Mayflower Porter | Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter
BA SCORE
90.1%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 740 ratings
Mayflower PorterMayflower Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#1,438
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
740
Liked:
667
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
9.59%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
116
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasty porter, thanks Jason K. Black body with good head of a thousand small bubbles, and lots of lace. Roasty, tarish, coffee ground, then complexity of chocolate malt. The aroma is sour, yeasty. Easy, smooth above average mouthfeel. Carbonation above average. Interesting.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with ruby highlights; the tan head retains well and leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: A lot of roast on this one; black bread, too

Taste: After a black bread and mocha start, the roasty and hop flavors really kick in, providing a charred bitter flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roast hangs around but steps back into place as the mocha flavor returns to dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Just a tad too fizzy, but otherwise a first rate example of the style; this is a brewery to reckon with

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip a dark cola-brown, almost black with a thin creamy tan head about an 1/8 inch thick which dissipated rapidly with little to no lacing. The coffee aroma hits first than follows through taste-wise and is balanced well with the chocolate undertone. A slight bitterness at the end leaves a pleasant puckering mouthfeel. Overall a solid and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger brown head of foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness, chocolate, caramel and balanced by some bitterness and hop bite.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice representation of the porter style. Nice mix of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Boone757
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks to HopGoblin for this extra in a recent trade!

I poured this one into my Sam Adam's Sensory glass.

It pours about 1/2 finger of khaki tan head, then fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a very small amount of lace. Color is black, but when held up to the light it shows some ruby hued copper colors near the edge of the glass.

Aroma: The aroma begins very sweet. It has a milk chocolate and cocoa flavor up front along with a nice level of roasted malts. There are some light coffee flavors hidden in the back a bit with some grassy hops. This beer has a lot of malts up front, but is balanced out a bit by the hops.

Taste: The taste begins with a lot of malts, very roasted. The beer brings a lot of milk chocolate and coffee notes to the table and they complement the roasted malts nicely. There is also some sweet molasses. Again, the grassy hops are there, but nothing to big.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a tad bitter from the hops. This beer has a medium to full body with a medium amount of carbonation. This porter ends dry with malt flavors, typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It represents the style well and is drinkable. I am very glad I got to try this beer and I could easily drink another. Everything just seems to work well this beer. It is simple, but complex at the same time. Worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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 smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black where no light shines through. Proper sized head that leaves light lace on the glass.

Strong burnt toast and coffee aromas. Some chaulkiness.

This is very close to a dry stout. Lots of Black Patent and unmalted toasted barley. The aftertaste is also very dry. While it dies quickly, there is a subtle, but chewy, remnant of bitter burnt grain. The body is good for a porter, slightly thin for a stout.

This is a potent flavored porter. I imagine this was how Guinness got their start...sort of a super porter. One of the best.

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

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

A: Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a foamy one finger head that was tan in color. Very slow dissipation with pretty lacing for the style.

S: Heavy roasted malt with some caramel and a little bit of molasses. There are also hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Really well done flavor profile, the roasted malt is not as in your face as many porters and balances nicely with some coffee and chocolate. There was a hint of vanilla sweetness too.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that gave it creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish.

O: Had been sitting on this one for a while and now wish I had opened it earlier! Will have to grab some more of this next time I am back up in MA.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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 Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Bukowski's in Cambridge MA. Served chilled in a pint glass
A - Deep brown w/ good clarityand garnet highlights. The cap is smooth khaki measuring approx an inch high. The lace is thick and clings in rings on the glass

S - A deeply roasted aroma dominates, mostly roasted barley but notes of coffee and sweet caramel accent the dark grain odors

M - A basic dark malt texture w/ slight burnt tinges in the finish. The feel is rather dry, but clean and moderate full in carbonation

T - This porter didn't make me say wow, seemed standard fare right out of the gate. The dark roast notes dominated the flavor as in the nose w/ mild dark fruit and burnt malt notes. There is a hint of hops and very mild sweetness. This tastes a bit on the dry stout side to me, but your mileage may vary

D - I wasn't impressed by this porter. It wasn't lacking really, but seemed simple w/ a basic malt profile. Simple is good, but to me it was lacking in drinkability. I wanted to try something else 1/2 way in. I should probably try a bottle later for comparison

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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 womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michelle for this bottle, included as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is almost black in color with a fairly fluffy tan head on top.

S: The nose is a wonderful mix of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. There might be some hints of vanilla and a touch of sweetness as well.

T: The flavor is absolutely wonderful. The roasted malt flavors are subtle and allow the coffee and chocolate to stand out. There is once again a slight bit of vanilla which just adds a perfect amount of sweetness.

M: the body is medium with a great creamy carbonation and a smooth body overall.

D: This is just a fantastic beer. I was thoroughly impressed by this and would have no problem opening another one of these.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 740 ratings
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