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

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Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 1,235
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.83%
Wants: 45
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Photo of Ford
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas.

I went into this beer thinking it would be good as I tend to like most beers done by Samuel Adams...

first sip... whoa... what is this... this is delicious... I love everything about this beer... the look, the smell and especially the taste.. what a fantastic gingerbread stout... I love this beer.

I planned on trying this and then getting something else.. but man.. this was so good I ended up having two pints of this beer.. oh.. and it's 9 percent.. but I didn't even notice the alcohol at all..

I had a second pint to make sure I loved it as much as I thought I did on the first... yes I do... now I need to go round up any bottles I can still find out there... hope it's close to being as good from the bottle.

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Photo of BeerBob
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Adam's "Merry Maker" pours a Black Hole Black, as in I could not get ANY light from my 75 Watt HID (High Intensity Discharge) flashlight through this Black Out Black liquid, none, nada, zip. Head of fine mocha coffee brown foam went to over 2 fingers, before settling down to a full cap of rocky foam landscape with generous amounts of lace along the wall of my glass.

Nose is of fragrant Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, and Cinnamon. Ginger is in the forefront of the spicy bouquet that completely cloaks the 9% ABV.

The ambrosia like palate is a smooth and silky gingerbread, with just the slightest note of alcohol.

It is the total personification of liquid Gingerbread that wins the all 5's for this brew.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This for me was a great offering from Samuel Adams. Often I find their special or seasonal brews impressive, this did not disappoint! It pours softly with a chocolate brown head. Then the aromas fill the glass. You smell all the Christmas spices and gingerbread. The taste is bold and spicy. You really taste the expected flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and chocolate. What I like is the hop bite and alcohol feel. It is a strong brew at 9% alc/vol.
This to me is a great take on a seasonal beer. I could drink these all winter long. This would be a perfect desert beer. After a meal this is like a liquid desert! I highly suggest trying this. I know I will be stocking up!

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get that nice gingerbread cookie smell from it or graham cracker crust smell that you'd find in Southern Tier Pumking. The taste however is somewhat different with a syrupy thick chocolate malt and some ginger and cinnamon spice at the end of the sip.

Its very easy to drink and rich, bold and sweet. The ginger bread comes in sort of tart which makes it easier to drink plus the sweetness balances with the spices really nicely. If it tasted just a bit more like the graham cracker crust it'd be perfect but it's still an amazing beer. The ginger shines and I really like ginger so I really like this beer. Especially mixing in with the amazing sweet malts they chose for this.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This'll be short, folks...

A - The perfect stout. Creamy head, thick, black body, nice khaki foam. Head retains like crazy and looks kinda milky, but the fact that it sticks around like it does makes me happy.

S - Gingerbread men who've had coffee and beer recently. Smells like it should!

T - Gingerbread with a sweet chocolate undertone, touch of roasty smokey spice, black malt undertones. Very sweet though, only thing that could stop me from drinking several.

M - Perfect stout feel. Creamy, smooth, carbonated just enough to keep ya drinking. Wonderful feel.

O - The only beer I've had better than this is PUMPKINATOR, and they're both so similar, I can honestly say that DESERT IMPERIAL STOUT IS A FANTASTIC IDEA! So, come on with it folks, gimme some apple pie stout so I'll never waste money on desert again.

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Photo of Mumps
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Absolute black tar colored with nice 1/4 inch head. Dark enough that my brother in law's flashlight did not penetrate! Good lacing.

Smells like....gingerbread! (imagine that) Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, like Christmas in a glass.
Made me instantly think of a warm fire and baking in the kitchen.

Taste like is smells. Amazing gingerbread taste. Incredibly warming, the perfect brew for a cold winter night. Alcohol is well balanced, not kicking you in the teeth but sneaking up on you quick.

Mouthfeel was good, very smooth and big. Lets you know its a stout for sure.

Over all a fantastic beer, well suited for the holidays.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a brown head.

S: Ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon in the nose.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chocolate, ginger, gingerbread.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: You have to like sweet beers to like this one, but if you do, you'll love it. It took me some searching to find, but It was well worth the time and effort. Im glad it's a yearly release.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer literally tastes exactly as described, its got all the traits of a stout, malts, coffee and dark chocolate, with a lovely cakey, cookie breadyness, gingersnaps, cinnamon and nutmeg. Definitely the perfect Christmas brew.

