Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
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
12-20-2012 03:14:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
11-18-2013 20:28:31 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
12-20-2012 14:48:51 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
10-24-2012 01:50:08 | More by Mora2000
4.53/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
11-22-2012 16:49:14 | More by Cavanaghty
3.79/5 rDev +2.7%
Jet black in color with a thin light brown head. Nutmeg,ginger,and cinnamon in the aroma. I do think they nailed the gingerbread aroma! Mouth is silky and creamy. Lots of molasses,nutmeg,cinnamon,and ginger along with a bit of dark malt. The spices dominate,but do not overwhelm. This is a bit more of a sweet dessert type of beer. The sweetness dissipates as it warms so don't drink it ice cold and you will enjoy it more.
12-26-2013 00:42:05 | More by Franziskaner
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.