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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

25 IBU

Added by mrnobody on 12-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff. Caramel-coloured head and sweet chocolaty aroma. Practicaly opaque in the glass even if it's held up to light. Most stouts that say 'chocolate' on the label don't smell or taste like chocolate to me. This one does. I'm not sure where the cranberry is -- it might just be adding a little fruitiness to the aroma. Even without it, this is great stuff. The flavour is sweet, chocolatey, and dark, and it feels creamy on the tongue. Not as candy-sweet as a proper sweet stout like Dragon, so it's more than just a dessert beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2013 edition, which was produced in 2012, aged by Muskoka for a full year, purchased by me in 2013, and then further aged by me for an additional year, trying it for the first time today. Very dark brown , bordering on black with very slight reddish hilights in the light. One finger off off-white head, that leaves behind some truly beautiful lacing. Aromas of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Some cranberries, and I believe some mint hilights too. A nice creamy palate introduces tastes of cocoa, vanilla bean, and a hint of red fruits dancing in the background on the swallow. Between their aging and my aging, this is just velvet on my tongue. Good on you Muskoka for producing this gem.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep brown, almost black with relatively little head which is tan in colour. The aroma is sweeter than the taste; reminiscent of home-made hot chocolate heating on the stove. I also detect ripe cherries, toasted vanilla, orange peel, and coffee.

This beer tastes exactly like Ecuadorian dark chocolate with its notes of cherries, wood and almonds. The cranberry flavour is not prominent, although I find that combined with the light carbonation, the brightness of the cranberries shines through the rich, creamy taste of this stout.

The body of the beer is potent and extremely lingering with the carbonation felt at the tip of the tongue. Nevertheless, this beer is drinkable in its richness whereas some stouts can be too heavy and cloying.

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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