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Chocolate Raspberry Stout - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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78
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oelergud on 01-22-2005)
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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

t0rin0, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

About a finger of dusky brown head and an essentially opaque brown body.

Raspberry is immediately apparent in the nose, but has an undercurrent of some kinda stanky chocolate malt. The raspberry is good-- the chocolate less so.

The taste contains the very dry chocolate, raspberry comes in on the aftertaste. These end up being subtle, which is to say that they are undercut severely by the taste of soda water. It's not super-carbonated, but it tastes like it.

Mouthfeel is standard if a bit coarse and force-carb feeling.

I was initially excited by the raspberry smell opening the bottle, but it ended up being much drier than I anticipated. I expect this is due to the lower original gravity and all the sugar in the constituent ingredients was metabolized by the yeast. Making this a milk stout would probably help.

zaphodchak, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of oline73
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There is a half finger of tan head that leaves a thin layer around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really dominated by raspberries. Some chocolate and roast, but that is overpowered.

Taste: The first taste was good, and then it went down hill from there. The bitterness in the finish is not refined at all and just grows. Overshadows the other flavors. Oh well.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin with sharp carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Too bitter. Not a huge fan, wouldn't have another.

oline73, Mar 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39.2%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.08/5  rDev -36.8%

Thanks Bobby...

A: Almost black in color with a very tall off-white head.

S: Smells like a Dogfish Head beer. Also smells like pure raspberry pie filling/syrup. A little bit of rubber and ethanol. Not a very pleasant aroma.

T: Big raspberry seed flavor. Some sugary fruit flavor with a decent amount of roasted malt. I don't get very much, if any, chocolate. There's also a light tartness.

M: Light bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Tough to choke down a few ounces of this.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +21%

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/11
*From notes

A: Black as night. Two finger head on a standard pour. Sticky and desirable lacing.

S: Wow! Rich chocolate covered raspberries on the nose with a slight amount of malt. Without question, this is the highlight of the beer.

T: Dark unsweetened chocolate first, then raspberry jam overloads the palate. I should point out it comes off quite authentic. I do not detect any hints of processed conditioners, etc. As it progresses, I notice traces of dark pumpernickel. I don't pick up the alcohol in this one, though there is a faint amount of subdued hops at the tail end.

M: Not overly viscous. Heavier carbonation then I would have liked, but for the English Stout style, I can't say it's unexpected.

O: A prime example of a dessert beer. It's extremely rich; a sipper that took quite some time to finish.

Blue & Gray continues to impress me. Their Chocolate Raspberry Stout is something different, and quite tasty.

Rhettroactive, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

I split this one with my wife today. It has some nifty "Valentine's Day" bottle art that appealed to her sensibilities. Heck, I'm just happy she's actually drinking a beer with me.

A: Dark chocolate color, with about a finger or so peppery, mocha-colored head that never subsided into anything short of a shaving cream-like froth.

S: I didn't get a whole lot of chocolate, but I got a TON of raspberry on the nose. If this is your wheelhouse, then this brew won't disappoint...

T: Blue and Gray's typical, VERY yeasty taste profile (which isn't entirely unpleasant). Raspberries were here for sure, but not nearly as potent as it was on the nose. This had a very bready and doughy aftertaste.

M: I think this one would have benefited greatly from a lower carbonation level and higher ABV. There was a minimal amount of lacing left on the glass.

D: This is not one I'd have every day, but since my wife dug it, that definitely counts for something...

Chaney, Feb 23, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

From 02/06/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. No real retention or lacing.

s - Smells of raspberries, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of watered down coffee, raspberries, roasted malts, and chocolate. A step down from the the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok stout, but nothing special. I thought the taste was a bit watered down. Worth trying but wouldn't seek out again.

mdfb79, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown and pretty close to black in color with a moderate tan colored bubbly head covering the top of the beer. The head faded only to cling to the edges of the glass, where it left some nice lacing.

The aroma is strong with raspberry flavors. It actually smells pretty close to actual raspberry flavor, although I have to assume it's an extract flavoring. Pretty good raspberry aroma though. It has some hints of chocolate coming through in the nose as well but still mostly raspberry. It could have been a little more balanced between the raspberry and the roastiness of a stout though in my opinion.

The taste follows the nose in that it is raspberry dominated. The raspberry flavor is pretty decent, it tastes a little extracty to me but it's a pretty high quality extract if it is. I'd be very surprised if it's actual pureed raspberries though. There is a chocolate roasty flavor to it as well that goes nicely with the raspberry flavor. I would have preferred a little more chocolate and roasty flavors to it though and a little less raspberry to balance them out a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is slightly below average. Drinkability is pretty decent, it's not a big roasty stout for sure but it's a pretty decent raspberry flavored beer. It's a nice seasonal for valentines day though and fits the season well.

billab914, Apr 11, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -5.8%

22 oz bottle, February 2010 on the label, poured into a nonic.

