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

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BA SCORE
83
good

946 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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 WastingFreetime:
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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.

WastingFreetime, Nov 09, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
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.

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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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
Photo of generallee
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
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mctizzz, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

reitzbrewing, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

NoetheMatt, Aug 22, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

hpoole53089, Yesterday at 03:41 AM
Photo of Cavanaghty
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.

Cavanaghty, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ChaseBacon, Dec 25, 2013
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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.