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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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313 Reviews
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Reviews: 313
Hads: 2,427
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 2,570
Gots: 940 | FT: 118
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The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 18.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikedashg on 10-28-2009

Black Tuesday with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa Nibs.

2011: 18.5% ABV
2012: 19.5% ABV
2013: 18.0% ABV
2014: 18.5% ABV
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Reviews: 313 | Hads: 2,427
Photo of pmarlowe
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery for 2011 Black Tuesday release.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, no head.

S: Like smelling a bar of dark chocolate. That's the gist of it. Also, some malt and cocoa, and a hint of vanilla and bourbon, but mostly chocolate.

T: Like biting into a bar of chocolate. A little bourbon/heat come through at the end, but the alcohol is mostly hidden. Leaves behind a cocoa residue on the tongue, like when you make hot cocoa from scratch.

M: Full body and a little creamy, coating the mouth, but almost no carbonation.

O: The chocolate amazingly hides all the alcohol and makes this very drinkable. Really delicious, but loses points for being a little one dimensional; I wouldn't mind seeing the malt, vanilla, and bourbon in a little more balance.

I liked this better than Black Tuesday but less than S'More Tuesday.

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Photo of Auracom
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bomber. Highly anticipated, no doubt. 9-10 oz. poured over the course of two hours into my CBS snifter on March 31st, 2012.

A - I felt that Black Tuesday poured just a touch too thin, and this pours even thinner. Dark-brown center coloring softly fades to lighter toffee-colored hues at the edges. This also has less carbonation than bottled BT. No lacing or retention, but I must note a shitload of alcohol legs on this one, more so than I've seen on most red wine.

S - The Bruery's lovely oak barrel aroma blended with the freshest rich chocolate. Periphery is vanilla, baker's chocolate, bourbon, roast, raisins, and toffee. Faint alcohol traces. Really need a 4.75 here.

T - Front-palate roasted malts, bourbon, and deep oak and wood. Mid-palate dark cocoa quickly pours into the best backened vanilla bean and chocolate blend. This isn't just an average chocolate. It's bitter, it's sweet, it's decadent in every sense of the word. As the bitterness and milk-like sweetness meld together I sense this rich note of buttery toffee that fills out the finish. Very tolerable backend heat with less warming than I would have guessed.

M - The feel is a bit heftier than the look suggested. Medium-heavy body, very velvety. Appropriate level of moderate carbonation and moderately-dry finish despite the backend sweetness in the taste.

D - Pure indulgence in liquid form. CR better serves as a dessert beer. BT seems more fitting for individual beer exploration - I think it has a bit more complexity. CR blows your mind off in flavor robustness and depth.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

L - Pitch black. Slight dark brown on the edges. No head at all.

S - Massive sweet bourbon and chocolate with marshmallow and a touch of alcohol.

T - Very sweet with that bourbon barrel which is overpowering everything else. I've had Black Tuesday and I will say that this has some more candy-like, sugary flavors. There's definitely a chocolate presence. but I wouldn't say there is a vanilla bean flavor as I interpret it as more of a sugary vanilla extract which just adds to the overkill of sweetness from the bourbon.

F - I mean, it's an 18.00% BBA stout and it feels as such. The sweetness can get cloying, but I don't care that much. It's very sticky with some alcohol presence, but I expect that with such a gargantuan beer.

O - This is, as expected, a giant BA Bruery beer. It has the roasted notes and alcohol of Black Tuesday, but the chocolate and vanilla flavors are most definitely there to add complexity and even a dessert-like component to this. I think the alcohol taste can be a bit much, but it still is subdued for 18.00%. This is a sipper for sure with enough confectionery notes to add complexity to the base Black Tuesday and make Chocolate Rain its own being.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rtaps for sharing this 2012 bottle
Pitch black. Viscous and pretty oily looking. Short dark khaki head. Pretty low retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is nice but obviously young. A bit boozy but I like a bit of booziness. Rich chocolate and vanilla with a touch of bourbon.

Flavor IMO is fantastic. Huge and rich. Vanilla and chocolate are nice although it needs to age to perfection. Very deep dark sweet but not overly sweet.

Mouth is very full bodied. Low carbonation.

Overall this beer is fantastic and will be amazing with about two years age IMO. Can't wait to revisit.

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Photo of antioch
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery's Black Tuesday Release Party, Session 1.

A: Dark dark brown, no light exits, little to no head.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, booze, bourbon.

