Day 5 of Taste-Mas 2016: Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout 750 ml


What could be more reminiscent of a frigid Northern winter than an insulating beard and a warming Muskoka seasonal brew? Our Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is rich and sturdy with roasted dark chocolate malts, real cocoa, 70% dark chocolate, and freshly harvested local cranberries. Winter Beard was brewed with a slightly higher alcohol content to allow for aging and cellaring. This Vintage Brew has been cellar aged for 14 months and the complexities in the beer have continued to mingle and mature in the bottle. The result is a very special winter brew full of character, wisdom and experience.

Muskoka Brewery makes a variety of beers that, while delicious when released, beg for further aging and maturation furthering the character of the beer in the rewarding way.

This Imperial Stout is brewed with 70% dark chocolate, real cocoa and freshly harvested cranberries. These ingredients mingle in the bottle & come together over time to create one beautiful harmonious flavour. The higher alcohol also assists in the cellaring development of this beer.

Because this beer can be further aged for up to 2 years, you may want to consider picking up two bottles; one to enjoy now and one to enjoy down the road. This way you can compare how the flavour changes and develops. Exercise patience. We know you want to raid your cellar. Be patient.

Store the product upright in a cool area and away from direct sunlight. Ideal temperature for this beer is between 50-55 degrees F. 750 ml, 8.0% alc./vol.


  One thought on “Day 5 of Taste-Mas 2016: Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout 750 ml

  1. Chuck
    December 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Oh. Em. Gee.

    Winterbeard = love.

    My only regret is that I am travelling and I couldn’t take my two cellared bottles from 2014 and 2015 for a comparison. That will happen early in the New Year.

    Love this brew. A lot.

  2. December 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Good beer, had 2 today; it has cranberries so it’s my full serving of fruit for the day. I had this year’s offering and I had 2014’s offering and although there’s not much of difference there are subtle nuances. It gets slightly stronger, less chocolatey and a bouquet of soy sauce. I know it’s weird but if you think soy sauce when you take a sniff you will smell the sauce-of-soy. This beer is becoming a staple of Taste-Mas and I don’t see it changing any time soon. going too pick up 3 so I can cellar them.

  3. Russ
    December 24, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Okay, so I am a day late on this one, which I will blame on XMas travel. (Stupid XMas, interfering with my TasteMas activities….). Anyway, I just finally got around to drinking this. What can I say that hasn’t already been said (IIRC, this one has been in the running every year?). So it’s a nice beer, which first tastes like a slightly bitter chocolate stout and then as the bubbles dissipate on the tongue, the cranberry shows up. I don’t mind it at all. Today, I followed it up with another Big Rig Midnight Kissed My Cow, and I have to say that I think I like the latter more.

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