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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1282
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 10.84%

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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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Photo of peacehammer


5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-22-2011 05:30:50 | More by peacehammer
Photo of CenCalMario


4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Serving type: cask

10-27-2011 21:32:56 | More by CenCalMario
Photo of phichifiji00


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-26-2011 03:22:29 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #1000. Thought long and hard since October, the first time I had this, as to whether I could really give this kind of review after only having 4oz of it. So I drank it again at the RS party, bumping my total up to about a grand total of 10oz through roughly five different tastings.

Anyways, jeez, not pitch black, the brown chocolate current running through it, not a big head to it, its not supposed to. Why everyone thinks a beer can't have a perfect appearance unless it has massive carbonation leading to a 2" head and tons of lace clinging to the glass. . . (well actually this did cling decently). If it makes you feel better to get some visual stimulation, swirl it a little, it'll do what you want. Massive chocolate aroma, bourbon, vanilla.

Taste, I picture a crack fiend with a lighter and spoon, melting dark chocolate in the spoon and dropping it into the beer. Lots of vanilla come out with this one, everything is huge, except ironically, the alcohol. Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate pretty much bigger than an any other example I can think of. Wood tannin meld, very under the radar. Viscosity is not through the roof, just right. Such a warming feel to the alcohol, soaked up with the chocolate. Had many beers 1/3 the abv that come across with more heat and less enjoyable because of it.

I would guess there might be multiple sources of high end chocolate going into a high end beer here (cocoa, dark chocolate, white chocolate etc. . . ). Can't think of any beer that is bottled that rivals it. Really, I've come to the conclusion that the greatest beers in the world are just all the different varieties of Pliny and Black Tuesday.

Serving type: cask

01-16-2011 17:00:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of the1DarkLord


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

Chocolate Rain... A beer whose unavailability will be the bane of my existence until they choose to bottle that lovely dark liquid.

It is sexy.

Dark and mysterious. It pours thick and almost syrupy looking. Imagine the way a Dark Lord or similar big stout looks, the way it coats the glass, except that it is flat (cask).

Cacao nibs, fudge, roast, oak, alcohol sharpness, bourbon, sweet brown sugar, chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate... mmm this beer smells good.

Obviously, you can taste the base beer of black tuesday a bit. you get the roast, the bourbon, etc... but the chocolate is really special in this beer, and it takes the front seat.

Magical, amazing. Like the best 60-75% gourmet dark chocolate that you have ever had. the flavor evolves from roasty bitter chocolate to sweet fudgy chocolate and leaves a lingering ruby port type warming finish. It is amazing how many different types of chocolate flavors are going on here.

There is a bit of an alcoholic burn on the back end, but it is not unwelcome enough to hurt the score too terribly. The lingering finish is really quite spectacular. It actually feels like I just swallowed a teaspoon of fudge.

If 'Drinkability' refers to the way Anheuser Bush markets Bud Light, then this is not drinkable. But, by my definition, since I would gladly sip on this for hours, I consider it mighty drinkable (moreso in fact, than several beers that are half the ABV).

I have gone back for repeated tasters of this every time it has been available for me to taste. They shouldn't mess with this recipe (i.e. Cherry Chocolate Rain). Patrick, please just make more of this and sell me cases of it.

Serving type: cask

11-22-2010 21:42:35 | More by the1DarkLord
Photo of Mooch273


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, like cola with no head. Appears very thick when swirled with nice legs.

A: Dark chocolate, marshmallow sweetness, slight vanilla. Smells like dessert deliciousness.

T: Dark roasty chocolate malty sweetness. Divinely amazing.

M: Thick but not uncomfortable. Light carbonation leads to smooth viscosity. Aftertaste is fantastic.

D: Heaviness and high ABV make this one to be shared. This would be an excellent nightcap. I enjoyed this more than Black Tuesday and wish it were bottled.

Serving type: cask

11-09-2010 05:16:40 | More by Mooch273
Photo of SpdKilz


4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been meaning to review this but have been busy.

