Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 202
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of WyethBednar
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 (258 characters)

Photo of SudburyWineBeer
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly not what I was expecting from a thanksgiving ale.

has an amazing ease of drink ability to it. Great reddish amber brown color,

nice head and well carbonated, not too much not to little.

taste was the shocker... I was expecting to be blown away in this area, but it's subtle yet distinctive flavor was mild and pleasant to enjoy.

A- (343 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from corey0212 for the Oct./Nov. growling at the moon cycle.

A - Pours a clear roasted brownish color with little foam, the little that was there dissipated quickly

S - I got a woody, burnt earthy aroma from it

T - A nice woody flavor that reminds me of fall. There is just a touch of whiskey flavor that barely shows up but adds a bunch to it.

M/D - I think this one is perfectly carbonated, not too heavy and is something that I could sit down to glass after glass, which I intend to do right now, to finish out this growler. (542 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of SMADMS
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from the brewery on 10/31 into a imperial pint glass

A-- pour a clear warm amber/reddish brown with slight head light carbonation

S-- notes of florals and wiskey.

T-- warm, wiskey, sublte malts,vanilla and oak the floral notes nice undertone. Lots going on here and all are standing out on there own.

M-- very clean, light carbonation smooth

D-- as I found the growler went down very fast.. This is danagerous at 7.7% you would never know it.

This is fantastic. I need to get back to the brewery for another growler or 3. Mayflower has hit it right on the head with this one. Great first venture outside the 4 staples . This like the others are top notch brews (692 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes out to tprokop7 for this in a trade.

Pours a dark ruby into a snifter. Small, very light tan head that dissipates after just a minute or two. Very nice looking beer.

Smell
Very biscuity, quite a bit of rye all the way through. Caramel and bread are in there as well. Maybe a little vanilla underlying it all (might just be because I'm looking for it though).

Taste
Rye is definitely very pronounced as in the smell. Spicy, with notes of sweet pepper. Hint of cocoa. A little caramel comes in with the finish along with a little heat. Alcohol works its way out a little more as it warms, but mixes with the rye very well. Some of the oak character comes out as it warms as well. Crispy, crunchy, biscuity. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel is great. Medium carbonation. Smooth, and a pleasant creaminess when the rye comes in near the end.

Lots more rye than I was expecting (which was a pleasant surprise). Oak chip aging isn't in your face, but helps blend in the alcohol very well. Anyone that loves rye ought to seek this one out! (1,044 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear brown color, with garnet accents when held to the light. Two finger khaki-colored head, with a thick foamy consistency. Very good retention, only diminishing to a thin layer after a few minutes, but keeping that layer all the way down. Good lacing.

Smell: Strong and molasses/brown sugar sweet dark roasted malts. Caramel and cream.

Taste: Malty, sweet character. The same caramel and dark malts as in the nose. Dark fruit mixed in with roasted malts. A slight alcohol tingle in the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with good consistency. Creamy and smooth. Chewy. A slight alcohol tingle.

Drinkability: Excellent beer that tastes great and is incredibly easy to drink. More flavor than your typical English Ale and a little sweeter as well. Decent ABV, without being obtrusive. Incredibly easy to drink (848 characters)

Photo of Kallessin
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color. Thin light-tan head.

Has an almost a wine-like fruity aroma with a little sweet malitness mixed in. I can pick up a hint of the alcohol.

The wine/oak fruity flavors hit you first, then it has some sweet malty biscuity flavors. There's a little vanilla there as well. I can only pick up the alcohol slightly.

After a couple more glasses, the fruity flavors subsided and it had more of a whiskey character to it. The alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms also.

Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

This beer is excellent. A perfect beer for the fall.

I picked up this growler at the brewery. These guys are making some fantastic beer down there. (730 characters)

Photo of Bounty628
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower's Thanksgiving Ale is brewed in the American strong ale style and comes in at a very nice 8.0% ABV. If you have family members like mine, sometimes a good 8.0% American strong ale is needed to get through the holidays! The nice thing about this offering though is that the strong ale "punch" is rather muted by the robust flavor that is packed into this Thanksgiving Ale.

Thanksgiving Ale is available in 22 ounce bomber bottles and was available on draft at local establishments around Mayflower's geographic distribution channels.

The ale pours a rich, deep brown with ruby hues clearly noted in the pour. Upon pour, there is a very minimal amount of head present and the small white head that does rise to the top of the glass does not stay with the pour for very long. There is not a tremendous amount of carbonation working its way along the glass with this pour and there is little to no lacing left along the inside of the glass while the ale is enjoyed.

