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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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303 Reviews
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Reviews: 303
Hads: 2,341
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 2,512
Gots: 910 | FT: 120
Brewed by:
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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 ehammond1
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

The Bruery
Orange, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

The body of the beer is near black throughout, with very dark brown edges, and a very thin dark brown head. The beer leaves thin, wispy, specks of stick to the glass.

The aroma of the rich, dark chocolates is simply divine. Roasted malt, bourbon, and a hint of coffee complement the chocolate as well, but this is a chocolate lover's dream in a glass. There's also perhaps a bit of earthy vanilla and sweet cream. The aroma is rich, decadent, and incredible. It doesn't get much better, if at all.

The flavor is rich and transformed--a much different beer than Black Tuesday. The rich, earthy, bittersweet flavors of chocolate come through first and foremost, alongside barrel/bourbon character, vanilla, and whipped cream. There's a presence of alcohol warmth but it's not at all distracting and small in accordance with the beer's ABV.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. A wonderful dessert sipper. Decadent.

Incredible, though I prefer Black Tuesday.

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Photo of claspada
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 - Sampled 1/6/13. Too sweet and boozy compared to Batch 1, so I have to ding this a little on taste. Both were aged about the same amount of time, hopefully batch 3 turns out a little more drier and less hot.

Batch 1 - Pours a silky, menacing, near black color with a small dark tan head. Some solid lacing on the sides of the snifter, especially after a few swirls.

The aromas are out of this world. My first impression is liquid brownie batter; a huge mix of dark and milk chocolate/cocoa powder, equally large vanilla and caramelized sugars. As it warms you get the base beer's presence coming through with a light dosing of bourbon plus some mild roasted maltiness. Booze is extremely subtle at this point and I can only detect because this is at cellar temp (if not warmer). There's a mild coffee presence, but that is more of an undertone to sweeter chocolaty smells.

The tastes begin almost equally as intense as the nose. The chocolate is the dominant character. Melted milk chocolate malt balls, melted dark chocolate baker's cocoa bars and vanilla extract all come to mind initially. This is diabetes in a glass. Next you get lesser amounts of light bourbon and hints of oak plus lesser notes of roast coffee.

The mouthfeel is really thick and full bodied with, thankfully, some medium to low carbonation. Finish is velvety smooth and sweet, and yet thanks to the base beer being barrel aged, it avoids being cloying.

Overall this was stupendous and a great treat to sample. There is no feasible way I could finish this by myself or probably even with another person just because of its luscious flavor profile. Highly recommended for all beer geeks and absolutely a must try; definitely one to trade for and share with a couple beer geek buddies.

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Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a few bubbles - no head to speak of. It's pretty clear, not as opaque as I'd expected. The smell is heavy on the bourbon, with some sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla. The taste is big sweet chocolate upfront, some notes of oak and vanilla in the middle, with big bourbon burn at the end. The vanilla became more prominent as it warmed. It's fairly thin, moderately carbonated, easy on the tongue. A nice beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks Matt! Big want of mine. Served in an Alvinne taster tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa, cream, and toffee. Very nice nose, a wonderful mix of the bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Loving it.

t - Tastes of of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, raisins, cocoa, cream, caramel malts, and tofee. Again, a really great mix; tons of sweet chocolate again. The chocolate and vanilla really comes through; a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Near perfect mouthfeel; a tiny bit more carbonation and it would be perfect. Hard to believe this one is in the 18.5%-20% ABV range.

o - Overall I thought this is a fantastic beer; I think I actually like it a bit better than the normal BT as it had more sweet chocolate, especially in the taste. I love chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon in beers, and this blends all three in a great way. A top notch RIS; very glad I'll get another bottle in the Reserve Society next year.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Long time want for me.

The beer is dark brown with a thin, beige head. The aroma brings roast, booze, chocolate, vanilla. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. A huge dose of vanilla, followed by chocolate, oak, and light roast with a warming alcoholic finish. Just superb. A beer to savor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the epic finewinemike event.

