Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout 2012
Reviewed by Greg Zeschuk on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- 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 !!
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!