Mayflower Porter
Mayflower Brewing Company

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English Porter
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,110
4.17 | pDev: 9.59%
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter
Notes: Taking its cues from “Three Threads”, a bartender’s blend of three distinct ales, Porter became the beer of choice for 18th-century Londoners. Mayflower Porter embraces this history. This complex brew is smooth and full-flavored with notes of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate that will warm the palate all year long. Mayflower Porter is a rich, complex brew that is smooth and full-flavored. Five varieties of malted barley provide notes of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with a hint of smokiness.
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Photo of Amendm
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour from a 16-oz. can yields a finger sized creamy tan head with some large bubbles, long retention and arches of lacing. Dark chestnut brown with faint red highlights.
Smells of baked chocolate and caramel, faint coffee and floral hops follow to the taste.
Coffee starts the taste, neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter. The caramel malty rich middle is semi-dry as bitterness increases. A light astringency and chalkiness during the finish is mellowed by the abundant and diverse malt bill leading to a mild bitter aftertaste.
A hair above medium bodied, below average carbonation. Smooth, alcohol is well hidden.
Great balance between sweet malts with roasted character and hop bitterness.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Extremely dark brown, with only a little crystal highlights at the bottom of the glass or under light. Two fingers of thick, creamy tan head.

Smell: Sweet and roasted chocolate with a bit of tang.

Taste: Roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of bitterness. Otherwise relatively sweet.

Mouthfeel: Creamy full body with very minimal carbonation.

Overall: I got a cask-conditioned beer, something rare in America. It’s a fantastic example of historical brewing.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cask at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale, Boston, MA

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of dark red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high beige head that consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolatey malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste also has flavors of chocolate malts with additional strong notes of cola and a subtle hint of sweetness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied, a little thin, and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is nice and chocolatey and also has a good appearance and mouthfeel.

Serving type: cask

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch light tan head over a dark brown body with some lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee as well. Taste mirrors nose with a spot on, slightly bitter finish. Good feel on this and overall, a well done, solid little porter right here. Cheers!

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up as part of the Mayflower Compact mixed can twelve pack. I enjoy porters, but rarely get them, as I usually stick with IPAs. Glad I tried this, smooth, well balanced, would buy/drink again.

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Photo of OzmanBey
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was out to dinner with my special gal when I had this nice Porter, it has a nice smooth taste, small foam head, with a nice dark complexion, it smells like a nice Porter with a roast barley smell and has a very nice chocolate taste. What I really liked about this Porter is it's a light bodied beer with all the flavors of a full bodied Porter. Nothing is sacrificed and it goes down well both cold and room temp.

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Photo of tiltedglass
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent brew, but if never bad, never great. Here's why: it pours wel with a complex head that disappears quickly. Taste is a good balance but vague, with some mild bitterness that actually saves it. It lacks finish, and is decidedly "thin" in the sense that it lacks body. The mouthfeel is watery. And yet, it tastes good on the tongue. I prefer other porters by far, but I wouldn't turn this down from a friend.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a pitch black colored body with a slim white one fingered foamy head that drops to a speckled sticky foamy lacing. The smell has a delicately balanced coffee to chocolate - a nice gentle burnt and roastiness. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with a crisp dry roasty chocolatey aftertaste and just a dry finish. The palate sits fairly light on the body with a gentle sessionability to it. Carbonation is slightly smooth but also shows some harshness to keep one from pounding it. Overall, what a nice English Porter, probably the best one I’ve had today by Mayflower as I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Holderness
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a dark reddish brown brew. Scant one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly to nothing. Little to no lacing.
S -- Smells quite similar to Old Chub scotch ale: molasses, roasted malts, some cacao powder. Very mild aromas overall, but the molasses smell is a little syrupy smelling
T -- Semisweet chocolate, smoke, roasted barley malts, herbal/grassy hops, and just a hint of coffee
F -- Nice and sessionable. Mild mouthfeel, moderate carb. A little watery on the finish
O -- A true traditional-style porter. Straight out of a Dickens novel


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep brown, not quite black. Smells of chocolate and nutty malts. Some coffee roast behind it. Tastes nicely roasty. Maybe a little oxidation (I found this in the back of my fridge... oops). Nutty brown malts with a coffee roast bitterness in the back end. Medium bodied, if that. Pretty light for a porter. Decent flavor and drinkable.

