Beer 16 of winter…Be Merry!

Sam Adams Merry Maker

Brewer: Samuel Adams       Craft: Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout      ABV: 9.0%

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  And with all of the choices in craft beer land, it’s difficult to find one that represents the season.  Well folks, this might be the one.

The aroma of spices is immediately evident.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves all make their presence known.  The first sip is so smooth and spiced just like you’re nose told you.  This is a stout.  Just thought I’d remind you.  It’s not a winter warmer.  It’s a stout.  Roasted malts; full-bodied; dark beer.

As I was drinking this, I had several thoughts.  One of those was: “This reminds me of Christmastime.”  Another: “This is what Christmas should taste like.”  And the final thought I had really was part of the experience itself.

I was bringing the glass up to take a sip and I caught the spiced, roasty aroma again and I just giggled with joy.  Giggled!  I guess Jim Koch knew what he was doing when he named this craft.  It was making me merry!

And as I let this craft warm, it got even smoother.  I didn’t think that was possible, but it certainly happened.  And it even bordered on savory.  So I’m not sure if you can tell or not, but I liked this one.  A lot.  I think I’ll have to get another 22 oz. bottle before the season is over so I can enjoy the experience once more.  Cheers!

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