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
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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.