TGIF beer enthusiasts. This morning my usually seasonal hometown was blanketed in lovely new snow so it is only fitting that today’s review is for a big winter beer.
Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout
Winter Beard pours a deep black brown with just a thin skim of head. At first pour this one is chocolate and cold coffee on the nose but as it warms you get some vanilla sweetness in the mix and less coffeeiness, less harshness really, overall though not a strong nose. Winter Beard is thinner in the mouthfeel, lighter bodied, than your average winter stout, which is good considering it is a large format 750ml bottle. Lots of chocolate flavour as you drink with just a hint of dried fruit and some vanilla character. The finish really carries through with the chocolate so the double chocolate moniker does indeed fit this beer. The cranberry was pretty subtle and to be honest I could not probably not say for certain I knew it was in there without the label.
Overall an easy-drinking sweet stout that is quite accessible. Bonus points for the great beer label!