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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 1286
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 10.84%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Tuesday with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa Nibs.

2011: 18.5% ABV
2012: 19.5% ABV
2013: 18.0% ABV

(Beer added by: mikedashg on 10-28-2009)
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azagthoth

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I shared this divine 4 oz cask pour inside a Bruery tulip glass with fellow advocate and Bruery loyalist tedbyrnes at the Black Tuesday release.

Appearance - Rather nubilous and subtle in appearance without even a modicum of a head being represented. Truly, this was a display of velvet in a glass.

Smell - An insistent companionship of milk chocolate and syrupy vanilla accompanied by the tenacity of bourbon. A second whiff might suggest you order a luscious cut of your favorite chocolate cake to chaperon such a gratifying experience.

Taste - Nothing like I have ever experienced and incomparable to any beer out there. There are distinctive types of identities in the taste that I can't put into words, rendering me ineffectual to pinpoint specifics. I could assert, however, that this is what a Vanilla Bean Chocolate wine would taste like (if such a thing exists, or were to). This is just so unique and something one must personally experience to comprehend what I am getting at here.

Mouthfeel - Like wine, compensated with drops of syrup to refine the finish. The absence of carbonation was clearly not a factor in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I could moderately sip on 8-12 ounces of Chocolate Rain all night, as this beer should elevate it's qualities at higher temperatures. The 19.5% ABV is nearly indiscernible, respectively, thus permitting the drinkability at a whole new level.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 15:50:53 | More by azagthoth
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Bankhead

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

sampled as many ounces as possible at mardi noir while some stayed dry and others felt the pain

a dense flat black brown syrup that makes legs with a swirl like a port wine or chocolate liqueur

aroma envelops the nostrils full of sweet bourbon and vanilla and fudgy inviting liquorish dark fruits

taste follows and combines all the decadence i love in this type of beer with a shocking smoothness

they should bottle this puppy in twelve ouncers

overall an overwhelming beer sensation

i had to move away from the glass to breathe in

Serving type: cask

10-31-2009 22:41:47 | More by Bankhead
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aknight

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black. Virtually no head, just a giant slick of oil. The smell is chocolaty sweetness. The taste is the familiar Black Tuesday, intensely flavorful and sweet but the chocolate adds another level of complexity without really adding to the sweetness of an already very sweet beer. The chocolate is very evident but not overwhelmingly so and is a wonderful compliment to this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 04:09:17 | More by aknight
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #1000. Thought long and hard since October, the first time I had this, as to whether I could really give this kind of review after only having 4oz of it. So I drank it again at the RS party, bumping my total up to about a grand total of 10oz through roughly five different tastings.

Anyways, jeez, not pitch black, the brown chocolate current running through it, not a big head to it, its not supposed to. Why everyone thinks a beer can't have a perfect appearance unless it has massive carbonation leading to a 2" head and tons of lace clinging to the glass. . . (well actually this did cling decently). If it makes you feel better to get some visual stimulation, swirl it a little, it'll do what you want. Massive chocolate aroma, bourbon, vanilla.

Taste, I picture a crack fiend with a lighter and spoon, melting dark chocolate in the spoon and dropping it into the beer. Lots of vanilla come out with this one, everything is huge, except ironically, the alcohol. Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate pretty much bigger than an any other example I can think of. Wood tannin meld, very under the radar. Viscosity is not through the roof, just right. Such a warming feel to the alcohol, soaked up with the chocolate. Had many beers 1/3 the abv that come across with more heat and less enjoyable because of it.

I would guess there might be multiple sources of high end chocolate going into a high end beer here (cocoa, dark chocolate, white chocolate etc. . . ). Can't think of any beer that is bottled that rivals it. Really, I've come to the conclusion that the greatest beers in the world are just all the different varieties of Pliny and Black Tuesday.

Serving type: cask

01-16-2011 17:00:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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KevSal

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had some time to think this guy over for a bit(but not to long to forget our encounter), had it at the Reserve Society Initiation party pourd into a taster.

Had low expectations going into this guy because of all the hype.

