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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

283 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 103
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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kkipple

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the mighty Duckworth's in Charlotte, consumed on the last Tuesday of the year on a lark-trip with my lil buddy D.H. Pouring this on draft saved me the trouble of hunting down a bottle, which are rare, but admittedly have beautiful bottle art. Go Mother Earth!

Arrives in one of my favorite glasses, the huge Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Score.

A. Looks creamy. Dark and nearly black, still, with a finger tall tightish head, spotty lace as the beer goes down. Eventually, the head is only seen clinging for life to the edges, but it does take a while.

S. Toasty and rich barrel once it gets to a decent temp. Very BA Rasputin to me. Oaky and bourbony with some real snappy heat, but clean and tight. Vanilla, oak, very faint fruity barrel notes. No surprises, but the barrel is definately front and center here. Toasty, not boozy. The stout is hid back there somewhere, roasty and sweet.

T. Again, toasty barrel with vanilla and a real smoothness. Semi-sweet, the base beer rather lost in the bourbon-oak frame. It appears to be your basic big American stout; charred grain and roast with some chewy chocolate. I do wish the bourbon was less pronounced here, but it does work pretty well all told and avoids being too hot. This is good, but... A few years ago I would have given this a higher rating, alas, I'm becoming a bit unmoved by overly barreled brews.

M / D. Thinner body, which is interesting everyone is trying to outthicken each other these days... creamy and full in the mouth from excellent carbonation - seems dessert-like. Mouthfeel really saves the day here, and the finish is roasty-toasty, bourbon-candy and short and sweet. Savory.

Mother Earth has a pretty solid beer in Silent Night, and I can absolutely see why people like this. If I were them I'd blend the next batch 50-50 twixt the barrel and base beer to both tame the heat and let this tasty stout flex its muscles. Not to mention you don't have to charge $20 a 750ml if only half the brew is oaked... right? After all that, recommended, and I'll be seeking Silent Night out again next year.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 04:55:11 | More by kkipple
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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.