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

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1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 145 | 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: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Ratings: 1,195 | Reviews: 242
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a huge dark tan creamy head with great retention. Eventually shrinks to a solid smal layer of head skimming the top with good patches of lace.

S- the smell is actually similar to their White Christmas ale, only the aromas are a bit stronger. Some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of roasted malt character. Also getting some root beer characteristics.

T- winter spices up front with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg that give you that gingerbread flavor. A wheaty cracker like taste provides a graham-cracker like taste. The back end transitions into a roasted malt taste that finishes with a bit of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Finish is sweet with a cinnamon and roasted malt linger.

M- med-heavy body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and slightly velvety finish. A bit thick, and slightly warming at the end.

O- This is a good brew for the season, I did however find myself wishing some of the flavors were a little more bold and pronounced. For 9%ABV, it is very drinkable and pairs well with all of the various chocolate desserts that come with Christmas time.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy beige head. Good head retention considering the abv, leaves lacing down the glass. I have to admit, this beer looks pretty damn good.

Smell: I get mostly bready malt up front followed up by nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, with some coffee notes coming through. The spices seem a little muted in the nose. I was looking for more intensity.

Taste: Roasted malt comes through more here, with mild coffee, chocolate, and caramel up front. Spices come through nicely in the finish along with some caramel. Spice level is just about perfect in the taste - very apparent without going overboard.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Overall: Sam Adams beers aren't always up my alley, but this one hits the spot. Great beer for the holidays.

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of dark tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark caramel with a touch of smoky coffee and spicy notes of cinnamon, ginger, and clove.

T - Dark bread and chocolate up front. Some cinnamon and clove in the middle with a sweet, malty finish of clove, licorice, dark chocolate, and spices.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The spices are prominent and they initially promise to work well with the dark, bready malt, but in the end it is just too much. The sweetness is excessive and this makes the spice character feel cloying as well. It needs some sharpness to counteract the cloying, flabby malt and spice character. Overall, this reminds me more of a bad flavored coffee drink than a stout, with too much spice, too much sweetness and nothing to balance.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz. bottle
Served in a conical pint

A - It has a black appearance with several inches of chocolate milkshake colored head.

S - It smells a lot as advertised. I get ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. The spices overshadow the roasted malt.

T - Now the taste is interesting. I get all the ginger bread spices, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, up front. Which to me is offputting. But, the thick, rich flavors of a well made stout come through, and it finishes great. The chocolaty roasted malt coats my palate and the spice taste disappears.

M - Thick and velvety.

O - The more I drank this beer, the more I enjoyed it. I thought it was a bust at first with the strong spics up front. As this beer opens up the richness of the stout becomes more prominent. It is a very well made stout, and the spices give it a holiday spin. It's worth a try if you like gingerbread and stouts. If you do not like spices then stay away.

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4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, good retention on a black body. Oily and soapy lacing, tiny bubbles. Aroma includes nutmeg, slight coffee, some faint hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Taste has a nice roasted quality with a moderate sweetness, some vanilla and nutmeg, really nice flavor. Thick mouthfeel, very, very easy to drink considering the high abv. No alcohol taste, high abv AND delicious is a very dangerous combination.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is almost as black as tar with only a trace of brown coming through the very edges. A mocha head settles to a film and light sticky lacing coats the glass.

The beer smells strongly of gingerbread cookies right off the bat. A bubblegum sweetness follows, and lastly just a notion of the 9% alcohol can be detected.

The beer tastes like it smells, and it's pretty rich. Burnt malts come out first though, followed by a spicy cinnamon. The body is all gingerbread cookie. Some chocolate comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, silky.

Overall, it's a pretty rich, complex dessert beer. The 9% ABV is almost undetectable. Good, interesting beer.

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3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter is black like molasses with a frothy tan head, great retention, excellent lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are spicy like gingerbread: clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg as they reveal on the label, not much else - maybe a hint of roasted barley. Tastes are clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted barley, cream, molasses, cookie dough seems to be there too, alcohol is well concealed, especially for 9%. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, medium body. Overall, good for what it is...it actually tastes like gingerbread. Nice work!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Absolute black tar colored with nice 1/4 inch head. Dark enough that my brother in law's flashlight did not penetrate! Good lacing.

Smells like....gingerbread! (imagine that) Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, like Christmas in a glass.
Made me instantly think of a warm fire and baking in the kitchen.

Taste like is smells. Amazing gingerbread taste. Incredibly warming, the perfect brew for a cold winter night. Alcohol is well balanced, not kicking you in the teeth but sneaking up on you quick.

Mouthfeel was good, very smooth and big. Lets you know its a stout for sure.

Over all a fantastic beer, well suited for the holidays.

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