1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Chocolate RainChocolate Rain

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,066 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,372
Gots: 761 | FT: 92
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 2,066 | Reviews: 282
Photo of Sethzilla
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bcerv-ca
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 2012 vintage served in a Deschute tulip. Huge thanks again to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.

A: Pours a jet black with a thin tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and leaves some massive legs on the glass after each sip.

S: Big boozy bourbon with some brownie and chocolate covered raisins. The oak is present as well, but is really dominated by the booze.

T: Dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and some woody oak. Dark fruits, mainly raisins and figs are mid palate. The finish is mainly a vanilla sweetness and some warming booze.

M: Slick and viscous. Low carbonation and some warmth in the throat.

O: This beer definitely needs some time. I enjoyed the sweetness from the vanilla but it couldn't quite cut the big boozy bourbon. I'm glad I still have one in the cellar that I can revisit in a year or two.

Photo of Dolfan907
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Cholansky1
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of LockeSD
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of daysinthewake
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tom for sharing Batch#2 and Merc for sharing Batch#1

The beer pours a deep black with no visible head. The nose is cloyingly sweet with a touch of chocolate and way too much booziness. The taste is just as sweet and the immensely overpowering alcohol makes this beer less than enjoyable. I literally feel my palate burning with each sip...and none of the beers rich, chocolaty body comes to my rescue. I assumed the beer would have a velvety smoothness that masked the alcohol, but this is not the case. (Batch #1 is significantly better with far less high octane ethanol and much more chocolaty smoothness). I just don't understand the hype...but I'd recommend getting a Batch#1 over a #2 in any case.

2013 batch shared side-by-side with mocha wednesday and BT
Pours a bit darker than Black Tuesday, very dark brown, some sediment, razor thin head around the perimeter. The nose had a potently aromatic vanilla, some deeper chocolate notes, prune as it warms, caramel sweetness, hints of alcohol. The taste has a big chocolatey sweetness and burning ethanol in the finish. The mouthfeel is sweet, but has a vanilla and chocolate presence that cuts through the ethanol (especially compared to Black Tuesday). It's not as thick and full bodied as expected, but the alcohol is well masked, even when it warms. This beer is noticeably better than the base, really drinkable considering the abv and heavy flavors

Photo of Drift
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bikesnbeerFtc
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jb3304
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with the girlfriend and some friends at Eureka! Burger last night. Pours a thick black color with little to no head. Some tiny brown bubbles. Scent is very sweet and boozy. The booze is very up front in the nose, which quickly switches to sweet chocolate and vanilla. Subtle sweet bourbon aroma with more intensified vanilla. Taste is not nearly as boozy as the nose made it seem. Very sweet though. Intense sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors...like literally eating some rich chocolate cake. I feel like there could have been more barrel flavor to this beer...and possibly a little overly sweet. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is fair, as long as you are sharing it with a good amount of people. Overall, I enjoyed Black Tuesday a bit more. This is a well-crafted beer that most breweries could not pull off (a 19.5 ABV stout that is drinkable!)...just good in small doses. Glad I tried it. I have one more bottle and need to decide whether to age it longer or trade it.

Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Jpepe08
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev -11.9%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.