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

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BA SCORE
83
good

940 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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 LambicPentameter:
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station on 12/21/13 as the sky spits ice. Reviewed from notes. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is the color of black licorice, with dark brown highlights at the edge of the glass where light has less liquid through which to refract. Atop the body sits a two-finger head the color of cocoa powder. Retention is decent, and eventually the foam dissipates to a smattering of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering about half of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and silky, exhibiting a mottled pattern sort of like a leopard with very few spots.

Smell - Gingerbread, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg are the dominant notes, with a bit of roastiness and char coming through along with bittersweet chocolate upon subsequent sniffs. In some ways, it reminds me of a pumpkin stout due to the aggressive spice profile, but obviously it lacks that squash element, as you would expect. Either way, the smell is very promising.

Taste - Much of the same characteristics as in the aroma, with the roasted malt and char taking a bit more of a front seat here, providing a nice bitter counterpoint to the impression of sweetness imparted by the gingerbread and molasses flavors. There is a hint of the strength of this beer that comes through in the form of faint esters, but for the most part, the 9% is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel - This is the first point at which I've been disappointed in this beer. With the robust smell and taste, you would expect this one to be a little chewy--to have some meat on it. But alas, it's a pretty thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. I don't mind the low carbonation, but it would definitely benefit from a body that's a little bit more toothsome. Something to coat your stomach on a cold winter day.

Overall, a fantastic smelling and tasting beer, but the mouthfeel really hinder those two characteristics from being the stars they would otherwise be. I will say this--I'm likely to seek this one out for at least one drink each season, especially since Sam Adams is the only brewer doing a gingerbread stout that I'm aware of.

12-27-2013 15:41:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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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
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Texas

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.

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Maine

4.53/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured from bottle into a stein.

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

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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.