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

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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 corby112
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Looks really nice.

Zesty wintry spice aroma with peppery notes countered by silky chocolate malt and subtle roast. Prominent earthy spices with hints of ginger, allspice, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. Spices are countered by chocolate malt sweetness along with toffee, burnt toast and robust coffee bean. Spice character is a little stronger than I prefer but it's nicely balanced by the complex malt bill.

Full body with a stronger malt presnce the the nose suggests, balancing out the prominent peppery spice notes. Not as many spices as in the aroma but still dry and earthy with seasonal flavor. Ginger really stands out along with some clove, cinnamon and allspice followed by sweet dessert-like chocolate malt flavor and subtle roast. Bakers chocolate, flourless chocolate cake and toffee along with roasted espresso bean, burnt toast, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. Subtle alcohol heat in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. Although its heavily spiced, this beer is well balanced and easy to drink. Not overwhelmingly earthy nor is to too acrid or bitter tasting. Nice amount of sweetness and light toasted malts complimenting the ginger and other wintry/seasonal spices.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance had a dark black colored body yielding a beautiful two finger dark tan head that lasts for at least a good two minutes. As the head starts to dissipate, some nice spider web lacing appears around the sides of the pint glass. Some rings eventually appear. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell had "Christmas" in all sorts of ways with ginger, pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and allspice all up front giving a nice punch in the nose. Some nice roasted coffee and chocolate come out more so as the beer warms a bit. The smell takes all of those previously mentioned flavorings and combines very nicely for a bitter/sweet/dry taste that meets a robust sort of taste that meets a bit above the standard for the season. The palate was a bit heavy, a nice small sipper that will make me satisfied for the rest of the day. It has a fairly smooth dry finish. Though a fairly high ABV, still the alcohol is slightly undetectable. Overall, this turned out better than I thought it would be, perhaps I was thinking this was going to be a malt bomb, but it still had some nice bitter/dry aspects a good "stout" should have. I would say this was good for the style and for me.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes coupled with ginger and other spices.

Tastes of the spiced ginger notes layered over a solid malt base. Spice notes lead off with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This gives way to the roasted malts with notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. A bit of toffee comes through as well. Finishes with a fairly sweet brown sugar and caramel note.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but is a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.6oz Bottle

Poured into a Rooster's true pint glass a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, which leaves a very nice two-finger creamy light tan head, which also leaves some very nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice gingerbread notes, slight chocolate toffee. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolate/toffee notes, with a nice touch of gingerbread. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, surprise me. Not overly done with gingerbread.

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Photo of Gingrbreadchick
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Smells and tastes like drinking a tall glass of Worcestershire sauce. Not good. Initial taste of spices however the aftertaste makes it seem like it belongs on a pork roast. May have tasted better had it not been such a heavy stout.

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Photo of BobbyBill
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank this one to compare it to Hardywood's GBS. It's a sin being seen in Virginia drinking this beer but I did it alone in a dark room and felt guilty the entire time. Overall, it wasn't very impressive. Good marketing I guess. Not a great beer.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will definitely be a good one for a cold winter night! Great dark color and head. Wife tastes strong very. Definite clove overtones. Interesting imperial stout. (at least I would classify add an imperial) Oliver's Pour House, Greensburg, PA.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle
L: Pours clear black under a finely bubbled, clingy, tan foam collar that is fairly persistent.
S: Ginger, spice and chocolate.
T: Gingerbread, nuts, chocolate, not a big hop presence but a little ginger heat on the finish.
F: Creamy smooth full body with fine soft carbonation.
O: Actually works much better than I thought.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 6oz. brown bottle

Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout filled my pint glass with an opaque black hue producing a 1 3/4-finger bubbly tan head that was reduced during consumption to a foamy latticework of lace. The nose picks-up sweet dark caramel malt followed by the pleasant aromas of light cinnamon and gingerbread cookies. The flavor of dark roasted malts is upfront then spices of ginger, cinnamon, and a touch of wheat make an appearance. Do not drink this stout too cold as the flavor comes out as it warms. The mouth feel is rich, medium bodied on the palate with a generous amount of carbonation. A light warming alcohol presence is also noticed.

