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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 142
Gots: 124 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerness for this 750 ML bottle as part of an excellent trade. Left in the fridge, ignored & sad for too long, now it's out in the open. Breathing. Split with my wife.

Pour is wrought iron black. Amply carbonated for a big, dark beer that's been suffocated in a barrel. Smell plays to form: chocolate, deep malts, barrel is fairly light. I'm craving bourbon. I hope there's a ton in here.

Silent Night is accurate: the beer never spoke to me. And it's night, though I have no idea how it knew that. Big roast notes that weren't real apparent in the nose have the upper hand, bordering on the country of coffee. Barrel is spare, big split, 7-10, the ghost of vanilla past lurking deep in the beer. Little sweet malt & slow-building but ultimately intense oak that starts in the background & comes to bulid a shed around the finish. Bourbon plays hide-and-seek as it warms.

Seems to be a trend that brewers are using bourbon barrels that impart the mildest, sparest hint of bourbon that's quickly lost in the complexities of a beer: here is onesuch. I like the bourbon to complement the beer, not get lost in the maze. Good beer, but hoping for more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy to generate froth here with a sick amount of sticky lacing. Its unreal how long this lasts. We have long lasting froth, inky darkness, At least a half finger of creamy froth is always present.

Smells... very sweet. Like vanilla sundaes and custard, drizzled on top is the volatile component of bourbon. Sharp, acidic, ethanol. Its slapping you left and right but you love it. BEAT ME MORE! I WANT MORE! Back end is a lightly bittered chocolate but moreso burnt grain. Sharp charred bread.

Flavors... Bursting milk chocolate, just like I like it. Not the sickeningly overly hershey syrup kind... but the light cocoa powder and milk chocolate character. This lingers throughout the entire palate with it gently getting more and more bitter like cocoa nibs simmered in milk. Some other flavors are charred branches from oak, burnt grains... really burnt grains giving it a true imperial stout characteristic. Very delightful. Finishes with bourbon heat and burn. Not as great as I would have enjoyed, but still nice.

Thin, light body. Very creamy... almost as thin as a gentle hot cocoa. This is unreally thin... too thin. Why must you make me tick against you! Very silky smooth, and custard creamy at least. Long lasting flavors, great hidden 9% alcohol.

Its a good beer, but the body and aroma need a bit more work to become world class.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into an Old Engine Oil tulip. Major thanks to kingkong for sending this one my way. Shared at a tasting.

A: Black with red-orange highlights; 1/2" of persistent light brown head. Terrific, almost unbelievably gorgeous lace. Great.

S: Roasty: coffee and chocolate up front, with some vanilla, coconut, and honey following behind. A touch of spice. Quite nice, but I was hoping for more bourbon.

T: Creamy and rich, with some bourbon finally coming through along with vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and spicy bitterness. Really nice, but a little underpowered.

M: Creamy, sticky, frothy full body. Pleasant.

O: This was a very good, entirely enjoyable beer, but it didn't do anything to stand out from the crowd. Well worth trying if you get it, but a far cry from a couple other BA stouts from NC I've had recently.


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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GehenHerzog for this one! 2010 Vintage. Review from notes.

A: Pours a nice black color with a small mocha head on top, about 3/4 inch in height. Decent retention with some ok lacing down the sides, some parts it is foamy and some parts rather thin.

S: Nice bourbony aromas, vanilla, and some oak. Some roasted malt and coffee, with hints of chocolate. Very inviting.

T: Similar to the aroma in both flavor in intensity. The bourbon held up nicely over time, very smooth. Nice combination of vanilla and caramel, with some coffee as well. Probably not as much as when the beer was fresh, but I probably prefer it this way.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smooth. A great sipping beer over an evening.

O: A really nice beer. Was a great beer to have on Christmas Eve and went extremely well with the Chocolate Yule Log we had for dessert.

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750ml bottle poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with motor oil viscosity that develops a light tan head that recedes quickly.

S: Lots of malts and I sense some chocolate undertones as well as some coffee.Bourbon comes on at the end and I can smell some of the barrel that houses this magic beer.

T: Tastes like it smells. Lots of malts with some chocolate and coffee undertones, it finishes with the bourbon barrel aftertaste that balances out this brew perfectly.

M: Medium bodied with a slight oily texture on the palate.

O: I Really look forward to each Winter when I can indulge in this North Carolina masterpiece.

Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.