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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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.85/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of Verecund
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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 gwguest
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Dope
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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 Hojaminbag
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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 johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Wizzman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of nas5755
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a few bottles of this at the brewery. A Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and used in a few Sams Adams experiments.

A- A hearty pour reveals a pitch black beer, nice mocha head almost two fingers, with good retention.

S- Big bourbon notes, heavy vanilla and chocolate

T- Lots of bourbon, a little smoky, dry finish, tannins, vanilla. The bourbon stands-out as the dominate flavor, all the other flavors are slightly subdued.

M- Low carbonation and a thin mouth-feel

D- A solid ba stout, nothing worth noting other than the use of the bourbon barrels. The base could have more body and more overall oomph of flavor. Fairly mediocre.

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Photo of ms11781
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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 DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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 brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a rocky tan head; the lacing; streaks of lace polka dot the chalice

Smell: Fusel alcohol and wood dominates the aroma; while there is some chocolate underneath, it is hard to discern

Taste: Black bread opening, with the yeast becoming prominent early on; by mid-palate, some dark fruit, bourbon and vanilla arrive, with the barrel adding a somewhat sour dimension that persists after the swallow; the finish was boozy and harsh, though there was some chocolate, vanilla and oak in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I am not sure where this beer is headed but I am glad I did not cellar it further; perhaps I had a mis-handled bottle but I was concerned that the sour element was just going to get worse over time; rather a disappointment from a brewer whose other beers I have really enjoyed

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Photo of Faina
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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 smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 53 degrees in my DR snifter. Jan 2011 vintage. Pours an inky black with a quarter inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses into a sudsy band around the shoulders. Only a residual slick remains across the surface. Some lacing but no legs. Nose expresses whiskey notes, a roasted quality and some form of artificial sweetener. Taste consistent with nose - unfortunately, this beer is lacking the classic rich malty backbone characteristic of the style; however, some interesting buttery notes and a slightly tart quality also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light (a bit on the thin side) with an oily consistency and an even, easy carbonation that culminates in a touch of acidity detectable towards the finish. I liked this beer, but didn't love it. There are definitely some interesting qualities, but it just didn't come together for me. Not recommended for extended cellaring in my opinion.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= The Appearance is really great nice dark black a little mocha head that disappears quick.

S= I really smell the Bourbon in the nose, I also get some vanilla, maybe some dark fruits in this one. I also get some dark roasted coffee in this beer.

T= Dark roasted malts, Bourbon come through in the taste get some vanilla in the taste coffee comes through in more in the taste more in the taste.

M= Pretty thick beer, not that much carbonation full bodied.

D= Pretty drikable if in the right mood and I probably wouldn't want more than one of these bottles in one sitting.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Huhzenbendah I believe at a recent tasting, poured into a Darkness snifter.

Beer is black with a tan head, thin, breaks quickly, low carbonation some lacing. Looks like beer.

Aroma is complex, chocolate and coffee with some booze and oak. I like the aroma.

This beer was aged in Utopia barrels I believe, it's a very nice beer with a medium body and some creaminess in the mouthfeel. Sweetness and booze but no heat, I don't find it hot at all really. The finish is a little dry, giving the perception of heat but it's not bad again.

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Photo of Lunch
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a great and straightforward trade with Shaggy9356, thanks! This sounded really interested and I do love BA Imperial Stouts.

Pours black and thick into my Great Lakes snifter with a finger or so of a tan head.

Smell is very boozy and usually I like that sort of thing, but this almost has a grain alcohol thing going on. Some chocolate, but this is hot.

Taste is similar with a lot booze, but not in a good way. picking up chocolate and quite of of the BW that was previously in the barrel. Interesting, but not my favorite.

Very thick and full, but the booze really limited my enjoyment of this.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black into a snifter with the faintest garnett highlights. Fading grasps of lacing last on the glass. In the aroma a fleeting amount of oak and vanilla pop up, then all roast and chocolate followed by the presence of booze. The taste is only the reverse, big roast and cocoa nibs up front followed by hints of oak, barrel, vanilla, and than bitterness like 70% + cacao. Some real hop bitterness makes itself apparent. Thick mouth coating capabilities, but a hotness makes this beer less than quafable. I can't imagine much improvment with age. Drink it now make room in the cellar.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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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