Very dark brown color, milk chocolate like in appearance with a thin tan head with a surprising amount of lacing. Berries and chocolate malt on the nose. Taste is sadly lacking any of the berry from the nose, instead a strong roasted malt body and cocoa powder-like sweetness resulting in a milk chocolate like syrupy body. Not awful, but not great. Reminds me of the Legend Chocolate Porter I just had, not quite as bad as that, but still a let down.

yourefragile, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

The pour reveals a dark, nearly opaque brown with a whispy tan foam for a head. For a stout, it looks a little thin, especially when viewed from above. There's some lacing, but it's thin and transitory. The raspberries come out in the smell, along with a train of dark, chocolatey malts. The taste, though, takes the raspberries mostly out of the equation, leading instead with the malts, which give a choco-dust flavor, a twinge of bitterness, and, near the back, there comes a hint of those very berries from the smell. Though it definitely defies its own appearance by sitting just a tad heavy on the tongue, it's not too heavy to keep the drinkability down. Overall, a decent beer, but nothin' too special.

TMoney2591, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to davidt for the trade...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue, dark tan head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of a soapy, waxy raspberries, cocoa...a mild vegetation aroma resonating.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a bit more of a chocolate and raspberry flavor, along with roast nuts, and tart cassis.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, with artificial fruit, and bit like a raspberry sherbert.

weeare138, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks to Kegatron for this offering.

Pours a clear dark brown with thin mocha tan head. Very little retention and just a touch of lacing. Smells of raspberries, brownie batter, brown sugar, butter, and lightly roasted malts. Tastes of raspberries and other dark fruits like prunes up front then some brownies, butter, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Medium light in body with low carbonation. Smooth but thin with lots of fruit sweetness that covers up a good amount of the stout characteristics. Nice for something like Valentines Day or to enjoy while eating some chocolate, but a little too sweet and artificial tasting to really want to enjoy frequently. It was a struggle to even finishing off 1 pint.

HopDerek, May 17, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -21.6%

22oz bottle shared courtesy of weearebringallmycrapbeers138.

Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of raspberries, chocolate, and I was getting some soapiness and perfume. Tastes of raspberries and chocolate. I wasn't crazy about that aroma as that perfume/soapiness was kinda nasty.

hopdog, Apr 03, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Picked this up at Rick's Gourmet in Alexandria.

Pours a dark brown color, not entirely opaque, with a finger of tan head on top. Head settles to just a wispy, thin lace and doesn't leave any stick to speak of.

Smells of fresh, juicy raspberries, very nice. There is just a whiff of chocolate and roasted malt there, as well, but it's mostly raspberry.

Taste is also dominated by raspberries, and like the smell the flavor is fresh, real, and satisfying, but I wish there was more malt character to go with it. There is a bit of chocolate, but really no roasted malt and not even enough chocolate. It's sort of like a raspberry chocolate truffle where the raspberry goo overwhelms the chocolate exterior (although this is not terribly sweet; my reference is more in terms of overall balance of flavors).

Mouthfeel is a medium body at best, feels pretty light and a bit too thin. It is smooth, though, with a clean finish, but could use more body.

This isn't bad, but it's pretty one dimensional. If there were more malt flavor, especially chocolate but roasted as well, it would really be pretty special. Not too shabby nonetheless.

number1bum, Mar 21, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

22oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black, even when held up to the light. A two finger light brown head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Plenty of syrupy raspberry in the foreground, with some bready chocolate (think solid chocolate cookie) in the background. Maybe a little coffee as well.

Again, the raspberry is obvious with some smooth chocolate in the background. Some of the roasty flavors are there, but not as noticeable as usual. Medium bodied with a slightly water feel. High carbonation.

I'm a fan of raspberry mixed with chocolate. This one does a pretty good job, and almost tastes like something you would find in the snack aisle of a grocery store. Recommended.

BeerSox, Mar 16, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +24.6%

Bomber into a pint glass. February 2009, and just came out very recently I think, obviously.

Appearance: More opaque than the Minor Dementia, if you can believe it, though that has to be due to bourbon. But I digress. Nearly opaque with the slightest light coming through and a decent mocha-colored head leaving more spots than rings around the glass.

Smell: When it says "We use natural raspberry" on the label, I'm not sure if that's extract or natural raspberries, though if it's extract, it's pretty good at bringing out the full flavors of the raspberries, because it doesn't smell syrupy or fake to me and brings a good balance with it when compared to the more roasted malt and chocolate flavors lingering in the nose.

Taste: A good balance between juicy raspberries, mild chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of hop sourness at the end. Lingering notes of strawberry, coconut and vanilla seem to creep in oddly as it warms and with the finish. Highly drinkable and this is going down easy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good fullness that isn't cloying and lets the flavors do their thing nicely, and a good creamy carbonation nicely in the middle, leaving things again, thankfully not too heavy or full-bodied overall.

Drinkability: Another fresh and solid offering from Blue & Gray. Glad I picked one up, and I'll continue to probably get all the bombers I can find and review them as they're purchased, as I've been impressed so far. Again, you can't beat the local breweries, especially those who consistently are making quality brews.

asabreed, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +21.6%

appearance - Jet black color when poured. had a small tan head, and lace looked like it wanted to stick, but didn't.

smell - Lots of Rasberries, cheeries, and dark chocolate.

taste - Has a dry, tart taste from the rasberries. More rasberries, then chocolate here, but it still is present.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad brew, aquired in a trade, would try it again, but I was thinking it was going to offer more then what it did.

auxiliary, Feb 11, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +24.6%

Served a nice opaque black with a diminishing head. The aroma was of some raspberries, but a little weak. The beer was a great balance of everything promised; chocolate and raspberries played very well with the taste of roasted barley. There was a nice dryness to it, the beer was light and smooth. This would make a good session stout on a cold winter night.

atsprings, Apr 09, 2007
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Chocolate Raspberry Stout from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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