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Sin-Tax - Mother Earth Brew Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EB1 on 12-09-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and lactose flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice lactose presence all around.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -24.2%

acurtis, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Charred and raspy notes take you down a long dark lane. Mahogany-tinged black in the St. Bernardus globe. Modest foam with plenty of spritz in the mouth. Aroma of coffee and chocholate.

Smoky cocoa is the big flavor. Roasted malt followed by major burnt sugar and a dose of vanilla. Sweet overtones with caramel. Seriously bitter finish with an endless aftertaste of burnt grain.

Interesting and intense. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

mactrail, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

orangesol, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +1%

DoubleJ, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Had before at reidjushoa tasting, but enjoyed it enough to get a bottle for myself to review. Thanks to HowBoutDan for the inspiration.

Creamed light tan head of about a finger. Holding on nicely with a solid cap and creamy appearance. Body color is a very dark brown to nearly black body. Glass laces with a creamy consistency and ring like lacing.

As before I remember, this nails the peanut butter character so perfectly. Nut crunchy oils of peanut and chocolate. A real nice toasty sweetness that doesn't border on sugar or peanut butter cup ridiculous quality. Nice little bit of char to match out, creamy vanilla sense to match also. Easily the best peanut butter stout/porter I have ever had to date. Just real impressive.

Palate comes out to match, but has a body more like a subdued American stout or light porter. Big charring roast, and even a good amount of hop bitterness. Much of the sweetness and distinct aroma doesn't come out as easily on the palate. Chewy tobacco roast, with a hint of peanut goodness matching on the finish, but also with lots of bitter oiled pine hop bitter and astringency to match. Big hop bitter finish which needs to be tone down a bit to let the aromas

Overall it's not by far an amazing stout, but has one of the best aromas and bouquets for a peanut butter forward beer I have had. It is however one of the few stouts I wish had a bit more sweetness to it instead.

smakawhat, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

warnerry, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wrote a nice long full review of this beer and submitted it but the website crapped out and went offline (for a change) for about 10 minutes and i lost what i wrote. Long story short, i drank this beer from my north carolina mother earth snifter (i know, different brewery, but funny none the less - especially in a review since this brewery went on a tirade against BA and people who review beers). The beer is black with a generous grey tan head and chunky lacing that sticks. It is a decent imperial stout, the unique tng about it is that there are fairly prominent peanut butter notes on the beer. It isnt too memorable but i was surprised that this wasnt named or marketed as a chocolate peanut butter beer to go after those who would be interested in that sort of thing. The side of the bottle does give reference to this flavor but that is about it. They would do themselves a service referencing the flavor in the title. Somewhat reminiscent of pipeworks smore money smore problems. If you like peanut butter in your beer, this is worth checking out.

cosmicevan, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

LoveStout, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Davepoolesque, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Smarty_Pints, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

2beerdogs, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Kmlund, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of charlzm
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed June 9th, 2014 at The Tipsy Cow, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Beer is a deep dark brown (almost black). A two-finger foamy off-white/light tan head sticks around for a while and provides adequate lacing.

Aroma is chocolate milk and vanilla. Yummy!

Flavor is reminiscent of malted milk. Some vanilla and mild coffee notes as well. Sneaking bitterness creeps in at the end, providing a nice finish to this agreeable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with proper carbonation. Surprised by the ABV; I never would have guessed it so high.

This was a nice surprise, especially considering my previous encounters with Mother Earth beers have been less than a delight.

charlzm, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +1%

djaeon, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

CelticAleMan, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev +1%

BeerBucks, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -24.2%

DeutschesBier, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Thedrizzle
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Thedrizzle, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quickly from the bottle, cola brown and black with highlights of earth in the glass. Half finger off white cap had good retention and clingy tendrils of lace indicating this might still have some hops and bite.

Light aroma of cocoa powder, caramel malt and bready grains. Some depth added by a note or two of lactose, cream soda and peanut butter. Hops are prevalent with an earthy and grassy aroma, mild alcohol rises from the glass.

Malts are dark and dominated by raw cocoa, caramel and charred grains, a bit of peanut butter and vanilla extract. Lacks the integrated sweetness of the dark malt. Overdose on bitterness that I can't tell if it's coming from the burnt grains or metallic and herbal hops, quite herbal on the finish too.

Thin imperial stout, mild carbonation keeps te thin malt flat on the palate. High bitterness leads to a very clean and dry finish but I would easily trade it for more sweetness in the malt.

Form a brewery that makes so many IPAs I guess it's no surprise that their stout would be largely hoppy as well. My take of this stout is that it is shallow and fails to engage the depth of the malt. More coffee and sweet chocolate or toffee would have been great with the nuances of vanilla and peanut butter.

rawfish, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Wowcoolman
4/5  rDev +1%

Wowcoolman, Jun 06, 2014
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Sin-Tax from Mother Earth Brew Co.
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.