This beer is a chocolate lover's wet dream.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is just a huge aroma of chocolate that overwhelms pretty much everything else. I get some light vanilla and coffee as well, but the chocolate aroma (dark chocolate and milk chocolate) is intense, drowning out pretty much anything else. Much to my surprise, if anything the flavor profile is even more stunning, providing an absolute chocolate tour de force. This beer blows Southern Tier's Chokolat completely out of the water. This beer is rich and very sweet, though there's a hint of bitterness in the finish that buoys the sweetness just a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet, milk and dark chocolate finish. There's a bit of heat in the finish from the high level of alcohol in this beer, but I really didn't think it detracted much from the flavor profile.

Very, very impressive....

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this at a tasting this past weekend. Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a mild amount of tan head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malt with some cocoa and dark chocolate. There is a lot of really hot liquor in the finish.

Taste: Cocoa and roast hit the tongue right away. The chocolate flavors are mildly sweet, but the roast seems to dominate. There is a heat from the alcohol that shows up immediately and builds throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is a good beer, but didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I would love to try it again with some age on it, but we'll have to see if that happens.

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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 peacehammer
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask at Session two of 2011 Black Tuesday.

After sampling BT first, I wasn't sure how much more chocolate flavor could be worked into a beer.

I couldn't have been more wrong. A beautiful black viscous pour.aroma of Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A bit strong on the mouth, but amazingly balanced and very smooth all things considered.

Chocolate flavor present throughout. Might have been the best beer I've tasted.

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Photo of nhindian
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Split with russwbeck and tasted side-by-side with Chocolate Rain. Epic.

A - Depending on the light, the body looks anywhere from a glossy black, similar to Black Tuesday, to a ruddy, rustic brown. It builds a bigger head than Black Tuesday initially, eclipsing a 1.5-fingers of tawny head, but settles into a similar, foamy cap as Black Tuesday. Looking at the cap, a steady stream of carbonation cuts through the foam.

S - The initial aroma is hugely robust and bold, bursting with a sweet booziness that is almost unprecedented compared to anything I've had previously. Anise and roast are abundant as well, but it's easy to discern the vanilla beans and chocolate. The whiskey is strong as well, but even combined with the inherent alcohol aroma, it doesn't exactly come across as hot.

T - The first few seconds of the taste are offensive, abrasive, brash. But good things come to those who wait, and the roughness gives way to an amazingly smooth flavor that encompasses all that it was described as. Even with the addition of vanilla and chocolate, it somehow comes across as less diabetic sweet than Black Tuesday, and the transformation from harsh to silk is awe-inspiring. It forsakes the anise and char of Black Tuesday for a more friendly cocoa and french vanilla finish, and even though it is more sweet than your average double stout, it is many rungs lower than Black Tuesday and similar company. The back-end delivers a decent amount of whiskey, probably more-so than Black Tuesday, and make no mistake that it finishes hot, but every other flavor tries its hardest to mask it, and it doesn't even appear to approach the over 18.50% it actually is.

M - The mouthfeel is moderately heavy with nice carbonation. Definitely thick and bold, but not as syrupy or heavy as I was expecting. Really full-bodied though, and the flavors and sweetness last for a very long time afterward.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. As much as I was surprised at the flavors in this, the fact of the matter is that this is to epitome of a sipper. The alcohol isn't offensively hot, but it really creeps up on you (especially when you are drinking it side-by-side with Black Tuesday and drinking it during a large tasting) and the flavors are special, robust, and long-lasting enough that several sips are enough to last you a good amount of time before reaching that glass again. It certainly lives up to the hype and is one of the most unique and flavorful stout's I've ever had, but you need to split this since it is too much for one mere mortal to drink alone.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared side by side with 2011 Black Tuesday with nhindian

A: Brown pour, amazing how less dark this is than fresh Black Tuesday. Extremely noticeable change in color. Neither have a very distinct head. What head there is is light brown and leaves no lacing or retention. BT gets the nod in terms of appearance.

S: The smell is very boozy and sweet, but also extremely complex. Booze and bourbon mix with chocolate, vanilla, and molasses to create one of the biggest smells I've ever encountered in beer. I must say I am worried about the booziness and sweetness here. Hoping the taste is balanced and not too over the top. Going to call this one a push between BT and CR.

