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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,284 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1284
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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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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kojevergas

Texas

2.81/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught at Beer Belly in Koreatown last night. 19.5% confirmed. Cost was $7.00 USD for an 8 oz pour. Served into a tulip. Expectations were extremely high; I love Black Tuesday. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of milky light khaki colour. Retains for 1.5 minutes, reducing to a floater ring which itself remains for about 3-4 more minutes. Body colour is an opaque solid black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I remember Black Tuesday looking far better and richer. Given the gargantuan ABV, I think the head retention is pretty impressive. Pretty good for the style overall.

Sm: The first thing I noticed about the beer when the bartender handed it to me was the aromatic pungent vanilla bean notes. Chocolate, cacao nibs. Dark malts. Molasses. Raisin. Boozy, but nowhere near as much as you'd expect for 19.50%. Caramel. No yeast character is detectable. Syrup. Light vinous notes. Powerful and strong, but not as rich or evocative as I recall Black Tuesday being. A bit disappointin,g but inviting overall. Certainly not alive.

T: Molasses, chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, raisin. Light vinous character. No roast, to my chagrin. Sweet vanilla bean on the climax; a bit overbearing and creme-brulee esque - definitely too sweet, but not quite cloying. Hot and boozy; it's unpleasant but tolerable. I expected far more from the chocolate/cacao based on the aroma, but it's not rich or high quality at all. Surprisingly shallow depth of flavour. Syrupy and imbalanced. Aside from the alcohol, flavour intensity is actually fairly restrained for the style. No subtlety here at all. Not getting any barrel or wood notes. Average flavour duration.

Mf: Syrupy and thick. Undercarbonated. Smooth and wet. Not at all ideal for the style or flavour profile. Really underwhelming. Average presence on the palate.

Dr: THIS is based on Black Tuesday? THIS is highly sought after and heavily traded? Boy am I disappointed. A boozy mess with lackluster balance and few remarkable characteristics. Honestly, I wouldn't order this again. I'm shocked at its high ratings. Is Grey Monday as mediocre as this? I expected way better having loved Black Tuesday. This emperor has no clothes; I'm sorry for those of you who pay The Bruery exorbitant membership costs just to have the purported privilege of buying bottles of stuff like this. I pray the bottled version is better. I'm almost tempted to figure that the bar didn't serve or store this right, but Beer Belly has quite a good reputation. Wow, I did not see this mediocrity coming. What a waste. Very mundane.

Low C

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 21:02:27 | More by kojevergas
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the RS membership party

Look: Black and totally opaque thin tan head and some spotty lace

Smell: Chocolate and a touch of alcohol

Taste: This beer is pretty straight forward in terms of flavor. Quite a bit of chocolate and quite a bit of harsh alcohol which create a bit of a rubbing alcohol finish. Definitely needs to mellow out

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation a bit warm from the alcohol and slightly sticky

Overall: This beer is what you expect it to be. Lots of chocolate and alcohol. Sadly the alcohol is not well hidden like the it is in black tuesday but you get what you think you will

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 01:08:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

2012 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some excellent barrel aging going on. I am thrilled I was finally able to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 23:09:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 03:45:25 | More by pmarlowe
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Bruery Line Party...I mean R.S. initiation party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours black as the devils soul with a small tan film of head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Holy sweet heat batman. Tons of rich chocolate sweetness, vanilla, sweet malt, and bourbon heat. The alcohol is strong but it blends in quite well with all the other strong flavors. Very nice overall balance, all things considered.

T - Lots of chocolaty sweetness up front never really fading throughout consumption. Hints of vanilla, sweet malt, and strong bourbon help round things out. Finish is a mix of sweetness and bourbon, lingering for some time. This stuff is awesome. I can't wait to see what a little bit of time in the bottle will do to it.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, sticky sweet, feel with plenty of lingering sweet heat in the finish.

D - Finally a beer that lives up to its own hype. I made sure I got a pour as soon as I walked into the party and I was glad I did. I enjoyed the overall mix of sweet chocolate and warm bourbon. One of the best stouts I have ever had. Glad I have a bottle of this in my cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 23:45:34 | More by orangesol
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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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500!!! Had at the Bruery Reserve Society Party. Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a slight brown hue with a half finger tan head that subside to a minimal amount quickly (I blame the ABV). Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass (which was surprising). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall impression: Good God this thing is good! It was truly excellent in all aspects. I can honestly see why so many people have been looking for the bottles that were released now. Glad I have one for myself. It hides the massive alcohol present in this one really really well. Kind of scary if I'm honest. This is an absolute must try, whether it be going to the RS Event or pulling out all of your trading ammo to land a bottle. It is TOTALLY worth it. But it is a sipper, so be warned.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 20:01:37 | More by thagr81us
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a dark black/brown non see through color with a slight dark tan head that collars around the glass. HUGE aromas wafting out of this one with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cream, barrel, and a slight warming booze aroma. The first sip yields a nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. The flavors are well blended but the chocolate is very noticeable and pleasant. Other flavors include vanilla, roast, and booze. For being 18.5% this beer drinks very well albeit still a sipper. Probably would be best as a dessert beer. This one was great!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 15:08:43 | More by kbutler1
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teamizm

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery RS Initiation Party

A - Pours a deep espresso, almost black, but with a slight brown hue. Very small lacing, virtually no head.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. But ot only just chocolate, you gets hints of milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate. One of the most complex beers I have ever smelled.

