Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-21-2012 02:24:59 | More by tdm168
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-20-2012 23:19:32 | More by ksimons
2.45/5 rDev -33.6%
Picked up a few bottles of this as I thought it might be nice to have around for the Holidays for family and friends.
A: Looks fine, nice dark pour with some large bubbly Head.
S: Really on the Mark, I feel like I am smelling a Gingerbread Cookie.
T: Not for me, spice gone wild, would have preferred this to be more like a stout with some subtle ginger and spice flavor.
M: This is where I feel this beer really misses the mark, thin, overly-bubbly. This is no Stout.
O: Didn't enjoy once I got past the smell, would not drink again.
11-20-2012 16:39:36 | More by TheLostGringo
2.38/5 rDev -35.5%
Was hoping for a lot more out of this beer. Black pour with a medium sized tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of gingerbread is there, but the flavor tasted like they emptied the spice cabinet a little too much. Overpowering on the cloves and ginger taste. Too much for me. I'll pass on this one.
11-20-2012 16:04:30 | More by iabeerbaron
3.95/5 rDev +7%
A- Pours like motor oil and has a thick beige head and lacing with non-uniform sized bubbles
S- It actually smells a bit like ginger bread but not as strong as I was expecting. Can't really pick up too many notes regarding the stout.
T- Very gingery at first and tastes extremely artificial but after you swallow it tastes like gingerbread-flavored coffee
M- A bit carbonated for this style. Has a medium-heavy body.
O- I'd drink this during the winter a few times
11-20-2012 00:10:40 | More by twaddlac
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Sam Adams bomber, newly arrived into the Bier:Thirty store and shared by the guys there. My portion in a 4oz taster...
A: Looks like a stout, dark opaque brown with red highlights and a good bit of tan colored head...
S: Aromatics remind me of Christmas dessert...gingerbread, nutmeg, and cinnamon...other spices shine too with a light tangy character...maybe clove?
T: More stout-like flavors emerge here with flavors of darker chocolate and some roasted malts, spices (nutmeg, clover, cinnamon, and ginger) still shine though as there really is a bit of spicy 'burn' on the way down...doesn't distract though and integrates well into the flavor profile. There is a hint of alcohol present as well.
MF: Medium-to-full body with a good amount of creamy tones, its not over-carbonated and sits right where you want a stout to be.
O: The spices really clicked for me, making this beer a pretty good spiced stout for the holidays.
11-19-2012 16:51:45 | More by Scotchboy
2.7/5 rDev -26.8%
Appearance: Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Recedes to a cream color lining around the edge of the glass. As the beer warms the head completely disappears. Hardly any lacing to speak of.
Smell: Banana bread, fruit cake, gingerbread, cloves, nutmeg, coffee, and a hint of cinnamon. Like smelling potpourri.
Taste: Initial taste of banana bread followed by a brief appearance of ginger, cloves, and cherries which disappears under a spicy, potpourri blast of flavor. Whoa! Resides to a subtle aftertaste of hops with more potpourri left in the nose. After you’re done wincing from the potpourri there’s that toasted, coffee malt aftertaste that reminds you that you’re actually drinking a stout. Slight warmness from the alcohol.
Overall: Hard to drink because of the overwhelming spice notes. Tastes like Christmas at Yankee Candles. Make sure you have some water handy. Overall it was an interesting experience but I will not be seeking it out again. At least it had a cool label.
11-18-2012 05:15:49 | More by CowsandBeer
4.23/5 rDev +14.6%
Christmas in a bottle! Great stout with a hint of ginger cinnamon and nutmeg ! A must add to your holiday table!
A smooth rich flavor!
Dark brown coloring
Smell is of a little bit ginger and cinnamon
I really enjoyed this as an after dinner beer
Great dessert beer!
11-18-2012 05:01:32 | More by ACD
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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