88. Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout

Photo courtesy of Samuel Adams

Photo courtesy of Samuel Adams

Sam Adams Limited Release Series has definitely been one of the beer highlights of 2012 for me. It’s great seeing such a large brewery willing to take a step off the beaten path and experiment with styles like gose, sahti, and rauchbiers.

Part of the collection is their Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout, a 9% ABV milk stout, pouring black with a creamy 2-finger mocha head, with thick, sticky lacing. I wish I could find my picture of this beer because its appearance makes you want to take it home and curl up with it next to a fire.  I don’t have a fireplace so the yule log channel will have to do.

Commercial-free hot yule log action

Commercial-free hot yule log action

The aroma is more subdued than what you would expect though; toffee, toasted malts, and very light gingerbread.

I guess I wanted a creamy, spicy stout bomb. What I got was, well, it was comparable to taking a pumpkin beer, an English ale, and a milk stout and shaking them around in a beer snowglobe. This beer actually helped inspire me, homebrew-wise. I was going to brew just one gingerbread beer this season, a recipe for an English-style ale with candied ginger and cinnamon sticks from a Brooklyn Brew Shop recipe. Now I’m making two. The second being a milk stout with fresh ginger and vanilla beans.

Merry Mischief is very heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger; almost like a pumpkin pie spicing. Roasted malts, a mild and earthy hop bitterness, caramel, and a hint of lactose round out the flavor. It’s well-carbonated, the body medium-light, but lacking some of that smooth and full-bodied creaminess that I look for in a milk stout.

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3 thoughts on “88. Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout

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