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

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Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout

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1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 40
Gots: 160 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. Batch No. 1.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a slight hint of brown color. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger deep tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spicy and bready aroma. Literally smells like liquid gingerbread. Big hints of ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Scent of banana bread and dark roasted malts with hints of dark bread, milk chocolate, biscuit, yeast, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Also some brown sugar sweetness in the mix. Hop presence is pretty light. Spices stand out the most. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, lots of spices and bready notes although the spices seem even stronger. Big taste of ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark bread, chocolate, biscuit, yeast, milk, nuts, caramel, and toffee. Also a banana bread like taste. Some brown sugar. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. Fairly sweet and very spice forward. A nice and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to heavy level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A nice tasting and interesting version of a sweet stout. It could of used a little more roast to balance the spices, but what is there is pretty good anyways.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany colored with a dark brown frothy foamy head that rises up high and recedes quickly. Rich aroma of sweet malt and gingerbread. Rich flavor of raisin, clove, fig, gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet lactose notes balanced by sharp bitterness of roasted grain and spice. Rich and full mouthfeel. Decent beer overall.

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a cold today. Tasted good but I reserve the right to change my opinion in future when I have full olfactory and taste.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates over a few minutes.

S: Get nutmeg, ginger, allspice and mollases. This really has the whole gingerbread package. Really makes me want a cookie.

T: Really nails the gingerbread stout title on the bottle. Has a roasted malt forefront then kicks in with some serious spice. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

M: Fairly thin with low carbonation. The spice really makes it a sipper. ABV is fairly well hidden.

Overall a really good new beer from Sam Adams. Love some spice mixed in with a stout body.

Photo of BrewMaven
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number two in my Small Batch box.

Pours absolute black with a light cocoa head of ultra fine bubbles that drop to a cover leaving slowly receding sheets of lace. NO light passes through this beer, it's that black!

Very floral, spicy nose. Really makes you look forward to tasting being it's so pungent.

It was likely a bit on the cold side when first poured which stifled some of the flavors, but as it warmed up, it became quite complex and intriguing! Clove, ginger, licorice up front. Sweet, with a passing bitterness though the middle and a bit of heat on the finish. slick, lingering mouthfeel..fairly full bodied with subdued carbonation.

Fascinating beer, this! Unlike any I've ever tried and I'd gladly have it again!

Photo of dadonabike
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour a nice deep brown/black with a lovely thick dark tan head. The head diminishes but stays just enough. Nice thick lacing as well.

S: molasses and caramel mixed with clove and nutmeg.

T: First thought, yuck, molasses and cloves! Very sweet as I expected but the spice mix is not to my liking. Seems to me the clove and nutmeg really overwhelms everything else. I was hoping for more ginger and pepper and bitterness. I find this beer a bit cloying, it dries out a bit but I can’t get over the spice blend.

M: Love the mouth feel. It’s rich and thick. The carbonation seems right on.

D: Not so sure. I won’t reach for another.

O: If the ginger were kicked up (dried ginger, candied ginger, throw some root in late boil), throw in some black pepper and up the bitterness I’d call this an all-around winner. A bit of bitter orange wouldn’t hurt either. If you are on the fence about spiced beers, don’t try this one.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a short dark brown head that has little retention

S - black licorice, roasted malts, some alcohol

T - ginger, licorice, mild bitterness, faint coffee, roasted malts, faint cinnamon

M - full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a nice beer with a decent flavor profile. I like the concept of a gingerbread stout. Unfortunately, my complaint here is this beer fell short of it's mark. I get the ginger but it really lacks in other spices that would bring the gingerbread aspect out. Overall, a nice beer and a beer I wouldn't mind having again, but I just felt it needed a little something extra.

Photo of hreb
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stylized 22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours extremely dark and thick, like dirty motor oil. Or molasses, I guess. Holds a huge brown head, too. Aroma is solidly gingerbread man molasses cookie. Heavy on the molasses that is, light on ginger. Flavor, however, is a spicy mess. Not just ginger, maybe clove too? And I get a weird dryness, maybe even tannic.

There's a fundamental issue with this beer, which is that it's not very beery, let alone stouty. Which is a problem with a 9% ABV stout. I didn't order malt liquor here; you can't just throw some spices on a malt beverage and call it a day. But even setting aside the lack of barley malt flavor -- maybe what we're dealing with here is a fermented molasses-based beverage -- my bigger problem with this beer is that the tannic spice mouthfeel is just awful. I guess I'm glad I'm not drinking a sugary Snickerdoodle cookie here, but wow, what a way to balance that out.

I enjoyed Harpoon's UFO Gingerland a few times on my last visit to Boston, and I was hoping that the Boston Beer Company could pull off a related style with similar affect. But this isn't to my taste.

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black pour with a cola colored foam that is thin. Minor lacing and noted carbonation.

