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

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BA SCORE
83
good

953 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +22%

GTB, Nov 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

docrates, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Barbie
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Barbie, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ryanpj, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

BMMillsy, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of jhhollier
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jhhollier, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

PaBeerLover, Nov 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

CB_Crowe, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of fank2788
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

fank2788, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

socon67, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SometimesIfart, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jwale73, Nov 22, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

far333, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

sneaks2210, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cavanaghty, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

sgoro, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

oline73, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

winstonator, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a short dark brown head that has little retention

S - black licorice, roasted malts, some alcohol

T - ginger, licorice, mild bitterness, faint coffee, roasted malts, faint cinnamon

M - full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a nice beer with a decent flavor profile. I like the concept of a gingerbread stout. Unfortunately, my complaint here is this beer fell short of it's mark. I get the ginger but it really lacks in other spices that would bring the gingerbread aspect out. Overall, a nice beer and a beer I wouldn't mind having again, but I just felt it needed a little something extra.

tdm168, Nov 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

wildcats10, Nov 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Aubreyann227, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-darker than I expected it to be for some reason, a nice fingers worth of tan head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-lots of ginger upfront, cinnamon, caramel, malt. Smells just like a gingerbread cookie.

T-taste matches the smell, lots of ginger, cinnamon, spices, light chocolate and molasses, and a light roasted flavor towards the end.

M-I agree with other reviews that the body is a little on the thin side, if it had a bit more body could be really great. Light carbonation, leaves a slight dry roasted taste

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I thought the spices were pretty good and it really did smell like gingerbread. If the body was stronger I would have liked it even more. I would still probably drink it again.

ksimons, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Nov 20, 2012
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.