The_Osprey (7998) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2017 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)
Cotteridge Convention III – May 2017 - Bottle share at Cotts under the marquee in the torrential rain. Big thanks to Dave for bringing this. As ’Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout’, 8%. Black with a red hue, foamy light brown head. Aroma is cola and toffee, white chocolate, a bit papery. Body is light, tingly carbonation, frothy. Taste is papery, woody and spicy, some white chocolate. A little on the thin side for the ABV I thought. (6-4-6-3-13=3.2) BillWyce (1086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Pours opaque black with a tight, 1-finger tan head. Lots of bubbling along the glass. Deep aroma of chocolate with just a touch of cranberry. Body is medium-to-full with a touch of oil. Finish is long, but mild. Flavor of chocolate that is lightened by a touch of tart cranberry. A touch of a burnt note at the back. BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2017
Cotteridge tasting #3 on 20th May 2017. Cheers Dave (WingmanWillis) for this offering. Near black body, tanned topping. Chocolate nose with a cranberry twist, taste the same with a vanilla smoothness. Loads going on in this brew, liked it. Scopey (14766) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle at Cotteridge Convention 2017. It pours near black with a medium beige head. The aroma is rich, sweet, cookie dough, cranberry, fruit cake and chocolate brownie. The taste is mellow, bitter - sweet, chocolate, chewy malt, liquorice, cookie dough, red berry and a hint of alcohol. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Perhaps lacks a touch of depth, but it is well-rounded and rather drinkable. SarkyNorthener (4623) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle shared @CWC III, thanks to Wingmanwillis, cheers Dave. Dark brown beer with small bubbly head. Aroma of chocolate and dark malts. Taste is dark malts, licorice, chocolate and treacle. Good.
DomD (306) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle into glass. Has a cranberry aroma as expected. Pours almost black with minimal tan head. Taste is medium bitter. Descent. jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Etched glass bottle - pours dark brown tan head - nose and taste of chocolate, roast and cranberry with some vanilla - medium body RichTheVillan (7856) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle at CWC III; hazy dark amber pour with a light tan head, aroma has chocolate and some meaty malt action, taste has tart red fruits, chocolate, fairly big roast. Mr_Pink_152 (5011) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2017
Tried at the cotteridge bottle share 2017. Brown/black colour with a tan head. Aroma has the chocolate and fruit (well cranberries i guess). taste roasted bitter and light fruity. Rich body. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle at Cotteridge Convention III 2017. Dark brown beer lasting tan head. Some sponge cake. Chocolate good fruit. I liked it. Soft chocolate and fruit. Yes decent.