Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
12-04-2008 01:06:01 | More by weeare138
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
12-02-2008 02:37:20 | More by Hojaminbag
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
12-01-2008 02:32:46 | More by mikesgroove
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
11-26-2008 22:30:05 | More by bigkahunas4
4.6/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
11-21-2008 21:34:30 | More by fitzy84
4.22/5 rDev +9%
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.
11-16-2008 23:08:56 | More by donkeyrunner
4.8/5 rDev +24%
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.
11-13-2008 03:15:27 | More by mikereaser
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Chestnut brown ... surprisingly not much head to speak of.
Smells of caramel, bread and maple syrup.
Taste has the slight hints of wood and vanilla, but is cut off by a brassy, metallic finish. None of the secret ingredients are coming across fully. Muddled ... but maybe knowing the ingredients hindered my experience. An excellent flavor nonetheless. Very versatile and balanced.
The light carbonation is a real asset of this beer. Very soft and pleasing on the tongue.
Great drinkability considering the alcohol content. Could go very well with a variety of American fare, and could even taste great on a hot day.
11-13-2008 01:11:56 | More by TrevorGW
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Had on-tap at The Moan and Dove.
This one was a delicious sipper that I greatly enjoyed drinking. A gorgeous ruddy-ruby in color, with a one finger head that stayed the whole way through. Smells strong of oak and assorted dark fruits. The first sip is a glorious bite into the oak barrel. Good mouthfeel, I would drink it again. If it happens to be at the Dove still on Friday I'll have another glass or two.
Hopefully, I can snag a growler for Thanksgiving dinner with the family.
11-12-2008 00:25:23 | More by Cedromar
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
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
11-03-2008 19:36:10 | More by SMADMS
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
11-01-2008 19:33:45 | More by Kallessin
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
11-01-2008 13:03:47 | More by DrDogbeer
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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