Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Appearance was clear reddish black with creamy diminishing tannish 1/2 finger head,spotty lacing. Aromas are of spicey winter brew ie; cinaminain, nutmeg, clove, ginger, sweet honey,chocolate, caramel,crystal, 2-row malts. Taste are sweet, chocolate, toffee, candi, coffee malts,then spicey ginger, nutmeg and cinamiain, herbal hints of hops. No alcohol present. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with meduim-full body, then smooth average length spicey malty clean finish. A welcome addition to sam adams lineup... jhwarfield (125) - USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours dark dark brown with fluffy substantial head.
Flavorful but gritty on the palate. wlajwl (6737) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma is ginger, malts and very spicy. The flavor is cinnamon, very spicy/bordering on heat, mild sweetness and a tangy/tart finish. I don’t normally care for ginger in beer, but the other spices balanced it out and turned out pretty good. dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2012
pitch black and smells of ginger, cinnamon, allspice. The taste is roasty chocolate with tons of spice, this tastes like a gingerbread cookie. When I picture a christmas or winter beer this is what it taste like in my head, this will be my new all time favorite holiday beer! burg326 (5479) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle poured a black color, aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and light chocolate. Flavors are the same no flavor outshines the other, a nice ginger bread flavor with a medium mouth feel. Nice stout overall.
tmoreau (4289) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing an opague, black/brown hue, a decent amount of brownish tan, gradually reducing head froth, and clingy ribbons & spots of lacing. The aroma was a distinguishable but mellow blend of holiday bread/pie spices, roasty malt, and a touch of herbal scent. The flavor added low hop bitterness, a light creaminess to the mouthfeel, a bit of tartness and dark fruit as prune/plum that were punctuated nicely by a decent amount of effervescence, and a well hidden alcohol presence, all in a medium+ body. A welcome addition on the scene to "spice up" the holiday palate,... very tasty! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
pours black with a 3 finger dark tan head - lingers a bit. ginger, clove and nutmeg nose. med body with gingerbread cookies, silky chocolate malts, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices. sweet finish with more ginger and nutmeg... lingering coffee and chocolate notes. very nice beer. agent_511 (157) - - NOV 29, 2012
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan/brown head with high retention. Caramel, roasty, slightly bready aroma. Ginger, bready, coffee roast flavor. Slight roasty bitterness. A little residual sweetness. ronaldtheriot (1918) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Samuel Adams Merry Mischief has a thick, soapy, deep tan head, a dark brown or black appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is rich, with upfront cinnamon and nutmeg, and some barley malt. Taste is of spices, sweet bread, ginger bread cookies, anise, and sweetness. Some pleasant bitterness is there as well. Mouthfeel is full and velvety, and Samuel Adams Merry Mischief finishes mostly dry, pleasant, and highly drinkable. The danger here is that the alcohol doesn’t really show itself. Overall, I rate this as most excellent! Buy it, and try it! RJT
Headbanger (3989) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
22oz bottle 11/28/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-43° in Tumbler-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Taste of spices, malt, clove, chocolate, and slight coffee. This full bodied brew is well balanced and has a lot of flavors. Great holiday brew.