T - Sticky sweetness, with vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, maple syrup, toffee, and some caramel.

M - I don't like to give 5s normally, but man, the mouthfeel is creamy, complex, and very very smooth. This is what sets apart both Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain from all the other big RIS.

D - Slight burn, but for the amount of octane this beer has, the burn is every so slight. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 06:56:40 | More by teamizm
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cjer53

California

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had it on tap on RS party on 1/8/11

app- dark chocolate, thick, almost no head

smell- chocolate moose, chocolate morsels, sweet, dessert

taste- silky smooth thickness, very peaceful, tastes like bourbon dessert chocolate, extremely drinkable and possibly very dangerous! hints of vanilla throughout. an exceptional beer!

MAKE IT RAIN!!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 02:05:03 | More by cjer53
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ptykozoon

California

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a red hue, a ring of lacing on the glass.

So sweet, mostly chocolate followed by hot, abrasive, candy-coated alcohol reminiscent of bourbon. Some maple in there too. Lots of dessert.

Wow. This is quite an extraordinary beer, hugely decadent and dense with chocolate, cherries, caramelized sugar and straight up bourbon. Unique and well balanced for the 20% This beer is dangerous.

Can you taste carbonation at this level of ABV? I want to say lightly carbonated, full bodied, and surprisingly non-cloyingly sweet.

Chocolate Rain is not just a novelty, it really is an exceptional example of an upcoming style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 17:05:08 | More by ptykozoon
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FosterJM

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

167th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- Its a very dark brown and very dense, it might have been a small pour was a thing of beauty.

Smell- A nice smell here. I haven't had the BT as it's in my cellar and at 18% its too much for me alone. This was perfect. Nice chocolate and other smells of vanilla, and a small bit of alcohol and some roated scents.

Taste- This was amazing. I can see what all the hype was about. I wanted to take all 10 tickets and drink this all day. Pass out wake up and do it all over again. It's a big beer even in a small glass but very glad I had the chance to try it. Had a multitude of flavors that played very well together.

Mouth- A very heavy pour even in a small glass. Very low carbed but very smooth. Its high ABV is present but doesnt overpower you like you think it would.

Drink- I wanted it all day long. It's potent, viscous and big. Very tasty and very pleasant. Patrick and the team knocked it out of the park with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 01:17:21 | More by FosterJM
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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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slayer3604

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Almost like getting curb stomped by a ding dong. Such a great beer.

A- Small head that disappears within a minute, but leaves a crazy coating thats off orange/burnt caramel colored and is pitch black in itself.

S-CHOCOLATE RAIN! I move away from the glass to breathe..CHOCOLATE RAIN!

T-Lots and lots of chocolate, some rain, bourbon, spicy and lingering deeply roasted malts and oh how long that finish sticks around..

M-Thick, heavy, frothy and delicious.

D-for its alcohol content, I'm damn impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 22:28:50 | More by slayer3604
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biggied

California

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

Apperearance: black w/ no head

Smell: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, more vanilla and even more choclate.

Taste: chocolate, port, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness, brown sugar, caramel, and a malty finish. Complex, balanced, drinkable.

Mouth: Very thick and flavorful all the way down. Not much alcohol taste or burn at all amazingly. Can't believe that this beer is this strong and you can't tell. Would have like a little carbonation as it is almost like a port then a beer.

Overall: It's the 2nd best IS I've ever had, with Black Tuesday being the best. I'm shocked by the abv and it is way more drinkable than any other beer or wine of this strength I've had.

Serving type: on-tap at the Bruery release

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10-29-2009 22:42:41 | More by biggied
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger slightly off white head.

S-Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, nice bourbon, slight coffee.

T-Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Great balance, mild bourbon, roasted malt and coffee is there.

M-Heavy to medium in body, nice carbonation.

O-The addition of chocolate and vanilla take BT to another level.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 18:53:37 | More by rlee1390
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- very dark brown with no little head. Its a little light for a stout. Kinda looks more like a quad.

S- so much chocolate. Delicious. Some heat from the alcohol. Lots of vanilla as well.

T- just like the nose. Chocolate with a lot of vanilla. The heat is actually not as bad as i thought it would be. But there is still a lot there.

M- pretty smooth for it. The sweetness is very strong though. Little heat from alcohol. Silky sticky deliciousness.

Such a great beer. Don't have time to do the whole review right now but this is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 05:41:23 | More by mlhyatt
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-EBF sample pour. Looks just like Black Tuesday. Dark brown, syrupy and oily. Leaves legs, even in the plastic sample cup.

S-Very fudgy. Like a chocolate liqueur. You can tell it's going to be very sweet. The smell of bourbon slowly rises out of the glass as well. Some dark fruits.

T-Chocolate liqueur. Bourbon infused fudge. Dark fruits. Brownie batter. Vanilla. Whiskey and wood. Very sweet but complex in its sweetness.

