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RATINGS: 439   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 it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pour is a dark, head is nice and creamy. Smell is of course ginger snaps and very little else. Not a big feel for the abv claimed. Tart creamy finish. Not bad, but could be better


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5069) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bomber of ’Merry Maker’ and from a disreputable source -- don’t know if it’s very fresh or one, two, or three years old. Life is full of such surprises! Tastes fresh, though. Nose is room-fillingly potent and spicy, strong malt with light alcohol and nutmeg and ginger. Pours very dark brown-black with a large and rocky brown head. Taste moderately dry with a touch of soy and a little yeast character, inky chocolate and light plum, alcohol is thin but singes in the back, very slow to warm the throat and chest; a little fuselly, but overall, well-done. Malt is slightly brothy but that may be bleed-over from the spices, which, I must admit, are not terribly overdone despite the strength. Clove really intensifies after a few ounces, and there’s a bit of anise under the oily feel. Smooth, inky body somewhere between medium and full, a clean beer but Sammy’s house character is all over this one, just too much, to the point I probably won’t have again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin87 (12) - - NOV 22, 2014
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. It’s 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (696) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (240) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goresk23 (1) - - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1039) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (564) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2014
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

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ScoWRee (391) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
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,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2998) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Black pour from draft. White head. Seer vanilla and creamy cinnamon taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (551) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 1, 2014
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.


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