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Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. can, gift from friend, into faceted mug. This, my first beer from Mayflower, is not a big brash porter, but a subtle mix of well-balanced flavors.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a very dark brown with a modest head, slimming down to a ring eventually. Some lacing. Definite toasted malt and coffee in the nose. The taste follows the nose, with a definite burnt toast flavor, along with some chocolate. Nice!

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Here's a near perfect porter.

A: Pours a flattish, chocolate brown body with tan head that is flattish, laces and retains little.

S: Toast, roast, charred wood, black bread, hops. Dry.

T: After the toasted, charred black bread, the roasty and hop flavors kick in, offering a charred bitter flavor and twisty, sweet and charred red pepper finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

O: The charred, hoppy, toast mark this as a great porter.

Came back in boston and was a bit sweeter and more cola-like and looking, but otherwise class English, sessionable, nice finish or start of evening porter.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, with a solid one inch light tan head that leaves some spotty lace behind.

Smell is biscuit, bready, hints of baker's chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and coffee.

Taste follows bread and bisuit upfront, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate in the very balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is maybe medium, soft carbonation, not dry at all, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very nice porter sessionable porter, with amazing balance.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours thin and looks a dark cola brown in the glass with almost no lingering head. Smell is chocolate coffe roast body with a slightly malty sweetness on the front end. Smells much bigger than it looks. When I first tasted I remember thinking "holy crap that is flavorful!" I was truly blown away by the depth of the flavor of this porter. Chocolate and coffee back bone with the flavor of a big stout. The porter nature of this beer is only evident in the body as it is light with barely any carbonation. Overall an amazing porter that would be considered a very good stout. Truly flavorful, especially for the style.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the absolute best American-made porters I've ever had the opportunity to imbibe (and which I have done so frequently, I might add!), now available in cans. It's a beautiful time to be a New England craft beer fan, to be sure. Mayflower's outstanding porter makes a flawless jump to the aluminum playing field and I, for one, am glad to be supporting this new movement.

Pours a very deep brown with ruby highlights, bearing an interminable khaki head with mild, spotty lacing. Reduces to a half-finger after about ten minutes. Body is mostly translucent but bears slight edges of coloration if held up to particularly bright light. Absolutely gorgeous.

Nose is multifaceted with notes of candied pecans, roasty malts, coffee, cocoa powder, doughy yeast and bready, toffee-leaning malts. Absolutely a dark beer lover's dream, and at only 5.5%! Pinch me. Very light touch of diacetyl (to style) helps highlight some of the sweeter notes here, with some caramel tones coming through lightly. Can detect a very slight hint of herbal and grassy English hops as well, alongside a very slight peat smoke component, which comes from a small amount of peated malt added in the grist. Overall, this is definitely one of the best smelling dark beers I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. And all this without any extra ingredients. Malt mastery at hand here!

Flavor is deep, dark, round and roasty with a lot of complex malt character coming out, especially if the beer is allowed to warm to nearly-room temperature. Alternating waves of nutty toffee, pecan, caramel, brown bread and herbal notes, the latter of which is likely due to utilization of Glacier hops. Both of the hops (Pilgrim and Glacier) used in this beer are dual-purpose varietals of very different acid profiles, allowing both to shine in their own way. I love the combination of herbal, woody, smoky and malty flavors here and consider this the high water mark of widely-distributed New England porter beer.

