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:
208
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,318 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass, it has a black color body with a 2' tan head, which hung around for a bit. The smell is very spicy of ginger, nutmeg and some cinnamon. The taste has a very strong ginger flavor that follow with the nutmeg and clove. Then the roasted malt come in behind it. The mouth feel is very nice, kinda thick but not too thick. It leaves just a little bit of a after taste but not too much. Overall i think this is a good winter beer. I couldn't drink a bunch of them at a time but once in a while is good.

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Photo of Cvescalante
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Woodee
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of cw577enfield
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mckowned
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of caels1991
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of neophilus
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thick and black, generous foamy tan-colored head up top. Lots of spicing on the nose. Ginger is dominant

Dominated by the spices up front and barely saved from going too far overboard by a rush of warm malt flavor. Roasted grain leaves a subtle ash-like flavor behind. The beer needs to warm a bit before the malt flavor catches up to the spicing and the bitterness of the roasted grain. Once it does though it helps to balance it out.

Certainly not subtle on the spicing here, the Ginger was perhaps too dominant. I'm reminded more of an assertive pumpkin ale than a sweeter Gingerbread holiday flavor. That said this is very drinkable for a strong stout, aftertaste cleaned up nicely and the body was smooth.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PStriedl
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

A: This poured an opaque espresso with lots of tan head.
S: It smelled like huge ginger with some clove and nutmeg, and a little mocha and cinnamon.
T: It tasted like coffee and gingerbread, with some clove and dark chocolate, and a little cinnamon. It had a clean and gingery bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a very nice holiday beer. It had tons of ginger scent and taste, but was still balanced by other elements. It had a big body and a fairly smooth finish, with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not really sure how it would age, but I like it now. Recommended to at least try.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This'll be short, folks...

A - The perfect stout. Creamy head, thick, black body, nice khaki foam. Head retains like crazy and looks kinda milky, but the fact that it sticks around like it does makes me happy.

S - Gingerbread men who've had coffee and beer recently. Smells like it should!

T - Gingerbread with a sweet chocolate undertone, touch of roasty smokey spice, black malt undertones. Very sweet though, only thing that could stop me from drinking several.

M - Perfect stout feel. Creamy, smooth, carbonated just enough to keep ya drinking. Wonderful feel.

O - The only beer I've had better than this is PUMPKINATOR, and they're both so similar, I can honestly say that DESERT IMPERIAL STOUT IS A FANTASTIC IDEA! So, come on with it folks, gimme some apple pie stout so I'll never waste money on desert again.

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Photo of GFG
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of andant
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Metalaero
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour with 4 fingers of head. Christ, it took forever to dissipate! Smells of ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin pie. The flavor is heavy on the ginger as expected, roasted grains, a bi of licorice. Medium body, creamy, medium carbonation.

Not a bad experience but I wouldn't want more than the one bottle.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of krl2112
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of CHickman
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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