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Mayflower Porter | Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding
248 Reviews
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
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
725
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
16.79%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
113
For Trade:
2
User Reviews
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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 725
Photo of keithmurray
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel

Taste - much like the smell, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, in the finish there is a mineraly mustiness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, in the back is some of the mustiness that detracts from the experience of this beer

Overall - decent porter, albeit a slight letdown due to the glowing reviews I heard about this beer previously

Price Point - $9.69/6 pk 12 oz botles

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Drank a couple of pint glasses from a tap.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice brown head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance. Can smell the hops, coffee, and roasted malts, but none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and malts, and with a hint of roasted coffee. The hops are just enough to balance the malts and provide for some complexity. There are hints of some sweetness from the malt, with a little coffee flavor. There is a nice mix of hop and malt influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with a good body.

Overall: This is an interesting porter. I would buy a case of this.

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Photo of predikit
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours black with a tan head, after a vigorous pour left a one finger head that receded fairly quick, left a moderate amount of lacing behind.

Smells smokey, and hints of coffee.

Definitely a lot of smoke in this flavor, smoked malts and deep coffee, espresso even. Very smooth, no off flavors, and the bitterness doesn't run rampant.

Medium-full bodied, leaves a bit of an oily feel, mild carbonation.

This is quite a pleasing porter, and I think I'll be checking out other Mayflower brews very soon.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color with a 1F head in a Stone Imperial pint glass.

Aroma: chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and roasted malt. One of the best aromas I have experienced in a Porter.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: mostly roasted malt, with some chocolate.

The finish is slightly hoppy- unusual in a Porter.
Overall: one of the best porters I have tasted. The style can be lackluster in aroma and taste, and the body can sometimes be too thin. This excellent brew has character.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
5/5  rDev +21.7%

The. Best. Porter. What more needs to be said? I live about 15 minutes from the brewery and get a growler of this about once a week. Beyond delicious, so well balanced, toasted with a little note of coffee at the end. Perfectly roasted!

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Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a black body with a thin tan head.
Aroma has a roasty, chocolate smell to it.
taste is roasted malt up front followed by coffee and chocolate.
mouthfeel is smooth and over all a good porter m

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Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

A-dark brown black color with a decent light brown head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, light char

T-dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, light char, vanilla, light caramel

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy

O-good flavor and lighter body, nice for the style

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Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March '14.
Very dark brown. Fully opaque. Forms a large tan head that takes a while to settle down. Leaves some spotty lacing on the way down. Aroma is dark toasty-roasty malts with some lighter notes of pine. Taste is comprised of deeply roasted malts, baking chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Not sure if it is the age of the beer, but unfortunately, this beer is heavily over carbonated, giving it a lighter body than it should have and thinning out the taste. Overall, I could see this beer having potential, but the carbonation is far too lively for this to be a world-class beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a very dark brown, with a half inch head, and little bit of lacing- not a whole lot.

Smells pretty nice- chocolate, a little bit of dark fruit, vanilla cream, and roasted malt.

This tastes amazing, a bit like an Irish dry stout meets an English porter. A wisp of smoke flavor, baker's chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and roasted coffee, raisins. It's all subtle, and doesn't bash you over the head, but it's all there. Great flavor for only 5.5% ABV.

This one has a really creamy, amazing mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a body of medium thickness.

An absolutely delicious English porter. The high ratings are absolutely justified- it should honestly be rated higher and talked about more. Find this if you can, and drink a ton of it.

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Photo of h4ger
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A dark brown porter with a caramel and a wonderful aroma. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, with a slight caramel sweetness and a hint of smoke in the finish. Very smooth, very clean, very drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

The aroma has strong chocolate and medium porter roasted malt.

The flavor follows with cocoa, milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, a milk sweetness with a bright yeasty note on the back end.

The beer packs wonderful flavor and mouthfeel for a lower ABV brew.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger light brown head that receded to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S; deeply roasted grains; chocolate; a bit of coffee;

T; deeply roasted grain from the start through the moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation;

O: with all the high ratings, I'm a little disappointed by the lack of complexity in the flavor;

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with Coca-Cola highlights, topped by an enormous dense light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Deep roasted coffee aroma, very inviting.

Smooth roasted taste, solid foundation. Small pleasant sour accent. Earthy hop bite.

Smooth slick mouthfeel.

A really well done porter. A must try in Mass.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with some dark brown at the edges. Lacing is very minimal and gone instantly. No lacing. Somewhat heavy carbonation. 3.75

Aroma: The nose is more faint than I expected but it's there. Black coffee, roasty malt and dark chocolate dominate. 3.75

Taste: Good stuff. The taste follows the nose, and the flavors are bold while the alcohol is mild. Roasted coffee beans lead the way. Some bitterness, but it's kind of muted by the coffee and roasty notes. It's a really smooth, flavorful porter. 4.25

Mouthfeel: It's velvet-smooth with a mild finish. A pleasure to drink. 4.5

Overall: I had high hopes for this, and it didn't disappoint. Fans of domestic porters should seek it out. It's a balanced, flavorful, easy-drinking porter that should please all dark beer fans.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Estelles in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasty, smoke, chocolate, toffee, caramel, old and stale ale, and some earthy qualities.

