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Mayflower Barley Wine - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-27-2010)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-25-2012 02:58:11 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 08:03:38 | More by womencantsail
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:07:29 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been waiting to review this for a while, and forgot as it was way in the back of my beer fridge. well, here goes.

A: Light fluffy fizzy 1/2 finger head slowly disperses over a hazy and cloudy orange wheat like color with hints of pink grapefruit color.

N: Hmm, pretty nice actually. Lots of sweet malts, some earthy and spicy btiter hops, and tons of bourbon and oak. The nose at least is loaded with bourbon, hints of vanilla, and a nice oak aroma. Some juicy ripe fruit comes with all that, believe it or not grapefruit of all fruits... or maybe my mind is just wanting some.

T: Very rich and thick, lots of malts, more malts per square inch than anything I can think of as a good reference. Somewhat syrupy with lots of sweet sugars, molasses, touch of maple, almost creamy, and tons of barley. There is a little ripe fruit in there too, but sadly no grapefruit this time. WIth all that is some oak flavors and lots of bourbon again, although not as much as the nose had. Some boozy taste too reminding you of its 10.5%, and adds some warmth. Some bitterness comes through too, with a little spicy and even citrus hops.

M: Pretty thick and rich, little syrupy, lots of warming booze, and decent carbonation.

F: Still pretty sweet on the finish, with a lingering boozy feel and taste as well as warmth and slight tingle. Very stick from the sweetness. Some lingering bitterness too with more earthy, spicy hops. Some woody esthers come through on the finish with more oak, and again lots of bourbon flavor.

Overall a pretty tasty barleywine. I really like how the oak and bourbon come through, and has some nice hop bitterness. A little on the sticky sweet side, and boozy, so I hope to age a few and see how it goes.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:02:06 | More by jlindros
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2011 23:46:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-29-2011 04:37:54 | More by imperialking
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:16:48 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:37:29 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:20:14 | More by ppoitras
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:49:59 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2013 06:29:00 | More by Kelp
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Appearance was somewhere between amber and unpasteurized apple cider with a slightly hazy clarity. Head immediately dissipated following the pour leaving a residual skim and a frothy/bubbly band around the shoulders. Some spots of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals bourbon, a hint of booze and a weird herbal/vegetal quality - reminds me a little of the Havarti cheese I had for lunch. Taste consistent with nose - herbal quality is still there, but a little less intense. Some diacetyl also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light and mildly carbonated with a slightly oily texture. I was really looking forward to this, but have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. Unfortunately, it falls short in just about every category in my opinion. The basic elements are there, but something is jut off about this brew - perhaps a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 00:39:21 | More by Jwale73
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive head forms atop this beer. Of white with decent structure. Slowly collapses on itself. Orange/Amber in color with a color clarity that clearly lets you know this is a thicker beer. Some spotty clumps of lace.

Aroma is musty and earthy without much bourbon/oak presence. However, as you work through the glass more wood becomes apparent in the aroma.

My first reaction is that the bourbon is much more pronounced. I was a little concerned with the aroma, but gladly the flavor surpassed my impression there. A mix of oak, deep fruity esters, layers of malt and some bourbon notes. What's interesting is that there is a sense of alcohol, but it makes sense with the notes from the barrel aging. They meld very well. A light vanilla note and almost a cherry vanilla flavor. I am not saying this taste like cherry, it doesn't. But there is something that made me thing Cherry Vanilla a couple of times. Almost a soapy nature to the aftertaste. Strong bitterness which is made up of the hops and some alcohol notes. Certainly some brown sugar in the sweetness. Decent complexity actually grows on me as I drink this.

Medium body with a smooth and large presence in your mouth. One to savor.

The more I drank this, the more I enjoyed it. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:57:06 | More by Reagan1984
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this excellent barleywine was a cherry amber color with just a rim of head. Big time caramel malt aroma, as well as a fair amount of alcohol, and a bit of fruit. Taste followed aroma. Lots of caramel malt, moderately alcoholic, and a little bit of cherry. I thought it was a little more aggressive than the typical English barleywine. Enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:55:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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Florida9

Illinois

4.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:20:50 | More by Florida9
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-14-2011 18:29:27 | More by Exiled
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:27:27 | More by GbVDave
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koopa

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:17:45 | More by koopa
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 17:48:24 | More by donkeyrunner
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 13:00:59 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:36:56 | More by seeswo
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 15:48:19 | More by DIM
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

01-06-2014 00:48:01 | More by Satchboogie
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albern

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice barley wine. It pours a nice amber color with a good head for the style and decent retention. The nose is woody bourbon.

This beer has lots of complexity to it. It is strong, but it hides itself pretty well. Unlike the cloyingly sweet barleywines, or the syrupy liqueur like drinks that come under this label, this offering is a bit different. The beer is sweet, but not overly so, it is fairly full bodied but it isn't sticky. The beer has a nice bourbon flavor, very woody, earthy, add some florals to the mix, and some spices and you have a complex and very enjoyable beer. The ABV is slightly warming on the back end, but it really is nicely hidden and doesn't predominate.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 06:45:08 | More by albern
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 22:58:11 | More by GJ40
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Mayflower Barley Wine from Mayflower Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.