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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 2,298
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 29.19%
Wants: 2,488
Gots: 882 | FT: 117
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
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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage poured into a Bruery Reserve tulip.

L - Dark brown with minimal tan head that dissipates quickly

S - Very heavy bourbon with a bit of chocolate/vanilla sweetness

T - Bourbon up front followed by delicious sweet chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and some faint coffee. Good amount of booze burn.

F - A little thinner than I would've liked. Med/high carbonation.

O - Another very good Bruery stout. Some booze burn here but still drinkable as well. Very decadent and sweet beer.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!

750ml Bottle.

Very smooth. Very complex. Very sweet. Lots of chocolate. Alcohol is completely hidden. Jet black in color. One of the best beers I have ever tasted! Highly recommended.


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Photo of 2ellas
3.51/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is a deep black with a very minimal dark head. Though not as dark or as opaque as expected.
Smell is of chocolate and not much else
taste is overpowering chocolate. To much chocolate and to sweet for me. I didn't get any other flavors or alcohol burn over the chocolate
mouthfeel is fairly thick given the high abv
overall I would not seek this out again. Simply too much chocolate for me. Like an alcoholic chocolate milk or something

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A total package stout.

Huge vanilla notes and chocolate whifs with dangerously smooth bourbon notes. This beer is complete, it needs nothing more, it was a little thin but it needed to be. Huge oak and vanilla, again and again. Good lacing from cold to warm. Pitch black monster from the chocolate depths!

I was so pleasantly surprised by this beer. Very thankful to finally conquer this brew! Fantastic.

A hot mess with no huge whifs of any fudge or chocolate or vanilla.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The mouthfeel and taste come together almost like alcoholic chocolate milk. For the abv, it's not as hot as I expected. I think Mocha Wednesday may have this beat, but that may be my preference for coffee. Great beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 6/27/15

Opened this bottle with 3 other people. Probably a good thing since it is so big. Pour a thick black body with pretty much no head. Huge sweet cocoa aroma. Almost overwhelming taste. Just a ton of cocoa and vanilla with lots of bourbon. It has a pretty strong bite on the tongue. You can tell there is a lot of alcohol. Still, I very much so enjoyed this beer.

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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 winningwes91
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Here it goes. Pours out a dark brown color. Not quite black. Smells absolutely divine. Like bourbon soaked brownie batter with some vanilla. Taste follows suit with dark fruits popping. I'm not sure where that 19.5 percent alcohol is, but it's dangerous. Medium full mouthfeel with a nice warming on the backend. Slightly better than black Tuesday. Amazing stuff if you have a sweet tooth

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

2015 vintage poured into a Teku glass.

L - Medium dark brown with minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very heavy bourbon with a bit of chocolate/vanilla sweetness.

T - Bourbon up front followed by delicious sweet chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and some faint coffee.

F - Thinner than I would have liked, but typical of a lot of barrel aged stouts, and light carbonation.

O - This was my first big Bruery stout and it did not disappoint. For such a high ABV, I was surprised at the minimal amount of alcohol "burn." Definitely a decadent, slow sipper and a must try.

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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 SteveB24
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look-color is a surprisingly clear, lightish brown, not unlike milk chocolate, no head at all save for a few stray bubbles.
Smell-TONS of sweet chocolate, booze, and vanilla.
Taste-Loads of milky chocolate upfront, faint notes of caramel, vanilla, some coconut in there as well, and a slight touch of alcohol but nowhere near the level you might except from a beer this big.
Feel-Very thick and creamy, very faint carbonation.
Overall-This beer is a wonderful treat, hopefully i'll be lucky enough to try it again sometime.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer lives up to the hype. 2015 taster @ the tasting room on 6/13/15. Pours jet black with no head. Nose is big burbon, chocolate, black malt, sweet base malt. Taste is huge and complex, big burbon, alcohol warmth, dark chocolate, sweet grain. So deep and so complex it's amazing. Mouthfeel was considerably lighter than expected, sitting on a bottle for a year or 2 is recommended to thicken, sweeten, and blend the body and tastes.
Reservation society here I come.

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Photo of macher0
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a 2013 at a share. Split between 4 peeps.

Obviously this is a very dark beer with very little head, low carb, and fairly thin. These characteristics are typical for the big Bruery stouts.

Unlike the other big Bruery stouts, this has an incredibly complex chocolaty nose and taste. The bourbon is there but takes a back stage. The chocolate comes through big time and the taste is like chocolate milk that is infused with majestic bourbon barrel. Kind of sweet but delicious, not syrupy and a little silky. The booze is non-existence but I only had a portion of the bottle. I would certainly drink more, but a 1/4 of the bottle is perfect, leaves you wanting more and totally content at the same time.

I was very impressed, I will obtain another and enjoy the hell out of it.

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Photo of pagriley
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle so about 18 months old
Lighter hue than expected - dark tan more than black with a thin caramel head
Booze up front. some chocolate, but dominated by booze
Hot, more like a liqueur than a beer. overly sweet
thinner than expected, good carbonation

Overall, not what I expected. More like a dessert liqueur than a beer.

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Photo of -Rick
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is desert in a bottle. Huge amounts of chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. The booze is well hidden in this one. Truly a great stout. Bottled in 2013

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Photo of maximum12
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to RipRap for this bottle; yet another beer I felt compelled to track down after mouthing it at a tasting. Big 750ML bottle, vintage 2014, with the trademark Bruery label & gold wax, split with my wife.