M-Oily with a unique feel. Slick. Hot. Sticky and boozy. Lower carbonation.

O/D-As I felt with Black Tuesday, I wasn't totally in love with it but I know it is well worth a try. Not many beers are quite like Chocolate Rain. Some stay dry while others feel the pain...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:04:22 | More by VelvetExtract
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Beejay

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Lee for sharing this bottle.

A: Tootsie roll brown. Not much head, but that is rather expected.

S: Dark chocoalte and high alcohol. Malty with a huge hit of molasses.

T: Chocolate and oak, with high alcohol coming in after. Finish is huge with vanilla and oak with another stinger of chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy, though the carbonation is lively.

O: Fantastic. Creamy and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:42:55 | More by Beejay
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timc100

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ripe 2014 vintage

Not a menacing pour - very dark brown, sits oily black in the glass with ruby/brown tinge at the edge.

Incredibly rich aroma of chocolate - milk chocolate from the vanilla beans, very dark heavy chocolate as well. Prominent raw bourbon - very boozy. Graham cracker, toffee, marzipan and bourbon caramel. Very sweet - the booze prevents it from being cloying.

Intense boozy flavor - very rich chocolate, sweet bourbon caramel, pronounced bourbon/oak vanilla, toffee, slight dark fruit astringency. Huge beer - sticky, full, appropriately light carbonation doesn't get in the way.

Absolutely fantastic beer even though almost overly sweet. Been hunting this one down for a while and it did not disappoint. It is a decadent version of black tuesday - a great variation but where it gains intense chocolate and vanilla flavors it covers up the dark fruits, which were so fantastic.

Worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:02:29 | More by timc100
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
18.5% ABV, 2014, Best stored and cellared around 55°F

A - Pouring thick and rich, this (surprisingly) dark brown beer's high alcohol content drives the tan foam to a thin halo almost immediately but, give this boozy beer a swirl and legs will drip down the glass for what seems like forever.

S - Thick soy sauce cakes grain alcohol-soaked raisins while molasses seeps through faint charred oak barrels that once held bourbon. Until the beer sits and really warms up, chocolate isn't even part of the picture but, it's milky nose peeks through with whole vanilla beans for a more pleasant olfactory experience.

T - A trail mix of dark chocolate morsels, booze-soaked raisins, creamy vanilla yogurt bites, and caramel-draped charred oak cubes fill the mouth with potency, almost completely overlapping the bourbon barrel character, save for the whole booze-soaked raisin part. It's damn tasty - much tastier than the outrageous nose lets on, but it's comes across more like straight grain alcohol was added to the beer once inside a charred oak barrel.

M - If it weren't for the onslaught of alcohol, Chocolate Rain might otherwise come across as a thick, throat-coating imperial stout. The truth of the matter is, there's so much freakin' alcohol in this beer that it cuts the full-bodied feel with thinning solvent heat that carries from mid gulp down the throat where it perpetually warms the stomach. It's creamy smoothness makes for a nice sipping beer when the potent alcohol is cast aside, though!

O - Here I sit, reviewing The Bruery's Chocolate Rain in my Bruery hat, feeling kind of silly about that. ...And the fact that I just absently dropped a rhyme. Moving right along... Chocolate Rain shows some serious promise but like Bourbon County Stout, I couldn't possibly see myself truly enjoying this beer fresh ever again. If I crave hard alcohol (which I almost never do) I'll pour myself hard alcohol. Chocolate Rain's Tripel Bock-like soy sauce nose is immediately off-putting but slowly opens up to richer nuances, transitioning into a fuller, more rich flavor of chocolate, vanilla tannins, and some trace of actual beer instead of solvent alcohol. I never age a beer I haven't had fresh but I'll count this as a learning experience; The Bruery's Chocolate Rain will probably be exceptional with 2-3 years of sitting in a cool, dark room on it which is the only way I'll have a bottle of my own next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:05:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
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paper_tiger

California

1.36/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I was very excited to try this beer last summer at a tasting event, and there was a ton of buzz among the patrons about it. I unfortunately bought into the hype.

The flavors were poorly blended, with the general consensus among my group that the flavors were akin to cheap malt liquor with chocolate syrup added in. This also describes the mouthfeel, which was quite thick, almost silty, like chocolate milk made with Hershey's syrup.

I normally love a stout with deep chocolate flavors, but this just did not do it for me, and seemed more like a gimmick than a true attempt at crafting a quality product.

If nothing else, the name is cute.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:40:21 | More by paper_tiger
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:59:20 | More by Axnjxn
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured about 6oz from a bottle.

A - Deep space black with brown highlights and a thin brown head, no lacing.

S - Boozy with massive dark chocolate notes. Molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit also contribute to the aroma.

T - Rather copious amount of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla with toffee and dark fruit. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't seem like the 18.5% ABV. It is just so chocolatey, but not overly sweet.

M - Medium with lighter carbonation and an alcohol burn at the end.

O - This was excellent to try and I highly recommend it. I'm not sure I would buy it, but it was awesome!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 20:31:31 | More by Ri0
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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.