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

Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout
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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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4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have liked most of these sam specials. this one may be my favorite. its black with a head the color of ginger bread cookies. the smell is full of spices and brown sugar. smells like ginger bread cookies. the taste is bitter followed by sweet spices. this beer makes me think of christmas. bottle was $5.50 for a pint at 9%abv its a steal.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of obywan59
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, no highlights at all. I'ts topped by a 2 1/2 finger tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

Mainly spices with a bit of syrupy malt in the aroma. Gingerbread aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and especially ginger.

Tastes a bit raw, expecially at first. Mainly sweet and approaching cloying on the first swallow. Mellowing just a bit later, and becoming more sweet/tart with an overlaying bitterness. Spices are rather toned down compared to the aroma. Occazsional whiffs of gingerbread.

Mouthfeel is milky and moderately thick. Slightly sticky on the tongue with raw alcohol burn in the throat.

Overall, this is an okay beer. It gets a bit better as it warms, but for me, it never really seems to come together. Maybe it would improve with a bit more aging.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very subtle dark brown highlights and a light amount of visible carbonation at the surface. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan to mocha head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, lactose, and strong aromas of gingerbread (and ginger spice).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts with some lactose (milk) sweetness and some very light hints of cocoa. Beyond the malts, there are strong flavors of gingerbread which include ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg spices. Very light amounts of bitterness which fade almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Overall the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer but it is just a little too light in the mouthfeel to be as enjoyable as I hoped - the flavors and aromas are very pleasant and remind me of gingerbread.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark black color, kinda thick looking with a cream colored head on top. The retention was minimal and very little lacing as well. The smell of the beer is loaded with spice, not much of anything else really showing through here. The taste of is also spicy with a subtle malt sweetness in there while finishing dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is sharp, not overly smooth like I think it should be. There is a decent thickness to the beer though. Overall it's a decent brew. Glad I got to try it.

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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 59.4% out of 100 with 1,318 ratings
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