Oak-aged Cream Ale
Muskoka Brewery

Oak-aged Cream AleOak-aged Cream Ale
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #61
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #49,165
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 4.86%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Oak-aged Cream AleOak-aged Cream Ale
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Photo of Roby923
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color. Very light notes of oak on the nose. Bottle had an enjoy by date of SEP 9 2016. Fairly underwhelming on the palette - Based on the look, was expecting a heavy and flavourful ale. A decent version of the non-oaked cream ale (which lists at 20 IBU).

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and cage bottle, purchased from the LBCO for $7.95 CDN. Celebrating Muskoka's Brewery's 20th anniversary. Served cold into a pint glass. Best before September 9, 2016.

Appearance - Bright amber in color, mostly clear, with modest carbonation. Poured a thin half finger of off-white head that didn't really last too long but did leave behind a thin wispy cover on top of the beer and traces of lacing at its edges.

Smell - Plenty of grain up front, modest grassy aromas and just a bit of wood, the oak aging comes through subtly but strongly. Hints of caramel for added effect.

Taste - Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness, seemingly alternating every single sip and even during the same sip. Some caramel mixed in with the roasty grain flavors, just a touch of earthy bitterness and brought together with a careful but welcome addition of oak aged wood. Creates a nice cohesive beer that isn't being pulled in to many different directions.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, just enough prickly carbonation and some smoothness, probably added by the oak-aging. Body is slightly heavy for a cream ale, but worth it due to the flavor and suits this beer correctly.

Overall - A top notch cream ale that doubles as a fine anniversary ale. Cheers Muskoka!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL corked & caged bottle from the LCBO; "enjoy before" Sept 9 2016. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear golden-amber colour - not unlike their standard cream ale - and topped off with two fingers of fluffy, frothy white foam that slowly recedes over the next couple of minutes. A thin collar and filmy cap are the main survivors, with little in the way of lacing. Very faint hints of oak on the nose, but other than that there's little indication that this is going to be vastly different from the base cream ale. Caramel and bready barley malts, with hints of floral, piney hops and white grape.

Approachable flavours, with subtle oak that integrates nicely. Bready malts provide the backbone - lightly sweet, with notes of caramel, biscuit and even a hint of strawberry. Hints of oak, toasted grains and grape, with floral, tea-leafy hops rounding out the back end in style. Light-medium in body, with moderate carbonation levels and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable, and honestly a little better than I was expecting.

Final Grade: 4.0, an A-. Muskoka's Oak-Aged Cream Ale probably isn't the most exciting 20th anniversary beer you'll ever try, but it's a pretty tasty (and profoundly sessionable) one nonetheless. Fans of their flagship cream ale will want to consider this a must-try, but I'd say most beer geeks in general should be able to find something to appreciate about this variation on (what has always been) a solid example of the style. Worth a try I'd say, and certainly well above average for a cream ale... but for the same amount of money I'd still rather get two tallboys of their k├Âlsch or summer weiss.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper colour, thumb of soapy head with decent retention and spotty lacing. Nose is subtle oak with loads of bready malts. Flavour profile has a surprising pressence of oak, nice caramel and bread notes, and toasted grains with a leafy hop presence o the finish. I had low expectations for this one, but it came out surprisingly flavourful. Worth a try, but a tad pricey for a cream ale.

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Oak-aged Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 10 ratings