A- This is the tough part given the circumstances, very rushed pour(within the madness) into a taster, it becomes a bit tricky to rate appearance. After the pour I get away from the chaos and this guy looks great. didn't get a huge head, but it dissipates quickly to a nice brown ring around the glass.

s- if i could give this a 6 it would be well deserved, this guy smells amazing. i must have sat there smelling this guy for several minutes, could have sat there all day. strong smell of chocolate (ofcourse), a lot of bourbon goodness, and vanilla

t- cant describe this, its absolutle amazing. are you kidding me, the hype is real? tons of chocolate, vanilla and very low alcohol burn considering the abv.

m- perfect, exactly how i like my stouts, thick, full mouth feel. the flavor is everywhere!

d- done already! extremely drinkable, could have easily drank this all day. careful with this guy its so drinkable it will creep on you quick.

some say the alcohol taste is high in this guy, i didn't get it at all. in fact i cant believe just how drinkable this beast is.

You want a beer that has a good chance to RUIN a style for you this is as close as it gets. to me this is perfection in a glass and ill tell you it infuriates me to say that because i didn't want it to be so. must try this again! hype well deserved.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 08:56:28 | More by KevSal
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peacehammer

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask at Session two of 2011 Black Tuesday.

After sampling BT first, I wasn't sure how much more chocolate flavor could be worked into a beer.

I couldn't have been more wrong. A beautiful black viscous pour.aroma of Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A bit strong on the mouth, but amazingly balanced and very smooth all things considered.

Chocolate flavor present throughout. Might have been the best beer I've tasted.

Serving type: cask

11-22-2011 05:30:50 | More by peacehammer
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Spectre

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Chocolate Rain is a variation of Black Tuesday. Even though higher in ABV the flavor is a tad lighter.

A. Thick black with a dark brown head.

S. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, & coffee.

T. All described in the smell are noticeable but the two flavors that stand out the most while drinking are chocolate and vanilla. Real powerful in taste but stands out more on the sweet side. Not bitter in anyway.

M. Thick syrup and extremely smooth. Consume in a small round glass taking a sip at a time or this beer will be gone before you know it.

Overall I would have to say Black Tuesday is the king of stouts and the variation Chocolate Rain is the cherry on the icing. For 19.5 the alcohol is well hidden and the flavor is extremely enjoyable for any drinkers choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 00:52:15 | More by Spectre
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M1A2

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate Rain 750ml, 19.5%, B2. Ahh we finally meet, bottle opened and split between a few other BA's, 6/1/13 ESN2!

Appearance - Poured a deep almost black with dark red edges with very little head but left a thin ring in the center and around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Wow are you kidding me!! The smell of Chocolate Rain is the best smelling beer i have ever had the chance to smell period!!, sweet baker's chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon barrel notes all mixed together in an all out attack on the nose, i could of sat and smelled it all night.

Taste - Taste mirrors the smell!, big sweet chocolate (go figure), bourbon, vanilla, oak from the barrel that all blends together perfectly. 19.5% not here! There is a little alcohol heat in the back end but it never got overpowering even as it warmed up and the after taste hangs around for days!

Mouth feel - Velvety, creamy and silky all at the same time great mouth feel.

Overall - This is an absolute must try and is totally worth it, how ever you can get your hands on a bottle do it!! This beer may have ruined this style of big high ABV barrel aged beers for me as nothing will live up to what this one did. IMO this is perfection in a bottle hype well deserved.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:50:52 | More by M1A2
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steenkampa

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing.

Got as part of a trade for a Sede Vacante from a local friend.

Very dark, almost no carbonation, super smooth. HUGE amounts of chocolate.

Not for everyone though, if you're not a fan of sweet heavy chocolates you won't like this one. Barely 'beer' at this point, but still amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:20:02 | More by steenkampa
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BeerXKing

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A; pours a dark brown colored body with some amber tints to it. created an off-white thin head that quickly dissipated.

S: big alcohol soaked dark fruits right up front, with an awesome sweet dark chocolate toffee/molasses and vanilla bean blats. this beer doesn't smell like its 18.5%..

