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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,722 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,108
Gots: 645 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

mtbdonn, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

cp45, Jul 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

fthegiants, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ncelauro, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

pperez38, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage 750ML - NYC bottle share with mdfb79. Thanks Dan – Whalez Bro!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Viscous looking body collects a dark black pearl in the glass with a light edging of more translucent brown. Thin wisp of quick going khaki cream settles out to a partial ring. Minor alcohol runners and a couple dots of stick are left behind.

S: Cocoa nib and booze at the forefront. Loads of dark roast character with more fudgy chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. The barrel aging is there with a touch of woodsy earth, crème brulee, and vanilla bourbon spice. Light undertones of toasted coconut and coffee. I get a touch of soy sauce/umami thing going on in the background as well. Overall nice with good chocolate aromas but a touch boozy and rather restrained bourbon notes.

T: Chocolate mousse cake with toasted caramels, cherry cordial, and plum. Not the most chocolaty beer I have had but with good complementing layers of dark roasted grain, vanilla bean, molasses, and toasted coconut. Boozy alcohol but it is tolerable here. The beers dessert like sweetness is cut by the intense alcohol sting and a higher amount of hop bitterness. Earthy with some mild spice. The vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon really start to perk as the beer warms up which takes some effort. A great beer but not quite up to my expectations. Hits you like a chocolate liqueur majority of the time.

M: Heavy and slick from the seemingly lower amount of carbonation. Has a fairly viscous quality that is relatively balanced by a nice bitter bite and light drying finish. Warming alcohol coats the palate.

D: A nice sipper and definitely a great feat in craft beer but didn’t quite meet expectations. It is chocolate and booze with some timid barrel character. I feel there are just other beers with more developed chocolate and better bourbon character. Would really like to spend some more time with this one though.

Nugganooch, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

JakerLou, Mar 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate Rain 750ml, 19.5%, B2. Ahh we finally meet, bottle opened and split between a few other BA's, 6/1/13 ESN2!

Appearance - Poured a deep almost black with dark red edges with very little head but left a thin ring in the center and around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Wow are you kidding me!! The smell of Chocolate Rain is the best smelling beer i have ever had the chance to smell period!!, sweet baker's chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon barrel notes all mixed together in an all out attack on the nose, i could of sat and smelled it all night.

Taste - Taste mirrors the smell!, big sweet chocolate (go figure), bourbon, vanilla, oak from the barrel that all blends together perfectly. 19.5% not here! There is a little alcohol heat in the back end but it never got overpowering even as it warmed up and the after taste hangs around for days!

Mouth feel - Velvety, creamy and silky all at the same time great mouth feel.

Overall - This is an absolute must try and is totally worth it, how ever you can get your hands on a bottle do it!! This beer may have ruined this style of big high ABV barrel aged beers for me as nothing will live up to what this one did. IMO this is perfection in a bottle hype well deserved.

M1A2, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

dcloeren, May 19, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

adam42381, Sep 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

pjs234, Mar 29, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Nick for this, very generous of you

Short review because I am more concerned with drinking than reviewing.

Black pour with little head but fine for the ABV. Aroma is a tad boozy with lots of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is amazing. Waayyy more vanilla than expected. Smooth as hell considering the ABV. I wish I could be more descriptive but honestly it is hard to put into words. The body is medium/full and carbonation is a bit too high. Some alcohol burn in the finish. Overall this is definitely a top shelf imperial stout.

alcstradamus, Apr 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

theminutemen, Apr 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Pecan, Feb 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

BillHilly, Oct 31, 2012
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4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. The Bruery has apparently stopped bottle dating but this is the 2013 vintage just released in April. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours jet black with about one finger of brown head. Head receds to a tiny halo which doesn't lace. Swirling my glass shows nice thick legs that fade slowly.

Smells incredible! Bourbon chocolate cake and vanilla dominate with oak, roast and booze thrown in.

The nose, while excellent, couldn't prepare me for how awesome this tastes. Rich chocolate cake, strong yet smooth bourbon, vanilla bean ice cream, sweet creamed coffee, booze soaked dark fruit, heavy roasted malts, that kind of funky sweet almost signature Bruery yeast character and a little alcohol burn. So freakin delicious with the rich flavors coating my tongue. The alcohol is present but this drinks so smooth like only half of it's 18% abv bill.

Thick, heavy, chewy, viscous feel with light carbonation. Coats the mouth for a long, sweet bourbon chocolate cake aftertaste.

Truly outstanding! This was one of the main reasons I joined the Reserve Society and I couldn't be happier. So rich and full. Even better than the already stellar Black Tuesday. Very highly recommended.

ThickNStout, Jun 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Cloaked_Phantom, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

chefduff2, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

TKEbeerman, Apr 20, 2012
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.