Appearance - Poured into a Bruery tulip at the Black Tuesday release party from a cask. Not completely black in color, though extremely dark brown. Just a hint of head and every so slight lacing.

Smell - I remember smelling someone who had this while I was enjoying Black Tuesday. The nose on this was incredible and I felt smelled much better than Black Tuesday. Obviously they smell similar, however this had heavy vanilla, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, and maple syrup (along with the bourbon notes more noticeable in Black Tuesday). It smelled so damn good.

Taste - Flavor is less boozy up front than Black Tuesday (which I already considered not to be overly boozy for how high an abv). The chocolate flavors really do take over, though. Incredibly sweet, yet bitter due to the cocoa and bitter chocolate. Vanilla is present the time and helps meld the bourbon and cocoa/chocolate flavors together. Sweet caramel and molasses are interspersed with the chocolate. Overall just a damn enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, low carbonation, massive viscosity, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - For such a high abv beer (the highest I've ever had) it is "easy" to drink. I had no problems putting my pour down in a relatively short time (okay, perhaps there was a bit of a fire lit under me to try the other beers in the remaining hour I had). Nonetheless, worth the hype. Damn good.

Serving type: cask

11-03-2010 19:02:30 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of drabmuh


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

I still can't believe that this was just there, at the Bruery, waiting for me to try it. This beer was as good, perhaps slightly better on every other Thursday than Black Tuesday. Think Black Tuesday plus chocolate.

Beer is served on cask into a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown / black with a diffuse head of small and big bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. Looks OK.

Beer smells like bourbon and chocolate, it smells amazing. Its sweet, molasses, chocolate, liquor, some alcohol, its so amazingly complex, I could have smelled it all night.

Beer has this creamy mouthfeel from the cask, its sweet and has some minimal bitterness on the back from the chocolate. The forward flavors are like a hershey bar dipped in bourbon, its great, its not cloying or overpowering its just really solid. The finish is nice and not too dry, a little dryer than the regular Black Tuesday but overall its a great beer. I would definitely have it again, only if they would bottle this.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2010 16:07:58 | More by drabmuh
Photo of antioch


4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery's Black Tuesday Release Party, Session 1.

A: Dark dark brown, no light exits, little to no head.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, booze, bourbon.

T: Far more complex than the Cherry version. Dark chocolate, roast, cocoa, molasses, bourbon burn. The alcohol comes through a lot more than the Cherry, but it's very welcomed. The sweetness is very nicely balanced with the booze

M: Nice light carbonation and viscous, but the carbonation makes it very pleasing. Silky, smooth and coats the palate very well.

D: Enjoyable drink in small amounts, especially on a cold night. I wish I could have a few bottles of this and let it sit for a bit, opening it every winter and seeing how it changes.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2010 20:28:22 | More by antioch
Photo of domtronzero


4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery 10-26-2010

A - Murky dark brown with a small thinly formed head, basically a ring around the glass. Little lacing.

S- Huge cocoa, bitter chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup-like notes. Bourbon and pleasant boozy alcohol.

F/M - Again, bitter chocolate, cocoa, roast, vanilla, bourbon. Very nice alcohol warmth and sligh alcoholic bitterness helps this beer finish very smoothly. Sweet, rich, full bodied, oily and slick. Moderately low carbonation. Lingering chocolate flavor.

D- This is such a delicious beer but its so rich and at 18+% it is one heady beer. I could drink a lot of this though. Oh so good.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2010 00:35:03 | More by domtronzero
Photo of nickd717


4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours...well...not totally black even. Dark brown and slightly translucent when it's in small amounts.

The aroma is really heavenly. There's a lot of Black Tuesday in there, which is my favorite smell. Bourbon is big, and chocolate rains down - or up - at your nose like Tay Zonday's legendary lyrics attacking your eardrums. A little anise and molasses rounds it out.

The flavor is excellent. A bit of a boozy, bourbony sledgehammer crammed up your cramhole, but there's a lot of awesomeness going on. First of all, delicious Black Tuesday is big. I feel like there's maybe even more bourbon here. Plus -bal and rich milk and dark chocolate, molasses, roast, and sweet caramel.

