Chocolate Rain - The Bruery
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District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pour is a near jet black, smallish head that quickly disappears. No real lacing but it does have some legs
Smell: Smell is decadent; probably one of the best smelling non-sour beers I have encountered. Pure fudge brownies with molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. It is like being in a bakery or chocolate ship. 5.0
Taste: Very hot, which I suppose it to be expected at 18%. As opposed to the smell, the taste is a bit more rough and edgy. The fudge brownies, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak are all there but the alcohol burn/edge makes it harder to enjoy and detracts.
Mouthfeel: Extremely rich and tick; you need to take half-sips, especially given the heat. Almost syrupy and a bit too sweet.
Overall/Drinkability: One of the best-smelling non-sour beers I have encountered, but the high ABV and hugeness of it really detracts. We split this five ways next to a Black Tuesday (which tasted not so good next to the chocolate rain) and we ended up having to take "break" beers (two times actually) before we could finish this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2011 15:45:19 | More by craytonic
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4.99/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Chocolate Rain, 2013 vintage. Tasted July 5th, 2014.
Pours opaque black with tones of deep red. Initially there is almost no head, and the little there is disappears quickly. No lacing.
It is baffling how complex the aroma is. At first I'm sucked into a whirlpool of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Holy cow.
Once I recover, sweet ripe dates as well as red raisin greet my nose. I can also definitely smell the alcohol. There is a hint of wood somewhere in the back, and I perceive sweet bourbon somewhere in the distance. I'm overwhelmed with sweetness, sweetness, and more sweetness. Brown sugar, and sugar pie (a French Canadian specialty: brown sugar, cream, butter).
It doesn't take too long for fortified wine, port wine, madera and sherry to make their presence known, in no uncertain way. They are supported by a malty back bone.
As if it was not sweet enough, other desserts come to me after it warms up: chocolate cake, some sweet carrot cake, notes of cola, truffle, and caramel.
It tastes almost as complex as the aroma. My first impression is all dark chocolate and vanilla, with a touch of espresso, truffle, and caramel. It is almost unbearable how good this is.
Sugar pie returns (caramelized cream and brown sugar) - you really have to try this one day to know what I'm talking about. I feel like I'm drinking fancy Swiss chocolate candies. A little note of cinnamon remains after the sip is gone.
I can actually taste the alcohol. However, it doesn't overpowers anything, it balances well with the other components. Eventually I spot a few extras that do their thing quietly in the background: amaretto, a touch of hazelnut, and almond.
Finally, I taste what's going on in the background: tobacco, leather, and a hint of fig.
I was a little surprised to find very little bourbon, wood, molasses and licorice, which are typically found abundantly in this type of beer. I suspect those qualities couldn't find a spotlight on this crowded stage. Btw this is not a flaw, just something unusual. The beer is already outstanding.
The carbonation is pretty low, and I stand in a world of warmth from the alcohol (not burning though). Curiously, it leaves in my mouth a prickly sensation, that faintly numbs my tongue and even the inside of my cheeks. I suspect the vanilla to be responsible.
I was expecting a very thick and oily beer, but no, surprisingly, its body leans on the light to medium side. Viscosity is average, and it is not very chewy. It is extremely pleasant, to be honest, it elevates the drinkability. Even more surprising, the finish is rather crisp for that style of beer. Perhaps aging it for a year and half has thinned it just right?
Lots of surprises with beer, especially with the mouth feel. The only flaw I found was the lack of head, which is a fairly minor one. For me this beer is nearly perfect, mature, and -excuse the language- fucking EPIC.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 19:15:09 | More by Brew_Bear
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.