T: Far more complex than the Cherry version. Dark chocolate, roast, cocoa, molasses, bourbon burn. The alcohol comes through a lot more than the Cherry, but it's very welcomed. The sweetness is very nicely balanced with the booze

M: Nice light carbonation and viscous, but the carbonation makes it very pleasing. Silky, smooth and coats the palate very well.

D: Enjoyable drink in small amounts, especially on a cold night. I wish I could have a few bottles of this and let it sit for a bit, opening it every winter and seeing how it changes.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jeff, you’re the man. Bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: A very slow pour yielded a very dark brown almost black color with no head to speak of.
S: Rich and sweet notes of bourbon, marshmallows, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Bit of roast as well.
T: Big smooth bourbon flavors, sweet caramel, thick chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Flavors are very creamy, smooth and integrated. The finish is full of caramel, and the aftertaste is warm with spicy bourbon and a bit of dark fruit.
M: Super thick body, smooth mouthfeel, slight alcohol warmth but tame. Overall a smooth, rich, creamy, and mellow drinking beer.
O: This is crazy good for a beer so bold and with such a high ABV as this one. Very rich and flavorful, yet wonderfully smooth and integrated. Thanks for the ounces, Jeff.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. 3/4/13 bottling date

pitch black with not much of a head. smell is quite big on the chocolate but also the alcohol. taste is quite sweet but expected...big chocolate..big bitter finish. ABV definitely apparent. full bodied with low carbonation.

overall impressive.

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Photo of phisigben
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the Indiana Microbrewers festival, a huge thanks to Sprinkle and the Crown Liquor guys

Appearance - So black light doesn't get through this beer, zero head.

Smell - Huge chocolate nose with bourbon and hints if vanilla

Taste - Damn this tastes like Hershey's chocolate syrup with bourbon and a hint of vanillia, and I loved it. I like big sweet stouts and this one hits the spot. This was very hot I like beers with a alcohol bite, but this one had a big alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - It was very oily/slick and very little carbonation. This was the worse part of this beer for me, it seems like with some age it might lose some of the oiliness.

Overall - I think with a year or more on it might calm down the alcohol bite, but with that said I would love to get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of claaark13
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure who got me this particular bottle, but thanks! Served at 52 degrees in a HF tulip. Bottled b1 at 18.5%.

A - More of a dark-brown than black pour with a tan head that doesn't wait long to turn into lacing....thin lacing. Seems thick, sticks well. It looks great with the exception of the color....which I suppose is more like chocolate than a deep black. Maybe that was the intention?

S - Fudge, booze and hints of vanilla. Booze is not scared at all here to show itself. Actually, it turns more into a delightful chocolate/cocoa aroma after it sits for a moment and the booze subsides.

T - Lots of chocolate upfront that has a booziness trying to fight through. First sip is a little confusing until the vanilla and chocolate linger in the finish. On second sip, the chocolate comes out first again and then there is a nose-clearing sensation. Some vanilla and charred oak from the barrel emerge, then booze, then a heated but tasty finish of cocoa. The cocoa notes really stick around in the finish. I think the vanilla gives it more of a milk chocolate flavor. There is, however, the heat.

M - Thick, yet on the lighter side of thick....or thicker side of medium? I like it a lot but it leaves me wondering what could be.

O - I love the aroma, I love the flavor, but it is still too hot. I'm not sure how long this needs to mellow out, but I'd say at least another 6 months. The only reason my score is so high on the flavor is because there is a lot of great stuff going on. However, the underlying heat brings the beer down overall.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottles shared by two different people today at the Plan Bee Savage release.

Pours a dark amber-brown, a lot lighter than I'd expected. There's no head or lacing at all.

Smells like chocolate milk on steroids. Smells creamy, vanilla and chocolate all over the place, plus bracing alcohol.

And, unsurprisingly, this also tastes like chocolate milk on steroids. It tastes like chocolate liqueur more than beer. Amplified chocolate flavor all over. It tastes like chocolate milk, with about 50 additional Hershey's bars melted into it. There's some sweet marshmallow vanilla flavors. This is so sweet and cloying, the smaller pours definitely helped this stay relevant for me. Much more than 4 oz or so and this would be tiring. The alcohol burn is noticeable, but not quite as prominent as I would've expected.

This is surprisingly and weirdly thin bodied, I thought it would've been fudgy. The mouthfeel is incredibly syrupy and sweet, though, with basically no carbonation.

