Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
01-04-2012 01:26:01 | More by brewerburgundy
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-06-2011 20:21:26 | More by jondeelee
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Picked this up on a recent trip to Boston. Drank it the Tuesday before thanksgiving/thingstaken as the beer warmed I contemplated history, colonization, and the nature of the holiday itself.
This pours the color of burnt sienna, a ruddy amber, with a solid layer of foam that holds up as it warms. It has a pleasing malt profile that reminds me of an English mild. It has a malty, mild flavor with a lingering mouthfeel. Some sweetness? Not chocolate-flavored but there’s an interesting, intriguing flavor that reminds me of hot cocoa in its sweetness and finish. Fennel? Fenugreek? Maple? Can’t quite place it but I like it. This is a good beer, one I’m enjoying enough to wish I had saved it long enough to share.
12-06-2011 18:53:30 | More by elNopalero
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby-copper coloring with only the slightest filmy covering of a head. Aromas are earthy and richly sweet, with brown sugar and vanilla characteristics on a toffee backbone. Smells rich. The beer's flavors are strong and rich, and they are conveyed on a full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Roasted and toasted, the flavors of caramel, butter, nut, and vanilla shine through, all very well blended and balanced, with a grainy flavor lacing throughout. Interesting, and surprisingly drinkable with all the strong qualities. There is a hops presence that reveals more into the aftertaste, with the roasted qualities combining to leave a slight drying effect, giving the beer a short-lived, somewhat clean finish. Very tasty brew, and would likely go well with just about any kind of rich, meaty foods...like, say, turkey.
12-03-2011 03:43:20 | More by GarthDanielson
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured into a great big beer mug.
A: Big bountiful beige head. Dark brown with sharp reddish/orange highlights
S: Sweet, wet and musty. Malt character really comes through as this brew reaches room temp.
T: Sweet caramel malts, woody/nutty molasses and brown sugar mixed with astringent floral hop character and a punch of... maybe raisin and/or plum?. Bitter aftertaste carries with a slight lingering note of sweetness for a while after each swig.
M: Juicy and more than a bit sticky. You won't need to floss afterward, but you might feel like you want to brush your teeth.
O: Good, big beer that will conspire with turkey to put you to sleep for the afternoon. Which is good because the Cowboys always win the late afternoon game, so why bother watching? (Seriously, screw the Cowboys)
11-26-2011 02:15:18 | More by DirtyPenny
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.
A: Deep, burnished amber with a two-finger head of tan foam which left a little weak lacing.
S: Fruity and tart with a hint of acidity, tobacco leaf and boozy oak.
T: Sweet and acidic malts release a dearth of fruity esters onto the palate. Flavors range from fermented plum to tangerine and chocolate. An underlying, boozy and mellow oak flavor permeates the palate and washes down with a liquor-laced, semi-tart and sweet finish.
M: Full-bodied, a bit hot due to higher ABV and acidic malts.
O: This 8% ABV American strong "old ale" is a very interesting blend of an oak-aged, acidic English-style ale. Like mixing an English barleywine with an oak-aged American strong ale and funky yeasts. If this is what the puritans were drinking, maybe settling the states wouldn't have been so bad.
11-26-2011 00:55:33 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-24-2011 01:56:01 | More by puboflyons
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
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
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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