Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 05:50:01 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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