Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 399
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 133
Gots: 142 | FT: 15
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Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: atsprings on 11-26-2010

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Photo of lupercmda
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This years version was the best yet. Very well balanced with all aspects of this beer. Smooth, rich mouth feel with a wonderful smooth bourbon finish. I understand how it won the Gold medal at the US Open Championships. (219 characters)

Photo of JimmyCaprese
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Powerhouse in every aspect. Yummy beer. Finishes good but a slightly too bitter for me. Overall really loved it and I'm not that into stouts. Mother Earth turns out great beers. (178 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco, subtle vanilla, oak, cherry, light bourbon, and goodness.

T- Sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, and caramel right off the top. It quickly morphs into awesome chocolate and decadent coffee from there. Beautiful soft, roasty, woodsy finish with just a touch of bourbon. Aftertaste is roasty with a burn that's more spicy than boozy. Nicely balanced with a lot going on. I wish I could describe it better...

M- Medium thick body. Not motor oil, but close.

O- This is a damn good stout that's well worth seeking out. If you see it on the shelf, please buy it. Any stout fan would appreciate this one. To me, it belongs in the upper tier. Wonderful balance and smooth flavor transitions. (814 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head that leaves little lace and has an roma of both roasted and coffee malts along with some dark chocolate. Beer is thick and full but still goes down smooth and easy with a strong coffee presence. Balance is great with beer as it is never to coffee or roasted and there's a little bit of chocolate goodness in the back. An easy beer to drink that is great for after dinner. (412 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, cork and cage. Poured in a snifter, the beer is an opaque, blackish-brown coloring with a tall, dense, small bubbled, chunky head of a solid inch that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Aromas of bitter roasted coffee, hints of campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and woody characteristics. The nose just begs you to bundle up and sip this brew. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with coffee bitterness followed quickly by the subtle charcoal and smoke of a fireplace/campfire. Creamy highlights, with bittersweet chocolate darting in and out of the palate, and the beer also has some charred wood notes. Very interesting, and very much tailor-made for cold weather and plenty of time to sip. Heavy and smooth in mouth, with a velvety feel as it clears your taste buds. The finish is smoky and bitter, with a coffee linger. Solid brew, very robust and rich, and damn tasty. Glad I snagged some of these to age a bit. (938 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bomber bottle pours black with a decent head.
Moderate barrel aging effect in the aroma, but a bit stronger than I prefer on the tongue.

Lightly sweet until the finish whereafter bitterness from the hops and burnt grains comes out.

Full, near chewy body. Well set carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger edfortlessly.

The smell is roasty with a scent of char, earth, molasses and some raw oak. It is leathery with a bit anise and tobacco coming out as it warms up.

The flavor inckudes bitter roast, earth, tobacco and raw oak. Some leather and anise in the aftertafte. A bit of something almost like cinnamon spice emerges as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a pleasantly roasty offering that really opened up and showed it's complexity as it warmed up. My only gripe is that the barrel presence felt more raw and harsh with oak instead of deep, blended and smooth. I would drink this again. (804 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked 2013 bottle. The cork broke and I had to use a corkscrew. Christmas gift from Casey.

Appearance: Black as hell. Brown head and nice lacing.

Smell: Dark roast and bitter chocolate. Day old cold coffee. Vanilla-y bourbon notes. Really good.

Taste: As above. Super roasty, a little too much-- almost bitter char. Some boozy burn. Bitter finish. Other than the bitter roastiness, nice complexity and balance.

Mouthfeel: Big. Creamy carbonation. A bit of drying wood at end.

Overall: A good imperial stout that could be great with a little less roasty bitterness. (570 characters)

Photo of mc4z
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a snifter, split. Pours a dark brown with excellent head retention. The nose has mild bourbon notes, along with some light coffee notes. The taste is pretty much the same with coffee and chocolate at the front and bourbon at the finish. It also tastes a bit boozier than 9%. The mouthfeel is smooth but unremarkable. Overall I like this beer but would like stronger coffee and bourbon flavors when comparing to other beers of this style and price. (466 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black. Small tan head leaves fast. Some spotty lace continues.

S - Chocolate chip cookies and a little kitchen sink.

T - Delicious. CC cookies, soy, sweet heavy malt.

M - Big beer, good balance, great carbonation.

D - The perfect beer for Xmas eve. (263 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on March 12, 2012, so last year's vintage.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Roast, chocolate fudge, charred oak, bourbon, vanilla and a hint of coffee.

