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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

286 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%


Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 11-26-2010)
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 20:51:12 | More by clayrock81
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:23:10 | More by GarthDanielson
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:26:07 | More by chinchill
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 13:50:36 | More by stakem
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:18:01 | More by rapidsequence
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mc4z

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:47:07 | More by mc4z
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srandycarter

California

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:46:11 | More by srandycarter
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:48:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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UnionJack31

North Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 19:47:11 | More by UnionJack31
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kemoarps

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:08:35 | More by kemoarps
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been sitting on this bottle since a little before christmas, finally cracked it open

A: Black as night, solid dark head

S: Good coffee/bourbon aroma

T: intense bourbon flavor, good roasted malt and coffee tones as well.

M: great creamy texture

My personal favorite from my hometown heroes at Mother Earth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 23:45:09 | More by kristougher
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wedge

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 20:44:00 | More by wedge
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mhksuccess

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 15:16:24 | More by mhksuccess
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:07:45 | More by bonkers
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 21:29:40 | More by dbrauneis
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:38:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 16:20:00 | More by smakawhat
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 08:38:32 | More by WillCarrera
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:46:16 | More by ThickNStout
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:04:28 | More by Teleweizen2
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:58:06 | More by russpowell
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 08:51:38 | More by Rifugium
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 20:47:31 | More by mntlover
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter jet black with a thinner mocha colored head atop,no light got thru this even when held to the light.Aromas were a little lighter than most of the style with chocolate,roaste/coffee,and vanilla standing out.It's much lighter in the mouth than expected but it's not totally a bad thing,it does glide down easily,still I would like a little more body for a big stout like this.Well balanced big stout flavors with the bourbon barrel not being the overpowering presence like way to many of the aged beers,chocolate and roasted notes dominate with the bourbon notes giving off some vanilla in the finish along with some sweet alcohol.This big beer has alot of finesse,as big as it is it's pretty damn easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:31:21 | More by oberon
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, generously sent to me by Tiger33. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured ino my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Silent Night pours jet black. About two fingers of tan foam top the beer, filling the glass to the brim. Head retention is very good, and a decent amount of lacing is left behind as well. The nose is very nice, aromas of coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, and a little oak all make themselves known as I lean in towards the glass. The flavor profile maintains many of those same notes, but the balance is thrown off a little bit. Specifically, coffee, which was probably the primary aroma, is a bit more in the background here. It makes room for a bit more of an oaky presence. Dark chocolate and brown sugar remain strictly background notes. The body is just a little bit lighter than one normally encounters. It's still substantial enough, and this makes the beer a little bit more quaffable. Carbonation is just a hair too lively for me, but it's a minor quibble. Silent Night is one of the less bourbon forward barrel aged stouts I've had, but it's also a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:56:27 | More by axeman9182
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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.