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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) - Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)

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87
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 23
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrnobody on 12-05-2010

Our Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is rich and sturdy with roasted dark chocolate malts, real cocoa, 70% dark chocolate, and freshly harvested local cranberries. Pair that with a slightly higher alcohol content and you'll find yourself sharing this bottle of joy all winter long.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by BasementBer:
Photo of BasementBer
2.12/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Something went wrong muskoka. Maybe it froze in your beards but the bottle I got was syrup, literally.

A: Poured like cough syrup and formed plumes in the glass of water in oil. I figured 'ok, this is a really thick stout, so they must have it loaded with oils' I was right and it was barely drinkable.

S: Great smell, this was the best part of a corrupted bottle, but sadly one has to drink to capture the full aroma. Chocolate cocoa sweetness with hints of fruit.

T: It had the right ingredients to be a fine stout, the cocoa and bittersweet chocolate mixed well and the hints of fruit had a good middle and finish on the palate.

M: This was the worst part of it, image breaking an egg in your mouth and having the yolk roll all over your tongue and slither down your throat. This shouldn't happen.

O: If I wast intimidated by my local liquor store employees, I would get my money back. But instead im keeping the swing top bottle and putting better beer in it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the LCBO's winter release, shared with my wife. I've been happy with Muskoka's other seasonals, especially their harvest ale, so this should be a treat. The hinged opener was a bit tricky, in that I somehow managed to rip the whole thing off, but fortunately the contents were still intact. Lovely bottle design.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. A rich, dark brew, with only the faintest chocolate hue around the upper echelons. Left behind about a half inch of dark mocha head that receded into a thin, sturdy ring. A few flakes of lacing.

Nose was a lovely blast of salted milk chocolate, cream, mild coffee and toasted malts. No berries here, but all goodness thus far.

Allowed to warm up to around 11C before consuming. Creamy, with lovely notes of milk chocolate and caramel. Slightly sour and dry to the finish. A bit of air and warmth did wonders for this brew, as towards the end of the bottle the cranberry-raspberry flavor finally snuck in, providing just a touch of puckery holiday goodness. The cranberry is very slight, and certainly isn't the brew's defining feature, but it's enjoyable nevertheless.

The body is a bit thinner than I'd like, but it coats the tongue nicely enough and has decent mild carbonation.

Very enjoyable brew on a blustery winter's night, especially when putting up Christmas decorations! I'm liking Muskoka's tall-bottle approach, and even though the price point is quite high (9 bucks a pop), the taste is certainly well worth it. A fuller body and a bit more depth would have really sent this brew into the stratosphere. Great stuff!

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: deep chocolate; nice head; slight ruby tinge; look is similar reminding me of creme de cacao

Aroma: coffee, a nice roast; not very aromatic; lightly of chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark, bitter chocolate lingers strongly on the palate (very intense!); clean, medium body, although there's a tinge of powder in the texture; medium carbonation; cranberry is non-existent, possibly over-powered by the chocolate; some creaminess

Overall: fantastic as a chocolate stout, and texture and body make it greatly drinkable, but fails on delivering the promised cranberry flavour

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml swing-top bottle. The label projects the image of one weird hybrid of a beaver/old guy in the midst of a winter beard overflow..

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight mahogany edges, and one finger of creamy beige head, which wisps away quite quickly, leaving a low ring of lace around the glass, not much more than a meniscus.

It smells fairly strongly of dense chocolate milk powder, chocolate malt, and well, not chocolate earthy hops. The taste is big chocolate malt, cocoa powder, a bit of cold coffee, a slight indistinct tart fruitiness, some porter-esque sourness, and mild earthy hops. Decent, for sure.

Bubbles form a nice cordon of effervescence, none too strict, with a somewhat hefty medium body, that engenders a quite agreeable smoothness. It finishes with a nice blend of chocolate sweetness, tempered by an inherent dry sourness, and soft berry fruitiness.