T: All I can say is wow. I graded BT before taking a sip of CR and fully developed an opinion on it first. I must say, this is better. All around the taste simply blows me away. This has to be the best thought out beer I've ever had the privilege of tasting. The way the tastes develop on my palate simply cannot be put into words. The initial taste is boozy, offensively so, but once you become accustomed to it, the booze becomes an afterthought. As soon as the booze subsides, a TON of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and dark fruits simply attack the palate. Roasted malts, warming alcohol, and dark fruits finish the beer off perfectly. The complexity and balance is unmatched in craft beer and honestly until you taste it, you could not possibly understand how a beer could encompass so much with each and every sip. A 5 if I've ever had one.

MF: Extremely similar to BT. Not quite as thick as I was expecting, but by no means is it light. It is not syrupy or creamy like other big stouts. The ABV will catch up with you before too long.

O: Overall this was the best beer I've ever had. I'm aware it might not be the highest rated beer on this site, but this was simply the cream of the crop. Blew me away. The drinkability is not terribly high, as the sweetness and extreme ABV are not easy to deal with, but this category is now considered 'Overall,' and overall it is a 5.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to heyohhh and mcdiddypop for sharing many fantastic brews. The elusive Chocolate Rain pours with a fairly standard appearance: near-black, with a very slight collar of deep umber froth; the only surpise is that it has relatively thinner viscosity. The nose is pure chocolate deliciousness with a surprisingly lowbrow reference: it is highly evocative of Nestle Quik powder. There is almost no booze to be found in either aroma or flavor, which is truly a feat, given the ABV. And it is quite delicious, flavor-wise, with chocolate-coffee-candy-liqueur notes akin to Black Russians or Espresso Martinis. The body is fairly light for a Stout, and in this case, it serves the brew very well. I am not sure if I prefer this to Black Tuesday, but I am sure that they are both phenomenal.

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Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I decided to review the bottled version because I thought it tasted significantly different than the tap version which I really enjoyed.

Pours no head. Same color as regular CR. Dark caramel brown, nearing black.

Aroma: Similar to the tap version. Very nice and warming. Tons of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. A lot of sweetness.

Taste: Way too hot and boozey. This takes a lot away from the beer. Too compared to the tap version. Not nearly as enjoyable. The other flavors are still there, but they are masked by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: hot and then some. Light to medium bodied for the style and the abv. Lower amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, not nearly the same as the tap version. I didn't like it as much. Too hot for me. Not overly complex for what it is.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mini brandy snifter, shared with many BA's at the Darkness Eve Tasting. Thanks Lenny1203 for brining this beer.

A- Thin bubbly brown head, dissipates to nothing, no apparent carbonation, dark black opaque color.
S- Big alcohol aroma, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, sweet, really hot in the aroma, definitely some chocolate, cocoa.
T- Wow this is a big beer, a lot of heat as it goes down, big vanilla taste, huge bourbon flavor, toffee, slight chocolate, the vanilla really takes over.
M- Big mouth feel, coasts the palate, smooth drinking, big alcohol feel, dry finish.
O- Wow huge beer, not the greatest BA stout, but very satisfying, not really balanced, really hot as it goes down, still a great experience and very grateful to Lenny for bringing this beer.

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Photo of CenCalMario
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from a beautiful barrel @ the 2011 Black Tuesday release. This my 4th or 5th time trying Chocolate Rain and I wanted to put down a review. It never disappoints.

Appearance: Black, brown chocolatey colored on the edges. Slight head for this beast.

Smell: Chocolate, bourbon, boozy aroma - you know your gonna get hit with the alcohol when it hits your lips.

Taste: Chocolate, some oak coming though, vanilla bean for sure... so good, so strong, so balanced... Like a roller coaster of flavors and tastes.

Mouthfeel: Big beer, full bodied, light carb, very smooth, silky, tad boozy but not over the top.

Overall: A great beer. I probably prefer more Black Tuesday for longer drinks or bigger pours, but it's a stellar beer that must be tried!

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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 phichifiji00
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review.

Appearance: Black with minimal tan head. Fades almost instantly. No lacing.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, a bit boozy, but no where near the 18.3% abv.

Taste: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate milk, not boozy at all, a hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, no carbonation, smooth, creamy, slightly boozy.

Overall: delicious. Very drinkable. Alcoholic chocolate milk.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at ridglens' pre-wedding tasting, graciously shared by the main himself. Poured into hayesez's Portsmouth snifter.

