Mayflower Barley Wine - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Barley WineMayflower Barley Wine

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86
very good

37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dav05gua for sharing!!
Appears clear copper with small wispy head. Smell is rich malt, butterscotch, buttery. Taste is sweet rich malt, cherry. little spicy hops and some alcohol. Medium body and a smooth mouthfeel which is nice. Pretty nice Barley Wine overall. (272 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,727 characters)

Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Dajtai007
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took this to a recent tasting:

English Barleywine aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. Poured deep amber into my snifter. Nice 1/4" creamy head that dissipates to lacing. Smells pretty burly of barrel. This was recently released so its pretty young. After a few sips it became really delightfully different. Subtle beginnings with a warming vanilla sweetness. Creamy mouth feel and great mild carbonation (creamy). I see lots of potential to this beer. I am so glad I got a couple to sit on, very nice english style barley wine. Worth gathering for years to come. (558 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very hazy red-orange with a decent amount of head that laces the glass very well.

as soon as the bottle opens I'm overwhelmed with oak and bourbon. after its poured, the bourbon takes center stage, while there is a lot of caramel, toffee, brown sugar in the background, but this beer just screams of bourbon. some citrus hops can be detected if you look for them.

tastes like caramel, booze, vanilla extract, bourbon, maple syrup, and more booze. very strong. some bitter and herbal hops. but its all overpowered by the caramel, maple and bourbon flavors. boozy and sweet.

mouthfeel is fine. smooth, creamy, with a molasses resin left in the mouth. leaves a burning in the throat as if you just did a shot of bourbon instead of sipping it correctly.

drinkability is ok. this beer may be a bit too young. Very boozy, Bourbon-y and sweet. hope to try this again in a few months or next year. not too complex. the bourbon/oak flavors take over.

A sipper, thats for sure, but it lacks in complexity at this age. over-powered by bourbon, it creates an oak-y, boozy, sweet mess that I am having trouble finishing. not bad, just way too one-dimensional and boozy. I hope to visit this again next year, as it has a lot of potential behind the bourbon booziness. (1,260 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the last bottles in the beer store for this season...

A: Looks a medium ruby copper. Small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Candi sugar, oaks, and caramel upfront. Fruity scents in the middle with a nice backend. Awesome!

T: Candi sugar upfront with some butterscotch / toffee notes. Bitter hops in the middle with some fruit and caramel on the backend. Good.

M: Great smoothness to this brew.

D: Goes down very good.

All in all, this ended up being a decent brew. Good for an English barleywine, but not great by any means. I think can appeal to hop heads and malt heads alike. Good brew. (610 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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? (913 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Leary's in Newburyport. Poured from a bomber into my White Birch Glass. The beer pours a murky mahogany color with a 1/2 finger white head that quickly fades to a tight cap. There is a slight bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass, but no more than expected.

The smell is just as expected, but very good: brown sugar, vanilla, toasted malt and oak. This is a very sweet smelling beer, and the bourbon just adds to it.

The taste mirrors the smell and the style nicely. The initial taste is vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits (almost like grandma's mince meat pie) with a light toasty graham cracker accent. There is a light oak characteristic and some bourbon in the backbone of this one, as well as a light earthy hop.

The beer is well carbonated for the style, light but just enough to make the flavors move. The beer is heavy, sweet and filled with bourbon and oak characteristics. I drank the whole bomber over the course of 30 minutes or so, just right for the style. This is a nice offering from Mayflower, I look forward to other releases. (1,066 characters)

Photo of celeriac
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Semi-aggressive pour gets a lovely 2-finger head of fairly tight, ivory foam, which settles over the course of a few minutes to a fine lingering cap and sparse, oily-looking lacing. Eventually retreats to a mere ring. The body of the beer is a bit murky and a dark amber.

Very rich aroma, with bit of vanilla and brown sugar. The malts reveal themselves with a nice toasty nose, a little roast fruit (like fruit pie) and a fair amount of spice, actually. Mulled cider with a tiny splash of bourbon. Lovely smell.

The flavor is surprisingly spicy, although not at all hot. Fairly sweet, certainly, with a lot of wildflower honey flavor. The spice continues into the flavor, again reminding me of a nice honey. Significant bitterness certainly, but it rides in the back seat, letting the malt steal the show with very little hop flavor. A touch of astringency from the wood barrels, but very minor. The bourbon richness is there but with almost none of the alcohol heat that sometimes shows up in barrel aged beers. A little baked apple. It's actually quite restrained for a big beer, but by no means boring. None of the soy/umami notes I sometimes taste in barleywines.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and oily, with subtle carbonation. Could be a touch creamier and more carbonated maybe, but certainly well in line with the style. Extremely drinkable for a 10+ abv beer, so smooth drinking that it's hard to imagine how fresh it still is. Definitely going to tuck a bottle away for next winter... (1,538 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleased to see this available at Ball Sqaure Liquors in Somerville tonight. Friends of mine have had pilot batches of this, and have had very good things to say, so lets see if it lives up to their hype. Poured in to a Westmalle chalice, the color is rosy, with not too much heading, more of a layer of white lacing. The bourbon comes through nicely in the nose without becoming overpowering. Dark Fruit and fresh grain make their way in there as well, although the bourbon is never forgotten. The grain really shines in this beer taste wise. Many times the hops or alcohol overwhelm the taste of Barleywines, but this is very well balanced. I see that this is about ten percent ABV, but it hides it well. As far as I am concerned, this is what a straight up Barleyine should taste like. The bourbon aging does add a certain character to it, but it does not get in the way at all. This is a very unique example of this style. Since they have switched brewers, my advice would be to grab more than one of these bottles, and cellar a few to see how they develop. Cheers (1,078 characters)

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Mayflower Barley Wine from Mayflower Brewing Company
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