Mayflower Scotch Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Scotch AleMayflower Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by MarkQ617:
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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another great offering from Mayflower. Had this on tap at Stoddards. Big boozy, peaty, malted taste that you'd want out of a wee-heavy. Awesome smoky, caramel aroma that compliments the flavor extremely well. Beautiful reddish-brown color with a nice soft, thick off-white head. Amazing aroma

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3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peat, Bread, Warming, Creamy

This ale is all about nuances and subtleties. Very smooth and creamy with a chewy full body. Lovely malt sweetness of honey and faint caramel meets toasted bread and peated malt. Dried grass, clean alcohol, faint spice, & a kiss of hop bitterness in the middle. No real wow factor even with all of the nuances and subtleties though it does hit all of the bells and whistles for the style. Worth a shot to switch up your winter drinking.

STYLE: Scotch Ale | ABV: 8.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served into a pint glass at New World Tavern

Appearance: clear, red-brown in color, minimal head, low carbonation

Smell: deep caramel and light earth

Taste: deep caramel with alcohol, peat, light sweet chocolate, and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet with alcohol burn at the end, medium-heavy body, low carbonation

Overall: Nice, sweet, and malty with some of the typical Mayflower taste...Certainly above average to good, but a step below the best. That said, I would get this again.

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Photo of Hopglow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Agw1127
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tkelley
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - rich mahogany body with light molasses highlights. Tan head quickly dissipates to a very thin scattering of bubble islands. Very pretty.

N - caramel, boozy, woody scent.

T - malt forward with sweet notes of dark sugar and something rustic or woodsy. Mild bitterness.

M - its rich but not too thick. Not very bubbly. Slick.

O - great option for a slow sipping night in. Will be great in the cold months.


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Photo of Shaymus
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

From the 12 fl oz bottle brewed in August 2014 and packaged in September 2014. Sampled on October 24, 2014.

Handsome looking copper-amber pour with a head that lingers for a short time. Nice clarity.

Lovely sweet caramel malt notes on the nose. No booze. Slight dank cellar feel.

The body is medium to full.

The taste is also very sweet and malt forward with just a hint of bitterness to balance it out. But sweetness prevails. Easy to drink, which is not necessarily a good idea at 8%. I like this style and Mayflower satisfies.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dental
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dreis
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

I had one of these recently bought directly from the brewery, what a great beer! A little smoke at the end but not over the top, well balanced malt and a high ABV. Had two of them and was definitely feeling it. Worth picking up while you can!

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Photo of twosheds
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reddish copper in color with a light tan head.

The smell isn't very strong, but is considerably smoky with a slight sweetness.

Very sweet malty flavor typical of a scotch ale but with a distinct smoke character that isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium.

At first glance this seems like a standard scotch ale, but the smoky flavors make it quite unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coppery brown with an unimpressive amount of retention. Smells great - lots of bold, immersive aromas. I get molasses, bread crust, plum and some peat smoke as it warms. Taste follows the bold and immersive olfactory impression with molasses oatmeal cookies, whole wheat bread and peat smoke. Super thick and chewy.

One of the better scotch ales I've had. Alemsith's rendition is the only thing that comes close at first thought.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/30/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, butterscotch and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this is a blizzard beer, nice big scotch ale, bottled Sept 2014.

Pours a small fizzy head that fades pretty quickly too, mild lacing and some legs on the sides, looks more like a 9-10% beer than one less than 8%, crystal clear, obviously filtered, mahogany ruby cranberry deep red color.

Nose brings lots of sweet malts and candy, plenty of candy syrup and caramel, a little fruity aroma like apple brings a candied apple note, caramel malts, toasty reddish malts, big sweet syrupy with a little nutty note, and faint honey.

Taste brings more sweetness, lots of sweet syrupy things, some toffee this time, more caramel, candy syrup and plain syrupy sweetness, with more reddish toasty malts, candied malts, caramelized sugars, etc, that even brings some warming tingly booze. Mild nutty note again and a little honey, as well as the fruity esters bringing a mild apple like note again, apples dipped in honey and caramel. touch of a smoked malt in there, smoldering log like character. Finish is sticky and fairly sweet still, but it tries to dry and with it come the tingly booze, bit more nutty flavors with plenty more caramel and sweet syrupy flavors.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, mildly syrupy, some warming tingly booze (much more than it should for only 8%), decent carbonation with small bubbles.

Overall OK, but not great, pretty much just a sweet candy beer with lots of reddish copper malts thrown in, a hint of smoke and fruity apple notes, and honey which is nice, otherwise fairly boring.

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Mayflower Scotch Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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