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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a giant, cascading, brown-white head, foamy head. Settles very slowly. Leaves a nice uneven, fluffy blanket. Some slight lacing.

S: Toasty malt with lots of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little banana.

T: Light roasted coffee, plenty of fall spice, and a little bitter licorice and orange rind.

M: Hefty body. Bitter and coppery aftertaste. Almost synthetically bitter.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really good. Dark hue, giant head, and fair enough lacing. Nose is a great combination of fall spices with some nice lightly roasted coffee. Flavor is a bitter, roasted, malty combination with a consideration of spice, but ultimately nothing really there. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of neophilus
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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