Dubbed “Winter Beard”, this flavoured imperial stout from the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario pours an opaque black with a small light brown head that gets retained as a collar and leaves little in the way of lacing. Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout has a deep, dark chocolate aroma accented by the smell of freshly picked cranberries and grains.
The taste of Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout starts with a bright, slightly sweet berry taste before bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee flavours take over and linger throughout the finish. The stout is full-bodied with just enough carbonation to give off a subtle pop and a nice creamy sensation on the tongue. The aftertaste is tart, with the cranberry flavour whetting the palate for another sip.
Like the other Muskoka Brewery seasonal releases, Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is housed in a 750 mL snap top bottle. The label features the image of a touqued woodsman with a large, cranberry speckled beard and the Winter Beard sub-branding. You will find a description of the beer, a thorough ingredients list and a RateBeer award on the back label.
Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking imperial stout that makes a wonderful holiday season treat and, in my opinion, is the star of the Muskoka Brewery lineup. This beer pairs well with creamy cheeses like brie and gouda, dark chocolate and roast beef and it can be found from November until February at many LCBO outlets and select The Beer Store locations. You can also visit the Muskoka Brewery in beautiful Bracebridge seven days a week.
Type: Imperial Stout
Region: Ontario, Bracebridge
Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Format Purchased: 750 mL
Alcohol Content: 8.0%