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Mayflower Imperial Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Imperial StoutMayflower Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nas5755 on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We aged the beer in used bourbon barrels for 8 months. Those barrels have also had Sam Adams Utopias and our Barley Wine aged in them, so they have a nice pedigree! ABV is about 10%
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon whiskey with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same, with a few additional notes. I get a lot of oak, maple, bourbon and chocolate, as well as a little bit of vanilla and some dark cherries. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 2011 poured out into a tulip glass yesterday. Poured inky black and the carbonation still remained and created a one finger dark tan head. Smell is nice, a little boozy with a hint of barrel. Very rich aroma with dark fruits. When cooler, this beer has a big taste of rich, sweet fruit and a back end taste of coffee bean. Strong raisin/prune notes. When warmer it starts to feel more viscous and the molasses notes come out more while the coffee disappears. Still no hint of booze in the mouth but it leaves you with a very full feeling.

All in all this is not a super big roasty chocolate stout. This is more of a rich, complex english stout that definitely tasted fantastic with 4 and a half years on it. Certainly a treat and I'm glad I broke it open during a bottle share.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bstyle for this one!

A: Pours an inky black with a small tan head with little retention. Quickly reducing to a ring of thin foam around the edge. Streaky/thin and sporadic lacing.

S: A little bit of bourbon and a little bit of wood up front. Some chocolate and caramel. A little bit of alcohol right at the end.

T: The barrels come through nicely, rather fruity with some raisins and cherries mixed with chocolate. There is a slight liquor flavor to it.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very faint alcohol presence, gives a little heat after it is swallowed.

O: A nice beer. Drinks smooth and pretty easy for style. Like what the barrels imparted, not like all of other barreled aged beers, this one comes off almost like a spirit in the way it impacted the beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black with little head. Bottled January 2011, sent about a year ago from Dr.Jay. Big coffee aroma, perhaps added. Medium mouthfeel, which is light for an IS. Very coffee taste, a minor in spice and chocolate. OK, bit not terribly drinkable. Big bitter, with a little sugary backing.

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Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a mocha colored head that holds pretty well and leaves decent lacing.

S: The initial smell is of chocolate and oaky vanilla followed by some notes of green apple and a touch of smokiness.

T:The barrel is very present and adds a very unique fruity character which is quite enjoyable, there is a bit of smokiness and sweet chocolate, but not cloyingly sweet.

M: A bit light and thin but no heat which is a plus

D: A very solid offering that i have enjoyed on a couple of occasions now and would definitely be up for trying again

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Jet black with a substantial tan head. Not such good retention or lacing, but it looks great at first.

Smell - Straight bourbon and booze. Overwhelming bourbon, which isn't necessarily bad when it's backed up by stout, but this doesn't have much of a stout aroma to back it up. It does have a lot of alcohol and a touch of sweetness to the smell.

Taste - Again, a lot of bourbon up front. It does have a bit of a chocolate sweetness in the middle with a roasted barley and hop bitter finish. Finishes boozy.

Mouthfeel - Thin and boozy. The bourbon overwhelms a weak stout.

Overall - The bourbon is a nice flavor, but it's not a good base beer. The bourbon in this beer isn't helping the mediocre stout behind it.

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Photo of drumenigma
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark motor oil brown with a minimal head although I think the bottle may have been chilled a little more than I would have liked.

S - Nice roasted coffee and chocolate notes

T - Something was turning me off a bit in the taste perhaps a slightly burnt flavor but overall not a bad beer. I felt it was almost like Darklord light. You can definitely tell the abv is up there and this beer might be better if you let it cellar for a while.

M - Coats like an imperial stout should.

D - Overall it's not a bad beer and I would gladly drink it again(which I will as I do have a second bottle to enjoy at some point down the road). I'm thinking if the bottle sits for a year or two this would be a solid beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Rum raisin bread and bourbon notes, some vanilla from the oak, alcohol, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some earthiness with caramel sweetness.

L: Thick lucious black, dark tan head that dissipates slightly, amazing.

T: Bitter roasty malt with chocolate acidity and some bourbon sweetness. Alcohol present in the initial taste, but not off-putting. Medium-low bitterness leads to some chocolate, alcohol and a bold charred roastiness. Finishes semi-sweet with some coffee roastiness and chocolate sweetness.

