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

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1,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | 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 TempeBeerMan
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours black with just a hint of dark-brown near the glass edges. Now, I must talk about the head that sprang forth; a huge four-finger creamy brown beast that effervessed slowwwly from the bottom of the glass. Wow. Quite a sight. Lots of lacing.

S - Ok...this actually does indeed smell like gingerbread, but more the loaf than the cookie. Nutmug, ginger, clove, and cinnamon are the dominant aromas.

T - Taste very much follows the nose. Strong ginger/clove flavor, with nutmeg and cinnamon taking a supporting roll. Spice flavors seem a tad "artificial" as opposed to "brewed in". Luckily the base stout underneath seems pretty solid, supporting the spice blend. Very sweet, with a little offsetting balance coming mainly from the ginger and the faintest earthy hop. Wisps of heat in the finish, but otherwise the 9.0 abv is well hidden.

M - Medium bodied, but smooth and creamy. A little sticky. Carbonation is lively.

O - A pretty impressive showing from SA. Christmas in a bottle. Kind of a gimmick, as it's hard to find any other flavors beneath the spices, but it's done so well that I enjoyed it despite it's flaw. Probably a repeat buy for me next winter.

TempeBeerMan, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with almost three fingers of dense light brown foam. This is really a very pretty beer.

S: Smells just like gingerbread cookies - I get lots of clove and nutmeg with ginger and cinnamon in the background. Behind that I get a bit of lactose sweetness and malted milk balls, but the base beer isn't very pronounced.

T: I get a very strong ginger flavor - way too strong to be similar to gingerbread. There is certainly clove there as well as a bit of nutmeg, but the pungent ginger flavor overwhelms. The base beer does come out a bit more here than it did in the aroma. I get some dark chocolate and a bit of roast. Lactose sweetness is moderate and pleasant.

M: Medium thickness with good, creamy carbonation.

O: The smell has a nice gingerbread note without showing the base beer enough. The flavor allows the base beer to come through more appropriately, but has a ginger flavor that overwhelms. With some tweaks, this good be good. As is, it's mediocre.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Black. Enduring tan head the texture of foam rubber. Not so attractive.

S - 3.5 - Spices reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Something at the edge of chocolate

T - 3.75 - Sort of wants to be a christmas brown ale more than a stout, though there's some stouty dark chocolate and a hint of char. It lacks some punch and substance on the back end.

M - 3.5 - Just shy of medium body. A little sticky. Fairly carbonated. Mild tongue sting leaves a dry feeling like tannins and mild hop abrasion.

O - 3.75 - Not bad, but underwhelming and doesn't quite come together, seemingly trapped between cohesive styles. There's also a hole in its middle where the flavor goes diffuse and vague.

BrownNut, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JohnBender, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mendvicdog, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black brew with a huge and creamy head, light brown in color. Looks luscious. 4.5

Gingery and spicy with notes of coriander, nutmeg, and clove; yet retaining some stout-y roastiness and a little lactic acidity. Almost a tart cherry note in here. 4.0

Ooh, sting of alcohol in the end steals away some of the focus. I get some gingerbread flavors; brightly spiced with pie spices and ginger crispness. The roast isn't as big as I'd like, but it's sweet and soft malty, as it should be. A little attenuated, actually. Off-balanced, but festive. Lingering finish is still pretty tasty. 3.5

That warming alcohol could use some more bitterness or a char note to offset. The body is really nice, though. Really saves the day. Accented by a low-lurking level of carbonation. 4.0


thecheapies, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of jus10savestheday
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jus10savestheday, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of JRBecks
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

JRBecks, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Chico1985, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Woodysbeard, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Dweedlebug
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Dweedlebug, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of thebrood1987
4.88/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get that nice gingerbread cookie smell from it or graham cracker crust smell that you'd find in Southern Tier Pumking. The taste however is somewhat different with a syrupy thick chocolate malt and some ginger and cinnamon spice at the end of the sip.

Its very easy to drink and rich, bold and sweet. The ginger bread comes in sort of tart which makes it easier to drink plus the sweetness balances with the spices really nicely. If it tasted just a bit more like the graham cracker crust it'd be perfect but it's still an amazing beer. The ginger shines and I really like ginger so I really like this beer. Especially mixing in with the amazing sweet malts they chose for this.

thebrood1987, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of chakadrum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

chakadrum, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cool winter brew, but this was a let down to me in a few ways. the pour is sensational, really dark and thick, with a delicate but excitable dark brown head. the nose is more spice than gingerbread i think, lots of nutmeg and clove, a touch of ginger, and dark roasty coffee smelling malts. the taste is also more spiced than necessary, lots and lots of nutmeg. it doesnt taste like gingerbread to me, but it tastes good nonetheless. lots of burnt malt, a bit of residual sugar, and a velvety smooth texture that really makes this beer. as a holiday stout or something id like it better, but i was hoping for fresh baked gingerbread, and the malt profile and the spice blend fail to deliver that. a good beer overall though, with an abv that is just right this time of year. worth the price per bomber, but dont come into this expecting gingerbread.

StonedTrippin, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of GinDC
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

GinDC, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BillieWest
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BillieWest, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

AdamP, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Good pour. Deep dark pitch black with no inescapable light. Head is equally impressive with 1+ inch of dense cocoa tan goodness. Lacing seems sticky and the pour seemed rather thick.

S - Straight up ginger and cinnamon. After it settles I do get some cocoa and heavy roasts with some clove. Smells spicy.

T - A fairly sweet tasting stout to me with a pretty nice balance of ginger and cinnamon. I love me some spice so I guess that's why, others may find it a bit unbearable. The stout really does drink like a milk stout with lactose sugars, mild roasts, and some lingering milk chocolate.

M - Medium yet oily and slick. On par for the style.

Overall not really worth a repeat offering but I felt for 7 dollars for 16oz of this was worth it. One of the better beers I had from Samuel Adams.

DrDemento456, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Dizzy242
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Dizzy242, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Chugs13, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kaelingirl, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Daniellobo, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black pour into a pint glass. A nice and creamy dark mocha head forms with a big several finger head. Good retention and some decent lacing.

S- A weaker nose as far as strength but I get just a bit of ginger and underlying roasty stout.

T- Holy ginger bomb. Really can hardly tell it is a stout because the ginger makes me think it is a overspiced pumpkin ale. Seriously ginger. Besides that a bit of nutmeg, cloves, roast malts, spicy bitterness, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

MF- Fairly thin body for a stout with a slightly creamy feel. Carbonation is on the lower medium side. Bitter feel comes from the spices.

Ginger bomb and some other stuff on the side. Pairs well with ginger snap.

cbutova, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

sparx1100, Dec 01, 2012
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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