There is a very rich and complex smell to the Thanksgiving Ale when poured into a standard pint glass. Roasted malts are paired nicely to a vibrant caramel presence. There is a biscuit nature to the nose that heightens the richness of the nose and a warm vanilla presence is highlighted off in the distance once poured.

The mouthfeel of this ale is quite pleasant as the minimal carbonation present allows the ale to coat its way across the tongue. Perhaps I was expecting something different from the strong ale varietal, but this mouthfeel has an interesting smoothness and creaminess to it that really allows the offering to be deeply enjoyed.

Just like at Thanksgiving often times the best part of the whole day is tasting the food piled onto your plate, Mayflower's Thanksgiving Ale's real selling point here is the taste, as well. The malts that were present in the nose really are exhibited nicely in the taste with a rich roasted caramel to almost cocoa nature in play with this ale. The vanilla that was present faintly in the nose really comes through nicely in the taste as it streaks its way across the roasted complexities and brings out a bit more of the hops and oak barrel uniqueness that launches this ale into a category of Thanksgiving greatness. (2,242 characters)

Photo of samueladams76
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was extremely excited to try this. I work at a liquor store and got mixed reviews from others that had already popped their bombers. It seemed that those that didn't like it blamed their own tastes rather than the beer itself. Encouraging.

Served in a large wine chalice-type thing. Seemed appropriate.

Appearance. First impressions - very deep rich amber color. Not too much head off the pour (less than a finger-width).

Smell. Oakey, malty, spicy. Alcohol is not too overpowering.

Taste. The combination of malts and hops really meshes well. It easily could have been too busy, but I found them to be complementary and well balanced. Notes of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Oaked qualities apparent...

The higher ABV and perhaps one of the floral/citrus notes from the hops used reminds me of a Belgian style ale. Tastes like an ale, but has the robust punch of a well crafted stout.

Mouthfeel. Dense. Almost syrupy like a heavy stout, but not as sweet as the texture would suggest.

Drinkability. One bomber will be plenty. I'm about halfway through and I'm thinking I wish I could share this with someone else to savor. A special holiday treat that should be enjoyed as such. (1,196 characters)

Photo of BetterDarker
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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! (523 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich chestnut hue with minimal beige head foaming up and receding to a sturdy and slightly frothy edge layer.
Aroma is caramel and toffee with a little brown sugar and mild herbal hop notes. Maybe a little peppery alcohol, but not a lot to make a note of here.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and very fine tingly carbonation.

Flavor is what the nose advertised with malt driven hits of toffee and caramel, brown sugar and a little red grape and general sweetness. I get some black pepper on the finish that hints at booze, but no real warmth anywhere.

The beer is amazingly easy to drink with each sip going down the gullet very smooth and no hits of booze. It does give a little pepper and dryness on the swallow but certainly not a boozehound beer.

I think I will go back to the store and buy a few more bombers of this one. Very tasty winter brew. Easy to drink and good to share.
WEll done. (999 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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). (831 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown body with some ruby tinting in there. About a finger of off-white head that leaves spotty lacing on my glass.

Smell is packed with sweet caramel malts and some earthy and woody tones.

A few mild spice notes come through that remind me of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight bitterness from the hops. Next both woody and malty flavors come through. The wood flavor is surprisingly yet pleasantly strong here, bringing slight notes of vanilla and a big oak flavor. Packed with caramel sweetness. Earthy hops in the middle. This beer is just packed with woody and sweet malts, but is very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.

I drank my serving of this beer really quickly; its extremely tasty bordering on chuggable. A beer I was looking forward to trying that did not disappoint me. (807 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Cooper's Series
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep chestnut brown with some light reddish highlights on the bottom of the glass.

Dull yet effective nose. Way too many times do I find myself going overboard for whiffs of intense hops. I also appreciate a nice malty nose too. Whiffs of malts, wood chips and baked bread.

Juicy caramel malt goodness with that distinct vanilla flavor with an allspice/cinnamon quality. Some sips provide a woody oak, butterscotch and brown sugar mix. Sugary and sweet, with a nice alcohol warmth at no expense to the drinkability level.

A nicely crafted and packaged beer. Reminds me of Long Trail's Double Bag (a personal favorite) with an autumn spice twist. Close to perfect in terms of style for this part of the fall time in New England. A real nice sipper on these chilly nights. I will certainly pick up some more of the bombers at $5.99.

