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%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of StormAles
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmaskell33
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of realstuart
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PorterPro125
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of zachary80
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joe_from_Planet_Kenmore
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Do not drink too cold.

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Photo of nater919
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cycle69
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bilco
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Asianadian
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fortyfield
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jcubz
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque dark brown color, faint frothy 3 finger beige head that last around 5-10 minutes, with a good amount of lacing. Flavors of dark chocolate, cranberries and dark fruits, with some coffee and molasses, and faint red ale spices. Earthy and herbal. Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish of sugary earthy chocolate, and sharp bitter coffee. Does not feel fresh with lots of alcohol and very spicy. Still overall good quality stuff. Not very accessible, yet for an imperial stout, it's quite soft. The flavors are very tasty, quite filling, and warming.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CRObighit2
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cozmo
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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