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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2858) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
22 oz bottle shared at a tasting on December 15. The pour is a dark brown, almost black with a medium sized khaki head that fades down to a thin film. The aroma is full of spice. There arent many stouty characteristics like I would like to see. There is a cinnamon dominance, along with undertones of nutmeg, clove and ginger. I can see where they think this might represent gingerbread. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. very spicy, slightly representative of a gingerbread. The mouth feel is extraordinarily thin for what Sam Adams represents as a Gingerbread Stout on the bottle. In terms of the stout part, very lacking. As a spice beer, not too bad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1444) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Christmas Eve pour from bomber into English pint glass, very dark brown (almost black) with decent tan head. Aroma of gingerbread (brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger), other spices (clove, nutmeg) and faint roast malt sweetness. Taste brings out notes of molasses, light coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit (dates, raisins) and alcohol. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, thick, slightly oily with some lingering roast spiced finish. At 9% and easy to drink this stout should keep you merry!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (747) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
poured from 22 oz bottle - pours a very dark brown/almost black with brown head that is incredibly vigorous. Aromas of coffee, caramel, clove, nutmeg, and of course ginger. Tastes of coffee, ginger, chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg with cloves underneath. For an interesting mix, try pouring 1/2 oz of good quality egg nog and about 3 oz of the beer into a glass - makes an interesting combination, almost like a shake, but way better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike5326 (1670) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small tan head. Ginger bread aroma. Thick body with a bitter malt and gingerbread flavor with a bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (807) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of ginger bread and brown sugar. Taste is ginger bread and coffee

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2194) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On draft at Scooter's in Lititz, PA, this pours almost pitch black with a light brown head that fully reduces, leaving little lace. The ginger nose is very nice. Ginger flavors, molasses, brown sugar, breadiness, figs and dates finish with a gingerbread hint of alcohol. Full-bodied and a very smooth palate make for a wonderful winter warmer. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Nice subdued marly aroma, with taste that first struck me as a pumpkin beer with holiday spices. The more I drink, the more gingerbread notes I get, though I still get pumpkin. I like it a lot, despite the fact that I normally dont like pumpkin beers.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Liquid gingerbread. Absolutely delicious. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is gingerbread, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, light chocolate. Flavor is, well, liquid gingerbread. Moderately sweet. Rich but not too thick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a dark black with an off white/tan head. The aroma is pumpkin spices and maybe nutmeg. The taste compliments the aroma with pumpkin spices and some vanilla. Moderate carbonation and sweetness tops this off as it goes down smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
I dont know anything about this "Merry Maker" deal, but I have the "Merry Mischief" labeled gingerbread stout, Batch No. 1. The aroma is, as advertised, strong with gingerbread with a background of enticing spices. The brew is extremely dark brown, almost black, with an almond head that thins somewhat quickly. The taste is vibrant with gingerbread, with a sort of toffee note backed with cinnamon and nutmeg. It has a thick oily feel on the palate, with sort of a sugary-sour aftertaste that I didnt really care for, but overall, I liked it.


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