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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,309 Ratings
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Ratings: 1309
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 10.62%


Brewed by:
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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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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:24:46 | More by scottfrie
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some tan head, and some clarity around the edges. The aroma starts with heavy bourbon and oak paired with candy sweetness. Loads of cacao comes in towards towards the end which tempers the intense sweetness. Some light vanilla highlights noticeable at the very end. The flavor follows suit with the nose. It starts
very sweet with the heavy cacao quickly following. Notes of cream, coconut, and vanilla come through as the sweetness subsides with one last wave of dark chocolate at the end. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. Overall, a nice feature of cocoa, very sweet, strong, but well balanced considering its monstrous 18% abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:01:04 | More by homebrew311
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-EBF sample pour. Looks just like Black Tuesday. Dark brown, syrupy and oily. Leaves legs, even in the plastic sample cup.

S-Very fudgy. Like a chocolate liqueur. You can tell it's going to be very sweet. The smell of bourbon slowly rises out of the glass as well. Some dark fruits.

T-Chocolate liqueur. Bourbon infused fudge. Dark fruits. Brownie batter. Vanilla. Whiskey and wood. Very sweet but complex in its sweetness.

M-Oily with a unique feel. Slick. Hot. Sticky and boozy. Lower carbonation.

O/D-As I felt with Black Tuesday, I wasn't totally in love with it but I know it is well worth a try. Not many beers are quite like Chocolate Rain. Some stay dry while others feel the pain...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:04:22 | More by VelvetExtract
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Overlord

California

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the Black Tuesday release day. Glad I got there early, as the line looked ridiculous. Had 8 oz. of this.

Pours a black sludge. Looks like some form of motor oil. No head, insanely viscous. Sits there lurking with no motion, like a turbid bog.

Smells. In. sane. Huge bourbon-y vanilla (like, three different types of vanilla), sweet milk chocolate, and supple brown sugared malt assault your nose. Wow. Epic.

Taste is a liquid dessert. Blend this with ice cream, you'd make millions. Dappled vanilla, brown sugar, tons tons tons of sweet milk chocolate, a hint of roasted malt, and a layered bourbon overtone with a hint of roasted chocolate malt melts on your tongue. Amazing flavor.

Just like Black Tuesday, insanely drinkable for the ABV. Now, it's not getting as high of a score from me, as I like to be consistent in my preference for beers with some level of carbonation. While the thick mouthfeel is pleasant enough, I must admit that the pancake flat cask effect could have been enlivened by some bubbles.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 03:37:25 | More by Overlord
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nickd717

California

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

Cask.

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
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black with some surprising tan and brown bubbles/froth considering the massive ABV on this thing.

(S)- A very dense but rich burnt caramel and cocoa with vanilla oak. In the far background is a more pronounced rich dark chocolate component. Very nice.

(T)- Similar to the smell, only a far far greater rich and silky chocolate flavor amidst dense caramel and vanilla oakiness. Some heat as well at the end, but definitely not nearly as much as I was expecting on a near 20%ABV beer.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits this well. Very strong and rich overall. I like the deep chocolate middle of this beer's flavor profile; that richness definitely helps mask the huge ABV.

(O)- Definitely a fun and successful spin on the regular Black Tuesday. To me it is a bit hotter, but still not as massively crazy going into it. Extremely rich though. I daresay I almost like the regular BT version over this actually.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 13:35:59 | More by sweemzander
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Florida9

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:55:39 | More by Florida9
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claspada

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:30:00 | More by claspada
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 13:17:47 | More by ktrillionaire
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lucky to get some of this stuff from a couple regular trading buddies of mine. Cheers to jbeatty and hotpipes for the bottles.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter
Second bottling

Note: We drank this right after the 2011 batch of Black Tuesday, so much of this review applies there as well.

APPEARANCE: Luckily this one didn't gush like BT'11 did. Both beers pour very similar though. A very transparent, thin, and relatively light brown pour yields a thin, loose, bubbly, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a thin ring, which eventually vanishes as well. Looks flat by the end and absolutely no lacing at all. Much too thin and transparent for the style as well. Very disappointing; clearly worse than older vintages of the Black Tuesday.

SMELL: Quite a bold nose on this one. Chocolate notes for sure with a good dose of bourbon barrel. Oak and a touch of vanilla in there as well. Still boozy with lots of bourbon barrel, though the cocoa mellows it out a bit and it's not as harsh as Black Tuesday. Lots of chocolate and barrel, though not much stout per se.

TASTE: Lots of cocoa up front, accompanied by plenty of bourbon, oak and vanilla from the barrel. Booze and a touch of roasted malt through the middle, then a big, boozy burst at the swallow with some vanilla and chocolate following through. Big, bold and boozy aftertaste of bourbon, oak, vanilla and enough cocoa linger and linger on the palate. This is very much Black Tuesday plus cocoa and vanilla. A boozy, flavorful desert beer. Boozier than the '10 and '09 vintages of Black Tuesday for sure.

