Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
BrewGoblin (516) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
vadie (879) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
shaynsawchuk (597) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
slongie1979 (4) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Roasted malts with obvious chocolate and coffee flavour, slight cranberry hints but nothing overpowering. Fine offering from Muskoka.
LarryBeast (562) - - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, sour berry, cola, caramel. A solid stout with an interesting twist.
Randy4Beer (289) - - DEC 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Cruzer (67) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
cargo150 (846) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belle couleur noir au reflets rougeatres avec un col beige résistant. Aromes de fruits rouges,chocolat,torréfactions, légèrement acide... Correct...
Countbeer (4899) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.