Beer Type: Porter ABV: 5.2% IBUs: 34 Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “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.”
The Reality: It has a rich roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma. The flavor follows suit with a roasted malt and barley body with notes of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The finish gets a bit more bitter, but not unpleasantly so, and the aftertaste of black mocha coffee hangs on the tongue. I never got the “hint of smokiness”, but this beer didn’t really need it. It’s medium bodied and black in color, as you’d expect.
Final Verdict: There’s something to be said for keeping it simple. Sometimes when you sit down at the bar you just want to order a porter and know you’re going to like it, as opposed to ordering the Smoky tea-infused Belgian style porter, which could be awesome or could be a train wreck. You’re not in the mood to experiment or gamble, you’ve only got time for a quick pint and you want to enjoy it. That is what this beer is for. Even their description is simple, and it’s accurate. It’s a well-made, quality beer that has traditional porter flavors. Basically, it comes as advertised, which is more than I can say for my Easy Feet foot massager and cleaner. I still have to bend down to stick and unstick this thing from the bottom of my tub, which defeats the whole purpose!