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
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

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#28,814
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
1,324
pDev:
14.02%
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Ratings: 1,324 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. Nothing wrong with lots of head after a hard day at work. Strong gingerbread nose and taste, slightly bitter, pretty drinkable, the 9% ABV doesn't come through at all. If you like gingerbread and stouts, you'll like this. Lots of beers say they have a certain taste but you can't pick it out - so it's more a hint than taste. Not this! The best Sam Adams I've had, though haven't had Utopias yet. Too bad they don't sell these in 12oz four or six packs.

Edit: Holy crap, does this one sneak up on you, stealth 9% ABV goes down too well....

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L - Dark brown with a tank head and nice lacing
A - Molasses, and lots of it, with a hint of gingerbread and some booze.
T - Follows the nose, but the ginger flavor comes through a little more.
F - Medium body with a very sweet finish.
Overall - too sweet for me and the molasses smell and taste were a bit too much.
*Wife enjoyed more than me.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown/black with a vibrant tan head, dissipating to a ring around the glass. Gingerbread in the nose. The same for the mouth. Feels ok.

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Photo of budgood1
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roberto11232
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trent
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkn09
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -3.8%
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 +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gandres
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
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 -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 1,324 ratings