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Silent Night - Mother Earth Brewing

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 402
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 137
Gots: 142 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: atsprings on 11-26-2010

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Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and caged bottle courtesy of BucketBoy. One of the favorites of the night. Pours one shade shy of black with a creamy/frothy, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets and pinpricks. An arc-like swath of lacing is revealed and refreshed with each tilt of the glass. Nose expresses dark malt and an alcohol character that is closer to rum/ethanol than bourbon. Coconut, a trace of wood and a little butter also comes out. Taste follows nose - it's a bit alcohol forward. Molasses, dark sugar and brewers licorice also comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light - carbonation is a bit too assertive, but a creamy texture reveals itself as the carbonation dissipates. This is a top notch example of the style with great balance that could probably stand to cellar a bit longer to allow the carbonation and alcohol to settle.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to cadaugherty!

A - Pours black, tan head, good lacing, whisps on top as the cap.

S - Dark chocolate, lots of booze, oak.

T - Very boozy, chocolate, oak, very very bitter finish.

M - Medium, over carbonated, semi-dry finish.

D - Okay for a BA stout, not something I'd look for to revisit.

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Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with 2 fingers of milk chocolate head. The head recedes into a nice brown cap that stays with the beer. There is a little lacing, though not much.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate up front followed by a nice mix of aromas of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T: Taste is very similar to aroma. There's some semi-sweet chocolate up front followed by a nice mix of vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon is fairly subtle here, not overwhelming you like some or going completely unnoticed. I'd prefer it to be just a notch more present, though. The bourbon leaves a nice, warming aftertaste to go with a slight coffee bitterness.

M: Thick body with a bit more carbonation than most bourbon barrel stouts. Good, but I prefer my imperial stouts to be a bit more creamy textured.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly and avoids being a cloyingly sweet bourbon bomb like some.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Pint Glass

Thanks to dogbones for suggesting this tasty stout.

This beer pours a wonderful black chocolate with a rich dark tan foam. It' really lovely, but there is a lot of carbonation. The smell is of bourbon barrel and chocolate. It's pretty damn tasty. The taste is similar to the smell, but there is a deep richness that makes it really really wonderful. This beer is pretty smooth right now but there is a tad bit of alcohol harshness. I am really digging this beer and sad that I'm not in NC to get this all the time.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep pitch black color with a thick mahogany brown head and tons of lacing. Smells of oak, bourbon, and mild malts and hops. Tastes of oak, smoke, malts, roasted malts, a little touch of hops, and hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and nice. Drinkability is high for its ABV.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at City Bev when it was released. At $20+/bottle, I only grabbed one, so I hope it's good. Poured into a snifter.

This beer pours a thick creamy black with a finger-width wispy tan head on top. The nose is sharp with astringent alcohol right away, and not the bourbon-sort. More like nail polish remover. Some oak notes, and coffee on the finish. Slight hoppy notes noted as well.

The mouth is velvety smooth. My palate is comfortable-coated. There's a slight sharp carbonation bite at the back end, that could be smoothed out a bit. I never like to buy into the hype, but this beer delivers. The flavor is big on the chocolate right away. Creamy milk chocolate greets me, then switches to the bourbon. The bourbon aspect is well-attenuated and balanced. This beer doesn't smack you over the head with that characteristic, which I appreciate. Some leafy hops on the finish. This is a really good beer. Had it not been so dang expensive, I'd have grabbed a few bottles more. I now wish I did. Recommend.

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Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the mighty Duckworth's in Charlotte, consumed on the last Tuesday of the year on a lark-trip with my lil buddy D.H. Pouring this on draft saved me the trouble of hunting down a bottle, which are rare, but admittedly have beautiful bottle art. Go Mother Earth!

Arrives in one of my favorite glasses, the huge Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Score.

A. Looks creamy. Dark and nearly black, still, with a finger tall tightish head, spotty lace as the beer goes down. Eventually, the head is only seen clinging for life to the edges, but it does take a while.

S. Toasty and rich barrel once it gets to a decent temp. Very BA Rasputin to me. Oaky and bourbony with some real snappy heat, but clean and tight. Vanilla, oak, very faint fruity barrel notes. No surprises, but the barrel is definately front and center here. Toasty, not boozy. The stout is hid back there somewhere, roasty and sweet.

