Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. Ale brewed with spices. 9% alc./Vol. 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. Special ingredients: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Hops: East Kent Goldings and Fuggles. So, we're in for a English-style winter ale, with gingerbread spices. Brewed and bottled by the Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA, Cinncinnatti, OH, and somewhere in PA.
It's a rather macabre scene on the label, actually. Like something out of a Charles Addams or Gahan Wilson cartoon.
Solid blackness here, with a dark brown, roasted head.
Rich aromatics, flying out of the glass, spilling out spices. Bready sweetness. Nice stuff.
Drinking it: Dark, delicious malts are in command here. Just about full-bodied, with a sweet, spicy flavor that pleases the palate, but never quite cloys. And the heat is rising now, the 9% ABV is warming me up. Just what I need in this freezing January. But it's not quite the stout I want. It's not enough of the stout, and too much of the ginger, with more of the booze than the body warrants.
I like this just fine, but I don't love it. Won't be returning to it, alas.