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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-18-2011 16:45:29 | More by mgbickel
Photo of bballmj2k

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this sitting in my cellar/closet for about a year - had one fresh and still have one left over.

A - Not too thick, dark black with thin mocha head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lots and lots of roasted, woody, charred notes. Theres bourbon there and a cofffee/dark chocolate note.

T - Lots of wood up front - kind of unlike anything I've had for the style and unlike what I remember from having it fresh last year. Bourbon notes exist but are really subtle and exist in the backdrop. Ends with a roasted espresso character and some bitterness on the end.

M - Fairly high carbonation with some alcohol/roasted burn on the end.

I think I liked this more last December when it was fresh. A lot of woody characters have taken over, and while it's still a well-constructed beer I tend to prefer the bourbon/coffee/chocolate dominant stouts. Still quite interesting and pretty tasty - not sure what I'm going to do with my last bottle...

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:49:31 | More by bballmj2k
Photo of Photekut


4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-17-2011 01:47:46 | More by Photekut
Photo of Centennial


4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-16-2011 07:02:09 | More by Centennial
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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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 18:25:32 | More by twowheelssoar
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 14:29:22 | More by meich75
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-15-2011 08:15:35 | More by doughanson78
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks a ton Mike! Cork had to be sawed off and removed with a wine opener! Tough S.O.B. Gushed a bit and pours with a massive, light brown head. Retention and lacing both decent.

Nose is vanilla-laden with light, vaporized bourbon aromas. Nutty, almost like hazelnuts with a rich chocolate note. Nice.

Has the same bourbon heat as the Tripel Overhead aged in bourbon barrels...intense heat but maintains a smoothness and interesting flavor profile that seems to beguile the mind. Very cool. Lacks a bit of rich sweetness I wouldnt mind seeing, but that is a very mild complaint. Vanilla is fun and adda some much needed depth. I think this would be a good candidate for aging 5 years or so. Thanks again, Mike. Very generous offering from you.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:13:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this from my phone so just let that he known. Shared this one with azdback.

Appearance - Stone RIS glass. Head is creamy, maybe a finger high, and light tan in color. Lace is light. Color is just pitch black and inviting.

Aroma - The lighter side of bourbon at first but it becomes more prevalent as it warms. Vanilla much the same. Roasted malts and dark chocolate hint in the background. I get some nice dark fruit like plum and roasted char more than any other background aroma. What's much more apparent as it warms is alcohol. Didn't notice it at first but I notice it now. Also in there that I noticed was hints of some creamy marshmallow aroma.

Taste - bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit that's really cranberry mostly with hints of fig or plum or cherry. Noticeable alcohol and burn on the way down but not intense like I was drinking World Wide Stout or anything. Behind that are hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate but they are ever so light. Really the main points of this beer are bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and hints of everything else an imperial stout is.

Mouth - Pretty round carbonation but not prickly or off-putting. Velvety almost in consistency but the higher carbonation makes it slightly off from that. Body is medium, with a pretty lingering finish.

Overall - A nice bourbon barrel aged stout. Not the greatest I've ever had but nice. I'd say overall that some of the flavors could have been more pronounced. Maybe even should have been more pronounced. Either way still a barrel aged stout that I enjoyed having. Thank you very much to Lunch for this in our trade.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 10:29:00 | More by matttttYCE
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3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial Russian snifter. Deep and dark black in color. The tiny carbonation bubbles reach the top to form a honeycomb side and a small light tan and creamy top. Lace doesn't stick much at all.

Smell is initially bourbon barrels. Go figure. There is some vanilla, chocolate and a bit of charred wood. Some tobacco and alcohol as it warms.

Taste is dark red fruit. Cranberries or cherries. The roast and chocolate aren't there in the taste. The alcohol survives though with a belly warming burn.

Mouth is much more carbonated then the start. Stays full to the end with just a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall I enjoyed this. Thanks to MattttYCE for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 09:28:19 | More by azdback
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2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously opened by MrFootstones. Thanks, Brian! From notes.

A: Pours a dark, opaque brown with a fluffy, long-lived tan head. No lacing or curtains, but it's fairly lively for an imperial stout.

S: Dark chocolate, some coffee. The strongest smell is roasted grain bordering on char; I tend not to like this approach to the style, and its dominance here is a turnoff.

