Pumpkin87 (21) - - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark as night with lovely tan head, foams and retains at one finger.
Spicy bouquet with dark fruits, but not as forceful in the glass. Itís nicely fizzy with a ginger-and-alcohol undercurrent, but I was expecting a bit more tang. At 9 percent ABV, you can spread some cheer.
Overall, a useful addition to the holiday lineup, but not a star. This might well do better with cellaring.
sudomorph (716) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a half finger, tan head. Aroma has nice notes of holiday spice, gourd, and mild roasted malts. Taste is bitter. Roasted malts, creamy dark chocolate, and holiday spices. Ends with a bit of cocoa powder. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a hint of alcohol. Overall a nice holiday brew.
tillmac62 (262) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as a starless night. World Class head, lacing and retention - especially for a 9% ABV. As advertised, the nose is full of ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon in roughly that order of composition. Slightly above medium in body, the texture is slick with hints of creaminess. Above average carbonation, with effervescence throughout. The outstanding flavor profile is intense, quite complex and has a good bit of balance. It begins with a burst of blended spice that flows into a mild bitterness. The bitterness has roast and hop characteristics. As the bitterness fades, the spices begin to separate against a sweet caramel background. As it warms, the caramel gains in intensity. Clove and nutmeg dominate the end, but a light dark fruit (plum/raisin) is underneath. The finish is quite complex as it fades - so many flavors become evident. The 9% alcohol is masterfully hidden. The only traces of it are that nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat. If you want to taste the alcohol, you have to sip the massive head. The only "fault" keeping this from a 4.5 World Class, is their decision to classify this as a stout. There just isnít enough roast character. Had they called it a porter, they would get a 4.5 from me. This one is a true masterpiece of the brewerís art.
goresk23 (1) - - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is beautiful and delicious! i advise that you get it before the season is over. It is by far the best beer I have ever had by Samuel Adams, but not the best stout Iíve ever had. It is smooth with a short head and dark as night. The merry maker is extremely drinkable and for $5.50 for a bomber at 9% ABV, at that price you need to pick one up.
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unique beer and definitely leaned toward the stout category. Aroma of gingerbread, spice and malt. Dark brown color with a doughy look. Medium to heavy palate but not overbearing. It was dessert-like but not too sweet. A lot of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with ginger.
gopherfan99 (621) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours dark brown with a thin tan head; sweet spicy aroma of holiday spices and gingerbread; taste is sweet gingerbread followed by the spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg; has a bittersweet finish; very nice holiday beer
ScoWRee (392) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark as midnight with a huge tan foamy head. Aroma is like a Gingersanp. Taste is creamy. Crisp, a ginger spice is present. A nice brew by Sam Adams. They donít always hit a homerun but, I love the fact they always try something different,
kaser (3126) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour from draft. White head. Seer vanilla and creamy cinnamon taste.
mbgrayson (561) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown, tan head. Aroma of spices and malt. Taste of a good stout, with gingerbread notes. Nice lingering flavors on the palate. Thumbs up.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle -
Picked this up to consume on Christmas Eve. This reminded me in many ways of Stoneís 12.12.12 VE as well as my own homebrew which was a Christmas beer. Lots of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg combo in the aroma and it comes out smelling like Pepsi/Coke almost. The taste is more of a traditional stout, with strong roasty flavors, low-to-moderate sweetness, a little ginger and dates. A nice beer, but not one Iíd look for again next year. SA needs to step it up a bit with this one.