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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 2,007
Gots: 621 | FT: 79
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The Bruery visit their website
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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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass.

Burnt umber, milky and opaque in the middle and clearer at the edges. A hard pour results in nearly no head, which is expected -- this thing is like liqueur.

Huge bourbon nose, packed with alcohol. Vanilla bean, buttered toffee, acrid charred oak, and dark chocolate sauce. Lots and lots of chocolate sauce.

Wow, is this rich. Vodka-soaked heath bars, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, oak. It's a delicious blend, but so sugary I'm worried I'll get a headache.

The word of the day is: rich. Thick, syrupy medium-full body. Alcohol heat is high, like pepper spice on the tongue. It numbs the tongue a little as well. Carbonation is light and prickly. Heavy stuff.

Like drinking chocolate frosting. Thick, rich, highly inebriating. It is, however, a one-trick pony. There's not a ton of complexity, but you don't really need it. Chocolate? Good. Stout? Good. Bourbon? Gooood.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 18:56:26 | More by Phelps
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-10-2012 12:23:59 | More by beergorrilla
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Dicers

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-03-2013 16:37:33 | More by Dicers
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vonnegut21

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-05-2013 14:51:30 | More by vonnegut21
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 22:49:13 | More by JoEBoBpr
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-11-2013 00:43:32 | More by VeganUndead
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david131

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-24-2013 02:04:28 | More by david131
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dar482

New York

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black as motor oil.

The aroma has sweet vanilla, some alcohol, bourbon, sweet toffee and molasses, a familiar Black Tuesday aroma, but with punches of dark chocolate come through.

The flavor follows upfront of sweet chocolate and vanilla. Onto hints of bourbon. Toffee sweetness, dark fruits, and then a hit of alcohol on the finish.

Having had multiple vintages, '10 dulls the alcohol very well. '11 is still a bit hot. '13 was obviously the most hot, but the chocolate and vanilla shined through so well. Drink this fresh.

Definitely better than Black Tuesday and its variants. Lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:21:47 | More by dar482
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-19-2014 02:55:49 | More by Satchboogie
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2beerdogs

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

01-20-2012 06:59:42 | More by 2beerdogs
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 12:34:53 | More by AleWatcher
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fredmugs

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-28-2013 11:28:00 | More by fredmugs
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
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
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-14-2014 01:06:06 | More by mltobin
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle stored in my cellar for over a year. Poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter, bottle split three ways. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a dark black that has some translucency, actually slightly lighter then I was expecting. Pretty much no head, very still top, minimal carbonation, just some alcohol legs along the sides of the glass.

S- Rich chocolate, vanilla beans, lightly bourbon, extremely well balanced booze. Can tell it's got a high abv, but fits very nicely for how high it is and integrates well with the other aromas. Fairly aromatic.

T- This is where the beer gets really interesting: flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, bourbon, vanilla, hints of booze on this finish but nowhere near what you would expect at almost 20%, extremely well balanced. Aftertaste that lingers with chocolate and balanced vanilla.

M- Very smooth especially for 19.5%, a beer definitely should not be this smooth with an abv this high- feels more like 9%, fairly minimal carbonation but nice for the style. Can't believe how easy this is to drink.

O- This was a fantastic high abv stout that was incredibly easy to drink and extremely flavorful. I was expecting this to be overly boozey but the abv was well hidden and was surprisingly easy to drink with all the flavors coming out very nicely. I highly recommend seeking this out, just be careful with how dangerously smooth it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:18:10 | More by jaasen64
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CoolEthan

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-11-2014 02:02:51 | More by CoolEthan
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-18-2013 20:55:43 | More by Photekut
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-24-2014 20:21:29 | More by Kmlund
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bum732

Lesotho

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-01-2013 14:55:46 | More by bum732
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting 2/19/11 by someone who doesn't wish to be acknowledged. 4oz. pour from a 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a thin mocha colored ring that fades out quickly. Beer is a viscous, oily black. Great legs but little to no lacing and no cling. The lack of a head hurts this one a bit but considering the glassware, the score is adjusted a bit.

S: Nose is bold chocolate and vanilla with a slight hint of roasted malt in the background. Very aromatic and in-your-face booziness that covers the subtleties in this one. Still, molasses, honey, and sweet over-ripe plums are detectable. Much more enjoyable than its little brother Black Tuesday.

T: Chocolate, honey, molasses, vanilla, and everything else dark and sweet in the world. Sweet booze hides and plays around in the background. Fudge, chocolate, and vanilla in the end with some sprinkles of roasted malt bitterness thrown in for balance. Finish is prunes and plum with a dark fruit and chocolate aftertaste. I feel like I'm eating a piece of liquified chocolate and vanilla cake and washing it down with bourbon barrels. Over-the-top decadent and delicious.

M: Full bodied as you'll ever come across. Slick, oily, and filmy in the mouth. Heat comes forward a good amount in this one. Slight roughness going down. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable overall but I could reall do without the big booziness if the Bruery would just turn this one down a notch or two.

D: For anyone asking if there's a big difference between Black Tuesday and this beer, the answer is a resounding YES. More complex and even more importantly, much less boozy so I can actually enjoy the subtlety that lies within this dark mystery of a beer. I wanted to hate this one, given my feeling on Black Tuesday but in the end, I just can't. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 14:16:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

11-14-2011 20:09:48 | More by CelticAleMan
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baybum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-30-2012 01:40:50 | More by baybum
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-22-2014 16:23:54 | More by DoctorB2B
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djaeon

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-24-2013 16:58:43 | More by djaeon
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brotherloco

California

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Bottled 02/09/12. ABV 19.5%. Served in a snifter.

Pours dark root beer brown, slightly translucent. No head, just a tiny ring of bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma of dry chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, dark fruits and a significant amount of alcohol. Chocolate is the strongest note.

Flavor starts with rich sweet chocolate. Some roast, but sweetness takes the forefront. Vanilla and dark fruit flavors are there, but sit behind the chocolate. Bourbon barrel notes emerge through the finish. Not tasting much of the copious alcohol, but heat comes on quickly. Chocolate lingers on in the aftertaste. Stunning and powerful flavor.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly silky and smooth.

A fantastic beer, especially for chocolate lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:21:17 | More by brotherloco
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.