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

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84
good

1,025 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 24
Gots: 70 | 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:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

LambicPentameter, Dec 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible by way of the bubbles rising along the sides of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of ginger in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of ginger but this is accompanied by other flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer has an interesting taste and does resemble gingerbread, but overall I thought it would be much better if it had a fuller mouthfeel to support its strength. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Oh, yeah, like I could pass up a gingerbread stout... This one pours a deep black-brown, highlighted in mahogany, topped by two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts and toasted gingerbread. Straightforward, but decidedly alluring. The taste generally brings in more of the same, along with some cocoa, but everything's toned down, pale in comparison to what my nostrils lapped up so willingly. This was a real downer, lemme tell ya. The body is a a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty little stout, though one that comes across slightly muted on the tongue, a true disappointment for me. I still enjoyed it thoroughly, but I believe I could have seriously relished this stuff had things gone differently.

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours like motor oil with a jet black body topped by a two finger tan head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Very seasonally appropriate. Flavor is well done and I was shocked it wasn't too sweet with breads, cinnoman, vanilla, mild roasted malt, gingerbread. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. I was actually really surprised by this one. It's flavorful but not overdone. An excellent seasonal.

kylehay2004, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a thickish, tan-hued head of foam.

Smell: Roasty, dark malts with notes of bitterish chocolate, dark caramel, a little toast, a hint of fruit, and good showing of the spice blend.

Taste: A start of solid maltiness of toast mingled amongst the roastiness. Dark chocolate squares, spiced caramel. Moderate sweetness. Scant fruitiness. A pinch of standard sugar with the spice character. MMGS features each component nicely, without me quickly tiring of the spices. The roastiness pulls back a bit to let the spices close out the smooth, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit soft. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Well-integrated alcohol and the spice character was pleasant without being over-the-top. I thought it was better than I had expected.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 20, 2013
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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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%

OSHO, Nov 18, 2014
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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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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.