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

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933 Ratings
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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

11-25-2012 01:10:25 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

A: Pour a nice deep brown/black with a lovely thick dark tan head. The head diminishes but stays just enough. Nice thick lacing as well.

S: molasses and caramel mixed with clove and nutmeg.

T: First thought, yuck, molasses and cloves! Very sweet as I expected but the spice mix is not to my liking. Seems to me the clove and nutmeg really overwhelms everything else. I was hoping for more ginger and pepper and bitterness. I find this beer a bit cloying, it dries out a bit but I can’t get over the spice blend.

M: Love the mouth feel. It’s rich and thick. The carbonation seems right on.

D: Not so sure. I won’t reach for another.

O: If the ginger were kicked up (dried ginger, candied ginger, throw some root in late boil), throw in some black pepper and up the bitterness I’d call this an all-around winner. A bit of bitter orange wouldn’t hurt either. If you are on the fence about spiced beers, don’t try this one.

11-25-2012 00:32:37 | More by dadonabike
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-24-2012 22:54:46 | More by Adamostella
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color. A short 1/2" head. Some light lace develops during the session.

Smell: some roasted malt tones and a bit of spice comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice roasted malt flavors with some cinnamon and clove flavors. A hint of ginger arrives late. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit a dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a nice Christmas beer that is great in cold weather. Slow sipping but very flavorful.

11-24-2012 20:56:56 | More by Gavage
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

This beer was in a bomber and poured into a snifter

Appearance - 4.5 nice head and dark rich body
Smell - 4.0 nice dark roasted malts
Taste - 3.5 definite coffee taste on the back end, they did a good job of hiding the alcohol on the front of it.
Mouth feel - 3.5 carbonation is a little light so not as fizzy as I would prefer but still nice.
Overall - 4.0

11-24-2012 19:49:09 | More by brewdude1982
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-24-2012 03:32:40 | More by GTB
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-24-2012 02:21:14 | More by docrates
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-24-2012 01:15:51 | More by Barbie
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-23-2012 22:44:19 | More by ryanpj
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-23-2012 21:26:18 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours dark with little head. Smells like heavy ginger and cinnamon, not much else going on. Mouthfeel more like a porter with heavy ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon. Flavors hit what they were going for, thought the mouthfeel is on the light side. While I am not a huge fan of spiced beers, this one worked out with the stout base. Tastes like Christmas. Not bad.

11-23-2012 18:20:10 | More by BMMillsy
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-23-2012 16:04:34 | More by jhhollier
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-23-2012 15:01:01 | More by PaBeerLover
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

11-23-2012 14:01:02 | More by CB_Crowe
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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

22oz bottle served in a pint glass
Very dark brown to black in the glass somewhat opaque but it does have faint red highlights when held up to the light. The head is dark khaki and rather thick but it will fall eventually while leaving a good deal of lace. The smell is great for a spiced winter ale. All of the spices included in the brewing process are evident in the aroma. I don't get much in the way of malt or hops in smell however, more on that to follow. Like the smell, all of the spices are noticeable in the taste but, the stout base is mediocre at best. As a result, I have to say that the balance here is lacking. While I do liked spiced ales there tends to be a very fine line between a good one and an unbalanced one and this one is slightly unbalanced. I should note that as it warms it does seem to get better. The body is moderate to just a touch light of moderate with a finish that leaves a bit of the spice but is otherwise clean. Overall, while I like it, I think this could have been a bit better had the stout been more assertive.

11-23-2012 02:32:22 | More by fank2788
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

A - Black pour with a cola colored foam that is thin. Minor lacing and noted carbonation.

S - Scents of gingerbread, fresh cloves, cinnamon, and coffee.

T - Really didn't get much gingerbread flavor. This tasted more like a spiced porter, and a thin one at that. Finish seemed to have a slight spice of anise.

M - Easily drinkable. Feels thinner that one might expect, but generally this made for a noce dessert beer that could be enjoyed with food.

O - I was hoping for more, but didn't mind having this to finish a Thanksgiving dinner. Thi sis a fun beer to share for the holidays.

11-23-2012 02:29:50 | More by socon67
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

A - Black as all night with a good sized mocha head. Left no lacing.

S - Gingerbread, slight pumpkin, pie crust.

T - More gingerbread, slight pumpkin, cinnamon, slight pie crust.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Doesn't really fit the beer.

O - Overall, this beer fits the season very well and I would definitely have it again.

11-23-2012 02:07:04 | More by SometimesIfart
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Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a dense, three inch, mocha-colored head that eventually dissipates into a broken skim and a tight band around the edges. Thick strands of lacing are revealed and exhibit excellent retention. Nose expresses nutmeg and allspice; however, it is quite overpowering. Taste consistent with nose - taste is just like a gingerbread cookie with a suggestion of lactose. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively, even carbonation with just a slight prickle and some residual heat attributable to the overabundance of spice. Well, this is a gingerbread cookie punch in the mouth. If that's your thing, you will really enjoy this beer; however, the overly spiced character really takes away from any possible subtleties or nuances.

11-22-2012 23:56:50 | More by Jwale73
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3.95/5  rDev +7%

Dark mahogany colored with a dark brown frothy foamy head that rises up high and recedes quickly. Rich aroma of sweet malt and gingerbread. Rich flavor of raisin, clove, fig, gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet lactose notes balanced by sharp bitterness of roasted grain and spice. Rich and full mouthfeel. Decent beer overall.

11-22-2012 22:57:15 | More by far333
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-22-2012 21:13:03 | More by sneaks2210
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-22-2012 19:10:32 | More by OriolesFan1008
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-22-2012 15:56:59 | More by sgoro
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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

11-22-2012 04:11:55 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-22-2012 00:50:21 | More by winstonator
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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