Thick and intense on the palate, with low carbonation and a fair amount of booziness.

Overall, this is awesome, and I'm not just saying that because I enjoy sucking down rare DONGs so much. Drinkable for the amount you should be drinking.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2010 06:24:00 | More by nickd717
Photo of largadeer


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Black Tuesday. Chocolate Rain rests a near lifeless opaque brown in my glass, only a few wispy bubbles floating on top show signs of carbonation. It smells like chocolate cake and booze-soaked vanilla beans - the complexity of Black Tuesday's aroma has largely been stripped away and replaced by layers of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. The palate is equally decadent, and offers a touch more complexity in the form of subtle oak and roast buried beneath the rich dark chocolate and vanilla. This ended up being every bit as enjoyable as I was expecting, hopefully more of it is made next year.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2010 05:09:40 | More by largadeer
Photo of Halcyondays


4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, a year late, I got to have this on cask,

A: Pours a dark brown with a mild cask head. Some lace, very nice colour.

S: Lots of chocolate, bourbon, the cacao really comes out and differentiates it from BT. A soothing but complex smell.

T: Direct bitter cacao nib flavours. Sweet residual sugar throughout with a hint of acidity in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, but thins out a bit with the acidity towards the end. A big beer though for sure.

D: A very nice stout. I was a bit underwhelmed as I missed it last year and have been waiting for this moment. Not as good as regular Black Tuesday for me, but in the whole scheme of things it is well made in its style.

Serving type: cask

10-27-2010 03:31:33 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of errantnight


4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, viscous deep deep mahogany towards black into a Bruery tulip. A quick swirl reveals outstanding legs... and since this is closer to a liqueur than it is a beer, that's alright.

The aroma is where this truly shines... huge chocolate notes with a bit of plum, fruity with bursting esters and hint of background alcohol (distinctly bourbon) and a hint of roast coffee. Deep and complex.

This drinks like a chocolate liqueur with a bit more complexity (and dryness, although as beer goes this is very sweet). Full flavored is an understatement, although the roastiness takes a back seat, playing more as a milk chocolate and sherry combination. The vanilla really is barely present, really working well instead to compliment the barrel aged flavors and chocolate. That said, this sits sweet and heavy on the tongue, and despite its viscosity is a bit thin on the back palate. Even a volume and a half or so of carbonation would do wonders... or, conversely, a bit more alcohol. Utopias manages to pull off the flatness by having a bit more heat which this masks beautifully, but leaves this a bit cloying.

Delicious to sip, but I wouldn't want more than the 4oz I consumed on any given evening. A bit blended with Black Tuesday produced a spectacular brew... returning some carbonation and just a touch more roast balanced the sweetness and deepened the mouthfeel to produce something truly sublime.

Serving type: cask

11-02-2009 01:09:27 | More by errantnight
Photo of Bankhead


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

sampled as many ounces as possible at mardi noir while some stayed dry and others felt the pain

a dense flat black brown syrup that makes legs with a swirl like a port wine or chocolate liqueur

aroma envelops the nostrils full of sweet bourbon and vanilla and fudgy inviting liquorish dark fruits

taste follows and combines all the decadence i love in this type of beer with a shocking smoothness

they should bottle this puppy in twelve ouncers

overall an overwhelming beer sensation

i had to move away from the glass to breathe in

Serving type: cask

10-31-2009 22:41:47 | More by Bankhead
Photo of ButtWizzard


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looked marvelous sitting there in it's glass being all pitch black. I tried to look through it to the ceiling but failed. I was like, "Aw, hellz yeah." Some people trip on beers having a head, but I've never been caught up upon that.

It smelled alright I guess.... It smelled a lot like bourbon, which is something I do not like. HOWEVER, compared to normal Black Tuesday I was impressed, and could smell it without thinking, "Science damn this smells like bourbon." I could actually smell other delicious scents instead of being overwhelmed with bourbany odors. I imagine it was as delicious as other people thought Black Tuesday smelled - very.

