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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,304
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.95%
 
 
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible by way of the bubbles rising along the sides of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of ginger in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of ginger but this is accompanied by other flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer has an interesting taste and does resemble gingerbread, but overall I thought it would be much better if it had a fuller mouthfeel to support its strength. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Oh, yeah, like I could pass up a gingerbread stout... This one pours a deep black-brown, highlighted in mahogany, topped by two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts and toasted gingerbread. Straightforward, but decidedly alluring. The taste generally brings in more of the same, along with some cocoa, but everything's toned down, pale in comparison to what my nostrils lapped up so willingly. This was a real downer, lemme tell ya. The body is a a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty little stout, though one that comes across slightly muted on the tongue, a true disappointment for me. I still enjoyed it thoroughly, but I believe I could have seriously relished this stuff had things gone differently.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 6oz. brown bottle

Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout filled my pint glass with an opaque black hue producing a 1 3/4-finger bubbly tan head that was reduced during consumption to a foamy latticework of lace. The nose picks-up sweet dark caramel malt followed by the pleasant aromas of light cinnamon and gingerbread cookies. The flavor of dark roasted malts is upfront then spices of ginger, cinnamon, and a touch of wheat make an appearance. Do not drink this stout too cold as the flavor comes out as it warms. The mouth feel is rich, medium bodied on the palate with a generous amount of carbonation. A light warming alcohol presence is also noticed.

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout has the holidays written all over it. I sure will seek this out for the upcoming holiday season.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, 1/2 of which served in a pint glass.

Pours a thick, black color with tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts and holiday spices.

Taste better than expected. Much the same how it smells... quite nice.

Paid around $6 for the 22 ounce, which is cheaper than most 22 ounce bottle sizes, so quite worth it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours like motor oil with a jet black body topped by a two finger tan head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Very seasonally appropriate. Flavor is well done and I was shocked it wasn't too sweet with breads, cinnoman, vanilla, mild roasted malt, gingerbread. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. I was actually really surprised by this one. It's flavorful but not overdone. An excellent seasonal.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a thickish, tan-hued head of foam.

Smell: Roasty, dark malts with notes of bitterish chocolate, dark caramel, a little toast, a hint of fruit, and good showing of the spice blend.

Taste: A start of solid maltiness of toast mingled amongst the roastiness. Dark chocolate squares, spiced caramel. Moderate sweetness. Scant fruitiness. A pinch of standard sugar with the spice character. MMGS features each component nicely, without me quickly tiring of the spices. The roastiness pulls back a bit to let the spices close out the smooth, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit soft. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Well-integrated alcohol and the spice character was pleasant without being over-the-top. I thought it was better than I had expected.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep chocolate brown with deep walnut brown showing thru when held to the light,a nice looking creamy near mocha colored head atop.Alot of roast in the nose along with spicy ginger and sweet alcohol lingering.Flavors are heavily roasted with a bit of char at the onset,the spiced notes come in the back end with ginger,and clove standing out mainly,alot of roast and dry earthiness to this milk stout.The alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms as well the sweetness derived from it,not overly spiced but not a bad beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of J2L
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of OSHO
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jackplane
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tim6298
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date. Pours nearly black with a large sized brown head. Smells of ginger, nutmeg, and clove; moderate intensity. The taste follows closely but is much weaker; roasted malt with some cinnamon in the aftertaste. No noticeable lactose. Somewhat boozy because of the weak flavor. Medium body and higher carbonation. The smell and flavor reminds me of Dark Horse 4 Elf. Overall, the spices are very well done, but the flavor is too subdued. It also needs lactose and much less carbonation to fit the style better.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ValpoExpo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dditto2
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark n pretty, full head with a little tint to it. Smells and tastes like Christmas spices and oaty. Full heavy stout mouth feel. Good for a holiday desert. Worth the try.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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