Mayflower Barley Wine - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Barley WineMayflower Barley Wine

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very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Jeffo
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this from bring a while back. Cheers for hanging out man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Aged in bourbon barrels for several months

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thick looking, off-white head with great retention. Murky copper or dark burnt orange with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap but only a slight wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Bourbon barrel with oak, vanilla and alcohol. Toffee and some leather on the nose as well. Some white wine and green grapes in there as well, which is a little odd. Quite aromatic, though a little different than expected.

TASTE: Alcoholic and boozy for sure. Booze, oak, and white wine qualities up front with toffee, caramel sweetness, and a big alcohol punch at the swallow. Bourbon barrel puts some oak and a touch of vanilla in there, then some leather, white wine and booze linger after the swallow. Quite flavorful, though quite odd as well, with the wine flavors giving it a slight tartness. Not bad, but not quite my take on bourbon barrel aged barleywines.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not overly creamy, goes down with a huge burn at the swallow finishes somewhat sticky. Harsh and boozy at the swallow with a big burn as well.

OVERALL: This is flavorful and interesting, but not really typical for the style. The white wine flavors make it slightly tart, and the bourbon barrel aging doesn't really give it that typical bourbon barrel quality either. This is also harsh, boozy and a huge alcohol bomb, making it difficult to enjoy. A decent beer, but not quite for me. Thanks again bring!

Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't remember where I acquired this bomber...might have been during a trip to Boston or as an extra from a generous BA.

Appearance: Pours a dull cloudy auburn with minimal head and minimal lace.

Smell: Lots of sugar, caramel, booze, and a bit of fruitiness from the english yeast.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Pretty stock English Barleywine with no standout quality whatsoever.

Photo of BostonHops
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bomber served in on oversized wineglass. (which, incidentally, is fast becoming my go-to glass.)

pours a deep, hazy copper color with about a finger of head that lingers for a while before giving way to a decent amount of lacing.

nose is very sweet and fruity with a little tartness and booze evident; vinous, all i can think about is a white wine. in the first sip i get some grape, apple, alcohol, and a notes of caramel and molasses. i wonder if mine was spiked with chardonnay. (suddenly the wineglass seems very appropriate.) thick, chewy mouthfeel; moderately carbed. the vinous characters don't seem to be a recurring theme in other reviews which leads me to speculate whether i landed an off bottle. going to have trouble finishing the bomber.

original reviewed on: 08-12-2010

Photo of nas5755
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Copper with a decent head that lingers with solid retention for a big and old beer(just shy of 2 years)

S- Roasted caramel, raisins, some tannins and vanilla.

T-Very interesting and complex. I get alot of apple brandy and cider notes mixed with the traditional barley-wine flavors, caramel, raisins, some oxidized malts and hops. Very nice.

M- The only flaw with this beer is the fusel heat on the finish and depending on my mood I either love it or hate it with big beers. Tonight it is sorta clawing at me as it is a bit harsh. Carbonation is on the lower end of the specturm.

Overall- This is a tasty beer, nice bal characters are present. I get a very big apple brandy flavors and some Utopia flavors blended in. Very nice beer.

At or near the peak, I can only see more oxidation coming into play.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a orange golden color with a decent off white head. the smell is sweet bourbon hints of oak vanilla and toffee. the flavor is a nice bourbon sweetness, vanilla oak, the mouthfeel is a little thinner than i would like and slightly to much carbonation. overal this is a solid barrel aged barleywine. if you have the chance its worth trying

Photo of eclipse54
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I received from FluffyMcTingle a while back; thank you! Opened on my birthday back in May, and this is from notes taken then.

Body appears a hazy copper with golden hues near the edges of the glass; there is little retention on the tan had that develops. Smells of hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, plum, date, and bourbon in the front followed by a very woody scent from the barrel. Tastes of bourbon, hazelnut, caramel, malt, and brown sugar. There is a strong wood/straw flavor throughout. Mouth is rather sweet, yet smooth with a dry finish. Overall, a great beer that I’d love to have again, especially with the same amount of time on the bottle.

