Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)
Muskoka Brewery

Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)
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From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,734
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,921
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Ratings:
181
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 05, 2021
Added:
Dec 05, 2010
Wants:
  21
Gots:
  30
SCORE
87
Very Good
Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)
Notes: 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.

25 IBU
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Pours a dark brown with a ruby red hue. Two fingers of tightly bubbled beige head. The head dissapates into a ring of lace by the five minute mark.

Smell: Mild dark chocolate aroma, with cranberry and raspberry notes. Touches of milk chocolate and rye bread as well. The smell is very pleasing, but pretty muted.

Taste: Follows the nose, but more intense. Dark chocolate leads the way with cranberries a strong second. The taste is delicious, but simple. You get the same sip from start to finish, but its a tasty sip.

Feel: Light to medium bodied. Not boozy or hot in the slightest. Definate presence of oily slickness to be expected in an imperial stout.

This beer is no fuss no muss, it delivers exactly what it promises. The beer isn't complex or nuanced, but that's OK. It's a chocolate cranberry stout. Now that it is available in 473 ml cans at a decent price point, it is a worthwhile pickup. When it was a pricey bomber I wouldn't have been so pleased with it. It earns a solid B+ to passable A-.

Dec 05, 2021
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3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

Poured from a Sept 2021 batch can offered dark brown pour with weak collar. Nose is unremarkable of light cocoa. Light tart cranberry with chocolate finish. Ok

Dec 05, 2021
 
3.5 by Long813 from Canada (ON) on Oct 16, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scott451 from Canada (ON)

Poured a 473ml bottle into a pint glass. A two finger brown head on an amber black. The head diminishes to a thin layer. Minimal lacing.
Chocolate coffee smells.
Chocolate up front. Very mild hop finish.
Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
Very smooth and well balanced.

Oct 03, 2021
 
4.22 by TheHammer from Canada (ON) on Jan 25, 2021
 
3.79 by mdfb79 from New York on Dec 26, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

A- Nice cork topper in the bottle and nice little logo to go with this masculine looking stout! The brew itself pours a dark cola color, shows good clarity for a dark ale, and I see plenty of little bubbles rising to the top. The lacing is sticky and clings well to the inside of the glass. Overall a decent looking beer....the only knock may be that the head doesn't show much in terms of retention.

S- Hint O' coffee, cranberry essence, chocolate (dark and milk), semi sweet darkened malts, burnt toffee/blackstrap molasses. There is an Earthy hop presence on the finish....

T- Cocoa, cranberry, chocolate, black coffee and hints of molasses sweetness accent the burnt chocolate malts. The finish has a certain tartness from the fresh berries and compliments the entire flavor profile!

M/O- Surprisingly light in body and rather full carbonation for a stout, however, the flavors are full and as it warms, the chocolate character becomes more intense. I would say that this is a social beer and I am enjoying it the longer I have some to sample. I think with some aging that this would be even better after say one or two years. Cheers!

Nov 24, 2019
 
3.5 by boszormeny from Canada (ON) on Apr 21, 2019
 
3.68 by gallaghercm from Canada (ON) on Feb 10, 2019
 
3.89 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by timmy2b from New York

Very dark brown color with single finger head which was off white with a very subtle pinkness to it. Scent of cranberry and some dark chocolate. Chocolate is present in the taste. Cranberry takes over as this warms. Decent, but a little too much going on with the cranberries.

Apr 09, 2018
 
3.73 by kuhndog from New York on Mar 17, 2018
 
3.5 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC) on Dec 23, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

Dark brown with the ruby tinge, and topped with two fingers of beige head. The head also has a slight pink tinge to it.

Smells of dark cocoa, cranberries, a variety of sweet and fruity notes, milk, and coffee.

The taste is much like a porter in my opinion. I get notes of chocolate, coffee, dark toasted malts, and then there's this fruitiness that comes in. There's cranberries and fruitiness, but there's more of a sour note probably from the cranberries. It's also sweet and chocolatey. Vanilla is in there too.

The body feels very light for eight percent. It's very smooth, and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

Although I purchased this in Kitchener Ontario, I'm drinking it in Muskoka. Today is December 19, 2017. This is a really good brew. Very light and pleasant on the pallete.

Dec 20, 2017
 
4 by paulish from New York on Dec 07, 2017
 
4.73 by preeper from Canada (ON) on Nov 09, 2017
 
4.28 by kier from Canada (ON) on Oct 28, 2017
 
4.04 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
 
3.41 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 25, 2017
 
3.98 by jmaskell33 from New York on May 04, 2017
 
2.89 by realstuart from Michigan on Mar 28, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

Serving Type: 750 mL Cork and Cage Bottle (Packaged on Sept. 9, 2016)

L- Pours an opaque black hue (ruby on the edges) topped by a 1 finger tan head. Fairly decent retention, little lacing.

S- Mainly getting coffee and chocolate. There seems to be a lingering sweetness which may or may not be the cranberries. It's really hard to tell.

T- Sadly not getting any cranberry on the taste. Same roasty notes from the aroma with the chocolate much more apparent and creamy.

F- Solid medium body. Low carbonation. Just how I like it for this style.

O- The only thing that's really holding Winter Beard back from greatness is the inherent lack of cranberries. Fairly disappointed in this beer but not enough to give it an unfavourable score. This is a great brew, it just didn't live up to the bottle description.

Feb 23, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zachary80 from Indiana

Had the 2015 in early 2017 after several months in the cellar. Good head, brown body, adequate retention. Presence of chocolate and roasted malt.... hints of coffee.

A good to very good stout. Unfortunately, it promises cranberries, and any appearance of them is fleeting.

Jan 17, 2017
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

This is neither rich nor sturdy and I honestly wasn't able to distinguish any of the tastes claimed to be included, most especially the cranberry. Just a weak attempt.

Jan 01, 2017
 
3.94 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2016
Photo of Joe_from_Planet_Kenmore
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Joe_from_Planet_Kenmore from New York

Very nice. Do not drink too cold.

Dec 18, 2016
 
4.27 by nater919 from New York on Dec 13, 2016
 
3.58 by deonreds from New York on Dec 07, 2016
 
4.01 by Cycle69 from Canada (ON) on Nov 05, 2016
 
3.65 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Nov 04, 2016
 
3.86 by Bilco from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2016
 
4.73 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Aug 23, 2016
 
3.65 by Asianadian from Canada (NB) on Feb 16, 2016
 
4.75 by fortyfield from Canada (ON) on Jan 27, 2016
 
3.74 by jcubz from Canada (SK) on Jan 16, 2016
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3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

750ml bottle. 2015 edition.

Deep black with light cream head that is small and dissipates quickly. Slight bitter chocolate aroma. Broad, by mild berry notes as well. More coffee from the malts than chocolate from the chocolate, with mild berry and fig/prunes flavours. Very thin. I would have appreciated more chocolate in this one, and perhaps a more substantial base stout. Will not revisit.

Jan 10, 2016
 
4.3 by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC) on Jan 05, 2016
 
3.89 by LanceH from Canada (ON) on Jan 03, 2016
 
4.02 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON) on Dec 22, 2015
 
3.89 by cozmo from New York on Dec 20, 2015
Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 181 ratings