RElliott (4) - Kingston, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
Exceptional beer. My favorite beer for the Winter of 13/14. Aroma warm firm smell of bourbon; balances well with the notes of cocoa and dark cherry. Palate was full bodied and smooth. The bourbon finish was perfect. I was fortunate to try this the same evening as the Winter Beard on cask. I fully enjoyed this bear and cannot wait to get some of the next batch. mnurda (1284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottled sample at ribeye jacks. Dark brown. Minimal head. Light lacing. Very boozy. Lots of chocolate. Complex
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone sudomorph (1153) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
From the Brewery website:
Our Double Chocolate Cranberry stout (Winter Beard) is a rich and sturdy brew with roasted dark chocolate malts, rfeal cocoa, 70% dark chocolate, and locally harvested cranberries.
We decided to age a very small amount of our 2011 Winter Beard in Tennessee Whiskey barrels for just over a year.
This is the result. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
- See more at: http://www.muskokabrewery.com/winter-jack.php#stha
---341ml. Bottle from Brewery drank on Nov 3, 2013. Pours black as oil with no head and only a slight ring of off-white around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is large. Big booze and vanilla notes from the barreling. Chocolate, a sweet/fruity/tartness from the cranberries, and a hint of roasted malts as well. Very nice.
Taste is a solid bitter, a hint of tartness, and a roasty, chocolate, coffee aftertaste. Mild alcohol warmth and vanilla flavour mixed in as well.
Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Oily/slick in the mouth but with a slightly creamy feel providing a good drinkability. Goes down smooth but definitely a sipper. Not as sweet as others I have tried recently.
Overall really good. A fantastic aroma mixed with a solid, big bitter, flavour. Well worth the drive to Muskoka. Just make sure to grab a few. You won’t be sorry! Cheers! GRM (4019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on May 29 2013; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, average lacing; nose: bourbon, woody, alcohol, roasted malt, molasses, wild yeasts; mouth: bourbon, woody, alcohol, roasted malt, molasses, wild yeasts, light acidity, woody finale with presence of bourbon, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet; overall: fine
Verre, 4 onces, en fût, bue lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 29 mai 2013; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, dentelle moyenne; nez : bourbon, boisé, alcool, malt torréfié, mélasse, levures sauvages; bouche : bourbon, boisé, alcool, malt torréfié, mélasse, levures sauvages, légère acidité, finale boisée avec présence de bourbon, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée; en résumé : bien RuneStumo (2652) - Haugesund, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2015
17.02.2015. 0,355l Bottle at Corks Beer & Wine bar, Toronto. Tha name tags says it has an abv of 9%. Thanks for coming up with this one!! Very rich. Sweet vanilla bourbon aromas. Strong with good body. Flavours of dark malts. There is not so much flavours of hops, and its not very bitter. Dark malts, cold coffee, vanilla and Jack Daniels dominate. Very rich and good beer!!
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 [5420-20130531] Sample. Vanilla whiskey wooden barrel aroma. Hazy, dark dark brown body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Bitter boozy whiskey barrel vanilla-infused wood grain flavour. Full body. Tasty. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
(Mondial 2013, Montreal, QC)
[6085B-20131129] Bottle. Roasted fruit wood aroma. Brown cola body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted fruity wood barrel flavour. Full body. Tasty. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(c/o Greg Clow, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
bottle shared at The Only in Toronto, jet black pour, no head, medium to fuller bodied. Bourbon/whiskey notes, chocolate, vanilla & oak. nice flavors Johnsense (1630) - - MAR 14, 2015
Small bottle split 3 ways. Black pour. Lower carbonation and a small head. Big whiskey and roasted malt aroma. Corn up front, but this disappears as it warms and gives way to a nice balance of whisky, roasted malk, wood, and vanilla. Cranberry almost nil,though. Rich full body. Pair with a cigar. shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Tasted at cellar temperature. Aroma is definitely sweetish, with cranberry and cherry notes. Also a little boozy. Appearance is very little carbonation, straight black in colour. Taste is good, cherry, coffee, bitter and sweet. Feel is a little thin, very big alcohol feel but not a real big body. kevinsenn (2182) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from brewery, from crazy_cat_lady; thanks! Dark with no head. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, berry, and chocolate. Taste is sweet with vanilla berries, and chocolate. Body feels a little thin.