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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2008

The first and only perennial offering in our Cooper’s Series of limited batch beers. Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale is an inspired blend of two brewing styles: American Strong Ale and English Old Ale. Aged on American white oak, this full-bodied brew warms the soul with hints of caramel, vanilla and spicy nuts. The perfect beverage for our favorite holiday.
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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 91
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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark red/brown in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: cinnamon, roasted malt, holiday spices, dark bread and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and a sweeter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice and malty treat. This seems like a super spiced up dubbel with some of the flavors of a Christmas beer. I could have a pint or two. Not something I would get year round, but good for a cool night.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. Bottling date of 10-18-2010.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel malt and some dark fruit notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel malt, yeast and some dark fruit. Overall a decent smelling and tasting beer, but there is really nothing too exciting going on. Relatively easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower's Thanksgiving Ale opens with an earthy, malty nose, smelling of toasted wheat and rye bread crusts, peat, vanilla, and spent grain husks. The brew also carries a somewhat cola-like, or even Dr. Pepper aroma, as if lightly touched with kola nut. Some light fruit esters--white grape, apricot--bring in sugars, and the hops are hardly noticeable, except as a faint background citrus tone. As a whole, the nose is very light, and the aromas difficult to distinguish one from the other, but dark in overall tone.

On the tongue, the beer carries far more flavor than the nose implied, opening with a quick shot of brown sugar, which is quickly joined by wheat and rye bread crusts, vanilla, hints of fig juice, and a continuation of the Dr. Pepper/kola nut notes, though here those take on a toasted quality. Dark fruit esters--fig, yes, but also black cherry and prune--bring delicious flavors and sugars. A strong loam-like, bitter, earthy quality penetrates the profile, likely from the oak aging, and I couldn't escape the faint impression of sawdust. At the very end, an ashy tobacco thread emerges. The beer is very warming as it's swallowed, evidencing a higher ABV, but that ABV is largely hidden in the brew, and does not get in the way of the other flavors. The aftertaste is a continuation of the more bitter notes from the main mouthful, with remnants of fading sugars, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, while there was much in this beer I did like, especially the range of flavors, I found the bitter Dr. Pepper/kola nut/wood notes slightly too strong, at times reminding me of biting into dandelion stems. A slightly sweeter touch would have better served the beer, showing off the great sugary esters that lie beneath.

Photo of WyethBednar
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly smooth, very well balanced. A little malty and a little sweet with a really great head. This was the first legal beer I ever got and I've been trying to find it again ever since but it's tricky to find. Still remains my favorite beer I've ever had

Photo of BetterDarker
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into 20 oz pint glass.

A- Nice brown/amber color. Thick tan colored head with a foamy consistency. Great retention with very nice lacing through out.

S- Strong roasted malts with caramel and molasses.

T- Great malt backbone with a subtle and very nice hops presence. Two words: friggin' delicious.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

D- Fantastic beer and easy to drink. I enjoyed this after Thanksgiving dinner, my only regret is that I had only one bottle and did not have this with dinner. Well done!

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Duvel tulip, 2011 vintage.

Translucent but dark brown. Not like a Stout, reds shoot through in the light just fine. Some medium brown head.

Juicy, it just smells juicy. Buttered toast, Maris Otter, carob, all sorts of malt cause that's what it's got in it.

For all the malt, this is not sweet. Brown malt, brown sugar, diacetyl, herbal vegetal hops. An ever so slightly soapy strong hop bitterness makes its mark in the finish where there is also creamy chocolate.

It's a lovely creamy thing. Moderate carbonation with just a full and smooth feeling.

I was excited to try this when I received it, as I'd never heard of it and it looked like a 'different' strong ale. It is a bit different. Belgian yeast isn't all that apparent, while the skillful use of different malts is. I recommend it.

Photo of Roguer
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish nut-brown ale, very clear when held up to the light, and topped by a thin cream head with decent retention.

Very mild aroma, focusing on toffee and caramel, and spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit of vanilla. Most of the aroma is driven by strong malts.

Flavor matches my expectations, coming somewhere between an English Old Ale and an American Barleywine. The malt profile is certainly of the former: caramel and toffee; dark fruit - plums, cherries, grapes, and prunes; vanilla; walnuts and pecans; cinnamon and nutmeg. Not overly sweet. It reflects the latter with a bitter, hoppy finish, cleansing the palate with mostly earthy, neutrally bitter hops, but also a faint kiss of citrus.

Medium length wet finish; medium bodied. A little sting; quite lively. Slightly syrupy. A sipper due to the complex and thick malt base.

This is a very, very tasty brew, and I can definitely see it serving the advertised purpose: a Fall evening sipper, perfect for the holidays. It could easily fill the role of your evening Belgian nightcap (if you have one).

Photo of jmerloni
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Plum brown with decent tan head that retains somewhat and has good lacing.

S - Bready malts.

