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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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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: mrnobody on 12-05-2010)
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff. Caramel-coloured head and sweet chocolaty aroma. Practicaly opaque in the glass even if it's held up to light. Most stouts that say 'chocolate' on the label don't smell or taste like chocolate to me. This one does. I'm not sure where the cranberry is -- it might just be adding a little fruitiness to the aroma. Even without it, this is great stuff. The flavour is sweet, chocolatey, and dark, and it feels creamy on the tongue. Not as candy-sweet as a proper sweet stout like Dragon, so it's more than just a dessert beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep brown, almost black with relatively little head which is tan in colour. The aroma is sweeter than the taste; reminiscent of home-made hot chocolate heating on the stove. I also detect ripe cherries, toasted vanilla, orange peel, and coffee.

This beer tastes exactly like Ecuadorian dark chocolate with its notes of cherries, wood and almonds. The cranberry flavour is not prominent, although I find that combined with the light carbonation, the brightness of the cranberries shines through the rich, creamy taste of this stout.

The body of the beer is potent and extremely lingering with the carbonation felt at the tip of the tongue. Nevertheless, this beer is drinkable in its richness whereas some stouts can be too heavy and cloying.

Photo of Foddz
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, opaque black with about a finger of cola-brown head. Minimal light penetration when set on an angle, the light that does filter thru is a rich cola/caramel. Head dies back quickly but maintains a ring around the glass.

S: Rich chocolate and coffee notes with a distinctive tart note. A little bit of burnt wood is in the offering as well. While the tartness in the nose gives away the cranberries, the fruitness I'd expect to smell is understated - otherwise a very nicely balanced nose.

T: The taste is also well balanced. Dark chocolate mingles nicely with the coffee and roasted flavours. Subtly tart cranberry presents towards the middle and plays well with the other flavours. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and the roasted coffee and chocolate linger for a very pleasant mocha aftertaste.

M: Smooth on the initial presentation, but the carbonation and alcohol lend a slight bite. Leaves a pleasant dryness, with a slightly chalky sensation, presumably from the cocoa.

O/D: What an excellent seasonal brew. Very glad I picked up two bottles of this! Looks and smells good, tastes great. Well balanced and a pleasure to drink. The slight harshness in the mouthfeel keeps one from drinking this too quickly - which is fine when one can simply enjoy the aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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

2010 Vintage

A: Pours pitch black with 2 fingers worth of brown creamy foam. Settles to a thin cap and left a bit of lacing.

S: A bit of roasted malt with lots of dark chocolate and at times I get a quick scent of the cranberries with the chocolate. But I probably wouldn't notice it if this beer wasn't advertised with cherries. But the nose is primarily chocolate.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate up front and finishes with some sweet cherries. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: I decided to buy this since it says best before March 31st and quickly review it. You get everything in the taste that it advertised on the bottle. It's a bit expensive but after drinking it I would say it was worth it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.