T. Again, toasty barrel with vanilla and a real smoothness. Semi-sweet, the base beer rather lost in the bourbon-oak frame. It appears to be your basic big American stout; charred grain and roast with some chewy chocolate. I do wish the bourbon was less pronounced here, but it does work pretty well all told and avoids being too hot. This is good, but... A few years ago I would have given this a higher rating, alas, I'm becoming a bit unmoved by overly barreled brews.

M / D. Thinner body, which is interesting everyone is trying to outthicken each other these days... creamy and full in the mouth from excellent carbonation - seems dessert-like. Mouthfeel really saves the day here, and the finish is roasty-toasty, bourbon-candy and short and sweet. Savory.

Mother Earth has a pretty solid beer in Silent Night, and I can absolutely see why people like this. If I were them I'd blend the next batch 50-50 twixt the barrel and base beer to both tame the heat and let this tasty stout flex its muscles. Not to mention you don't have to charge $20 a 750ml if only half the brew is oaked... right? After all that, recommended, and I'll be seeking Silent Night out again next year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Hobo Tasting #3 with mikesgroove! Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, and chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, and slight alcohol. It had a medium-heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this one better on tap if I'm honest. Just seems to lose something in the bottle in my opinion. It still had a nice flavor and aroma though, but it just wasn't all that awe-inspiring. Still worth trying regardless of how you have it or can get it.

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Photo of blackie
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a tall snifter, the beer is night-black in color and maintains a coating of mocha colored carbonation, light lace

s: a rich imperial stout with a bourbon barrel influence reigned in just enough to allow vanilla and oak to peek through without boozy effect, heavy with dark chocolate, near-burnt sugars - molasses, and dark tree fruits, very nice and borderline deserving of a higher score

m: carbonation light-moderate, body full but not heavy, smooth and silky

t: big roasted body laden with flavors of dark and bakers chocolates, molasses, and toffee taken near the point of burning, sweet and creamy, the bourbon presence is refined - tough to pick up at first taste but certainly there, adding a subtle oaked-vanilla flavor, a complete package of complexity and balance

d: I'd love to and was expecting to be the anti-hype, but this is really good stuff, nuanced bourbon and a well-crafted malt structure make for a nice experience

lunch draft at The Pit, Raleigh

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Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour with 1-finger dark chocolate cream head. Faint retention, zero lace.

Aged bourbon nose with mocha and coffee undertones. The bourbon is subtle and mixes well with the other flavors.

Smooth, creamy hit turns bitter mid-mouth with bourbon, chocolate malt, vanilla, and dark roast coffee. And alcohol. Definitely some alcohol.

Body is just right for the style, heavy and thick.

Excellent cold weather sipper.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Having only bought one bottle of this beer and not knowing whether to cellar it for a year or drink it right away, i was faced with a bit of a conundrum...$10 and and 16oz later at raleigh times bar and I had my solution.

Appearance is pitch black... not oily in appearance like say 10-50 or DL but still pitch black. Nice light tan head... an active looking appearance which is nice for a stout.

Smell is mostly bourbon and not particularly strong. Some vanilla hints in there but for me the bourbon dominates. Pleasant enough.

Taste is dominated by the bourbon, but in a subtle way, if that makes sense. The base beer here feels very simple. Not a lot of coffee/chocolate to counteract the bourbon, but the bourbon taste is still not stringent. Overall the taste is pleasant but not particularly complex. I get vanilla notes more than anything with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel is very thin for a BA stout.... but since the bourbon taste is relatively subtle (though a little warm in the aftertaste), the thin body works relatively well. Still, all in all the body is just too thin for a "big" stout.

In turn though the drinkability is very high. Finish is smooth and this is not a hard beer to drink, in particular for a BA beer. Problem is that compared to BA beers like KBS or BA Sex. Choc. (or even, to a lesser extent, Olde Rabbits Foote) this beer just feels like a little bit of a notch below. It's easier to drink than those beers but I don't want to drink it as much as those beers. Still, its an enjoyable beer to drink in total, and I look forward to seeing what a year of aging will do to the bottle I have. If you can get this on draft for a reasonable price go for it, otherwise i'm not so sure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of ddtprm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at The Liberty Gastropub in Charlotte, NC. The beer was not on the menu and I had just finished a flight of stouts when I saw the keg through the glass door of their cooler. The beer was $5 for a pint, which I thought was a great deal.

