Boston Harbor Distillery Spirit of Boston Merry Maker, 42%

Price: $85 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

Distilled from Sam Adams Merry Maker gingerbread stout. Lime slices, root beer, chocolate-covered cherries, anise, and pecans on the nose. A honeyed palate reveals more chocolate and cherries, as well as cinnamon toast, gingersnaps, allspice, and a hint of kiwi, with nutmeg and pepper spice. Lightly spiced on a finish loaded with chocolate and cinnamon, plus soft vanilla ice cream. Less bitterness and more warming spice than is found in other distilled beers.