Once it hit my tongue I nearly creamed myself. I was like, "Hey, I thought y'alls said this had 19.5 ABV?!?" I immediately thought my chain had been thoroughly jerked.... or had it?
So much flavor it's pretty hard to explain. It was a taste explosion of awesomeness. It was a very wee bit chocolatey, but enough to make me notice it. I'm pretty sure the oakey vanilla had some say in there as to why it was so good. I'm at a loss of words to accurately describe what I want to. That's how I feel about Choco-Rain - words cannot precisely explain the flavor so I will not even try very hard. Instead I suggest you try this on your own. I highly recommend it.

The mouthfeel was great. I now know what Zapp Brannigan of Futurama was talking about with his love of velour.

I was also quite impressed by the drinkablity. I sincerely expected it to be something I could only sip on every minute or two. I thought the overwhelming flavors would blow my mind so hard that I couldn't come back to reality for minutes at a time. Quite the contrary, as I wanted to gulp it down and claim the "chugability" of Bud Light.

All in all, this was grand. I would have given it all fives, but I just do not like bourbon. If you love bourbon I expect you'd rate this flawless. I would have given the taste portion six if I could have.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2009 04:08:45 | More by ButtWizzard
Photo of vacax


4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at The Bruery on Black Tuesday. Four ounces gravity poured into my tulip glass... multiple times.

Black beer with no head. Viscous in appearance, coating the sides of the glass as I swirl it. Not exactly Triple Bock or milkshake level thickness, but nice looking. Cannot fault the lack of head, as Chocolate Rain is pushing boundaries here--it is not intended nor expected to be carbonated.

The nose contains copious fumes of oaky bourbon, sherry, maraschino cherries, vanilla, and loads of sweet malts, chocolate included. Personally the chocolate was not something I could put my finger on, but I am sure it added to the overall sweet, decadently rich character of this creation. The vanilla addition was quite evident. The taste of Chocolate Rain echoes the bouquet, but the variety of sweet malts and vanilla overpower the bourbon and barrel qualities of the base beer. The end result is a syrupy dessert beer with a lot more vanilla and dark fruit.

The deliciousness of the beer is unquestionable to me, but the balance of the original BT gets lost a bit. A beer of this magnitude is usually either incredibly boozy or balanced with things such as malt sweetness, bourbon, or espresso. What Black Tuesday did so well was deliver the oak, bourbon, and malt qualities all at the same time to create a beer where everything is married together in near perfection. The addition of vanilla bean and cocoa nibs (not to mention the factor of lack of carbonation) amps up the sweetness to overpower the oak/bourbon. If you dig syrup, this might be your preferred brew. The feel is thick and despite being still was quite refreshing and very easy to drink. I finished my first pour of this before I even knew what had happened. The alcohol is just about nonexistent in this, which is absolutely preposterous. I had to go straight back for another pour. Then another... then... let's not get too much into details.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2009 02:37:12 | More by vacax
Photo of HopHead84


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stumbled toward the entrance of The Bruery with bleary eyes and a grim countenance from the wanton ash billowing off the post apocalyptic 57 freeway. It had been a good hour since Overlord's pre preline Black Tuesday SUV tasting and the craft beer tremors were beginning to set in. "I'm thirsty, is all," I told myself, "I just need a few ounces of craft beer to tide me over. A few ounces will do the job." I knew that was only a half lie as I thought it. The only thing that could quench my perishing thirst was one specific beer, a pull from the cask of eternal life.

When I transcended the vestibule I walked briskly to the bar and forced a pained smile. I managed to choke out, "One refreshing glass of craft brew, please" before the woman noticed my involuntary convulsions. I knew what she'd say. She'd say exactly what they all say.

