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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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497 Ratings

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 34 | 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 waltonc


3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

01-29-2009 06:04:50 | More by waltonc
Photo of treyrab


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

01-26-2009 03:14:56 | More by treyrab
Photo of SteveO1231


3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours very dark brown with mahogany highlights and an almost nonexistent off-white ring of bubbles.

Aroma is very nice. roasted malts, chocolate ,toffee and caramelized malts.

Light-bodied, smooth texture with a slight slickness. Tingle from carbonation.

Sweet caramel malts, toffee, lightly roasted, chocolate and subtle corn muffin sweetness/flavor. Finishes clean with a drying charred bitterness from I'm guessing some black patent and light, grassy english hops.

Overall this porter is really good, very well balanced, sessionable and full of flavor.

Thanks to MarineHokie for the bottle.


01-26-2009 02:20:41 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a clear dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights and a creamy off white head that dissipates but never really goes away. Smells of chocolate and roast Yum! Tastes of chocolate, roast, and a bit of hop bite with a lingering roast in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body, light but ample carbonation. Great porter! Smooth and silky and chocolaty. Must try more Mayflower.

01-24-2009 23:26:17 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Bounty628


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

There is a very easy drinkability to the beer with an ABV of 5.5% with a remarkably smooth and easy nature to the beer. There is a mellow and calm nature to the beer that certainly makes the beer a very nice session beer.

The pour does not show much carbonation within it and while drinking this offering the lack of excessive carbonation actually seemed to work in the beer's favor.

Mayflower Porter pours a very nice black color with some dark ruby hues present, as well. The pour lends way to a half-inch tan frothy and creamy head. Throughout the sampling the head begins to dissipate yet a nice lacing is left along the glass.
The smell is completely void of any hop nature and instead there is a very pleasant roasted nature to the beer. There are hints of nuts and chocolate in the nose but the roasted malt complexity seems to be what comes through the most.

What really makes this beer a winner is the taste. Immediately noticed is a rush of roasted flavors that is followed by a somewhat sweet, but not overbearing, flavor. The roasted taste of this porter is not to be confused as a smoked porter as there is not the same ashy and smoky flavor you would find in a smoked porter. Instead, the roasted nature is somewhat indicative of perhaps a coffee or roasted nuts flavor. The malts are the most present in this beer and the sweetness that is noted in the taste is rather muted and does not work to offend.

Because there is a heightened smoothness to this porter, the drinkability of this beer is great. There is a very smooth and crisp taste to this porter that works its way across the palate nicely.

01-24-2009 00:50:07 | More by Bounty628
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

Thankst to donkeyrunner, ralflord and jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours black with ruby hues. A thin, light brown head stays. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is ashy, some chocolate and earthy notes.

The taste is ashy, ash-tray-like, sourish fruits and some acidity. Some chocolate "saves" it, keeping the sourness underneath. It has a smoky, slightly astringent, finish.

The feel is a bit thin, but okay.

I like it to a point - has a basic outline that fits well enough, other than slight sourish notes underneath. A bit too smoky - going towards an English stout type of smokiness. The standard "English porter" is usually very "sessionable", to me anyway. This one's not quite so.

01-18-2009 03:19:30 | More by jwc215
Photo of sraimondi


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked a sixer up at Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to a light. The SRM is probably around 38, which is a bit high per BJCP guidelines; however, a very pretty beer nonetheless. Head is dark tan, which dissipates quickly. Some spot lacing.

Smell has some slight roastiness and a hint of chocolate. Some slight nuttiness too. No hops to speak of.

The flavor excels with this one. A very nice roast quality at the front, with some toffee/chocolate character as the taste develops. Some hops bitterness at the very finish which balances things out, although sweetness dominates, bu not cloying.

Mouthfeel is right on for this style, moderate. This beer is very smooth.

Overall, one of my favorite London Porters. Very drinkable and sessionable. The balance on this one is especially notable, as many London Porters go too big on the IBUs. Great job, Matthew and everyone in Plymouth.

BTW, having this one has inspired me to now go with the seminal Fullers's London Porter, one of my favorite beers, which I have yet to review. Stay tuned....


01-17-2009 23:48:22 | More by sraimondi
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with ruby highlights; the tan head retains well and leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: A lot of roast on this one; black bread, too

Taste: After a black bread and mocha start, the roasty and hop flavors really kick in, providing a charred bitter flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roast hangs around but steps back into place as the mocha flavor returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Just a tad too fizzy, but otherwise a first rate example of the style; this is a brewery to reckon with

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

01-12-2009 02:16:57 | More by brentk56
Photo of DefenCorps


4/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz bottle received from ralford in a recent trade. Thanks a bunch, Jay! Into my 26oz snifter

A: Dark brown with reddish brown highlights under a thin tan head. The head recedes rather quickly to a patchy disk.

S: The nose of this beer is pretty impressive. Mellow with a firm roasted malt bitterness, creamy milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. The roastiness is quite exceptional

T: Opens up with a solid roasted malt with a mild burnt flavor that's pleasing. There is some sweetness present, mildly sugary in nature. The combination makes it almost seem nutty, with a cashew like sweetness/creaminess. Mild chocolate and coffee-like flavors are present as well. Solid with a mildly bitter finish

M: Carbonation is a little sharp for my palate but the light body and the pleasantly bitter finish is great

D: Very enjoyable, I'm glad I got to try this

01-10-2009 20:05:13 | More by DefenCorps
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a very dark brown with a quite thin tan head. Nose is quite a bit of malts and a touch of coffee. Flavor is a good mix of malts with a slight touch of chocolate and roasted and coffee in the back of the flavor profile. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is soft with a slight nip. This is a really good porter. It'd be phenomenal on cask.

