iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was hoping for a lot more out of this beer. Black pour with a medium sized tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of gingerbread is there, but the flavor tasted like they emptied the spice cabinet a little too much. Overpowering on the cloves and ginger taste. Too much for me. I’ll pass on this one.
Bif (1545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Seved a black color with a decent head and spotty lacing. Aroma of spice, roasted malt, with a bit of sweetness in the background. Taste of reoasted malt, spice and a trace of chocolate in the background. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, nicely balanced with out being in your face. Nice beer for the style but doesnit have that wow factor expectd.
Crichton99 (2) - - NOV 28, 2014 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Spices are noted but not too prominent. Taste was weak compared to other pumkin/fall beers.
EithCubes (5071) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Pumpkin87 (14) - - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
sudomorph (697) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tillmac62 (241) - 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 (1040) - 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 (568) - 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 (391) - 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,