Well, the name does say "Double" for the chocolate component, so, um, well, there! The cranberry kind of falls under the wheels of the big cocoa onslaught, and waning sourness, but I'm not judging it too heavily for that. An enjoyable big (oh yeah, the elevated ABV does a hell of a job keeping its head down) stout. The porter sourness is a bit strange, but entirely forgivable.

Photo of mintjellie
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black as night. Persistent cappucino-coloured head leaves behind some lace. Milk chocolate and dried fruit aroma. Nothing that will blow you back in terms of intensity, but it's noticeable and it's present. Good chocolate flavour with a zing of acidity and cranberry flavour coming across the midpalate and growing into the aftertaste. Cocoa and roast come in at the finish. This isn't the biggest beer around in terms of flavour, but it has a wonderful balance of sweet, sour, and bitter tastes. Reminds me of chocolate covered cranberries given to me last Christmas. Alcohol is well hidden. Feels a little bit thin in the mouth. Balanced, integrated flavours make this better than the sum of its parts.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bar Volo. Black body with whisp of brown head. Chocolate aromas, with the cranberry in the secondary. The taste is chocolate and roast, with cranberry in the secondary lending some tartness to the dry and sweetish chocolate.Drinkable but not tremendously drinkable.Slightly below average mouthfeel.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with reddish highlights. Big mocha head off the pour, settles quite slowly. Spotty lacings.

Nice chocolate nose, leans more towards earthy/roasty than sweet.

Big chocolate notes up front, bittersweet. Cranberry contributes in a really nice way. Not fruity at all, but a welcome tartness to counter the dense chocolate.

Nice idea, nicely executed.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - classic tar black stout, thumb of head dissipated quickly and nosily, down to a thin covering
S - dominated by big chocolatey and roasty malt aromas, a mild sour aroma reminiscent of a porter
T - starts with dark roastiness and quickly moves to a sour bitter fruit flavour, strong cocoa, with a mild hint of graininess, this one is a bit of a riddle
M - a medium body more like a porter than a stout, sweet and sour with a light smoky and chaulky finish
O - this is a different brew, is has big chocolate and light fruitiness with the character of cranberries, not a great chocolate stout but big props for adding a unique twist

Photo of heebes
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with reddish hues. Fluffy beige head. Nose is roasted malts and dark chocolate and cranberries. Taste is similar with the cranberries coming through only slightly. Body is somewhat lacking against American stouts. Overall nice beer with a cool label "winter beard", may repurchase.

Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, black body with a thin cover of beige head and bubbly ring around the glass. Some lacing.

The nose shows lots of whole wheat bread, dusty chocolate, espresso, vanilla, minerals, something sour (cranberries?), toffee. Pretty nice smelling stuff.

Well-balanced and accessible flavour. A good amount of milk chocolate is joined by espresso, vanilla, light roasted malt and a subtle sour cranberry presence. I only wish there was a more intense flavour overall, though its lightness does add to drinkability. The extra alcohol isn't showing itself at all; very smooth stuff. Cocoa pairs with earthy hops to leave a slightly drying finish. Maybe it would be nice to taste some more cranberry, but under-doing is always better than overdoing it when it comes to fruit in beer. It is there, but it's pretty subtle.

Good medium body; slightly creamy even. Low carbonation. Nothing wrong with this.

I'd say this is a deliciously successful attempt at something more challenging than most Ontario brewers are attempting. Had I know this stuff would be this good I would have picked up a few more, even at the high price. Dangerously drinkable at 8% ABV. I'd definitely get more of this if I happen to see it again. One of the better Ontario brews I've had. This would be a great bottle to share but I'm having no problem getting through this on my own. Not sure why the best-before date is listed as March 31, 2011; you should be able to get at least a year out of this one. No sign of going bad two weeks before the deadline.

Photo of souvenirs
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Who could resist a beer with a beard on the label? Not this guy.

A: As black as black can be, impenetrable to light, with two fingers of cocoa-coloured head that dissipate fairly quickly without leaving a whole lot behind in the way of lacing.
S: Dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee. I can't pick up the cranberry.
T: Cocoa! It's a little bit like putting straight cocoa powder in your mouth, with a little bit of sweetness to balance out the bitterness.
F: Lighter body than I expected.

