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

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Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Merry Mischief

Added by Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch # 1.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and a variety of spices like cinnamon and clove. Taste is of dark roasted malt, mild spices, and a salty soy sauce flavor. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that sounds good on paper but isn't done all that well in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cool winter brew, but this was a let down to me in a few ways. the pour is sensational, really dark and thick, with a delicate but excitable dark brown head. the nose is more spice than gingerbread i think, lots of nutmeg and clove, a touch of ginger, and dark roasty coffee smelling malts. the taste is also more spiced than necessary, lots and lots of nutmeg. it doesnt taste like gingerbread to me, but it tastes good nonetheless. lots of burnt malt, a bit of residual sugar, and a velvety smooth texture that really makes this beer. as a holiday stout or something id like it better, but i was hoping for fresh baked gingerbread, and the malt profile and the spice blend fail to deliver that. a good beer overall though, with an abv that is just right this time of year. worth the price per bomber, but dont come into this expecting gingerbread.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark black color, kinda thick looking with a cream colored head on top. The retention was minimal and very little lacing as well. The smell of the beer is loaded with spice, not much of anything else really showing through here. The taste of is also spicy with a subtle malt sweetness in there while finishing dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is sharp, not overly smooth like I think it should be. There is a decent thickness to the beer though. Overall it's a decent brew. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fine ale and lager makers of the Samuel Adams brands greet the holiday season with the common spices of the holiday, but layer them on a roastier stout structure.

Dark "bark" brown in color, the beer sure fits the stout bill in color. A strong, creamy head builds on the beer with honeycomb structure, which slowly dissipates into a broken sheet on the surface and broken rings of lace on the glass.

Dominant spice aromas leap boldly from the glass with the vibrant blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Supportive roast aromas point toward the sturdy base beer underneath with added elements of bold coffee, burnt wood, buckwheat and molasses.

But in taste, it's the malt character that leads. Burnt toffee and black strap molasses' hearty sweetness coats the palate and invites complementing coffee, cocoa burnt embers and do so in a fairly dry taste. With its slight creaminess, a stronger smoothness of heavy whipping cream or vanilla could have soothed the rougher edges of spice and roast. Though balance is achieved primarity from spice additions of Christmas desserts, any hop balance is broad, earthy, and blends easily into the burnt wood notes or dark barley taste.

Though roasty-dry in taste, the textures are medium to full. The lightly acrid roast sensation and spice-derived astringency causes a sharp bite in the throat and sides of the mouth that supplants any meaningful hop balance in finish. Spices bridge into alcohol warmth very well for a delightful session to shake off the cold.

Though personally prefering a heartier roast beer for such assertive spice addition, I think that this fine ale suffers from being a little too dry and roasty which exposes a slight ashy and burr textures that could have been rounded out by a little extra sweetness from barley malt or from more confident milk sugar taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very impressive pour, with a huge head taking up much of the Perfect Pint glass; always fun to watch a stout perform, with the inky black liquid expanding as the mocha colored bubbles contract at the bottom and fade at the top; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Chocolate milk and gingerbread spices waft enticingly

Taste: Sugar and spice forward, with brown sugar dominating; underneath there is ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and milk chocolate; the sweeter elements continue to dominate, after the swallow and leave residual sugar in full bloom on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If only the flavors lived up to the aromatics, but this beer lacks depth and body; surprising, for a 9 percenter

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local TX bottle shop for $6.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; beers in this Sam Adams series tend to underwhelm. "Ale brewed with spices." Reviewed as a stout because of the beer's name. Nothing on the label indicates this beer is a sweet/milk stout as currently categorized.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temp over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a surprisingly gorgeous two finger wide head of fantastic tan colour. Amazing creaminess and great thickness. Has an awesome soft complexion and an attractive even consistency. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the high ABV - about 5 minutes. Overall, this is a really great looking head.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, this is a good looking stout and far surpasses my meagre expectations. I can only hope it tastes as good as it looks. I'm impressed.

