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This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive, beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours opaque black with a 3-finger caramel-colored head. Mild spice aroma, with the clove being strongest. Full body with some oily thickness that lingers on the tongue at the back. Chocolatey flavor with the spices underneath and coming forward in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (232) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
The Merry Maker pours black with a fairly thick dark tan brown head that leaves fair lacing. The aroma is ginger, cinnamon and clove. The flavor is ginger, cinnamon and clove. Overall this is a decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
closey22 (860) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Opaque black with thin tan head: aroma is strong ginger and nutmeg; flava is rich blend of ginger, molasses, and roasty malt notes; feels thick creamy slight fizz; finishes sweet grainy/malty then dry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that subsides to nothing.

Aroma: Sweet chewy gingerbread, molasses, mild roast.

Taste: Gingerbread/ginger snap cookie, dark roast, mild Euro hops. Alcohol level is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not thick by any means. Very active carbonation, making it seem spicy.

Overall: A very festive, tasty beer. The spices are spot on without being overpowering or overbearing. My only critique would be it needs more of a “stout body” to it. I say that because when I think of gingerbread, I think of thick and chewy. Drank closer to what I’d consider a porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshAWaddell (36) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Ar: a malty smell with cinnamon and sweetness, mixed with spices. Ap: a very dark pour with a thick mocha head. T: a sweet taste with cinnamon and nutmeg. Gingerbread. P: nice and thick with a lingering spiciness. A very good gingerbread stout. I will buy again next winter/Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2014
1/05/2014: Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout... Dark, rich, and roasty with tons of smooth and creamy dark and milk chocolate spiked with a great blend of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg; everything blends together harmoniously to create a beer that is full-bodied and full-flavored, but not too spicy, too sweet, or too heavy. This beer is DELICIOUS and a WONDERFUL example of how to make a gingerbread stout! Bottle (9.0 ALC/VOL) from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Rating #402 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (774) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with brown head. Smells of toasted malts, ginger and other spices. Tastes like a stout with ginger and cinnamon. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Had this as Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout last time it was out. The bottle pours with a dark mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of dark roasted malts, chocolate, ginger, graham cracker and wintery spiciness. The taste is pretty big and rich with plenty of cinnamon and ginger and nutmeg and cloves to create a wintery cinnamon graham cracker to ginger snap cookie like sensation that rides on top of murmurs of roasted malts, sweet malts and chocolate. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Rich, thick, beige head that leaves chunky lace on the glass. Dark, dark brown color where no light shines through. Spicy aroma of ginger, nutmeg and white pepper. No dark malt aromas that I can detect. Tastes like a bitter gingerbread cookie, not because it’s burnt, but as if it has no sugar. This misses the mark on the stout side. It’s full bodied with a low carbonation level. The aftertaste is chocolatey with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tnkw01 (1085) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown almost black. Nice big, brown foamy head that quickly disappears. Aroma is gingerbread. Taste is also gingerbread sweet. Almost too sweet. Very light notes of chocolate and cinnamon.

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