Beer: Merry Mischief
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
Style: Sweet/Milk Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Black as a rural night’s sky during the new moon. There’s a dense tan head that looks particularly scrumptious.
Smell: It smells a bit like rubbing alcohol at first, but it mellows out to a more appealing aroma, with notes of coffee, smoke, pumpernickel, and wet bark.
Flavor: The standard flavors you would expect from a stout are elevated with a slew of holiday spices, notably ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. There are some sweet cherry and plum flavors, too.
Feel: Dry, medium body with medium carbonation. It’s just a little burn-y from the high ABV.
Concluding Remark: When I saw that Sam Adams’ seasonal release, Merry Mischief, was a GINGERBREAD Stout, I had my reservations. I was expecting something akin to Starbucks’ every growing line of holiday drinks: too sweet and too much artificial flavor. However, Sam Adams has kind of blown me away. They have created an (Imperial) Sweet/Milk Stout that is dense with both flavor and alcohol. Merry Mischief has a solid stout backbone and is amped up with a injection of holiday goodness. It tastes like a gingersnap cookie, with less sugar and more malts.
Overall, Merry Mischief makes for a pretty great holiday stout. At $9, it’s a little pricey for a Sam Adams–I might pick up a Belgian Christmas Ale instead–but it’s widely available and different than most beers you’ll be drinking this season. I say, go ahead. It’s not an excellent stout, but it’s a fine holiday beer.
This is a Keebler Elf-approved beer.