Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,207 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 40
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Ratings: 1,207 | Reviews: 246
Photo of RCLOHR267
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just do not care for gingerbread beers.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 6oz. brown bottle

Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout filled my pint glass with an opaque black hue producing a 1 3/4-finger bubbly tan head that was reduced during consumption to a foamy latticework of lace. The nose picks-up sweet dark caramel malt followed by the pleasant aromas of light cinnamon and gingerbread cookies. The flavor of dark roasted malts is upfront then spices of ginger, cinnamon, and a touch of wheat make an appearance. Do not drink this stout too cold as the flavor comes out as it warms. The mouth feel is rich, medium bodied on the palate with a generous amount of carbonation. A light warming alcohol presence is also noticed.

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout has the holidays written all over it. I sure will seek this out for the upcoming holiday season.

Photo of bluto1998
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark stout with a thick light brown head. Immediate strong ginger and cinnamon smell upon pouring. This beer looks and smells great but the flavor was lacking. Perhaps mine sat at the store a bit to long or now that spring is here I wasn't in the festive mood. The ginger is way overpowering. So strong I chose not to finish this beer. The only this making this a stout is its appearance.

Photo of ARoman
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

*from old notes 1/17/2014*
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. There’s no doubt this is a gingerbread beer from the aroma - it’s the dominating scent. There’s some vanilla (reminiscent of a "frosting" scent) along with some jujyfruit/gumdrop aromas (mostly cherry and lemon-esque) followed briefly by faint whiffs of alcohol. A near opaque red/brown body is topped by a generous, fluffy, brown head - which recedes, although a decent layer remains throughout). The lacing is of small bubbles which mostly cascade without much remaining on the glass. An initial dry, alcohol taste is the first greeting of the liquid in the mouth, but this blends into the dry gingerbread sweetness, and shortly thereafter, a very light citrus (lemon) sour. There’s also a mellow bitter presence in there, but I can’t quite pinpoint it aside from the tongue feel. It’s a medium-full body beer that’s mostly flat - although some carbonation comes through more as it warms - with a creamy texture. The finish starts out as toasty and chocolaty with a mellow butter and nutty quality to it. After awhile longer, the gingerbread taste is what sticks as the prevalent aftertaste along with some hoppiness (really the first time the hoppiness reveals itself - there were maybe some hints earlier in the initial taste, but it’s washed out by the sweetness and malt flavors); although it’s tough to say what I think of it - syrupy sweet gingerbread plus mellow bitter hops. This might be a well constructed beer, but it’s a bit too sugary sweet for my preferences.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Aroma of spices and roasted malt. The flavor is a mix of roasted malt with a coffee like essence and a bit of ginger and cinnamon. Clove and spices round out the aroma. The taste is roasted with a yam like vegetable flavor but ample roast as it warms. Vanilla and cinnamon, roasted malt, slight bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. Pretty decent.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head.

Smells of gingerbread and sweet dark fruit - grape, fig.

Taste is gingerbread, fig, grape, with a spicy hop flavor. If is an interesting beer, but falls a little too much on the sweet side and a little heavy on the spice - cinnamon and nutmeg.

Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a black liquid with a foamy, sudsy light brown head. The smell is just like gingerbread cookies...spicy ginger and sugar, backed with a little malt and alcohol. The taste is sweet, but not cloying...a firm malt structure and lots of spice and ginger. I a usually dubious of spicy gimmick holiday brews. This one, however, is well made and a real treat. Enjoyable and flavorful.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have liked a lot of the Sam Adams bigger stuff and this one was also good, but not as good as the others.

Photo of FIN
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Great smell
Good feel
A decent beer, fun for the holidays but not much else.

Photo of Carolvs
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 9.0 tasty brew... liquid gingerbread

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer literally tastes exactly as described, its got all the traits of a stout, malts, coffee and dark chocolate, with a lovely cakey, cookie breadyness, gingersnaps, cinnamon and nutmeg. Definitely the perfect Christmas brew.

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a cold today. Tasted good but I reserve the right to change my opinion in future when I have full olfactory and taste.

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Peachtree in Harrisburg, served chilled in a sensory glass.

