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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

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | 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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jmathis

Florida

2/5  rDev -48.3%

09-06-2012 22:04:05 | More by jmathis
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -47%

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.

01-19-2012 22:41:06 | More by BasementBer
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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....

12-26-2011 09:48:17 | More by IronDjinn
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MaxwellSchaefer

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

01-11-2013 20:03:20 | More by MaxwellSchaefer
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-11-2012 07:10:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-06-2012 19:42:46 | More by cfalovo97
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Love the swing top bottle.

A vigorous pour leaves a tremendously lush cap of mocha head that lingers long on top of a not-quite-opaque inky black.

The aroma is a strong hit of Nesquik being stirred into warm milk with a mild hint of halitosis.

The taste is chocolate and weak coffee. A little tart in the finish which might be the result of the cranberries. If not then they don't contribute anything to the flavor, just the name. I would have never pegged this as an 8% beer as the alcohol is nonexistent. Not bad, but there's not a lot of depth or complexity here and the berry aspect is somewhat lacking, and there's not enough chocolate to warrant the double chocolate moniker in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Actually it's a lot on the thin side. Well carbonated though. It needs work, that's all I know.

This is certainly a good beer and suitable for the Ontario market in that it's good without really challenging the palate. But at that price point it's not good enough to get again.

12-27-2010 01:59:06 | More by MeisterBurger
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-23-2012 15:35:33 | More by Tarks
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mjrtchie

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-21-2012 23:47:20 | More by mjrtchie
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-03-2014 18:15:53 | More by TT--Cashout
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

Dark walnut pour under a fairly substantial brown head. Looks good out of the bottle. The head is quickly disappeared, no lace.

Aroma is primarily chocolate, coffee, some fruit. Flavour is lots of chocolate. Coffee and malt as well. There is also the characteristic tart-sweetness of cranberries that really noticeably comes across as fruitiness. Makes it a little bit different from a typical stout. Gentle carbonation.

Tasty, but almost a novelty stout.

04-09-2012 00:42:14 | More by TerryW
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GradyS1

California

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

My girlfriend brought me back a bottle of this from her recent trip home. I had never heard of this brewery or beer befor. The flip top bottle is a nice addition

Pours a dark brown chocolate, comes out at a medium thickness with a half of finger head that subsides slowly.

There is a lot of chocolate. Dark coco chocolate, a small amount of malts, I pick up on a small amount of red fruit in the end, very small

Like the smell, there is a lot of chocolate to the taste. All the way through, from start to finish, the coco is strong in the finish. The malts help to balance it out a bit. I do not taste any cranberry at all though.

The amount of carbonation this has, goes nicely with the consistency of this beer. I personally like a stout a little thicker but this was well balanced.

This beer is definitely a double chocolate stout, no lacking in the chocolate on this one. I was a little disappointed that the cranberry did not come through as much, I think it would add a really great flavor twist to this.

01-01-2011 19:05:03 | More by GradyS1
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

picked up at an lcbo, best before march 2011. pours a very very dark colour with lots of light tan head.

smell had a little chocolate, smokey aroma but was pretty terrible in my opinion.

chocolate is present in the taste. well balanced and good carbonation. didn't really pick up on the cranberry too much. but respectable and drinkable brew.

12-24-2010 03:46:27 | More by fostachild
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

12-28-2010 01:57:25 | More by Sammy
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Hiccups

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2012 03:26:30 | More by Hiccups
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-08-2012 22:45:34 | More by nmann08
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-08-2014 21:54:02 | More by Jotora
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-22-2013 02:01:30 | More by bbadger
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, a little bit of lacing.

Smell is faint, but nice. Cocoa and roasted malt. I don't get any cherry.

Taste is similar to the nose. Chocolate, a bit of bitterness, and some cherry flavour. Like the nose, it is a little thin but pretty good.

Full bodied, but feels a bit malted? Not sure how to describe, but an unusual feel. Good.

Overall, pretty good but not as good as I had hoped it might be. Not the flavour powerhouse that the name implies.

01-28-2012 03:09:24 | More by jrenihan
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%

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

03-18-2012 03:11:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

12-27-2011 00:05:47 | More by spinrsx
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Got this on-tap at Cole's (Buffalo, NY).

A: Pours a nice rich and silky black. There is about one finger of dark mocha colored head. The foam settles nicely. There is only minimal head as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of roasted chocolate malt, caramel, and chocolate. It seems like a pretty typical imperial stout.

T: It starts out sweet with some really wonderful roasted notes. The chocolate in this beer is big and totally noticeable. There is a slight fruity tartness to this beer, which I assume is the cranberry, but I can't pick out that flavor specifically.

M: Full bodied beer. It's super smooth, silky, creamy, and it coats the palate. It's a really great mouthfeel.

O: This beer is interesting, but I think is falls short on smell and taste. I was intrigued, and now I know what's it like. It's a good beer, but it's not anything special.

01-14-2012 20:02:14 | More by trxxpaxxs
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Attractive 750ml bottle.

Dark brown pour borders on black, but betrays itself at the edges of the glass. A light tan head briefly liners before dropping to a film and leaving a few spots of lace. Strong cocoa powder aroma mixes with chocolate malt to provide a tempting bouqet, that's only brought down by the occasional bad breath note. While the flavour lacks depth it is well done, with layers of cocoa and light coffee roast. Cranberries and alcohol are notable only by their absence. Medium body and mouthfeel is fine.

A decent effort. I'd probably beef up the body and add some more complexity to take things to the next level, but this is a darn solid beer and a nice step forward for Muskoka.

12-07-2010 02:11:25 | More by bobsy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Near jet black, big tan head, good retention and fairly lacey. Smell is of roasted malt and coffee, bakers chocolate, chocolate cake and fudge, not much in the way of cranberry but there were some forest fruit scents, lightly ashey/smokey. Taste is initially roasted malt and coffee followed by bittersweet chocolate, smokey charred flavours, cranberry is there in a lightly tart flavour toward the finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, medium carbonation and medium body. Not bad but falls a little short for me, a little more body and more assertive flavours would be good here.

11-18-2011 13:16:11 | More by peensteen
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Got this one from mrnobody and JohnnyBarman over the summer. Having two big bottles was great for sharing at the pool with the kiddies. Thanks guys!

From a 750 into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: A dark pour yields a two finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Black body, rather transparent, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good, full foam cap, then eventually fades to a wisp on top. Carbonation decorating the wisp all over the place. A wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some decent lacing down the glass. Nice body and lacing, but rampant carbonation for the style.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky malts, cocoa powder and some definite cranberry notes. Dark chocolate and a touch of caramel, but cranberries outdo the chocolate a bit. Nice and medium in strength.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some cocoa powder up front. Medium strength flavors of cranberries and roasted goodness through the middle, leading into a cocoa and smoky dark chocolate finish. Aftertaste is bold and lingers very nicely, with smoky dark chocolate and a touch of faint, slightly tart cranberries. Much more balanced and the cranberries more restraint than the nose had indicated. Tasty and interesting stuff, though it could be a little bolder.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate, goes down slightly prickly and finishes somewhat sticky. Average at best here.

OVERALL: Pretty good beer here. While the cranberries outplayed the chocolate and roasted base in the nose, the flavor profile balanced everything out very nicely. The flavors could be a little bigger perhaps, but nevertheless, this is an interesting and enjoyable brew for sure. Glad to have tried this one guys, and my mates enjoyed it as well. Thanks again for the bottles mrnobody and JohnnyBarman.

08-25-2011 14:03:22 | More by Jeffo
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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.