mins, clung to the sides, and left a small layer on top. Smell was like fabulous dark chocolate with a bit of caramel and hint of coffee. Taste was slightly sweet, a bit of cream, and slightly burnt cocoa. Mouthfeel started off a bit shaky, was slightly over carbonated, but that settled down a bit as it went on. It clung inside well. Very easy to drink, went down extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 23:24:49 | More by mountdew1
Photo of taez555


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark syrupy black coca cola colored body with an off-white head.

Nose was a subtle, but very present mix of dark malts, chocolate, brown bread , soft new England fruit and mild coffee. As it warms a lot of smokey flavors start to come out and it almost has some meaty rauch touches at times. Very inviting nose. I like it.

Taste is medium bodied with a firm porter taste. Lots of roasted soft dark malts. Not overly bitter at all like some porters that border more on stouts. Hops are subtle with some nice English earthy flavors. You can really taste the smokey flavor in this beer. There's a mild metallic taste throughout that goes along with the soft dark roasted malt flavor. Ends with a smooth quick dark malt lingering taste.

I took a quick look at the brewery website before hitting submit. EKG hops and Peat malt. 5.5% ABV. Very nice indeed. This is really a very good beer. I'm blown away, one of the better porters I've had. Nice job Plymouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 00:12:49 | More by taez555
Photo of ppoitras


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" orangey tan head over the clear dark reddish brown brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with plenty of slow-falling lace. Aroma is rich and roasty. Taste is also roasted dark grain husks with a dry close. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, and drinkability is superb. Something so drinkable yet flavorful is a rare find.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:34:49 | More by ppoitras
Photo of RickSawyer


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as close to black as possible but not TOTALLY black. Thick mocha head falls to a creamy one finger head. Smell is full of bakers chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar, browned apple, earthy soil etc... Taste is very nice! Round maltiness, hints of chocolate, not as sweet as the nose but so solid and smooth. Very impressed!

Thanks Corey.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:21:23 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of tpd975


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew203 aka McLargeHuge

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with an average head. Okay retention and no lace.

S: Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and char.

T: Same as aroma. It is nice and bold, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 15:54:17 | More by tpd975
Photo of morebeergood


3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Bauer for the weekend. Poured into pint glasses. Murky brown color, pretty decent sized head. Smelled like roasted coffee. Taste was very good and quite different from other porters I've had lately. Notes of chocolate, smoke, and pine were tasted. Delicious. As it's English style, I'll appreciate the fact that it was a bit thin in the body, but I prefer my porters to be a bit heavier. Very easy beer to drink, though, which counterbalances the light body. Another home run for Mayflower.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 22:58:35 | More by morebeergood
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark murky chocloate in appearance..small head. Smell- coffee, smoke, malt..very nice. Taste rich coffee, smoke...smooth and with great body. Mouthfeel..wow! Smooth and craemy, butnot losing a hop presence..exceptional. Drinkability...smooth, just right...not too light or heavy..exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:52:21 | More by edchicma
Photo of SMADMS


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler straight from the tap at the brewery poured into an imperial pint glass
Very dark brown/black wth 2 finger head that nicely laced the glass
Wonder roasted malt aroma with some chocolate, coffee and smoke
The chocolate and coffee comes out on first taste nice dry porter very light carbonation.
Smooth finish that makes you want another. Not a summer beer but this may be a fall/winter favorite
another winner from Mayflower

Serving type: growler

07-14-2008 11:50:01 | More by SMADMS
Photo of erosier


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a brown/black color with a medium bodied and medium sized darker tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Nice roasted malts under some coffee and a bit of chocolate in the flavor.
T: The taste follows the nose very well. Nice roasted malts underneath nice coffee and a hint of chocolate.
M: The mouthfeel is dry and smooth. It is a nice drier porter.
D: Pretty drinkable and a really nice english porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 15:13:19 | More by erosier
Photo of smcolw


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Photo of Kallessin


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with some ruby highlights. Very thick foamy head, that settles after a minute or so and leaves a moderate amount of foam.

Very strong coffee and espresso aromas.

Very mild roasted coffee/chocolate flavor. Not as full of flavor as the aroma would suggest, but good. It has a nice roasted aftertaste.

At first it has a very smooth milky mouthfeel, but then the carbonation kicks in a little. Finishes a little dry. Overall very nice.

This is my first beer from Mayflower Brewing and I have to say I'm very impressed. This beer is very drinkable and would absolutely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 22:52:43 | More by Kallessin
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a light tan head that hung around as a ring.

S - rich, roasted coffee aroma, very nice.

T - very good, roasted malty flavors, chocolate and coffee with a bittersweet finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - easy drinking, good tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 23:07:30 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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