The color is black and opaque wtih thick pale tan foam with very fine bead and good retention/lace.The aroma has a good amount of ginger and dark malt wiht light dark toffee and slight yeast ester which gives a bready(cookie)type aspect to the aroma with light stone fruit ester. The feel is spiced on entry with medium high carbonation and mild roasted and sweetness with mild yeast and mostly dry finish.

The flavor is a mix of ginger up front with some gently roasted malt and slight caramel quality but the flavor of ginger stays steady while the malt seems to thin or dry out mid palate with some caramel sweetness in the residual and mild yeast in the flavor with some dry spicy flavor and alcohol in the finish with medium full body. Overall this is pretty solid for those who like ginger -relatively clean but somewhat thin in the realms of stouts. I like the way the ginger and dark malt are utilized -a pretty decent base stout that has a medium sweet quality. I would be open to having this again. I consider this a good winter warmer type ale

Photo of predikit
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first stout from Sam Adams, was interesting. Was a fairly aged bottle, but was very smooth.

Minty ginger snap spice to it, oat backbone, was interesting to try but wasn't very wowed.

Medium-full body, maybe a bit over carbonated.

Photo of rhester14
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great taste, a little strong on the alchol in my opinion. But overall a really good beer.

Photo of CTurtle2
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love anything gingerbread. This stout is nice and smooth and being 9% I can enjoy it slow and feel good this holiday

Photo of JPowell712
4.9/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This for me was a great offering from Samuel Adams. Often I find their special or seasonal brews impressive, this did not disappoint! It pours softly with a chocolate brown head. Then the aromas fill the glass. You smell all the Christmas spices and gingerbread. The taste is bold and spicy. You really taste the expected flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and chocolate. What I like is the hop bite and alcohol feel. It is a strong brew at 9% alc/vol.
This to me is a great take on a seasonal beer. I could drink these all winter long. This would be a perfect desert beer. After a meal this is like a liquid desert! I highly suggest trying this. I know I will be stocking up!

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very cool label with eye-catching graphics, ABV info, a small description of the beer, and a bit of brewery info. Back label gives a very nice description of the beer. Neck label has Sam Adams logo. Bottle has “Samuel Adams” embossed around the bottom of the bottle and a nice design embossed on the top of the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bomber into a 16oz English pint led to a 4 finger deep brown head of a thick creamy consistency atop a completely opaque black beer. Head retention was 6 min with a nice thick coating and very thick ring left behind leading to excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of strong gingerbread with cinnamon, clove, and ginger very prevalent along with a nice roasted coffee malt aroma and a bit of cooked down brown sugar.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of ginger and cinnamon with a nice roast coffee malt flavor on the front end. Mid point has hints of ginger, deep roasted brown sugar and roast chocolate malts. Back end has a deep roast coffee flavor with a very robust coffee and ginger on the aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full bodied, rich, thick, and creamy with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability was on the low end because of the ABV and surprisingly sweet flavor of the beer.

Overall/Comments: Overall this was a good beer that is worth a try. I thought this had a great nose, appearance, and mouthfeel but was lacking a bit in the flavor department. Interesting beer that was fun to drink and review! Classified as a milk/sweet stout @ 9% ABV. Consumed on 1-2-14.

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Don't understand why this new attribute rating system will not save w/out a review

Photo of meganaher
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Typical malt, a little sweet, not as much spices as I would have liked, very faint hint of ginger. Bubbly

Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass to a black beer topped by a three finger dense light tan head that slowly fades and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of ginger, roasted malt and some molasses. pretty much smells like a gingerbread cookie
T: taste is molasses, roasted malt, gingerbread spices, and chocolate. swallow is more gingerbread spices with chocolate, roasted malt and molasses. underlying sweetness is found throughout this one
M: fairly full in the mouth with soft carbonation and a finish that's a little drying
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. The gingerbread flavor is kind of subltle and overall the flavors aren't quite as bright as I would have liked. A nice change of pace from other holiday beers though.

Photo of Martyrob
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super sweet but I do enjoy this as a desert beer.

Photo of Lard_City
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Beautiful gingerbread and current nose. Thick, boozy fruitcake and molasses taste throughout. Sweetness and richness may be a bit much in a pint. Might be better sipping in small glass. Still, no bad.

Photo of Arfunkhouser
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Really thick, almost syrupy.

Photo of msf55
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like Pepperidge Farms Ginger man cookies this is right up your alley. Very tasty dessert beer.

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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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