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

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1,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Norfawkers
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black color with a creamy/foamy tan head; ample lacing.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, and yeasty--not too strong.

Taste: Sweet malts up front but resolves to a roasty finish. Some spices in the middle; not too much gingerbread flavor (very faint in the middle).

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and coating.

Overall: A decent holiday beer although for something advertised as a gingerbread stout, I was looking for more gingerbread flavor. The malt seems to cover up the spices a little bit. Comparable to a decent pumpkin beer.

Photo of london1o1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bcostner1
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HazardousBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours black with a solid, two finger brown head that fades pretty quickly. Very solid head with no real breaks, solid lacing as well. Looks very nice

S- smells like the description: a gingerbread stout. Tons of gingerbread in the nose, along with some smoked malt and a very slight bit of chocolate

T- the gingerbread flavors aren't very strong at all, which is a little disappointing. The finish is pretty sweet, which gives me the impressive there's some lactase in here. Overall, pretty underwhelming

M- body is very thin, especially for something that's supposed to be 9%. Absolutely no thickness whatsoever

O- it's not necessarily bad persay, just not exactly what I was expecting overall. Wouldn't mind seeing this thrown into the holiday mix pack, just wouldn't buy a bomber again though

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kristiekatk
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout, a 9% ABV milk stout, pours black with a creamy 2-finger mocha head, with thick, sticky lacing. The aroma is more subdued than what you would expect though; toffee, toasted malts, and very light gingerbread.
I guess I wanted a creamy, spicy stout bomb. What I got was, well, it was comparable to taking a pumpkin beer, an English ale, and a milk stout and shaking them around in a beer snowglobe.
Flavor is very heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger; almost like pumpkin pie spicing. Roasted malts, a mild and earthy hop bitterness, caramel, and a hint of lactose round out the flavor. It’s well-carbonated, the body medium-light, but lacking some of that smooth and full-bodied creaminess that I look for in a milk stout.

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very thick, dark brown coloring that borders on black, with an opaque character that is devoid of highlighting colors. A small, low profile head of dark tan rests on top, but quickly settles into a sparse, filmy coating as the beer sits for a bit. Good looking beer. Aromas of sweet gingerbread, roasted and baked dough, a spice profile rich in ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, some banana sweetness, and a touch of booze, as well. Smells like a rich, warming brew. Flavors are round and robust in mouth, and gingerbread is in the forefront. Nutmeg and ginger quickly coat the taste buds, with an underlying boozey backbone that flows over and then whisks the palate clean. Molasses sweet in the background, with a hint of roasted coffee, as well, but both are subtle and supporting. The beer is smooth and light in mouth, but the flavor profile packs a wallop on your sense of taste. A very fulfilling and grandoise brew. The aftertaste is very mild compared to what has been experienced thus far, with a touch of ginger, buttery bread, and a hint of sugary sweet all blending together. The finish is clean and smooth, and the higher ABV helps to once again clean everything up. Very strong stout, both in flavor and substance. Very tasty, and a great wintertime imbibe. Good beer.

Photo of Rgalvin
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of Gehrig13
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of Pensfan0782
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of KollinSLC
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/11/12 notes. Picked this up a few weeks ago at City Swiggers in NYC for $8.49. 16.6 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of spruce, pine hops, roasted malts, cinnamon, gingerbread, spice, and pepper. Too much pine and spruce for me; smells like a Christmas tree.

t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, chocolate, gingerbread, cinnamon, pepper, spice, spruce, toasted malts. Better than the nose and less spruce.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this one and my girlfriend hated it. Too much pine and spruce/christmas tree in the nose for me, and it lingered in the taste as well. Seems like people like it but I probably wouldn't look to have it again.

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

Tasted On: 12-12-2012
Freshness: Batch No. 1
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Giant, creamy tan head sits on a solid black and opaque beer. Head retention is excellent with attractive rings of lace.

S: Very pleasant spice aromas of nutmeg, gingerbread, egg nog, allspice and cloves.

T: Taste is sweet, with toasted malt and coffee bitterness to round it out. Other flavors include spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Very well done in terms of balance between the chocolate malts, earthy hops and spice profile.

M: Full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming but not too hot. Finishes with chocolate, coffee and spices -- not sweet or dry but just right.

O: Better than expected blend of milk/sweet stout and spiced holiday brew. Recommended

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.