Cheers! (948 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with amber hues. Fizzy head dissipates quickly. Wasn't expecting such brilliant clarity.

S - Malty nose. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweet sticky buns.

T - Malt forward but not sweet like the nose implied. Toasty with a dry finish. Notes of rye, brown bread, and a slight taste of raisins. I can't believe this is 8%, can't make out the alcohol at all. Wonderful craftsmanship.

M - Moderate carbonation level and somewhat light bodied enhances the drinkability.

O - A high alcohol, flavorful, complex brew that is also ridiculously drinkable?!?!? That's something we don't see enough of. A good choice to serve to craft beer loving and non craft beer drinking Thanksgiving guests alike. (729 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Poured a dark tea color in a snifter. 1/2F head.

The aroma is excellent: sweet, fruit, toffee, and fig.

Taste: fruit and fig with a nicely bitter alcohol finish-classic Old Ale.

The alcohol finish mellows with warming as fruit and raisins in the taste become more pronounced.

Better served on the warmer side to bring out the aromatics and dampen the alcoholic finish.
The style seems more of an Old Ale than a combo of Strong ale and Old Ale. A classic taste and worth checking out. I will try to find another bottle. (523 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark auburn with some reddish hues. Head is offwhite, thick and sits atop this pour quite nicely. Its a very clean looking beer, a little viscous as its weighing in at 8%.

Aroma - brown sugar and caramel along with slight hints of vanilla and apples. Its also got just a touch of alcohol heat in the nose.

Taste - sweet, malty and flavorful. Plenty of the brown sugar and caramel comes out in the taste along with some maple syrup, candied apple, cider and a little vanilla. The oak certainly has mellowed this one out and made it super smooth, it exhibits some qualities that remind me of a Belgian-style dubbel. Nice warmth from the alcohol and a dry sweetness in the finish.

Overall - An excellent beer for the Thanksgiving table. The maltiness goes well with everything on the table and the oak has mellowed this one perfectly. Excellent flavors and just an overall great offering from Mayflower. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - yes, every Thanksgiving going forward I will do my best to have a bottle on the table. (1,036 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, darker reddish-brown. Very thin to no head. Almost looked non-carbonated. Good, strong aromaa. I get oak, whiskey and some vanilla. Taste is similar - lots of booze in the flavor. First off I get a lot of vanilla, then the whiskey. Someone commented "I think someone put a shot in my beer!" Very full flavor-wise. Very thin mouthfeel. I don't know if it is from the lack of carbonation, though. I cant believe this beer is only 7.7%- it's strength in flavor makes it seem much more. Pretty drinkable, though. I had 2, and will definitely have again! (621 characters)

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Fresh from the brewery, it poured a nice cola body, with a tan head. Head was about 2 fingers, before settling to a small film. Nice suddy lacing. Aromatics on this one are middle of the rang, but quite detectable. Notes of vanilla and oak dominate.

This guy packs a fantastic oaked flavor, with lots of sweet malts up front. However, as the brew settles, the sweetness sadly leaves. Definitely keep this one moving in your glass. Finish is a soft bitterness and sticks to your tongue.

Really a nice offering from Mayflower. Great drinkability on this guy, even with a nice warming finish. (634 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured into pub glass

Clear amber orange

Aroma of sweet malt

Nice malt taste

Smooth, clean finish

Repeatable, seasonable favorite that is worth seeking out for the holidays (186 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of bbeerman
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A..Initially poured a light brown, almost golden hue. After a moment sitting in the glass however, it turned darker and looked very much like a dark caramel color. Very intriguing.

S..A strong scent, almost smelled like it was going to be a very dry(ing) beer. Somehow it smells like autumn.

T..Wonderful flavor with caramel, roasty malts, a slight hint of chocolate (perhaps in the background). Really yummy - would be great with meat or fish.

M..Just average here. A bit drying, but not as much as anticipated.

D..Very easy to drink given the ABV of 8%. I could have three or four glasses of this with a dinner, or even an afternoon session in the fall. I certainly look forward to getting this one again when the opportunity presents itself. (749 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/8/09

A: This beer pours a nice clear amber/chestnut color. One finger of white head that recedes to a film. Spotty, creamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of nice caramel malts, touch of wood and smoke.

T: Taste is caramel malts blended with a woody nature up front. Middle is filled with and oak flavor, toffee, toasted malts and the finish is bourbon like.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily feel to the beer.

D: This is a well balanced, well blended beer. Goes down easily and another solid offering from Mayflower. (552 characters)

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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