Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear caramel color. It poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Lots of caramel with some vanilla, oak, and spicy hop aromas.

t: Sweet toasty oak dominates, with some caramel and a spicy rye finish.

m: Fairly hefty with fizzy carbonation.

o: Thanks E, I really liked this one. I don't think I've had anything quite like it.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

stamped "2012"

A: Dark reddish brown with a thick white head and nice lacing.

S: Sort of a soapy herbal hoppiness and a very faint, slightly spicy malt.

T: Crusty bread, sweet (but not sticky or cloying; no molasses or fruit) malt, rich vanilla. Prickly yeast spiciness and herbal hop bitterness on the finish. There's a lot going on here, and it's all good.

M: Full but not too full to accompany food.

O: A very tasty beer. Unfortunately, it's 8% and only comes in bombers.

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Photo of SawDog505
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours an attractive auburn, with a one inch off white head, leaves behind some rings of lace.

Smell is bread, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, clove, banana, toffee, and a little booze.

Taste is very pungent. Taste follows nicely clove, toffee, and vanilla upfront, with some fruity esters, gram crackers, and booze in the finish.

Body is medium, enough carbonation for the style, maybe a little dry, and pretty good drinkability.

Overall this very solid. I actually went back and fixed my review. A very rich and well balanced old ale.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very dark amber. Head is smaller. It laces with long drapes.

S-Aged on oak huh? Yeah, my first big sniff offered some very raw wooden aromas. This also smells right around 8%. Definitely noticing that rye piquancy. I also get a soapiness from the hops. Darker fruits and buzzing yeast.

T-Maple syrup with spiced Autumn garnish. Oak subtly sets in as the beer sits and warms. Yeast is forceful. Over-steeped tea. Very malty, very complex. Bitterness sneaks up on you, but there aren't fleshed-out hop flavors. That's okay, because this is all about the malt.

M-Fuller bodied with soft bubbles.Actually, it goes down good. Booze creeps around my senses.

O/D-God, I can just picture this next to a cut of dark meat and some voluptuous stuffing. I have avoided this for about four years. After trying this, I really regret the wait. I like how this is one of the only beers I have ever come across that has been aged on oak and such a proclamation hasnt been stamped onto the front of the label. Overall, I will definitely purchase one of these every year.

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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