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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter

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237 Reviews

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 677
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.55%
Wants: 85
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 237 | Hads: 677
Photo of PatriotsRule
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark beer with a light heart
A: Essentially pitch black with medium carbonation. Average off white head
S: Coffee and hops with a bit of chocolate and some smoke
T: Hops and roasted malt, coffee aftertaste with just a hint of smoked chocolate
M: Lip-smackingly crisp, almost minty. Certainly full bodied and full flavored
O: This porter does not mess around. Compare w/ Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower Porter is black, but like a good porter teases out a trace of clarity along its base. As for highlighting, no such luck. This has the complexion of onyx. Its head, while not exactly flourishing, does have a concrete-coloured tint to it and refuses to fade.

The aroma has the air of a gourmet Oreo. It has a chocolaty cookie base, with vanilla and mocha flavours that require no effort to notice. Tantalizing though not exactly 'dessert-like', the prominence of roasted black malt keeps this squarely in 'grain-y' (not sweet) territory.

The flavour has a moderately strong malt flavor and showcases a lightly burnt black malt character that is chalk full of roasty dryness. That in and of itself is gratifying but it doesn't end there; traces of espresso and molasses spring up in the secondary. More bitter than sweet, it nonetheless manages a nice balance.

Mayflower Porter has a big, mouth-filling texture that has notes of coffee lingering in the finish like long guitar reverb. You might think it was made by a barista. The impression of chocolate-covered coffee beans is unmistakable. Despite dark and roasty flavours, leave the knife and fork behind; this ain't so heavy.

Mayflower Porter requires no "further search or consideration" - it was obvious right from the outset that this is a world-class porter through and through. When it comes to brewing hearty porters no one yields a sharper bayonet than the Americans. It's hard to find anything to nitpick about in this quintessential robust porter.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Dark brown-black body with a beautiful, cloud-like mocha head that reduces slowly. Medium-high puffy lacing.

S- Coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark roasted malt.

T- Slightly smokey upfront, fading into dark chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Quite delicious.

M- Low carbonation with a medium, borderline thin body.

Overall, a tasty brew. Mayflower porter is a nice traditional interpretation of the style. What I really enjoyed about this beer was the slightly smokey, dark chocolate aftertaste. Worth a try.

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Photo of heatherishoppin
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes I am in the mood for an extremely full-bodied and smoky in-your-face beer. The Mayflower Porter is not the smokiest and wildest porter I have had but still quite tastey for what I am craving at the moment!

It has nice and not over-powering smoky and chocolate flavors. The aroma is subtle but pleasing. I also feel a nice bitterness from the hops on my tongue. This beer is nothing extreme but it is a very nice balanced porter.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bready, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate.

L: Dark brown, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Roasted coffee with a bready backbone. Slight English fruity esters, medium low earthy bitterness, little hop flavor. Some tobacco flavors near the finish. Finishes semi-dry with some breadiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

The best American "English" porter I've had. Absolutely phenomenal, all the flavors pop.

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Photo of Gatch
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a foamy, fizzy light brown head that builds and fades quickly with no lacing or head retention.

S: Boozy and malty. Roasted malt, molasses and caramelized sugar dominate.

T: Deliciously sweet, roasted malt with molasses and brown sugar in the finish.

M: Great body for a porter. Fantastic malt flavors in the finish.

O: A fantastic beer of this style that I will most certainly drink again.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Julio's Liquors in MA, and glad I did. Definitely a really nice porter.

Poured into a pint glass, the body is mostly opaque black, with red shining through on the edges. Very appropriate for a porter. Nice, thick finger of light tan head sticks around for a long time and leaves a decent amount of splotchy lacing.

Slightly charred grains are the main focus on the nose. A hint of licorice, coffee, and just a touch of mild citrus hops.

The taste is much like the smell, with the slightly charred malt coming straight to the forefront. Complimented masterfully with a subtle citrus, and followed by a very mildly dry finnish. Bitter, burnt coffee, just barely shows itself in the aftertaste, while still somehow keeping the overall impression of the beer as "refreshing". Carbonation is light, and the mouthfeel is appropriately medium bodied.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a DFH signature glass. Bottled on 12/23/11. Big thanks to Gushue3 (Mike) for the extra.

A: Pours a dark black with some dark cherry edges. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice thick collar.

S: Nice oaty malts, light green hops and bakers chocolate fill the nose.