A - Pours very dark, opaque brown, with half a finger of pale tan head. Retention is nice, lingers for the length of the experience. Looks a little bit lighter and thinner than I expected.

S - Chocolate bourbon. And HOT chocolate bourbon at that. Super alcohol burn in the nose, which is a little unpleasant.

T - Starts off very chocolate, with the bourbon burn more in the background. Reminds me almost of Hershey's chocolqte syrup mixed with bourbon. Finish starts super hot, then smoothes out to a fudge-like chocolate. Very unique.

M - Burning. That's the only thing I can focus on. Does have a creamy feeling to it, but too much burn. The lasting feeling does even out though. Saves it a bit.

O - Overall, a crazy experience. I like it more than I probably should, but I don't totally mind burning. Absolutely ecstatic to get to try it!

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Photo of mtep13
2.63/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cracked this at a recent Chicago tasting. http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/4132653

Thanks again Matt (exitmusic00) for hosting.

This beer was poured into a taster glass.

A: Deep dark brown/black. The beer had minimal light transmission, lacing, and head. The pour and swirl demonstrated a thin, low viscosity beer.

S: Chocolate brownie/hot cocoa on the nose. Subtle hints of vanilla

T: Lots of booze up front which quickly fades. Vanilla and brownie batter flavors linger after the booze is gone.

M: Mouth feel is thin with little carbonation.

O: I was excited by the hype of this beer. Unfortunately, the hype left me disappointed. The beer lacked the complexity that I would expect from this particular style. With a name like “Chocolate Rain”, I expected rich complex chocolate flavors that were simply not present in this beer. I am thankful for the opportunity to sample this beer. I would give this beer another try, but would not participate in a trade for this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of spdyfire83
2.42/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

39th Review
Bottle to snifter.
2009 Vintage

A huge thanks to Mike (mtep13) for sharing this at our DL Variant & Other Ticks Tasting in Chicago. Stoked to finally try this whale.

L: Deep mahogany – almost burnt brown, but not quite black. Thin auburn head that disappears quickly. Does not look as thick as I expected.

S: This smells like a fresh plate of dark chocolate/fudge brownies with a touch of vanilla. Very, very sweet smell with a hint of alcohol coming off the nose.

This is where the beer falls apart. Sad, but true (at least in this review).

T: Hot and un-balanced. From the first sip, this beer was not enjoyable. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a little molasses, but all of these flavors are over-powered by the booze. Totally unenjoyable.

M: Thin mouth-feel; not what I was expecting. I had hoped and thought it would be more sludgy and thick, but it’s not. More disappointment.

O: Just awful. I hate to say this, but I was really excited for this beer and it is simply overrated. Too boozy, not thick enough for the style, and a complete disaster start-to-finish. I can’t help but think this beer is overhyped after trying it. I would never trade for it going forward, but it is possible this bottle could have been off. I’m thinking not, but maybe so. I will not go out of my way to try this again in the future, but if it happens to land in front of me, I’d be willing to give it another shot.

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Photo of Florida9
3.02/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

A: Very dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a thin dark tan head that quickly reduces to absolute nothingness. No lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate and cocoa with hints of vanilla and molasses.

T&M: The first thing you notice is how thin this beer feels in the mouth. Almost watery, but then the alcohol kicks it and it becomes thin, watery, and hot. The only flavor is chocolate. Cheap, shitty, chocolate mixed with alcohol. Lower carbonation.

O: This beer tastes as if someone took Nesquick, mixed it with water instead of milk, then dropped in a couple of shots of vodka. There is absolutely no depth or complexity to this beer and it is oddly thin for a Imp Stout as well. Drinkable, but certainly doesn't live up to hype.

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Photo of iadler
3.07/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle at the recent tasting. One beer I never thought I would try. Thanks Mike for bringing this! Poured into a snifter. '09 bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown with some red highlights near the thin mocha head. No lacing is left behind.

S- Uncooked dark chocolate fudge brownie batter, roasted malt, hint of dark fruits, vanilla wafers, and some sweet booze. Very nice.

T- Holy hell, this is hot. The ABV was fairly hidden in the aroma, but it attacks the taste buds with relentless force. The brownie batter is there with some black cherry roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Thinner for what I was expecting from such a big beer. Finishes very boozy.

