Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by neophilus:
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
Thick and black, generous foamy tan-colored head up top. Lots of spicing on the nose. Ginger is dominant
Dominated by the spices up front and barely saved from going too far overboard by a rush of warm malt flavor. Roasted grain leaves a subtle ash-like flavor behind. The beer needs to warm a bit before the malt flavor catches up to the spicing and the bitterness of the roasted grain. Once it does though it helps to balance it out.
Certainly not subtle on the spicing here, the Ginger was perhaps too dominant. I'm reminded more of an assertive pumpkin ale than a sweeter Gingerbread holiday flavor. That said this is very drinkable for a strong stout, aftertaste cleaned up nicely and the body was smooth.
03-03-2013 23:00:58 | More by neophilus
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)
83 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.