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

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1,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 101 | 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:
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(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013)
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Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Merry Mischief pours out a very deep brown with a sizable mocha head. The aroma is awesome, it's really got a nice gingerbread spice thing going on here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The taste is really gingerbread all the way through. Beneath the nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves from the nose, there's a bit of a brown sugar flavor, vanilla, and chocolate. The mouthfeel feels a little thin to me, I wouldn't mind a little more chewiness on this. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a great beer that delivers on the first part of the label. There's plenty of gingerbread here and less traditional stout flavors. Tasty!

Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty strong ABV for a non-imperial.

Pours a dark brownish-black with a thick brown head into my glass. Good presentation for the style. Darker than it seems at first.

Gingerbread spice dominates the aroma. Can't really smell much of the base beer itself so I do wonder. Hmm.

Doesn't quite drink like a milk stout. Sure, there is a sweet, milky base with a touch of molasses, cocoa and spice. However, I can't quite tell what's wrong with this.

I figured it out. The mouthfeel is too thin. The carbonation is also too high for the style. Well, for my liking that is. It comes off as boozy.

Meh. After a few sips, I can't stand the mouthfeel. I'm going to go with a drain pour, even if the ABV should allow some aging.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with brown foam. Sits a top. Some lacing. Smells like a gingerbread man (shocker!) -cinamon, nutmeg, ginger. Taste is lightly sweet, cookie-ish, with a light hop finish. Roasted at the end too. Nice blend, good seasonal.

Photo of grandimperialc
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Karl Strauss pint
From: Costco in San Marcos, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2012
Price: $20 for Small Batch Collection variety 4-pack
BOD: None, “Batch 1” on back of label

Black with 2-3 fingers of tan head. Sporadic and bad lacing. Below average retention and was gone within 7-8 minutes.

Smelled Fire Balls, Ginger Ale, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and a tad bit of honey.

Tasted a lot of those smells but with a bit of a butter cheesy feel. Got nutmeg, cinnamon, butter, cheese and gingerbread. Definitely a huge artificial taste.

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft (Below average)-to-average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Really not a fan of this beer at all. The smell was the best part and then it just took a drastic turn.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich, thick, beige head that leaves chunky lace on the glass. Dark, dark brown color where no light shines through.

Spicy aroma of ginger, nutmeg and white pepper. No dark malt aromas that I can detect.

Tastes like a bitter gingerbread cookie, not because it's burnt, but as if it has no sugar. This misses the mark on the stout side. It's full bodied with a low carbonation level. The aftertaste is chocolatey with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Founders glass. Black in color with a dense, foamy head to it. Thick waves of dark tan lacing on the glass as I drank it. Pretty nice looking overall.

Aroma smells pretty much like gingerbread with a little bit of chocolate to it. Maybe it's a little over the top on the spice, but they pretty much nailed the flavor of gingerbread.

The taste follows through with even more spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg particularly are strong. It loses some of the bready part of the gingerbread in the taste and becomes a little more spice focused. A little chocolate, but it's tough to get anything beyond the spices.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall, I really liked the aroma and thought they nailed the gingerbread flavor. The taste though seemed to get overshadowed by the spices. A little less spice and more of the stout flavors would have gone a long way in the taste. Overall a pretty good beer though.

Photo of mountdew1
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a deep dark brown with a medium brown head. Head had a bit of side cling and left a tad of lacing. Predominant aroma was definitely reminiscent of gingerbread, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of the sweet lactose aroma came out as time went on. Taste was very slightly sweet up front before ending with a peppery bitter note. Coated the mouth as it should, but needed a tad more carbonation in the mouth. Unfortunately didn't really work as a milk stout, nor did it live up to the gingerbread title.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick almost opaque dark brownish black. Massive head and very sticky lacing.