Photo of seeswo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head. Looks a bit lighter than what I am used to, but not in a bad way. The nose is limited caramel malt, a touch of oak and vanilla, and a fair amount of fruit, like apricot and apple. When I sipped it, I think I accused it of being an applewine. Really, apple, apricot, reserved bourbon and caramel. This is a strange flavor for a barleywine, but it actually tastes really good. Mouthfeel is reasonable medium-low carbonation and sweet but not overly so. Overall, this is good, but like no English Barleywine I have had before. If they took this and aged it in apple brandy barrels, there is a chance they would end up with an amazing concoction. As is, this was very interesting to try and enjoyable.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of an amazing trader I've been lucky enough to encounter. Bomber pours deep clear copper with off white head. The aroma has an initial modest pulse of dark fruity esters and molasses but then quickly heads into bourbon, some oak and mild heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth and sweet with esters like apricot, pear and prune and then picking up caramel moving into fairly smooth bourbon and faint wood like notes. Smooth yummy brew that will only improve with cellar time.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for cracking this one with me Andy! Poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy murky looking copper color with not much to show for head. The aroma is pretty much what I would expect from a barleywine. Plumbs, raisins, slight metal and just a touch of spicy vanilla to it. The taste follows pretty well, it's again a bit metallic but has decent characteristics. Sweet malty flavors with a bit of spice dominate the pallet with just a bit of fruitiness to the taste. The feel is decent, it's full and the carbonations is pretty good. Overall, this one is just average but not offensive.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Hazy copper color with large white bubbles. A bit of sticky lacing.

Aroma consists of plums, dried fruit, and a hint of vanilla.

The taste starts out with a sting of slightly metallic hop bite. There is a slightly sweet finish that delivers sweet malty flavor with hints of fruit and spice. The heat is a bit much still. In my opinion, this one is a bit too hoppy to enjoy the nice malt flavors that are there somewhere.

Decent mouthfeel, not overly carbonated but enough life is there to make this drinkable enough. Pretty enjoyable, but doesn't resonate among the best of the style.

Photo of baggio
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle@Omhpers place.

Apperance: Deep red with a small, white, head. No lacing.

Smell: Caramel, Oak, Fruit, Malt.

Taste: Raspberry, Oak, Vanilla, Malt, Caramel and a wee bit of alcohol.

Palate: Feels balanced but the oak-flavors doesn't really help this one. Low carbonation.

A nice barrel-aged barleywine that i think would have been even nicer without the barrel-aging. Maybe i should have given it some more time in the cellar? Worth a try since it's widely available and not very expensive.

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is oak. Flavor is oak, dark fruit and some caramel with a slight oak/medicinal finish. $11.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy light brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, bourbon, grapes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice little hop note, very nice bourbon note, and some caramel. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well with this one. Drinkable, another very nice brew from Mayflower.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from LarryG, cheers Larry!

Pours an effervescent/chill-hazed caramel with a sliver of fast-fading cream colored head. Nice viscous look to this, moderate head retention & lacing, some floaties

S: Apricots, plums, breadyness & bourbon coming through once it warms up

T: Booze-soaked bread, reminds me Christmas pudding a bit with cherries & plums, leading the way. More of the same as this warms, along with dryness, a strong oaky/toffee/bourbon sweetness, plus some leafy hops. Finishes with some sour- wood honey, bourbon, & dryness

MF: A bit thin for the style, some boozey warmth, fairly lively carbonation that fades a little over time

Drink easy, but not enough malt backbone to push this to upper tier. Still, a nice barrel aged variant on the style...

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear copper color with golden edges. It poured with a small whisp of a head that lingered for a long time.

s: Beautiful. The bourbon takes center stage, but it is an extremely mellow aroma. Not at all harsh, abrasive, or hot. While the bourbon if firmly in control, plenty of barleywine notes come through. I found dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, and maybe a hint of chocolate as well.

t: Starts off lightly sweet and amazingly complex. Lots of incredibly smooth bourbon backed nicely by musty fruit, brown sugar, and vanilla. That suggestion of chocolate can be found here as well. The finish is plenty warm, but not abrasive. I tasted some piny hops and a little oak at the end.

m: Big bodied and gently carbonated.

d: This ranks right up there with Central Waters BBBW as far as I'm concerned. Magnificent.

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial glass. Color was a dark orange, light brow with a off white head. Constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma was sweet, started off slightly fruity, finished with a touch of syrup. Mellowed out as it sat. Taste was orangy, with a vanilla sweetness. Felt very good in the mouth. Coated very well, and was nicely carbonated. Went down very easily, but hit very hard and surprisingly fast.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber served in on oversized wineglass. (which, incidentally, is fast becoming my go-to glass.)

pours a deep, hazy copper color with about a finger of head that lingers for a while, decent amount of lacing. nose is very sweet, all i can think about is a white wine; fruity with a little tartness and some booze. in the first sip i get some grape, apple, alcohol, and a note of caramel from the malt. i wonder if mine was spiked with chardonnay. (suddenly the wineglass seems very appropriate.) thick, chewy mouthfeel; moderately carbed. this isn't a style i tend to gravitate toward, so i'm trying to keep the style characteristics in mind while reviewing. that said, i may have trouble finishing the bomber.

