Mother Earth Silent Night

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Note: Here’s a stocking stuffer-sized review for the holiday season.

Having been bottled just weeks ago, the bourbon heat of Silent Night offered a generous kick in its smell, although its warming effects on each sip were welcome. Black as coal hidden under the tree from the “naughty” list, touches of molasses and coffee strain to break through.

The flavor features hints of caramel and vanilla subdued by a pleasant chocolate sweetness which tries to offset the harsher liquor characteristics until the beer warms toward room temperature, really allowing the malt of this imperial stout to shine. While not for the faintest palates, you’re rewarded with a unique holiday experience perfectly attuned to the cold nights of the winter season.

+Bryan Roth

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