Shinnicked Stout | Muskoka Brewery

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Shinnicked StoutShinnicked Stout

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Pmicdee on 10-24-2016

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with ever so slight amber edges. The rocky tan head lasts the whole glass, draping it in lace trails. Coffee and pungent, roasty black patent malt in the nose. Roasty malts, French roast coffee, milk chocolate and tobacco in the taste. Woody hops lay in the back providing ample balance. The mouthfeel is light for the style with luscious, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness and lingering roastyness in the finish.

A fantastic coffee stout. Plenty of balance and complexity. Worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can - 'shinnicked' almost sounds like a mildly bad curse word. Made with Lumberjack Roast coffee.

This beer pours a clear (maybe), very dark brown colour, with prominent amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some splotchy hoar frost lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of rich artisanal coffee, bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range char, bittersweet cocoa powder, faint anise spice, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral green hops. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, dry cafe-au-lait, medium chocolate wafers, some ethereal wet roastiness, tame oily bar-top nuts, and more weak leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that roasted quality takes things down a peg or so here. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, and coffee all lingering as such.

Overall - this is certainly an agreeable enough version of the style, with the coffee addition judicious, to say the least. Balanced, well-rounded, and just the right kind of flavour for the first rainy day of the year (the kind that melts the rest of the snow in the back yard).

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a sample pack whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. The beer poured an opaque black with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and roast. The taste is nicely balanced with espresso being promonent. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid stout.

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Photo of LondonParaPsy
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StormAles
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nikov95
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shinnicked Stout Poured in to a tulip glass:

L: Super dark brown/ Almost black. Medium brown head, about half a finger tall, dissipates in a quick fashion.
S: Coffee, not straight black coffee, but coffee with a bit of cream. Slight dark chocolate, not too sweet, but extremely pleasant and soothing.
T: Like with the smell, coffee with a bit of cream, and dark chocolate. Its not super sweet, but a perfect balance of mellow bitterness with the right amount of velvety flavour.
F: Smooth, slight creamy, and light carbonation.
O: Overall, this is a great, stout that not just seasoned beer/stout drinkers can enjoy, but the every day beer drinker can enjoy, or at least appreciate. One of my favourite stouts that doesn't cost more than $4!

Cheers Fellow Beer Drinkers!

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Photo of CurtisD
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a slight copper tinge when held to the light. Topped with 5 fingers of rusty beige head.

Smells of toasty, with roasted notes, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Very American Porter like.

Tastes light but with hints of coffee and chocolate. Not overly sweet, its very drinkable.

Light body, moderate to high, foamy but bordering soda like carbonation.

Got this in Bala, drinking by Lake Muskoka Jan 14th, 2018. I can see this having its place with its low ABV, and dark coffee qualities, on a summers eve in Muskoka.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from the lcbo for around $3

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can included in their Survival Sampler six-pack, currently available at the LCBO (though I believe the singles are starting to roll out, too). Best before Jan 27 2017 and served lightly chilled.

Pours a dark, opaque mahogany brown colour with ruby-red highlights, topped off with 1.5 fingers of creamy-looking beige-coloured head. It seeps away, slowly but surely, over a period of five minutes or so; the eventual remnants include a thick, foamy collar and an even ring of lace, in addition to a smooth, thin cap upon the surface. The roasted malts supply a lovely cocoa-like feel to the aroma, with added hints of mocha, prune, and suggestions of hazelnut, vanilla, treacle and toffee. Thumbs up so far.

A tasty, well-balanced stout, though I will say that the contribution from the coffee is somewhat understated. Dark, roasted malt flavours dominate much of the profile, including a rich flavour of cocoa accented with lighter notes of espresso, toasted nuts and coffee. There's also hints of prune and a slight molasses sweetness near the midpoint, leading up to an earthy, roasty, lightly bitter finish with more cocoa, and a few faint hints of coffee grounds lingering into the aftertaste. Nearing medium-bodied, with light carbonation that gives rise to a smooth, slick mouthfeel that seems to briefly coat the palate with each sip.