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Photo of RickS95
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a gorgeous beer. Completely pitch black, not even a hint of light makes it through, even around the edges. The head is also a beauty, with a couple fingers of light brown bubbles. A nice, thin lace remains.

The smell is close to matching the appearance on the goodness scale. It's traditional holiday scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm not a fan of ginger, but the ginger here is light. Fortunately, the dark roasted malts impart a chocolately, smokey note.

The taste is a nice combination of dark roasted grains, holiday cookies, and a splash of alcohol. Reminiscent of some of the pumpkin ales I've been drinking. The spices are obviously dominant and as stated, I don't care for ginger, but this all works. The ingredients all work well together, kept in check by the alcohol.

Lots of complaints about a thin mouthfeel, but it's not that bad. It's a milk stout and those are rarely the thickest of things, but this beer owes no apologies. It's got complex layers of sweet and spicy, roasty and grainy, and a pinch of alcohol that gains strength as the beer warms. There's a lot going on.

I'm really happy with this. It's easy to drink, has a well-hidden alcohol level and has great flavors. Really, nothing not to like.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Merry Mischief has a thick, soapy, deep tan head, a dark brown or black appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is rich, with upfront cinnamon and nutmeg, and some barley malt. Taste is of spices, sweet bread, ginger bread cookies, anise, and sweetness. Some pleasant bitterness is there as well. Mouthfeel is full and velvety, and Samuel Adams Merry Mischief finishes mostly dry, pleasant, and highly drinkable. The danger here is that the alcohol doesn’t really show itself. Overall, I rate this as most excellent! Buy it, and try it!


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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOVE this one and found one of the last 22 ounce bottles last Thursday night (4/10/14) for around $6.59. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass (LOVE beer on label glasses). Sampling right now on 4/14/14 actually.

Pours a pitch black in color with a tan head. Some sticky lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is like gingerbread cookies (which I would eat all year around if available). No other aroma really. The taste is a less bit intense than the aroma with some roasted hops in there as well. You don't taste the higher alcohol content. Goes down easy and really like this one. No bitter or harsh aftertaste either.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Sampled on December 18, 2013.

It pours a very dark brown to nearly black with a full, lingering soft tan head. I love heady dark beers.

The aroma is a versatile collection of gingerbread, Christmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, dark sweet malts, molasses, and the slightest of earthy hops. Booze? None.

Medium to full body.

I like the nutmeg, cinnamon and bakery spiciness that makes up the character of the taste. Dark sweet malts are there but more subtle. Decent earthy hop bitterness that pulls up from behind. The alcohol is well-integrated but I would still define this one as a sipper.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Liquor Shed.

Gorgeous looking brew in the glass, pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam, nice lacing.

The name fits as far as the smell goes. Ginger Bread! I get some nice roasted malt notes too.

Ginger bread and roasted malt in the taste and I'm starting to dance, lol. Tasty, smooth as all dickens, no sign of the alcohol, did I mention tasty? This is a great brew to drink for the holiday season, I reckon.

I already mentioned how smooth it is so that has the mouthfeel covered.

Ahh...very VERY nice!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, good retention on a black body. Oily and soapy lacing, tiny bubbles. Aroma includes nutmeg, slight coffee, some faint hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Taste has a nice roasted quality with a moderate sweetness, some vanilla and nutmeg, really nice flavor. Thick mouthfeel, very, very easy to drink considering the high abv. No alcohol taste, high abv AND delicious is a very dangerous combination.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have liked most of these sam specials. this one may be my favorite. its black with a head the color of ginger bread cookies. the smell is full of spices and brown sugar. smells like ginger bread cookies. the taste is bitter followed by sweet spices. this beer makes me think of christmas. bottle was $5.50 for a pint at 9%abv its a steal.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black body with a good inch of dark tan head. Coffee, nut, and spice jump out of the aroma. Dark chocolate hits the palate first with cinnamon and nutmeg rushing in to support. Rich creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A rich sweet treat that's an absolute delight for the holidays.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour settled into a near black liquid into the glass, and the head above that was khaki in color, and two fingers thick. The smell of the beer was very malty and had aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The smell wasn't particularly like gingerbread, but the taste was a little closer. The ginger was heavier in the taste, and the malt was most like brown sugar. There were also flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg in the taste, making it more complex. than the cookies. The wheat in the malt was also evident in the bock like bready flavor. The label mentions cloves, but those were not easily detectable for me under the other spices. The mouthfeel was a lot thinner than most stouts, and the finish had some lingering spice. This beer was nice winter seasonal.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not being a fan of stouts, this has to be the best I've had and will be waiting for this every year.