The beer is dark as night with a nice tan head that dissapates quickly. It smells of dark malts, chocolate, coffee and a hint of bourbon. I'll be honest...beers that overpower with the bourbon I do not always go crazy over like some do on this site. The taste is the best part about this beer. It actually tastes like an Imperial Stout, not just bourbon that tries to pass as beer. You get a slight burn from the bourbon on the finish, but otherwise I thought the drinkability was quite good for a stout this big. I quite enjoyed this beer and was very happy I was able to try it. Recommended.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh silent night - the internets have roared about you. is this a result of being one of the few of your style brewed in your state? is this truly a brilliant beer? What is your story silent night?

X-mas eve at Duckworths is the best place to investigate this e-phenomenon

appearance: served on tap, 8.5oz serving, ebony body, creamy tan head. it looks the part, but most do

smell: dry roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso

taste: Duckworth's has really made my holidays in Charlotte productive. Silent Night is a nice brew, but not necesarily warranting some of the message board hype. Very dry, cocoa, espresso, some piney hops. This is certainly on the lighter side of the style spectrum - tasty and worthy of my first beer of the day, but please, kill the hype train

mouthfeel: dry, medium bodied, creamy

drinkability: good

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Photo of starrdogg
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Mother Earth Taproom. Served in a Mother Earth tulip glass.

Beer poured a dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Smell was a roasty/coffee aroma with hints of bourbon, but much lighter on the bourbon than pretty much any bourbon barrel stout I have had. The bourbon really wasn't all that present in the taste at all. I got a good amount of vanilla and oak along with some bitter dark chocolate and some roastiness. The roast flavor did not overwhelm, however, as the barrel aging seemed to mellow it out. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly carbonated; it wasn't too heavy or too syrupy, the body seemed to suit the beer perfectly. This was very drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. I definitely couldn't taste the big alcohol flavor, and on top of that, this was a very smooth, easy to drink imperial stout.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer. Most bourbon-barrel aged stouts hit you over the head with bourbon, but the bourbon here was only a minor complement to the great stout flavor. This beer was extremely well-balanced and easy to drink for such a big stout. Definitely something for non-stout lovers (like me), as it really was not bitter at all.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworth, Charlotte, NC. Enjoyed right before the keg kicked - good timing! Arrives in a fluted pint.

Appearance: Arrives a dusky brown, dark but not entirely opaque, and with plenty of garnet and transparent sepia tones around the edges of the glass. It's capped by a nice enough half finger of sepia head (cheers to the Duckworth's guys for bringing me a glass as full as this, even as the keg winds down). The head is fine, pearly, bubbled and glittery, though the retention leaves a little to be desired. The side stick is decent, as well, perhaps above what one usually gets out of an Imperial Stout or a barrel aged-anything, drippy and patchy along the sides of the glass. A bubbly, soapy collar and decent splotches of surface lacing mark the spot where the head once was.

Aroma: Toasty cocoa powder is large here, followed closely by caramelized wood sugars, slight peat or smoke, and a nice kick of spicy whiskey or bourbon. It's a very mellow nose on the whole, gentle, with little to no alcohol spice. It's either very mature or too subtle for my tastes - I can't quite tell which yet.

Taste: A rather dry body, characterized by toast, lots of bitter chocolate, and a fair kiss of earth. Bourbon is prickly, warming, borderline hot here, and more pungent (at least relative to what else is here) than in the nose. On the whole it's competently blended, and the barrel notes contribute a nice amount of vanilla and plenty of oak.

Mouthfeel: Lots of lift, with a thinner body than I'd have liked, making for a fluffy, elevative, bubbly stout, though it does still manage to retain a level of creamy evenness.

Drinkability: A good beer, but not a great beer, and definitely not on par with, say, Abyss, -bal Speedway, BT, or KBS. I've heard the Olde Hickory Event Horizon is a little superior to this one, so I'm glad I picked up a bottle of it (it had just kicked before I arrived - good thing they had a backup!). That being said, for $5 and for a brewery's first attempt at what is very obviously a fairly difficult feat to accomplish, this is a really enjoyable beer - I'm largely being a hardass because of the company that any barrel aged stout brewed this days must stand next to. Worth trying, and even worth seeking out, and bodes of good things to come from Mother Earth.

