Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout
Braxton Brewing Company

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk StoutGraeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #700
Ranked #29,251
3.76 | pDev: 8.51%
Braxton Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk StoutGraeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 65
Photo of dcotom
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cold from 12-ounce can into a snifter. Appearance leaves nothing to be desired: deep blackish-brown body with stunning amethyst highlights, topped by a thick lilac-tinged light tan head. This hits its stride at just above cellar temperature. At that point you get a great balance of the raspberry, chocolate, and dark roasted malt flavors. Not overly sweet, not much char, and no over-the-top fruitiness. Medium bodied, with a mostly dry finish and a little fruity tartness lingering on the palate. This could easily have been a hot mess, but it's actually quite well restrained and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring clear purple-red, it fills darker to dull black, yet held up to the light it still has purple-ish black hues. The khaki head is tall and fluffy, settling to a persistent blanket.

Taste starts roasty, nutty and toasty, like a brown ale, as hints of tart blackberry surface in the frothy but light and fluid body that finishes semi-wet, bringing hints of chocolate chip in the aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/18/2019. Pours clear very dark ruby red/purple/brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy, lightly tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, molasses, smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and light-moderate lactose/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy, lightly tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, molasses, smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, spicy, roast, char bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, vanilla, cream, molasses, smoke, charcoal, herbal, wood, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and light-moderate lactose/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet, and tart/tangy fruit balance; with nice cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent fruited milk stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and light-moderate lactose/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/tart/drying finish, great soft feel. Awesome balance of rich malts, authentic raspberries, and cocoa flavors; with balancing earthy hops against sweetness. Solid lactose presence, was expecting a bit more for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Not overwhelming on fruit, perfectly blended and complementing to the base style.

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Photo of gary928
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coke color with slight purple tint.Nice Carmel head ( two finger)kept small head entire time.Did not have the feel of a milk stout.More of a porter style beer. The bitterness seems to hide the raspberry flavor .Nice roast taste that lingers in the mouth . With the name I expected more sweetness but still a quality beer .

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Drew for sending a couple of these cans! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque. A two-finger tan head forms and lasts surprisingly well. Low amount of visible carbonation. An attractive beer.

S: Roasted malts, cacao nibs, and sweet chocolate. Lactose and and a berry cordial sweetness. Notes of vanilla, tobacco, and a bit of char in the roasted malts. Nice bouquet, but nothing overtly raspberry here.

T: Cacao nibs, roasted malts, and vanilla. Some raspberry fruitiness. Again, some lactose sweetness balanced by a fair amount of roasty bitterness. Right at the swallow, the raspberries swell up a little more, and end up coming across like overripe raspberry freezer jam. Malt sweetness with residual semisweet chocolate chip dryness in the hang.

M: The body is a bit lighter than I'd hoped - not watery, but thin enough to detract some. The carbonation sensation is on the low side. The alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A tasty beer, and certainly one ripe with nostalgic memories for this ex-Buckeye. The raspberries could have been turned up a bit, but overall this was a hit for me. I guess I’m just looking for more of everything here. When they turn it up to 11 and make an Imperial version of this, I’ll be first in line with my carryout from Camp Washington or Blue Ash Chili in my hand.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a 4pck of this from the Kroger near Metro South Sports in Dayton. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of Graeter's black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with chocolate and dark fruit presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of wingman14
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a red hue when held to the light, and a thin mocha head. Smell is mostly roasted malt with some chocolate, raspberry and sweet notes as well. Taste starts roasted malt and chocolate and finishes with the milky flavor, and finishes with a lingering raspberry aftertaste. This definitely tastes like you are drinking an ice cream beer, they accomplished their goal. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, medium light with good carbonation. Overall it is what it tries to be, so if you are intrigued, you are getting what you paid for, worth checking out if you like sweet stouts.

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Photo of pirateclem
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Thin like a porter, does not drink like a milk stout. Can taste the milk enzymes with a malted milk ball flavor. Just a hint of chocolate but not much. Some purple hue and raspberry on the nose but can’t taste the raspberry at all. It’s meh, I’d drink it for free.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a really unique purple-brown with a bubble gum pink head of 1 finger. It stays around pretty long.

