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Mayflower Imperial Stout - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Imperial StoutMayflower Imperial Stout

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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 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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Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler. I am not sure who brought this one.

Bottled 1/2011.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, cookie dough, and slight alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight alcohol kick. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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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 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 Khazadum
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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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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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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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Jan 2011

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice dose of chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some real nice dark stuff. Medium Body. This is a pretty tasty brew, glad to have finally gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Chris.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from a 22 oz bottle.

A - Very black!! cant seem to get any light through. Mocha head about 2 inch high. (a bit of an aggressive pour). Head sticks around and leave decent lacing.

S - Alcohol/bourbon. Then a bit of chocolate too.

T - Bourbon upfront, Chocolate and dark roasted malts

M - Smooth and chewy. Nice level of carbonation. Fully and creamy.

D - Very drinkable. I wouldn't drink more than one bottle at a time but this will definitely be a purchase i will make again.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer looks good, doesn't look very inky thick or viscous, but it does generate a thick dense tan head that is attractive and lofts roasts around. the roasts and chocolate are smelling nice, there is a persuasive alcohol notification too that begs a sip, the present heat is a welcome mat for me, i dig it, must be that Utopia & BW left overs from the barrel coming back in their state of reincarnation to lend a hand for this Stouts aroma.
The flavors are good but short of outstanding, it is roasty, chocolate, and some alcohol that sometimes comes off fusel in character if it's not your thing. Mouthfeel is cut down by the heat it seems, leaving a clean and dry ish stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of bbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet-style glass at the Rose alley ale House, New Bedford, MA.

A..Beautiful black liquid. Resembled black motor oil. No head from my pour.

S..Smelled complex and inviting.

T..Wow! This is one imperial stout you can tell has 10%+ ABV and unfortunately I feel it impacts the taste a little too much. It does not taste bad, but it was not the easiest beer to drink either. Chocolate and oak-like flavors abound. I think I tasted vanilla and/or coffee here as well.

M..Again, the heavy character and ABV brought my score for this brew down a little. I enjoy heavy beers but this is on the extreme end of heavy (be warned). It sure does warm you up though on a cold afternoon.

O..As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go, this is an above average version and something worth trying at least once.

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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 Verecund
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber opened on March 26, 2011.

Standard, but attractive RIS: black, with a dark mocha head of a half finger. Looks a little thin, but manages to leave some decent lacing.

Sweet bourbon notes, caramel, milk chocolate and toffee, with a little bit of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Pretty sweet with heavy bourbon notes.

Milk chocolate and roasted malts on the front of the palate. Something like licorice and the faintest taste of dark fruitiness gives way to tons of oak and cheap sweet bourbon. A messy and boozy finish of dark fruit, bourbon, and a tiny bit of solventy "white" liquor heat (like vodka).

Medium, medium-light in body, but somewhat creamy due to under medium carbonation.

Okay. The bourbon tastes cheap, which may be due to the lack of a rich and hefty malty backbone. It feels a bit thin, probably due to the extended time in the barrel. Not unenjoyable, but sub-par for the style.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Mayflower Imperial Stout pours a complete black, with about two fingers of abnormally dark foam, closer to milk chocolate than caramel, serving as a crown. Retention is decent, but there's no real lacing to be found. The nose is a little bit muted, but I can pick up on a pretty nice blend of milk chocolate and bourbon. Initially the beer is a bit too heavy on bourbon, with it overpowering the chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes. As it warms though, the beer falls into a better balance. The body is a bit thin for a 10%+ stout, I was expecting a little bit more heft to it. Given the low body, the carbonation is textbook understated for a stout, but had the beer been as rich as it should be I'm not sure it would have been carbonated enough. Mayflower's barrel aged Imperial Stout isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd say it does fail to live up to the high standards set by both last year's barrel aged Barleywine and the other top notch -bal stouts out there.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with very fine caramel coloured bubbles covering the beer. The lingering collar left a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, lots of caramel, toffee, coffee, booze, vanilla. The flavour was lighter than I expected, perhaps a little thin up front. Notes of caramel and vanilla played well with the roasty character, but there was less bitterness/sweetness than I usually find with a RIS. Booze was present, particularly in the finish, but well controlled. Dried fruits towards the end with malty finish. The texture was alright, full bodied with low carbonation, some astringency coupled with some residual sugar -- sort of hurt the mouthfeel a bit. Overall, a notch above average. If the beer were a little more thick and rich, it probably would have taken the barrel aging better.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Mayflower stout has a body that is the darkest shade of brown and opaque at its core. The light brown head is thick and rocky. Retention is good and lacing is spotty.

Chocolate and roasted malts join wood, bourbon and vanilla in the nice. A good bit of alcohol is in there also.

I'm a Mayflower fan, so I was looking forward to trying this one, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted. Chocolate and roasted malts lead things off, and then the flavor moves into the barrel characteristics. Dark fruits macerated in bourbon, spicy oak and vanilla are all present. The finish is the real problem: it brings more bourbon, but also a ton of heat and harsh alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, big, full and creamy. Mayflower is one of those breweries that seems to do a good job with the mouthfeel of their beers.

Too harsh and boozy for me. May benefit from spending a little more time in the bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to Spleeb for this interesting beer.

The beer pours an abyssal darkness with a initial dark sandy brown that fades to an oil slick sheen on the surface. The aroma is rather pleasant. There are complex notes of cocoa, whiskey, brown sugar, maple syrup, figs, and raisins. The taste has many of the same flavors found in the nose. The strong fig and mexican chocolate taste are rather nice. There is a boozy flavor there and it melds with the fig tastes. The mouthfeel is rather viscous and pleasant but with the bourbon flavor there is much left to be desired. This is a tasty tasty beverage and I'm glad that I decided to request this beer. A wonderful surprise.

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Mayflower Imperial Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.