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

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946 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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 scott2269
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

scott2269, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of scratch69
4.28/5  rDev +16%

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.

scratch69, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of siddhartha
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

siddhartha, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

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.


BeerLover99, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Lincolnman
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

thegerm87, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

CaptDavyJones, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

gabedivision, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Sturmthis, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +8.4%

PEIhop, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

M1A2, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of EricMehon
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

EricMehon, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge fluffy tan head that sticks around forever. The aroma is dominated by ginger with a hint of clove sneaking out. There might be more in there but I can't get past the ginger sauce. The flavor is a little better, but not much. Ginger again is a dominant flavor here with some nutmeg and all spice rounding out the spice palette. There's some caramel, a hint of chocolate, a touch of lactose, and a bit of wet dog in here to make an attempt at some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spice laden mouthfeel. I did not enjoy this beer, I rank it right up there with cherry wheat. The Ginger is strong enough that instead of thinking gingerbread men I'm thinking Japanese steak house ginger sauce. Great idea, lackluster results.

johnnnniee, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates over a few minutes.

S: Get nutmeg, ginger, allspice and mollases. This really has the whole gingerbread package. Really makes me want a cookie.

T: Really nails the gingerbread stout title on the bottle. Has a roasted malt forefront then kicks in with some serious spice. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

M: Fairly thin with low carbonation. The spice really makes it a sipper. ABV is fairly well hidden.

Overall a really good new beer from Sam Adams. Love some spice mixed in with a stout body.

CloudStrife, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a black color with a nice dense light brown head that slowly settles leaving lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of spice; cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger stand out. The aroma is nice but doesn't give me the sense of a gingerbread cookie and doesn't really separate itself from a pumpkin pie spice stout, except that the ginger is probably a bit stronger. Don't really pick up any traditional stout aromas.

The taste is mainly of spice. Again, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger have the strongest presence. The malt provides some roasted flavor and has a general cola like note. The stout flavors are really quite lacking.

The feel is light, almost watery; not very stout like. There is some balance to the brew between the spice and sweetness; could use a touch more roasty bitterness. A bit dry in the finish.

Kind of a miss on this one. While I like the spice profile, it doesn't remind me of a gingerbread cookie and the stout base is weak. For a holiday brew, I would want something a touch more warming. Perhaps use their holiday porter as a base.

Gmann, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Batch 1 fresh review.

Pours out nigh black but with a disappointing single finger of minute-long fizzle for a head, no lacing. Medium body and medium-low carbonation levels, it has a somewhat rougher texture than I usually get from stouts. It needs some work on texture and presentation.

The beer is chock full of gingerbread cookies with a cup of mocha expresso on the side for my cookie-dunking pleasure. ABV is well hidden in the nose, but much less in the flavor. The flavor does also contain some aniseed and chicory elements as well that weren't as apparent in the aroma, which had nutmeg /cinnamon elements that don't make it onto the tongue as strongly. It could use a touch more char-roast malt IMHO to support the aftertaste of powdered ginger on molasses that seems just a touch too sweet even for a milk stout.

I've decided not to try cellaring this one because the ABV seems under control to my palate from the start. Also, a large proportion of the flavor and nose balance in this brew depends upon spicing elements notorious for falling apart rapidly in the cellar. This beer does not have the spicing levels exaggerated enough in proportion to withstand that sort of degradation, it drinks to my palate as though it was meant to be consumed fresh, despite the label on the bottle specifically mentioning cellaring to develop flavors. I'm happy with it the way it is already, thank you very much.

WastingFreetime, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Batch 1, 650ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark black body. One finger of light tan foam with super sticky lacing and retention.

S - Dominating cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger snaps lead into some roasty malts. Sweet and spicy, Really does smell like a gingerbread cookie.

T - Ginger, sugar, cinnamon, bitter roasted malts. Kind of a mess actually. Alcohol is present and makes the large level of sweetness quite noticeable. Meh, not impressive.

M - Thin to medium bodied which makes the alcohol pretty unpleasant.

O - Great concept, but it didn't materialize too well. Smell is incredible but the taste and mouth feel leave a lot to be desired. Really wanted to like this one, damn.

davey101, Nov 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

vfgccp, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

A- dark cola body with a mocha head of foam with ruby hue on the edges.

S- ginger, sugar cookie, spices, and nutmeg all over. Very sweet and spicy to the point where it's almost herbal. Extremely sweet

T- very sugary flavors burst onto the stage with a strong combination of the flavors. A little thin and messy with the nutmeg and ginger combination. Nevertheless, a decent depiction of a holiday taste profile

M- again thin, but spicey with some heat from the alcohol

O- not a bad holiday brew. A bunch going on with all the spices, but still a sweet enjoyable sipper that I would try again

lovindahops, Nov 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Duff27, Nov 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

abex44, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +7%

This one appears jet black upon pour, thin cocoa colored head with decent retention. The smell is heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. Cloves are present too beneath the cinnamon and ginger. The stout character is hidden beneath the assertive spice profile and doesn't add much in the way of chocolate or roastiness. The taste is again heavy on spice and it does resemble a gingerbread cookie. Milk sugar also makes its presence know as there is a smooth creamy sweetness that pairs nicely with the spices. I get some roasted barley on the finish, but this is largely undermined by the spice profile. Mouthfeel is a tad prickly with a medium to heavy body. Overall, pretty nice brew from Sam Adams. I was attracted by the novelty of this brew, and I must say it delivers plenty of gingerbread character. My only issue is the forwardness if the spices, they seem to be a bit over the top.

homebrew311, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

vrbulldog22, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

metalgdog, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

goblue3509, Nov 05, 2012
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.