M: Medium low carbonation, full creamy body.

Just amazing. Bourbon strength was perfect, some alcohol took away from giving a 5. But altogether holds together masterfully. Exactly what i want in a RIS.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ms11781 for including this as an extra in a recent trade. Bottle is from January 2011. Poured this into my snifter.

Jet black in color, with only a hint of swirling carbonation bubbles as I pour, but as the pour completes, a frothy 1-finger deep brown head bubbles up from below. No lacing, per se, but there are spots of bubbles that slide slowly down the front of the glass after each sip.

The aroma is somewhat disappointing based on the description on this site, as I can only make out a slight hint of vanilla and almost no bourbon character at all. What I do find is burnt tobacco and some leathery earthiness. There is a little bit of dark chocolate, too. The flavor brings out more of the barrel characteristics. Oaky vanilla sweetness and a slight hint of bourbon accompany the leather and tobacco from the aroma. The bitter chocolate also comes through, but there is no coffee accompanying it.

Tingly carbonation and a thick and resinous body. I find it a touch too carbonated, though I do think that given some time, this will develop a little further bringing in more bourbon and barrel characteristics as the warm ethanol begins to fade. Happy to have had a chance to try this, and I would track it down again.

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Photo of tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a: pitch black in color with a dark tan head that settles into a thin lacing around the glass.

s: big bourbon aroma. lots of booze with notes of roasted malt. i like it.

t: again, big bourbon flavor. this is one of the strongest bourbon imperial stouts i've ever had and i enjoy it. notes of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate. oak and bourbon make this one the ultimate sipper. awesome!

m: slick mouthfeel.

one might say that this beer has too much bourbon flavor in it. personally, i thought it was great and complimented the roasted malt flavor perfectly.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of ZacharyJ
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque black color. Large, dark tan head that sputters to a collar. Despite such a shameful show of retention the collar leaves lace aplenty.

Aroma is roast malt, vanilla, molasses and burn simple sugar sweetness - like when I start my priming sugar then forget about it until it's congealed, gooey brown. Maybe a little bourbon. Maybe I'm trying too hard.

The thin mouthfeel is painfully evident upon first sip. The Winter Oatmeal Stout seems bigger at 6%. Taste is roasted sweet and sour mix. Like stout mixed with duck sauce. Monotone.

Whereas I look forward to the limited and big beer offerings from most breweries I've found that with Mayflower it's their everyday portfolio I love the most. Their big beers (I'm looking at you barleywine and RIS) tend to a letdown. Save money and grab a sixer of their Winter Oatmeal.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gwguest
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark frothy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace over pitch black semi thick beer, a slight bit of lacing.

Nose brings lots of nice bourbon to start but then the bourbon almost disappears, lots of oak and woody ethers, the bourbon is really nice on the nose, with that is some dark malts, a bit of chocolate and hints of roast, some earthy hops, light coffee, caramel and bit of molasses, touch of vanilla.

Taste is loaded with dark malts, some roast, bit of black patent, bit of coffee, little syrupy molasses like aroma, smooth creamy malts, some vanilla, very slight fluffy nougat, little bit of nutty malts, bitter dark malts almost baltic porter like, some earthy bittering hops, and of course lots of woody esthers and oak, as well as some bourbon but not as much as I expected. It gets a bit juicy on the finish, with a slight dryness and slight sticky feel, lots of lingering woody esthers, bit of sweet malt flavors, molasses, and roast.

Mouth is a slightly heavier bodied with a fluffy and little bit creamy demeanor, and decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, I imagine it has a pretty high abv, but doesnt feel like it, some sweetness and syrups but not a lot, a bit of a dry finish, and slight sticky.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark black with a pretty decent sized tan head. Smells of wood, chocolate, and bourbon. I also smells some dark fruits. The taste is pretty well balanced and will likely improve with age. Very soft mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Very solid Imperial Stout.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jdhilt
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted chocolate, flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate with a bourbon aftertaste. Nice IS. $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

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Mayflower Imperial Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
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