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
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #709
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #29,502
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
65
From:
Braxton Brewing Company
 
Kentucky, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
86
Very Good
Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk StoutGraeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout
Notes:
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mrfrancis:
Photo of mrfrancis
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
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.

 358 characters

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.

 1,702 characters

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.

 1,599 characters

Photo of psmith161
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

 743 characters

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.

 599 characters

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.

 1,410 characters

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

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

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.

 540 characters

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

Photo of crbnfbr
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DVMin98
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

 369 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of YalovaIA
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlang2012
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmky
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

 712 characters

Photo of Zonian1
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kavran
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout from Braxton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 65 ratings