Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Absolutely one of the most impressive pours I've ever witnessed. An unfathomably creamy dark tan head almost completely filling the pint glass before the absolutely BLACK liquid begins to manifest itself. When the cascading is complete, a 1/2 inch of creamy head remains with substantial amounts of lacing all over the glass. The head retention is excellent—that 1/2 inch head remaining until nearly the last sip. I don't usually throw around perfect scores, but this brew deserves nothing less than a 5 in the aesthetics category.
S: Much of what you'd expect from something called a "gingerbread stout." Strong spice notes, namely ginger, cinnamon, and some clove. A bit of roasted coffee and burnt sugar underneath. Nothing here really grabbed my attention; it was all rather simple, laid-back, and expected.
T: Ginger, cinnamon, and an almost overwhelming amount of brown sugar, with small hints of milk chocolate and cherry tart. The roasted black coffee hint of bitterness does come in towards the end of the sugar rush, but it doesn't do enough to cut through the absolutely belly-aching sweetness of this brew.
M: Another high point of this brew is the mouthfeel. It's everything you'd want and expect from a stout weighing in at 9% ABV. Rich, full, and creamy, this one feels smooth and makes it's way down easy. A mild carbonation meshes well with the alcohol to warm and tingle the face.
O: While Merry Maker scores well in three out of four categories, it lacks in the most important department—the flavor. This brew truly lives up to its name as a gingerbread stout, and even though I have nothing against gingerbread men (they're my favorite holiday treats), Sam Adams has gone slightly overboard in the sweetness department. If they tone down the sugariness (is that a word?) of this brew, I can see it being one of my seasonal "must-haves". Until then, however, one bottle of Merry Maker has been more than enough to last me a lifetime.
01-01-2014 05:50:01 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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)
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