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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

314 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 130
Gots: 117 | FT: 12
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

oberon, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Schlais, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of marvin213
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 2010 Especial, it looks like a nitro-pour with that small-bubbly top. Pitch black...as night...fitting. The nose is thick malt. More chocolate than coffee, but both arrive to the olfactory.

Toasted malts on a roasted coffee platter, it's a winter warmer with chocolate and coffee beans. The faintest hop memory lingers only on the finish, as this beer seems more winter warmer than even the most subtle of stouts. On a down note, the coffee is toasted/burnt such that it reminds me of the coffee pot bottom. :-( On an up note, the coffee--an ingredient whose influence I commonly indulge upon--presents itself more pronounced than I remember. Still, 2-years under wrap, it's a relative disappointment to have brought this out. I'm a homer, but I'll save this one for the trades....

marvin213, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown magnum with a bottled on freshness date on the label.

The ale throws down a black liquid with tiny tan bubbles that seem to want to take their time on their ride to the top of the glass. Head retention is a non-issue here, each sip leaves a thin ring of lacing. Hint of boozy fusel barrel juice, vanilla, charred wood, roasted grain and a blackberry brandy fruitiness. Big brawny body with enough smoothness to break up that thick creamy body a bit and a cushy body that is as it settles down on the palate. The flavor lands sweet but with a charred slightly smoky backing, burnt sugar comes to mind as well. Hops take second seat. Faint bourbon note though there is a definite pull on the palate from the wood. Very balanced and almost too drinkable for its size. 9% is pretty mellow. Finishes with that dry pull from the bourbon barrel.

Hard to balance near perfection like this in a bigger beer. Very well done.

Jason, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

bpfrush, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Mantooth, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Cynic-ale, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) for sharing this bottle.

A-Rocky ochre head tops this dark brown beer. There are huge bubbles and high carbonation that yields a "very vocal head," according to lauren. The lacing is great as is the sustain.

S-Fresh brewed roasted coffe, cooked apple

T- Sweet, dark chocolate with mild coffee. A hint of oaky tannins with warm vanilla. There is caramelized sugar and dates in the middle. The finish is fairly dry with bitter coffee.

M-Despite the high carbonation, good MF and it wasn't too prickly. In fact the high carbonation help to keep the beer bubbly as we let it rise in temperature.

Great little beer, I'd definitely like to have this again.

Soonami, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork blasts off almost taking jh1982's eye out after merely unscrewing the cage in the parking lot of a Wolfpack baseball game! Worries about infection subside when it pours nice and black with ample tan head. Very roasty aroma, didn't pick up bourbon in the nose.

Great chewy roasty presence. Tiny bits of bourbon and chocolate, everything melds oh so nice with this, alcohol heat is tame, if at all. Reminiscient of Eclipse for multiple reasons, none of them being the flavor per se.

Very roasty, like the base beer for Eclipse (Totality). Bourbon and alcohol are not through the roof, this beer isn't about being the strongest or -est anything, its just about being a damn good beer. This definitely is thicker and chewier though.

Balance is its strong suit. A lil wood, lots of roast flavors, little bits of chocolate and bourbon = a damn fine beer, thanks for bringing it fellas. Wish I would have kept the empty to shoot though.

The higher than average carbonation was nice to blend with the flat Papier Brandy, that's worthy of another bump in this overall score.

Beerandraiderfan, May 12, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

chinchill, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap.

Pours black with a light brown head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of smoother dark chocolate with hints of vanilla. Also present are very light amounts of earthy oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are joined by solid amounts of mildly bitter dark chocolate. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens with hints of vanilla, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with a lighter-than-normal body for the style and solid carbonation.

Overall this was a very well done beer that had a good deal of complexity. A bit more thickness and it could compete with the big boys. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -9%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

acurtis, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of whitekiboko
5/5  rDev +21.4%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GehenHerzog for this one! 2010 Vintage. Review from notes.

A: Pours a nice black color with a small mocha head on top, about 3/4 inch in height. Decent retention with some ok lacing down the sides, some parts it is foamy and some parts rather thin.

S: Nice bourbony aromas, vanilla, and some oak. Some roasted malt and coffee, with hints of chocolate. Very inviting.

T: Similar to the aroma in both flavor in intensity. The bourbon held up nicely over time, very smooth. Nice combination of vanilla and caramel, with some coffee as well. Probably not as much as when the beer was fresh, but I probably prefer it this way.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smooth. A great sipping beer over an evening.

O: A really nice beer. Was a great beer to have on Christmas Eve and went extremely well with the Chocolate Yule Log we had for dessert.

mdaschaf, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -9%

seavercm, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of twowheelssoar
5/5  rDev +21.4%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jh1982, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

A - pitch black with a large, brown, dense, foamy head that has fantastic retention

S - huge coffee aromas, chocolate, roasted malts, faint anise

T - huge flavor; coffee and chocolate up front, some roasted malts, some bitterness that's more from the coffee than from the hops, and a faint sweetness in the finish akin to chocolate covered cherries.

M - rich, full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This was fantastic. It was so complex and each sip opened a new dimension. The nuances are what made this one for me. Amongst the huge, bold flavors there were subtleties such as the cherry notes in the finish and the rich chocolate that weaved its way around the coffee and roasted malts. This is an amazing stout that I will seek out again. It's a bit pricey, but I may break my own rule and claim: "It's worth it."

tdm168, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh silent night - the internets have roared about you. is this a result of being one of the few of your style brewed in your state? is this truly a brilliant beer? What is your story silent night?

X-mas eve at Duckworths is the best place to investigate this e-phenomenon

appearance: served on tap, 8.5oz serving, ebony body, creamy tan head. it looks the part, but most do

smell: dry roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso

taste: Duckworth's has really made my holidays in Charlotte productive. Silent Night is a nice brew, but not necesarily warranting some of the message board hype. Very dry, cocoa, espresso, some piney hops. This is certainly on the lighter side of the style spectrum - tasty and worthy of my first beer of the day, but please, kill the hype train

mouthfeel: dry, medium bodied, creamy

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

leschkie, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.