S - Scents of gingerbread, fresh cloves, cinnamon, and coffee.

T - Really didn't get much gingerbread flavor. This tasted more like a spiced porter, and a thin one at that. Finish seemed to have a slight spice of anise.

M - Easily drinkable. Feels thinner that one might expect, but generally this made for a noce dessert beer that could be enjoyed with food.

O - I was hoping for more, but didn't mind having this to finish a Thanksgiving dinner. Thi sis a fun beer to share for the holidays.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The recently opened Nevins Brew House had the Merry Mischief on tap and it was goood! The beer was poured into an 8oz sniffer. It was black opaque in color with a thin tan head that did not lace. The smell was bolstered by black licorice (sp?). The taste had hints of anis, but i tasted more chocolate and ginger as well. The mouthfeel was full in body with subtle cabonation. Overall this was a great seasonal stout and I would have this over and over.

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark and roasty with a lot of holiday spices. It definitely has the gingerbread notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger mixed with the roasted malts of the stout.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with some spices and sweetness. Ginger, cinnamon are in the finish along with some warmth from the alcohol as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and it is a perfect brew to enjoy around the holidays. I hope it makes a return next year!

Photo of RickS95
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a gorgeous beer. Completely pitch black, not even a hint of light makes it through, even around the edges. The head is also a beauty, with a couple fingers of light brown bubbles. A nice, thin lace remains.

The smell is close to matching the appearance on the goodness scale. It's traditional holiday scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm not a fan of ginger, but the ginger here is light. Fortunately, the dark roasted malts impart a chocolately, smokey note.

The taste is a nice combination of dark roasted grains, holiday cookies, and a splash of alcohol. Reminiscent of some of the pumpkin ales I've been drinking. The spices are obviously dominant and as stated, I don't care for ginger, but this all works. The ingredients all work well together, kept in check by the alcohol.

Lots of complaints about a thin mouthfeel, but it's not that bad. It's a milk stout and those are rarely the thickest of things, but this beer owes no apologies. It's got complex layers of sweet and spicy, roasty and grainy, and a pinch of alcohol that gains strength as the beer warms. There's a lot going on.

I'm really happy with this. It's easy to drink, has a well-hidden alcohol level and has great flavors. Really, nothing not to like.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The four fingered head quickly overflowed the tulip glass despite the careful pour. The body is black.
Well, it smells like a ginger bread house with some cinnamon on top. So it nailed that.
The taste is some roasted malt with gingerbread and a mild bitter. Fairly mild overall.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It’s an interesting idea and it smelled good but it came up a little short in the gingerbread beer concept.

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers caramel with huge Swiss Cheese air holes. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Faint ginger notes with cinnamon & a bit of cardboard (dry) & boozeyness

T: Orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, dryness & nutmeg, with little booze warmth mixed in up front. A bit of clove bitterness as this warms, more dryness & a bit of ginger as this warms. Finishes dry with clove & orange peel bitterness, & a whisper of gingerbread, some molasses would've really worked well here

MF: Slight carbonation, sticky, medium bodied, warming

Not in love with this, but might pick a bottle up to age; has potential, but not there yet...

Was hoping for more...

Photo of tkelley
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was very underwhelmed by this beer. Lots of gingerbread spices and whatnot. Cloying sweetness. Looks good. Smells spicy -- ginger and clove. Cinnamon is clearlythere. I don't usually like beers that lack any semblance of hops or malt and this one doesn't have much of either. I don't know what I expected but I wasnot impressed.

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Samuel Adams - Merry Maker [Gingerbread Stout] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 9% ABV)

Always on the lookout for the most recent niche style brew, Samuel Adams rarely gets the nod… (Not to discredit any of their many enjoyable brews, they just never seem to be quite appealing as another…) But seein' lil' gingerbread homie with his broken leg had me sold… One of my first "Winter Warmer's" of this season and it poured quite thick, already a great sign, especially with it's beautiful 2 inch dark tan head… It seemed to have minimal carbonation, but it's hard to tell due to the opacity of the brew, also, the retention of the head and the lacing were both above average… Immediately on the nose was a nice heap of gingersnap, with a pleasant cinnamon spiciness amongst hints of cloves and wheat… As it first graced my tongue, the spice was the most prominent feature followed by a hefty gingerbread flavor… The stout "fullness" wasn't as pronounced as expected, with the finish definitely containing some roasty malts with a brown sugar sweetness to round everything out… The mouthfeel complimented the beer nicely, as the gingerbread wasn't overpowered by any other aspect, and the carbonation level made for a nice enjoyable drink every time… The spices reminded me of many Marzen/Oktoberfest style beers, but the sweetness balanced out this nice stout… I found this beer to be more of a dessert style brew, which was surprising for a stout, but none the less I feel like this would be a great way to end a holiday evening… Another good brew - Cheers!!

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