T: i pick up on an immense sweetness but its not overly sweet. big chocolate, toffee, alcohol soaked figs/raisins, and a bit of heat to it that's actually quite inviting. for 18.5% this is extremely smooth and the finish is an awesome creamy vanilla that helps cut out the alcohol.

M: on the lighter side of full bodied. chocolate, vanilla and touch of alcohol is left on the palate. this is really enjoyable.

O: An outstanding brew. extremely well balanced, and has just the right amount of sweetness to cut out the big ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 00:33:18 | More by BeerXKing
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ThePaleRider

California

4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful brown ale poured into a Firestone taster. The smell is intoxicating. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of booze. Loads of oak. This is a whiskey lovers desert. The taste is like a whiskey white russian. Very amazing chocolate, whiskey, coffee flavors in there. The best stout I have ever tasted. Lots of boozy bite on the tongue and very warming, but very smooth for 18.5%. Bravo Bruery, bravo! Can't wait to age on of these bad boys. 2013 series.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:26:18 | More by ThePaleRider
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Mauerhan

California

4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so I like the dumb ass that I am show up at 4:25 to get in line for black tuesday... 3 hours and 200 places in line later I get into the bruery make a sprint to the bar and enjoy an 8 oz pour of this magic.

pours darker than anything I have ever had. pitch black wouldn't do this justice. zero carbonation. sticks to the sides of the glass like a needy girlfriend leaving thick sheets of residue that are darker than most imperial stouts

smell makes me want to cry. the smell alone was worth at least half the time spent in that god awful cluster fuck of a line. I am hit instantly with rich milk chocolate, notes of toffee and vanilla dance around with the rich smell of bourbon. I am left in awe.

taste is literally to die for. everything that is present in the smell comes out in spades in the taste. a lot more toffee evident in the taste than from the smell. huge amounts of chocolate. this beer tastes like if bourbon county stout and southern tier choklat had a baby. and then that beer went to an ivy league beer school and graduated valedictorian of its class...

mouth is smooth and creamy. rich and viscous. thick and satisfying. this beer is 19.5? It drinks like its an 8. truly an abv ninja hiding out in the bottle waiting to attack your blood stream.

hands down one of the BEST beers I have ever had the chance to drink. I read a while back that someone compared vanilla bean dark lord to "gods cum" well if thats the case then this is what god was drinking for a few weeks before releasing the vbdl. well worth the hype. in fact I dont believe this beer is getting enough hype. GREAT JOB BRUERY CREW!

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 04:46:42 | More by Mauerhan
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge props to Tanger for sharing this 750ml rarity on 2/8/11!

A - Poured a deep, oily coffee brown, almost black liquid with purple hues around the bottom edges and a thin ring with a wispy island in the center that disappeared, leaving no lacing at all.

S - Wow! This is the kind of beer that you just want to sit around and bask in its aroma all night. The nose of Chocolate Rain is a gorgeous amalgamation of baker's chocolate, cocoa, vanilla extract and smooth bourbon notes. While there is a decent amount of alcohol presence, it does doesn't even come close to what I'd envision an 18.5% ABV to smell like.

T - This tastes like licking the wooden spoon after your grandma just baked a cake! This is chocolate cake batter in liquid form with vanilla and mellow bourbon notes blended in with just a hint of wood. Plenty of chocolate and cocoa goodness throughout, followed by a nice bourbon tang in the finish accompanied by a mild earthy hop bite. The alcohol presence definitely gains strength as the liquid warmed up, but it never gets too out of control.

M - While the mouthfeel is lush, smooth and creamy, the texture is quite viscous and oily with plenty of residual stickiness. Carbonation is quite modest, as expected. While there is some alcohol heat in the backend, there isn't that huge burn I was expecting.

D - The drinkability of Chocolate Rain is just silly for a beer weighing in at 18.5% ABV! This is, simply put, amazingly delicious. I am honored to have had the chance to sample this exquisite brew. Thanks Tanger!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 15:09:03 | More by ffejherb
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BigTomZ

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice oily black with just a little head. Some lacing is left along the edges.