T: Nice roasted oats up front with a nice chocolate and slight raw coffee bean flavor in the middle. There is a slight hops presence from the nose in there as well. The finish is a dry bitter coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. The finish is chocolatey with a mild dryness.

O: A very solid porter across the board. Very balanced and the drinkability is solid as well.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is nearly black, with amber hues. There is a medium tan small head.

The aroma is full of char and bitter coffee.

The taste is full of burnt coffee and burnt toast. There is a slight bitter hop finish. The taste is flavorful and hits the roasted drinkable porter spot. This drinks nice and light, with sharp carbonation.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cola brown with a bubbly light tan head that is about two inches high.

The aroma has nice roasted malts with hints of bitter cocoa and some notes of coffee. Pretty standard and pretty enjoyable. A little bit more of a roasted malt character on the pallet with some English toffee notes and bitter espresso on this finish. A little of a metallic hop bite rounds this out.

The body is robust and silky with soft carbonation. Real enjoyable here. Well made and solid all around.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery as part of the brewery tour. Pours a black body and a tan head. Smell is great. Chocolate milk shake, some smoke, faint grass.

Taste is chocolate milk shake and some herbal flavor just for some tang. Good medium body. Great porter. I really like this beer. Real respect for the style and the gives me the impression that this is what a style of this sort tasted like way back.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/18/11 and given to me by Maddog! This beer has held up extremely well for its ABV; a testament to how well it is made.

A: near opaque, clear, deep, deep copper color, incredible dense rocky head
S: great roasted-treacle malt, rich and decadent
T: deep roasted malt taste with good hop balance, an incredibly made beer
M: creamy, rich and extremely drinkable

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goddamn Lunch, you are bringing the tasty. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Dark brown / black, brown head, small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is a little sweet, malty, mild roast, some chocolate.

Beer is medium in body and has some coffee bitterness at the back of it, decent body throughout the palate and a nice finish. A good beer for sure.

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Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle picked up at Julio`s.

Appearance is dark brown, a small tannish head, a pleasant look. The nose on this porter is oatmeal, malts, some coffee and brown sugar. Its` taste has earthy grains, chocolate, malts and chocolate continue to make their presence known here. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a very easy drinking porter. A solid beer from this small brewery outta Mass.

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Photo of Dools9
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Mayflower Brewery...

A: Dark black, hints of amber along the edges of the glass. Off white, creamy head.

S: Lots of heavy roast, dark chocolate, mild black coffee, some tobacco.

T: Big roasted malt, slightest bittersweet chocolate taste, light lingering bitterness and a good smack of black coffee.

M: Lighter bodied, a bit thin, smooth drinking, soft on the tongue.

O: Very, very solid. Good representation of the style. Always awesome to have a world class porter readily available. Hell, the brewery is a 20 min drive for me!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lunch for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours black with a good light mocha head and plenty of lacing on the way down. Thin cap for a bit. The nose is really nice with plenty of chocolate along with a good roast balance. Slight coffee in the background. The flavor isn't as well melded. Too much roast there. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a quarter inch of beige head. The aroma brings roasted malt in the English style, toffee, dark fruits, hints of chocolate. The flavor brings toasted malt, roast, alcohol, toffee. Pretty tasty. Medium to light bodied. Overall, very drinkable and tasty. Would happily throw back a pint of this on another occasion.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

packaged September 29, 2011 (I think--the date is pretty smudged on all of the bottles)

A: Dark red with a thick head that collapses pretty quickly. I don't get much lace.

S: Deep roasted malt with some chocolate. Not the most complex smell, but it's clear and well-defined.

T: Lots of roasted malt that comes off as quite sweet. There's some molasses and chocolate in there. At the end, the peaty smoke comes through and cuts through the sweetness nicely. Maybe the fainest hint of metallic hops on the finish, too. This is a very tasty porter.

M: Disappointingly thin. The mouthfeel really doesn't complement the taste.

O: This is a delicious porter, and it's easy to drink lots of it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard dark brown appearance, with a lighter brown head around the neighborhood of 1" deep. Mild aroma, leans English, brown ale smell.

Taste, pretty mild as well, has that lack of hopping and wet wood thing going on with the yeast esters that scream cliche English pubby type of thing. Minute amounts of toffee, caramel to this one, didn't pull much if any chocolate, coffee or molasses out of it.

Not a complex or nuanced beer, its pretty straightforward, if you're an old school English brown ale fan, you'll be all about this. Really tame. The further you go east, the more likely this beer will be raved about it seems. Decent stuff, thanks to whomever threw this in as an extra, a nice change of pace, decent palate cleanser for when drinking the heavier beers.

