The Merry Maker, a Gingerbread Stout
Samuel Adams, Boston Beer Company (9% abv.)
First off, I know this is a little late, but why not a little Christmas in July this year? I really like this brew, and only wish I had thought to get a half case or whole case to age over the next few years to see how the flavor develops. I hope you had a chance to try it and enjoyed it as much as I did!
Aroma: Dark roasted malts with a heavy scent of spices. Ginger, brown sugar, and cinnamon are present. Very light hop scent, as is expected.
Appearance: Very dark, almost black. The head was a dark tan, and was light and fluffy with medium sized bubbles, and fell slowly to a bubbly film with a reddish tinge.
Flavor: Very nice dark maltiness present. The gingerbread spices pull me in for more. There is an interesting buttery flavor to this brew, but it is not detrimental to the overall flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, the brew is medium bodied. It sits on the palate and moves wel, leaving a nice beery feeling.
Overall Impression: This is a very tasty brew, as we have come to expect from Samuel Adams. Their specialty brews are always very good, and this one is no exception.