S: Smells of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of malt. This is really inviting like a fine dessert.

T: Taste is even better than the nose. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and some of the base malts. This is like a Black Tuesday cookie. Heat actually low for such a high ABV. I am blown away.

M: This is just thick enough, smooth and silky. Feels very smooth with pretty well hidden heat. I've had beers half this ABV with more heat.

D: With such a silky smooth feel and amazing taste I could easily drink a second bottle of this by myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 08:47:56 | More by BigTomZ
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mikedashg

California

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ha! FIRST! Beat you Overlord and HopHead84 to the review. What happened to no lineups before 4:30pm? I got there just before 4:25, and I was already in spot 130+. I waited in line for 3 hours outside to the Bruery, but it was worth it for this.

Had about 6oz of this at the first annual Black Tuesday release in Placentia, CA into my Bruery Snifter on 10/27/09. Black Tuesday on cask with Vanilla Beans & Cocoa Nibs.

A- Pitch black used motor oil with little to no head.

S - The Bourbon vanilla and chocolate hit you right away. It's got an amazing nose. Very apparent. Hints of molasses.

T - Similar to nose. Vanilla, and super rich chocolate, bourbon, molasses, raisins, sherry. Every flavor REALLY comes out though. It really hits you. You don't have to search for the chocolate or the vanilla. It's there up front and in your face. But so is the bourbon. But nothing is overpowering, not even the bourbon. Very balanced.

M - Clean and smooth. But really viscous, velvety, silky and creamy all at the same time. This is probably the BEST mouthfeel on any beer I've ever had, and it had little to no carbonation. The creamy/velvetyness was insane. I drank a Black Tuesday after this one, and I could still taste the chocolate on my tongue.

D - Scary scary drinkable. The ABV of this one really isn't apparent. It's for sure a sipper, not something you'd want to quaff. The lack of head or carbonation really didn't detract too much from the beer. Which is weird. It's more like a fine smooth liqueur. You'd really want to sit down and enjoy this one slowly, because it is SO good. Not because it's hot, but the flavors are so powerful and beautiful. I've had a lot of chocolate/coffee/vanilla/bourbon/etc/stouts, but this one takes the cake and makes the rest of them seam like PBR.

I preferred this over Black Tuesday. I heard some people say the opposite though. Black Tuesday was really really good, but this was even better for me. The chocolate and vanilla and on cask really took BT to a new heights. Wish they would bottle CR! I found myself struggling to actually order black tuesday over chocolate rain. But I did it anyway, and then got some more chocolate rain taste from a friend.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 02:28:08 | More by mikedashg
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Wow wow wow.

All I can say after every sip was simply "wow."

This beer was incredible. Changed my whole perspective on what is possible with a beer. Overlord said it well when paired with ice cream, you'd make millions. Seriously, this is a beer of epic proportions, and one I'd trade two Black Tuesdays to have one bottle of this.

Appearance: Brown-black and flat as can be. I know it's cask and that's how it's supposed to be, but still thick and creamy as can be. No head whatsoever, but of little concern here.

Smell: Sweet Jesus. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, almost cookie-like sweetness on the back end, and just the slightest soy sauce, but not in a bad way. Probably from the bourbon. The senses have you brace for some huge bourbon notes, that's for sure.

Taste: Like a slap to the face and the only thing I can think of to compare it to is what it was like the first time I had a sour. My senses were so fooled. Bourbon is so, so mellow and accents the flavor perfectly, not too dominant in the least. Heavy vanilla and chocolate hit 1-2 punches like a dream. Finishes sweet and creamy, and all I can muster is a "wow."

Mouthfeel: The best beer I've ever had as far as creamy texture goes. Almost syrupy it's so silky. Oh my God I get shivers just thinking about how much I loved this beer. Carbonation might change this beer just a tad in both the good and bad direction, but it's of little matter here. Like drinking a liquid dream.

Drinkability: I have never had a beer like this. Never. A thing of beauty, a work of art, and a beast through and through. Would I want 22oz of it? Yes, yes I would. Just maybe not all at once. But at almost 20%, 22oz is like 11oz of Vodka.

