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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive, beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But itís the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1032) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Quality brew - the nutmeg and other spices really are the main story here. Head lasted forever.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours brown/black with a small-ish head. Aroma of gingersnaps, earth, licorice, acidic coffee, and toffee. Flavors follow similar suit with gentle stout notes and abundant spicing: so lots of gingersnap flavor, and some background earth, coffee, dark chocolate and general roastiness. slight sweetness is noticeable as it warms. Finishes a little tangy with an astringent aftertaste and flavors of ginger, licorice, bad coffee, and dark chocolate. Not too bitter. Medium-heavy bodied with a prickly carbonation and a hollow mouthfeel, itís not the smoothest beer. I honestly thought I would like this more than I do, but nothing seems to come together clearly and the astringent (or acidic or tangy) type of flavors put me off. Oh well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1015) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Outstanding dark pour w/ a nice mocha head that leaves a lot of lacing. A very spicy aroma draws you in. The taste is a huge spice concoction that is velvety smooth on the palate! Definitely unique & it all seems to come together to make 1 really good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pours dark and black with a thin but dense brown head. Nose is definitely gingerbread, but one could say pumpkin pie as you can get cinnamon, cloves, ginger, molasses and some hints of chocolate. The taste is sweet, but not over the top as one would think from the nose, the bitterness balance is great and come through a lot on the end. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy, heavy and has a long finish. Nice treat.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Poured from a large bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a rich, full black color with a large, dark-tan, foamy-creamy head with average retention, but good lacing and cling. Its aroma had a roasty chocolate and caramel malt blend with a definite presence of gingerbread, along with some lighter tones of molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a touch of earthy hops. It had a malty chocolate-caramel taste mixed with the gingerbread and light cinnamon flavors and was modestly sweet, with an undertone of lighter earthy bitterness. The beer had a rich, creamy body, with good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel and finish, and was a touch on the dry side.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Distinct aroma of spices - either a pumpkin pie or gingerbread. The flavor has a strong gingerbread flavor with heavy spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NeoHippie2 (991) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Pours a deep brown/black into the glass with a tan head. Lots and lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger on the nose. Then you go in for the taste and...it kind of just tastes like a spiced porter really. Just lots of spice and lots of malt. It hides the abv well Iíll give it that. Definitely doesnít taste like gingerbread beer, which is kind of what I wanted. Itís not bad it just doesnít remind me of what a gingerbread stout should really taste like. I love the concept behind this beer so much and for a first run not too shabby. I hope they can refine the flavor on this one over time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
I have to admit I was surprised by this one. Sam Adams making a beer a little more on the bold side. Ususaly there beers are more on the mild side, but this one had some different flavors to it. Even has a little more balance and a touch of complexity for this brewery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with a creamy dark tan head. Smells of cinnamon, ginger, and hints of roast. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with a tiny hint of roast. Medium to full bodied, smooth texture, soft mouth-carbonation, Samuel Adams Merry Mischief finishes with a touch of spice and roast.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Dark brown pour settled into a near black liquid into the glass, and the head above that was khaki in color, and two fingers thick. The smell of the beer was very malty and had aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The smell wasnít particularly like gingerbread, but the taste was a little closer. The ginger was heavier in the taste, and the malt was most like brown sugar. There were also flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg in the taste, making it more complex. than the cookies. The wheat in the malt was also evident in the bock like bready flavor. The label mentions cloves, but those were not easily detectable for me under the other spices. The mouthfeel was a lot thinner than most stouts, and the finish had some lingering spice. This beer was nice winter seasonal.


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