Mayflower Brewing Company

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Porter - English
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,506
4.17 | pDev: 9.59%
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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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dreis from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Dec 30, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Sep 20, 2010
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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!

Oct 31, 2015
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

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!

May 28, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

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.

Aug 24, 2015
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strengthdoc from Connecticut

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

This beer poured out of the bottle with a very dark brown almost black color. There was a nice rich dark chocolate aroma. The mouthfeel was nice and full. There was a nice chocolate taste with a mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. The after taste was a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. This is a very good beer.

Jun 14, 2009
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TheDarkestYouveGot from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jun 05, 2012
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Insomaniac10 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Nov 30, 2014
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comfortablynirm from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

May 28, 2013
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Skramer from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Aug 02, 2013
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SpiritHaus2007 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -5%

Dec 04, 2014
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan head that quickly settles to form a nice collar around the glass. The aroma is light roast coffee, dark chocolate, and leather. Medium mouthfeel. A balanaced taste between the roast coffee flavors and the sweetness from the dark chocolate notes. Slight leather with a hint of smoke as well. Slight bitterness lingers on. To me this is slightly bland upfront. Easy drinking though.

Nov 07, 2010
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nyrblue2 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Dec 15, 2012
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 30, 2014
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Sep 21, 2011
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jimbodude5 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

May 18, 2013
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Frostydg from California

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 02, 2015
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle mentions the "three strands" of blended porter despite this porter not being blended. Dark black, not quite opaque, with ruby highlights. Tan head leaves snowfall lace.

Aroma is of rich, roast malt and vanilla. Got a little bit of ocean air and tar in there somewhere.

Smooth roast malt and vanilla with that English tea-like mouthfeel.

Very, um...colonial? This is a much better beer (A worthy) on tap IMO.

Oct 28, 2009
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BradMatton13 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

love this porter as well as this brewery

Jan 06, 2015
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davexisxrabid from California

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as an extra from 6DaysBottomOcean. Thanks!

Dark brown pour, almost black; think flat pepsi. ¾ inch tan head with decent retention. Held up to the light and tinged brown at the edges, lively carbonation bubbling up from the bottom but hidden in the dark depths of the beer. Decent lacing on the pint glass too during my drinking.

Aroma of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar. Pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this porter.

Taste parallels the aroma. Again, pleasantly surprised but it seems that the flavors area all fighting for attention and none really get recognition on the palate.

Full bodied with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Decent lingering flavor between each drink. Carbonation seems just right to keep this from being too heavy.

Damn good drinkability. Good flavor, not too strong, complex. Worth a try and wish I had some more!

Sep 28, 2009
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mwar from Kentucky

3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 06, 2016
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Halvey from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 05, 2015
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bigkahunas4 from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Nov 08, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jun 20, 2012
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CoffeePorter from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Midnight black with little to no head. Had a tan lacing.
S: Toasted bread, roasted malt, some hints of alcohol, raisins and candied fruits added some sweetness to the aroma.
T: Seemed pretty complex flavor wise. I was able to taste a wide spectrum of flavors almost like I would with a Bourbon County Stout for example. I predominately tasted candied fruit like sweetness, some dry raisin like bitterness, nutty boldness and a hint of alcoholic warmth to top it all off.
M: Very thin body, almost wine like, medium amount of carbonation.
O: I like the Mayflower porter. The complexity of flavors added to the overall enjoyability of the beer. Well done!!

Apr 21, 2015
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