Rubus Cacao | MadTree Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
madtreebrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Raspberries and chocolate go together like two peas in a pod. But don't worry, there's no peas in the Rubus Cacao. Rather the sweet chocolate, roasty bitterness and dark raspberry fruit combine in perfect harmony. Who knows, the Rubus might even become the pea in your pod!

Added by JimmyFlatRock on 02-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out dark with a tan head.

Aroma is definite raspberries (though not overdone), bit of chocolate and roasted malts.

Raspberry & roasted malts with a hint of almost roasty coffee, bit of chocolate in the finish too.

Medium bodied, pretty creamy and smooth too.

Nice beer, but nothing crazy.

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Photo of brycevolk
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of venkman3640
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer I had 15 months ago. It opened my eyes to the wworld of craft beer!

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Photo of Wardt16
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PSA** Let the beer warm up - Flavors will not come out if cold!

L: A nice black beer with a decent sized tan head, good lacing

S: Getting the raspberry, chocolaty, tobacco smell

T: Getting a great taste from the raspberries but the chocolate flavor is not that strong, The raspberry flavor is great, very acidic, the chocolate flavor though almost seems to be holding it back, I'm getting just a sweetness from the chocolate and not the full deep creamy chocolaty notes that I'd expect.

F: I'd say the body is appropriate for a stout, low carbonation and medium body. Could be more robust but not too off.

O: Would I recommend this beer yes, would I buy it again....probably not. If you can get this beer on tap I'd recommend to try it, the raspberry flavor is fantastic but the chocolate isn't there for me. If this beer was BA'd I think it would be amazing but this left me slightly disappointed. Chocolate flavor is not fully there for me.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stout brewed with cocoa nibs and with raspberries and natural flavors added. Poured from a can into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. Reviewed side-by-side with Braxton's Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout. The beer pours out black. When held to the light I do not see any light peeking through. The beer has about two fingers of tan head that slowly dissipates. Good strong raspberry presence on the nose. It goes toe-to-toe with the roasted malt and cocoa. Smells like black forest cake.

Medium body with a firm, slightly creamy feel and a nice roasty flavor. Roasted malt up front with a hint of tartness from the raspberries. Not a lot of sweetness to balance out the roasty bitterness and fruity tartness, but the flavor manages to hold itself together nicely and remains pleasant. I do think this beer could do with a sweet component to support the other flavors. Still, the raspberry, while not as detectable on the palate as it is on the nose, manages to carry through to the finish (somewhat) and provide a nice acidity.

Overall, a nice beer that is still one or two flavor components away from greatness. I've had this beer a few times, but never reviewed it until Braxton came out with something similar. The big question is, "how does it compare to Braxton's Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout?" Rubus Cacao has a decisive edge on nose and appearance, but Braxton's has a very slight edge on flavor since the sweetness of the lactose helps to balance out the bitterness of the roasted malt and the tartness of the raspberries. In the end, the fact that I can detect raspberries on the flavor of the MadTree beer may be the clincher for me. The final verdict is I think I prefer Rubus Cacao, but would be perfectly happy with a fridge full of either one.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kotzbauerm
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves virtually no lacing.

There is plenty raspberry in the smell. I also get some chocolate.

It starts out with a lot of raspberry flavor. Semi sweet chocolate comes through a little in the beginning but is more perceptible on the tail end and in the finish leaving a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.

It seems thin for a porter or stout.

It has a good balance between the raspberry and chocolate. Neither one dominates the beer, and yet both are easily detectable.

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Photo of chrispe2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottJWing
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrs3994243
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of raspberries along with notes of chocolate malts and some hints of roasted malts and bitterness. The roasted malts become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a very good balance between flavors of raspberries and roasted chocolatey malts. It's not too heavy on the palate so it is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of dag1991
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bradsukut
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black as the night. Chunky Head that sticks around. Cocoa aroma. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Lingering sharp tartness to it.

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Photo of ericat78
2.59/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Bonis
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of milenko5
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Madtree is a local brewery for me, they do some good things, but a lot of which misses the mark for me personally. This is a different story. It is a top notch stout by all aspects. It has an apparent raspberry taste that is balanced exceptionally well by the bitter chocolate. Not one taste overpowers the other. I've had it several times and it's taste has been very consistent. This is a truly exemplary beer from Mad Tree.

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Photo of rjp217
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of facefox
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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Rubus Cacao from MadTree Brewing
4.1 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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