Chocolate Raspberry Stout - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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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.
01-16-2009 05:17:10 | More by asabreed
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.
03-10-2012 04:11:11 | More by zaphodchak
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.
03-16-2009 00:03:59 | More by BeerSox
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.
02-11-2008 00:47:46 | More by auxiliary
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.
03-02-2012 03:59:57 | More by oline73
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.
06-10-2009 00:59:47 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +21%
From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/11
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.
02-23-2011 23:55:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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.
04-03-2009 15:49:10 | More by hopdog
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.
02-06-2010 01:05:25 | More by TMoney2591
2.08/5 rDev -36.8%
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.
09-17-2011 00:51:38 | More by womencantsail
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.
03-21-2009 21:27:42 | More by number1bum
4.1/5 rDev +24.6%
Black body only letting light through at the edges, head is somewhat rocky with a faint pink tint, dissipates to almost nothing rather fast but does continue to leave lace.
Sweet and tart raspberry scent makes up the clean and clear nose.
Really good raspberry tartness and hop bitterness balance. Warm and crisp at the same time with undertones of vanilla and light wood. Aftertaste is long lasting and a true image of the up front flavors with the hops fading out in favor of the malts.
Good solid mouthfeel and coating, finishes slightly dry and very drinkable. ABV seems fairly low as it is not detectable in the scent or flavor and there is no discernable buzz.
01-22-2005 17:09:17 | More by oelergud
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.
02-08-2011 00:47:06 | More by mdfb79
3.03/5 rDev -7.9%
My experience with B&G beers is that they don't keep for long. They must be handled like newborn babes and kept still and at temp for them to last even a month. I've had my bottles of failed Classic Lagers and Fred Red Ales to prove this. So, I've handled this baby stout as gently as possible. Rather than delay a tasting any longer, I popped it open this evening.
I blew it.
The beer is gorgeous in the pour, jet black with a sticky tan head. The smell is a heavenly mix of chocolate and raspberrries and malty goodness. But, I've mishandled the beer. The taste is aspirinish, overly tart. Mouthfeel is tough to gage because I wouldn't let the beer remain in the mouth that long. Not drinkable at this point.
So, when this baby rolls around next year, I will buy and taste and make notes immediately. I will delete this review to make this a more accurate portrayal.
WARNING: B&G brews must be consumed within 4 to 6 weeks of purchase. They will not keep beyond that point. Consumed fresh, these are all fine brews. And remember, you get credit for returning your bottles.
Purchased far too long ago, for less than $6 for a 750ml bottle, directly from the brewery, which is the only way I know how to obtain this stuff.
08-07-2005 23:42:35 | More by pentathlete
District of Columbia
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.
02-27-2010 02:33:34 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
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...
02-23-2011 23:23:14 | More by Chaney
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.
04-09-2007 05:46:36 | More by atsprings
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.
05-17-2009 18:39:44 | More by HopDerek
Chocolate Raspberry Stout from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.