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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

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | 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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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - jet black pour, very thin tan lace ring which didn't last long

S - dark chocolate/cocoa, some coffee and more subtle sweet cranberry aroma

T - rich chocolate/cocoa, toasted malts from start to finish, the cranberry comes through but i found it sweeter and cherry like, lingering finish which is just slightly chalky

M - really creamy with a good weight, coats the entire mouth, medium carbonation

O - a bold chocolate flavor (as expected) with a nice amount of cranberry/cherry along side. a solid stout, nothing overpowering and overall very enjoyable to drink

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL 2012 Vintage corked bottle

A - Pours a pitch black with a half inch cream head. The head receded to a fine ring, with no lacing.

S - Dark, roasted chocolate malts upfront with an undertone of muted sweetness courtesy of the cranberries

T - Dark chocolate coats the palate with the cranberry notes lightly lingering on the finish. There is no sign of the 8% ABV.

M - Medium, creamy body with little carbonation and smooth, semi dry finish.

O - Reviewing this as I drank it, I found the 8% ABV stealthily crept up on me! The subtle, chocolately smoothness became warming, and satiating to the point of fullness. Everything about this brew is subtle, but very drinkable, and, as the name suggests, perfect for a chilly winter evening. While the early fall might not have been the best time to drink up, I'll definitely be searching out their 2013 offering.

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

A - a viscous oily dark brown with some slight whispy film and lacing. Thick and dark, an initial nice dark tan head on it, quite pretty.

S - a rich chocolate liqueur, jammy cranberry, and dark chocolate, roasty and dark malts come through nicely, a rich and intriguing nose, nicely balanced.

T - a rich mouthfeel, smooth liqueur with slight carbonation, sticky molasses and dark malts that linger heavily on the finish, some tannic cranberry and dark cocoa. Some rich flighty chocolate notes, again with some alcohol spiciness. Rich cranberry notes, some mild earthy and a lot of roasty spice.

M - a thick viscous feel, some interesting vegetal notes on the finish, quite a slick feel to it, some light carbonation on the palate.

This bottle had about 1.5 years on it, and the chocolate and dark roast malt notes mellowed nicely. Drinks nicely, with a nice smooth but not overly heavy body. Characterful and well-constructed, full feel with some residual alcohol heat.

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

Hadn't had a dessert stout in a while, and this totally scratched that itch.

Appearance is black as tar with a thin mocha head that didn't stay around too long.

Smell isn't particularly strong, but I can certainly pick up the chocolate, deep malts, a bit of hops, and the edge of the cranberries.

Taste is very pleasant and smooth. Not too strong. Earth malt flavours dominate the palate with chocolate, coffee, and a kind of burned edge in there, but just a bit. The chocolate isn't particularly strong, but lingers on the palate for a good while. At the front of the palate lie the cranberries with some lemon and orange flavours.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth and nice to drink with a feisty carbonation I quite like. However there is a bit of a chalky texture which lingers that I'm not fond of.

Overall - This is a nice dessert stout I'd be happy to drink again and its mild, muted flavours would make it a good recommendation to craft beer novices.

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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.

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.