Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) | Muskoka Brewery

Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout)
BA SCORE
3.88/5
167 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:
#9,725
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
167
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of souvenirs
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Who could resist a beer with a beard on the label? Not this guy.

A: As black as black can be, impenetrable to light, with two fingers of cocoa-coloured head that dissipate fairly quickly without leaving a whole lot behind in the way of lacing.
S: Dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee. I can't pick up the cranberry.
T: Cocoa! It's a little bit like putting straight cocoa powder in your mouth, with a little bit of sweetness to balance out the bitterness.
F: Lighter body than I expected.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of curewhatalesu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AussieAbroad
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL 2012 Vintage corked bottle

A - Pours a pitch black with a half inch cream head. The head receded to a fine ring, with no lacing.

S - Dark, roasted chocolate malts upfront with an undertone of muted sweetness courtesy of the cranberries

T - Dark chocolate coats the palate with the cranberry notes lightly lingering on the finish. There is no sign of the 8% ABV.

M - Medium, creamy body with little carbonation and smooth, semi dry finish.

O - Reviewing this as I drank it, I found the 8% ABV stealthily crept up on me! The subtle, chocolately smoothness became warming, and satiating to the point of fullness. Everything about this brew is subtle, but very drinkable, and, as the name suggests, perfect for a chilly winter evening. While the early fall might not have been the best time to drink up, I'll definitely be searching out their 2013 offering.

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Photo of mick303
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - a viscous oily dark brown with some slight whispy film and lacing. Thick and dark, an initial nice dark tan head on it, quite pretty.

S - a rich chocolate liqueur, jammy cranberry, and dark chocolate, roasty and dark malts come through nicely, a rich and intriguing nose, nicely balanced.

T - a rich mouthfeel, smooth liqueur with slight carbonation, sticky molasses and dark malts that linger heavily on the finish, some tannic cranberry and dark cocoa. Some rich flighty chocolate notes, again with some alcohol spiciness. Rich cranberry notes, some mild earthy and a lot of roasty spice.

M - a thick viscous feel, some interesting vegetal notes on the finish, quite a slick feel to it, some light carbonation on the palate.

This bottle had about 1.5 years on it, and the chocolate and dark roast malt notes mellowed nicely. Drinks nicely, with a nice smooth but not overly heavy body. Characterful and well-constructed, full feel with some residual alcohol heat.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hadn't had a dessert stout in a while, and this totally scratched that itch.

Appearance is black as tar with a thin mocha head that didn't stay around too long.

Smell isn't particularly strong, but I can certainly pick up the chocolate, deep malts, a bit of hops, and the edge of the cranberries.

Taste is very pleasant and smooth. Not too strong. Earth malt flavours dominate the palate with chocolate, coffee, and a kind of burned edge in there, but just a bit. The chocolate isn't particularly strong, but lingers on the palate for a good while. At the front of the palate lie the cranberries with some lemon and orange flavours.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth and nice to drink with a feisty carbonation I quite like. However there is a bit of a chalky texture which lingers that I'm not fond of.

Overall - This is a nice dessert stout I'd be happy to drink again and its mild, muted flavours would make it a good recommendation to craft beer novices.

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Muskoka Winter Beard (Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout) from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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