T - Mm, wow, this is way more jam-packed with flavor than the nose indicates. Pretty damn delicious actually. Red Delicious apples, pine, caramel and molasses malts with a bitter, boozy aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, not exactly dry. The sip breaks apart a little too much as you finish each swallow and it gives way to a a bitter aftertaste that is separate from any hop profile.

D - A good beer. If they tweaked the mouthfeel, this could be a great beer. I'd like this thick and chewy, personally. A solid offering, nevertheless. Good to see a local brewery succeeding.

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber with good clarity and bubbly carbonation. It almost looks like a soda. The aroma is subtle and mellow with a fine mix of barley and rye malts, sweet sugar, and a downplayed hoppy character. The body is medium. It has a nice taste that doesn't make you think too hard, which you don't want to do on Thanksgiving. It is bitter but mildly hopped. Overall I found it to be nice and drinkable. I wish I had another one available.

Photo of fitzy84
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. The appearance was really perfect: a dark, beautiful, clear red look with some thin lacing. Aromas were really, really, really good: sweet vanilla with smoky malts and alcohol. Heavy malt and vanilla flavors are maintained in the taste of the drink. Really smooth and warm structure; really helped me warm up from the cold New England night. Overall, a perfect beer for the thanksgiving season.

Photo of DrinkNewport
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking copper pour with little head

Mild, slightly boozy aroma.

It's an odd flavor. Not at all hoppy. The malts are all there. It's not bad, but it's not quite my bag. Maybe it's the bitter, slightly metallic, aftertaste. Something here doesn't quite work.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SMADMS provided this as another righteous extra in a great trade... Big thanks Peter... I've really been looking forward to this one. Sharing it with Brenda, but most is going into my Delirium goblet.

Shallow head with a descent cap... nice lacing... nice deep amber brew.

Nose is chock full of toasted bread with pretty heavy caramel... lite molasses.. and a trace of vanilla.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit of date and lite fig... lesser caramel than the nose.. but this is still a nice malty brew... present but lite leafy/spicy hops... a mild spicy note comes out with quite a bit of warmth that reminds me slightly of Belgian phenols...

medium body with a lite carbonation that accents a bit of slickness ... maybe from rye or maybe oats... not sure..

Thanks again Peter... I was super stoked to try this one and it has been refrigerated from the moment I opened the box.. yummy for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of PEBKAC
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle gifted to me by ljkeats & shamefully passed over for a few months till this years' Thanksgiving came up on the calender.

Poured heavy-handedly into a pint-sized crystal vase-like orifice in my grandmother's cabinet. A cascade of colorful fall leaves, maple & gold, move up the glass & settle into a thin cap of off-white head.

Caramelized malt, roasted nuts, & granola sweeten up initial whiff, while a bit of wood & hay bitter it up a bit.

Taste is a big spot of caramelized breakfast cereal, toffee, & maybe some black tea qualities. The hops are herbal, but mild to maybe moderate in strength. A half-sticky old ale is what comes to mind as I drink this. Though it contains much better carbonation & isn't as fruity. Finally noticed that it has that Sam Smith hard/minerally water thing going for it as well.

Overall, pretty nice. A bit thick & a bit seasonal(& a bit confusing), but I enjoyed it. Thank you Jeff.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to the Dr again for sending me this growler of a classic NE holiday beer. I had been wanting to try this one forever, and was glad to get it in time for the season. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 11/29/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark brown color with nice hints of reddish tones on the sides of the glass. Good head of maybe two inches came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin, but long lasting crown across the top.

The aroma was loaded with spice. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, touches of maple sugar, all converging on a nice malted base and a good, light profile. More carried over into the tasting. Nice light bodied strong ale, with a rich aroma that just would not quite. Smooth ever expanding palate of tastes here. Rich caramel malts that were accented by a hint of cinnamon. Smooth, mellow hops bouncing around the middle and a nice overall presence of earthy tones throughout. Mild, mellow finish was very smooth and left a long lasting sweet flavor on the tongue.

Overall a very nice, quality seasonal beer. Very sweet and quite unique from anything I have had in the past. I would not mind trying this one again any day.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Had on Thanksgiving 2013, a few hours before the meal*

A- Dark cooper. Creamy white head. Dies to a nice 1 finger that sticks around well. Nice lacing. Very inviting.

S- Toasted malts! Oak, rye, vanilla, bourbon. Sweet. I don't remember noticing much of a hop presence.

T- Follows the nose exactly. Oak and rye are the first things that hit you. I'd say woody overall. Reminds me of an Innis and Gunn beer. Vanilla and caramel comes out. Alcohol gives this beer a layer of warmth.

*When warmed, the beer smooths out. More of the vanilla is present. Alcohol is more noticeable, but without any burn. I don't want to say this is outstanding, but it's damn close!

M- Medium to full bodied. Rich, creamy, but smooth. Velvety on the palate. The finish is quite pleasing. You get the a slight alcohol warmth as it passes the throat with the slightly earthy hop note to round out the mouthfeel. Great stuff.

