Samuel Adams Merry Mischief
Mischief. It’s one of those crazy English words that looks like it should be pronounced “mis-cheef”, but it’s not.
Merry Mischief is a gingerbread stout by Samuel Adams and is one of their small batch creations. This particular bottle is from batch #1.
Merry Mischief is also the name of an “acoustic traditional duo“.
There was also this video on YouTube from Norway in World Showcase at Christmas time. This duo is the Holiday Storytellers from Norway. The Santa-looking guy is a gnome called Julenissen and the blonde with the pigtails is Sigrid. Julenissen freezes Sigrid in order to create some Merry Mischief in Norway. It’s a 15 minute video but it’s pretty funny, and if nothing else Sigrid is easy to look at.
Enough online searching for “merry mischief”, let’s hear about the beer!
Pitch black with a milk chocolate colored head. Cinnamon, gingerbread, cookie, and a bit of alcohol in the nose. Spices, a bit of gingerbread, roasted malt, and a tinge of booziness. Thick, sticky liquid with medium carbonation. The roasted taste lingers for a bit afterward. I wonder whether nitro would improve this or not. It’s good and drinkable though.
This one should be easier to find, unlike the past couple of beers I’ve had. Sam Adams usually creates a good representation of a style, and Merry Mischief definitely fits in there. A Houston brewery called Buffalo Bayou also brews a gingerbread stout and it’s supposed to be delicious. I doubt I’ll get my hands on any, but if I do you’ll be sure to hear about it.