Quite an extreme beer. Tastes great, but not without its problems.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black with some surprising tan and brown bubbles/froth considering the massive ABV on this thing.

(S)- A very dense but rich burnt caramel and cocoa with vanilla oak. In the far background is a more pronounced rich dark chocolate component. Very nice.

(T)- Similar to the smell, only a far far greater rich and silky chocolate flavor amidst dense caramel and vanilla oakiness. Some heat as well at the end, but definitely not nearly as much as I was expecting on a near 20%ABV beer.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits this well. Very strong and rich overall. I like the deep chocolate middle of this beer's flavor profile; that richness definitely helps mask the huge ABV.

(O)- Definitely a fun and successful spin on the regular Black Tuesday. To me it is a bit hotter, but still not as massively crazy going into it. Extremely rich though. I daresay I almost like the regular BT version over this actually.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No head and very minimal scattered lace marks on a very deep brown but light getting through body. Aroma is dominated by milk chocolate and oak barrels and bourbon. Hint of vanilla. Flavor as my good friend describes it is more chocolate like than actual chocolate almost like a chocolate typhoon more than a chocolate rain. Obviously dark and milk chocolate dominate with large amounts if vanilla, coconut and brown sugar. The sweetness is really too much. Even as you drink this one it doesn't get any easier to bare the sweetness with the alcohol and bourbon taking a back seat even to how sweet it is. Full body and light carbonation, very smooth. Good but way too sweet for me. Glad I tired it.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle courtesy of Dak and Dionysus!!). Pours dark brown with red hue and tan head. Aroma has caramel, vanille and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet with the noticeable chocolate as well as alcohol. Full bodied with alcohol burn, but still subdued given the abv. This is a really good beer, but its hard to live up to the hype

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A fudge brown pour, almost pitch black, with a modest mocha head; not much lacing but very leggy

Smell: Boozy aromatics, with chocolate, vanilla and Bourbon pronounced

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla. up front, with a Bourbon blast in the middle; the fusel alcohol burn builds, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; smooth, but plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Rich chocolate and full on Bourbon; quite a concoction and worth sharing

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting 2/19/11 by someone who doesn't wish to be acknowledged. 4oz. pour from a 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a thin mocha colored ring that fades out quickly. Beer is a viscous, oily black. Great legs but little to no lacing and no cling. The lack of a head hurts this one a bit but considering the glassware, the score is adjusted a bit.

S: Nose is bold chocolate and vanilla with a slight hint of roasted malt in the background. Very aromatic and in-your-face booziness that covers the subtleties in this one. Still, molasses, honey, and sweet over-ripe plums are detectable. Much more enjoyable than its little brother Black Tuesday.

T: Chocolate, honey, molasses, vanilla, and everything else dark and sweet in the world. Sweet booze hides and plays around in the background. Fudge, chocolate, and vanilla in the end with some sprinkles of roasted malt bitterness thrown in for balance. Finish is prunes and plum with a dark fruit and chocolate aftertaste. I feel like I'm eating a piece of liquified chocolate and vanilla cake and washing it down with bourbon barrels. Over-the-top decadent and delicious.

M: Full bodied as you'll ever come across. Slick, oily, and filmy in the mouth. Heat comes forward a good amount in this one. Slight roughness going down. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable overall but I could reall do without the big booziness if the Bruery would just turn this one down a notch or two.

D: For anyone asking if there's a big difference between Black Tuesday and this beer, the answer is a resounding YES. More complex and even more importantly, much less boozy so I can actually enjoy the subtlety that lies within this dark mystery of a beer. I wanted to hate this one, given my feeling on Black Tuesday but in the end, I just can't. Very well done.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some tan head, and some clarity around the edges. The aroma starts with heavy bourbon and oak paired with candy sweetness. Loads of cacao comes in towards towards the end which tempers the intense sweetness. Some light vanilla highlights noticeable at the very end. The flavor follows suit with the nose. It starts
very sweet with the heavy cacao quickly following. Notes of cream, coconut, and vanilla come through as the sweetness subsides with one last wave of dark chocolate at the end. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. Overall, a nice feature of cocoa, very sweet, strong, but well balanced considering its monstrous 18% abv.

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Photo of Dennoman
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle courtesy of Vincent at our crazy Antwerp tasting. Thanks everyone for an amazing night that will long have a special place in my heart and liver. Sampled next to a 2011 Black Tuesday, in a 50-50 blend of the two and even mixed with a lambic (which was dead gorgeous). Yeah, that's how crazy things got.

