Saturday, January 19, 2013
Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout
I grabbed Samuel Adams' Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout on sale last week. I guess that people can't appreciate a holiday themed beer after the holidays. Well, I'm here to help move those products!
The label on Big 22 is a sharp departure from other Sam Adams products. This has a beautiful illustration of three gingerbread men taking a toboggan ride down the slopes. Oops! One of the gingerbread men is crying as his foot got broken off. There is a story on the back setting the mood for this beer... Read below. This is Batch No. 1 in their experimental limited edition series.
Chocolaty cocoa powder aroma with light coffee and a spice basket. Chocolate flavors start but are crushed under an avalanche of cinnamon, which persists throughout. The 9.0% alcohol does it's best to temper that spiciness with some nice booziness. I can also taste a bit of ginger, like in ginger snaps.
The beer is sweet, a little too sweet. I do feel the holiday cookies theme, including everything all the way down to the cup of coffee to go with them. Creamy, medium carbonation, flavorful. In the end, the sweetness and spices really are a bit too dominant. If those could be scaled back just a bit, I'd have loved this one. Right now, I'm on the fence.