Bravo. What a beer. My heart breaks a little every time I've thought of the fact that I may never have this beer again. Makes me want to buy cocoa nibs and vanilla beans and try and make my own out of my Black Tuesday. It's THAT good.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 06:52:31 | More by nomomentwasted
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4oz pour into a Bruery tulip on tap at the Bruery for the Black Tuesday release.

A - Pours an opaque black with dark brown highlights around the edges when held to a light. No head at all. Pours very thick and syrupy, totally coats the glass wherever it touches.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Very sweet aromas, smells very smooth. Not much of an alcohol smell to this one...hard to tell its almost 20%

T - Taste largely mirrors the aromas. Creamy, milky chocolate dominates. Vanilla presence is quite prominant too and blends well with the chocolate creating a very smooth and creamy flavor. Hints of bourbon too. Again, not much alcohol presence detected, surprisingly.

M - Thick and syrupy. Absolutely still, no carbonation. This beer completely coats the mouth in flavor. Amazingly low perception of alcohol in this - this really goes down easily. Couldn't believe how smooth this is.

D - For a 19.5% beer, this is incredibly drinkable, dangerously so...very low presence of alcohol in the flavor (the other beers on tap had way more alcohol presence - Autumn Maple, for one). Should be a slow sipper, but tastes so good, it is hard to drink this slow. This makes a perfect desert beer all by itself.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 11:42:31 | More by portia99
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waltersrj

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bruery RS Initiation 2012.

Pour: Dark chocolate brown, nearly black with a dark brown/tanned head.

Nose: Dark fudge brownie, dark chocolate, loads of vanilla, more chocolate, slight alcohol, amazing.

Taste: Loads of fudge, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Some cherry pits, more vanilla, and fudge. This beer is amazing!

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and chewy, this is perfect for the style.

Overall: Amazing. That's all you need to know.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:20:42 | More by waltersrj
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DARIVA

Netherlands

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is a really nice black beer with a minimal head.

S: Delicious taste of chocolate and also light caramel.

T: This beer has a great taste of delicious chocolate.

M: Magnificent, delicious syrupy. Top of the bill.

O: Really explodes in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 17:29:38 | More by DARIVA
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VernonBaxter

Texas

4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- much the same as lack Tuesday. Not as black as you might think, dark around the rim and doesn't appear super thick

Nose- straight vanilla, then some sweet milk chocolate then bourbon. Vanilla is really crazy strong, even for a 2012. Slight booze.

Taste: this is a dessert. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Vanilla is still extremely prominent, then sweet chocolate whole bourbon and sweet oak is present throughout. Very rich and decadent, drink this by itself.

Overall: this is a liquid dessert, much like a port or brandy. Would be fantastic with a flour-less chocolate cake with rich vanilla icing. This is a fantastic beer, for sure, but it's so rich is a "this is my only beer tonight" kind of beer




Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 07:02:53 | More by VernonBaxter
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HopHead84

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stumbled toward the entrance of The Bruery with bleary eyes and a grim countenance from the wanton ash billowing off the post apocalyptic 57 freeway. It had been a good hour since Overlord's pre preline Black Tuesday SUV tasting and the craft beer tremors were beginning to set in. "I'm thirsty, is all," I told myself, "I just need a few ounces of craft beer to tide me over. A few ounces will do the job." I knew that was only a half lie as I thought it. The only thing that could quench my perishing thirst was one specific beer, a pull from the cask of eternal life.

When I transcended the vestibule I walked briskly to the bar and forced a pained smile. I managed to choke out, "One refreshing glass of craft brew, please" before the woman noticed my involuntary convulsions. I knew what she'd say. She'd say exactly what they all say.