Big thanks to mtgoat for a chance to try a new brewery and a good beer.

12-25-2008 20:26:28 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of albern


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

This is an enjoyable, traditional English style porter. It pours a very dark, almost impenetrable to light, brown with a tannish brown head that is quite foamy, retains, and definitely laces. The aroma is very malty, roasted coffee and some chocolate notes. There is a touch of graininess in the nose as well.

The taste is delightful. The beer is modestly carbonated for a porter, is quite smooth and creamy, and has a very pronounced roasted coffee and mocha taste. The beer has a bit of a hoppy bitter punch towards the finish. There is a traditional bittering hop presence on the back end and it nicely complements the roasted malts in the mid section. There is a slight husky graininess to the beer as well. This is a nourishing beer, with a pronounced aftertaste of roasted malts. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

12-24-2008 19:04:08 | More by albern
Photo of selecter70


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Truly fantastic offering and on cask locally in Cambridge (Thanks Cambridge Common!) although the demand is outrunning the current supply. Perfect pint served straight from the cask, nice rich dark brown with lovely creamy tan head that stuck to the glass all the way. Nearly a stout by sight, and by taste, I'd definitely forgo a Guinness for this lovely. The aroma had a roasted malt-coffee-chocolate-molasses quality that emerged in the tasting as well. A slight floral hop hint with mild smoke lingering added to this extremely smooth and rich porter. Not too much alcohol tatse, and little carbonation definitely led to the stoutness of it. A pleasant bitterness to the mouth and a clean falvorful aftertaste that left one leaning for more!

12-15-2008 23:53:59 | More by selecter70
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Picked this one up as a nice extra fropm a fantastic set of growlers. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was nice, rich dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing on top as well. Slow settle revealed some nice side glass lacing and a small pillow of tan on top.

The aroma was steep with roasted malts. Rich notes of caramel and molasses. Light grain touches and a bit of a herbal note persisted. Nice robust flavor, rich and sweet with a dry finish. Lots of roasted malts and a classic coffee and chocolate profile. Smooth, mellow and quite nice actually with an easy sessionability I was most impressed with.

Overall a really nice little porter I was very happy with., I would have no issue with trying this one again any day.

12-12-2008 01:02:14 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces a two finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is quite dark with an almost black color, it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, dark ruby color I held up directly to my desk lamp. The aroma has a nice dark grain character to it with aromas of chocolate, toasted bread crust, browned saltine crackers and burnt grain. The aroma is very malt focused, and pretty smooth for all of its roast grain focus.

Lightly sweet tasting, the beer quickly picks up some dryness from the roast grain flavors. The beer finishes with a burnt grain bitterness, a touch of roasted astringency, some light acidity as well as a touch of roasted vegetal notes (this last is pretty faint thankfully). This has a nice, rich, dark malt character to it that provides a complex sweetness to this brew. The beer is fairly light bodied, which definitely makes this easy to drink, though some of the sharper, roast & acid notes can get in the way of this at times. The sweetness found here evokes thoughts of lightly burnt caramel, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and some notes reminiscent of lightly roasted coffee beans sweetened with lactose.

Not overly complex, but it does play the dark malt note pretty well. There is not much in the way of hop or fermentation character here, which is definitely ok by me.

12-07-2008 01:04:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Mayflower Brewing Company: Porter (Tasted 12/03/08)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering on black with a head that fills the glass to the brim, then slowly fades down, leaving tide marks on the sides of the glass.
Odor: Candy corn, cream, roasted malt, chocolate, grainy aromas and nutty yeast underneath.
Consistency: Medium/full smooth body with a definite slickness. Acidity adds a little bit of dimension. Carbonation is on the low end, accentuating the creamy texture.
Taste: Bittersweet choco-coffee goodness dominates while other flavors slowly creep in, the yeasty fruitiness and acidity team up, adding some counterpoint to the roast. Bitterness is mellow, stopping at the point of balance, not much hop flavor to speak of. Finish is clean & malty, coffee, roast, earthy/leafy hop flavors and ghost like smoke ride through the finish and linger.

This is a fine brown porter, there's no denying that. I could drink this all day/night/morning long.

12-03-2008 21:56:16 | More by Walken
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Got this as an extra in a trade with corey0212. Thanks for the opportunity to try this porter!

Appearance: a shiny ruby brown body kind of on the syrupy side with an off white head that has some retention and lacing. The body is quite attractive in my opinion.

Smell: Rich coffee notes that aren't bitter or abrasive. More like a cappuccino than an espresso. Nice amount of roasted malt but again not overpowering.

Taste: Same as the nose. Extremely well balanced and smooth flavor. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Much more lush and creamy than I was expecting after seeing the syrupy pour. The mouthfeel surprisingly gets closer to the watery side of the spectrum than it does to the thick and heavy side.

Drinkability: Much better than expected.

If you are looking for something more aggressive I recommend the Olfabrikken Porter from Denmark. This Mayflower Porter is a bit more of a sessionable porter with tamer flavors. I recommend it when you are in the mood for a smooth porter.

11-29-2008 00:44:30 | More by koopa
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%

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'.

11-28-2008 02:27:12 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

11-25-2008 19:18:30 | More by 3leggeddub
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

11-08-2008 19:19:14 | More by bigkahunas4
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

11-07-2008 22:44:22 | More by brdc
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

10-27-2008 03:16:54 | More by Acochran
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

10-25-2008 01:28:02 | More by mnj21655
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

10-19-2008 23:24:36 | More by abcsofbeer
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -7%

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.

10-06-2008 01:40:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.73/5  rDev -34.5%

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.

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