"Alcoholism is an inaccurate term," I responded preemptively. "It's just that I've got a tremendous thirst on all of a sudden, and I could use a draught of your delicious Chocolate Rain." At that moment I realized my face and freshly tailored shirt were covered in Barrel Aged Partridge in a Pear Tree from the tasting. I was just a bit too eager to drink that craft beer, it's not indicative of any sort of problem. She had noticed it too. "Look, I've had a bit of a rough journey here. As you can see, I slipped and fell in what is obviously mud just outside the façade and I could really use a glass of craft beer right now."
She hesitated briefly and then poured the elixir into a snifter and set it on the counter before me. I placed a solitary red ticket next to the glass to complete the exchange, and she picked it up with a look of indignation. I gave her another pained smile-half leer as I picked up my glass and said," Well, thank you for your hospitality, I'll be withdrawing to..." I was plagued by another involuntary convulsion and before I could finish my sentence, the glass had managed to find its way out of my hand and onto the floor. "You haven't properly dried your glassware," I cried, red-faced, "How is a craft beer connoisseur to enjoy a refreshing beverage if it slips out of his hand at the slightest turn?"

At that point a full on craft brew frenzy had taken hold of me. Nothing could stand between me and my craft brew as I grabbed one of the nearest champagne bottles that happened to be filled with Barrel Aged Autumn Maple and ripped the cap off with my teeth. I signaled, wild eyed, for a fresh glass, but was only met with a look of horror from the woman. "It doesn't matter," I cried "I've already reviewed this particular beer! I needn't adhere to my normal stringent reviewing standards in this instance!" I fell to my knees upon shards of broken glass and a pool of Chocolate Rain and proceeded to dump craft beer into my mouth faster than I could imbibe it. The mud (Barrel Aged Partridge) on my French cuffs was now joined by Barrel Aged Autumn Maple and my tears of joy. I greedily drained the entire bottle in a matter of minutes and the tremors finally subsided. "You see what I've been driven to? I only wanted a crisp glass of refreshing beer! What could possibly be the harm in that?!" At this point a small crowd had begun to gather around the ghastly scene. "Stop looking at me like I'm some sort of alcoholic! We're all of a like mind here. I'm just so terribly thirsty" I wailed, rising from my blood soaked knees. "Please, someone administer a dram of Chocolate Rain and hand me my notepad."

12 ounces consumed on 10/27/2009 in a snifter juxtaposed alongside Black Tuesday. The beer pours dead black and deader still, lost to some indifferent sun. A miniscule dark brown head pleads for clemency as it retreats into nothingness and night, into a blackness without depth or dimension. A swirl of the glass reveals the same legs I witness on Black Tuesday. It's a nice looking beer, grim and terrible in its ebony viscosity. Though, without carbonation it cannot fully reach the beauty of Black Tuesday.

The nose is brown sugar, dark cherries, grapes, plums, black licorice, anise, cocoa and bourbon. Strong vanilla notes radiate from the beer like light from a sun. The beer is sweet, with prominent dark chocolate and brown sugar.

The beer has lost balance and become more of a desert beer, but I can't argue with the final product. Alcohol is well hidden. I notice oak, barrel tannins, toffee, plums, dark cherries, and grapes. The sweetness reminds me of brown sugar. Blackstrap molasses is well integrated, and I again detect subtle black licorice notes. The finish is a satisfying recapitulation of all the aforementioned flavors with lingering notes of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a silky, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is low but fitting. This beer is decadent and delicious.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 20:51:04 | More by HopHead84
Photo of azagthoth


5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I shared this divine 4 oz cask pour inside a Bruery tulip glass with fellow advocate and Bruery loyalist tedbyrnes at the Black Tuesday release.

Appearance - Rather nubilous and subtle in appearance without even a modicum of a head being represented. Truly, this was a display of velvet in a glass.

Smell - An insistent companionship of milk chocolate and syrupy vanilla accompanied by the tenacity of bourbon. A second whiff might suggest you order a luscious cut of your favorite chocolate cake to chaperon such a gratifying experience.

