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

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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)


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGoblin (516) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
Pure hibernal indulgence, this onyx heater brings it heavy. Dashing good looks, black with darkest red tints and a tan toque that leaves a trail. What a nice welcoming aroma billowing hither me nose; the namesake chocolate and cranberry take center stage, a supporting cast of rich espresso, dark rye bread, caramel, light leather notes and clean basement. Both bittersweet and slightly tart, dare I say somewhat sour, luxurious flavours abound in this bearded wonder. Extremely well blended, this hirsute libation has a nice oily feel with mellow carbonation. Damn is it good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (879) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Édition 2013. Noir sombre avec un très petit col marron. L’arôme du chocolat et canneberges un peu sucré. Le goût à ses deux carecteristiqies et c’est très peu amer et assez sucré.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (597) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
750 mL bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and cream with subtle roast and a touch of cranberry. Some earthy minerality. Creamy mouthfeel with average cabonation. Moderate sweetness and a hint of tart, a bit thin in the body. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slongie1979 (4) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
I really enjoyed this beer. Roasted malts with obvious chocolate and coffee flavour, slight cranberry hints but nothing overpowering. Fine offering from Muskoka.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (562) - - DEC 31, 2014
Big bottle. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, sour berry, cola, caramel. A solid stout with an interesting twist.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (289) - - DEC 29, 2014
This is the 2013 edition (ratebeer, please start to differentiate these annual vintages with separate entries identified by release year), which was produced in 2012, aged by Muskoka for a full year, purchased by me in 2013, and then further aged by me for an additional year, trying it for the first time today. Very dark brown , bordering on black with very slight reddish hilights in the light. One finger off off-white head, that leaves behind some truly beautiful lacing. Aromas of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Some cranberries, and I believe some mint hilights too. A nice creamy palate introduces tastes of cocoa, vanilla bean, and a hint of red fruits dancing in the background on the swallow. Between their aging and my aging, this is just velvet on my tongue. Good on you Muskoka for producing this gem.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cruzer (67) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Probably my favorite winter stout I’ve had this year. Aroma of dark chocolate and malts, smooth but strong chocolate taste, with just a hint of cranberry.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cargo150 (846) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Belle couleur noir au reflets rougeatres avec un col beige résistant. Aromes de fruits rouges,chocolat,torréfactions, légèrement acide... Correct...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4899) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chiuffe glass: Medium sized creamy beige head. Deep dark ruby. Aromas of roast, chocolate, raisin, mocha, some red fruit... Flavours of malts, caramel, light roast tone, some raisin, some soy, cranberries, hint of raspberry... Aftertaste is malty, red fruit, wood, toast and bitters... Low carbo, lightly thicker than water and a more than medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Dark brown pour with red highlights. Tan head that leaves a thin cap of lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, licorice, sour berries and toffee. Much the same in the flavour profile. The cranberry doesn’t come through until late and follows into the finish. Good, interesting stuff but seems to fall outside the stout category in my mind.


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