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

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BA SCORE
3.71/5
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1,320 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#27,856
Reviews:
269
Ratings:
1,320
pDev:
14.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
209
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,320 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of RiffRaff
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -16.7%
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

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

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnanthony_78
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Too smooth to be 9%. I'm honestly impressed with the gingerbread flavor; I didn't think it would taste good, but it has such a high quality taste and very balanced in this stout. I'm not sure if I've ever had a 9% beer go down so smooth, so I'm giving this a high rating.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gruves33
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams - Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. 9% ABV. 22oz bomber split between two snifter.

Look: Body is dark brown into black, with a fair finger head of ginger colored foam.

Smell: Strong tones of ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, and other baking spices. Some faint vanilla and dark roasty malts underneath.

Feel: Medium bodied, with a surprising amount of carbonation.

Taste: Big presence of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other baking spices up front, with vanilla, some pumpkin spices, nuts, and roasted malts showing up midway through. Has a small trace of alcohol taste hidden near the end.

Overall: I have been on the lookout for this, and finally acquired it. Gingerbread has always been one of my favorite flavors, so I was eager to try this. Has all the spices and flavors expected, and blends them together nicely. Although good, I was expecting it to have a little more sweet gingerbread flavor, and a little less carbonation, since it is a Milk Stout after all. Enjoying this with my brother on Christmas night was a great end to the day.

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Photo of do_ob
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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

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

Photo of tedho21
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am very pleasantly surprised. I picked this up because it looked like it was worth a shot at the low price point. I had expectations of an overly-spiced stout, but I was wrong. Very well-balanced. Glad I gave this try. I will definitely pick up more next Christmas.

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Photo of dditto2
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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 jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours dark with a thick, tall, dark tan head. Great looking pour. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. There's a strange metallic smell I'm picking up. Not sure why that is. First taste is strong nutmeg and cloves with that strange metallic taste underneath. The 9% ABV is hidden pretty well. As advertised, it tastes a lot like a Gingerbread cookie. A little thin, but despite the metallic thing (which faded as it warmed), I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Whitey_from_Remedy
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dvanistan
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdwil
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 1,320 ratings
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