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Mayflower Imperial Stout | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Imperial StoutMayflower Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

Added by nas5755 on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 80
Photo of bum732
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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 603BeerMe
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared into two Portsmouth Brewery tulips

A - Dark! Thin, maybe one finger head, stays for most of the glass. Great legs! Looks a bit thin but not watery.

S - Bourbon(duh!) but not as much in the taste, sweet, vanilla, raisins(?), slight molasses. Great aroma!

T - Bourbon up front, vanilla, roasted coffee, little bit of chocolate, oak, hops, a bit bitter. VERY tasty! Liking this one!

M - Again, thin but I'm enjoying it. Carbonation is under control. Smooth.

D - A great Russian Imp Stout! I have another bottle that will get a year, or so of age. Shared the bottle with a Stout loving friend & we both agreed, VERY good, solid Stout we will definitely seek out again - too bad the store near his house is sold out until next year!

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of Gushue3
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black and velvety, with mocha head that stays around.

S- roasty, boozy and malty. light cocoa and earthy bitterness too

T- wow. big taste. nice alcohol/boozy taste upfront followed by malt sweetness. finishes smooth with a small bitterness/booze linger. picking up some small chocolate notes too.

M- feels really nice. lots of tiny tiny carbonation bubbles that drinks smooth after the initial sip

D- excellent beer. mayflower makes great beer to begin with but i picked this up on a whim. did not expect it to be this good. pleasant surprise. buy it, drink it.

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Photo of jayt206
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz thanks to Ray TBG. Poured into bells tulip. Jan 2011 release.

A- FANTASTIC pour. Deep, squid ink black, brown sugar head that is 3 fingers tall and laces nicely. Wow. I wish all my stouts poured like this.

S- Bourbon is dominant.. caramel and dark roast coffee too.

T- Big roasty malts hit me first. The boozy barrels come through too. Sweet fruity brandy/cognac... never had utopias but I swear I can taste the BW that was in these barrels. Interesting take. Never had a -bal aged beer like this.

M- Thick, viscous, ample carbonation, sublime flavors. Booze is a bit hot, although this is fresh. Time will be kind to this, methinks.

D- Moderate. Very tasty but rich and heavy. One you gotta take your time with. Wish I had more of this :/ .... although glad Mayflower is coming to RI!!

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Photo of tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 jdhilt
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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 BeerMusketeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours motor-oil black with a two-inch brown head. The head settles shortly.

S: Roasted coffee, creamy vanilla, wood. Cocoa, dark chocolate. Faint plums. Spicy tobacco leaf. Bourbon comes out more as it warms.

T: Creamy vanilla puts the drinker at ease before tastes of wood and cigar-like herbal hops excite the palate. Bourbon-like flavors (I guess this is the Utopias) come out more and more as the beer warms. A bit of plum and currant darkfruit. Finishes with roasted coffee, milk chocolate, wood, and smoke.

M: Thick, rich, and full. Syrupy and mouth coating. Low carbonation. Very nicely done. Warming alcohol presence soothes all the way down the throat.

D: Drinks like a good RIS should.

Notes: I was not expecting this to be a barrel-aged beer, as nothing on the label suggested it. Upon taking my first sip, the barrel-aging was immediately apparent. Underneath the barrel flavors this seems to be a nearly perfect example of the style. I happen to enjoy barrel-aged beers with more assertive bourbon and barrel tastes, but I think this one is going to be too much for a lot of people.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/27/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, licorice, rich roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and licorice that are followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as expected but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of drumenigma
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Liverpool08
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black with a thin mocha colored head. First whiff is booze. A bourbony mocha smell. Very enticing and quick to wake up your nose. The first sip is the same, bourbon, mocha, and a little hint of vanilla. This is definately an Imperial stout. Its very booze heavy, yet still mellows out at the end so you can have another sip. This is a very well crafted beer. The booze is slowly mellowed out by some bitterness at the end that evens everything out. But you really won't need more than one unless you are sharing a bottle.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this beer at a recent tasting.

This beer pours a dark dark brown to almost black color, with a small light tan colored head. The smell is bourbon up front with hints of vanilla and a light roasted smell. the bourbon flavor is not as strong as the smell would make you think, this is probably because the barrel was originally sam utopias barrel, then used for the barley wine they made last year. the alcohol is apprent in the taste, but not to much so. the mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, but its a good beer, very drinkable

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 mikey711
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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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