Final Grade: 3.87, a worthy B+. Muskoka's Shinnicked Stout is a solid effort, with my only complaint being that I think they played it a little too safe with this one. The coffee comes through, but not in a particularly attention-grabbing way, which reduces the amount of bitter roastiness on the back end. Unfortunately, that trait is one of the main reasons I seek out coffee stouts in the first place. Regardless of my personal preferences, I still feel that this is a well-made stout with excellent balance and above-average drinkability - much better than their retired "Dark Ale", for sure, and I expect that I'll be picking up a few more singles of this over the coming winter.

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Photo of bixby1971
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeilW
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well we just got dumped on with a bunch of snow in March - just when I thought we could pack up the snow blower for the season. Seemed a good time to crack open a Stout and warm up by the fire.

Purchased from the LCBO in a 473 mL can - served cold from the fridge in a pint glass.

Extremely dark brown/black in the glass. With enough light behind it nice deep ruby red colours bleed through. About a centimetre of ivory foam on top of the pour.

The nose is of coffee, and chocolate (typical in my experience of a stout). Further nosing reveals sweet caramel tones.

Very smooth with light carbonation. On the tongue coffee and pronounced caramel are forward and finish long. Subtle chocolate notes. The coffee is not at all surprising since the add Muskoka Roastery's Lumberjack coffee to the mix. Unlike a lot of coffee stouts and porters I have had, here the effect is more subtle and complementary of the overall flavour profile.

Continued savouring introduces a bit of vanilla and malt. Blanced, mild bitterness, perhaps more from the coffee than from hops? A mild, but again well balanced smokiness adds to the overall taste.

Overall a pleasant stout and one of the better Ontario craft stouts I've had. None of the redolant, over worked smokiness of some of its compatriots.

While my tastes usually call for something other than stout - this one hit the spot on a cold March day and went down veyr easily. I would definately drink this again.

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Beer Store Mississauga
Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges and a bubbly frothy tan head that slowly dissipates. Big roast with some light brown sugar on the nose and some faint earthy fruity notes. Huge coffee in the flavor but with a soft sweet maltiness that balances it well. Pretty damn tasty coffee stout.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $3.45 CDN.

Appearance - dark hazelnut brown, near black. A fine finger and a half of light tan head rests on top and lingers as a wispy froth on top for the duration of the glass. Some uneven lacing.

Smell - solid across the board. Some light coffee notes, earthy aromas too. Hints of chocolate. Nothing extravagant but well executed.

Taste - pretty much like the nose. Coffee, dark chocolate that leeches through periodically. Middling bitterness. Nothing noteworthy but the balance is really good,

Mouthfeel - a touch thin for my tastes, carbonation is just right, easy drinking.

Overall - while not my favourite stout Shinnicked Stout could certainly earn a spot in my rotation. Reminds me a little of Stranger than Fiction by Collective Arts, in the fact that while both have good flavor profiles, there isn't one thing that really blows you away, but both are rather enjoyable. A very good offering.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown black with a thin head that broke like the wind leaving nothing behind. The smell is roasts, coffee, caramel, cocoa and faint vanilla. Taste is dominated by a coffee presence, but you also get the caramel and vanilla coming through. Feel is thin, but there is some okay carbonation.

I love a stout, even in the summer, but this one was a little meh. Okay let's face it a lot meh.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's nothing wrong with this stout but for the style I'd like more foam & taste, smoother/less carbonation, less malty almost lagerish taste, & a more full mouthfeel. As an Ontarian, in general I'm a big fan of this brewery & love both of their Mad Tom IPA offerings, and while I enjoyed this stout & really enjoy the style, this one came up a bit short of expectations. With the mouthfeel & malty additions to the stout flavour, It just doesn't quite seem like it wants to be a stout.

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Photo of Beerbuds
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

taste like mouldy coffee. smells like it too.

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Photo of eberesford
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit bland - good colour and head flavour coffee and dark toffee.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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