Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout is a holiday treat for this holiday week. It starts with a creamy head that hangs around for a bit. The nose is full of holiday spices like ginger and cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It’s not a sweet beer as I was halfway expecting, but roasty and spicy instead, with coffee and heavy spices in the middle, and a bit of molasses and oak and booze in the finish. It has a heavy, silky mouthfeel that’s buttery at the finish. It’s a twist on the usual holiday brews, and though this was batch number one, and I think there’s some refining yet to be done to the recipe I think the folks at Boston Beer Company have come up with a promising new holiday option.
I give it a 3.6 out of 5.