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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 its 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2012
From the bottle. Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is cinnamon, ginger and some other spices along with a little roast and chocolate. Good stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Sam Adams Merry Mischief A- black pour, big thick looking head that lasts quite a bit. S- smells a lot like gingerbread. Nice spice aromas and hints of cola and licorice. T- light spices, mellow chocolate notes. I get more cinnamon in the flavor than the ginger. Very mild but good tasting beer. M- pretty thick and full bodied. Tamed carbonation helps the thickness of the beer coat the tongue. Very smooth as well with a gentle warming from the 9%. O- This beer was surprisingly good. It looks like an Imperial Stout. The viscosity and thickness was spot on as well as the amount of carbonation. It's not overly spiced like a lot of other holiday beers. Flavors are tamed and blend very well together. It's not very complex, but pretty enjoyable. -

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bomber poured into imperial pint. Easy on the eyes! Dark black in color, nearly opaque but not quite, big marshmallow-y tan head. Good aroma with very present spiciness - clove, ginger, cinnamon - flanked by a little roasted malt and leather. Taste is interesting. The spices keep on acomin and somewhat dominate the flavor. There is a nice, creamy lactose sweetness in the middle before a sticky, spice-dominated finish where the warming alcohol shines through. A good beer for sure, whats there is very well done and a good representation of gingerbread, just wouldve liked to have seen more dark, roasty malt tones to balance out the sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Three 4.0s in a row. This pours dark brown/black with a tan head. The aroma does evoke gingerbread. Mostly winter spices, cinnamon, clove etc. The flavor has the spices over a big malt profile. Lots of wood and a hint of smoke. As much as youd like to hate Sam Adams, they continue to put out great beers. Yeah, I know they are huge but they havent sold out yet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (993) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Opaque black with a little bit of ruby red only on the edge under a bright light and dense brown head. Aromas of dark roast coffee, wood and light spices. The creaminess of the body is immediately noticeable followed by a bittersweet chocolate and espresso taste. The ginger and cinnamon really stand out, but theyre not over done. Some fig, date and dark cherry flavors show up too. Theres some definite hop bitterness in the background that is also well balanced with everything else going on here. With this much going on, this is a surprisingly balanced and easy to drink beer. Finishes with chocolate and a vegetal component. Sam Adams doesnt always make the most interesting or extreme beers, but this one is very interesting and well done. An excellent winter warmer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
22oz bomber poured into a shaker. Pours a dark brown, almost black with about a finger of nut brown head. Aroma is pretty close to a gingerbread cookie. Clove and cinnamon with a good bit of bready yeast. Taste is loads of coffee, clove, nutmeg and bready yeast. I dont get as much gingerbread here as I did in the aroma. Full bodied with a thick, sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, very good. Ill be drinking this again over the winter for sure.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stumpyiliz (217) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
I don't generally care for the overly spiced beers, but this one whets my whistle. The aroma is strongly of gingerbread, cinnamon, and cloves. Pours a dark brown, nearly black. Very sweet, with coffee and roast notes in it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark black pour with thick head. Smooth taste, cinnamon and gingerbread. Different for sure. Not much bite, was expecting more...then again Im really not a gingerbread fan.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is much like a bag of ginger snap. More spices then malts in this stout and very smooth after taste that has almost no bitterness.


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