CopterScott (142) - Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours black with a dark tan head. aroma is ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor is same with chocolate malts. thick mouth feel with medium to soft carbonation. This is really what it sounds like, not my favorite but definitely as advertised.
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black pour under a lasting khaki head.Rich nose of cocoa and ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon and cardamom and something that evokes soft salted pretzels from the movie theater. Big and full flavor with sweet earthy cocoa and cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and a little more sweet cocoa. Still that bready pretzel tone is present to some degree but without the saltiness.
chucklemation (481) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Ginger and cloves are the dominate aromas. The head and body of the beer are largely ginger, while the finish turns to clove, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. A very impressive (and delicious) spiced beer.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Nearly black pour with a healthy amount of light brown foam on top. Fragrant aroma of gingerbread, clove, anise intermingled with general deep roasty notes. Rich breads, cinnamon, fruitcake, ginger, bitter chocolate and clove round out the flavor. Light alcohol warming. Wonderful balance is what really puts this beer over the top for me. Itís easy to overdo the ginger flavor in beers like this, but this one has just the right amount of gingerbread. Tasting notes from 2/2014.
SpongeRuiner (730) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells somewhat chocolately. It taste ok. What I would expect with Sam Adams. It seems alright. Very drinkable. Overall it seems alright.
zvikar (3418) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Alex Shmoo-Shmoo.As Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. Pours black with a beige chocolate head, aroma of ginger, carrot cake, sweetness, flavor is sweet with chocolate, ginger and carrot cake, medium bodied
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance had a dark black colored body yielding a beautiful two finger dark tan head that lasts for at least a good two minutes. As the head starts to dissipate, some nice spider web lacing appears around the sides of the pint glass. Some rings eventually appear. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.
The smell had "Christmas" in all sorts of ways with ginger, pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and allspice all up front giving a nice punch in the nose. Some nice roasted coffee and chocolate come out more so as the beer warms a bit.
The smell takes all of those previously mentioned flavorings and combines very nicely for a bitter/sweet/dry taste that meets a robust sort of taste that meets a bit above the standard for the season.
The palate was a bit heavy, a nice small sipper that will make me satisfied for the rest of the day. It has a fairly smooth dry finish. Though a fairly high ABV, still the alcohol is slightly undetectable.
Overall, this turned out better than I thought it would be, perhaps I was thinking this was going to be a malt bomb, but it still had some nice bitter/dry aspects a good "stout" should have. I would say this was good for the style and for me.
rob6239 (622) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours thick and dark black with frothy tan head that lasts. Aroma is strong of nutmeg. Taste is sweet - just barely on the safe side of sickeningly so. The "gingerbread" spices come through strong.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was decent. The aroma didnít give up as much of the gingerbread as did the flavor. In fact, as an aroma goes, it smelled...like a stout. Moderate palate. O.k. Bottle.
DiarmaidBHK (3408) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Federal taphouse Lancaster. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Doesnít leave much lacing. Big gingerbread on the nose with a hint of alcohol. Thankfully the gingerbread doesnít fade on the tongue and goes nickey with the stout base. Finishes fairly clean. Hides the booze well. Itís one of the better Sam Adams beers.