Mayflower Imperial Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company
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Reviews by jamie2dope:
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Picked this one up at Winchester Wine and Spirits yesterday. Poured in to a snifter, the beer comes out a cola black, with a small amount of tan lace. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, and bourbon. I also pick up a bit of dark fruit also, but the chocolate is the most prominent feature in the smell. The bourbon tastes come through strong at first, but end up melding together with the chocolate and fruit nicely in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than usual for this style, but it doesn't really take much away from the brew overall. It works nicely drinking wise as a slow sipper. No mention of ABV on the bottle, but either way the alcohol isn't too hot or in your face. I am pleased to say this is a quality barrel aged Imperial Stout. It hits all of the marks with me within the style. Looking forward to tasting this with some age on it. Cheers
01-17-2011 02:08:24 | More by jamie2dope
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4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
05-08-2011 16:14:19 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-19-2012 04:42:41 | More by mdaschaf
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
03-18-2012 03:07:44 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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
05-02-2011 21:58:43 | More by mikey711
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
08-12-2011 02:41:50 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
01-16-2011 00:11:25 | More by drumenigma
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
02-15-2011 04:47:20 | More by bum732
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
04-03-2011 02:12:38 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
08-16-2011 03:08:49 | More by tzieser
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
03-08-2011 04:07:47 | More by donkeyrunner
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-22-2011 01:38:50 | More by jlindros
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
01-25-2011 20:49:57 | More by BeerMusketeer
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
04-30-2011 22:26:21 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
03-13-2011 23:54:22 | More by TMoney2591
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
01-29-2011 19:54:25 | More by smcolw
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
02-05-2012 03:01:15 | More by Khazadum
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