Over the last couple of yeast, Samuel Adams has released a lot of pretty solid rotating offering beers, and tonight I will be trying one out that comes around during the winter called Samuel Adams Merry Maker. Merry Maker is an American Imperial Stout with 9% Alcohol By Volume, and has been termed a “gingerbread stout” by Boston Beer Company, so this should be kind of interesting.
Samuel Adams Merry Maker is a completely black colored beer with no light peaking through when held up to a source. A very large, brown head tops it off, leaving plenty of lacing behind in its wake.
The nose is all about the holiday spice blend, reminiscent of a pumpkin beer, cinnamon, ginger, cloves.
Luckily the spices pull back a bit in the taste, allowing a sweet malt base to come through. Hints of wheat, with some darker fruit notes come through in the transition, finishing back in the spice realm; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, with just a touch of alcohol spice. The mouth is fairly full and smoothly carbonated.
I like a lot of what Samuel Adams puts out, and I think they are underrated by segments of the craft beer community who might view them as too big to be worthy of supporting. That said, Merry Maker is not doing much for me. Maybe I need to take a few years off of holiday spiced beers, as I am getting kind of sick of them, but Merry Maker is pretty much focused on ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Worth checking out if you’re a big holiday spice beer fan, otherwise I might suggest to try something else that they brew.
Samuel Adams Merry Maker : C
Samuel Adams Merry Maker Specs
Hops: East Kent Goldings, Fuggles
Malts: 2-row, Wheat, Special B, roasted barley, flaked oats
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz