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Mayflower Imperial StoutMayflower Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.03%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
26
For Trade:
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 80
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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 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 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 Greeneā€™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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 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 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 Jayli
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 albern
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Imperial Stout, but don't let the nose deceive. This pours very thick from the bottle and the nose is very boozy, almost medicinal. I was expecting an ultra boozy RIS with an ABV hyped beyond warrant. Not so. The beer is inky black, thick, smallish brown head that gives way quickly to an oily filmed top with no head or lace.

The taste is quite nice. There is a slight bourbon barrel quality to the beer, but I really appreciated the oaky, slightly cherry, molasses taste to the beer. It was quite smokey and also fairly sweet. There is some charred notes lurking about and some burnt woodiness to the beer too. It's a complex beer but quite nice. I'm not sure of the ABV but it really is reined in as far as I can tell. The beer is warming, but not boozy. I'm not a huge fan of the RIS style but I did like this. The mouthfeel is quite oily, but cream and smooth on the tongue. No real lingering charred flavors follow you into the finish. I'd go back for another.

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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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