Rubus Cacao | MadTree Brewing

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Rubus CacaoRubus Cacao

Brewed by:
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States

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!

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 124
Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -6.1%
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 buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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 milenko5
4.74/5  rDev +15%
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 bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, canned on 02/12/2016. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, raspberries, and roasted malt. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all chocolate, raspberry and roasted malt. There's a lot of sweet and bitter flavor that works really well together, neither one overpowers the other. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked it, definitely worth picking up if you like fruited stouts. $2.59 for a single can.

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Photo of GregA135
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great tasting stout! You could really smell the raspberries, but once you let it warm up and have that first sip..tastes like a chocolate raspberry cake. Definitely a lighter feel compared to other stouts, but still tasted awesome!

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/5/2016 enjoyed 2/15/2016 in a Madtree belgian

Look - Thick medium bubbled head. Head is tan. Body is lighter, see through brown at edges. Settles to a ring. Little lacing.

Smell - Light chocolate. Raspberry. Sweet. Malt.

Taste - Very watery Big Luscious. Light chocolate. Light raspberry. Almost a brown ale with light chocolate and fruit. Bubblegum.

Feel - Light feel. No alcohol at all. Watery.

Overall - Big Luscious Light. It isn't that I don't like it, just want more out of it. Just as I remembered on tap a year ago.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a pretty chocolate brown, a very thick head that lasts, and some lacing.

Nose is hot chocolate pudding, raspberry preserves, salted almond, sourdough.

Taste is not overly sweet, but filled with sweet flavors: vanilla extract, raspberry cream, chocolate soda. Tart lime pie in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with plenty of carbonation. Slightly slick finish.

Overall, this is terrifically well-balanced.

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Photo of JDK
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was very good. Pours very dark, almost black, with a nice light brown head about 1" tall. You taste the cocoa first and then the raspberry hits leaving a lingering tart taste. I really liked this beer and was pleased with the results coming from a can!

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet and smooth. Chocolate taste but not overpowering. Great for a dessert beer or in the winter. Glad they are canning. Excellent job. Smell the cocoa

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This nice stout pours a rich black with a nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, soapy layer, and spotty lacing. Nose of sweet chocolate and raspberry dimensional, but those dimensions are excellent. Flavors exceed the nose with rich raspberry and mild semi sweet chocolate awash in sweet cream and dusted with confectioners sugar. Medium notes of roast and char present themselves on the sides and back with a lightly bitter roasted malt note on the aftertaste. Medium mouth feel, slick and quaffable, medium body that is coating. A sizable brew that is the equal of the sum of it's parts. A chocolate covered cherry that substituted a raspberry with cream. A fine finishing brew.

If you are a one trick pony and do that trick very well there should be no complaints. I have none.


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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this. Not a big Stout guy, but it's cold out and the fella at the Growler Stop gave this glowing reviews. The chocolate and raspberry is very apparent, but not overdone. Smooth and very good. By comparison I recently had a Rhinegeist Panther (a brewer I really like) and I'd take this one all day over that beer.

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Photo of jp32
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black in color with a small little head atop the beer.

Aroma is of red raspberries up front an then something that reminds me of chocolate. Or better yet a box of "surprise" chocolates.

The taste is of those raspberry cream dark chocolates you would get inside the above mentioned box of chocolates. It's actually not too bad, I wish I would've bought a second can to share with the wifey. I am giving them a high score in the taste category because I imagine this is the exact taste the brewer was going for, and it's pretty damned good.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin. That is really the only downside I could find within this beer.

Stouts are my thing. Raspberries are not. However, if you are into both, I would highly suggest this beer, as it seems to showcase both very well.

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Photo of BradenMK
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

SMELL (4.5) - Now, the first thing you notice about this beer is the SMELL, and not the APPEARANCE. As soon as you open the can and begin pouring you can smell chocolate covered raspberries and/or chocolate raspberry truffles. Really amazing aroma on this stout.

APPEARANCE (3.75) - Pours a very dark color that I'm not entirely sure is pure black because of the ever-so-slightly purple tinted glass I've poured the beer into. Didn't mean to do that. Gonna give the beer the benefit of the doubt and, despite the raspberry additions, assume that it is, in fact, pitch black. Levels a frothy beige, two-finger head that doesn't stick around all that long and doesn't leave much lacing. It does remain as a thin cap over the beer for the duration of the drinking experience.

TASTE (3.5) - Oddly simple. Not bad, but, for a 7% stout I was expecting more malt character. I'm getting very light chocolate and very light raspberry, and that's pretty much it. A mildly grain-y taste near the end that's quickly washed away by the raspberry. Not really that sweet even. Not nearly as much going on here as in the aroma.

FEEL (3.0) - Creamy with a medium body on the lighter side. The malts do contribute here with a somewhat ashy/chalky feeling, which, to me, is great as long as it doesn't accompany an ashy/chalky TASTE, which gladly in this brew it did not. I've a feeling there's some flaked oats in here as well contributing some odd sort of roundness to this otherwise thin-ish brew.

OVERALL (3.75) - A let down from the potential and from the stellar aroma. If the flavor could have matched the smell on this thing, hoo boy, the craft-drinking world would have been in for a treat. But I don't think even a heavy-bodied imperial version of this guy could deliver on the promise held in this beer's aroma. Madtree is onto something though. I hope they continue to work with this beer and it's potential. This has been my first beer from Madtree, but it won't be my last. Certainly a satisfying brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice cocoa and roast malt base, a touch on the sweet side, with moderate raspberry presence. The raspberry flavorings seems a bit artificial. Lacks the typical 'skin' notes, but could be masked by sweetness.

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Photo of Buccanole
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a pint glass. Poured about three fingers of head that took nearly a full minute before leaving copious amounts of lacing. Aroma is highly cocoa, with a pleasant tint of raspberry. Taste followed as you would expect from the aroma: chocolate w/berry aftertaste and a slight warming alcoholic note (whether intentional or not, I found myself tasting Graeter's black raspberry chocolate ice cream). It almost reminded me of a thinner milk stout. An excellent beer from an up-and-coming Cincinnati brewery. I don't know if Rubus Cacao has been canned/bottled by Madtree, but they should continue producing this stout-lover's favorite.

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Rubus Cacao from MadTree Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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