Mayflower Imperial Stout | Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower Imperial StoutMayflower Imperial Stout
80 Ratings
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 mavbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Wally1912
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Moose34
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jayli
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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 tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -18.3%
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 +2.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -14.7%
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 -0.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +1.5%
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 +7.2%
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 -2.8%
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 -3.9%
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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Photo of Verecund
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Mayflower Imperial Stout from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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