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

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84
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1,195 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Ratings: 1,195 | Reviews: 242
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Batch #1 (2012). Poured in to tulip.

A -Black with two fingers of medium brown head that reduced to a half finger with good retention.

S - Big spice aroma up front - cinnamon, clove, all spice. A light roast profile is present in the background but is dominated by the spices.

T - Heavy spice up front with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A decent roast profile comes through that is more pronounced than the nose suggested but the spice profile does dominate. A hint of chocolate comes through at times.

M - Medium body with a big chew. Light carbonation.

O - Decent enough but the flavours did not produce a gingerbread like profile as expected.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown and borderline black in color with a hazelnut one finger creamy layer on top.

S - Ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, smells like a big gingerbread cookie and spices - interesting aroma.

T - Taste is dominated by cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and a little touch of chocolate.

M - Medium heavy body and light carbonation.

O - I'll pass on this one next time, dominating spice drowns out the chocolate character.

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On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas.

I went into this beer thinking it would be good as I tend to like most beers done by Samuel Adams...

first sip... whoa... what is this... this is delicious... I love everything about this beer... the look, the smell and especially the taste.. what a fantastic gingerbread stout... I love this beer.

I planned on trying this and then getting something else.. but man.. this was so good I ended up having two pints of this beer.. oh.. and it's 9 percent.. but I didn't even notice the alcohol at all..

I had a second pint to make sure I loved it as much as I thought I did on the first... yes I do... now I need to go round up any bottles I can still find out there... hope it's close to being as good from the bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass. Batch No. 1.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a slight hint of brown color. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger deep tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spicy and bready aroma. Literally smells like liquid gingerbread. Big hints of ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Scent of banana bread and dark roasted malts with hints of dark bread, milk chocolate, biscuit, yeast, caramel, toffee, and nuts. Also some brown sugar sweetness in the mix. Hop presence is pretty light. Spices stand out the most. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, lots of spices and bready notes although the spices seem even stronger. Big taste of ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark bread, chocolate, biscuit, yeast, milk, nuts, caramel, and toffee. Also a banana bread like taste. Some brown sugar. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. Fairly sweet and very spice forward. A nice and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to heavy level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A nice tasting and interesting version of a sweet stout. It could of used a little more roast to balance the spices, but what is there is pretty good anyways.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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