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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale

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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 211
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 211
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer pours brown with a cherry oak colored highlights when held up to the light. Pretty clear in color has a cream colored head that was about an inch and a half thick that goes away fairly quickly. When it's gone it produces a ring around the edges with minimal lacing. The smell isn't what I expected. It actually smells bready/yeasty, Belgian actually, and almost a banana aroma. Malts are present, caramelized. Has a very slight citrus hop that you really have to search for. The taste is better, but still nothing like an American Strong Ale. There's still a lot going on in the flavor department however. Heavy on the malts, maybe some type of bourbon or scotch flavor to it. Very yeasty again and it almost seems to have some type of peanut oil aftertaste. There are some hops present in the flavor as well, has a bitter smokey aftertaste that goes along with the previously mentioned peanut oil taste. With all that's going on. Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little dryer than I expected, but good, it's pretty drinkable as well. I'm generally a pretty big fan of American Strong Ale's, but this was nothing like I've ever tasted before. I'd like to try it on tap and maybe get another bottle, because Im almost not convinced this is what it was supposed to taste like. If I don't like it the second time it won't keep me away from the brewery though, that's for sure.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.


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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of samueladams76
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is great to see Mayflower release their first big beer in bombers. I was lucky enough to try this last year on tap, and now it has arrived in the bottle. I poured it in to a Duvel glass. Color is a dark rosewood color, with a big pillow like white head. Despite the color, it still maintains a lot of clarity when held up to the light next to me. The first thing that strikes me is the strong wood notes in the nose, I can tell right off the bat that this had oak involved in it. There are also some smells of peanut butter, vanilla, toffee, and a hint of whiskey. Man, that peanut butter flavor really shows up in the smell along with the oak. Chocolate and molasses are other flavors that come to mind when sipping. It comes off as moderately sized, with the malt dominating...I might like a little more weight. Drinkability is fine, but with the large flavors and complexity, it definitely is a brew to take your time with, and let open up. This is every bit as good as I remember it being last year, perhaps a notch or two better. My favorite thing about this beer is that it speaks to the history of New England. Great stuff here from Mayflower, and I cannot wait to see how that barrel aged Barleywine turns out. Pair this one with Thanksgiving dinner. Cheers

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Cedromar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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

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Photo of Kallessin
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.