Name: Samuel Adams Merry Mischief
Brewed by: Boston Beer Company
Purchased: Burby and Bates, Orono Maine
This is the second Sam Adams beer on the list, which I normally wouldn’t do but I’ve been wanting to try this one since I heard about it. I’m a fan of gingerbread and stout so the thought of a gingerbread stout was very appealing.
Merry Mischief pours black with a creamy, milk chocolate colored head.
Smells sweet, prominent spices, the ginger and cinnamon stand out, picking up some hints of vanilla as well. I would say they are spot on with the smell, definitely reminds me of gingerbread.
Roasty dark malt flavors, picking up some coffee and dark chocolate in the background. The spices are really well done in this beer, I was expecting them to be much stronger based on the smell but they are not overpowering at all, there is a slight bitterness that seems to be keeping the spices in check. The 9% ABV isn’t noticeable in the flavor but adds a gentle warming sensation to the throat and chest after swallowing. Merry Mischief is full bodied, lightly carbonated and has a nice dry finish.
Overall a nice stout, this would be an excellent dessert beer, I wouldn’t hesitate to pair this up some gingerbread cookies or even a slice of pumpkin pie. At 9% ABV and sold in a 22oz bottle it’s a good one to share. If you find a bottle it’s worth picking up.
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