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout has the holidays written all over it. I sure will seek this out for the upcoming holiday season.

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Photo of bluto1998
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark stout with a thick light brown head. Immediate strong ginger and cinnamon smell upon pouring. This beer looks and smells great but the flavor was lacking. Perhaps mine sat at the store a bit to long or now that spring is here I wasn't in the festive mood. The ginger is way overpowering. So strong I chose not to finish this beer. The only this making this a stout is its appearance.

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Photo of ARoman
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

*from old notes 1/17/2014*
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. There’s no doubt this is a gingerbread beer from the aroma - it’s the dominating scent. There’s some vanilla (reminiscent of a "frosting" scent) along with some jujyfruit/gumdrop aromas (mostly cherry and lemon-esque) followed briefly by faint whiffs of alcohol. A near opaque red/brown body is topped by a generous, fluffy, brown head - which recedes, although a decent layer remains throughout). The lacing is of small bubbles which mostly cascade without much remaining on the glass. An initial dry, alcohol taste is the first greeting of the liquid in the mouth, but this blends into the dry gingerbread sweetness, and shortly thereafter, a very light citrus (lemon) sour. There’s also a mellow bitter presence in there, but I can’t quite pinpoint it aside from the tongue feel. It’s a medium-full body beer that’s mostly flat - although some carbonation comes through more as it warms - with a creamy texture. The finish starts out as toasty and chocolaty with a mellow butter and nutty quality to it. After awhile longer, the gingerbread taste is what sticks as the prevalent aftertaste along with some hoppiness (really the first time the hoppiness reveals itself - there were maybe some hints earlier in the initial taste, but it’s washed out by the sweetness and malt flavors); although it’s tough to say what I think of it - syrupy sweet gingerbread plus mellow bitter hops. This might be a well constructed beer, but it’s a bit too sugary sweet for my preferences.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Aroma of spices and roasted malt. The flavor is a mix of roasted malt with a coffee like essence and a bit of ginger and cinnamon. Clove and spices round out the aroma. The taste is roasted with a yam like vegetable flavor but ample roast as it warms. Vanilla and cinnamon, roasted malt, slight bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head.

Smells of gingerbread and sweet dark fruit - grape, fig.

Taste is gingerbread, fig, grape, with a spicy hop flavor. If is an interesting beer, but falls a little too much on the sweet side and a little heavy on the spice - cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a black liquid with a foamy, sudsy light brown head. The smell is just like gingerbread cookies...spicy ginger and sugar, backed with a little malt and alcohol. The taste is sweet, but not cloying...a firm malt structure and lots of spice and ginger. I a usually dubious of spicy gimmick holiday brews. This one, however, is well made and a real treat. Enjoyable and flavorful.

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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 Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Peachtree in Harrisburg, served chilled in a sensory glass.

The color is black and opaque wtih thick pale tan foam with very fine bead and good retention/lace.The aroma has a good amount of ginger and dark malt wiht light dark toffee and slight yeast ester which gives a bready(cookie)type aspect to the aroma with light stone fruit ester. The feel is spiced on entry with medium high carbonation and mild roasted and sweetness with mild yeast and mostly dry finish.

The flavor is a mix of ginger up front with some gently roasted malt and slight caramel quality but the flavor of ginger stays steady while the malt seems to thin or dry out mid palate with some caramel sweetness in the residual and mild yeast in the flavor with some dry spicy flavor and alcohol in the finish with medium full body. Overall this is pretty solid for those who like ginger -relatively clean but somewhat thin in the realms of stouts. I like the way the ginger and dark malt are utilized -a pretty decent base stout that has a medium sweet quality. I would be open to having this again. I consider this a good winter warmer type ale

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Photo of predikit
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first stout from Sam Adams, was interesting. Was a fairly aged bottle, but was very smooth.

Minty ginger snap spice to it, oat backbone, was interesting to try but wasn't very wowed.

Medium-full body, maybe a bit over carbonated.

