Sin-Tax | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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3.9
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29.23%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by EB1 on 12-09-2013

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 220
Photo of rawfish
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Pzellot
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip glass filled from 22 oz bomber

A. Pitch black, lots of carbonation
S. Toffee, coffee, rich
T. Roasted coffee, chocolate, not too bitter or sweet
M. Somewhat thin
O. I like this beer, it has a nice roasted coffee forward taste and the moderate alcohol level is well hidden. There is a good sweet/bitter balance. Tasty! I like this beer.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 Ounce Bottle from BevMo

Poured into pint glass

A - Pours pitch black with thinner creamy tan head.

S - Dark toasty/roasty malt smell with coffee, chocolate and maybe even a little peanut butter. I know it's stretch but it's there.

T- Strong coffee and chocolate forward stout. Very strong typical of an imperial but not too boozy. 8.7 ABV. Don't want to chug this. It's for savoring and has a nice long warm finish.

M- Thick and substantive.

O- This is a good imperial stout. I usually favor "regular" stouts over imperials because they are too boozy this may be my favorite imperial stout. Good beer.

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