**Article Review Provided By Mr. Joseph Armitage**
Name of Beer: Muskoka Shinnicked
Style of Beer: Stout Family
Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Brewery Location: Bracebridge, Ontario
Can / Bottle / Draught: 473 Ml can
Price: $2.80 plus tax for a Single from the Brewery
% Of Alcohol: 5.2%
From The Can: "Shinnicked is that numbing, gasp-for-breath feeling when you plunge into a Muskoka lake for a chilly late-night dip. To warm up afterward we created this rich, velvety stout infused with Muskoka Roastery’s Signature Lumberjack coffee.”
Hops Used: Undisclosed
Color: Dark Brown to Black. Resembles coffee or Cola. This Beer has got a little bit of leg when viewed in a glass.
Clarity: Generally clear but slightly obscured by the deep brown color.
Head: Momentous Tan/ Brown head at first, but it quickly diminishes.
Aroma: I found this Beer fascinating; such a dark Beer but gives off a light and airy aroma. Sweet medium roast coffee is the first note you take in but does not over power your senses.
Tasting Notes: A dark Beer with very pronounced Roasted flavors. Coffee, Toffee, and unsweetened chocolate take over your palette. Creamy but not chalky, this Beer has a slight earthy finish with hints of floral towards the end. Overall tasting Impression lies somewhere between neutral and nice with a taste fancying the sweet side of the scale.
Food Pairings: Due to the sweetness of this Beer, I feel something all the lines of a salty ham or seafood would pair very nicely. Fruity or chocolate deserts would also match well. With such a pronounced coffee taste, I think you could easily use this beer as a marinade or brine, even reduce it down and make a nice sauce for your next barbeque.
Comments: I love the fact that the Muskoka Brewery is local to me; it is very easily accessed off of Highway 11 on the way to Cottage Country or your next camping trip.
When I first heard about this Beer I was excited about the fact that they had Paired up with Muskoka Roastery Coffee, its always nice to hear when companies use local ingredients, its even nicer when you already know the product they are going to put in your Beer.
This is a beautiful fall/ winter, sitting around the fireplace on a cool night kind of Beer. I would recommend this to any who’s looking for an easy drinking dark beer with loads of character and local history.