It is Rubus Cacao Stout by Madtree Brewing Company out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The batch sampled today was canned Jan. 17 of this year.
It is important to note the canning, bottling or brewing date when consuming beer. Unlike other forms of alcohol, beer is not meant to be drank aged. This is not a rule but a general basic guideline. There are some beers that are aged to enhance flavor. Most, however, do not undergo this process.
This beer is more of a dessert beer. It is good after a long day of work and is not heavy for a stout. There is a bloating effect with this beer though. It may be the fruit ingredient.
Aroma: Alcohol, raspberries, bitter dark chocolate.
Appearance: Deep walnut brown with a tint of raspberry red on the fringe.
Flavor: First thing noticeable is the the raspberry. It is not overpowering like some other beers of this kind. There is a bitterness that is clearly from the cacao. It is a dark chocolate bitterness.
Overall: This is a beautiful beer. It looks great sitting on a table under a light. That being said, still not my first choice. It is good for a date or when one is introducing stouts to someone. It is a stout that one can drink without feeling super full or like they just ate a loaf of bread.
It tastes like chocolate and raspberries, as the ingredients and name give away. The biggest surprise is that it is not a slap in the face fruit beer. That is something to respect. Overall it is a good fruit beer. There is an earthy feel to it and it pairs well with chocolate. It is a great Valentine’s Day beer.
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