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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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1,180 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 40
Gots: 141 | 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:
Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

An oily midnight black body with a foamy mocha cap. The head falls slowly to a thin layer of foam with some mild lacing. The nose is a little abrasive at first. Molasses is prominent, with ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon in tow. A touch of roast hangs in the background. On the palate, syrupy molasses coats the tongue with spices quickly overwhelming the palate. Nutmeg and ginger stand out most with some cinnamon in the background. Some very mild roast comes through as this warms. Overly sweet, cloyingly so, with the molasses just pummeling the taste buds; everything is secondary. A touch of English bittering hops in the finish. Syrupy body, with some robust flavors, but this was off-putting for me. I couldn't handle the whole bottle myself. The gingerbread flavors are all there, heavy on the molasses though, so it definitely hits the style points, but this didn't quite jive with my palate.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours an opaque black with a two finger fluffy, light tan head. Above average retention, abundant splotchy lacing. Alot of spice on the nose, ginger being most prominent, followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of clove. The taste follows the nose with added chocolate, but the spicing is far too strong and completely dominates as the base beer is difficult to discern. Moderate to low carbonation, smooth with a hint of velvet. This beer has a lot of promise, however, the amount of spices used is excessive. With some changes in the recipe, this beer could become an excellent holiday treat.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of rjl910953
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly black color with a tiny tan head that fades very rapidly. Upon fading the head leaves only a very light level of lacing on the glass.

Smell- The aroma is big of spice with heavy aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Mixed with these spice aromas are some sweet brown sugar and caramel, some milk chocolate, a light boozy smell. Overall it smells like a alcohol infused cocoa gingerbread cookie.

Taste –The taste starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor mixed with a strong ginger and nutmeg taste. These flavors remain throughout the taste with the ginger and nutmeg loosing potency as the taste moves on. More toward the middle, a cinnamon flavor quickly comes to the tongue. While it comes in quickly, like the other spice flavors, it lessens in intensity as the taste advances further. Notes of a caramel sweetness replace the milky sweet tastes at the end with the milk chocolate flavor taking on a more cocoa flavor. Also at the end a light coffee and a mildly warming alcohol taste come to the tongue leaving a nice spiced fairly sweet dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the average side with a carbonation level that was rather average to just above average for a imperial stout of 9% abv. The carbonation was good for the spiced flavors of the stout, but .a slightly thicker body may have been better for the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty stout with a nice sweet and spiced flavor. While rather heavy in the gingerbread cookie spices up front, they dwindle down as the taste advanced, never really getting the chance to overpower the brew and producing overall a rather nice and flavorful stout.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours pitch black in color with a creamy, mocha colored head that reduces to a thick film across the top. It appears very still with some solid spider web lacing.

S: There are a lot of spices up front including primarily gingerbread-like spices, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There are hints of roasted malts but it seems to be overpowered by the spices.

T: Very similar to the aroma with a blast of the aforementioned spices. It is difficult for me to pick out the dark roasted malts and wheat promised in the description due to the powerful intensity of the spices.

M: This beer has a great feel- velvety with a body on the heavier side. Finishes very smooth and hides the alcohol deceivingly well.

O: I enjoyed this take on a sweet stout, though it wasn't as balanced as I would've liked. With a bigger appearance from the roasted malts, this could have been much better. As is, it is a flawed, but unique take on one of my favorite styles that I'll try again on occasion.

Photo of Profchaos20
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of doc17325
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of CSQ1111
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of dtx00
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MikeRoni
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with an enormous, rich brown head.

Smell- Smells predominantly of molasses, followed by ginger and some cinnamon, clove and maybe nutmeg.

Taste- Very deep taste; some cloves and dark roasted malts. I'm also getting a coffee grounds presence, and you can taste the alcohol toward the end.

Mouthfeel- Body is very thick; smooth with medium carbonation. A very filling and satisfying beer.

Overall- A very good beer, I'm glad I sought it out. A strong Wintertime beer.

Photo of Craigory
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

$6.99 bomber from Rutherford Wine.

Ebony body topped by three fingers of light to medium tan foam.

Nose full of spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves - all come through clear.

Good roasty stout foundation manages to make its own impression and then stand up to the spices. Good English hop bite clears out the swallow.

Mouthfeel is halfway from medium to syrup, and carries everything well.

Not a beer I'd have on a regular basis, but an enjoyable annual Christmas cookie.

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mdcrouser
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black like a room yet to be brightened by the lights of a Chirstmas tree. No light shines through, leaving little but darkness and a slight chalky tan head. That's an exceptionally dark beer.

I'm picking up very little on the nose - a muted and unrecognizable spice, with only a waft of sweetness. My sniffer's not broken, just not picking much up here.

The ginger, cinnamon and cloves come through just like you'd imagine - wafting of baked goods, but carrying with them a significant amount of alcohol. Comes through a little hot, spicy, followed by molasses and a bit of char.

Somewhat thin to begin, but follows by pounding the tongue with the seasonal spices, then quickly goes away to nearly nothing.

I was really looking forward to this one, but have been underwhelmed. It's just another stout with spice and poorly-hidden alcohol.

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.