Taste: Smoke, toffee, caramel, earthy, chocolate, roasty, and some old stale ale qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little bitter, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Very exceptional porter. Spot on for the style.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower Porter, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a low viscosity brown, settling black, with a good sized foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is malt, coffee, and a touch of chocolate, simple but effective.

Taste - Taste is traditional English porter. A touch of roasted malts and some coffee/chocolate sweetness. Great finish.

Mouthfeel - Low-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Amazing drinkability. Keep wanting more and more.

Overall - Spectacular English porter, easily my favorite so far. The current trend is towards imperials but it's nice to find a great "regular" porter/stout time and again.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a nice creamy tan head

S: Coffee and roasted notes

T: Coffee and creamy. Lots of flavor for a 5.5% porter. Not toooo complex.

M: Medium bodied. Dry finish

O: Very good porter. Not sure I'd take it over a Sierra Nev porter, Edmund Fitz, or Anchor porter but glad I had it.

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Photo of Jack4goodbeer
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, almost black color leaving a tan, foamy head with nice lacing when poured.

It has an initial smokey taste that quickly evolves into a chocolate/coffee blend that lingers on the sides of the tongue.

A smooth, heavier taste without the heavier feel. Very light carbonation.

The kind of beer you can drink all night.

I've had porters in nearly every state and a few provinces in North America, including one that just one an award in Tucson, AZ. Mayflower Porter is the best I've had in many years of drinking porters. You won't go wrong with this one.

Hopefully Mayflower can work on expanding its distribution as only a few places in my area carry it. It was recommended by a bartender at Mondo's in Middletown when I asked for a dark beer. She served up a winner!

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

A: Dark brown body with a creamy coffee-colored frothy head.

S: Chocolate and coffee.

T: Not carbonated. Very smooth. Taste of chocolate and coffee but more coffee than chocolate.

M: Very mild aftertaste.

O: Great beer. Would recommend to someone looking to start a porter beer journey. This is definitely on the top of my porter list.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall light brown head on a dark brown body. Cap and collar throughout, leaving splotchy lacing.

S- Whiffs of cocoa powder, deep coffee.

T- More roastiness/coffee notes than chocolate in the taste. Has a lingering roasty/burnt taste that I'm not sure how to feel about.

M- Smooth, lower carbonation. Medium/medium-thick body for it's ABV. Really enjoy how this drinks.

D/O- Highly drinkable although the plus-roastiness may lead to palate fatigue after a few. Thanks for this "Top 50 English Porter" @mj0126 !

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Photo of Omnium
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Rich brown black with two fingers of thick foamy tan head, small on lacing.
S - Dark chocolates, smoke, burnt caramel, some dried apricot.
T - Really nice rich flavor, lots of dark and bitter roasted chocolates, a nice hint of smokiness, even a little ashy, slight earthy bitterness, a little coffee, dried fig and apricot.
M - Creamy silky smooth texture, velvety
O - Excellent porter, lots of complexity in the flavor, it really just opens up from there.

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Photo of GotWad629
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Next to Edmund FItgerald this tops the list for my everyday porter

Pours a dark black with a thick tan head

faint chocolate and coffee notes in the nose

the taste is similar, nothing is overpowering - coffee, dark chocolate, a lingering bitterness, and an almost coca-cola like flavor to it.

Light/watery mouthfeel which is typical for this style but I think it could use a little more body.

Overall a great porter - especially if you're going to have more than a couple. The watery mouthfeel and balanced subtle flavors allow you to toss a couple back without feeling weighed down and having your palate overpowered.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours dark brown with a big two-finger foamy and frothy light tan head that continues to float on top long after the pour, leaving behind a few patches of lace

S- lots of toasted brown bread with some chocolaty undertones, biscuity malt, earthy peat aromas with a light herbal/grassy hop finish

T- smoky malts with some slightly burnt toast and charred notes, dry chocolate and toffee, earthy hop with a somewhat dry finish, slight hoppy herbal linger

M- somewhat light body and low carbonation, but silky and creamy which leads to a filling mouthfeel, velvety finish. One of the most quaffable porters I've had to date

O- this is one of the most drinkable porters that I've ever had, mouthfeel us so smooth and creamy that I could probably tackle a whole 6pack in one setting. Overall, awesome traditional porter flavors

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Photo of Brezzy24
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with minimal head.

S - Typical porter coffee and chocolate, burnt caramel malt as well. There is a crispness. Overall the aroma is subdued.

T - Taste is almost identical to the aroma. Chocolate and malts at first turning to coffee with a hint of bitterness on the swallow. That metallic flavor is there as well, if just barely. Light overall.

M - Medium body with relatively high carbonation for the style.

O - Good porter, but could use to be a little bolder in the aroma and flavor and a bit heavier. Wouldn't turn one down, but not on my list of top porters.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black with minimal head, quickly dissipates to minimal cap and lacing.

S - Typical porter coffee and chocolate, burnt caramel malt as well. There is a crispness, bordering on metallic pushing through. Overall the aroma is subdued.

T - Taste is almost identical to the aroma. Chocolate and malts at first turning to coffee with a hint of bitterness on the swallow. That metallic flavor is there as well, if just barely. Light overall.

M - Medium body with relatively high carbonation for the style.

O - Good porter, but could use to be a little bolder in the aroma and flavor and a bit heavier. Wouldn't turn one down, but not on my list of top porters.

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Mayflower Porter from Mayflower Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 725 ratings.
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