Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #785
Ranked #32,594
3.75 | pDev: 13.87%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout
Notes: Formerly known as Merry Mischief
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Reviews by do_ob:
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown pour and black in the glass. About 2 fingers of dark tan foam on top, very rich and dense in appearance. On the nose, strong baking spices (ginger, nutmeg, cardamom) along with notes of vanilla, walnuts, brown sugar, and pepper. There's a dark fruit factor in there that lets you know this is a stout. The taste follows suit, only intensified. Strong baking spices (ginger!, along with pumpkin and nutmeg) up front with notes of roasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, and sweet baker's chocolate trailing beneath. Nice feel - smooth enough, albeit a bit watery for my liking. The alcohol is hidden very well, which is always a plus.

Overall, pretty darn good. This beer is as well-balanced as you could ask for without losing the sharpness of each ingredient. I drank this with my brother on Christmas after dinner, and it was a perfect night cap.

Dec 26, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Jan 18, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Oct 22, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jan 20, 2013
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

May 07, 2015
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Glanzman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

Dec 02, 2015
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jan 03, 2013
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CHickman from New York

2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours as black as night, like a shark’s eyes, with a creamy 2 finger tan/brown head that didn’t move and dissipated very slowly leaving OK spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of clove, ginger and spices up front, followed by cinnamon, allspice, grains and more spices; too many or too strong on the spices, they were so overpowering that this did not resemble a stout nor a gingerbread cookie. This was like an over-spiced holiday ale and to me way off base for a stout.

Tastes like it smells, with clove, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, allspice and the rest of the spice rack mixed in for a dash of everything; after the extreme spice assault, there are some grains, vanilla, caramel and then more spices. It resembles a gingerbread cookie/house, but has too much spice attack and not enough bready or oatmeal flavor and feel to pull this off and this experiment feels like someone accidentally spilled too much of something in the mash. I hope my bottle was bad, as I had heard good things about this beer but to me the only thing it did right was mask the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost watery with a heavy dense body, mild carbonation, and a spicy finish that has metallic yeast hints mixed in with the ginger and clove.

Unless you love ginger then you won’t really like this beer. As with all stouts, as it warmed up more flavor came out – unfortunately the flavor was ginger, which is great with sushi but not in this beer. This was very disappointing for me as I had very high expectations. Tough to finish this bomber alone, so sadly some was poured down the drain.

Feb 22, 2013
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brandon911 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Nov 27, 2014
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dozier77 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Dec 31, 2013
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RiffRaff from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes and smells like gingerbread with some cloves. Very smooth. Hard to believe this is 9.0 ABV . A great Christmas drink.

Dec 30, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first stout from Sam Adams, was interesting. Was a fairly aged bottle, but was very smooth.

Minty ginger snap spice to it, oat backbone, was interesting to try but wasn't very wowed.

Medium-full body, maybe a bit over carbonated.

Jan 04, 2015
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black brew with a huge and creamy head, light brown in color. Looks luscious. 4.5

Gingery and spicy with notes of coriander, nutmeg, and clove; yet retaining some stout-y roastiness and a little lactic acidity. Almost a tart cherry note in here. 4.0

Ooh, sting of alcohol in the end steals away some of the focus. I get some gingerbread flavors; brightly spiced with pie spices and ginger crispness. The roast isn't as big as I'd like, but it's sweet and soft malty, as it should be. A little attenuated, actually. Off-balanced, but festive. Lingering finish is still pretty tasty. 3.5

That warming alcohol could use some more bitterness or a char note to offset. The body is really nice, though. Really saves the day. Accented by a low-lurking level of carbonation. 4.0


Dec 04, 2012
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tim6298 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dec 13, 2013
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station on 12/21/13 as the sky spits ice. Reviewed from notes. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is the color of black licorice, with dark brown highlights at the edge of the glass where light has less liquid through which to refract. Atop the body sits a two-finger head the color of cocoa powder. Retention is decent, and eventually the foam dissipates to a smattering of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering about half of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and silky, exhibiting a mottled pattern sort of like a leopard with very few spots.

Smell - Gingerbread, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg are the dominant notes, with a bit of roastiness and char coming through along with bittersweet chocolate upon subsequent sniffs. In some ways, it reminds me of a pumpkin stout due to the aggressive spice profile, but obviously it lacks that squash element, as you would expect. Either way, the smell is very promising.

Taste - Much of the same characteristics as in the aroma, with the roasted malt and char taking a bit more of a front seat here, providing a nice bitter counterpoint to the impression of sweetness imparted by the gingerbread and molasses flavors. There is a hint of the strength of this beer that comes through in the form of faint esters, but for the most part, the 9% is hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel - This is the first point at which I've been disappointed in this beer. With the robust smell and taste, you would expect this one to be a little chewy--to have some meat on it. But alas, it's a pretty thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. I don't mind the low carbonation, but it would definitely benefit from a body that's a little bit more toothsome. Something to coat your stomach on a cold winter day.

Overall, a fantastic smelling and tasting beer, but the mouthfeel really hinder those two characteristics from being the stars they would otherwise be. I will say this--I'm likely to seek this one out for at least one drink each season, especially since Sam Adams is the only brewer doing a gingerbread stout that I'm aware of.

Dec 27, 2013
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Needmorebeer312 from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jan 19, 2014
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chris826 from Mississippi

3.04/5  rDev -18.9%

Nov 15, 2014
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emyers from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Dec 24, 2012
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thehooksman from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not being a fan of stouts, this has to be the best I've had and will be waiting for this every year.

The appearance in very dark black, but you can get light through it, which creates very beautifully deep reddish-brown. There was a finger or two of light brown, frothy head.

The aroma struck me as somewhere between pumpkin pie and pecan pie with a mild hint of gingerbread.

The flavor backed up the aroma well. Unlike many spice ales the spices in this one are not obnoxiously overpowering. You really can imagine a gingerbread cookie, even as the label points out there is no ginger or gingerbread used in the making.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It is very light for a stout, but in this case I think it a bonus that it isn't so heavy and immediately filling.

This is a great dessert beer for sipping on cold evenings.

Jan 08, 2014
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Taycro from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

Dec 03, 2013
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balinor from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Dec 29, 2013
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JDW4195 from Florida

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dec 13, 2015
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twaddlac from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours like motor oil and has a thick beige head and lacing with non-uniform sized bubbles

S- It actually smells a bit like ginger bread but not as strong as I was expecting. Can't really pick up too many notes regarding the stout.

T- Very gingery at first and tastes extremely artificial but after you swallow it tastes like gingerbread-flavored coffee

M- A bit carbonated for this style. Has a medium-heavy body.

O- I'd drink this during the winter a few times

Nov 20, 2012
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bigred89 from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 01, 2016
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Dicers from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sep 12, 2013
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