Taste - Nothing like I have ever experienced and incomparable to any beer out there. There are distinctive types of identities in the taste that I can't put into words, rendering me ineffectual to pinpoint specifics. I could assert, however, that this is what a Vanilla Bean Chocolate wine would taste like (if such a thing exists, or were to). This is just so unique and something one must personally experience to comprehend what I am getting at here.

Mouthfeel - Like wine, compensated with drops of syrup to refine the finish. The absence of carbonation was clearly not a factor in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I could moderately sip on 8-12 ounces of Chocolate Rain all night, as this beer should elevate it's qualities at higher temperatures. The 19.5% ABV is nearly indiscernible, respectively, thus permitting the drinkability at a whole new level.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 15:50:53 | More by azagthoth
Photo of portia99


4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4oz pour into a Bruery tulip on tap at the Bruery for the Black Tuesday release.

A - Pours an opaque black with dark brown highlights around the edges when held to a light. No head at all. Pours very thick and syrupy, totally coats the glass wherever it touches.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Very sweet aromas, smells very smooth. Not much of an alcohol smell to this one...hard to tell its almost 20%

T - Taste largely mirrors the aromas. Creamy, milky chocolate dominates. Vanilla presence is quite prominant too and blends well with the chocolate creating a very smooth and creamy flavor. Hints of bourbon too. Again, not much alcohol presence detected, surprisingly.

M - Thick and syrupy. Absolutely still, no carbonation. This beer completely coats the mouth in flavor. Amazingly low perception of alcohol in this - this really goes down easily. Couldn't believe how smooth this is.

D - For a 19.5% beer, this is incredibly drinkable, dangerously so...very low presence of alcohol in the flavor (the other beers on tap had way more alcohol presence - Autumn Maple, for one). Should be a slow sipper, but tastes so good, it is hard to drink this slow. This makes a perfect desert beer all by itself.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 11:42:31 | More by portia99
Photo of Kaiser81


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

Had this at the Black Tuesday release at the Bruery.

A - Pours with zero head. Looks like melted fudge, with the viscosity of a thick, jet black motor oil. There is no carbonation or bubbles.

S - A little bit like heaven. Milk chocolaty goodness dominates with very subtle hints of vanilla. Bourbon and caramelized and/or brown sugar is mixed in for a very balanced aroma.

T - What you smell is what you get. Chocolate hit my palate immediately, with the bourbon coming on next, followed by the hints of vanilla, roasted malts, more bourbon. There was a lasting finish on the chocolate that just lingered and stayed there for a while. For being an 18-19% beer, there is no "bite" from the alcohol. So f'n smooth... And at one point, it did weaken my knees as I was standing there sipping it.

M - Thick, and a little chewy with absolutely no carbonation and a very creamy texture. I know it's barrel aged, and it's out of a cask, but something is lost, to me, with no bubbles.

D - One sip can last a few minutes with all of the lingering notes in there. I don't think it's as drinkable as it's counterpart, Black Tuesday. I wouldn't want to have more than 8-10 oz of this at a time. It's a perfect dessert beer that'll cap your night off with a big smile. But I think it also loses something with 0 carbonation.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 01:53:40 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of womencantsail


4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It might have been the almost 4 hours in line that made this beer so good, but it deserves my (and others') praise anyway. Oh, and this beer deserves bonus points for the name.

A: Chocolate Rain is a devilish jet black elixir which comes from a cask perched atop the Bruery bar. It has no carbonation or head, nor does it need one.

S: Hotdamn! Now, this baby has a nose on it. I nearly experienced a failure of the nasal cavity from all the bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malt, and alcohol in this beer.

T: This picks up right where the nose leaves off. Absolutely facemelting flavors of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malt. A bit of booze comes though, but what else would you really expect?

M: As previously mentioned, the beer was served still--cask style. I think a bit of carbonation could have helped here, but I still found it to be very, very enjoyable. It did allow for a certain sensual experience that we don't often get the pleasure of enjoying.

D: As I mentioned in the taste portion of the review, the alcohol component is quite prevalent on the palate, and nobody should be surprised by this at nearly 20% ABV. But, it does detract from the drinkability, despite the awesome flavors and aromas. An amazing concoction.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 07:19:21 | More by womencantsail
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4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Wow wow wow.

