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

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BA SCORE
83
good

913 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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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CowsandBeer

Kansas

2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:15:49 | More by CowsandBeer
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ACD

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:01:32 | More by ACD
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

11-18-2012 04:27:41 | More by Rekrule
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JohnSmith5506


1.25/5  rDev -66.1%

11-18-2012 04:11:19 | More by JohnSmith5506
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-18-2012 03:00:50 | More by randylangford
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

11-17-2012 23:54:20 | More by TaylorK
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briandaube

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-17-2012 23:51:55 | More by briandaube
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-17-2012 15:28:51 | More by sanitarium16
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-17-2012 02:42:13 | More by LarryMyers
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark brown to light black in color with 2 fingers of tan head that has great retention.

Smell- Slight hints of ginger and clove.

Taste- Follows the nose on the up front flavors and then finishes with an average stout backbone.

Mouthfeel- Medium but doesnt work well with the strong clove flavor. Would be beteer suited for a heavy mouthfeel.

Overall- Decent attempt at the concept. Coming from someone who doesnt really like many Sam Adams, this would have to be one of the better products that Ive had from them.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:33:18 | More by BrownAleMale
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-16-2012 17:22:55 | More by jjd315
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flyingmick

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-16-2012 13:41:20 | More by flyingmick
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genitempo

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark and thick into a glass. Midnight body with subtle amber hue at the base. Darkened head with abundant lace.

S - Spiced toastiness.

T - A robust amount of spice the hits then dissipates, but doesn't finish as well as you want it to. Peaks early, then clears, leaving more alcohol on the finish, then an Imperial stout should.

MF - Lathering and smooth, with a little element of pestering carbonation.

O - I was excited to try this beer. And I'm sure I judged it much higher than my peers. Truth be told, for a 9% beer, it didn't totally live up to it's name. But, it wasn't a disappointment. This beer needs to be served during the holiday season, among other flavorful beers. It's not overly impressive, it's not overly impressionable, but it definitely serves it's purpose.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:39:00 | More by genitempo
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-16-2012 05:12:29 | More by kkmiller76
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-15-2012 12:25:35 | More by rkcrozier
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nrombes

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-14-2012 03:13:38 | More by nrombes
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blues53

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-13-2012 23:01:39 | More by blues53
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scott2269

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-13-2012 01:01:16 | More by scott2269
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scratch69

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a fingers worth of dark tan head. Fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Taste- Dark roasted malt with a strong flavor of gingerbread. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and silky. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good stout. Very interesting combination of spices with a stout. Feels and tastes more like an imperial stout than a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 14:36:34 | More by scratch69
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siddhartha

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-12-2012 01:18:17 | More by siddhartha
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: black/drk brown body, khaki brown, solid lacing

S: ginger, clove, nutmeg, choc, malt

T: ginger, chocolate, malt, low roasted finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth

O: ok sA offering. won't seek out again.
Not must have. needs to be thicker.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:21:15 | More by BeerLover99
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Lincolnman

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

11-11-2012 21:08:15 | More by Lincolnman
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-11-2012 20:36:56 | More by thegerm87
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-11-2012 05:50:18 | More by CaptDavyJones
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gabedivision

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber to a goblet glass

A- pitch black, not a speck of light getting through this, 1/4 inch mocha head that dies down to a timid ring around the top of the glass. classic Imp Stout

S- Big gingerbread smell on the nose, ginger, anise, clove, nutmeg, all spice cinnamon. Just an assult of spice that is pretty demanding and overpowering any other flavors, a touch of vanilla and brown sugar can also be found.

T- Right on the tongue there is a carbonation tingle and mix of spice that gives it almost a birch beer or cherry cola twist mixed with nyquill , followed by chocolate, hints of dark sweet fruits, lots of spice, and plum of alcohol.

M- Full bodied Imp stout, thick, boozey, a tad too carbonated.

O- This beer is fun, its experimental, its very christmasy but one thing it is not, is tasty. Weird medicinal Nyquill taste, almost made this fucker undrinkable, i really wish the taste mimicked the smell but it doesnt.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 04:26:46 | More by gabedivision
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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