Aroma of lactose powder, blackberries, chocolate chips, slight coffee, and ice cream.

Flavors start with roast malts, blackberries, dark chocolate (the bitter kind in the foil wrapper), and the suggestion of creamy ice cream and lactose. Finish of dark chocolate and raspberries, slight lactose.

Feel is carbonated, roasty, and slightly creamy.

Overall a tasty stout that could use a slight boost in sweetness but still pretty balanced overall. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a snifter. A somewhat clear cola brown color that produced a thick tan head. The foam had a slight pink tinge to it and settled fairly quickly. Raspberry jelly on the nose, along with milk chocolate and some roasty notes. Somewhat subtle raspberry up front on the palate, followed by milk chocolate and faint coffee. The raspberry then became dominant on the finish. Not thin, but lighter-bodied than I expected in a lactose stout. Not bad.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours what appears to be black until held to the light. Faint garnet dots shine through. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is dark chocolate with raspberry. It is not overtly sweet smelling.

The taste begins with dark roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate, and black coffee. The raspberry comes through the middle. The finish is somewhat sweet with a raspberry chocolate thing going on.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a pretty good beer. It's worth a try.

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Photo of El_Guapo_05
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Raspberry only if you fill in the gap with your imagination. Not much difference in chocolatiness than any decent milk stout or porter. Actually seemed more like a sweeter porter than a true milk stout, owing to a feeling of low viscosity. Had it in a Graeter's/Braxton glass at the Incline Pub over Memorial Day weekend. It would be a solid entry in the slightly sweet, less bitter category of stouts or porters, but when the marquee feature is the iconic, thoroughly known and beloved Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, and despite very slowly nursing it on hot day, longer than the duration of an entire meal, hoping to get the Graeter's flavor to come out as it warmed, and you can barely detect raspberry anywhere, even in the nose? That's a pretty jarring disconnect between expectation and reality.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 02/01/17. Not my first time trying this, but figured I'd review it this time. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head that fizzled away kinda quickly. There's just a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, milk chocolate, raspberries and a bit of coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, with chocolate, black raspberry, roasted malt, cream, and some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a good brew, and is better the warmer it gets. Glad one of my friends got me a 4-pack of this, hopefully there will be more Braxton/Graeter's collabs in the future!

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruby tinged deep brown, small tan head and minimal lacing. Aromas of chocolate and light berry. Notes of chocolate, roast, milk sweetness and lightly tart berry. Light, bit thin, and dry. Good flavors, decent beer overall.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - as expected, dark brown like a stout should look. Might have slight purple in it unless I’m just seeing things.
Smell - toasted raspberries mixed with cocoa like in a baked dish
Taste - raspberry raspberry raspberry taste milk stout initially, slight cocoa.
Feel - medium body and light crisp carbonation
Overall - raspberry milk stout with slight cocoa. Better than first time I had it which I gave a review of 3.17.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate. This much hyped stout
from a local confectionery legend pours a murky dark cola brown with
a moderate head of off white to tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin
pool, and features light spotty lacing. Nose of coffee, dark chocolate, deep
roasted malts, and subtle earthy tones. Flavors follow with dark raspberries
and dark cocoa notes tossed into a whirlpool of dark malts and cola touched
coffee and cream. Nice mouth feel; smooth, roasted, lightly creamy, and finishing
with lightly bitter berry, cocoa, coffee, and subtle herbal hop note with mild carbonation.

Overall, a solid brew but one that is much more like a porter than a stout. Decent but not
living up to the hype and hoopla that surrounded it in this area. Personally I think an imperial
version of this would translate better and offer richer flavors.


