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

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Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,318
Reviews:
268
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
206
For Trade:
3
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Photo of matcris
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Black. Even with a flashlight held up to it, just a trace of ruby around the edges. Slow, small bubbles rising. 2 fingers+ Tan creamy head that lingers and settles down to a nice layer on top. Very nice lacing down the glass for a 9% beer.
AROMA: Do get a good dose of gingerbread. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a kind of strange cola smell. Molasses as well.
TASTE: Basically, everything I mentioned in the aroma, and lots of it. Slight bit of alcohol, too.
FEEL: Medium full body. A little oily/slick, slightly drying on finish, medium carbonation/just enough.
OVERALL: If you want a nice holiday spiced stout you should consider this one. It's not exactly like eating a gingerbread cookie, but all the flavors are there.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkn09
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't pass this up on sale for $3.5 per bomber.

Look is very dark, almost black and oily. Big lively head settle to a single finger, then finally settle to a thin layer with fairly dense ring. Good lacing... excellent looking.

Smell is all spice. Nutmeg and cloves dominate the nose.

Taste follows the nose, lots of spices and it would definitely go well with some holiday cookies, snow and a fire... unfortunately its already February and 80 degrees in Texas. No bother, I can imagine.

Feel is rather thin for the amount of flavor packed in, I would prefer it to have some more body.

Overall, this is a very interesting brew. It reminds me a bit of Stone Xocoveza without the peppers.

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Photo of hardy008
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a one finger dark tan head, with good retention and lacing. I could smell the ginger immediately as soon as I poured the beer from the glass. There is also cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and dark roasted malt.

Taste just like it smells. The spices are stronger than I would like, and I wish there would have been some chocolate.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. there is a strong ginger aftertaste. I'm glad I had a chance to try this, but don't know if I would pick it up again. The spices seem to overpower the rest of the beer.

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Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Angerhaus
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gandres
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into wine glass
No bottled by or best buy
Appearance: Black very dark brown head some lacing
Smell: toasted grains, scent of gingerbread and pumpkin spice
Taste: very good, sour aftertaste
Mouth feel: Creamy a little bit fizzy
Overall: very good beer, very fragrant beer
January 24, 2016

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Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Very drinkable for a 9% stout, I'd have guessed it was more in the neighborhood of 6 or 7%. The lactose seems to really smooth it out, but the flavor isn't as big as you'd expect. As it warms a hint of alcohol edge comes out, but the big flavors are molasses, clove, and fresh ginger. Roasted grain plays a secondary role. Interesting beer to try, but I wouldn't get another.

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Photo of R11415
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sebas
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, looks black, with a nice dark khaki head that leaves great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are very sweet and dominated by ginger. It does literally smell like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon is there. Some chocolate and cocoa malts are in the mix, but the ginger dominates. The flavors are very nice. More ginger along with cinnamon and nutmeg. Possibly some clove in the mix. I'm picking up some coffee. Very roasty. More cocoa along with some hints of vanilla. It's on the sweeter side, but it's absolutely not cloying. Everything is balanced. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied, but not like a milkshake. It's creamy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

This is a very nice offering by Sam Adams. It's perfect for the holiday season and during the cold weather. Enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of Barracudas
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RiffRaff
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,318 ratings.
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