Those of you hoping to find some new information about all the Single Malts found on the Mayflower will be mighty disappointed. Instead, you’re going to get a review about Mayflower Brewing’s Limited Edition Scotch Ale. But first a little background;
Mayflower Brewing of Plymouth, MA has been brewing a variety of commonly known beer styles with near spot-on accuracy ever since they began operations in 2007. Their Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Porter and IPA are fine representations of their respective styles. Where many breweries venture way off style course, Mayflower is sure to brew to the style criteria. To my reckoning, this is where a brewery can shine brightly or fail dully. If you can’t brew to a style range, quit or create your own damn style and pray people like it!
Depending upon where you get your information or who you ask about the beer style, “Scotch Ale”, you’re sure to find lots of tantalizing, and often misleading information.
Some online beer sites confuse Scotch Ale with Wee Heavy. Others claim Scotch Ale and Scottish Ale are one in the same. While others lump them all together as one very wide-ranging style. They, of course would be wrong!
Wee Heavy is better connected to a sweet and heavy rendition of English Strong or “Old Ale”. Some Wee Heavy’s land smack dab into the land of Barley Wines.
Scottish Ales are dark peaty, malty ales of medium potency and low to medium hoppiness.
Scotch Ale, on the other hand skirt somewhere on the ends or beginnings of both, Wee Heavy and Scottish…and most closely, or accurately Scottish Strong Ale (a kissing cousin of English Old Ale) Confused? Me too!
This offering by Mayflower is to this reviewer, at 7.8% ABV, a Scotch Strongish Ale.
A full creamy off-white/beige head floats atop a deep ruby-hued body. Smells of roasted malt, spruce and light rum are quite to style. The flavors are full plum, resiny hops, dark malt, mild citrus, wisp of smoke and hint of booze.
It’s an easy, slick drinker for the style. Not at all cloying or thick as some Wee Heavy’s can get. Goes down in velvety smooth gulps, so be careful, or make sure you have at least 2.
This Scotch Ale pairs very well with hearty dishes, such as wild game with rich sauces, strong-flavored cheeses and Charcuterie plates. Oh, here comes the Crème Brule with wild berries and whipped cream! Not to worry, I saved yet another bottle of Mayflower Scotch Ale!
Cheers! And Happy New Year!