agent_511 (157) - - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan/brown head with high retention. Caramel, roasty, slightly bready aroma. Ginger, bready, coffee roast flavor. Slight roasty bitterness. A little residual sweetness.
ronaldtheriot (973) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Samuel Adams Merry Mischief has a thick, soapy, deep tan head, a dark brown or black appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is rich, with upfront cinnamon and nutmeg, and some barley malt. Taste is of spices, sweet bread, ginger bread cookies, anise, and sweetness. Some pleasant bitterness is there as well. Mouthfeel is full and velvety, and Samuel Adams Merry Mischief finishes mostly dry, pleasant, and highly drinkable. The danger here is that the alcohol doesn’t really show itself. Overall, I rate this as most excellent! Buy it, and try it! RJT
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 11/28/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-43° in Tumbler-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Taste of spices, malt, clove, chocolate, and slight coffee. This full bodied brew is well balanced and has a lot of flavors. Great holiday brew.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gingerbread, cinnamon nose, some char notes. Coal black, thick lacy brown head. Full bodied, alcohol noticeable. Char initially, weak gingerbread at midpalate, licorice and charcoal finish. Strong without nuance.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of sweet chocolate malts, ginger, cinnamon and holiday spice. Black hue with an average medium tan head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft. Overall this is very enjoyable and lived up to being a Christmas brew. Would drink again the closer we get to the holidays.
dfinney23 (1254) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Aroma and taste of gingerbread and caramel without being overly sweet. Unfortunately, unlike with cookies, you can’t bite the head off a gingerbread beer. This year’s seems a little smoky. Can you toast gingerbread?
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is loaded with spice; ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lots of caramel, a good amount of alcohol as well. Taste is very sweet, some coffee and more spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Pretty good.
radagast83 (3749) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was spiced gingerbread notes, touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some lightly burnt malts. Some earthy hop character came out in this one as well. In a pinch this one is a decent holiday brew, though the Hardywood one we had just prior to this one was hard to beat.
MercyDevice (313) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body is very dark brown, almost black. Rich and robust, with many spice notes (I detected cinnamon and ginger). Some light hop bite.
screigh (398) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black color. Large brown head lats with lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet and super ginger. Taste is super ginger. Kind of a slick oatmeal mouthfeel.