Photo of Florida9
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009

A: Cloudy, murky, orange-brown in color. Dirty looking. Pours with the slightest of head.

S: Caramel sweetness with lots of vanilla and oak. Some bourbon with the alcohol becoming more pronounced as it warms.

T: Much like the aroma. Slightly sweet caramel with vanilla, oak, and an earthy woodsiness. Sugar cookie. A little heat on the finish.

M: A very round and voluptuous beer. A bit on the heavy side with low carbonation.

D: Surprisingly good for a barleywine. Very smooth. Still displaying the typical characteristics of a barleywine, but with many of the rough edges having been smoothed.

Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle received from konabrewer. Thanks for the opportunity! Actually had the privilege of enjoying this off the tank when I toured Mayflower, wasn't carbed yet, but still had a great flavor profile even then.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/4" beige head above the totally cloudy orangey amber brew. Bubbles quickly retreat to the rim, leaving a sporadic skim over the middle, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and dominated by bourbon.

Taste begins sweet, fruity with a touch of tart in the middle, vanilla notes from beginning to end, but barrel and alcohol flavors really come on at the close. Alcohol warmth and slight numbness after the swallow. Mouthfeel is way smooth, esp for abv and strength of flavors, with superb drinkability as well. Great depth of flavor keeps me coming back looking for stuff I missed the last swallow. Get it if you can find it.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - Copper with good clarity, a steady barrage of rising bubbles and a small white head. Good lacing.

S - Oak, caramel, grass and a touch of alcohol.

T - A rich bust or flavor with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, oak and alcohol.

M - Creamy and smooth with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - Rich flavors keep the pace slow but it is enjoyable and warming. I'm not too familiar with Mayflower having moved away from the area but this is a good beer.

Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to axeman9182 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a rich and chewy copper color. Head is very short lived and light tan/light orange in color. Lace was at a minimum as was carbonation.

S: Very sweet smelling. Caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, red apple, red grapes, cherry, and a hint of char.

T: Everything found in the smell with more emphasis on the caramel and fruit. Bourbon taste is subtle and a bit smoky.

M: Quite thick and sweet. Almost bordering on syrupy, but not. Slick and oily with enough boozy bite to keep things interesting.

D: Yeah, it's no summer session beer but not all beers are meant for sessioning. Don't rush through this and you'll be rewarded.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a copper/burnt orange color with a finger or two worth of off-white head.

S: The usual caramel and sugary notes that you get in a barleywine, but quite a bit of alcohol as well. A slight fruitiness to it.

T: Plenty of sweetness to this one, and heavy on the sugar and a fair amount of booze. A bit of vanilla, sweet fruits, and a bit of green apple.

M: Medium body with a slight tendency toward syrup. Moderate carbonation to go with it.

D: Not my favorite barleywine, but this one might mellow out and come together with some age on it.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Abriggs1 for sharing this one. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Quick review:
Pours a nice amber brown with little to no head. Aroma is dominated by sweet black vanilla beans and dark chocolate caramel candy! Super bright and super sweet smelling (...I know you can't *smell* sugar, but you know what I mean...) Flavor is sharp with a quick whack of hops and alcohol prickle then snaps tooth-ache sugary sweet. Lots of that caramel chew, something like a "cow-tale" candy, and tons of sugary bourbon notes.

This brew reminds me of the BBC Bourbon barrel-aged Scotch Ale. It's very sweet, delicious and viscous, but a little prickly from the alcohol too. Highly recommend.

Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange caramel colour. A hard pour produced a short cap of rocky, off-white foam that settled to a fine collar. Lacing was short-lived and spotty. Caramel dominated the aroma, lots of fruity apple, whisky, light vanilla and wood, slight cheese. More of the same in the flavour with a focus on sweetness rather than bitterness. Quite fruity on the back end, maybe a bit of citrus in addition to the apple and pear character. Boozy alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish was prominent, but not overdone. Full bodied, lowish carbonation. Not bad, but I'd be more interested to try the base beer before it went into barrels.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thin white head that quickly fades to a few scant bubbles that scamper to a glass side. Opaque clay mud color. An ugly duckling quite frankly.

Aroma is fairly reserved: some apple barrel and plum esters, vanilla and a lil' booze. Taste is the aroma intensified: caramel covered apple with a vanilla flair. Not overly boozey but enough malt to know where the high abv came from.

A hop compliment would have been nice. Or maybe even a another grain as the malt bill is entirely Maris Otter. A very monotone beer overall. Huge disappointment from one of my favorite breweries.

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Mayflower Barley Wine from Mayflower Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.