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Photo of nanobrew
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a big reviewer, but I took one sip of this and said "wow, this is great, I think I should review it". So here I am drinking this beer at my computer reviewing it.

Poured into my Duvel tulip

Appearance: Nearly black pour with a slight brown tinge. The head is a dark tan and is fairly sturdy. as I drink the beer the head fades to just around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This is loaded with a milk chocolate aroma, with a slight hint of coffee.

Taste: First thing that hits is a slight roast, definitely a chocolate tasting porter, again with faint coffee. I also pick up a slight vanilla flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel: The flavor is well balanced with sweetness, maybe a little bit more mouthfeel would be nice, it gets a little thin towards the end.

overall: This is a excellent porter. It is more of a sweeter porter, but I enjoy it a lot. I think I will keep this beer on my wants for extras.

thanks to cbeer88 for sending me this beer!

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Photo of Gushue3
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dad for picking some of this up without me knowing for a few days.

Pours dark brown with a 2 finger heat thats just slightly brown. Head turns foamy and has great retention. Above the black body is tons of lacing around the glass.

Real big roasty malt with a sweeter coffee bean scent. some hints of dark chocolate round out the scent and this is really nice. Subtle hop scent.

nice roasty sweet malts with some coffee and bakers chocolate. Not too sweet or overpowering but well balanced.

Honestly its way too light of a mouthfeel. The heavier side of light thats somewhat watery with a medium carbonation feel. Big time downer on what is a great beer everywhere else.

Definately a great porter. great overall except the mouthfeel. This would probably be great a little colder and thicker.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9.29.11

Pours dark brown with red hues when held to light. Tan 2 finger head.

Chocolate, toffee, dark malts and a very light coffee emerge from the aroma. An extremely pleasant aroma. Slight sense of a dark fruity smell.

Chocolate and coffee emerge and meld in the taste to form a nice tasting brew. A nice spiciness as this happens leading to a slightly more roasted close. Good aftertaste kind of like chocolate covered coffee beans, but more chocolate. The coffee never is dominating. Toasty at times as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation, medium light body.

Overall very good porter.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label, sadly no date to be seen. Big thanks to J Lindros for this one!

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark walnut with garnet/cola highlights when held up to the light. Capped by a tan head with good staying power.

Smell: All about the malts here, there are dry toasted notes, some medium roastiness, chocolate as well, and some lightly fruity esters from the yeast. Pleasant.

Taste: This is a seriously tasty porter. Plenty of dry roast, but it's not quite burnt, and it's backed up by some semi-sweet caramel and hints of dusty cocoa powder. Plenty of dark toast here in the background as well. Hint of dark fruitiness, (I'm assuming) thanks to the yeast. I can't put my finger on exactly HOW, but this definitely seems like an American take on the English style...I don't say that in a pejorative sense, but I wouldn't likely confuse this as an English offering. One of the most solid takes on the style I've had in awhile, regardless.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium; quaffable.

Overall: Really nice offering, and certainly worth the asking price if it's below $10 a sixer (I have no idea what this costs out east). I can't quite put my finger on WHY I don't absolutely love this, but I don't. Nonetheless, a really tasty porter.

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Photo of corylew
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is everything a man wants in his porter. Beefy roasted malt, nice balanced hop flavor, lighter in body without sacrificing big strong flavor. You show me a man who doesn't like this beer and I'll show you a man who should take his popped collar and go order some Bud Lites. It looks good, smells good, tastes good. Mayflower did it right when they picked out this recipe.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower Porter smells deep, rich, and loamy, and the intensity of these aromas immediately sets it apart from most of its kin. Notes of coffee, toasted nut, chocolate malt and milk chocolate, and hints of anise abound, along with a sugary caramel-like thread that spirals in nice counterpoint to the darker, more bitter aromas.

On the tongue, the brew begins with an immediate shot of coffee, ash, tobacco, and near-black malt, then slowly, over the course of a few seconds, allows a few sugars to enter the mix and sweeten things up. Caramels and light vanillas enter here, as well as dark fruit esters such as fig and black cherry. These flavors last throughout the mouthful, abiding slowly in the aftertaste, which is largely a continuation of the main flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, with a noticeable creamy quality, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent porter, though I suspect many will find the flavors more stout-like in their pronounced bitterness. Still, the brew is nuanced, finely crafted, and quite delicious.

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.