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Mayflower Porter | Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding
245 Reviews
Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrDogbeer on 03-28-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
716
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
16.79%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
110
For Trade:
2
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ichorNet
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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 tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of helmdog525
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brown

Smell:coffee, malt, wood, chocolate

Taste: cream, coffee--especially in the aftertaste, chocolate

Mouthfeel: very smooth, creamy, and sweet

Drinkability: This to me is typical Mayflower. They take a style, analyze it, and do it very well. That being said, it does not push the boundaries of its style. For an English porter this is excellent and I could drink six. I would love to see Mayflower do some more extreme beers.

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Photo of Freehouse
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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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Photo of juicebox
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of jefftuck47
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of andrewswiden
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BranfordBound
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lambpasty
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Casper134
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kneary13
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.
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