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: Winter

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

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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of ikidunot
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can this off the single shelf from a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice in Dayton,OH. It poured an opaque dark with ecru head that is leaving some lace. The scent had chocolate and berry. The taste has a forward raspberry presence with chocolate like finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation .overall it was a decent beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, this could be dangerous. A chocolate stout that is nearly sessionable and quite enjoyable.

It pours black with nice fizz and loads of lacing. The aroma is a fresh chocolaty smell - definitely a pleasure to sniff.

It tastes fresh and mildly chocolatey. You can pick out hints of the raspberry too. Without those extras it might be thin, but together they make for a great, well balanced brew. The whole thing goes down very easy and goes well with food (complements rather than overpowers).


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Photo of MikeGray
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the best Madtree beer that I have had. It has a strong raspberry taste that goes with a nice porter flavor. There is likely some flavor additives involved with this beer, and I have mixed feelings about that. But I cannot deny that it is extremely drinkable and satisfying brew.

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Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crbnfbr
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of addiwilliams
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/17/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a nice khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward with some subtle hints of raspberry and floral notes. The flavors basically follow the nose, but are a bit bolder. The raspberry comes through without dominating. Nice balance when it comes to the raspberries. Some more floral notes. Roasted characteristics are there. Some dark chocolate in the mix. It has a solid bitterness with a mild sweetness. I actually thought it was going to be sweeter. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid stout. It might not be flashy or over the top, but it's nice. The raspberries shine without dominating. Balance is the key with this one. I like it.

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Photo of trdtercel92
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roarkty
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Archaeologist
1.72/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Over all a fairly standard, medium bodied stout/porter. It's only downfall is that it has this odd note of incredibly bad, cloyingly sweet artificial raspberry. Frustrating A) because it's clear that they started with a really good stout, and then just ruined it with a bunch of fake raspberry crap, and B) because Madtree is canning this and they could be canning something considerably better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Covering all the bases in one sip, the MadTree brewers takes all the guesswork out of the beer and dessert pairing debate and combines all the flavor in their raspberry and chocolate stout.

Rubus Cacao pours with a creamy and robust appearance, chocked full of chocolate brown color and a soft suede foamy cap. Its decadent scent leads with chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, toast and then the tang of raspberry. Flavors mimic that procession with an early palate of caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast and candied pecan.

As the sweetness rolls across the middle palate, its coffee, toast and nuttiness turns pleasantly roasted with the subtle charm of brownie, campfire and black walnut before the tangy and fruity balance of raspberries gently layer on top. Offsetting the sweetness to even keel perfection, the creamy ale trails with the softness of nougat and a playful jammy sweetness in tow.

Full in body, the creaminess of the ale is the only real character that keeps it from a higher rate of drinkability. But its heft is necessary to fuel the beer's premiere dessert-like character. A long and roasty finish is coffee-like but those raspberry influences give the session an overall fruited latte impression.

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Photo of Ndiddy
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this one from Madtree!

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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 -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of venkman3640
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -3.5%
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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Rubus Cacao from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 145 ratings