tillmac62 (479) - 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 isn’t 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 brewer’s 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 I’ve 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 (1482) - 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 (984) - 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 (404) - 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 don’t always hit a homerun but, I love the fact they always try something different,
kaser (4345) - 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 (641) - 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 (2332) - 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 Stone’s 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 I’d look for again next year. SA needs to step it up a bit with this one.
slowrunner77 (7580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"As advertised, though this brew ends up a little heavier on the gingerbread than the stout, even at 9%! On one hand, it covers the abv expertly, but it needs a little more roast and mocha goin on to be taken seriously as an imperial stout. Glad to have tried it but itll be one a year at most."
Darkmagus82 (2056) - - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-27-12-
Poured from growler into a snifter glass
Appearance – Pours a nearly black color with a tiny tan head that fades very rapidly. Upon fading the head leaves only a very light level of lacing on the glass.
Smell- The aroma is big of spice with heavy aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Mixed with these spice aromas are some sweet brown sugar and caramel, some milk chocolate, a light boozy smell. Overall it smells like a alcohol infused cocoa gingerbread cookie.
Taste –The taste starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor mixed with a strong ginger and nutmeg taste. These flavors remain throughout the taste with the ginger and nutmeg loosing potency as the taste moves on. More toward the middle, a cinnamon flavor quickly comes to the tongue. While it comes in quickly, like the other spice flavors, it lessens in intensity as the taste advances further. Notes of a caramel sweetness replace the milky sweet tastes at the end with the milk chocolate flavor taking on a more cocoa flavor. Also at the end a light coffee and a mildly warming alcohol taste come to the tongue leaving a nice spiced fairly sweet dark flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the average side with a carbonation level that was rather average to just above average for a imperial stout of 9% abv. The carbonation was good for the spiced flavors of the stout, but .a slightly thicker body may have been better for the darker flavors of the brew.
Overall – A rather tasty stout with a nice sweet and spiced flavor. While rather heavy in the gingerbread cookie spices up front, they dwindle down as the taste advanced, never really getting the chance to overpower the brew and producing overall a rather nice and flavorful stout.