*Overall this is a fantastic beer that everyone that did beer tastings during the day loved. Just the right amount of richness and flavor. Not too heavy, but certainly not light. I wouldn't want this with turkey. It's too much like bourbon in character and I think that would clash with turkey and mash potatoes. But it's really good to sip and have during the day when conversing with the relatives. GOOD JOB ON THIS ONE MAYFLOWER!

Photo of tzieser
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i've had this one both on-tap and off in the past, but i have yet to review it....keep in mind, the brewer said himself this is not an old ale (the label may mislead you , so i will

a: 22oz bomber poured into a Samuel Smith nonic glass. very small one finger head, even with a rough pour, that dissapates very quickly into a very thin lacing arond the glass. beautiful clear dark amber color, though. i was expecting more carbonation.

s: lots of rich malts dominate the palate. alot of rye in the nose, with hints of hops and a very subtle belgian-type aroma....strange, yet good. more complex than i expected.

t: rye malts hit the tongue first, followed by some other nice sweet caramel/molasses flavors....brown sugar? interesting. pretty decent, and surprising kick of hops in the back. however, this is definitely a maltier brew and almost reminds me more of a dark lager.

m&d: kinda slick mouthfeel, not very enjoyable. drinkability is good. i could have a few, but 8 bucks a bomber isnt exactly a bargain. also-- why won't they fill growlers of this stuff at the brewery? they'll give samples, but won't let you fill up. major bummer.

again, if you're going into this beer thinking old ale, you will be disappointed. the beer has some downsides, but the flavor is definitely there. i'd say it's worth a try at least once.

Photo of mountdew1
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown with a hint of orange. Practically no head save for a small ring. Aroma was slightly sugary sweet, very small hint of alcohol, touch of caramel. Taste was a tad bitter up front, but mellowed out. Not as sweet as would be expected, a small hint of smokiness. Not quite what I would expect for this style. Felt outstanding in the mouth, coated extremely well, with just a hint of carbonation. Fairly drinkable, not overly strong, and not as syrupy as some.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to warriorsoul for bringing this treat down to Capone's for people to share...
Appears a transparent, dark amber with crimson highlights when held to the light. The small, off-white cap slowly fades into a decent collar. Small spots are left around the glass before drooping back down into the collar.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, light bourbon, and toasted malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite bourbon presence that isn't overbearing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light tannins, and a sugary, dry finish.

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Very good. Dark for an ale with complex spice notes. If you can find it, buy it. These are limited release and usually go fast!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the Mayflower brewery and was treated to a tour of the facility as well.

Thanksgiving ale poured a dark amber that shines ruby red when held to the light. Smells like oak and brown sugar.

Tastewise there's a lot going on. Very light carbonation and sweet nut flavor make it seem like a built up nut brown, but there's a lot more going on. Lots of oak. Has a distinct vanilla bourbon bite. Too thin mouthfeel. Despite a high ABV Thanksgiving Ale highly drinkable.

Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Emma and Dan for sharing the bottle. Another review left over from the holiday season.

A- Dark ruby red body with a small off-white, foamy head that builds up to about one finger. Decent head retention as the foam drops to a mm ring at the edges. A few spots of lace and some legs but not much.

S- Malty all the way here. Some dark raisiny fruits, caramel, toasted malts and some English-esque fruity yeast hints.

T- Follows the nose with a yeasty and malty ale. Fairly spicy feel overall with a spiced raisin presence. Some sweetness, caramel, toasted nutty malts and even a hint of roast. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice come to mind (from yeast?).

MF- Creamy and somewhat foamy texture to a light-moderate body. Carbonation at a higher level and accentuates the yeast spice flavors. Finishes with a slight warmth and bitterness.

Yeast and malty brew with a spiced flavor reminding me of the pumpkin brews in a way.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma is of fruity caramelized malts, dark fruits, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with a lot of substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2009 version received from konabrewer. Thanks for the opportunity!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy "10W40" shade of brew. Head quickly morphs into a swirly layer of skim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with fruitiness fighting for airtime.

Taste follows the nose, with a few peeks of harshness alcohol trying to shout down the maltiness, spicing, and barrel character. Mouthfeel is good, with nice carbonation even after the barrel-aging, and drinkability is pleasing as well. On the lookout in 2010...

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice rich looking slightly ruby tinged brown, with a moderate just off white head.
the aroma is actually toward the belgian end of the spectrum, with a bit of banana, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. a bit of sulfer right after the pour fades quickly.
my first impression of the taste is that it seems like a belgian scotch ale thats done a good amount of fermenting out. it's got everything going on the the aroma, and some slight, slight citrus hops. it's sweet, but quite dry and really very nicely balanced in that respect.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied, but slick with moderate carbonation.
the drinkabilty is fantastic for an 8% abv beer. this is a fairly straight forward, but finely crafted beer, and as for pairing with thanksgiving dinner, i'd say this is spot on (though i haven't tried it out yet obviously).

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has this with the turkey this year. Nice Amber/brown with minimal head and lacing. The smell was fruity with caramel malts, vanilla, and oak. The taste followed, with a fruity body balanced by delicious hints of spice. Very, very good for a holiday beer, or any cold night.

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.