BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheBear11D (232) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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closey22 (860) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JoshAWaddell (36) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dlbeer (774) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with brown head. Smells of toasted malts, ginger and other spices. Tastes like a stout with ginger and cinnamon. Very good
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Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
tnkw01 (1085) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.