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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Ratings: 1,318 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of Fatehunter
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The four fingered head quickly overflowed the tulip glass despite the careful pour. The body is black.
Well, it smells like a ginger bread house with some cinnamon on top. So it nailed that.
The taste is some roasted malt with gingerbread and a mild bitter. Fairly mild overall.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It’s an interesting idea and it smelled good but it came up a little short in the gingerbread beer concept.

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Photo of mess41
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jacurdy60
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a mug at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1-finger rocky tan head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S – Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a little nutmeg. There may be a hint of chocolate somewhere in here, but this is definitely spice-forward without many classic stout characteristics.

T – Like the aroma, the spices are the most apparent ingredients in the taste. However, some more chocolate comes through here than in the aroma, along with some roasted malts and earthy bitter hops at the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a silky and creamy mouthfeel, and a mildly sweet, bitter, and dry finish. Sweet malt and added spice flavors linger pretty nicely.

O – This is a decent stout. The spices that are listed on the bottle are certainly apparent and are actually a little overpowering. With all the spices, many classic stout features are masked or lost. Nevertheless, it is a tasty and drinkable beer that is well-suited for the holidays.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From one pint six ounce bottle, noted Batch No.1

Pours nearly black body with thick thick dark beige/brown head. Thick lacing of glass. Smell is lightly spiced. Taste is very ginger/spice forward, sweet with a harsh backbite note possibly clove.Alchohol is definately notable. An interesting Stout.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beer4Mike
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MightiestBeard
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ichorNet
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep black with very minimal highlights; excellent, compact, rusty brown head with surprising lacing

Scent: Medicinal; anise, powdered cinnamon and vanilla extract, roasted chocolate malt, crystalline sugar; somewhat ester-yvers

Taste: Sweet and creamy with a pretty decent balance between clove-y phenols and a roasted malt approach. Tastes very much like a gingerbread man, actually!

Mouthfeel: Creamy with light-to-medium carbonation and a nice, coating slickness; might be on the thin side, though. Overall, not bad

Drinkability: Amusingly both good and bad. It drinks pretty easy especially given the strangeness, but the alcohol is a bit of a mess here and there

Overall: One of the better SA small batch series in terms of being what it aimed to be... this is a good conversation piece and has some extremely complex elements to it. I'm not sure the recipe is perfect yet, and I'm convinced they won't improve or alter it for the future, but the focus on spice is a bit too narrow, in my opinion.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a fairly thick one finger dark tan head. While head retention isn't especially outstanding, the lacing is. This is really a nice looking beer.

Gingerbread is huge in the aroma along with a healthy dose of clove. Really no subtleties here. Some cinnamon and allspice but I really have to try hard to pick out any stout characteristics. Almost no roast, coffee, or chocolate. A little too spice heavy.

On the taste, there is a little more going on. Still extremely heavy on the spices with ginger, nutmeg and allspice dominating. Peel that back, however, and you have some vanilla and cinnamon notes along with some hints of baked bread, molasses, and brown sugar. I honestly tastes like taking a bite of a gingerbread man. You really need to let the beer warm up a little for the flavors to make a big impact. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the sweetness remains dialed back enough to make this fairly drinkable.

I have to say I had my doubts at first but Samuel Adams has really pulled off a good one. This beer is so gingerbread like it is scary. Like someone put a pulverized gingerbread man into a stout. I really wish I would've tried this earlier so I could have picked up another bottle to age.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head. There is slight lacing on the glass as the head recedes to a thin cap which persists for the duration. The aroma is strong of gingerbread cookie. The taste follows the nose with gingerbread spices, molasses, and brown sugar. The brew had a spicy mouthfeel with a faint pleasant burning sensation on the lips and a lively presence on the palate. Delicious. I hope that SA will make this more widely available in the future. Id gladly pick up a 6er of this if it was available. If you don't care for the taste of gingerbread you probably won't like this beer though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a thickish, tan-hued head of foam.

Smell: Roasty, dark malts with notes of bitterish chocolate, dark caramel, a little toast, a hint of fruit, and good showing of the spice blend.

Taste: A start of solid maltiness of toast mingled amongst the roastiness. Dark chocolate squares, spiced caramel. Moderate sweetness. Scant fruitiness. A pinch of standard sugar with the spice character. MMGS features each component nicely, without me quickly tiring of the spices. The roastiness pulls back a bit to let the spices close out the smooth, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit soft. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Well-integrated alcohol and the spice character was pleasant without being over-the-top. I thought it was better than I had expected.

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Photo of JustinSamuelson
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of prisoner1572
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of weezarc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible by way of the bubbles rising along the sides of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of ginger in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of ginger but this is accompanied by other flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg along with notes of dark and roasted malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer has an interesting taste and does resemble gingerbread, but overall I thought it would be much better if it had a fuller mouthfeel to support its strength. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of Camel242000
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of olliegaff
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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