Malts: Two-Row Pale, Wheat, Special B, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats
Hops: East Kent Goldings, Fuggles
Special Ingredients: Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger
Sampled: 22 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)
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 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.—Samuel Adams
Random thoughts: Gingerbread is a classic holiday treat. Would you care for
gingerbread in your beer? That’s what Samuel Adams attempts to deliver with
Merry Maker, a Small Batch release.I’m
tasting Merry Maker as part of my winter beer series.
The tasting: Black in color, with a dark tan head that dissipates very
slowly. From the first whiff, the spices make their presence known. Cinnamon,
nutmeg and mild notes of clove are prominent. The beer delivers on its promise
early—it smells just like a gingerbread cookie! Taste starts with a rush of the
same spice flavors that filled the aroma. However, this time, ginger
emerges through the spice. In the middle, roasted malt and light coffee flavors
come through. Overall, the rich roasty malt and spice flavors meld
seamlessly. There’s also a light touch of malt sweetness in the middle. It’s
not overdone and works well with the roasted malt and spice. Hop bitterness is
low throughout. Merry Maker is medium bodied, softly carbonated, and has a creamy smooth mouth feel. It finishes with warming alcohol, light roast, and gingerbread
4 star. Really good! I want this again! Merry Marker promises a gingerbread cookie in a glass, and
delivers! The Samuel Adams brew crew hit the nail on the head with this beer.
It has all the flavors you’d expect but doesn’t go overboard with the
sweetness. Be wary, as this is a stealthy beer. It may be 9% ABV, but it doesn’t taste
like it! Merry Maker is a good choice to pair with holiday desserts—or let
it serve as your dessert itself.
Although this beer tastes great fresh, I wonder how a year or
two in the cellar might transform it?Maybe
I’ll pick up an extra bottle next year, and find out.