Samuel Adams Merry Mischief
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 9.0%
Price: $6.99 for 22 oz bottle
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Yeah, holiday beer time!
As much as I love a good pumpkin ale, I couldn’t wait to review my first holiday-themed beer on Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps. As if you couldn’t tell already, I love all things holiday inspired and I go all out this time of the year and turn everything into a holiday celebration, including my beer.
This week, I stumbled upon Samuel Adams Merry Mischief and decided it was an appropriate choice to lead things off. I was intrigued, of course, by the stout but once I saw it was gingerbread flavor it was over. No doubt about it, I had to give this bad boy a try.
New to the Samuel Adams market, this beer was first brewed in 2012 with the brewers going as far back as to the days of Charles Dickens himself for their inspiration. The beer’s label on the bottle describes it as “lively and festive with a devilish streak.”
I took the massive 22 ouncer and poured it into my glass. The pour revealed a dark, rich beer with a beautiful caramel toned foam and released immediate scents of gingerbread. Of course it tastes a lot like gingerbread, obvious, right? In addition to the very strong gingerbread flavor, there were tastes of cloves, coffee which is to be expected in a spiced brew but I also noted hints of chocolate and root beer. Very smooth with little to no bitterness which offers a beautiful finish. This is a sipping beer, not meant for guzzling or drinking fast.
Samuel Adams suggests a food pairing of fried oysters but I actually let Merry Mischief stand on its own, sipping it slowly while gazing at the twinkling lights from my Christmas tree. It took me over 1 and a half hours to finish the 22 ounces and each sip tasted just as good as the first. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and let’s just say this beer definitely released the Giggles.
Batch No. 1; Samuel Adams Merry Mischief is a limited release so if you are interested in snagging some Merry Mischief for yourself get it now while you can as I am certain once the holidays are over it will be shelved until next year.
Samuel Adams Merry Mischief is definitely GGG approved!
Disclaimer: The purpose of this review is to offer GGG readers an objective opinion so they can make an informed decision before buying this beer. This review was based on quality, flavor and overall taste. GGG will always deliver an honest and unbiased opinion. No goods or money were exchanged as a result of this review.