O- This was a pretty disappointing beer. Really boozy and not too complex. The aroma was the best attribute. Am I glad I got to try it? Absolutely. Would I trade my cellar for it? No.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swimsum brought this over to our place as part of an epic tasting on Saturday. Thanks Brent! Following review based on notes taken at that time.

4oz. sample poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very little head off the pour. The murky body sits calmly in my snifter, showing off brown edges and brash viscosity when held to light. White bubbles meander around the surface, but that's it in terms of head; looks flat. Surprisingly weak glass-coating as well.

Smell: Booze, chocolate creme, and vanilla are easily discernible from the get-go. As it warms, the booze component actually fades, giving way to more vanilla, and dark berries (cherry schnapps-like). Very enjoyable.

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla dominate, while cream, macadamia nut, and booze play lesser roles. Not as complex as Black Tuesday in my opinion, but likely smoother.

Mouthfeel: Warm and dry, but also heavy, creamy, and surprisingly smooth given the ABV. Very lightly carbonated. A great sipper.

Overall: Of the stouts we had on this night, this ranked third in my book behind BA Speedway and Hunaphu's. However, all three of those beers were close, and the fact that this one outweighs each of those by ~7% really says something: given the ABV, this is unbelievably tasty and drinkable. As good as Black Tuesday? I don't think so. But it's certainly close.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown with some nice darkness that does note let any light through. It is less viscous and oily than expected. There is a thin 0.25 inch head that is dense but is removed quickly. The high ABV probably has something to do with that.

S - Sweet milk chocolate is intermingled with some intense molasses and caramel notes. Dark fruits are extremely present some raisins as well as strong sweet caramel. Very very sweet aroma. The Bourbon notes are very apparent. The vanilla is very noticeable as well and is complimented with some slight woody spice that vaguely offsets the sweetness. The molasses is definitely prevailing here with some nice chocolate sweetness. The roast notes are not present.

T & M - Taste starts off very sweet. Tons of vanilla up front that quickly turns into a more caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Then there is some slight alcoholic burn. This is quite a hot beer. There is some chocolate notes on the palette as well that mix in with the sweetness. Tons of Bourbon flavor can be appreciated as well all throughout the brew. There are some dark fruit notes such as raisins and there is even some slight licorice on the middle-back portion of the sip. As the beer starts to warm there is more bourbon notes to the beer. THe vanilla is also more present as well as some nice slight chocolate sweetness and some mild coffee roast. The beer is quite hot with some boozy notes from beginning to end and lingering for a while. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I thought it would be but still it has a heavy body.

O - I think I like BT better than CR. This is a lot more boozy than I thought it would be and the chocolate seems to have died down a bit on my bottle. This would probably be better fresh. Still a good beer.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to Richard (Khazadum) for sharing this with all of us. There aren't enough high-fives in the world to cover that check...

Appearance -- Pours a dark chocolate hue with absolutely no head. Looks thick and menacing...I like it.

Smell -- In a word: indulgence. The glass exudes with decadent milk chocolate and vanilla bean, sweet Kentucky bourbon, roast malt, and a hint of dark fruits. it's incredibly aromatic, and considering the name, this is spot-on to what their intentions were. Good luck to any brewer thinking of trumping the nose on this.

Taste -- Again, lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness, sweet bourbon, some roast and coffee-like character, and a modicum of dark fruit. It really doesn't live up to the aroma, but the flavors are still quite nice. The 19.?? abv is definitely apparent - as the beer is still cold the alcohol burn is not horribly perceptible, but that's all out the window after about 10 minutes of the glass held in hand.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation and a heaping helping of booze bite. Meh.

Overall -- Incredible aroma, but everything else about this beer falls short of Black Tuesday. The extra percent or so of ABV is so incredibly apparent. In the case of BT, letting the bottle sit a year or so will significantly diminish the booziness, as can be seen in the first batch. With the introduction of the cocoa and vanilla, these two will fade over time and I can't imagine there being a sweet spot in this beer's lifespan where there will be that incredible chocolate/vanilla flavor but with less booziness.

As it stands, I would definitely take a year-old bottle of Black Tuesday over Chocolate Rain. However, I'm curious to see what future batches of Rain will be like.

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.