Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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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
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 03:14:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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