"Alcoholism is an inaccurate term," I responded preemptively. "It's just that I've got a tremendous thirst on all of a sudden, and I could use a draught of your delicious Chocolate Rain." At that moment I realized my face and freshly tailored shirt were covered in Barrel Aged Partridge in a Pear Tree from the tasting. I was just a bit too eager to drink that craft beer, it's not indicative of any sort of problem. She had noticed it too. "Look, I've had a bit of a rough journey here. As you can see, I slipped and fell in what is obviously mud just outside the façade and I could really use a glass of craft beer right now."
She hesitated briefly and then poured the elixir into a snifter and set it on the counter before me. I placed a solitary red ticket next to the glass to complete the exchange, and she picked it up with a look of indignation. I gave her another pained smile-half leer as I picked up my glass and said," Well, thank you for your hospitality, I'll be withdrawing to..." I was plagued by another involuntary convulsion and before I could finish my sentence, the glass had managed to find its way out of my hand and onto the floor. "You haven't properly dried your glassware," I cried, red-faced, "How is a craft beer connoisseur to enjoy a refreshing beverage if it slips out of his hand at the slightest turn?"

At that point a full on craft brew frenzy had taken hold of me. Nothing could stand between me and my craft brew as I grabbed one of the nearest champagne bottles that happened to be filled with Barrel Aged Autumn Maple and ripped the cap off with my teeth. I signaled, wild eyed, for a fresh glass, but was only met with a look of horror from the woman. "It doesn't matter," I cried "I've already reviewed this particular beer! I needn't adhere to my normal stringent reviewing standards in this instance!" I fell to my knees upon shards of broken glass and a pool of Chocolate Rain and proceeded to dump craft beer into my mouth faster than I could imbibe it. The mud (Barrel Aged Partridge) on my French cuffs was now joined by Barrel Aged Autumn Maple and my tears of joy. I greedily drained the entire bottle in a matter of minutes and the tremors finally subsided. "You see what I've been driven to? I only wanted a crisp glass of refreshing beer! What could possibly be the harm in that?!" At this point a small crowd had begun to gather around the ghastly scene. "Stop looking at me like I'm some sort of alcoholic! We're all of a like mind here. I'm just so terribly thirsty" I wailed, rising from my blood soaked knees. "Please, someone administer a dram of Chocolate Rain and hand me my notepad."

12 ounces consumed on 10/27/2009 in a snifter juxtaposed alongside Black Tuesday. The beer pours dead black and deader still, lost to some indifferent sun. A miniscule dark brown head pleads for clemency as it retreats into nothingness and night, into a blackness without depth or dimension. A swirl of the glass reveals the same legs I witness on Black Tuesday. It's a nice looking beer, grim and terrible in its ebony viscosity. Though, without carbonation it cannot fully reach the beauty of Black Tuesday.

The nose is brown sugar, dark cherries, grapes, plums, black licorice, anise, cocoa and bourbon. Strong vanilla notes radiate from the beer like light from a sun. The beer is sweet, with prominent dark chocolate and brown sugar.

The beer has lost balance and become more of a desert beer, but I can't argue with the final product. Alcohol is well hidden. I notice oak, barrel tannins, toffee, plums, dark cherries, and grapes. The sweetness reminds me of brown sugar. Blackstrap molasses is well integrated, and I again detect subtle black licorice notes. The finish is a satisfying recapitulation of all the aforementioned flavors with lingering notes of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a silky, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is low but fitting. This beer is decadent and delicious.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 20:51:04 | More by HopHead84
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ButtWizzard

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looked marvelous sitting there in it's glass being all pitch black. I tried to look through it to the ceiling but failed. I was like, "Aw, hellz yeah." Some people trip on beers having a head, but I've never been caught up upon that.

It smelled alright I guess.... It smelled a lot like bourbon, which is something I do not like. HOWEVER, compared to normal Black Tuesday I was impressed, and could smell it without thinking, "Science damn this smells like bourbon." I could actually smell other delicious scents instead of being overwhelmed with bourbany odors. I imagine it was as delicious as other people thought Black Tuesday smelled - very.