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Photo of Macky20
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to see what all the fuss was about this one... Well worth the agreement to split a bottle with a good buddy!

Pours beautifully, oily black with a half finger of dark tan head. Nice lacing with good retention on the glass. Aromas consist of coffee, oak, nougat, molassas, and alcohol. Taste did not disappoint with noticable hints of honey or molassas, dark chocolate, coffee undertones and bourbon. Density and carbonation are certainly on par for this style and the drinkablity is above average, but will get better with time. This is a great beer now, worth picking up several bottles and putting them in the cellar!

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Photo of chaz410
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this black beauty on tap at Duckworths in Charlotte!
I literally changed my plans for the day when I heard it was being tapped at Duckworths.
Pours a deep black body that sucks out light from all around it! It has a half finger length caramel colored head that stays pretty thin for a while.
Smell is fantastic! It's full of rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and vanilla notes with some charred oak. Small amounts of caramel and raisons are layered in as well. There's some slight metallic smell that hints at very bitter chocolate nibs.
The taste is exceptionally balanced for how young this big beer is. It's full of deep roasty flavors, mostly barley roast but a fair amount of charred oak followed by nice layers of chocolate malt, cocoa, vanilla and even slight nutty sweetness. It's a velvet-like sweetness, one that coats but is still uplifting. It has caramel and some hoppy pine notes at its base along with deep red fruit subtle edges and a nice, slightly coffee-like bitter, and bourbon-like alcohol finish.
Very thick and fluid mouthfeel. It feels right at home being tossed across your palate/tongue.
It's not "drinkable" but I did order two of these, with another beer in between and I hardly ever repeat orders of beers in a session. It's surprisingly balanced and therefore a very approachable beer for any moderate beer enthusiast!
Great beer that matched my high expectation!

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Duckworths. Dark brown pour, not all that close to black really. Rocky tan head.

Aroma, Roasty malt, dark chocolate, lighter caramel and vanilla.

Taste is roasted malt again, large chocolates and cocoa. Vanilla, caramel and just a hint of oak or spicy hop presence. Kind of a mocha latte finish that lingers very nicely for a while.

Just a tad much carbonation keeping it from a creamy mouthfeel. Still medium bodied and very easy drinking for the 9%.

Possibly the best organic stout I've tried, possibly better than Pisgahs offerings. After reading some of the bottle reviews will probably not bother at that price point, but this is worth trying on draft.

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Photo of Sponan
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Barley's, 10 oz serving.

A - Standard black pour with a thin, dark brown head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing, but nothing exceptional to see here.

S - Some smoke/char, a little chocolate and dark fruit. Then my nose hairs were singed by some booze and I could not smell anything else. Outside of the booze, I found the smell to be the best feature of the beer.

T - A hint of chocolate, followed by some coffee and burnt malt bitterness. And then like the smell, my mouth was assaulted by booze. I don't even get much bourbon, more like rubbing alcohol along with some lingering, unpleasant char bitterness. This beer also seemed to be lacking a bit of the malt backbone and sweetness I prefer in the style. Not dry exactly, but hidden by the burning in my mouth.

M - Well carbonated and reasonably thick. I enjoy the feel of this beer. Another strong point .

D - Even sipping on a small glass, I found myself wishing there was a smaller pour. Knowing what this beer costs in a bottle, it is likely I will not revisit. Definitely not if I am buying.

Not sure what to say. I love Mother Earth's regular line, but this beer just doesn't seem like it is ready. I think the base stout needs some work before even considering the barrel aging.

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Photo of bamarita
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, I've now had it on tap (@ Duckworth's in Charlotte) and from a bottle which was a pain in the ass to get (had to drive to Raleigh, NC.) I have to admit the beer isn't that wonderful from the bottle (it seems to lack certain characteristics) so I will be reviewing from my on-tap experience. Its very black in color with a medium reversed head that goes away fairly quickly. It smells of roasted flavors and some good stout coffee. Tastes of sweet roasted awesomeness, coffee, chocolate, and ester. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and awesome. Drinkability is high.

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Silent Night from Mother Earth Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.