Photo of Stocean1
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful bottle poured into a pint glass. Massive three finger head (color of caramel) perched atop a near black body. The head is full of big bubbles and is well retained. The lacing is patchy, very nice.

The scent is burnt malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of cranberries.

The Taste is malty chocolate up front with a vanilla note, alcohol but nice, cranberries peak out on the finish.

Medium body with a relatively creamy mouthfeel, little carbonation and a nice amount of bitterness.

Overall, anotherbrew that demonstrates muskoka's elevation to the upper tier of craft brewers, bravo.

Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle with a big thanks to liamt07.

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black in the glass and topped with almost two fingers of light tan head.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate, red and dark berries, and some dark roasty malts.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate and dark malts and a little bit of red berries. Fairly mild flavours, no alcohol, and a nice medium level of sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low smooth and creamy carbonation.

Overall. Very nice but I would like to taste the berries a little more.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with an average size off-white foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of rich black chocolate with light cranberry and minimal sweetness level. Taste is quite enjoyable with notes of rich chocolates and cranberry with very subtle dry coffee notes. Chocolate notes are really smooth with great quality malt being used. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. This brewery seems to amazed me more and more with another quality offering.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 12-30-10
Poured in to Duvel Tulip

A - Dark brown/black colour with one finger of light brown head. Neat swing-top bottle.

S - Dark roaste malts, bitter sweet chocolate and light coffee notes.

T - Very chocolaty, somewhat sweet with a nice overall roasted malt bill. No cranberries come through specifically but a nice bitterness/tartness is evident, which nicely rounds out the palate.

M - Medium body, slight chew, light

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black colour, with a tanned, foamy finger of head that leaves some spongy lace. The aroma has plenty of chocolate on the nose, with a big roasted character and a light fruity cranberry sweetness/twang. Very interesting taste. Definitely chocolaty, and there's plenty of tangy sweet cranberry.

It didn't look too viscous, but it had a nice rich creamy texture, low carbonation, and a full body. Quite the unique take on an imperial stout, but a nice deviation, nonetheless.

Thanks Chris!

Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was sent to me in a recent trade with Liam. Thanks and cheers.

The beer is dark black with a nice brown head on top of it. Nice looking. The aroma is dominated by dark chocolate with some cacao. Pretty simple in the aroma. Chocolate. The taste is similar. It's chocolate domination. Not bad, but it would gain if I was able to distinguish the cranberries. It is very big in the mouth. Voluptuous. I like it. This is a dessert in a bottle. A nice beer but I was expecting more complexities from an imperial stout. Try it out for yourself.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a tall 750 ml brown flip-top bottle, has the name and new logo of Winter Beard on it, 2011 offering. Pours out an oily dark opaque black hue, very thin cola nimbus when held to direct light. Tall fizzy mocha head on the pour that settles quickly, however very active carbonation can be seen dancing across the surface.

Notes of coffee and dark cocoa on the nose, tartness from cranberries is subdued by the dark grains and come across a bit sweet. Hints of burnt malt and smoke.

The first few sips remind me of homebrew, especially on the finish--worty grains, and that tell-tale papery yeast character with a touch of detergent. That aside, it starts out with coffee and dry cocoa notes,punctuated with a hint of dark berries. Roasted malt on the aftertaste, aside from the homebrew tinge.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, texture is full yet slick, with a carbonation that starts out with a medium briskness yet dissipates over time.

Tough call on this one. Could be an off bottle, could be an off batch, or perhaps I'm just not as enthused by this particular Muskoka offering as some of the other reviewers. Considering the price tag on another bottle to sample I'm not in any huge rush to cross-reference this experience. Has potential, yet from my take either this double chocolate fruit stout could benefit from some tweaking, or some QC. Or it could have been an oxidized bottle....