The pour is as expected: minimally carbed, and black as the soul of Adrian Peterson with a maple branch in his hand (or a Twitter account). Smells like chocolate milk that’s been doctored with 268 proof something or other: boozy. Not complex or great, but lovely.

Chocolate Rain is something I’d never carry an umbrella for. The first thing I notice is how toasty I am after taking my first sip, as the alcohol burns a warm track all the way down. I hope it doesn’t feel like that coming out. Massive chocolate notes & enough bourbon to sanitize a moderately dangerous wound leap out of the morass. Big-ass vanilla that would have dominated any other beer doesn’t show up until the mid-palate: damn, I’m drunk already. Fudge, oak, gold star maple syrup. The end is all booze & chocolate. Thicker than my…well, thick. Ridiculously drinkable. I’m not sure I would survive taking an entire bottle myself, but damn, I’d like to try. Then try again.

If ever a beer deserved to have the word ‘decadent’ tattooed into its foamy head, it would be C Rain. This is a boozy, chocolate, bourbony, TNT of a beer. It’s also fantastic & fully deserving of… what was I saying? My wife is now speaking tongues. That’s a good sign. Without question a top-shelf beer.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014: this one wasn't nearly as chocolatey as others (so I've been told). Chocolate and a ton of booz in our bottle. The booziness was overwhelming and hid most of the chocolate and any other depth. The feel was fantastic and would love to try another vintage.

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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 Hoptimus-Prime
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Cacao nibs and vanilla presence! The one downfall for me was the body. Relatively light body vs what I was expecting for a 18%er. Great beer, big thanks to Dave Treat for sending this to me!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just a ludicrous beverage here, i mean come on guys, this is taking it pretty far, and its truly epic. maybe the final evolution of the huge stout. i was amazed by this on so many levels, although i also have to say that doing anything to black tuesday seems a bit ridiculous, like improving on perfection is pretty tough right? and im definitely not sure this improves on it any at all, but it does create a whole new landscape, and a delicious one. the chocolate is really dominant, aptly named obviously, its a mix of sort of sweet milk chocolate and really bitter dark chocolate. for some reason it only tastes like the nibs a little bit, with a much stronger actual chocolate flavor than the bitter earthiness and espresso roast. must be all the sweetness going on, this is sweet because black tuesday is sweet, its sweet because the vanilla is sweet, and its sweet because the bourbon barrel here is very sweet. its all a good sugar, but its hard to ignore, and it slows down the rate of drinking just as quickly as the alcohol here, which is strong, but not quite as strong as i expected it to be given the insane strength. not as thick as the others for some reason, its viscous no doubt, but its just not quite as coating and filling. this is a very special rarity, and i am very grateful to have gotten to share it with close friends.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow beer. great chocolate, molasses boozy sweetness. the only bad part was i only had 1 bottle. Love what the Bruery is doing with beer!!!!!!! wishing i loved closer to LA #bruerybeer

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Photo of Jlabs
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one insane ba stout..easily of of the 5 best I've had..might be the best..the bourbon barrel and vanilla are mixed perfectly here..and the booze is fairly well hidden for such a high ABV beer.

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Photo of rand
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 batch

750 mL bottle to snifter

A: Cola-brown in color, not as oily-viscous as Black Tuesday - not sure if its the added ingredients or something with the process, but the viscosity is clearly reduced. A wispy, soda-like head dissipates and leaves almost no trace of lacing.

S: The added cocoa is prominent - smells like opening a box of chocolate truffles laced in booze. The molasses undertone that anchored Black Tuesday is replaced by sugary vanilla. Chocolate pie meets beer.

T: The flavors are less a confectionery treat and more beer-like, although it's a still a decadent sip. Easily parsed notes of vanilla and chocolate are balanced by oak, lots of booze and a touch of a leafy hops. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Rich and creamy, but not as oily and sticky as its Black Tuesday progenitor.

Just as decadent and delicious as Black Tuesday, but with the added ingredients slightly more drinkable.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: opaque blackish brown with mocha lacing. S: vanilla, cacao nibs, roasted malts, fruity coffee. T: vanilla and cacao dominate, fruity and bright coffee; implied sweetness from the vanilla and cacao; vanilla and oaky bourbon finish. F: on the lighter side of heavy. Not syrupy or oily. Warm finish from the bourbon barrels and alcohol; not otherwise hot. Excellent! Big fan of vanilla and cacao blend.

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Photo of smb
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. 6oz pour in a Bruery snifter at The Bruery.

L: Pours with a light swirly mocha head. Oily blackness.

S: Intense aroma of milk and dark chocolate, dark fruit, figs, vanilla, oak, freshly baked cookies and smores. An exciting beer to whiff over and over.

T: Wow. Vanilla, brownies, chocolate and cookie dough hit at the front of the tongue, with oak and an almost white chocolate character at the back. There's some slight bitter stout roastiness and bourbon flavor in the mix, but it's barely detectable and it works well to balance out and dial down the sweetness.

F: 18.4% ABV... I don't understand how Bruery does it. Vanilla, brownie fudge and oak coat the tongue, and while you can feel a good amount of heat as it goes down... it's by no means harsh and finishes really clean for how big of a beer it is.

Overall: A well-rounded, stunningly delicious and decadent world-class barrel aged imperial stout.

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.