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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was sent to me in a recent trade with Liam. Thanks and cheers.

The beer is dark black with a nice brown head on top of it. Nice looking. The aroma is dominated by dark chocolate with some cacao. Pretty simple in the aroma. Chocolate. The taste is similar. It's chocolate domination. Not bad, but it would gain if I was able to distinguish the cranberries. It is very big in the mouth. Voluptuous. I like it. This is a dessert in a bottle. A nice beer but I was expecting more complexities from an imperial stout. Try it out for yourself.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011/2012 release into Muskoka tulip.

A- Dark brown/black pour with a light tan two finger head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Bakers chocolate, slight coffee and cranberry sauce (thanksgiving style) Sweet chocolate syrup. Almost reminiscent of a chocolate strawberry sundae.

T- Chocolate syrup galore! The cranberry reminds me more of strawberry jam in the taste. I can remember last years batch having a malt taste and feel (similar to hot chocolate powder. This one is much more refined in my opinion.

M- Full bodied, slightly creamy with a low but satisfying carbonation.

O- Excellent bottle/batch this year. I bought this bottle for a trade that fell through and really had no interest to drink it. I'm glad I did. The malt taste/feel last year was a real put off but that has been remedied!

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Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 MattPS
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

From notes:

Appearance: deep chocolate; nice head; slight ruby tinge; look is similar reminding me of creme de cacao

Aroma: coffee, a nice roast; not very aromatic; lightly of chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark, bitter chocolate lingers strongly on the palate (very intense!); clean, medium body, although there's a tinge of powder in the texture; medium carbonation; cranberry is non-existent, possibly over-powered by the chocolate; some creaminess

Overall: fantastic as a chocolate stout, and texture and body make it greatly drinkable, but fails on delivering the promised cranberry flavour

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice pitch black color to it. It has a nice thick mocha head that formed from a cascade effect and dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark chocolate, dark fruit (possibly the cranberries), roasted malts and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark chocolate character, nice roasty malts, slight black licorice notes and a sweet cranberry note at the end. Slight bitterness coming from the chocolate witch is nice. The 8% ABV is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Hiccups
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of KevinSP
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with reddish highlights. Big mocha head off the pour, settles quite slowly. Spotty lacings.

Nice chocolate nose, leans more towards earthy/roasty than sweet.

Big chocolate notes up front, bittersweet. Cranberry contributes in a really nice way. Not fruity at all, but a welcome tartness to counter the dense chocolate.

Nice idea, nicely executed.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a finger of creamy mocha coloured foam head. Good retention and lacing. Impressive.

S: Dark chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruits (raisins & dates), raw coffee bean, and a fruity hop aroma. Very complimentary with a little bit of everything.

T: Healthy amounts of dark chocolate, noticeable cranberry tartness, and dates. A solid caramel-like malt base with enough probing hop bitterness in the finish to provide some slight relief from the sweet. Nevertheless, this is definitely chocolate infused.

M: Medium body with a moderate (above-avg) carbonation. Rich, syrupy, and sticky, with an appropriately high viscosity.

D: A rich and chocolaty Imperial Stout that I think is pretty well done and certainly reaffirms my positive impression of Lake of Muskoka.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.12/5  rDev -44.5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Cole's (Buffalo, NY).

A: Pours a nice rich and silky black. There is about one finger of dark mocha colored head. The foam settles nicely. There is only minimal head as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of roasted chocolate malt, caramel, and chocolate. It seems like a pretty typical imperial stout.

T: It starts out sweet with some really wonderful roasted notes. The chocolate in this beer is big and totally noticeable. There is a slight fruity tartness to this beer, which I assume is the cranberry, but I can't pick out that flavor specifically.

M: Full bodied beer. It's super smooth, silky, creamy, and it coats the palate. It's a really great mouthfeel.

O: This beer is interesting, but I think is falls short on smell and taste. I was intrigued, and now I know what's it like. It's a good beer, but it's not anything special.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml swinging pop top bottle poured into tulip 10/1/12

A loud fizzy two finger head is gone before I really checked out if it has color, thought a dirty glass was the culprit but a second pour fizzed away too, looks like a still glass of motor oil but has some deep cola edges once held to the light

S chocolate covered cherries, (well it could be cranberries) but almost smells like a chocolate cherry liqueur, big coco notes some smokey charred wood and booze

T somehow there's more coco then I could smell, I also pick up on a little licorice I couldn't smell, lots of bakers chocolate and all things dark chocolate for that matter, the fruit is mellow and so is the booze

M silky entry and creams up almost to the point of foam without quite going there, fruity char on the faint lingering finish

O fairly well concealed booze and pretty nice flavors if you like dark chocolate, good beer for sure but nothing to put into the "great" category

I'm curious to how this one would age, being well priced for a strong 750ml pop top I might find out. Even if I don't like an aged bottle I could still sell the empty bottle for two bits to a local Yeast Wrangler, how do I lose?

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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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