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

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BA SCORE
83
good

962 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top Sam Adams bottle with nice raised letters, etc and a cool label. Been wanting to try a gingerbread stout for forever; kudos to SA for finally getting it done! Found for $5.99-6.99. Split into two Chimay goblets and split w/my wife.

Appearance: Black beer with a big medium-tan cap that shows nice retention.

Smell: In terms of the spice balance (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger), SA has this one absolutely pegged. Not gingerbread-like or 'kinda like gingerbread', but dead on. A few swirls bring out a wisp of smoke and a hint of booze. Everything's stellar with the exception of the smoky note; I guess it's kind of Christmassy, but I'm not sure about it with all the sweet spice.

Taste: Unfortunately, the spice profile does not come through NEARLY as strong in the flavor as it does in the aromas. There is some spice, and the profile is pretty spot-on, but it's almost completely annihilated by the booze (a bit rough) and roasted flavors. The closer this gets to room temp, the more the spices come out but, unfortunately, the booze burn becomes reminiscent of vodka. Some toasted brown bread notes on the finish as this approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Awesome. I read some reviews that complained that this was thin, but the oats here make this creamy, full, and rich. Quite nice.

Conclusion: The only thing holding this back (even if it's a major gripe) is the heat. I think that this could have been SPECTACULAR if they'd kept the same basic concept, but ratcheted the strength back to around 6-6.5%. At this price, I'd probably pick up one a season, but no more.

83 = B

BedetheVenerable, Dec 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep chocolate brown with deep walnut brown showing thru when held to the light,a nice looking creamy near mocha colored head atop.Alot of roast in the nose along with spicy ginger and sweet alcohol lingering.Flavors are heavily roasted with a bit of char at the onset,the spiced notes come in the back end with ginger,and clove standing out mainly,alot of roast and dry earthiness to this milk stout.The alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms as well the sweetness derived from it,not overly spiced but not a bad beer.

oberon, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

tbryan5, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

J2L, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jackplane, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

sabitu, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

SD-Alefan, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DaftPatrick, May 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

warnerry, Dec 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

tim6298, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

generallee, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ValpoExpo, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Jason, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mctizzz, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, medium-high carbonation

Smell: gingerbread cookie

Taste:roasted malt, ginger bread, and a ginger snap intensity at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with spiciness

Overall: Not the most complex of the Sam Adams special releases, but a quality beer if you like ginger. I could see myself getting this once a winter, but craving it more than that.

tigg924, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

reitzbrewing, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg notes, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The ginger and strong cinnamon notes really come through strongly. They are joined by some chocolate and roasted malt character that melds well with the spices. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, spicy stout.

Mora2000, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

NoetheMatt, Aug 22, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

hpoole53089, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a stein.

Appearance: Black, very dark. Beige head, about two fingers worth.

Smell: Molasses, ginger, sugar, cinnamon, coffee, and some chocolate. Very complex smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Full bodied and thick. Amazing complex flavors nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, and coffee dominate the palate. Faint flavors of chocolate.

Overall: Excellent stout! I enjoyed every drop of this brew.

Cavanaghty, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ChaseBacon, Dec 25, 2013
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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.