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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

299 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 128
Gots: 114 | FT: 11
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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.

750ml bottle split and poured into a Stone taster. Thanks to crosamich for sending me this!

A - Pours a very dark brown, like a midnight black on a starry night. It really does give the impression of a calm, peaceful winter night night as is depicted on the label rather than a foreboding, ominous stout. It quickly builds a 1.5-finger, dark mocha head with good retention and silky lacing that coats most of the glass.

S - The aroma is full of strong roast and is rather quite smokey as well. If the appearance gave any hint of mildness, the nose quickly puts this notion to rest as it is bursting with a bold bouquet. There is a bit of char, drawing from the fireplace on the label, as well as some dark, pitted fruits. Underlying notes of bourbon play throughout the nose.

T - Right from the start the roast is incredibly flavorful and big. As in the nose, there is a lot of smoke, char, ash, and a hint of soy here among the concoction. This gives it a sweeter side mixed with some bitterness. The bourbon is actually a bit more mild than what I was expecting, but it is pleasant and smooth. Rich chocolate and a smidge of alcohol heat linger in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, giving it a full-bodied feel with low carbonation. the finish imparts a sweet, smokey after-taste. It is a little syrupy due to the low carbonation, but it doesn't impede the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is medium. This is definitely a bold beer that takes me by surprise. I don't know if it was the label or what, but I was really expecting a more subtle, overly sweet kind of stout. Although the roast and smoke are enjoyable, but after a while they begin to linger on the mouth that hurts the drinkability a bit. A flavorful sipper with bold, rich flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:14:24 | More by nhindian
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