Photo of StephenRich
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its winter time now. We've got snow sitting on the ground, gusts of wind that will knock the warmth from your body, and holiday lights and festive songs are beginning to fill the streets and peoples homes. This is the time for comfy sweaters, warm family moments, and soothing holiday food and drink. This is exactly what the boys at theMuskoka Cottage Brewery had in mind when designing their newest seasonal release; the Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout. "Flavorful and warming" is how Muskoka describes it, which are the perfect characteristics for a seasonal beer up here in Canada.

Muskoka went to work here building a rich and creamy stout with chocolate and cranberry flavors. Chocolate stouts are popular all across the world, and have been fused with many different fruit flavors; but I don't know if I have ever seen cranberry before. It is a perfect fit for Muskoka. Very close to Bracebridge Ontario, where the brewery is located, cranberries are harvested fresh - these cranberries find there way right into the Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout (DCCS); melding together the freshness of the harvest with the sweetness of the season.

The DCCS is 8% and comes in Muskoka's new 750ml swing top bottles. I love the bottle design, but Muskoka really needs to cap or cork these bottles. The swing cap mechanism is not very sturdy, and I opened 2 bottles of the Harvest Ale (bottled the same way) that were totally uncarbonated, most likely due to leakage through the seal. The DCCS is available right now in limited supply at the LCBO for $9.95, making one of the more expensive holiday offerings.

I opened the Stout up cool around 10C (50F) and poured it into a deep snifter glass. The pour was smooth and silky originally building a black beer with no life. Soon though as the beer crept up the sides of the glass a mocha brown head began to build and eventually stood a good inch and a half on top of a glowing black beer. The head showed neatly tight carbonation and a soft almond brown color. At first the beer underneath was just black, but when held into the light obvious beams of golden brown, amber reds and bronze easily peered through. The body seems translucent, and dances with a clean array of blackened colors.

The nose is soft and warming, almost creamy. It shows up with smooth and obvious notes of cocoa and light roast with a hint of malt and sweet fruit. At 8% I wasn't sure if the DCCS would blast out at me or fade into its own. It is definitely not billowing a powerful aroma, but is rich enough to excite my nose, and warm in with bittersweet chocolate and soft malty fruits. Hints of dry hoppiness is gentle noticeable, and leaves an overall clean sensation.

The first sip was smooth and cooling to my tongue, and I instantly left the glass alone to warm up a bit. I could tell right away that this beer needs to be be at cellar temperature closer to 14C so that they flavors can unfold on my palate. Minutes later I went back to the DCCS and a silky and creamy wave of black stout melted soft cocoa and warm, bready malts across my tongue and cheeks. Up in the front, and way in the back is the distinct flavor of cocoa powder, not chocolate, cocoa powder. It has that smooth but dry sensation, and is not sweet but bitter cocoa all the way.

The malt flavors here are smooth and unobtrusive; they don't play a very large role in the beers development on your palate, but rather allow soft roast and hints of coffee beans and cocoa to evolve into your palate. An edge of fruity sweetness that showed up in the nose also comes through now in a gentle sweet aftertaste that makes its way across the top of my mouth towards the end of every sip. Cranberry? Maybe. It is very subtle, but is no doubt a fruity sensation.

The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, but somewhat thin and one sided - this goes for the beers itself also. The flavors that show up are genuinely delicious, but are one dimensional and show little if any complexity or depth. This is me just splitting hairs as a beer geek though, because this is a very nice stout with smooth distinct chocolate flavors and a generous fruity aroma. Enjoy the DCCS alone, or with spicy dishes, roast beef, cheese or chocolate desserts.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/12/07/tasting-the-muskoka-double-chocolate-cranberry-stout/

Photo of mrnobody
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml swingtop bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours black with a tan ring of foam, a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells of dark chocolate. Not getting any cranberry.

T: Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Again no cranberry.

M: The mouthfeel seems a little thin and this has fairly lively and fine carbonation (sort of like mineral water?).

D: The drinkability of this is pretty good, the 8% ABV is nowhere to be found.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good chocolate stout. They should either drop the cranberry or make it so you can taste it and fix the mouthfeel. Otherwise, good job.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml pot-stopper bottle, love these new bottles that Muskoka is using. Pours a dark dark brew, just a thin line of mahogany around the edges. Two fingers of mocha head quickly recede to a thin foam and then to a fine collar.

