Mayflower Barley Wine | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Barley WineMayflower Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.76%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle received from konabrewer. Thanks for the opportunity! Actually had the privilege of enjoying this off the tank when I toured Mayflower, wasn't carbed yet, but still had a great flavor profile even then.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/4" beige head above the totally cloudy orangey amber brew. Bubbles quickly retreat to the rim, leaving a sporadic skim over the middle, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and dominated by bourbon.

Taste begins sweet, fruity with a touch of tart in the middle, vanilla notes from beginning to end, but barrel and alcohol flavors really come on at the close. Alcohol warmth and slight numbness after the swallow. Mouthfeel is way smooth, esp for abv and strength of flavors, with superb drinkability as well. Great depth of flavor keeps me coming back looking for stuff I missed the last swallow. Get it if you can find it.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Moose34
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear copper color with golden edges. It poured with a small whisp of a head that lingered for a long time.

s: Beautiful. The bourbon takes center stage, but it is an extremely mellow aroma. Not at all harsh, abrasive, or hot. While the bourbon if firmly in control, plenty of barleywine notes come through. I found dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, and maybe a hint of chocolate as well.

t: Starts off lightly sweet and amazingly complex. Lots of incredibly smooth bourbon backed nicely by musty fruit, brown sugar, and vanilla. That suggestion of chocolate can be found here as well. The finish is plenty warm, but not abrasive. I tasted some piny hops and a little oak at the end.

m: Big bodied and gently carbonated.

d: This ranks right up there with Central Waters BBBW as far as I'm concerned. Magnificent.

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Photo of Florida9
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009

A: Cloudy, murky, orange-brown in color. Dirty looking. Pours with the slightest of head.

S: Caramel sweetness with lots of vanilla and oak. Some bourbon with the alcohol becoming more pronounced as it warms.

T: Much like the aroma. Slightly sweet caramel with vanilla, oak, and an earthy woodsiness. Sugar cookie. A little heat on the finish.

M: A very round and voluptuous beer. A bit on the heavy side with low carbonation.

D: Surprisingly good for a barleywine. Very smooth. Still displaying the typical characteristics of a barleywine, but with many of the rough edges having been smoothed.

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle I received from FluffyMcTingle a while back; thank you! Opened on my birthday back in May, and this is from notes taken then.

Body appears a hazy copper with golden hues near the edges of the glass; there is little retention on the tan had that develops. Smells of hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, plum, date, and bourbon in the front followed by a very woody scent from the barrel. Tastes of bourbon, hazelnut, caramel, malt, and brown sugar. There is a strong wood/straw flavor throughout. Mouth is rather sweet, yet smooth with a dry finish. Overall, a great beer that I’d love to have again, especially with the same amount of time on the bottle.

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Photo of phishfoolme
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of celeriac
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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...

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of nas5755
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Copper with a decent head that lingers with solid retention for a big and old beer(just shy of 2 years)

S- Roasted caramel, raisins, some tannins and vanilla.

T-Very interesting and complex. I get alot of apple brandy and cider notes mixed with the traditional barley-wine flavors, caramel, raisins, some oxidized malts and hops. Very nice.

M- The only flaw with this beer is the fusel heat on the finish and depending on my mood I either love it or hate it with big beers. Tonight it is sorta clawing at me as it is a bit harsh. Carbonation is on the lower end of the specturm.

Overall- This is a tasty beer, nice bal characters are present. I get a very big apple brandy flavors and some Utopia flavors blended in. Very nice beer.

At or near the peak, I can only see more oxidation coming into play.

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to axeman9182 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a rich and chewy copper color. Head is very short lived and light tan/light orange in color. Lace was at a minimum as was carbonation.

S: Very sweet smelling. Caramel, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, red apple, red grapes, cherry, and a hint of char.

T: Everything found in the smell with more emphasis on the caramel and fruit. Bourbon taste is subtle and a bit smoky.

M: Quite thick and sweet. Almost bordering on syrupy, but not. Slick and oily with enough boozy bite to keep things interesting.

D: Yeah, it's no summer session beer but not all beers are meant for sessioning. Don't rush through this and you'll be rewarded.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Abriggs1 for sharing this one. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Quick review:
Pours a nice amber brown with little to no head. Aroma is dominated by sweet black vanilla beans and dark chocolate caramel candy! Super bright and super sweet smelling (...I know you can't *smell* sugar, but you know what I mean...) Flavor is sharp with a quick whack of hops and alcohol prickle then snaps tooth-ache sugary sweet. Lots of that caramel chew, something like a "cow-tale" candy, and tons of sugary bourbon notes.

This brew reminds me of the BBC Bourbon barrel-aged Scotch Ale. It's very sweet, delicious and viscous, but a little prickly from the alcohol too. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of mpetersen
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy light brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, bourbon, grapes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice little hop note, very nice bourbon note, and some caramel. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well with this one. Drinkable, another very nice brew from Mayflower.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Acquired in a trade with LarryG.

A - Copper with good clarity, a steady barrage of rising bubbles and a small white head. Good lacing.

S - Oak, caramel, grass and a touch of alcohol.

T - A rich bust or flavor with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, oak and alcohol.

M - Creamy and smooth with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - Rich flavors keep the pace slow but it is enjoyable and warming. I'm not too familiar with Mayflower having moved away from the area but this is a good beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Mayflower Barley Wine from Mayflower Brewing Company
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