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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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SamW

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-22-2012 15:00:41 | More by SamW
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harrylee773

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-21-2012 01:49:22 | More by harrylee773
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oberon

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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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, generously sent to me by Tiger33. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured ino my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Silent Night pours jet black. About two fingers of tan foam top the beer, filling the glass to the brim. Head retention is very good, and a decent amount of lacing is left behind as well. The nose is very nice, aromas of coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, and a little oak all make themselves known as I lean in towards the glass. The flavor profile maintains many of those same notes, but the balance is thrown off a little bit. Specifically, coffee, which was probably the primary aroma, is a bit more in the background here. It makes room for a bit more of an oaky presence. Dark chocolate and brown sugar remain strictly background notes. The body is just a little bit lighter than one normally encounters. It's still substantial enough, and this makes the beer a little bit more quaffable. Carbonation is just a hair too lively for me, but it's a minor quibble. Silent Night is one of the less bourbon forward barrel aged stouts I've had, but it's also a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:56:27 | More by axeman9182
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Kmccabe33

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-15-2012 22:47:48 | More by Kmccabe33
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benjaminahudson

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-14-2012 19:57:55 | More by benjaminahudson
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

A - pitch black with a large, brown, dense, foamy head that has fantastic retention

S - huge coffee aromas, chocolate, roasted malts, faint anise

T - huge flavor; coffee and chocolate up front, some roasted malts, some bitterness that's more from the coffee than from the hops, and a faint sweetness in the finish akin to chocolate covered cherries.

M - rich, full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This was fantastic. It was so complex and each sip opened a new dimension. The nuances are what made this one for me. Amongst the huge, bold flavors there were subtleties such as the cherry notes in the finish and the rich chocolate that weaved its way around the coffee and roasted malts. This is an amazing stout that I will seek out again. It's a bit pricey, but I may break my own rule and claim: "It's worth it."

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:47:09 | More by tdm168
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-09-2012 02:08:34 | More by marine1975
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Yoda22

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-07-2012 01:30:21 | More by Yoda22
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was on tap at Mother Earth's brew pub.

A: dark brown with a thick creamy head with really tiny bubbles.
S: AMAZING! This is something that every person who likes barrel aged stouts shoul be able to smell once before they die. Hints of bourbon with chocolate tht turns quickly to sweet malty goodness ad then caramel.
T: The bourbon hits first and then is quickly mellowed out by the malts. The bourbon is perfect in this beer. It is perfectly balanced by the malts and isn't overpowering or too weak.
MF: amazingly full body with great carbonation.
O: this beer is great and is in my top 10 list for BBL beers

The only thing that would have made this better is if TDM168 could have been in attendance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 18:29:07 | More by brewdude1982
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

750ml, Dec. 2010
Bruery tulip

A: Pours a very dark brown/black. Still good carbonation. Good pop on bottle. About a half finger of light tan head. Faded quick but you can get it back up by recirculating. Fluffy pillow like head. Some alcohol feet.

S: Coffee grounds. Roasted malts. Maybe still some piney like hops? Not a ton of barrel anymore on the nose. Some soft vanilla. Caramel as it comes up.

T: Up front, some dark chocolate bitterness. Then you get some sweetness to match that from the barrel I assume. You get some sweet vanilla notes. Like the nose though, it's not a HUGE barrel character at all.

M: It's a thin full bodied brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 15:00:49 | More by inlimbo77
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SFTBLMOSS2

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15%

11-21-2012 15:22:02 | More by SFTBLMOSS2
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-16-2012 02:23:13 | More by ASUBeer
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -27.4%

11-08-2012 16:58:59 | More by t0rin0
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass
Bottled Nov 2011

A big thanks to Finatic for sending this one over as an extra!

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, almost black, with lighter browning on the edges. One fingers width of light mocha colored head builds then quickly recedes down to a thin film and outer ring. Leaves a few spotty patches of lacing.

S: Wonderful big bourbon notes and rich dark chocolate, significant dark fruit aromas, a hint of coffee and some booze round it out. Really great.

T: Roasted malts are much more prevalent on the tongue than in the nose. There are also flavors of milk chocolate, black coffee, oak, heavy cream, a decent amount of bourbon but not as much as the nose suggested, some booze. Tasty, but doesnt live up to the nose, and I would have liked more of the bourbon notes to come out on the tongue.

M/D: Velvety smooth with an appropriately low carbonation. Would certainly benefit from being thicker as this one feels a touch thin in the mouth. Drinkablity is good.

O: Overall, a really nice offering here, that I am glad I got to try. Thanks again Finatic!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:14:15 | More by zac16125
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-06-2012 22:32:51 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-06-2012 22:32:32 | More by djrn2
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into snifter - 2010 vintage - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Pours an opaque black color with a huge, frothy tanned head resting on top. Plenty of carbonation building, leaving webbed, sticky lacing all over the glass. It takes a few moments to calm down, settling into a nicely retained head.

Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans in the nose. Dark malts and caramel with some oaky char. Light notes of bourbon and vanilla with some warmth.

Warm and robust up front with notes of chocolate and cocoa powder. Coffee beans and toasted dark malts with some sweetness. The barrel character has mellowed out, with oak, vanilla and smoothed out bourbon. There's a bit of a char lurking in the middle that feels out of place as the beer finishes warm and dry.

Fuller medium body, high carbonation, a bit prickly on the tongue despite some creaminess. A solid, fairly balanced imp stout, although I'd like a bit more punch from the barrel and a smoother feel on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 11:57:32 | More by xnicknj
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-04-2012 12:42:05 | More by kell50
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-17-2012 14:22:51 | More by mklinger
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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....

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 20:01:20 | More by marvin213
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-12-2012 17:52:37 | More by leschkie
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-11-2012 23:47:21 | More by doucmehu
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-30-2012 21:42:51 | More by imperialking
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McNuts

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2012 00:26:38 | More by McNuts
Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.