Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale

22 oz bottle coutesy of DrDogBeer as part of Secret Santa ’09. Thanks Tom.
The label says that this is an American take on an English Old Ale – should be interesting.
Pour is a very nice, chestnut body with some good clarity. Head, lace and retention are minimal, but largely as expected with the 8.00% ABV tag.
Nose and tastes give the same, slightly odd mixture. The beer starts with plenty of malts, and a really quite distinct nutty character but as it drinks the hop character comes more to the fore leading to a fairly dry finish. The finish also gives some more alcohol and a few dry sherry notes. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter with some degree of metal. There’s a hint of brown ale base as well. Light vanilla.
Ultimately I’m really not sure about this. I winds up sort of in nomansland with a nice malty start and then a far-too-hoppy-for-the-old-ale-style ending. It never gets to American Strong territory either, and to me the beer is a touch unsatisfying in the way it’s not really being one thing or another.
I dunno, this just ends up in between too many flavor profiles to sit well with me. Too much of mish-mash.

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12/31/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 2
Total: 3
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