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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)
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3.89/5
Very Good
169 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,388
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
169
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
32
Trade:
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of jmathis
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of BasementBer
2.12/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Something went wrong muskoka. Maybe it froze in your beards but the bottle I got was syrup, literally.

A: Poured like cough syrup and formed plumes in the glass of water in oil. I figured 'ok, this is a really thick stout, so they must have it loaded with oils' I was right and it was barely drinkable.

S: Great smell, this was the best part of a corrupted bottle, but sadly one has to drink to capture the full aroma. Chocolate cocoa sweetness with hints of fruit.

T: It had the right ingredients to be a fine stout, the cocoa and bittersweet chocolate mixed well and the hints of fruit had a good middle and finish on the palate.

M: This was the worst part of it, image breaking an egg in your mouth and having the yolk roll all over your tongue and slither down your throat. This shouldn't happen.

O: If I wast intimidated by my local liquor store employees, I would get my money back. But instead im keeping the swing top bottle and putting better beer in it.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
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 IronDjinn
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a tall 750 ml brown flip-top bottle, has the name and new logo of Winter Beard on it, 2011 offering. Pours out an oily dark opaque black hue, very thin cola nimbus when held to direct light. Tall fizzy mocha head on the pour that settles quickly, however very active carbonation can be seen dancing across the surface.

Notes of coffee and dark cocoa on the nose, tartness from cranberries is subdued by the dark grains and come across a bit sweet. Hints of burnt malt and smoke.

The first few sips remind me of homebrew, especially on the finish--worty grains, and that tell-tale papery yeast character with a touch of detergent. That aside, it starts out with coffee and dry cocoa notes,punctuated with a hint of dark berries. Roasted malt on the aftertaste, aside from the homebrew tinge.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, texture is full yet slick, with a carbonation that starts out with a medium briskness yet dissipates over time.

Tough call on this one. Could be an off bottle, could be an off batch, or perhaps I'm just not as enthused by this particular Muskoka offering as some of the other reviewers. Considering the price tag on another bottle to sample I'm not in any huge rush to cross-reference this experience. Has potential, yet from my take either this double chocolate fruit stout could benefit from some tweaking, or some QC. Or it could have been an oxidized bottle....

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Photo of realstuart
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Light head, little rention.

Smell: chocolate and coffee notes shine here with undertones of caramel. I was surprised not to detect any cranberry whatsoever.

Taste: Silky mouth feel, almost like crushed chalk without the taste. The carbonation was tough and very strong--maybe thats where the particulate mouthfeel came from. The taste was chocolatey with some burnt coffee notes--I still couldnt really taste the cranberry.

Overall: the beer kind of sparkles in the mouth but feels muddled. For a beer that calls itself a winter warmer it did make me feel kind of warm. Next time I'll grab something else.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Love the swing top bottle.

A vigorous pour leaves a tremendously lush cap of mocha head that lingers long on top of a not-quite-opaque inky black.

The aroma is a strong hit of Nesquik being stirred into warm milk with a mild hint of halitosis.

The taste is chocolate and weak coffee. A little tart in the finish which might be the result of the cranberries. If not then they don't contribute anything to the flavor, just the name. I would have never pegged this as an 8% beer as the alcohol is nonexistent. Not bad, but there's not a lot of depth or complexity here and the berry aspect is somewhat lacking, and there's not enough chocolate to warrant the double chocolate moniker in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Actually it's a lot on the thin side. Well carbonated though. It needs work, that's all I know.

This is certainly a good beer and suitable for the Ontario market in that it's good without really challenging the palate. But at that price point it's not good enough to get again.

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Photo of Tarks
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mjrtchie
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of TT--Cashout
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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 TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut pour under a fairly substantial brown head. Looks good out of the bottle. The head is quickly disappeared, no lace.

Aroma is primarily chocolate, coffee, some fruit. Flavour is lots of chocolate. Coffee and malt as well. There is also the characteristic tart-sweetness of cranberries that really noticeably comes across as fruitiness. Makes it a little bit different from a typical stout. Gentle carbonation.

Tasty, but almost a novelty stout.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GradyS1
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend brought me back a bottle of this from her recent trip home. I had never heard of this brewery or beer befor. The flip top bottle is a nice addition

Pours a dark brown chocolate, comes out at a medium thickness with a half of finger head that subsides slowly.

There is a lot of chocolate. Dark coco chocolate, a small amount of malts, I pick up on a small amount of red fruit in the end, very small

Like the smell, there is a lot of chocolate to the taste. All the way through, from start to finish, the coco is strong in the finish. The malts help to balance it out a bit. I do not taste any cranberry at all though.

The amount of carbonation this has, goes nicely with the consistency of this beer. I personally like a stout a little thicker but this was well balanced.

This beer is definitely a double chocolate stout, no lacking in the chocolate on this one. I was a little disappointed that the cranberry did not come through as much, I think it would add a really great flavor twist to this.

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Photo of fostachild
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up at an lcbo, best before march 2011. pours a very very dark colour with lots of light tan head.

smell had a little chocolate, smokey aroma but was pretty terrible in my opinion.

chocolate is present in the taste. well balanced and good carbonation. didn't really pick up on the cranberry too much. but respectable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bar Volo. Black body with whisp of brown head. Chocolate aromas, with the cranberry in the secondary. The taste is chocolate and roast, with cranberry in the secondary lending some tartness to the dry and sweetish chocolate.Drinkable but not tremendously drinkable.Slightly below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hiccups
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, a little bit of lacing.

Smell is faint, but nice. Cocoa and roasted malt. I don't get any cherry.

Taste is similar to the nose. Chocolate, a bit of bitterness, and some cherry flavour. Like the nose, it is a little thin but pretty good.

Full bodied, but feels a bit malted? Not sure how to describe, but an unusual feel. Good.

Overall, pretty good but not as good as I had hoped it might be. Not the flavour powerhouse that the name implies.

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Photo of deonreds
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - classic tar black stout, thumb of head dissipated quickly and nosily, down to a thin covering
S - dominated by big chocolatey and roasty malt aromas, a mild sour aroma reminiscent of a porter
T - starts with dark roastiness and quickly moves to a sour bitter fruit flavour, strong cocoa, with a mild hint of graininess, this one is a bit of a riddle
M - a medium body more like a porter than a stout, sweet and sour with a light smoky and chaulky finish
O - this is a different brew, is has big chocolate and light fruitiness with the character of cranberries, not a great chocolate stout but big props for adding a unique twist

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 169 ratings
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