The appearance in very dark black, but you can get light through it, which creates very beautifully deep reddish-brown. There was a finger or two of light brown, frothy head.

The aroma struck me as somewhere between pumpkin pie and pecan pie with a mild hint of gingerbread.

The flavor backed up the aroma well. Unlike many spice ales the spices in this one are not obnoxiously overpowering. You really can imagine a gingerbread cookie, even as the label points out there is no ginger or gingerbread used in the making.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It is very light for a stout, but in this case I think it a bonus that it isn't so heavy and immediately filling.

This is a great dessert beer for sipping on cold evenings.

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Photo of JLB025
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from an oversized 1 pint 6 ounce bottle ($6.99 per bottle) Dark stout with a nice half inch tan head. Smells delicious. Tastes almost as good. 9% ABV but it doesn't taste "boozey." Expensive but worth a try if you're looking for a good winter beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as a starless night. World Class head, lacing and retention - especially for a 9% ABV. As advertised, the nose is full of ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon in roughly that order of composition. Slightly above medium in body, the texture is slick with hints of creaminess. Above average carbonation, with effervescence throughout. The outstanding flavor profile is intense, quite complex and has a good bit of balance. It begins with a burst of blended spice that flows into a mild bitterness. The bitterness has roast and hop characteristics. As the bitterness fades, the spices begin to separate against a sweet caramel background. As it warms, the caramel gains in intensity. Clove and nutmeg dominate the end, but a light dark fruit (plum/raisin) is underneath. The finish is quite complex as it fades - so many flavors become evident. The 9% alcohol is masterfully hidden. The only traces of it are that nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat. If you want to taste the alcohol, you have to sip the massive head. The only "fault" keeping this from a 4.5 World Class, is their decision to classify this as a stout. There just isn't enough roast character. Had they called it a porter, they would get a 4.5 from me. This one is a true masterpiece of the brewer's art.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The recently opened Nevins Brew House had the Merry Mischief on tap and it was goood! The beer was poured into an 8oz sniffer. It was black opaque in color with a thin tan head that did not lace. The smell was bolstered by black licorice (sp?). The taste had hints of anis, but i tasted more chocolate and ginger as well. The mouthfeel was full in body with subtle cabonation. Overall this was a great seasonal stout and I would have this over and over.

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Photo of riversider76
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice tan head. Decent retention, and very nice lacing. Aroma is of ginger, spice, brown sugar, and chocolate. Full bodied with some carbonation. Taste is just an explosion of spices, with hints of chocolate. Very smooth, yet there is quite a nice burn. Excellent!

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Photo of silverking
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I really am not a fan of Samuel Adams, but when I saw that this was the last one on the shelf I picked it up. It pours pitch black with a dark tan head with nice retention. The lacing is magnificent. It clings to the walls of the glass and then performs a slow, elegant dance as it retreats back into the black depths from which it came. Aesthetically, this beer is absolutely perfect. The aroma carries strong aromas of alcohol, along with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A hint of clove is also present. The taste carries hints of dark toasted malt and classic holiday spices. The cloves and nutmeg really shine through on the palate. The finish is laced with hints of chocolate and the previously mentiontioned holiday spice. The mouthfeel thick with low carbonation. Man, This beer is a home run. Every holiday beer should be this good.

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Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a fairly thick one finger dark tan head. While head retention isn't especially outstanding, the lacing is. This is really a nice looking beer.

Gingerbread is huge in the aroma along with a healthy dose of clove. Really no subtleties here. Some cinnamon and allspice but I really have to try hard to pick out any stout characteristics. Almost no roast, coffee, or chocolate. A little too spice heavy.

On the taste, there is a little more going on. Still extremely heavy on the spices with ginger, nutmeg and allspice dominating. Peel that back, however, and you have some vanilla and cinnamon notes along with some hints of baked bread, molasses, and brown sugar. I honestly tastes like taking a bite of a gingerbread man. You really need to let the beer warm up a little for the flavors to make a big impact. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the sweetness remains dialed back enough to make this fairly drinkable.

I have to say I had my doubts at first but Samuel Adams has really pulled off a good one. This beer is so gingerbread like it is scary. Like someone put a pulverized gingerbread man into a stout. I really wish I would've tried this earlier so I could have picked up another bottle to age.

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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.