Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing
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Reviews by kkipple:
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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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
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
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
Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.