A: Pours a chestnut brown going into black. Very little head with awesome oily lacing that gets swept away by the alcohol. You can tell just by looking at it this is going to be one boozy beast.

S: Bourbon, vanilla and milk chocolate. No real bitter notes from dark chocolate, which I was expecting since this was matured on whole cocoa nibs. The differences with Black Tuesday are there, but they are very subtle at best. It seems the cocoa has mostly subdued the oaky notes from the barrel.

T: First things to hit the tongue are bourbon, vanilla, sweet Japanese soy sauce and creamy milk chocolate. Some woody notes, but very subtle if so. This is distinctly less sweet than the Black Tuesday, whereas I was expecting the complete opposite due to added vanilla during maturation. The cocoa nibs are sadly all but lost to me and that's a bit of a shame: the bitterness and slight acidity of a roasted cocoa bean would have cut through all that sweetness beautifully. Again, the booze is very present and borderline hot. It could do with some aging.

M: Soft carbonation that's only just enough to remind you that you're drinking a beer and not syrup. Very fitting for the style.

O: Though the maturation on cocoa nibs is sadly a bit lost to me, I preferred this over its base beer. Where the alcohol in Black Tuesday came out just a touch more aggressively because of the sweetness in it, the added maturation on this seems to have mellowed out some of that hotness. Since there are currently no Choccy Rains older than a year and a half and the first batch is very hard to get, this beer will take some time before it reaches its peak. When the time comes, I'll be sure to give it another shot.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An incredible confluence of flavors. Very smooth and drinkable for 18% abv. This was the highest ABV beer I've had to date. Huge props to my bud A. for sharing this apparent whale. That being said it was too much for me personally. Even beers at 12-13% knock me out, so it takes the enjoyability down a notch. Feeling it this morning.

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Photo of danh53
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with little lacing. Surprisingly htwo finger.head which disappeared quickly. I had this one night after drinking regular bourbon county and there are similarities here like the way the big bourbon flavor shines through. This one has more chocolate. Milk chocolate candy bar doesn't dominate the flavor but clings to my throat after each sip. There is a fair amount of fruit as well in the flavor an especially in the nose. You get bourbon soaked figs and raisins, but I'm also getting juicier fruits as well, possibly cherries and plums. Coconut is present, but you have to look for it. Sweet molasses too. The mouth feel is really good. It's thin but that's to be expected with this ABV. It still clings to palate which enhances each sip. The carbonation seems just right and the feel is smooth and silky. The vanilla is not prominent. Maybe it has faded since this is the 2013 vintage. The high ABV is a great feature and really sets this beer apart. You don't taste the alcohol burn, but the warming sensation is very nice. I would love to try this again but with so many barrel aged stouts out there, I don't think I'll be looking to trade for it in the near future.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle from yesterday's share.

Talk about a beer that looks like a booze! Pouring this beer is like pouring a whiskey, just like Mocha Wednesday, Black Tuesday, and Grey Monday were. There was almost no head to speak of after the beer was poured and the only lacing was just the legs from the alcohol content. In the glass, the beer is almost black. On the nose, there is an assault of big, sweet, and boozy characteristics. There was a ton of brown sugar sweetness and little bit of chocolate, both of which were mostly dominated by a strong alcohol scent of whiskey and barrel. When the first sip hits the tongue, the alcohol is instantly noticeable burn. The rest of the drink is a sweet combination of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and just a touch of marshmallow. At the back end of the drink, the chocolate kicks in again a little stronger and is quickly accompanied by the alcohol flavor and burn that is the lingering characteristic. Mouthfeel on this one is more like a liqueur than a beer, with hardly any carbonation and a sticky, boozy, warming sensation as it goes down.

Overall, this was in line with its brethren in the days of the week series; big, boozy, sweet, and a little overrated. The beer itself it more of a novelty than a normal beer, and it drinks like a sweet, strong liqueur. Take this down with a few friends, otherwise, you'll be lucky to remember anything about this beer.

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Photo of chrisp450
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, poured in a snifter. It's possible I will be downing the bottle (and might be close already). High hopes after the hype/ratings, and my recent love for Black Tuesday.

A: Dark, and thin appearance/runny, but not translucent thin. Doesn't hold on the glass at all, very fluid.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisins and booze. Definitely some vanilla smell coming through too.

