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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of magisterquintus
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of jayt206
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of DanThomas
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.57/5  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!

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of ms11781
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of nhindian
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great head with staying power. deep tan

nice roasted nose but subtle with chocolate notes.

taste is spot on. roasty malts, light chocolate dry light astringency in dark malts. nice hops that balance out this beer. as said in many reviews it is not overdone but to me done with perfection. yes, straight forward porter that i could quaff many off.

love this style and love this one.

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a light mocha cap that has decent retention. A ring leaves legs and some fine lace.

S- Mostly malty lending good roast, cocoa and coffee notes. Some caramel mixed in there in a nose of decent overall strength. A bit of dark fruit in there.

T- Follows the nose but the dark fruit comes a little bit more in the beginning. The finish is nice and roasty with coffee notes and just a bit of hops.

MF- Light body that is just a tiny bit watery. The carbonation is at an appropriate level, moderate-high. A nice roasty bitterness in the finish.

DB- A good porter with a very nice roast malt feel. An example of the style that I think anyone who likes roast characters in beer would enjoy.

Photo of kbutler1
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan head that quickly settles to form a nice collar around the glass. The aroma is light roast coffee, dark chocolate, and leather. Medium mouthfeel. A balanaced taste between the roast coffee flavors and the sweetness from the dark chocolate notes. Slight leather with a hint of smoke as well. Slight bitterness lingers on. To me this is slightly bland upfront. Easy drinking though.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness Imperial pint.

A: Black with some ruby hues. One inch tan head dissipates quickly, but a light swirling of the glass will rejuvenate it. Light, spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A bit of plum-like darkfruit. Hints of tobacco and a soft leathery smell.

T: Chocolate and coffee arrive on the tongue first, followed by some plum-like darkfruit with a slight tart edge. Faint notes of vanilla extract come out as the beer warms. Finishes a little dry with some dark chocolate and a robust woody/tobacco-like roastiness that lingers forever.

M: On the lighter side of moderate. Ample carbonation adds crispness. Smooth.

D: Very drinkable.

Notes: This is a very solid porter. I was blown away when I first tried it, and now it has become an old familiar friend. I probably buy more of this than any other beer on the market. That's saying a lot, being that I'm a promiscuous drinker by nature. This is one one of the better porters out there, and very well crafted. It flies off the shelves here, so I always make it a point to grab some when I see it.

Photo of nas5755
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown, opaque with tan hues on the edge. A nice head with good lacing. The nose has brown bread, molasses and a touch of chocolate. A very complex taste follows, brown breads, chocolate, molasses, some slightly roasted nuts, a touch of acrid bitterness and some sweetness. A very smooth and creamy with a good carbonation. A very drinkable beer worth a session.

Photo of robwestcott
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle to a dogfish head signature glass an espresso roast black with a short lasting 1/2 finger mocha head.

roasty aroma of dark fruits, dark dark chocolate and rich dark espresso.

mildy bittersweet espresso forward, followed by a nice nutty after. a bit of chocolate and sweet dates as the glass warms.

higher carbonation than expected, a little distracting actually, more sweet than bitter.

drinkable - yes.

Photo of emagana
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Black with some light brown tint. Aromas of smoke roasted grains. Hints of of earthy notes as well. Starts of with a burst of burnt almonds. Plum and raisin also dominate the palate. Finishes off quite smooth with lingiring smoke after taste. Well done porter.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jayli for this one.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost espresso color with 2 full fingers of creamy tan head. Small ring of head stays with small spots of lace.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Robust and sweet. Roasted oats and malts upfront with coffee tones throughout and finishes with the sweetness of chocolate and maybe some toffee.

T: Bitter coffee and chocolate upfront. Full roast flavor throughout. Sweet and bitter are well balanced here.

M: Above average in body and moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy going down.

D: Excellent beer. This one has got me wanting to revisit this style as the weather cools off.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

We wish the world brewed more straight-up Porters.

Pours a dark, opaque brown topped with a tan lace. Aroma is slightly acrid with fresh toasty brown breads and suggestions of bitter chocolate and molasses. Fairly light bodied, but firm and even. Creamy on the palate. An underlying dryness sets the foundation. Semi-sharp acrid character with a quelling layer of sweetness on top. Notes of molasses, faint caramel, earth, dry chocolate, chicory, dark breads and slightly burnt edges. Pithy and peaty. Light citric hop bite with some grass. Finishes mildly abrasive with a drying linger and hint of smoke.

