Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing
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Reviews by mechamifune:
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Having only bought one bottle of this beer and not knowing whether to cellar it for a year or drink it right away, i was faced with a bit of a conundrum...$10 and and 16oz later at raleigh times bar and I had my solution.
Appearance is pitch black... not oily in appearance like say 10-50 or DL but still pitch black. Nice light tan head... an active looking appearance which is nice for a stout.
Smell is mostly bourbon and not particularly strong. Some vanilla hints in there but for me the bourbon dominates. Pleasant enough.
Taste is dominated by the bourbon, but in a subtle way, if that makes sense. The base beer here feels very simple. Not a lot of coffee/chocolate to counteract the bourbon, but the bourbon taste is still not stringent. Overall the taste is pleasant but not particularly complex. I get vanilla notes more than anything with the bourbon.
Mouthfeel is very thin for a BA stout.... but since the bourbon taste is relatively subtle (though a little warm in the aftertaste), the thin body works relatively well. Still, all in all the body is just too thin for a "big" stout.
In turn though the drinkability is very high. Finish is smooth and this is not a hard beer to drink, in particular for a BA beer. Problem is that compared to BA beers like KBS or BA Sex. Choc. (or even, to a lesser extent, Olde Rabbits Foote) this beer just feels like a little bit of a notch below. It's easier to drink than those beers but I don't want to drink it as much as those beers. Still, its an enjoyable beer to drink in total, and I look forward to seeing what a year of aging will do to the bottle I have. If you can get this on draft for a reasonable price go for it, otherwise i'm not so sure.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2010 00:00:55 | More by mechamifune
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Pitch black with quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.
S- Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco, subtle vanilla, oak, cherry, light bourbon, and goodness.
T- Sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, and caramel right off the top. It quickly morphs into awesome chocolate and decadent coffee from there. Beautiful soft, roasty, woodsy finish with just a touch of bourbon. Aftertaste is roasty with a burn that's more spicy than boozy. Nicely balanced with a lot going on. I wish I could describe it better...
M- Medium thick body. Not motor oil, but close.
O- This is a damn good stout that's well worth seeking out. If you see it on the shelf, please buy it. Any stout fan would appreciate this one. To me, it belongs in the upper tier. Wonderful balance and smooth flavor transitions.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 22:35:52 | More by tmm313
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
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
Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
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