Chocolate Rain - The Bruery
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.43/5 rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Swimsum brought this over to our place as part of an epic tasting on Saturday. Thanks Brent! Following review based on notes taken at that time.
4oz. sample poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Very little head off the pour. The murky body sits calmly in my snifter, showing off brown edges and brash viscosity when held to light. White bubbles meander around the surface, but that's it in terms of head; looks flat. Surprisingly weak glass-coating as well.
Smell: Booze, chocolate creme, and vanilla are easily discernible from the get-go. As it warms, the booze component actually fades, giving way to more vanilla, and dark berries (cherry schnapps-like). Very enjoyable.
Taste: Chocolate and vanilla dominate, while cream, macadamia nut, and booze play lesser roles. Not as complex as Black Tuesday in my opinion, but likely smoother.
Mouthfeel: Warm and dry, but also heavy, creamy, and surprisingly smooth given the ABV. Very lightly carbonated. A great sipper.
Overall: Of the stouts we had on this night, this ranked third in my book behind BA Speedway and Hunaphu's. However, all three of those beers were close, and the fact that this one outweighs each of those by ~7% really says something: given the ABV, this is unbelievably tasty and drinkable. As good as Black Tuesday? I don't think so. But it's certainly close.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2011 06:37:40 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Ripe 2014 vintage
Not a menacing pour - very dark brown, sits oily black in the glass with ruby/brown tinge at the edge.
Incredibly rich aroma of chocolate - milk chocolate from the vanilla beans, very dark heavy chocolate as well. Prominent raw bourbon - very boozy. Graham cracker, toffee, marzipan and bourbon caramel. Very sweet - the booze prevents it from being cloying.
Intense boozy flavor - very rich chocolate, sweet bourbon caramel, pronounced bourbon/oak vanilla, toffee, slight dark fruit astringency. Huge beer - sticky, full, appropriately light carbonation doesn't get in the way.
Absolutely fantastic beer even though almost overly sweet. Been hunting this one down for a while and it did not disappoint. It is a decadent version of black tuesday - a great variation but where it gains intense chocolate and vanilla flavors it covers up the dark fruits, which were so fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:02:29 | More by timc100
4.05/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
18.5% ABV, 2014, Best stored and cellared around 55°F
A - Pouring thick and rich, this (surprisingly) dark brown beer's high alcohol content drives the tan foam to a thin halo almost immediately but, give this boozy beer a swirl and legs will drip down the glass for what seems like forever.
S - Thick soy sauce cakes grain alcohol-soaked raisins while molasses seeps through faint charred oak barrels that once held bourbon. Until the beer sits and really warms up, chocolate isn't even part of the picture but, it's milky nose peeks through with whole vanilla beans for a more pleasant olfactory experience.
T - A trail mix of dark chocolate morsels, booze-soaked raisins, creamy vanilla yogurt bites, and caramel-draped charred oak cubes fill the mouth with potency, almost completely overlapping the bourbon barrel character, save for the whole booze-soaked raisin part. It's damn tasty - much tastier than the outrageous nose lets on, but it's comes across more like straight grain alcohol was added to the beer once inside a charred oak barrel.
M - If it weren't for the onslaught of alcohol, Chocolate Rain might otherwise come across as a thick, throat-coating imperial stout. The truth of the matter is, there's so much freakin' alcohol in this beer that it cuts the full-bodied feel with thinning solvent heat that carries from mid gulp down the throat where it perpetually warms the stomach. It's creamy smoothness makes for a nice sipping beer when the potent alcohol is cast aside, though!
O - Here I sit, reviewing The Bruery's Chocolate Rain in my Bruery hat, feeling kind of silly about that. ...And the fact that I just absently dropped a rhyme. Moving right along... Chocolate Rain shows some serious promise but like Bourbon County Stout, I couldn't possibly see myself truly enjoying this beer fresh ever again. If I crave hard alcohol (which I almost never do) I'll pour myself hard alcohol. Chocolate Rain's Tripel Bock-like soy sauce nose is immediately off-putting but slowly opens up to richer nuances, transitioning into a fuller, more rich flavor of chocolate, vanilla tannins, and some trace of actual beer instead of solvent alcohol. I never age a beer I haven't had fresh but I'll count this as a learning experience; The Bruery's Chocolate Rain will probably be exceptional with 2-3 years of sitting in a cool, dark room on it which is the only way I'll have a bottle of my own next time.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 01:05:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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