Sm: Ginger. Dark malts. Cream. Chocolate malts. Nutmeg. Clove. Cinnamon. Sweet bread is prominent on the back end. It certainly evokes the holidays/holiday spices.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or hop character is detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength and delivers on the premise of the beer. It smells like you'd expect a gingerbread stout to.

Mf: Has a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Medium-bodied. A bit more filling than I anticipated, but by no means too heavy or overbearing. Chewy. Supple. Has a nice softness to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Has a nice presence on the palate. While this texture is above average and suits the taste well, it doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the flavours this beer showcases. Good execution overall.

T: The holiday-evoking spices are definitely noticeable here; you'd recognize them if you drank this blind: nutmeg, ginger, and hints of cinnamon and clove. I'm not finding the wheat mentioned on the label, but I do taste a generic dark malt and chocolate malt foundation. Cream. Lactose sugar. It's certainly on the sweeter side for a stout.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Overall, it's a balanced if simple flavour profile, and has excellent cohesion - but isn't quite gestalt. There's some nuance here; I've never had a gingerbread stout before. But as far as stouts go, it's not particularly complex or intricate. It does layer its flavours nicely, and has some nice subtlety. Good amplitude. I quite like the beer, and it tastes better than anticipated. The cream/creaminess is a highlight for me specifically.

Dr: I want to point out how well this beer's soft texture works for it. I didn't anticipate that ginger and holiday/festive spices would work this well in a stout, and in that sense this beer is a success. In fairness though, it's less a gingerbread stout than a stout with ginger. Decidedly not bready. Overall though, this is largely a success and I'm going to enjoy finishing the bottle. Very drinkable for its well-concealed ABV, and likely the best beer I've had in this Sam Adams series (though in fairness, that isn't saying much). I'd actually recommend friends pick this up if they chance across it, though it's not good enough to warrant a second purchase - at least not at this price point. This is the kind of beer that would be excellent as part of a Sam Adams winter pack. Well-executed overall, and well worth picking up once.

Bottom line: I'm surprised how well this seemingly unlikely combination of ginger and stout character works. This is a pleasant surprise in a normally underwhelming bottle series from Sam Adams.

High B-

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a thick dark brown, almost black color with two fingers of thick tan head. The head sticks around well as it fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting lots of gingerbread spice with a very slight sweetness. There is a hint of roast, but the spices are the star.

Taste: There isn't much sweetness to this beer at all. I'm getting tons of clove along with the other spices, but there needs to be more sweetness to balance out the flavor. There is a touch of hops along with some roasted malt, but the spices rule.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is way too bitter for the style. It really needs some more sweetness to balance things out. I don't need any more.

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a jet black color with ruby highlights. It had a 3-finger head of light brown foam that left sticky lacing.

S - It smelled of ginger and lots of other Christmas spices.

T - Lots of ginger, lots and lots of ginger. Too much ginger. Some roasted malt character buried underneath the ginger.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This would be fine if split 3 or 4 ways. An entire bottle is too much ginger for one human.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in 10/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark khaki with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of spices and dark malt notes. Taste of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, dark bread, molasses, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, dark bread, toast, clove, molasses, and light roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of roasted malt flavors with spices with good complexity; with a nice malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial stout! Great balance of dark malt and spice flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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 oberon
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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 chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of Samuel Adams Merry Maker stout served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours dark brown, opaque in the glass with ruby edges. OK head and lacing.

Aroma: appealing mix of gingerbread and dark roasted grains with a good bit of alcohol.

Flavor: largely follows the aroma, but less boozy and more ginger.

