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

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1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 135 | 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:
Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013

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Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Braz
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like motor oil pouring into a glass. Absolutely pitch black with three fingers of fluffy tan head. Smells very nice. Cloves, ginger and a touch of citrus strike the nose. Very clean aroma. Very smooth taste. Clove and cinnamon followed by a touch of sweetness with a spiced aftertaste. Alcohol taste is well hidden though I feel a warming effect after the third sip so this is definately strong. Just a touch heavy on the clove I think, and could benefit from just a little more sweetness.

Photo of TheGaskin
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark color with a billowing tan head. Good lacing.

Cinnamon and old leather on the most. Pleasently creamy body and relatively smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt upfront followed by holiday spices. Faintly reminiscent of a ginger bread cookie but not as much as you expect. Slightly burnt tasting at times. Simple but has flavors that go together. A nice sweet stout that doesn't push limits or offend. Alcohol is undetectable which is nice. Made for people who drink only Sam Adams but won't venture any further into the craft world.

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, medium-high carbonation

Smell: gingerbread cookie

Taste:roasted malt, ginger bread, and a ginger snap intensity at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with spiciness

Overall: Not the most complex of the Sam Adams special releases, but a quality beer if you like ginger. I could see myself getting this once a winter, but craving it more than that.

Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top Sam Adams bottle with nice raised letters, etc and a cool label. Been wanting to try a gingerbread stout for forever; kudos to SA for finally getting it done! Found for $5.99-6.99. Split into two Chimay goblets and split w/my wife.

Appearance: Black beer with a big medium-tan cap that shows nice retention.

Smell: In terms of the spice balance (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger), SA has this one absolutely pegged. Not gingerbread-like or 'kinda like gingerbread', but dead on. A few swirls bring out a wisp of smoke and a hint of booze. Everything's stellar with the exception of the smoky note; I guess it's kind of Christmassy, but I'm not sure about it with all the sweet spice.

Taste: Unfortunately, the spice profile does not come through NEARLY as strong in the flavor as it does in the aromas. There is some spice, and the profile is pretty spot-on, but it's almost completely annihilated by the booze (a bit rough) and roasted flavors. The closer this gets to room temp, the more the spices come out but, unfortunately, the booze burn becomes reminiscent of vodka. Some toasted brown bread notes on the finish as this approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Awesome. I read some reviews that complained that this was thin, but the oats here make this creamy, full, and rich. Quite nice.

Conclusion: The only thing holding this back (even if it's a major gripe) is the heat. I think that this could have been SPECTACULAR if they'd kept the same basic concept, but ratcheted the strength back to around 6-6.5%. At this price, I'd probably pick up one a season, but no more.

83 = B

Photo of Maxwell
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours proper stouty black, with a nice big tan head on it. The bubbles are tight and creamy, but the body is pitch black and opaque, but looked relatively clear as it went into the glass. The lacing on my glass is really quite droopy and thin, leaving little dots across the glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet and spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a touch of ginger, which really isn’t surprising seeing as how those are the spices that were used in the beer. The cinnamon is the strongest in smell as far as the spices go, but below the spices sits a strong helping of roasted malts and a touch of black coffee, which is really quite inviting. Hot alcohol is also present and accentuated with the spices, though that isn’t really a bad thing. The slurry of all of these smells helps to suggest slight dark fruit notes in the beer, as well. The beer tastes terrifically bizarre and spicy. The beer begins with roast mingling with dark raisin notes, these flavors continue (especially the roast) but the rest of the beer opens into ginger bread hints that quickly build and climax in the middle of the taste, before petering out into a stale cinnamon flavor. The aftertaste is of watered down spices, and comes far too quickly, making me wish the gingerbread flavors would stay for awhile. On the mouthfeel, the beer is creamy and smooth. The body is medium, with hints of being both lighter and thicker, and after the beer passes, the mouth is left slightly dry with pooling spittle just barely ebbing over the tongue. Overall this is a great holiday beer with a nice gimmicky flavor. I do wish the gingerbread flavor would stick around longer, but I get the feeling that would be very difficult to brew in a balanced way. A solid holiday brew from Sam Adams, and definitely worthy of a taste, or a Christmas tasting.

Photo of cheribom
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MADPolo
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Nihilistkid
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with thin brown head that lasts. Lacing sticks as it progresses.

The smell is of gingerbread with some roast, chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

The taste of gingerbread is strong but not overpowering, allowing a fairly complex and very tasty stout to come through. Sweet gingerbread and chocolate notes with a balancing espresso, and a mild English hop touch. A hint of alcohol warmth comes through in the finish.

It is smooth despite abv. It reaches full-bodied, but not thick.

A very nice winter "sipper". Alcohol well-integrated. It has nice stout features. Recommended!

Photo of OB1
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jenlovesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BTHU
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Norfawkers
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.