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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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1,811 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,135
Gots: 661 | FT: 77
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.50% 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
2014: 18.5% ABV

(Beer added by: mikedashg on 10-28-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Sammy, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -11.9%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

zestar, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Portion of a bottle consumed at the Rosso release. Bottle wrapped hobo style. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours near black with the thinnest of tan heads. Some light legs on the sides of the snifter, especially after a few swirls. Completely opaque. The nose is quite pungent, but nothing that jumps out too much. My first impression is that I like Black Tuesday more. There's a pretty strong chocolate presence intermingled with a light dosing of bourbon plus some mild roast. Booze is fairly prevalent, but doesn't stand out too much. There's a mild coffee presence, but that is more of an undertone to sweet creamer.

The flavor mixes the flavors pretty well, though nothing really pops all that much. From the start, I'm thinking that some age will definitely do this well. Some flavors could probably be blended a bit better. The chocolate is the dominant character. Beyond that, there's light bourbon and hints of oak plus a bit of roast and creamy, milked-up coffee. Mouthfeel is really thick and there's some residual sweetness. Along with that, there is a bit of booze in the finish. Nicely done. I look forward to revisiting this one in the future, hopefully after the flavors integrate together just a bit more.

Thorpe429, Apr 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -11.9%

nmann08, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A fudge brown pour, almost pitch black, with a modest mocha head; not much lacing but very leggy

Smell: Boozy aromatics, with chocolate, vanilla and Bourbon pronounced

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla. up front, with a Bourbon blast in the middle; the fusel alcohol burn builds, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; smooth, but plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Rich chocolate and full on Bourbon; quite a concoction and worth sharing

brentk56, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blurring the lines of what is ale and what is a barley liqueur, Chocolate Rain is a spell-binding elixir that mesmerizes the taste buds with its succulent and savory dessert-like properties. Even with its ridiculous alcohol, one decadent taste and she'll have you under her spell for hours.

As the beer crawls around in the glass, its would-be onyx-black appearance is shed upon by shades dark brown mocha. A gentle swirl leaves a sprinkle of cocoa on the glass along with an inky and rusty haze. Light on any head character, the ominous ale prefers brandy-type legging over any Belgian lace.

Savory richness exudes from the snifter as the olfactories become awash with fudge-type chocolate, brownie batter and sweet liquor. With a stern scent of port and sherry, its roasted "stout" character, in all its espresso and toasted glory is somehow dwarfed by the immense dark chocolate overtones.

Its taste is nothing short of decadent as its rich chocolate and mocha flavor simply melt the palate, the heart and the soul. It's an absolute culinary delight as the roasted espresso flavors are trumped with all that fuggy, brownie, ooey-gooey richness. As soon as the ale becomes too much, the rise of bourbon-like sweetness, sherry-like tartness and port-like savory notes become almost "meaty-rich" like teriyaki. Finishing long and strong, its flavor hangs onto the palate like tiramisu.

Its absurdly full body is chewy, mouth-coating as the ale coats the palate with a dense film. The Bruery might as well serve it up with a fork and knife. But all that clinging cloying texture ensures a long and savory reward as the beer's thickness is only tempered by buttery and acidic alcohol heat.

The front of its label reads, "contains alcohol" - ya think!? Chocolate Rain is a most decadent ale-sipping experience- especially for chocoholics like me. I'm sold!

BEERchitect, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

GRG1313, May 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

opened up last night for my bday because i can, this one put me to sleep, lol. honestly though it took me until almost 2 am to finish this one off. served into a duvel glass and enjoyed on 6/11/2011

Poured a hugely thick and evil looking jet black molasses looking sludge into my pint glass, hitting the bottom of the glass like a thud. Such a rich dark color, there was no chance at all of any light coming through this one at any point what so ever. A huge dark tan colored head rose up from the depths of this one reaching a height of easily three inches which never really did settle down to much, leaving a constant pillow of brown of top that at the most settled down to around an inch and a half.

the first thing I noticed was how sweet it was, tons of sugar here in the aroma, thick chocolate like smells that really sweetened it up. Mixed in were the slightest hints of French roasted coffee and molasses, really giving this that big dark aroma that you look for in the style. as it warmed it started to let off some more bourbon notes along with a noticeable hint of vanilla that again confirmed how sweet it was.

The first flavors I was picking up were rich chocolate and vanilla that were layered upon a coffee like base. This gave it such a rich, complex and sugary profile that I was not even sure what was going on. As it warmed subtle notes of bourbon and licorice started to come though and blended in very well, keeping it sweet, but at the same time confirming its dark nature. The finish had a surprising amount of dry bitterness to it, that really caught me off guard being how sweet this was for the entire session,

overall this had to be the thickest, smoothest and creamiest beer I have ever had. I crave a good stout that has the consistency and feel of a chocolate shake, this almost one upped that,

mikesgroove, Jun 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

jaydoc, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 28, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No head and very minimal scattered lace marks on a very deep brown but light getting through body. Aroma is dominated by milk chocolate and oak barrels and bourbon. Hint of vanilla. Flavor as my good friend describes it is more chocolate like than actual chocolate almost like a chocolate typhoon more than a chocolate rain. Obviously dark and milk chocolate dominate with large amounts if vanilla, coconut and brown sugar. The sweetness is really too much. Even as you drink this one it doesn't get any easier to bare the sweetness with the alcohol and bourbon taking a back seat even to how sweet it is. Full body and light carbonation, very smooth. Good but way too sweet for me. Glad I tired it.

kylehay2004, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Major thanks to F2brewers for sending me this one. This beer poured out as a big black color with a light brown head that quickly fades. The smell is huge, loads of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, booze and roasted malts. The taste is just as big as the nose. Huge chocolate flavors and lots of vanilla too and a boozy finish. The mouthfeel is slick moderately carbonated and smooth. Oily texture very nice brew. Overall what a powerful brew. Really glad I finally got to take try this. Very rich and very enjoyable.

Knapp85, Feb 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

SocalKicks, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

largadeer, Oct 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

JAHMUR, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Served in a wedding snifter.

For whatever reason, I still feel a decent amount of pride in the fact that I still have not seen the "Chocolate Rain" video in its entirety. Regardless, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of wan sandstone foam. The nose comprises cheap boozy whiskey, wood, and a twinge of chocolate syrup. The taste holds notes of overly-sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla bean, toasted caramel, and bourbon. I don't ever say this, considering my sweet tooth is as long as an average femur, but this stuff was just way the hell too sweet for its own good. It's cloying, o'erwhelming, and wrong. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, I don't get the praise this beer receives. I like incredibly sweet things, and it was too sweet for me. The bourbon is only there to color things in a drunken manner and provide an extra jolt of booziness, which itself is completely unnecessary, given the general booziness already pervading the proceedings. It was hard to finish my glass of this, and that worries me a bit. Not a fan.

TMoney2591, Sep 02, 2013
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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.