Nose is dusty cocoa and some dark chocolate, hint of a sweeter caramel and touch of fruitiness.

Interesting offering. Loads of dusty cocoa and baker's chocolate, a real dry quality to the chocolate. A light roastiness adds further to this. The cranberry is subtle, a light bitterness and tastes more like dried cranberries, subtly integrated. A light sweetness, hides the ABV well but the body is thinner than I would choose for the weight. Quite dry and a little too one dimensional which by the end of the bottle starts to wear, could use some more weight and a more rounded body and character to suit the style and perhaps highlight the cranberry better.

I like the direction Muskoka is taking with these seasonal offerings, this and the harvest ale were both heads above their regular offerings. This is a solid offering.

Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light head, little rention.

Smell: chocolate and coffee notes shine here with undertones of caramel. I was surprised not to detect any cranberry whatsoever.

Taste: Silky mouth feel, almost like crushed chalk without the taste. The carbonation was tough and very strong--maybe thats where the particulate mouthfeel came from. The taste was chocolatey with some burnt coffee notes--I still couldnt really taste the cranberry.

Overall: the beer kind of sparkles in the mouth but feels muddled. For a beer that calls itself a winter warmer it did make me feel kind of warm. Next time I'll grab something else.

Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Black/brown colour (with a hint of burgundy) with a small size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a minute or two.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, coffee, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/toasted taste. There is also a coffee flavour mixed with some tart cranberry. It ends with a cranberry chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – Part of me wanted this beer to be a little more sweet, but I think it would make it less drinkable.. especially considering the size of the bottle. It's an interesting tasting beer, but not one I'd buy again.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo, poured into a snifter.

Dense black body appears in the glass, with little head formed. What was formed quickly fell to a tiny collar, with no lace. Aroma is dominated by cocoa, giving a real sense of hot chocolate. Hints to the cranberry tartness, but I really had to dig for that one. Red berries are tasted from the get go, but not clear that it was cranberry. Some tartness/sweetness helps confirm the cranberries, leading right into the rich cocoa/milk chocolate base of this beer. On the sweeter side on the whole, a brief flash of alcohol in the finish, but drinks smooth and velvety. Easy going down overall, and in terms of Ontario brewers, this is one of the better stouts to have come out of here.

Photo of ludachris
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my last haul at the LC where I managed to pick up nearly every one of their winter seasonals I thought were worthy of purchase. A bit pricey, but I didn't mind dishing out the money to support a local brewery. I'm a big fan of these fancy 750's.

Its completely opaque ink black body is crowned by two fingers of frothy and rich mocha brown head that holds itself nicely. Poured into my snifter, this looks like a fine stout.

Generous portions of cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, and coffee grinds greet the nose immediately. I actually get hints of the cranberries as well, but I think I served this at bit higher than its recommended serving temperature, which based on other reviews, is where the berry notes begin to come out. A nice touch to a sweet and sturdy man of a beer.

Sweet and roasty are the first characterstics that come to mind. Big bakers chocolate and dry cocoa go nicely with the roasted malts, both of which impart a dry feel where pleasantly bitter coffee notes assert themselves. The cranberries do make their way in the finish, asserting their semi-tart character towards the back of the palate.

For the style of beer and ABV that goes along with it, I expected a bit more weight in the body; my only real qualm with this offering. Rich, balanced, and easily drinkable. The only hint of alcohol I get is a subtle warming feel in the back of my throat; the kind of alcohol presence that I enjoy, suiting the season perfectly as well.

Overall, a good AIS and a strong seasonal offering from Ontario. I really liked their fall seasonal and I'd say this one is on par. When breweries list an ingredient that they used on the label, I expect it to be well pronounced in the beer itself. For this beer however, this isn't case. The cranberries added a subtle tart character in both the nose and taste that furthered its complexity rather than being the star of the show. No complaints here, seeing how they did this well. The $9.95 price tag will probably keep me from buying many more bottles of this, put it's worth a try for sure!

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.