O: improves with warming.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 12/1/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short dense light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a strong ginger spice scent which I detected before even picking up the glass from the table. There are also roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a huge ginger spice flavor that completely dominates. Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in along with background flavors of chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, strong kick, slightly filling, not the best representation of style but the flavor makes sense for a Christmas beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Not a bad beer from Sam Adams. Opaque, dark brown pour with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma, it's not a full blown gingerbread cookie, but I got cinnamon, ginger, primarily, you know, Christmasy, winter warmery. More of the same in the taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, dark malts, cocoa powder, a touch of earthy hop bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty good overall. Kind of reminded me more of a heavier winter warmer or a spiced strong ale than a stout.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very subtle dark brown highlights and a light amount of visible carbonation at the surface. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan to mocha head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, lactose, and strong aromas of gingerbread (and ginger spice).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts with some lactose (milk) sweetness and some very light hints of cocoa. Beyond the malts, there are strong flavors of gingerbread which include ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg spices. Very light amounts of bitterness which fade almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Overall the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer but it is just a little too light in the mouthfeel to be as enjoyable as I hoped - the flavors and aromas are very pleasant and remind me of gingerbread.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers caramel with huge Swiss Cheese air holes. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Faint ginger notes with cinnamon & a bit of cardboard (dry) & boozeyness

T: Orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, dryness & nutmeg, with little booze warmth mixed in up front. A bit of clove bitterness as this warms, more dryness & a bit of ginger as this warms. Finishes dry with clove & orange peel bitterness, & a whisper of gingerbread, some molasses would've really worked well here

MF: Slight carbonation, sticky, medium bodied, warming

Not in love with this, but might pick a bottle up to age; has potential, but not there yet...

Was hoping for more...

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Founders glass. Black in color with a dense, foamy head to it. Thick waves of dark tan lacing on the glass as I drank it. Pretty nice looking overall.

Aroma smells pretty much like gingerbread with a little bit of chocolate to it. Maybe it's a little over the top on the spice, but they pretty much nailed the flavor of gingerbread.

The taste follows through with even more spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg particularly are strong. It loses some of the bready part of the gingerbread in the taste and becomes a little more spice focused. A little chocolate, but it's tough to get anything beyond the spices.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall, I really liked the aroma and thought they nailed the gingerbread flavor. The taste though seemed to get overshadowed by the spices. A little less spice and more of the stout flavors would have gone a long way in the taste. Overall a pretty good beer though.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Peachtree in Harrisburg, served chilled in a sensory glass.

The color is black and opaque wtih thick pale tan foam with very fine bead and good retention/lace.The aroma has a good amount of ginger and dark malt wiht light dark toffee and slight yeast ester which gives a bready(cookie)type aspect to the aroma with light stone fruit ester. The feel is spiced on entry with medium high carbonation and mild roasted and sweetness with mild yeast and mostly dry finish.

The flavor is a mix of ginger up front with some gently roasted malt and slight caramel quality but the flavor of ginger stays steady while the malt seems to thin or dry out mid palate with some caramel sweetness in the residual and mild yeast in the flavor with some dry spicy flavor and alcohol in the finish with medium full body. Overall this is pretty solid for those who like ginger -relatively clean but somewhat thin in the realms of stouts. I like the way the ginger and dark malt are utilized -a pretty decent base stout that has a medium sweet quality. I would be open to having this again. I consider this a good winter warmer type ale

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich, thick, beige head that leaves chunky lace on the glass. Dark, dark brown color where no light shines through.

Spicy aroma of ginger, nutmeg and white pepper. No dark malt aromas that I can detect.

Tastes like a bitter gingerbread cookie, not because it's burnt, but as if it has no sugar. This misses the mark on the stout side. It's full bodied with a low carbonation level. The aftertaste is chocolatey with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/11/12 notes. Picked this up a few weeks ago at City Swiggers in NYC for $8.49. 16.6 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of spruce, pine hops, roasted malts, cinnamon, gingerbread, spice, and pepper. Too much pine and spruce for me; smells like a Christmas tree.

t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, chocolate, gingerbread, cinnamon, pepper, spice, spruce, toasted malts. Better than the nose and less spruce.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this one and my girlfriend hated it. Too much pine and spruce/christmas tree in the nose for me, and it lingered in the taste as well. Seems like people like it but I probably wouldn't look to have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by radagast83. Thanks Chris!

The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma of spice, sweet, sugary malts, light chocolate. The flavor is ok. A bit cloying and certainly best in small quantities. Not in the same league as the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout we had just prior. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation. Alcohol presence not as well disguised as it could be. Overall, this was middle of the road.

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