Feel is soft, round and supple with low-medium carbonation and a very smooth feel. This is about as close to nitro as you can get without actually getting there, and it's brilliant. Suits itself well to a can and to a Summer barbecue/bonfire or early-Autumn pig roast. Plan accordingly so you can get some sixers of this and host your own. This is legitimately one of the best dark beers made in New England, and it makes that statement without hype, as it's done so for about 8 years. Pure excellence!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown, thin tan head disappears quickly, no lacing. Vbig roasty aroma, cocoa and mild coffee. Full flavor in this porter, deep bitter chocolate and coffee, mild char dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Overall very good porter.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding example of the style. Wonderfully complex aroma of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Those can often be catch alls when describing Porter style beers, but in this case the bouquet really sings. There's a nice molasses note as well, bringing out more of that toasty dark malt character. I spent literally five entire minutes just smelling this before taking my first sip. Outstanding in that regard. Bready malt characteristics of pumpernickel and rye toast. Head was adequate for the style, nothing particularly noteworthy in the lacing department either. All in all though, so happy I finally found a few bottles of this and eagerly await my next drinking experience with this porter.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Malted Barley in Providence:

Appearance: super dark brown in body, with a massive light-brown head that sticks around FOREVER. Leaves tons and tons of lacing. Beautiful looking brew.

Aroma: toasty and roasty, with lots of malt character. Smells like a classic, English-style Porter, in contrast with the more boozy, heavy porters that fit tastebuds today.

Taste: again, it's lighter in flavor than most porters being brewed nowadays, but it is still very good. Lots of roastiness, a little sweet milk chocolate flavor. Dark, burnt bread notes, mixed with a little caramel.

Feel: lighter in body than some, and with light carbonation. Creamy feel on the palate.

Overall: this is a really good Porter. An excellent brew for any time of year, though especially fitting in the fall or winter.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz. bottle dated 11/24/15, served in a 13oz. tulip.

Pours deep chestnut-brown-to-black with garnet highlights and a half-finger head which dies back nearly instantly leaving no lacing.

Smells of toasted cocoa nibs and dates and, faintly, of fresh-ground coffee and clean earth.

Tastes of earthy, toasted grains and dates, chocolate frosting and caramelized sugar without sweetness. A quick, vaguely hoppy finish that's clean, dry and bitter and then gone.

Feel is light-bodied and dry, fine carbonation, slight astringency.

Overall, a highly serviceable beverage. It is very light, probably closer in style to a brown or new ale than what I think of as a porter, but that's no bad thing. You could sit and sip these all evening without having to unbutton your trousers. In fact, I'll make a point of getting more next time.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance, not the highest amount of viscosity, but above a brown ale, but prolly below your average porter.

Mild easy going taste, relatively smooth, English yeast, toffee, caramel, but not a lot of other flavors, hopping. Somewhere resting between a brown ale and porter. It was an enjoyable but not over the top porter.

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Photo of tempest
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this seems like the perfect porter. Big bready barley with a cocoa edge and toasty notes. The finish is a touch acidic, balancing out the medium-body malts. I want more.

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Photo of cab4514
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While back home visiting in Mass. I wanted to try something new, so I bought the variety pack. This was a really good porter. It had a nice roasty flavor to it without tasting too burnt. A kind of coffee/chocolate taste. Not too heavy, not too light. A nice deep, rich brown black tone in color. It proved to be one of the better beers I came across this holiday season.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Gillette Stadium

Pours dark brown-black with a tan head. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Tastes like roasted coffee and chocolate with maybe some caramelized sugar in there. Very roasty and dark tasting. Perfectly balanced with delicious flavor and aftertaste. Goes down smooth and easy. Overall a great porter!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The beer pours out a nice cola brown color. It forms a creamy khaki head that is just under 1 finger. The head recedes down pretty quickly - but does not disappear. The bottle does not list the ABV but there is a packaged date of (06/04/15)

S: [3.75] The beer has 2 primary scents that I am getting. There is a nice campfire / charred hardwood aroma. The other smell is a nice bittersweet chocolate. The combination is really nice.

T: [3.75] The taste follows the nose. At the front there is some malt sweetness and the campfire taste. The it gives way to a very long finish with bittersweet chocolate.

M: [3.75] The mouthfeel is smooth and has nice body. There is a bit of a dry/tangy finish with the bittersweet chocolate.

O: [3.75] I really like this beer. I am not sure I could drink more than 2 in a sitting. The campfire flavor might start to wear after 2 beers. However, with just one beer it is really delicious. The chocolate and the roasted/charred flavors play well off of each other. Small gripe - list the ABV please. This is a well made porter with a lot of flavor. Will drink again.

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