Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company
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2.63/5 rDev -32%
I hadn't this one before, so it found its way home with me.
Pours a dark copper color with a smallish off white heads that displays minimal retention and lace. Smells fruity and sugary. Lots of toffee and brown sugar mixed with some darker fruits like cherries, prunes, plums, etc. Slightly earthy aroma is able to just barely cut through all the malt. Taste is sweet and fruity like the nose suggested. I'm picking up an astringency that is a bit unpleasant. I can't figure out if it's from the wood that I otherwise can't find or something else. There seems to be a hint of Belgian yeast in here as well. Medium body, moderate level of carbonation with a sweet fruity syrupy mouthfeel. Mayflower keeps making these 22oz bottles and I keep foolishly buying them. I just didn't enjoy this one its all over the place.
11-16-2011 23:59:43 | More by johnnnniee
2.68/5 rDev -30.7%
i had never heard of this until i found it on tap at union brewhouse in weymouth. very muddled taste with unknown unpleasantness hidden towards the back... think oak, smoke, vanilla, and whiskey. yeah, it didn't really go together. i like the concept of a beer tailored for thanksgiving, but not the final product. it is worth noting that my friend liked it a lot more than i did...
02-11-2009 00:13:10 | More by joshsbeerblog
United Kingdom (England)
2.9/5 rDev -25.1%
a-red brown with a thin head
s-flowers bubble gum and some bread, very interesting but not very nice IMO
T - a lot like the smell, but more fresh bread and add some mild hop flavor and some wood.
MD - thin and not much of a body to it. Could drink more but didn't really want to with other good beer available.
05-23-2010 20:17:24 | More by thepeter
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
Poured into a tulip. Nice amber slightly red dark color. Not much head on this one.
Sweet aroma of honey dominates the aroma. Not much but sweet malt smell here.
Nice good hearty taste. Starts out with a nice sweet maple flavor, and finishes dry and slightly crisp. Minimal hop flavor is present.
Good mouthfeel on this one.
This one is pretty drinkable for an old ale. Glad to have it. Could be a Thanksgiving tradition.
11-26-2010 01:02:14 | More by andrewinski1
3.2/5 rDev -17.3%
Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours an attractive auburn, with a one inch off white head, leaves no lacing behind. Smell is bread, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, and banana. Taste is very pungent. Taste is all of that with some toffee and booze mixed in. Body is medium, enough carbonation, not dry, and pretty good drinkability. This is a different and good beer.
11-17-2012 01:47:06 | More by SawDog505
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
22 oz bottle.
Good clarity, pours a viscous deep reddish brown color. Head just won't hold up. Good carbonation thought. Oak is the dominant aroma, just about all I smell. Also quite apparent in the flavor as well. At first it was off-putting, but definitely growing on me a bit as I drink on. The rye and malty flavors come out much more once you get used to the robust oak. I believe that cooper means barrel aged, which would explain this is intense oakiness. Its a unique and decent beer. My 22oz bottle served 6 people comfortably (in a true thanksgiving fashion). The type of beer you don't mind trying, but maybe wouldn't drink all night long in huge quantity.
Minutes after finishing this beer I can still taste the beer writing the review. Serious lingering flavor.
02-01-2011 16:00:17 | More by mlazzaro
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
Reddish brown appearance with a red tinted tan head. Pale malts, bread, grannysmith apples, brown sugar off the aroma. Fresh hops, rye and wheat bread, malted barley on the initial sip. Mild hint of pears, apple pie spices and oatmeal. Bitter, sweet body with lots of smooth malts and bready flavors.
01-30-2012 02:43:26 | More by YouSkeete
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
a dark brown that is almost opaque with some mahogany tints when held up to the light. the head raises up to two fingers but quickly recedes to a spattering of a film, but laces ok along the way.
a good amount of rye spice mixes with caramel, toffee and molasses dark malts, a touch of vanilla oakiness, and a good amount of dark fruits.
taste follows with rye hitting first, sweet and fruity malts coming next, some esters, a bit of metallic hops throughout. some harshness from alcohol, and the flavors are fighting amongst each other as well.
nice medium full body with a bit too much carbonation for the flavors and a bit of heat.
drinks okay, but doesn't quite come together very well. wants to be a smooth drinker, but stays too harsh. won't pick up another one to drink with Thanksgiving dinner.
11-17-2010 04:40:34 | More by silentjay
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
Thanks, I believe to portia99 for this one.
Golden brown, clear, very thin light tan head despite a vigorous pour, minimal retention.
The bottle itself describes it as an old ale, but it does not feel that way. Aroma shows some bourbon notes, caramel, and a bit more hops *(fruity) than expected on the nose.
Thinner than expected on the palate, the taste is also hoppier than expected, and feels a little bit higher than the described 40 IBUs. Caramel is also here, some slight bourbon and vanilla, no alcohol heat at all.
I would prefer this one slightly sweeter, or at least better balanced, and definitely heavier on the palate. Still pleasant.
12-09-2009 00:42:07 | More by brdc
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
2011 vintage I believe - took me a year to get to this. I think this was from Reagan1984, but I can't completely remember. Served in a taster pint glass.
A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and a few specks of lace. Transparent ruby-brown body.
S - Oaky, with sharp and slightly spicy and phenolic yeast notes, as well as a bit of fruitiness and tart berry. Even though this is supposedly brewed with Belgian yeast, there's more of an English vibe going on. Seems more like an English Strong with oak.
T - The taste has more toffee and biscuit sweetness, with some oak and vanilla flavors mixed in. There's some fruity yeast, and not much alcohol presence. Better than the aroma, although the finish is a bit flaccid and heavy on the oak.
M - Medium body, moderate and soft carbonation, oaky texture, and dry in the finish. Not much alcohol, considering the 8% ABV.
D - There's a bit too much oak character, even after a year, but there's nothing really 'wrong' with this beer; it's just not all that special. If there were limited options I certainly wouldn't turn it down, but I can think of numerous beers I'd rather drink first.
12-03-2012 22:31:56 | More by MasterSki
3.44/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
12-26-2013 16:31:00 | More by cbutova
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
01-10-2010 00:08:19 | More by tzieser
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-21-2011 14:23:37 | More by tigg924
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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