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I made it a mission of mine to make sure I got a chance to try this.  Though they don’t always generate the most hype in the Massachusetts brewing scene, Mayflower consistently puts out some amazing beer and I had to see what they did to celebrate a major anniversary.

Beer Name: X

Brewery: Mayflower Brewing Company (Plymouth, MA)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.0%

Description: An Imperial Stout brewed in honor of Mayflower’s 10th anniversary.  Apparently it’s their largest beer brewed to date!

Appearance: Dark cola brown/black body topped by a thin tan head that cleared out very quickly after pour.

Smell: Creamy and sweet, with slight hints of roast and heat on the end.

Taste: Creamy sweetness upfront, with lots of dark malt and chocolate.  Stayed on the sweet side throughout but turned towards caramel and faint light roast coffee on the finish with some moderate heat mixed in.  Heat level slowly intensified as the beer sat.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with a minimal amount of carbonation.

Hype: This made the rounds on social media postings from various local bottle shops I follow, but overall the hype was low-key in the sense that I had no problem going out and picking this up.  That said, this brewery has a solid reputation with many Massachusetts beer drinkers and I jumped at the chance to try out their big anniversary offering.

Overall: An excellent straight up Imperial Stout and a very worthy anniversary release.  Definitely check this out if you come across it.