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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 2,424
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 28.96%
Wants: 2,569
Gots: 942 | 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: 312 | Hads: 2,424
Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
3.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate look. Rich creamy vanilla smell with a strong alcohol smell similar to whiskey. Smooth no bite taste. Very flavorful. Aged 5 years by a friend.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. This is a review of the 2013 vintage bottled on 3/04/13

A: Pours pitch black with no head retention, no lacing, average amount of carbonation streaming up the sides, looks a little more carbonated that other barrel aged stouts, looks pretty oily.

A: Lots of bourbon, toasted coconut, getting a hint of oak, not getting any chocolate, just tons of bourbon, toasted coconuts and some alcohol coming through on the nose, has a lot of aroma.

T: Big hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, hint of oak, some brown sugar sweetness, some heat from the alcohol and bourbon, touch of chocolate sweetness in the aftertaste, incredibly smooth for the ABV but there is some heat on the aftertaste. Chocolate is the prevailing note in the aftertaste. Lots of flavors, big flavors.

M: Big oily mouthfeel, heavy bodied, perhaps the heaviest bodied beer I may have ever tasted.

O: A huge beer, with huge flavors, huge mouthfeel, it's amazingly drinkable for 18 % ABV but it does creep up on you. This bottle is almost three years old and probably could have been cellared longer, it has held up pretty good, but I think the chocolate has faded a bit as it's not as prevalent as I was expecting. Overall a world class.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was going to be my happy birthday beer but life happened so that didn't take place.
So tonight after taking in the newest STAR WARS UGH! I came home and popped this baby open.
Well its typical dark as midnight RIS Typical blow open your nasal passages Bruery great smelling Stout coffee malt sweetness in the air. This sucker has an alcohol kick at first but once it warms up its as complex a beer the Bruery makes may oh may this lives up to the hype. 2015 vintage received in my first preservation society allotment and surly hope its this years 1st qt beer again for 2016!

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

found this online. i thought it would be more of a booze bomb considering the abv. had a friend help me drink this. the alcohol wasnt overpowering at all. good chocolate notes.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Wow.. nice and thick, vanilla explosion, not as much chocolate as expected, alcohol but does not seem like 18%. Nice bourbon barrel flavor, would drink as much as i could, nice experience!

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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 aleigator
3.52/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a fizzy, hazelnut brown lacing, immediately collapsing to a tiny film at the edge of the glass.

Has a profound milk chocolate aroma, blending into coconut shell and flowery, warming vanilla. Its vanilla quality grows more profound, once detected, complimenting earthy oak and fudge, with a fizzy coca-cola sweetness.

Features almost no carbonation, exhibiting a smooth, big body, due to a hot, profound oakiness, balanced by burned earth and a flowery quality.

Begins with toffee supported vanilla bean among scorched earth and bitter chocolate chips. The Bourbon barrel adds a warming glow to the tongue, which amazingly enough never turns hot or boozy, as well as spiced, dry wood bark. Mocha sweetness, together with rock sugar and a pleasant chocolate bitterness create a thrilling interplay, wrapped up by the omnipotent barrel, including a huge amount of vanilla. Finishes with a mix of earthen malts and a spicy dryness, creating a palate challenging finish, which lasts on the tongue for minutes. After that dryness, a late caramel coated milk chocolate quality evolves, creating a mellowing, silk last impression.

While its nose features a focussed, minimalistic approach, the beers full potential unfolds on the palate, in all its heavy-bodied facetts. It is certainly well executed, but for my personal taste, this is just a tad too over the top. Its richness overburdens my palate, it needs to chill down for a couple of minutes after each sip, which is basically not how a beer works for me. This is closer to being a liquour for me, on which I can sip from time to time. We split the bottle through three people and had problems to finish it.

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Photo of invertalon
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a 2015 poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown in color, not black as I would have expected. Head diminished quickly.

Overall flavor profile was nice, but I could not get beyond the cloying sweetness… I expected this beer to be sweet, but it was above and beyond what I had expected. Flavor notes of chocolate, raisin, vanilla, molasses.

The alcohol was hidden well. Although you knew it was a big beer, I didn’t think it drank like it was 18%+.

Overall, I was happy to try this one but I was not a huge fan of it. I would not seek it out.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is hands down my favorite Breuery beer so far (have not had Tuesday yet). It is not nearly as hot as some of the other high abv offerings. In fact, I would say at 18.4 % it drinks more like 11-12.
Tons of sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Nice, smooth bourbon compliment. It is sweet without being too rich or cloying. Like a bourbon infused chocolate mouse or cream pie. The body is outstanding. This is truly a world class beer and a must experience one.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle poured into a snifter and shared with friends. The look (upon pour) was extremely dark with a small amount of head and lacing. The smell is similar to Black Tuesday; I got heavy vanilla, cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate on the nose. The flavor of chocolate really takes over here! I also noticed caramel and molasses in addition to the smells aforementioned above. The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this beer is surprisingly easy to drink given its super high ABV. This one definitely lived up to the hype in my opinion. Worth seeking out, cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large shared 2013 bottle that went quickly!

Sweet aroma with some alcohol esters precedes an even boozier and markedly sweet flavor.
Near cloying sweet level.
Little chocolate before the aftertaste, and then it's more milk than dark chocolate.

O: didn't quite live up to its reputation.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a oversized wine glass, 2015 edition

A- pours dark brown, almost black on color with a small foamy off-white head that eventually disappears completely

S- dark chocolate and cocoa nibs up front mix with marshmallow cream, vanilla, bourbon, melted toffee, fudge brownies & a hint of tobacco

T- big blast of sweetness hits the palate with tons of dark chocolate, cocoa, melted marshmallow, vanilla cream, bourbon barrel, toasted oak, caramel, melted toffee, chocolate cake. Boozy finish with notes of port wine on then linger

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming boozy finish

O- definitely a simpler, loaded with chocolate and vanilla at drinks like a fine port wine or sherry

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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 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.

(A+)

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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

2015
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.

2014
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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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.