djd07 (5339) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is prune, cranberry, roast, and caramel. Medium mouth with strong roast, dark chocolate, very sweet, dark fruits, bitter finish, good.
BrewGoblin (536) - 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 (969) - 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 (635) - 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 (579) - - 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 (332) - - 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 (94) - 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 (948) - 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 (5132) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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.