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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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293 Ratings

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 126
Gots: 115 | FT: 10
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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

11-08-2012 16:58:59 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leschkie for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa powder. Taste is also of dark roasted malt and cocoa with a very nice balance between the flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:02:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-06-2012 22:32:32 | More by djrn2
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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by bmanning--thanks, Ben. After reading the initial reviews on this, I was quite excited to try it. Unfortunately, it doesn't nearly live up to the hype. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a bubbly reverse-cascading head. This quickly fades into a tan collar with some large carbonation bubbles. The nose is roasty with quite a bit of smoke as well as some charcoal and bourbon. The bourbon is a bit light, with the smoke coming through on a stronger level. There is some definite boozy heat, and this makes its presence known more so in the mouthfeel. Slightly prickly carbonation. As it warms, the nose is still a bit light, though it exhibits more notes of coffee and roasted malt. The finish is a bit odd--harsh and a bit bitter. A bit disappointed in this, though it's not a bad beer. Could probably use quite a bit of time.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:17:40 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pitch black colored liquid topped by a mocha cap; both the retention and lacing were decent

Smell: Boozy bourbon on top of roasty chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Burnt sugar, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee, up front, with a bit of hops arriving in the middle; by mid-palate, the boozy bourbon starts to impact the profile, adding a vanilla tone; after the swallow, the bourbon is dominant, leaving a harshness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (lighter than expected), with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not.a bad first effort but still needs a bit of work to find the right balance points; I have a bottle but will put a bit of age on it before I give it a go

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 18:35:02 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

and away we go with hobo tasting number four. me and calton in the parking lot of chucky cheese, drinking top 100 beers in crystall glass ware from the back of his trunk. we both have too many issues to get into right now.

the pour was fantastic and honestly could not be improved upon in any way. just a deep, dark black color and a huge, towering head of tan that was going nowehere and fast! rich aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hints of dark fruits from the yeast as it warms and a sugar, almost vanilla like touch to it that really just sealed it for me. great stout. flavor was more of the same, lots of carbonation here with cocoa, light coffee bitterness, touches of light hops and a nice dose of vanilla seals the flavor and leaves a long finish of the palate.

overall a really nice beer i have to say, very impressed with this offering from mother earth an would love to try it again

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:57:05 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-15-2014 02:33:10 | More by nmann08
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is surprisingly lively and overcarbonated. Almost black in color with a huge tan head.

S: Smells pretty nice. Lots of roast and dark chocolate with a decent coffee aroma. There is a bit of char to it as well as some burnt sugar, licorice, and just a hint of dark fruits. Really complex and good.

T: The flavor is quite as good, but still nice. Dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, char, and plenty of roasted malts. Just a little bit of licorice and molasses and perhaps a dark fruit character.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: I was impressed by this beer. The nose was quite nice, and the flavor wasn't half bad either.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 05:26:32 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-06-2012 22:32:51 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-24-2013 18:11:35 | More by Texasfan549
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:31:21 | More by oberon
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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

And here I thought I was done with Christmas songs until next December... This thing pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises coffee, bourbon, vanilla, light oak, roasted malts, and chocolate milk. The taste amplifies the bourbon over the roast and the vanilla, slightly o'erpowering things, though not excessively. The chocolate has darkened, embittered slightly. A subtle alcoholic burn lurks in the very back. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a nice big stout, but a bit unbalanced and weak for me. Good, but nowhere near spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:10:40 | More by TMoney2591
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Wil for sharing... tastes like winning.
Review from written notes.

Black with mahogany edges, a finger or so of mocha foam with a creamy surface. Solid retention with some spotty lacing around the edges of the glass.

Wet bourbon barrel, freshly emptied... plenty of whiskey in the nose. Dark fruits, dried plum and figs, brown sugar, oak and vanilla.

Big sweet bourbon notes, woody oak tannins, molasses, plum and fig notes upfront, mild roast and dark chocolate in the middle, aftertaste of oak tannins and vanilla. Frothy feel, medium bodied. Moderate alcohol presence... to be expected. Well integrated Imperial Stout & bourbon barrel character. A sipper, but easily enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:41:11 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-04-2012 16:07:05 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-07-2013 04:51:51 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-07-2013 21:46:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chad for sharing this one. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours with a good amount of tan foam that features nice retention, glass-coating lace, and eventually a thin cap. Black body. Very attractive.

S - Alcohol, dark chocolate, some light nail polish and acetic notes, wood, and solvent. Seems way hotter than the listed 9%.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, some char and burnt notes, a bit of barrel. Thankfully the tart notes found in the nose are gone here, and this is definitely less sweet as well. Very bitter licorice and espresso finish.

M - Lower carbonation, smooth medium-full body with nice creamy viscosity. Obvious heat in the finish, but otherwise quite style-appropriate.

D - This is a sipper, and definitely needs more time to cool down. It's not as bourbon-forward the ridiculous Mother Earth but it's still too hot to be enjoyable at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 07:28:19 | More by MasterSki
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:45:46 | More by Jason
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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in Dec 2012

Pours thick, effervescent & pitch black with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention, nice viscious look to this

S: Rich dark choclate, dark fruit & a touch of boozeyness, some oak & vanilla. Coffee beans are a late arrival to the party

T: Charred grain, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, & woody dryness up front. More coffee, dryness & charred grain as this warms; some nice dark chocolate & vanilla notes as well. Finishes dry, somewhat boozey, with caramel, much charred grain & subtle coffee/mocha notes

MF: Chewy, smooth carbonation, has some slickness

A very nice/drinkable Imp Stout, didn't rock my world, but it did make me very happy

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:58:06 | More by russpowell
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Big thanks go to Barscream for sharing this one with me. I must say that I really like the label on this bottle. Very classy presentation overall from Mother Earth!

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger of milk chocolate colored foamy head. This holds tight across the top of the glass, staying thick and rich, and drenching the sides of the glass with a robust and creamy cascade of lacing. Really top-notch look to this! The bourbon is a bit forceful up front of the nose, with notes of molasses, burnt wood, and vanilla, that then move into a more base blend of rich chocolate fudge and roasted malts. Sharp pangs of warmth cut across the back of the nose and add an extra sweet sting to the proceedings.

The taste is similar with the bourbon flavors layered on top; with charred burnt sugars that give way to vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and dark roasted character. There is maybe even a little bit of some leafy hop tones that mingle with the green tannic dryness of the barrel in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and puts some sharpness on the tongue before spreading out into the mouth with more of a creamier feel and then finally getting thick and chewy as you near the swallow. Great overall feel here. The actual ABV seems well hid for the most part but the bourbon really brings a lot of raw heat to this as well.

This was solid for the most part and I really liked what I felt out of that base Imperial Stout as well (I wouldn't mind seeing just a separate release of that). Unfortunately, this got a little too hot at times for my taste. Probably more so than I usually like in a BA beer. Plus it seemed like there could have been a little more of a melding of the beer and barrel flavors as well. Not bad at all for a first time effort from Mother Earth but I would like to see them continue to work and refine this one, as it really has the potential to be excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 20:29:33 | More by Kegatron
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown-black color with a surprisingly large tan head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of roast in the nose, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, oak, slight fruit esters. More of the same in the taste, roasty dark malts, coffee, cocoa or unsweetened chocolate, woody notes, with subtle hints of dark fruits and anise. Body was about medium, carbonation was moderate, but a bit more prickly than I'd expect. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 08:51:38 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-27-2014 08:21:35 | More by SocalKicks
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-30-2012 21:42:51 | More by imperialking
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-14-2012 00:08:22 | More by yourefragile
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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
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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.