Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout 2012

Reviewed by on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Muskoka Brewery

  • Origin: Gravenhurst, ON, CA

  • Rated On: N/A

  • Best Before: Late 2014

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and room temperature

  • Style: American Double Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

While this beer technically isn’t a holiday release, it’s definitely a Winter beer that’s been released for the holiday season. And with the inclusion of Cranberry, it’s hard to keep it out of this article. It appears to be defined best as an American Double Stout; these beers tend to be big and robust, chocolatey with some residual sweetness. That really defines this beer to a “T”; let’s discuss.

This Double Stout pours an absolutely solid black with just a hint of head just at the edge of the glass. On the nose it’s all chocolate, smoke and coffee; it’s a showcase for powerful dark roasted malts.  With a powerful stout one often expects a powerful bitterness, but this beer is ultra smooth and silky with a delightfully sweet finish. It’s not overly sweet, and has a light fruitiness counterbalanced by an earthy bitterness. There’s lots of chocolate in the finish, but strangely almost no obvious cranberry. It’s powerful and it abides… on your palate.

This was really the surprise of the set for me; it’s strong, silky smooth and exceptionally easy drinking. It will keep you warm on a chilly night, but it’s not boozy or overpowering. If you live in Canada, this is a beer you must try… immediately!

Greg Zeschuk

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