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Photo of DocRoc
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark as night, hold up to light and can see reddish tint, thin head
S - Hints of berries
T - Sweet Stout with a berry/chocolate finish
M - Thin
O - Nice novelty beer, probably better after meal or w/ chocolate dessert

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With two of the Cincinnati area's most beloved companies put their palates together, greatness is expected. The most popular Graeter's ice cream meets the wonderful world of Braxton beer for a porter laced with black raspberry and chocolate chip. The famous ice cream beer comes with a lot of anticipation. Does it measure up?

Much like your typical porter, the dark ale pours creamy and dark brown. Its haze renders it translucent while a tall creamy lather builds on top. Nutty chocolates, coffee, toast and cream greet the nose with sweet impressions and that coveted backbone scent of raspberry. Malty sweet on the tongue, the toasted chocolate, caramel and cream flavors show a savory confectionary upstart.

As the ale washes the middle palate with toasty malt sweetness, the taste quickly dries and allows for a great and drinkable beer, but at the sacrifice of the dessert beer that's promised. Its chocolate turns to bitter cocoa and the toasty edges becomes dry. While the raspberry shows a moderate tone on the middle palate, its impact is mild and simmers on the back burner of the porter. Never letting go of its beery roots, the porter's earthy finish is coffee-like with woodsy hops.

The berry character stands out more and more as the malts continue to fade, but its lasting impact is mildly charred with a glimpse of berry seed and skin in a light pectin astringency to ride alongside of the hop and toast derived bitterness. An aftertaste of coffee and tartness becomes pleasant in its own right but a little shy of the creamy, sweet, decadent and lavish taste that was expected.

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Photo of 513BeerLover
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like many fellow Cincinnatians, I love the taste of Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip ice cream. It is incredibly smooth and has strong chocolate and raspberry notes. I was very excited for this beer, but I was ultimately a bit disappointed. It is in no sense a bad beer, it doesn't taste too much like the ice cream. The dark chocolate notes are there, and I can smell a hint of raspberry, but the taste is a little underwelming. The body is smooth and feels really good for the most part. It is easy to drink, but I have to judge the taste based on how realistic it is to the ice cream. If it was just a normal milk stout, I'd rate it higher.

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Photo of Bmonster
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft. Nice dark pour with a thin, creamy head. Had a medium body and great overall flavor. As a Braxton rep will tell you, this beer needs to warm a bit to appreciate all the flavors it has to offer. The colder you drink it, the less flavor, especially the raspberry, you'll get. I did just that and was rewarded with a truly quality experience. A nice roasted quality to the nose, with the raspberry coming through. It is free of the bitterness of some stouts, though the malts are there in a nice balance with the other flavors. I'd say the ice cream's lactose has a bit to do with that. The chocolate and raspberry together is a winning combination for me. But remember, let it warm a bit first.

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Photo of Kevin6234
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing. If you're from cincinnati and you're expecting graeters black raspberry chocolate chip, you won't get it.

I could not even smell or taste the raspberry. The madtree tubus cacao I had last week tasted more like graeters than this.

I was underwhelmed. May be the hype was too much. It looks good in a glass but the taste is not there.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stout brewed with lactose, cocoa nibs, and raspberry puree. Poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Reviewed side-by-side with MadTree's Rubus Cacao chocolate raspberry stout. The beer pours out very dark, but not quite black. When held to the light I do see some ruby-red light peeking through. The beer has about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Good roastiness on the nose. Dark roasted malt, baker's chocolate, and a hint of berry. I'd like to detect a bit more of the raspberry here.

Medium body with a firm feel and a well-rounded, roasty flavor. Not overly bitter at all. The lactose seems to help balance out the roast. I get roasted malt up front, a little creamy sweetness, and raspberries don't really show up until the back of the palate, and then it's a very light hint of raspberry. If I didn't know there was raspberry in here, I might not even notice it.

Everyone living in the greater Cincinnati area is familiar with Graeter's ice cream, and everyone familiar with Graeter's ice cream is familiar with Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. It's nice that a local brewer has decided to honor this popular local favorite with a special beer. Of course, the big question is "how does it compare to MadTree's Rubus Cacao?" 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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Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout from Braxton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 65 ratings