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Mayflower Porter - Mayflower Brewing Company

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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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Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of selecter70
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
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'.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Acochran
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Cunningham26
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of Freshie
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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