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

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1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 145 | 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

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Beer added by: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch # 1.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and a variety of spices like cinnamon and clove. Taste is of dark roasted malt, mild spices, and a salty soy sauce flavor. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that sounds good on paper but isn't done all that well in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible by way of the bubbles rising along the sides of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of ginger in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of ginger but this is accompanied by other flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer has an interesting taste and does resemble gingerbread, but overall I thought it would be much better if it had a fuller mouthfeel to support its strength. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours like motor oil with a jet black body topped by a two finger tan head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Very seasonally appropriate. Flavor is well done and I was shocked it wasn't too sweet with breads, cinnoman, vanilla, mild roasted malt, gingerbread. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. I was actually really surprised by this one. It's flavorful but not overdone. An excellent seasonal.

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very impressive pour, with a huge head taking up much of the Perfect Pint glass; always fun to watch a stout perform, with the inky black liquid expanding as the mocha colored bubbles contract at the bottom and fade at the top; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Chocolate milk and gingerbread spices waft enticingly

Taste: Sugar and spice forward, with brown sugar dominating; underneath there is ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and milk chocolate; the sweeter elements continue to dominate, after the swallow and leave residual sugar in full bloom on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If only the flavors lived up to the aromatics, but this beer lacks depth and body; surprising, for a 9 percenter

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fine ale and lager makers of the Samuel Adams brands greet the holiday season with the common spices of the holiday, but layer them on a roastier stout structure.

Dark "bark" brown in color, the beer sure fits the stout bill in color. A strong, creamy head builds on the beer with honeycomb structure, which slowly dissipates into a broken sheet on the surface and broken rings of lace on the glass.

Dominant spice aromas leap boldly from the glass with the vibrant blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Supportive roast aromas point toward the sturdy base beer underneath with added elements of bold coffee, burnt wood, buckwheat and molasses.

But in taste, it's the malt character that leads. Burnt toffee and black strap molasses' hearty sweetness coats the palate and invites complementing coffee, cocoa burnt embers and do so in a fairly dry taste. With its slight creaminess, a stronger smoothness of heavy whipping cream or vanilla could have soothed the rougher edges of spice and roast. Though balance is achieved primarity from spice additions of Christmas desserts, any hop balance is broad, earthy, and blends easily into the burnt wood notes or dark barley taste.

Though roasty-dry in taste, the textures are medium to full. The lightly acrid roast sensation and spice-derived astringency causes a sharp bite in the throat and sides of the mouth that supplants any meaningful hop balance in finish. Spices bridge into alcohol warmth very well for a delightful session to shake off the cold.

Though personally prefering a heartier roast beer for such assertive spice addition, I think that this fine ale suffers from being a little too dry and roasty which exposes a slight ashy and burr textures that could have been rounded out by a little extra sweetness from barley malt or from more confident milk sugar taste.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark black color, kinda thick looking with a cream colored head on top. The retention was minimal and very little lacing as well. The smell of the beer is loaded with spice, not much of anything else really showing through here. The taste of is also spicy with a subtle malt sweetness in there while finishing dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is sharp, not overly smooth like I think it should be. There is a decent thickness to the beer though. Overall it's a decent brew. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cool winter brew, but this was a let down to me in a few ways. the pour is sensational, really dark and thick, with a delicate but excitable dark brown head. the nose is more spice than gingerbread i think, lots of nutmeg and clove, a touch of ginger, and dark roasty coffee smelling malts. the taste is also more spiced than necessary, lots and lots of nutmeg. it doesnt taste like gingerbread to me, but it tastes good nonetheless. lots of burnt malt, a bit of residual sugar, and a velvety smooth texture that really makes this beer. as a holiday stout or something id like it better, but i was hoping for fresh baked gingerbread, and the malt profile and the spice blend fail to deliver that. a good beer overall though, with an abv that is just right this time of year. worth the price per bomber, but dont come into this expecting gingerbread.

Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a thickish, tan-hued head of foam.

Smell: Roasty, dark malts with notes of bitterish chocolate, dark caramel, a little toast, a hint of fruit, and good showing of the spice blend.

Taste: A start of solid maltiness of toast mingled amongst the roastiness. Dark chocolate squares, spiced caramel. Moderate sweetness. Scant fruitiness. A pinch of standard sugar with the spice character. MMGS features each component nicely, without me quickly tiring of the spices. The roastiness pulls back a bit to let the spices close out the smooth, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit soft. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Well-integrated alcohol and the spice character was pleasant without being over-the-top. I thought it was better than I had expected.

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a jet black color with ruby highlights. It had a 3-finger head of light brown foam that left sticky lacing.

S - It smelled of ginger and lots of other Christmas spices.

T - Lots of ginger, lots and lots of ginger. Too much ginger. Some roasted malt character buried underneath the ginger.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This would be fine if split 3 or 4 ways. An entire bottle is too much ginger for one human.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Oh, yeah, like I could pass up a gingerbread stout... This one pours a deep black-brown, highlighted in mahogany, topped by two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts and toasted gingerbread. Straightforward, but decidedly alluring. The taste generally brings in more of the same, along with some cocoa, but everything's toned down, pale in comparison to what my nostrils lapped up so willingly. This was a real downer, lemme tell ya. The body is a a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty little stout, though one that comes across slightly muted on the tongue, a true disappointment for me. I still enjoyed it thoroughly, but I believe I could have seriously relished this stuff had things gone differently.

Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a thick dark brown, almost black color with two fingers of thick tan head. The head sticks around well as it fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting lots of gingerbread spice with a very slight sweetness. There is a hint of roast, but the spices are the star.

Taste: There isn't much sweetness to this beer at all. I'm getting tons of clove along with the other spices, but there needs to be more sweetness to balance out the flavor. There is a touch of hops along with some roasted malt, but the spices rule.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is way too bitter for the style. It really needs some more sweetness to balance things out. I don't need any more.

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of dark tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark caramel with a touch of smoky coffee and spicy notes of cinnamon, ginger, and clove.

T - Dark bread and chocolate up front. Some cinnamon and clove in the middle with a sweet, malty finish of clove, licorice, dark chocolate, and spices.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The spices are prominent and they initially promise to work well with the dark, bready malt, but in the end it is just too much. The sweetness is excessive and this makes the spice character feel cloying as well. It needs some sharpness to counteract the cloying, flabby malt and spice character. Overall, this reminds me more of a bad flavored coffee drink than a stout, with too much spice, too much sweetness and nothing to balance.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 12/1/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short dense light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a strong ginger spice scent which I detected before even picking up the glass from the table. There are also roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a huge ginger spice flavor that completely dominates. Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in along with background flavors of chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, strong kick, slightly filling, not the best representation of style but the flavor makes sense for a Christmas beer.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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