Once it hit my tongue I nearly creamed myself. I was like, "Hey, I thought y'alls said this had 19.5 ABV?!?" I immediately thought my chain had been thoroughly jerked.... or had it?
So much flavor it's pretty hard to explain. It was a taste explosion of awesomeness. It was a very wee bit chocolatey, but enough to make me notice it. I'm pretty sure the oakey vanilla had some say in there as to why it was so good. I'm at a loss of words to accurately describe what I want to. That's how I feel about Choco-Rain - words cannot precisely explain the flavor so I will not even try very hard. Instead I suggest you try this on your own. I highly recommend it.

The mouthfeel was great. I now know what Zapp Brannigan of Futurama was talking about with his love of velour.

I was also quite impressed by the drinkablity. I sincerely expected it to be something I could only sip on every minute or two. I thought the overwhelming flavors would blow my mind so hard that I couldn't come back to reality for minutes at a time. Quite the contrary, as I wanted to gulp it down and claim the "chugability" of Bud Light.

All in all, this was grand. I would have given it all fives, but I just do not like bourbon. If you love bourbon I expect you'd rate this flawless. I would have given the taste portion six if I could have.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2009 04:08:45 | More by ButtWizzard
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared side by side with 2011 Black Tuesday with nhindian

A: Brown pour, amazing how less dark this is than fresh Black Tuesday. Extremely noticeable change in color. Neither have a very distinct head. What head there is is light brown and leaves no lacing or retention. BT gets the nod in terms of appearance.

S: The smell is very boozy and sweet, but also extremely complex. Booze and bourbon mix with chocolate, vanilla, and molasses to create one of the biggest smells I've ever encountered in beer. I must say I am worried about the booziness and sweetness here. Hoping the taste is balanced and not too over the top. Going to call this one a push between BT and CR.

T: All I can say is wow. I graded BT before taking a sip of CR and fully developed an opinion on it first. I must say, this is better. All around the taste simply blows me away. This has to be the best thought out beer I've ever had the privilege of tasting. The way the tastes develop on my palate simply cannot be put into words. The initial taste is boozy, offensively so, but once you become accustomed to it, the booze becomes an afterthought. As soon as the booze subsides, a TON of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and dark fruits simply attack the palate. Roasted malts, warming alcohol, and dark fruits finish the beer off perfectly. The complexity and balance is unmatched in craft beer and honestly until you taste it, you could not possibly understand how a beer could encompass so much with each and every sip. A 5 if I've ever had one.

MF: Extremely similar to BT. Not quite as thick as I was expecting, but by no means is it light. It is not syrupy or creamy like other big stouts. The ABV will catch up with you before too long.

O: Overall this was the best beer I've ever had. I'm aware it might not be the highest rated beer on this site, but this was simply the cream of the crop. Blew me away. The drinkability is not terribly high, as the sweetness and extreme ABV are not easy to deal with, but this category is now considered 'Overall,' and overall it is a 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:24:14 | More by russwbeck
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had. Thick , rich and insane in the complexity dept. Lots of ABV but really noticeable, the chocolate notes are abounding but melded with a lot of dark fruits and thick darkness. So good that it made me verbally say damn and stop to savour the finish. Lots of things are said about Bruery but this is a good indication of the level they are playing at.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:23:55 | More by canucklehead
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Overlord

California

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the Black Tuesday release day. Glad I got there early, as the line looked ridiculous. Had 8 oz. of this.

Pours a black sludge. Looks like some form of motor oil. No head, insanely viscous. Sits there lurking with no motion, like a turbid bog.

Smells. In. sane. Huge bourbon-y vanilla (like, three different types of vanilla), sweet milk chocolate, and supple brown sugared malt assault your nose. Wow. Epic.

Taste is a liquid dessert. Blend this with ice cream, you'd make millions. Dappled vanilla, brown sugar, tons tons tons of sweet milk chocolate, a hint of roasted malt, and a layered bourbon overtone with a hint of roasted chocolate malt melts on your tongue. Amazing flavor.

Just like Black Tuesday, insanely drinkable for the ABV. Now, it's not getting as high of a score from me, as I like to be consistent in my preference for beers with some level of carbonation. While the thick mouthfeel is pleasant enough, I must admit that the pancake flat cask effect could have been enlivened by some bubbles.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 03:37:25 | More by Overlord
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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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