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.


Allen Huerta said...

I have not had this one but I was wondering do you know if this beer is coming back? Or is it just Batch No 1 in their small batch creations and the rest will be different? I'm not usually a fan of Sams beers, so if I run into it I will try it but I won't go out of my way to get it... not that you have to with how available they are.

Vinny said...

For what it's worth, I thought this was the best holiday beer I had this year including Brown Shugga and Lagunitas Sucks among others.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I have no idea if it'll be brewed again. I wouldn't worry about missing it.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Good flavors, a little sweet and cinnamony for me. I haven't had Sucks yest this year yet, but my money is on me enjoying that more.