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Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by BlueRogue, Aug 17, 2012.
Greg Hall may have something to say about that.
Same here.... I got pumpkin, not gingerbread at all
This site lists the lineup for the winter holiday pack for 2012. Looks like you are correct my friend!
Same here. Gonna have this at the fireplace after walking the dog in the snow. I'm sure the 6 weeks of aging won't hurt.
100% Correct, I picked up the Winter/Holiday 12 pack on Sunday. Has this exact line-up in it. No Gingerbred Stout. This is the first time I have purchased a SA sampler and so far so good. I like the Old Fezziwig & Winter Lager.
Straight up got this idea from Hardywood. Sam Adam's version couldn't begin to compare. Nothing they make does.
I thought it was a solid stout. Lots of nice spices (pumpkin-y? I didn't feel that was the case, but I could see the argument) and a very easy drinking stout. I would absolutely buy again, especially for the price point. I'm kicking myself I didn't pick up that last bottle from my bottle store at 8 dollars. I feel as if it is easily the best of the limited releases they have put out (the only one I haven't tried is Fat Jack).
Not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, and fat jack was actually pretty good. We have this gingerbread stout, and I'll probably pick one up for when it gets absolutely ugly outside.
Haven't seen this in the stores around here yet......don't normally like Samuel Adams, but willing to try this one.
I had this yesterday, it was alright.
I had my first bottle of this the other night and absolutely loved it. I thought the spices were dead on
they were but I want more mouth feel and bigger flavors, not bad for the price though
Does anyone know if this has lactose in it? It's listed under the sweet/milk stout category, so I'm unsure.
I know this is an old thread, but I have the same unanswered question: does anyone actually know if this beer is brewed with lactose? I can't find any indication that it is, and Sam Adams is surprisingly good about putting up their ingredients:
It seems that it's just a categorization issue, in that BA categorizes it as a "sweet/milk stout".
Sorry this thread is so old that all its participants are now deceased. Welcome to the future.
Not to mention that the beer was an overly spiced disappointment...
My bottle is in the door of my fridge, gathering fridge-door dust. Fat Jack was nuthin special, and based on reviews I'm not super excited to crack open my Merry Mischief. Perhaps next Xmas it'll be an aged rarity.
It actually was pretty good + plus it has jolly gingerbread men on the label.
So as long as it's a sweet stout, it doesn't have to be a milk stout to fall under the "sweet/milk stout" category.
I still have a bottle or two that I need to drink.
Stone 12.12.12 reminded me of a better version of this beer, if you can believe that.
Don't count on it......
The Merry Mischief was a good beer, just as it was rated after 464 reviews. I actually ended up buying 2 of them. I found nothing off putting about it. I found it better than 12.12.12, then again they aren't even that similar IMO. The only similarities are spiced (check) and dark color (check).
I too enjoyed this more than my Stone 12.12.12.
If this tastes like 12-12-12, then SA clearly missed the mark. I've never had Merry Michief but can't imagine it can even compare to the beer it's trying to rip off.
I'll take it
I thought MM was pretty good...
mery mischief was pretty good but it needed to be room temp to be that good
another pro-merry mischief vote. Wasn't a top 10 beer, but it was shockingly drinkable.
Got it, I'll take that under advisement. I was just reading some of the low-rated reviews and one thing that cracked me up was the phrase "extreme spice assault". If a beer is being knocked for having way too much flavor, sounds like it's at least worth giving it a try.
I thought the MM was delicious; I had several during the season. I can't help but read this thread and shake my head at the general anti-SA snobbery.....you have to love people that flatly state that the beer will be no good (or "no way will it be as good as xxxxxx") before they've even seen a bottle of it within three states of where they live.
I am a Sam Fan as it was my entrance to the Craft Scene in 1989, but SA MM is one of the worst beers I had this year, complete drain pour and still have 2 more sitting in the basement.
If I had never tried Hardywood's Gingerbread Stout I might have liked Merry Mischief more.....
Never had HGS, absolutely loved MM Sorry didn't mean to rub it in, just confirming your assumption
Agreed. I drank HGS before I tried MM in January. MM was just fine..didn't have that amazing ginger taste like HGS.
I was disappointed by MM. To me it tasted like a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin.
Do you mean "tasted like pumpkin without a pumpkin ale"? That comment can be entirely subjective!
Not sure what you mean, as comments regarding taste are by nature subjective. What I meant was the spicing tasted similiar to many pumpkin ales, without any of the pumpkin taste of course. I didn't take extensive notes as I prefer my drinking to be less cerebral, but that was my impression and I was no hurry to drink more.
I've had very few drainpours in my life, but MM was the most recent casualty.
I enjoy much of what Sam Adams does and will always be a fan, however both my wife and I were disappointed by this beer. We had one bottle sitting in the fridge for a few months that we were excited to finally open. It seems so appealing, but it tasted so odd and unpalatable after a few sips. Hard to pin down the reason but the ginger element was too off kilter for me and it just ruined everything.
Well I'm going to drink mine in the upcoming week and will report back with the definitive (granted, not-as-fresh) judgment on this matter.