Taste: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Very sweet (did I mention that?). Starts with a lot of sugary vanilla and chocolate, chocolate and caramel even, and leaves me thinking of sugared raisins. Brown sugared raisins. Slightly boozy, but surprisingly low for how strong this is. More sugary raisin aftertaste as I think on it. A bit sweeter than I would prefer (I guess just give me Black Tuesday).

Mouthfeel: Could be thicker, but fairly syrupy too. Obviously similar to Black Tuesday.

Overall: initially thought it was too sweet. After nearly a 750ml bottle down, I still think its a bit too sweet. All that aside, it's still really good. I prefer BT, but am very happy to have had a chance to try this. Wouldn't pass on a glass if it were poured for me, especially after warming a bit. Curious to see how this would age, possibly some sweetness from the vanilla would fade. But might lose a little of the booze too (which surprisingly isn't too much).

Serving type: 750ml bottle, served in a snifter.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal (again!) for sharing this one. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving wisp of foam that settles to a partial ring, and no lace, etc. Body is black, with a glint of transparent brown at the fringes.

S - Cocoa nibs, chocolate cake, vanilla, caramel, booze, fudge, lightly roasted grains. Alcohol is present, but seems a bit lower than 18.5% - still, it's quite obviously "high-test". Sweetness is borderline cloying.

T - Alcohol is better hidden to taste. Lots of melted chocolate, fudge, cake, vanilla, and perhaps some light bourbon character as well. Less oaky than I remember Black Tuesday to be, and not much in the way of roast character either.. Some heat still creeps in, but the sweetness would become off-putting long before the alcohol.

M - Smoth, full-bodied, with mild alcohol warmth. Very sticky and viscous. Carbonation is low but sufficient. Pretty much exactly what I'd want from a beer of this style and heft.

D - I prefer the base beer to be completely honest. This is a bit too sweet and hot at this stage for me to want more than a couple ounces. I suspect it will improve over then next 12-18 months, but I long for a bit more roast to my stouts and that is definitely not happening here. Still, as a decadent dessert of a beer, this is quite good - perhaps it should be renamed Chocolate Panty Dropper, as chocolate-crazed wives and significant others will go wild for this one.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

No head on the pour but it pours viscous like a dessert liqueur. The color is dark brown with amber hues. Laciness over the body. 3.75

Barleywine meets imperial stout. Very thick with malt of the chocolate and caramel variety but also raisin-y. Oatmeal cookie and tobacco and barrel aromas. 4.25

Maple syrup like flavor with a bold oak taste and rich chocolate. Vanilla and cocoa join the mix. Lots of sweet flavors swirl into a syrupy flavor. 4.25

Yeah, it's syrupy and sweet, viscous and almost entirely lacking in carbonation. Approaches a digestif in feel. 4

Tasty but man, this is sweet and syrupy.

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Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was looking for keys (odor and taste) to try to identify this beer. I couldn't find anything.

Pours a dark brown beer. Some bubbles form at the top. Smells like ale, chocolate, porter, coffee, cognac. Tastes like an old ale too, mixed with imp. stout. It is somewhat heady, and it will go to your head quickly. Body is a bit thick.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to Dyan for bringing this bottle out to our recent tasting. Beer number 21 of the tasting overall, tasted side by side with Black Tuesday. The bottle opens with a hiss and some nonsensical lyrics courtesy of Tay Zonday. Dyan poured the beer as he wondered what the F they mean...

The pour is the same as Black Tuesday...thick and viscous looking. Definite pitch black and tar colored, with nearly no light getting through at all. Extremely nice boozy legs, even more so than I found with Black Tuesday. This is one sexy looking beer. Obviously, at nearly 20%, there was no lacing.

The aroma is nuts. Sniffing the mouth of the bottle, it smells like straight vanilla extract. Once poured, it opens up a little more giving a medley of sweet and dessert-like aromas. Vanilla, more natural and subdued than the extract, chocolate, light booze, oaky vanilla, and maybe a hint of coffee. The palate is similar...vanilla bean, more subdued bourbon than the base beer, again, and plenty of warm alcohol. This almost flies away as it is intensely sweet, but a light roasty flavor moves in with chocolate to bring this back to imperial stout from the edges of boozy dessert.

Silky and creamy, the high abv comes along with a surprisingly low final gravity, as this variant of Black Tuesday feels a bit thinner on the palate. Very complex, though less so than its non-chocolate laced brother, this is a phenomenal beer.

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.