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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,033 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,033
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 24
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +19%
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.

tillmac62, Nov 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

sbanacho, Nov 21, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

Hoganlaw, Nov 21, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%

Johnroby, Nov 21, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

smithj4, Nov 21, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3%

bbudnik, Nov 20, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -38.2%

JDJorgenson, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

kennyr5, Nov 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Nmgreen, Nov 20, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%

OSHO, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

mattreitz49, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

y0tommyb, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

SonictheBeerhog, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Bier_Maximus
4/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Dark stout with some nice tan head ;)
S: Slight hint of gingerbread, not much though.
T: Like a basic stout, disappointed the flavor was not as profound as i was expecting. Aftertaste has me wondering if I ate ginger snaps some time ago, but unfortunately thats it. Otherwise tasty as regular stout.
M: Bit tingly, I didnt feel this had as much bitter/acidic bite on top of my tongue as most similar beers.
O: Not bad, I in wouldn't go out of way to buy, but if in a variety pack I would enjoy it.

I bought the 1pint 6oz bottle and poured into a pint glass, and i let sit for a few minutes before trying, in case anyone cares.

Bier_Maximus, Nov 17, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

CosaRara, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

rphx88, Nov 16, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

rwaynes, Nov 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

spycow, Nov 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

trickynicky, Nov 15, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -17.6%

chris826, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

SlickestWilly, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

tb4475, Nov 13, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

Goldfarb, Nov 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

confer, Nov 09, 2014
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.