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Brewed by Muskoka Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Bracebridge, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The Arrival of a northern winter calls for a flavorful and warming seasonal brew. Our Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is a rich and sturdy stout brewed with roasted dark chocolate malts, real cocoa, a hint of vanilla and freshly harvested local cranberries.The increased alcohol content encourages sharing and savoring this special seasonal brew.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 1, 2012
2011 bottle aged one year. My first aged beer!! Appearance: Completely black and opaque, thick rocky brown head, which takes about a minute to reduce by half. Aroma: Chocolate is unmistakeable in the aroma naturally as they use actual cocoa. Vanilla is also immediately noticeable. Surprisingly not finding it easy to pick up the cranberries in the nose (after letting it warm a little the dark fruits came through beautifully). Hop aroma not evident. Flavour: Wonderful roasted bitterness (perhaps hop derived or maybe from roasted barley) balanced by a malty chocolate flavour, definitely some dark fruits (now I think I’m getting the effects of the cranberries!), almost port like in the aftertaste with a lovely warm alcohol feeling that creeps up after about 15 seconds. Mouthfeel: Low to moderately low carbonation, smooth and silky, finish medium dry, warming. Overall: Very satisfying to have waited a year for my first aged beer and have a result like this. Decadent. And getting drunk! :-) Note: This beer scores very well, but I notice that it does not score well to style. I disagree, in that the definition of an Imperial Stout is " boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive" (Beer Advocate)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1374) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle @joes. Black with a small white head. Smells and tastes roasted malts, chocolat, coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (517) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
Version vieillie en barriques de Jack Daniel's. Noire au dépôt important. Très chocolaté. Légère acidité provenant probablement de la canneberge. Chaleur d'alcool/whisky. Panais/terreuse. Hyper chocolaté. Épicé. Cannelle/muscade. Finale fruit séché/acide. Très bien.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1558) - FINLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Pours black with beige head that disappears and leaves very little trace. Aroma is berries, licorice, chocolate and roasted. Flavour is light to medium bitter, light to medium sweet, chocolate and roasted. Full and oily. Surprisingly, for an imperial stout this is a bit fizzy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3798) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
750ml bottle. Darkest brown colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Chocolately dark malty aroma, hints of cocoa, vague hints of dark fruit. Taste is dry, dark malty, a touch of roast, hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, a very cautious touch of dark fruit; bitter and minimally soapy finish. Monotonous, narrow, disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4003) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT9 shared by me. Black colour with a small sized off-white head. Smells roasty, chocolate, coffee and fruity. Tastes roasty, liquorice, red fruits and a bit too much liquorice for my taste. Medium to full body, soft carbo.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (948) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 9, 2014
Botella de 75 cl en el lúpulo. En el momento. 09-04-2014. Color negro intenso con muy poca espuma de color oscuro. Aromas flojos de chocolates algo tostados y ligeras frutas del bosque. Cuerpo medio con 8 vol que se beben bastante bien con no mucha sensación alcohólica y un paso por boca bastante suave gracias alas sensaciones de maltas chocolateadas. Sabores mas intensos cuando calienta. Chocolates sobre todo con toques dulces de frutas pasas y del bosque. cerveza bastante buena, sobre todo cuando va cogiendo temperatura. Para repetir aunque esperaba un poco mas de ella.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Schokoladig malziger Antrunk, weit weniger aromatisch als gedacht. Weich malzig bleibend, weich, geringfügig karamellig. Leichte Fruchtnoten, süffig, rund. 9/10/11/11/9/11

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5118) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2014
Bottled @ ZZT 9, small sample. Dark brown color, short brown head. Aroma of biscuit, cookie, strawberry milkshake, raisin. Bit milky, bit sweet. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1472) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good white head. Smells sweet, raisins, creamy. Tastes chocolate, vanilla, raisins. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (681) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Aroma is a fruitiness from cranberries and slight vanilla notes. The rich maltiness is pretty subtle overall. Rich malt character with some caramel notes. The taste does dissipate fairly quickly. Very slight alcohol bite on finish with some minor bitterness. Very dark clear amber body with a head that dissipated quickly.


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