Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Batch 1 fresh review.
Pours out nigh black but with a disappointing single finger of minute-long fizzle for a head, no lacing. Medium body and medium-low carbonation levels, it has a somewhat rougher texture than I usually get from stouts. It needs some work on texture and presentation.
The beer is chock full of gingerbread cookies with a cup of mocha expresso on the side for my cookie-dunking pleasure. ABV is well hidden in the nose, but much less in the flavor. The flavor does also contain some aniseed and chicory elements as well that weren't as apparent in the aroma, which had nutmeg /cinnamon elements that don't make it onto the tongue as strongly. It could use a touch more char-roast malt IMHO to support the aftertaste of powdered ginger on molasses that seems just a touch too sweet even for a milk stout.
I've decided not to try cellaring this one because the ABV seems under control to my palate from the start. Also, a large proportion of the flavor and nose balance in this brew depends upon spicing elements notorious for falling apart rapidly in the cellar. This beer does not have the spicing levels exaggerated enough in proportion to withstand that sort of degradation, it drinks to my palate as though it was meant to be consumed fresh, despite the label on the bottle specifically mentioning cellaring to develop flavors. I'm happy with it the way it is already, thank you very much.
11-09-2012 20:44:18 | More by WastingFreetime
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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