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Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout


Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout Brewed by the Boston Beer Company 

Merry Mischief is a rich dark gingerbread stout that entices with the aromas of the holidays, hinting at the merriment and spices within. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief. ABV: 9.0%. Malts:Samuel Adams two row pale malt blend, wheat, Special B, Paul’s roasted barley, and flaked oats. Hops: East Kent Goldings and Fuggles.
    

Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout

                     
History
Brewers have long made beers inspired by the season. Originally this was due to ingredient availability and brewing conditions but the beers also became festive creations to match celebrations and the season. This is no more prevalent than the winter holidays when specially made treats abound. One such tradition was the maltier spiced brews called “wassails”. This mulled concoction with a variety of spices was enjoyed at holiday celebrations begetting the term of going “a wassailing”.

What better pairing at these festivities than holiday treats like gingerbread. Going back to the days of Dickens, we found our inspiration for this gingerbread stout. The traditional English stout, with its dark roasted malts, is the perfect backdrop for the warming spices of gingerbread like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. To go one step further, we increased the strength and added flaked oats to create a velvety smoothness that mimics the taste of the gingerbread for a warming treat on any winter’s night.
    

Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout     

                        
Boston Beer Company Story

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father's attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America. That beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R), and it helped catalyze what became known as the American craft beer revolution.

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Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance - Molasses black in color, the beer seems to pour just about as thick, topping off with a tall but short-lived tightly packed mocha foam. Specks of lace ride the side of the glass in a Calvin and Hobbes toboggan ride-like zig-zag.

Aroma - Merry Mischief smells like opening a Christmas tin of ginger snap cookies combined with a pumpkin pie; ginger and molasses notes with big clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Roasted malts give the beer a singed pie crust nose followed by a pinch of mocha and hint of espresso coffee grounds. Lactose sweetness doesn't appear quite so strong but seems to bury the malt aromas a bit on the finish.

Taste - Forward spice reiterates the classic ginger snap cookie flavor while the other aforementioned spices pile on memories of the recent fall desserts; pumpkin pie! Lactose sweetness and soft wheat withhold the more aggressive attributes of the "stout" side of this beer. Roasted malt, molasses, and coffee peek through but this beer remains approachable even for it's boastful alcohol percentage.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, robust and full-bodied, Merry Mischief is a playful beer that combines soft wheat and a round sweetness feel with sharp spice, gritty roasted malt, and mellow alcohol for a satisfying and warm, soothing finish.

Overall - With a nicely blended, not over-the-top, mélange of spices and full base of roasted malt, Samuel Adams Merry Mischief puts a welcome spin on an imperial stout that's not so imperial feeling. If you find yourself spending extended time in the cold this winter season, trade in your mug of hot cocoa for a delectable Merry Mischief when you get back inside.

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Boston Beer Company Story
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father's attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America. That beer was Samuel Adams Boston Lager(R), and it helped catalyze what became known as the American craft beer revolution.
 
Today, the Company brews more than 30 styles of beer. The Company uses the traditional four vessel brewing process and often takes extra steps like dry-hopping and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. It passionately pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of its classic beers by constantly searching for the world's finest ingredients. While resurrecting traditional brewing methods, the Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer in another revolution, the "extreme beer" movement, where it seeks to challenge drinkers' perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company strives to elevate the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions the world over, and in the past five years it has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. The Company remains independent, and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While Samuel Adams is the country's largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only about one-half of one percent of the U.S. beer market.
 
   

 





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