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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 thegodfather1076
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very cool label with eye-catching graphics, ABV info, a small description of the beer, and a bit of brewery info. Back label gives a very nice description of the beer. Neck label has Sam Adams logo. Bottle has “Samuel Adams” embossed around the bottom of the bottle and a nice design embossed on the top of the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bomber into a 16oz English pint led to a 4 finger deep brown head of a thick creamy consistency atop a completely opaque black beer. Head retention was 6 min with a nice thick coating and very thick ring left behind leading to excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of strong gingerbread with cinnamon, clove, and ginger very prevalent along with a nice roasted coffee malt aroma and a bit of cooked down brown sugar.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of ginger and cinnamon with a nice roast coffee malt flavor on the front end. Mid point has hints of ginger, deep roasted brown sugar and roast chocolate malts. Back end has a deep roast coffee flavor with a very robust coffee and ginger on the aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full bodied, rich, thick, and creamy with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability was on the low end because of the ABV and surprisingly sweet flavor of the beer.

Overall/Comments: Overall this was a good beer that is worth a try. I thought this had a great nose, appearance, and mouthfeel but was lacking a bit in the flavor department. Interesting beer that was fun to drink and review! Classified as a milk/sweet stout @ 9% ABV. Consumed on 1-2-14.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass to a black beer topped by a three finger dense light tan head that slowly fades and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of ginger, roasted malt and some molasses. pretty much smells like a gingerbread cookie
T: taste is molasses, roasted malt, gingerbread spices, and chocolate. swallow is more gingerbread spices with chocolate, roasted malt and molasses. underlying sweetness is found throughout this one
M: fairly full in the mouth with soft carbonation and a finish that's a little drying
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. The gingerbread flavor is kind of subltle and overall the flavors aren't quite as bright as I would have liked. A nice change of pace from other holiday beers though.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Beautiful gingerbread and current nose. Thick, boozy fruitcake and molasses taste throughout. Sweetness and richness may be a bit much in a pint. Might be better sipping in small glass. Still, no bad.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours an inky black with off white/tan soapy head
S: pungent, cinnamon, ginger and dark roasted malts, dark fruit, carob
T: cinnamon and nutmeg up front followed by toasted malty, an allspice like twang, brown sugar/molasses. A little syrupy and coats the tongue and mouth
Mouthfeel: medium bodied almost milky and smooth with just enough carbonation
Overall: not bad for a winter warmer, a good blend of spices (like a great pumpkin ale + a good stout). I’m not usually a fan of these spicy winter beers, but this one makes for a good sipper.

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

I split this one with the wife. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a very dark brown with a tan head.

It has an aroma of dark fruits and heavily roasted malts. There is a hint of spice.

Taste is of roasted malts, plums, raisins, and ripe apple. Unfortunately for me, I was looking for more of the spice elements and they were for the most part MIA. There is a touch of heat from the alcohol, but the beer is not hot.

The mouth is thick and chewy, no problem there.

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Photo of punxsybob
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Well Sam, you finally put out a decent beer. I heard this was drinkable and decided to give it a try. Stout is what its all about so when I went in search of a BA Pumking I saw this on the shelves, grabbed one and had it for Thanksgiving Breakfast. Not bad Sam, Not bad. Probably the best yet I've had from you.

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Photo of hreb
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stylized 22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours extremely dark and thick, like dirty motor oil. Or molasses, I guess. Holds a huge brown head, too. Aroma is solidly gingerbread man molasses cookie. Heavy on the molasses that is, light on ginger. Flavor, however, is a spicy mess. Not just ginger, maybe clove too? And I get a weird dryness, maybe even tannic.

There's a fundamental issue with this beer, which is that it's not very beery, let alone stouty. Which is a problem with a 9% ABV stout. I didn't order malt liquor here; you can't just throw some spices on a malt beverage and call it a day. But even setting aside the lack of barley malt flavor -- maybe what we're dealing with here is a fermented molasses-based beverage -- my bigger problem with this beer is that the tannic spice mouthfeel is just awful. I guess I'm glad I'm not drinking a sugary Snickerdoodle cookie here, but wow, what a way to balance that out.

I enjoyed Harpoon's UFO Gingerland a few times on my last visit to Boston, and I was hoping that the Boston Beer Company could pull off a related style with similar affect. But this isn't to my taste.

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