Mayflower Imperial Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Imperial StoutMayflower Imperial Stout

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87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of drumenigma
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of bum732
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

*Insert obligatory pilgrim joke (that I don't feel like coming up with) here.* This stuff pours a rich obsidian topped by a finger of light sienna foam. The nose comprises oak, molasses, vanilla, buttercream, roasted malts, and chocolate. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, both milk and dark chocolate, and a light kiss of oak. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout. I think I'd prefer to get more of the barrels' character in there, but even as is it's pretty damn tasty.

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with the darkest head (deep tan) I have ever seen. Leaves generous lace on the glass. The liquid is dark brown, where no light can get through.

Far more sweet than most Imperial Stouts to the nose. Strong brandy smell from an apparently high alcohol content. If I didn't know better, I would think that this is a barley wine.

Less sweet and oily (from alcohol) than the smell suggests. Still, it is a potent brew. Not as harsh as a dry stout and, frankly, it is not as rich as I would expect from this style. The flavor, though, is rich with darker stone-fruit notes. There's some black patent bitterness without any coffee overtones--very different. The finish is an interesting combination of alcohol, bitter hop and deeply roasted malts.

Photo of Khazadum
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks standard. Nothing amazing.

Some light barrel, light wood, minor minor vanilla. Bits of bitter acrid grain.

Kstly a Russian imperial with a light barrel sweetness. Unteal how much has faded. It's nice that the barrel character fades, but still exists. It has vanilla but you seatch for It. Not much else

Thick, medium bodied, fluid, good carbonation.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excited this finally reached market after much anticipation.
pours black as night, thin mocha colored head. looks like a pool of oil in my dogfish snifter.
smells heavily of dark chocolate, a decent bourbon presence, not at all overwhelming. little bit of vanilla, it plays background but makes a nice addition. i could really sit and smell this all night long, its warming and a sort of passive aggressive to my senses.
its all chocolate and mild bourbon on the tongue, i could even take more bourbon. this is an excellent cold winter night brew, a great sipper. its a little lacking in body, not enough to disappoint but still very noticable. thin, or just a tad watery describes it.
overall a very enjoyable beer, and thankfully so as i havent been let down by any limited release from mayflower to date. keep up the good work!

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black with a respectable tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of whiskey and wood, chocolate and coffee heavy on the booze and wood. Taste is a bit hot with alcohol up front. Lots of creamy chocolate and roasted malts mid way through. Kind of a dry finish with a vodka/rubbing alcohol taste lingering long after each sip. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium body, light level of carbonation. Young hot and unbalanced, the flavors need time to meld and soften. Some time might fix this one, but as is this one is only ok.

Photo of ms11781
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

January 2011 release. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours jet black with a dark brown head that sticks around for a bit. The head eventually dwindles down to an off white/tannish cap.

Smells very strongly of bourbon. Some chocolate as well, in addition to some dark roasted malts and maybe some slight vanilla. The others are definitely second to the bourbon though.

Taste is bourbon up front, not as strong as the nose, but it's still pretty dominant. Dark roasty flavors and bitter chocolate are here too, although in small doses. Finishes with some alcohol that warms the back of the throat.

The body is a bit thin for a beer of this style. Overall I'd say the body is in the medium range, but it could be a bit richer. Not much carbonation, but the little it does have in addition to the bourbon make for a lively feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability is ok. Nothing too harsh here but sometimes it seems the flavors don't meld together as good as others. Definitely not a bad beer but right now it seems like a lot of bourbon with not much else going on. It may age well. There are hints of other flavors aside from the bourbon here. If it fades about with age and lets the other come through this could be a very good beer.

Photo of jayt206
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a one finger mocha head.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet cherries, oak, and chocolate.

T: Bourbon up front, with a nice smooth vanilla and chocolate middle. A little earthy bitterness at the end. No notice of the sweet cherries in the nose.

M: Medium body. Definitely a lighter body for the style.

D: Very smooth and drinkable brew. Nice mix of flavors. Would definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Kate the Great tulip glass. From the Jan. 2011 (and only to my knowledge) batch. Served chilled and allowed to warm over about half an hour.

Appearance: Dark brown to midnight black in color. Pours a pretty formidable, one and a half finger light brown head. Recedes into a nice lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Some light smoke, oak and chocolate notes are the most recognizable. A little cherry, the Utopias note from the barrel, and bourbon from barrels is there as well. Even a touch of vanilla.

Taste: The base stout provides some smoke and a light chocolate note. The age doesn't seem to have done much negatively here. There is some slight oxidation. Oak, cherry, and a light touch of bourbon and vanilla from the barrels. The alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied and slightly creamy. Carbonation is pretty spot on.

Overall, a nice version of an imperial stout. The bourbon is not so prominent as the barrel character is more Utopias than bourbon forward. It is pretty well balanced. Definitely an interesting and unique beer.

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to SneezyAchew for both the beer and the glass.

A: Pours black with about two fingers of fuzzy dark brown head that faded into a thin collar leaving a few spot of soapy lace.
S: Lightly roasted notes with a touch of caramel and raisins. I get a few whiffs of solventy alcohol vapor as well.
T: Rich flavors of dark chocolate, sweet caramel, and a hint of vanilla. There is some smoke in there too. Finish is full of marshmallows and the aftertaste is very roasted with a touch of warm bourbon. The flavors linger long after the swallow.
M: Thick body but the mouthfeel isn't as viscous as it could be. It's creamy enough though, and the bourbon is well integrated and only a little warm. Carbonation is well balanced.
O: I enjoyed this one. The bourbon is tame (not fiery hot without any age) but that just makes it easy to drink. Good flavors with a bad mouthfeel. Thanks again Michael, keep 'em coming.

Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Broke open my 2nd of 3 today.

Black with inky quality, a loose rim of tan foam and central circle of etches. Smells fucking awesome. Honey, vanilla, alcohol, oak, graham, cocoa and a little nougat. Flavor is leather, cocoa, dark chocolate, some oak and tannins, a bit of booze. Full bodied and medium carb with a chewy finish and semi dry but watering ambience. Nice beer. Wish they'd keep making this.

Photo of albern
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Imperial Stout, but don't let the nose deceive. This pours very thick from the bottle and the nose is very boozy, almost medicinal. I was expecting an ultra boozy RIS with an ABV hyped beyond warrant. Not so. The beer is inky black, thick, smallish brown head that gives way quickly to an oily filmed top with no head or lace.

The taste is quite nice. There is a slight bourbon barrel quality to the beer, but I really appreciated the oaky, slightly cherry, molasses taste to the beer. It was quite smokey and also fairly sweet. There is some charred notes lurking about and some burnt woodiness to the beer too. It's a complex beer but quite nice. I'm not sure of the ABV but it really is reined in as far as I can tell. The beer is warming, but not boozy. I'm not a huge fan of the RIS style but I did like this. The mouthfeel is quite oily, but cream and smooth on the tongue. No real lingering charred flavors follow you into the finish. I'd go back for another.

Photo of Jayli
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque brown with a 1/2 finger of dark brown head. Head recedes instantly and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, oaked notes, vanilla and dark fruits.

T: Taste starts with bourbon and very rich milk chocolate at first. Roasted malts blended with oaked dark fruits, fig and date, and a bit of licorice comes through. Finish is tons of dark, bitter, chocolate mixed with a hint of vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, somewhat thin feel for a stout.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, big kick, decent representation of style.

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