T: It takes a burnt espresso/grain approach to lead the flavor, which (as noted above) is not my preferred take on an imperial stout. Tannins are well-developed, and there is a strong presence of dark chocolate. A small element of bourbon and caramel. Lacking in nuance and development.

M: Light-medium bodied, with aggressive carbonation (for the style) that accentuates its thin-ness. I actually don't mind imperial stouts that aren't total sludge, but when the flavors are underdeveloped, the cumulative effect is disappointing.

O: I really wanted to like this considering the travesty of the trademark situation. But it's just not an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:46:50 | More by Arbitrator
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle courtesy of thagr81us in a massive trade. Thanks Calton!

The cork was majorly bulging out the top of the bottle. It looked abnormal so I decided to open it soon, hoping it wouldn't blow in my fridge. When I removed the cage it didn't budge but gave a very, very loud pop when I pulled out the cork.

It pours a full bodied midnight black in color with a billowing three finger, dark hazelnut brown foamy head. The aromas consist of a good amount of bourbon, oak, chestnuts, sweet dark roasted malts, cream and spices. The nose is really nice and I like the amount of bourbon that is present. It isn't over the top but it is very fitting and reminiscent of a Jack and Coke. The flavors are a little more traditional for the style. You get a bevy of sweet dark roasted malts, light oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and spices. The bourbon isn't as strong in the flavor as it is in the nose, which is a little disappointing but it is still very solid. Luckily the bourbon builds as it warms up. It drinks full in bodied but isn't overly sticky and is quite drinkable for the style. I am a pretty big fan of this one. I wouldn't mind trying it again this upcoming winter when it's fresher. I'd say it's worth your while.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 00:48:06 | More by aasher
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lauren (ThoreauLikeAGirl) for sharing this bottle.

A-Rocky ochre head tops this dark brown beer. There are huge bubbles and high carbonation that yields a "very vocal head," according to lauren. The lacing is great as is the sustain.

S-Fresh brewed roasted coffe, cooked apple

T- Sweet, dark chocolate with mild coffee. A hint of oaky tannins with warm vanilla. There is caramelized sugar and dates in the middle. The finish is fairly dry with bitter coffee.

M-Despite the high carbonation, good MF and it wasn't too prickly. In fact the high carbonation help to keep the beer bubbly as we let it rise in temperature.

Great little beer, I'd definitely like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:24:47 | More by Soonami
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4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely superb beer, and one that I think is underrated on Beer Advocate. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Lovely aromas of coconut, cream, vanilla, Bourbon notes, charred wood, and a nice nuttiness. Very smooth and integrated in the nose. The taste is similar, but what a smooth, well integrated package. There is also a nice burnt sugar note, but this doesn't come on too strong or overwhelm the other flavors. This beer is an excellent example of how to successfully utilize a Bourbon barrel to age a beer. Everything here is beautifully balanced and complementary. Superb job! Very, very smooth- graceful power on an elegant frame.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 16:20:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with TONS of head... way too much if you ask me. Other than the ridiculous over carbonation its fairly pretty. Smells bourbon heavy with lots of chocolate and a light roastiness. The bourbon is fairly balanaced with the sweet maltiness on the nose and the tongue. Lots of oak and vanilla and chocolate on the tongue. Some sweet dark molasses with atouch of boozy burn.
Way too bubbly for me! Sweet and tasty but the over carbed bottle hurts it a bit

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:11:46 | More by Urbancaver
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours black with a light brown head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of smoother dark chocolate with hints of vanilla. Also present are very light amounts of earthy oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are joined by solid amounts of mildly bitter dark chocolate. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens with hints of vanilla, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, with a lighter-than-normal body for the style and solid carbonation.

Overall this was a very well done beer that had a good deal of complexity. A bit more thickness and it could compete with the big boys. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 23:52:50 | More by glid02
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle opened by Andrew (womencantsail) at Stone Sour Fest 2011, thanks!

A: Looks like a Russian Imperial Stout. No surprises here. Dark in color, bordering on black with a respectable brown head exhibiting good retention.

S: Molasses, bourbon, dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. There's a decided nuttiness in the nose that I don't often get from beers of this style, it's an interesting and enjoyable touch. The various components are well balanced. I get a whisper of vanilla. Smells nice.

T: Again, the characteristics are balanced: black strap molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, and bourbon. There's that nutty quality again. The bourbon is well integrated with oak and a mellow bitterness. Alcohol is faint.