Quite possibly a perfect Porter, by modern-day standards. What we dig about Mayflower's version is that it leans toward the English style, which tends to be more balanced, well-attenuated and sessionable. Delicious!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, 'PKG 05/27/10'. Into the pint glass ...glug ...glug ...glug. Another one to thank charliedvrs for...

A: Impenetrable ebony at the core, garnet/ruby fringes. An ever-present khaki cream crown builds to a finger or so, fades lumpily. Sticky lace in wavy bands.

S: Robust chocolate nose. Malt, luscious sweetness.

T:Chocolate roast and light coffee. Darkened nuts and a cutting earthiness that leads to a lasting bitterness. The gentlest tang of oxidation augments rather than detracts. Good hop presence, plenty of spice.

M: A prickly greeting chased away by a mellower cream then an ash-dry bitterness. Mild grainy grit coats.

D: Superbly drinkable, as in 'gone too quickly'. Rich and savory, it's a porter I'd absolutely seek out again. Excellent example of the style.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with some excellent crystal/chocolate malt notes. The taste is great! It has a very enjoyable black and chocolate malt flavor. It has a nice roasted feel with a balanced flavor that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a tremendous porter. It's full of character; a fine session ale.

Photo of MA08
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Mayflower Nonic at 55 degrees.

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a thick tan head with good retention. Strong smells of roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate notes. Bitter hop taste noticable coupled with dark roasty malts with some coffee notes. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with limited carbination. An excellent and unique porter on par with Fullers.

Photo of rsgcwhite
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imagine you've come ashore with the Pilgrims. A grinning Myles Standish, decked in glistening armor that seems to give regality to his smaller frame, asks you:

"Do you like roasted malts?"

Surprised by the question, you sheepishly reply 'Why, yes'. Before you finish your next thought, Standish has grabbed you by the back of the head and is holding you down in a barrell of roasted malts, drowning you in them.

"How do you like them now?", he responds to your muffled cries.

First, don't get me wrong - this is a good beer. Almost great, in fact. It's well-made, but after trying many more 'complex' beers recently, the dominance of the roasted malts was not it's most positive trait.

A- This is a deep brown porter - unless I'm drinking this out of a glass straw, I'm not seeing anything but the deepest of browns. No head to speak of.

S- Expresso and chocolate, but this is no Mocha - it smells like invigoration.

T- Welcome to Roasted Malt Mountain! Get through the first few sips, and you'll actually like it (almost a form of Stockholm Syndrome). Let your system adjust; but don't look too hard for hops, their contribution was minimal.

M- On the heavy side of medium-bodied, but drinkable.

This beer finishes well - much more beautifully than it begins. Every fortnight I get the 'malt shakes' - when this happens again, this will probably be the beer I pick up.

Photo of aquaphiliac
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer for $10.99... kinda expensive.

Appearance: nothing special here, looks good for a porter. not a whole lot of head, but good retention.

Smell: smells toasted, some bittersweet cocoa but the toasted malts dominate. Little bit of hop smell comes through as well.

Taste: Good blend of the three smells upfront then the aftertaste is a very pleasant roasted flavor. Satisfying to say the least.

Mouth: Carbonated but not annoyingly so. Does not feel heavy by any means.

Drink: Going off of the mouthfeel, it strikes a great balance between feeling on the light side for porters and being very satisfying. I drank three and was very content. I could have had another and still enjoyed it very much.

Overall a very good beer, probably won't buy it again exclusively because of the high price though.

Photo of skullsplitter
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep brown with a slight hint of ruby. A very small head that left a very small amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of strong aroma's going on. There is a pretty intense roasted coffee scent up front that does not overpower the chocolate and caramel notes as well. I also thought I detected the hint of dried dark fruits.

T - Strong Roasted malt taste up front. A nice blending of roasted and dark chocolate character. Mildly hoppy and very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a little more carbonation that usual. I had no problem throwing back a few of these.

D - An excellent porter. It's right up there with Fuller's as one of my favorites. Mayflower continue to deliver quality stuff.

Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.