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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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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-21-2012 23:47:20 | More by mjrtchie
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-06-2012 19:42:46 | More by cfalovo97
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-23-2012 15:35:33 | More by Tarks
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-18-2012 22:47:14 | More by Molson2000
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

09-06-2012 22:04:05 | More by jmathis
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-15-2012 16:54:11 | More by Coastal_Brew
Photo of KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-28-2012 03:52:39 | More by KrisDLSmith
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

05-20-2012 17:30:12 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

2011/2012 release into Muskoka tulip.

A- Dark brown/black pour with a light tan two finger head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Bakers chocolate, slight coffee and cranberry sauce (thanksgiving style) Sweet chocolate syrup. Almost reminiscent of a chocolate strawberry sundae.

T- Chocolate syrup galore! The cranberry reminds me more of strawberry jam in the taste. I can remember last years batch having a malt taste and feel (similar to hot chocolate powder. This one is much more refined in my opinion.

M- Full bodied, slightly creamy with a low but satisfying carbonation.

O- Excellent bottle/batch this year. I bought this bottle for a trade that fell through and really had no interest to drink it. I'm glad I did. The malt taste/feel last year was a real put off but that has been remedied!

05-16-2012 23:44:18 | More by korguy123
Photo of 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
Photo of MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-04-2012 19:39:25 | More by MattPS
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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

03-25-2012 14:32:42 | More by BGDrock
Photo of 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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-17-2012 21:56:26 | More by beerhunter13
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-15-2012 13:31:40 | More by oldp0rt
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: It has a nice pitch black color to it. It has a nice thick mocha head that formed from a cascade effect and dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark chocolate, dark fruit (possibly the cranberries), roasted malts and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark chocolate character, nice roasty malts, slight black licorice notes and a sweet cranberry note at the end. Slight bitterness coming from the chocolate witch is nice. The 8% ABV is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

03-09-2012 19:51:05 | More by SebD
Photo of Hiccups

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2012 03:26:30 | More by Hiccups
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-01-2012 02:20:57 | More by KevinSP
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

01-31-2012 19:48:08 | More by ThinkAgain
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-26-2012 15:55:30 | More by Exiled
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-24-2012 18:02:54 | More by jsnoek
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

01-22-2012 04:36:26 | More by CanuckRover
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pitch black with a finger of creamy mocha coloured foam head. Good retention and lacing. Impressive.

S: Dark chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruits (raisins & dates), raw coffee bean, and a fruity hop aroma. Very complimentary with a little bit of everything.

T: Healthy amounts of dark chocolate, noticeable cranberry tartness, and dates. A solid caramel-like malt base with enough probing hop bitterness in the finish to provide some slight relief from the sweet. Nevertheless, this is definitely chocolate infused.

M: Medium body with a moderate (above-avg) carbonation. Rich, syrupy, and sticky, with an appropriately high viscosity.

D: A rich and chocolaty Imperial Stout that I think is pretty well done and certainly reaffirms my positive impression of Lake of Muskoka.

01-21-2012 02:21:41 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of 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
Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.