T - Roast and chocolate fudge from the base beer that integrate well with the barrel characteristics of sweet bourbon & vanilla and toasted oak. Sweet cocoa in the finish. There is the faintest hint of coffee present but the coffee profile has definitely faded away in the almost two years since this beer was bottled. Would like to try this one fresh.

M - Just short of being full bodied. Very light carbonation. (668 characters)

Photo of UnionJack31
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 2012

A- Pores a nice thick black color with minimal mocha colored head that resides to a perfect lace with good retention. A perfect looking stout!!

S- Rich malts and coffee dominate the nose followed by beautiful bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas as well. I could smell this one all day! It is a perfectly balanced nose.

T- More bourbon then the nose. The bourbon, oak and vanilla are up front and the coffee resides in the end. The coffee and bourbon flavors linger well. OUTSTANDING

M- Nice and smooth. Very silky and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for a barrel aged stout.

O- What a great beer, I love this beer and cant wait to try the 2013! (663 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this along.

Bottle pours an enticing midnight/cola black, with a pillowy brown head that sticks around to leave its mark on the glass as I drink.

I was excited to try this beer when I received it. Putting my nose into the glass is only building that excitement higher. Can a beer smell smoothe? Well, this one does. The bourbon takes the forefront, but does not dominate as BBA stouts sometimes fall prey to. Instead of being boozy and overwelming, the bourbon serves as the platter on which roasty chocolate ushers in a creamy coffee finish.

The themes follow through to the mouth: silky smoothe initially, although the booze does start to peek through as I drink. As it warms, the heat comes out, as it were. Flavours present more coffee than the nose, though there's still a creamy chocolate presence, and the spicy bourbon thread running throughout.

This beer exceeded my expectations. I was hoping it would be pretty good, but it really hits the spot for me. As it warms it loses some of the creamy smootheness and definitely gets a little hotter with the bourbon showing through, but all in all it's an extremely enjoyable drinking experience, and I'm very grateful to Brent for picking this up for me. Drink it. Enjoy it. Also, apropos of nothing, but I really like the label. (1,320 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

@ Tasty Beverage

Blackish in color with a thin, spotty ring of tan bubbles around the edges. Dark chocolate, coconut, bourbon, and slight vanilla aromas. Bourbon roast, some black malt sharpness, molasses, burnt sugar, bitterness, fruit, and a charred wood finish. This beer could use some sweetness, and that's something I say too often. Well carbonated medium body and quite dry. Disappointing. It could really use a little bit of richness to add some character and smooth it all out. I'm glad I don't spend the $15+ for a bottle whenever I see it, though I bet a couple years in a cellar would do it some good. (614 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
very nice consistency extremely dark very light head almost none
smell: is heavy chocolate and oak not as much boozy as I would like and is reflected in the taste
Taste: heavy tones of chocolate and not much bourbon as I would like think it needed more time in the barrel before bottling
mouthfeel: is nice possible a little thin on the backside
overall: it is smooth and the flavors work i found it nice enjoyable to drink at the price I would have expected a little more and think will pass in the future (543 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Christmas present, Thanks Jilly!! It pours tar black, thin tan head, light lacing. The aroma is coffe and chocolate. The flavor is similar to the aroma, some oak, disapointed not to taste any bourbon. The coffee is prevalent on the finish. The beer is highly drinkable for such a big beer, light carbonation, no discernable booze. Liked it, but was expecting more. (376 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light notes of visible carbonation and just a hint of very dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts underneath much stronger aromas of freshly ground coffee and bourbon. There are some light to moderate notes of oak and vanilla with hints of dark chocolate.

T: Upfront there are some moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with just a hint of anise. After the malty flavors, there are moderate to strong flavors of espresso with some dark chocolate and just a hint of oak. Finally there are strong flavors of bourbon and vanilla with a light touch of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish. Just a touch of dryness.

O: This beer is delicious and meant to be slowly sipped and enjoyed - it really went well with slowing checking out the different beers available for sale at City Beverage and I didn't want the glass to be finished. Definitely one to get again, unfortunately there were no bottles available. Love the intensity of the flavors and aromas on this one. (1,450 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Bottled 12/2012.

Appearance - Not quite inky. Nice mocha head. Medium collar.

Smell - Strong coffee. Bourbon is secondary. Slight vanilla barrel character. Nice chocolate fudge aroma.

Taste - Coffee up front. Bourbon more prominent. More barrel character. Very tasty. Slightly acidic coffee flavor. Fudgy chocolate, but only slightly. Burnt chocolate malt. Slight metallic flavor that I don't love.

