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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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of kevinlater
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 vintage, 750ml corked & caged bottle (tough to uncork + looks like the cork got bent during bottling) into snifter. packaged on sep 14 2015, consumed dec 8 2015

a: pours dark-ish brown, developing into a really dark mahogany. light brown head

s: nice chocolatey nose, more milk chocolate than bittersweet cocoa, with a good cranberry fruity presence. hint of cinnamon

t: bitter, slightly sour cranberries covered in milk chocolate. good woody, toasted nut finish with shy black coffee flavours. a bit of alcohol

m: on the lighter side of medium with moderate, prickly carbonation. dry finish

o: exactly the chocolatey cranberry beverage you would expect it to be. not mindblowing, but wouldn't mind having it again a few times in the future

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

2015 Edition - L: 3 S: 3.25 T: 3.5 F: 3 O: 3.25 (AVG 3.31)
Deep black appearance with beige head. Scent is fairly heavy on chocolate and roasted malt, not getting much on cranberry. The taste is bitter, with a fairly nice coffee taste, though again no cranberries. The feel consists mainly of a deep coffee bitterness. All in all, an alright beer, though I'll stick with more traditional stouts.

2016 Edition
Back again with another double chocolate cranberry stout! Pours a deep black body with a good amount of bubbly tan head. The aroma has faint chocolate and coffee coming through, along with some mild fruitiness and a sharper peppery tone. The taste immediately brings forward subtle cocoa flavours, with some green pepper as well adding into the mix. As was last year, the cranberry is subtle, but it adds a nice touch of vibrance and festive warmth to the stout. It has a velvety soft body, that allows it to be drunk as if it were hot chocolate. Maybe my tastes have warmed up towards this beer and bigger stouts in general, but I definitely think that this beer takes the cake. Looking forward to keeping this beer as a holiday tradition.

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Photo of kghgk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glorithm
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickfos
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nate_pacino
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AMCimpi
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWatcher
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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Photo of sdm9465
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AugustusRex
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeenzeen
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PetuniaSpud
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served fairly cold into a pint glass. Awesome looking bottle with cork and cage. Only downside is that it's about $14 CDN.

Appearance - dark brown nearly black in color. Small half finger of head is poured and recedes quickly. Opaque as hell.

Smell - exactly as you'd expect. Lots of dark chocolate and cranberry. I can almost taste the chocolate covered cranberries through my nose. It's straightforward but very delicious.

Taste - just like the nose, chocolate and cranberries blended together in a smooth mixture. Maybe hints of caramel too.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly light on the tongue, medium high carbonation, and moderately light body. Smooth but not oily or slick.

Overall - a very well executed imperial stout with a taste for chocolate and cranberries. It's exactly what it says it is nothing more nothing less. If it weren't for the prohibitive cost, I would pick this up a little more regularly.

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of woody1138
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hunterjames
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Muskoka Brewery 'Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout' aka Winter Beard 2013 Vintage @ 8.0% , served from a corked/caged 750 ml bottle purchased for $12.50

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a small creamy tan head which is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-roasted dark chocolate malt , hint of sweet cranberries

T-intial taste is sweet cranberry , followed by dark chocolate/cocoa in a somewhat dry finish

MF-mild carbonation , bit thin & viscous , feeling a bit of a full body warmth

Ov-ok beer , needs some more body , not just the ABV

prost LampertLand

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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