M: Upper medium to lower full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A nice barrel aged Imperial Stout. A pleasant surprise in a sea of acetone. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:43:46 | More by HopHead84
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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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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got 2 of these so I figured I'd open one up.

Pours dark with a thick tan head, swirling the glass leaves some nice lacing.

Smells nice but subtle. You really have to stick your nose in there to get to that wonderful aroma of burnt sugar, bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Nothing crazy comin at ya but it all blends together nicely and makes for a pleasant drinking experience.

Solid mouthfeel without being over the top.

I'm glad I got one of these left, I'll wait for a cold night to crack it open.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:19:01 | More by ZX6Chris
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2.13/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours possibly the deepest black you’ll see. Even held to sun light only the slightest hints of light shine through on the rims. Marginal head, and no real legs here are a touch underwhelming.

This beer opens with and I know this sounds odd, but apple cider as the primary aroma. The beer warms more and the notes from a sharp and acidic coffee aroma starts to jump out. There are light notes from the bourbon oak, but certainly nothing overt. The alcohol is amazingly out there given the beer is only 9%.

The flavors open again much like the notes with a citrus and fruity apple/apple cider flavor with dark malts, chocolate and oak. Warmer this beer takes on a more traditional stout flavor with the citrus flavors numbing and perhaps some coffee.

Low on carbonation and HIGH on alcohol is the only way to describe this one. Give it enough time sitting out and eventually the alcohol bite will let up.

This is an odd beer to say the least. It takes on a lot of fruity flavors that some of the hoppy stouts can get, it never really gives you any strong indications that bourbon barrels were used. Overall an interesting beer, but it doesn’t really do anything for me. That said reviews for this are all over the place so it might be worth trying again. All and all if one could get this cheaply I think it is worth a small sample as it is very different even if it doesn't really do anything well.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:47:16 | More by bobhits
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Whiskey, oak, and bourbon flavors. Chocolate as well with some cocoa. It is fairly hoppy.

Taste: Super roasted with coffee, chocolate, and cocoa flavors. It has some hot bourbon as well as oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Hot and fizzy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends boozy.

Overall, I wasn’t the biggest fan. Too much carbonation and too hot. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 18:40:46 | More by mothman
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2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Darkness snifter.

My 3oz pour is very black with a full two finger mocha colored head. The smell of bourbon creeps from my glass. Pretty powerful. I come back to it a second time after a gasp of air and I find a little vanilla trying to come through. Sipping time. Holy crap is this beer carbonated. Way too much. Distracting even. Getting past that I find some bakers chocolate up front accompanied by roast and char. Then of course the booze heat wave in the throat. This beer burns a touch. After the sip settles the aftertaste is rather awful. I wasn't a fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:25:48 | More by TheDudeRules
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3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Thanks to UMNBeerhunter for breaking this one out. Poured into a tulip glass a pitch black brown color with a slight tan mocha head. The head is by no means thick and as viscous as I would like in an IS. The nose is a heavy dose of dark chocolate, leather, barrel, and slight booze. To me is smells a touch "hot". My first sip, the thing I notice the most is the medium/light mouthfeel, too light for me for this style. The flavors are boozy mixed with dark chocolate, leather, and molasses all highlighted with bourbon. Dry and roasty finish. Overall, a tad let down by this as I wish it was a little less carbonated and had a heavier mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 12:18:10 | More by kbutler1
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New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerness for the bottle!
Bottled December 2010

Pours with a huge, foamy, tan head, which eventually fades to a thin film. Leaves some good lacing.

Grassy, roasty, bourbon on the nose. Touch of booze and a hint of smoky malt. Green, earthy notes.

Dark chocolate, grassy hops and light bourbon throughout. Oak, a hint of vanilla and alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel is over-carbonated and almost spritzy at first. Let this one breathe for awhile to lower the carbonation. Good alcohol warmth on the finish. Body has some nice weight to it, but the carbonation level really needs to be fixed for the style.

Overall, this is my first brew from Mother Earth and it seems like they are off to a good start. This is a pretty decent BA Imperial Stout, but it also easily overshadowed by many others in this category. I think if they tweak the recipe a bit and lower the carbonation they could have a pretty good beer on their hands.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:32:50 | More by sisuspeed
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