S: aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, ginger, cinnamon, clove, cocoa

T: Very spicy with all of the Merry spices involved in here. The first spice to hit my tastebuds was the clove which is pleasantly mild, followed by the cinnamon and ginger. Being that ginger is more mild comparatively, this does not surprise me. The cocoa flavors are slightly muted in the background of the heavier spices but clearly there. biscuit and crackers are also well represented as the backbone of this beer. At the very end, there is some ashiness from the black patent malt in here. Not overdone, not completely hidden, but slightly chalky and on par with most milk stouts in that category.

M: Thick mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. Great body here. Way more body than I had expected for a milk stout and very happy on this part.

O: Overall, a very well done gingerbread stout. I had GBS from Hardywood brewing earlier this week and this is nearly as good, easier to find and cheaper. Hard to compare of course, but the one thing that I do not pick up in here are the frosting like flavors. There are however more roasted caramelized sugars and toffee flavors present which seem to be more well done than the Hardywood GBS.

Photo of FEUO
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a black color with a three finger mocha colored head which lasts for several minuets. Good lacing stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is gingerbread, cloves, allspice nutmeg and wheat. It smells a lot like a gingerbread cookie.

The taste is milk like and sweet. There are sweet malts and ginger throughout. The milk taste comes in about mid-way, accompanied by chocoloate, then a wheat tatse. I can not really taste the spices much; which is interesting because I can smell them. There are some hops on the backend but not enough to make a difference. This brew is really milky and sweet.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, it goes down well. Smooth as silk.

Overall this is a good offering. I don't understand why there is not more spice in the taste when the spices are present in the smell. It is sweet, like a milk stout should be, but a few more hops would be nice to balance the sweetness.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ThickNStout
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bullocks (Woodstock, GA). 7.99. Bottled 11/23/12. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours black with slight chestnut hues around the edge. Full two fingers of dense head that hang around for a while and leave small pockets of lace.

Smells of gingerbread, autumnal spice, roasty malts and sugar.

Flavors begin with a sweet kick of gingerbread and sweet potato pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, sweet creamed coffee, brown sugar, molasses infused whipping cream and burnt dark chocolatey malt. Only a hint of the 9% alcohol. Nice.

Medium full chewy yet chalky feel with moderate carbonation. Spicey bittersweet finish.

I'm honestly quite impressed by this one. I'm really not a hater but Samuel Adams normally fall a bit flat for me. This is sweet, flavorful and it delivers on the gingerbread spices. It may not be earth shattering or ground breaking but this is a very good holiday seasonal stout that I plan on enjoying several more times in the future.

Photo of DCav
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cute bottle art. Dark brown pour sits opaque in my glass. Dense mocha colored head doesn't stick but rides down to glass bottom.

Initially I get a big whiff of wheat. That quickly settles out and leaves lots of cinnamon and some ginger. I can't pick out any of the other spices but I suck at that game. No indication of a stout underneath.

I'll go for ginger bread. Bland sweet stout base doesn't get in the way of the gingerbread effect but it doesn't really contribute much either. Big body.

The bottle art is the best part of this beer.

Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of AdamBear
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a nice dark tan head

S-dark roasted grains. just a faint hint of mocha. smells more like an autumn stout due to the cloves. there's definitely a slight hint of gingerbread. if you gave this stout to someone blindfolded, they might tell you its a pumpkin ale due to the autumn spices. decent strength. smells good.

T-comes in with a deep taste of dark semi-sweet chocolates. has a really decent dark roasted flavor to it, with a great large amount of sweetness to it. the after-taste is mostly bitter, some good dark roasted mocha flavors, and just a hint of gingerbread. this really tastes a lot like a Russian Imperial Stout with its bitterness.

M-thick and syrupy with a sticky finish

O-its a holiday stout from Sam Adams. don't expect an epic concoction of flavors. to be satisfied, just expect an average christmas flavored ale. its a bit too artificial tasting to be a great imperial stout. minus the gingerbread and autumn spices, it's still just a tad bit too sweet. definitely drinks like a 9% beer with its thickness. I suggest to drink this with a friend. few people here will want the whole bottle of this. only get this if you're very curious, but don't get your hopes up.

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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