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.
This strong seasonal ale from the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario pours a copper colour with amber highlights around the edges of the glass and has the appearance of wavy lines on a hot road. A moderate tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving a bit of lace and a thin collar behind. The aroma of Muskoka Harvest Ale is dry in nature. The beer smells of fresh grains and grasses, caramel malts, baker’s chocolate and it has a peppery spiciness to it. A sweet, honeydew-like fruity note and a hint of alcohol appear as it warms.
Muskoka Harvest Ale tastes like dark or toasted malts, a dark fruit like raisin or date and it’s highlighted with a note that reminds me of a buttered bran muffin. The ale has a very crisp and bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit and there is little trace of alcohol in the taste, but there is a definite warming effect. The beer has a medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. There is a yeasty pop on the tongue and the aftertaste is dry, but with an oily quality and a peppery bite.
This American-style IPA from the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario pours a deep golden colour with a generous, soapy white head that burns off quickly, but leaves some nice lacing and settles as a thick film. Mad Tom IPA smells of fresh hops with a big, bright grapefruit and orange peel citrus tone. It has a sweet, butterscotch malt backing, but one that really lets the hops come through and it picks up a sort of soapy note as it warms.
The taste of Mad Tom IPA is also very well-balanced. A crisp citrus flavour is backed by a honey-sweetened buttery tone, a solid malt body and the beer has a nice bitterness on the finish. Mad Tom IPA is very easy-drinking and masks its ABV well. It’s medium-bodied with a decent prickly carbonation on the tongue and is crisp on the back of the tongue and throat.
This seasonal offering from the Muskoka Cottage Brewery in beautiful Bracebridge, Ontario pours a nice and hazy amber-orange peel colour with a medium-sized, tight head that falls to a collar after a few minutes. Muskoka Summer Weiss smells extraordinarily fresh and bright. Citrus dominates the aroma and is accompanied by a fatty, buttery banana-like smell, coriander spiciness and honey sweetness.
The taste of Muskoka Summer Weiss is just as fresh as the smell. Sweet, toasty and bready malts and citrus are followed by a good dry bite. In a word, it’s outstanding. The beer is very crisp, with a prickly carbonation on the tongue and a smooth, creamy and slightly syrupy aftertaste.
Muskoka Dark Ale from the Muskoka Cottage Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario is a very dark nut brown colour and pours with a thin beige head that lingers as a collar. A deep malt aroma carries with it hints of roasted nuts, fruit and chocolate.
A surprisingly bubbly mouthfeel delivers a thick, malty taste with rich chocolate tones. The chocolaty bitterness is balanced out by a toffee-like sweetness. Muskoka Dark Ale is remarkably drinkable and teases between sips with its syrupy aftertaste.