All I can say after every sip was simply "wow."

This beer was incredible. Changed my whole perspective on what is possible with a beer. Overlord said it well when paired with ice cream, you'd make millions. Seriously, this is a beer of epic proportions, and one I'd trade two Black Tuesdays to have one bottle of this.

Appearance: Brown-black and flat as can be. I know it's cask and that's how it's supposed to be, but still thick and creamy as can be. No head whatsoever, but of little concern here.

Smell: Sweet Jesus. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, almost cookie-like sweetness on the back end, and just the slightest soy sauce, but not in a bad way. Probably from the bourbon. The senses have you brace for some huge bourbon notes, that's for sure.

Taste: Like a slap to the face and the only thing I can think of to compare it to is what it was like the first time I had a sour. My senses were so fooled. Bourbon is so, so mellow and accents the flavor perfectly, not too dominant in the least. Heavy vanilla and chocolate hit 1-2 punches like a dream. Finishes sweet and creamy, and all I can muster is a "wow."

Mouthfeel: The best beer I've ever had as far as creamy texture goes. Almost syrupy it's so silky. Oh my God I get shivers just thinking about how much I loved this beer. Carbonation might change this beer just a tad in both the good and bad direction, but it's of little matter here. Like drinking a liquid dream.

Drinkability: I have never had a beer like this. Never. A thing of beauty, a work of art, and a beast through and through. Would I want 22oz of it? Yes, yes I would. Just maybe not all at once. But at almost 20%, 22oz is like 11oz of Vodka.

Bravo. What a beer. My heart breaks a little every time I've thought of the fact that I may never have this beer again. Makes me want to buy cocoa nibs and vanilla beans and try and make my own out of my Black Tuesday. It's THAT good.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 06:52:31 | More by nomomentwasted
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer enjoyed at the Black Tuesday release. A welcome treat after that long wait.

Enjoyed in a Bruery snifter provided as part of the tasting. Poured from the cask on the bar. Opaque black without any sort of head or lacing. The smell is flat out incredible: vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is mainly sweet vanilla up front, with a bourbon chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, but super sweet and heavy due to the fact that this beer is totally flat from the cask. Too much to drink in any volume and despite the fact that it was the first beer of the night it was very hard to finish.

Amazing, but a brutal monster of a beer that really needs some carbonation. Fortunately, regular Black Tuesday is carbonated and much better because of it.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 06:39:22 | More by srroos
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4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so I like the dumb ass that I am show up at 4:25 to get in line for black tuesday... 3 hours and 200 places in line later I get into the bruery make a sprint to the bar and enjoy an 8 oz pour of this magic.

pours darker than anything I have ever had. pitch black wouldn't do this justice. zero carbonation. sticks to the sides of the glass like a needy girlfriend leaving thick sheets of residue that are darker than most imperial stouts

smell makes me want to cry. the smell alone was worth at least half the time spent in that god awful cluster fuck of a line. I am hit instantly with rich milk chocolate, notes of toffee and vanilla dance around with the rich smell of bourbon. I am left in awe.

taste is literally to die for. everything that is present in the smell comes out in spades in the taste. a lot more toffee evident in the taste than from the smell. huge amounts of chocolate. this beer tastes like if bourbon county stout and southern tier choklat had a baby. and then that beer went to an ivy league beer school and graduated valedictorian of its class...

mouth is smooth and creamy. rich and viscous. thick and satisfying. this beer is 19.5? It drinks like its an 8. truly an abv ninja hiding out in the bottle waiting to attack your blood stream.

hands down one of the BEST beers I have ever had the chance to drink. I read a while back that someone compared vanilla bean dark lord to "gods cum" well if thats the case then this is what god was drinking for a few weeks before releasing the vbdl. well worth the hype. in fact I dont believe this beer is getting enough hype. GREAT JOB BRUERY CREW!

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 04:46:42 | More by Mauerhan
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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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