Silent Night Imperial Stout
Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier The Silent Night Imperial Stout is a black brew with a dark tan, one finger head. Moderate aromas of dry cocoa, dark malt, and coffee. On the palate the beer has a full body mouth feel. Dark chocolate flavors with subtle hints of coffee and bourbon on the finish. Dark malts lead the charge on this beer with very little hops or fruit characteristics. The Silent Night Imperial Stout brings a warming feeling and cozy label that must be served on a chilly eve. The high alcohol is evident mainly in the subtle bourbon finish but the malt is so rich that it masks the finish and keeps the beer in balance.
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 90 Points
Beer Advocate The Bros – 97 Points
Beer Advocate BA – 90 Points
The Break Down
Beer Selection – Silent Night Imperial Stout
Producer – Mother Earth Brewing
Region – Kinston, North Carolina
Style – Imperial Ale
Preferred Glass- Snifter
Hops – Unknown
Malts – Unknown
Yeast – Unknown
Alcohol – 9%
IBUs – International Bittering Units – Unknown
Food Pairing – Chocolate Raspeberry Tart http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/09/02/chocolate-raspberry-tart/
What is an Imperial Stout?
Imperial stouts are beefed up stouts, which in turn, are simply beefed up Porters. Made with roasted malts and barley, these beers are high in alcohol content at about 8% and above. Characteristics often include dry chocolate, earth, bitter black coffee, tobacco, and licorice. These beers are great for aging and will often mellow out and become more balanced over time. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
From Mother Earth Brewing Silent Night Imperial Ale
Our Brew Master Says…
“Embellished with a hint of coffee and a touch of molasses, you’ll enjoy a bold, yet delightfully smooth brew. I pronounce this Barrel Aged Imperial Stout a sipper.” http://www.motherearthbrewing.com/beer/silent-night
Easily overpowers most main dishes but stands up to Foie gras and smoked goose or game. Long aged Gouda, Chocolate raspberry mousse cake.