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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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Silent NightSilent Night

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

106 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 402
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 134
Gots: 142 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: atsprings on 11-26-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 402
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (2,083 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of marvin213
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.... (785 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,076 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 jtladner
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dcbeers
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whitekiboko
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.