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Not boozy at all

Overall - This is really good. So glad I picked this up. I need more. (578 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Super dark walnut black body, with a faint tan creamy cap. Laces nicely, with a faint sense of carbonation present. Real dark and impressive.

Ripping roast grain, a hint of perfect booze and crushed coffee beans coming off a little bit like Kahlua. Grainy but solid.

A bit fizzy, with roast malts and coffee light flavor. A tad hint of wet which surprises myself as the aroma seemed to sense something bigger is coming. Faint estery dark berry fruits on the finish slightly, matching with a nice lingering roast and coffee astringency. Almost hop hinting with a pleasant bitterness and some tobacco notes also.

A real solid stout, even without much of the barrel aging characters present. Not crazy in love here, but a good one to know about. (780 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 12/2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin khaki head that recedes to a wisp, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of molasses, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and roasted grain. Very nice aroma overall, complex and balanced.

T- Bitter dark chocolate, roast, some molasses. The bourbon is pretty subtle but works nicely. Some oak and mild hazelnut flavor. The chocolatiness is one of the nicest parts of the flavor IMO.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a bit sticky with some warm booze.

O- This is a really tasty, drinkable beer, the chocolate and bourbon flavors are very nice and this drinks pretty easily. It's pretty expensive for what it is, although still worth a try. (737 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Lucky's (Woodstock, GA). 18.99. Bottled 12/2012. Served in a large snifter.

Pours black with chestnut edges and one and a half fingers of tan head. Small occasional spots of lace.

Smells of cocoa, faint coffee, oak and trace vanilla.

Taste is pretty much what the aroma indicated but with vanilla and bourbon sitting up front with the bitter dark cocoa. Followed by lightly creamed dark roast coffee, brandied dates, oak, mild anise, a hint of smoke/char and dose of booze.

Creamy medium feel with just above average carbonation. The bourbon seems more pronounced in the finish.

All in all this is a nicely balanced bourbon barrel aged stout and by far the best thing I've tried from Mother Earth. A bit too expensive for me to revist on my own dime but a nice one time purchase. (807 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A - pours a a pitch perfect black. 3 fingers worth of billowing tan foam with some decent staying power. not something I was expecting from a year old barrel aged imperial stout. Eventually the foam does subside leaving some spotty lacing.

S - aroma is medium intense with all the note playing off each in pleasant balance. Bourbon is still strong along with warm caramel and sawdust. At one point strong notes of vanilla bean ice cream waft from the glass. cocoa powder and syrupy chocolate mingles with city roast coffee notes to create an nuance of mocha. a slight hint of black cherries and raspberries.

T - the flavors of semi-sweet dark chocolate and sweet mocha coat the front palate. The chocolate flavors subside as notes of oily espresso beans, caramelly bourbon, oak, and vanilla shine in the middle. Hints of black cherries on the backend. Notes of bourbon and vanilla linger long past the finish.

M - Full bodied with a silky, velvety texture. High carbonation with tight champagne-like bubbles.

O - A very well done BA stout. A bit pricey but I will say Mother Earth has not let me down yet. (1,125 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in Dec 2012

Pours thick, effervescent & pitch black with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention, nice viscious look to this

S: Rich dark choclate, dark fruit & a touch of boozeyness, some oak & vanilla. Coffee beans are a late arrival to the party

T: Charred grain, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, & woody dryness up front. More coffee, dryness & charred grain as this warms; some nice dark chocolate & vanilla notes as well. Finishes dry, somewhat boozey, with caramel, much charred grain & subtle coffee/mocha notes

MF: Chewy, smooth carbonation, has some slickness

A very nice/drinkable Imp Stout, didn't rock my world, but it did make me very happy (706 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown-black color with a surprisingly large tan head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of roast in the nose, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, oak, slight fruit esters. More of the same in the taste, roasty dark malts, coffee, cocoa or unsweetened chocolate, woody notes, with subtle hints of dark fruits and anise. Body was about medium, carbonation was moderate, but a bit more prickly than I'd expect. Nice beer overall. (450 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some ruby highlights its a bar pout so no real head or lace caused by the head. But looks nice enough.

Aroma is nice didn't really know what it was when I ordered figured it was a winter warmer. So I was pleasantly surprised when one whiff told me it was barrel aged stout. Nice bourbon notes roasted malts lots of coffee and light chocolate notes.

Taste is like the nose big roasted malts, good bourbon and vanilla riding on big malt backbone some light boozy. Good big stout an enjoyable sipper.

Mouthfeel is full with a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall nice surprise pick off the tap wall a solid big stout that is very enjoyable. (654 characters)

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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
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