PALATE: Medium-light body with medium levels of carbonation. A little lighter than the base beer, and definitely lighter than older vintages of Black Tuesday. Goes down with a decent burn after the swallow and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Lots of heat lingers. Too light and harsh really. A little challenging here.

OVERALL: This is a huge beer for sure. The nose and flavor are quite decadent, thought it suffers from being wholly too hot right now. This and the '11 Black Tuesday were way hotter than I remember the 2010 and 2009 vintages of the base beer. Moreover, the look was sad and the feel simply too light and harsh to really be an enjoyable drink. While the appearance is a lost cause I'm afraid, some time will hopefully let the booze mellow and the feel smoothen out a bit, which will move this in the right direction. There is a lot of potential here, but there's too much "big" in the way. Thanks again for the bottles boys. I look forward to seeing how this one develops with a couple years on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 12:24:04 | More by Jeffo
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mcallister

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish red. Thin looking and unimpressive for a stout of this stature.

Big fusle alcohol aromas almost burns my nose hairs. Thick chocolate, vanilla and toasty oak with a nice layer of bourbon. Some dark fruit lies underneath.

Just a killer tasting beer. Layers of sweet melted chocolate, fudge, vanilla bean, bourbon, dried fruits, burnt caramel, toasted oak, very light coffee. Date, black fig, quince and black licorice. Some cherry and currant as well.

Mouth isn't big and thick but oily and slick with alcohol. But fits the beer well and doesn't interfere.

Mmmmm!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:46:26 | More by mcallister
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MI Mega Tasting III, provided by the one and only hoppymeal. Seems I'm thanking him a lot lately, and for good reason. 750ml wax-dipped bottle. Poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.

A - Pours a syrupy black, ever-so-slight tan-colored head on the initial pour which vanishes quickly and leaves only the base beer behind.

S - Huge sweetness, tons of chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol. Decadent. It's pretty messy right now...lots of booze, cloying sweetness, vanilla. It needs some more time, IMO.

T - Again, pretty much a mess. Chocolate, booze, vanilla, oak. The booze is very evident, and at 18.5%, I can understand why. It's like sipping chocolate syrup spiked with booze.

M - Full, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - The alcohol is a bit too much right now. I found 2009 Black Tuesday to be much the same upon release, but after a year, it really mellowed out and came into it's own. For what it is, it's not bad, just not outstanding and a little too much hype. My 3oz pour was more then enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 18:32:31 | More by Sean9689
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by largadeer. Thanks, Beer Jesus. From notes.

A: Pours a pitch black with no edge translucence. Very viscous, leggy (nice!). It has a small mocha-colored head.

S: Rich, burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, raisins, bourbon. Some coffee, and of course, booze. As with many other Bruery beers, this is dessert in a bottle. Extremely rich.

T: The taste is rich, as well, but it's not cloying. It comes off as a liqueur; the heavy body delivers burnt caramel, bourbon-soaked raisins, molasses, vanilla, coffee. It's tannic in the finish, which probably helps it feel a little drier than it actually is.

M: I'm not sure who these people are that claim the beer isn't boozy. Of course it's boozy. But it's not quite as hot as I would expect (see some 120 Minute IPA for how to do it wrong). Even the sugar burn I typically get off Bruery beers is muted here. I don't know if that's from the oak suppressing it, but I'm impressed.

O: I like this beer more than Black Tuesday; but I liked the small handbottle of Cherry Chocolate Rain (from cask) even more. I hope that comes around again. I don't think this is really worth $35 or whatever the cost was, but it's a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:34:42 | More by Arbitrator
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 020912, Lot 30.

A: Pours jet black with only a tiny light brown head that fades almost immediately. Just little specks of lacing.

S: Huge boozy bourbon aroma. Loads of toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins and vanilla. Very similar to BT but with more vanilla and chocolate (but not much).

T: Up front, big toffee, caramel, brown sugar and molasses hit with a punch of alcohol burn to boot. Turns into a bunch of vanilla and bitter cocoa. Smooths out a bit into the finish with a sweeter milk chocolate. Stinging booze. Very sweet, especially in the chocolate and vanilla that stick around for a long time in the aftertaste.

M: Big, thick, heavy, syrupy mouth-coating stout.

O: Well, I had a BT last week and I wanted to compare to CR within a reasonable time frame. They are 90% alike. The biggest difference I noted was the lesser molasses and fruit element in this compared to BT, and the much larger chocolate and vanilla factor in this as well. This tastes more like a stout whereas BT tastes like a barleywine/stout blend aged in bourbon barrels. Regardless of the differences, this is one big, complex and sweet beast of a beer. It's extremely rare to get a beer that is almost 20% that comes out this well. This might be the only one, in fact. Hence the 5.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 03:58:33 | More by Dope
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bashiba

Iowa

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Rain mean 48 Jersey is dark brown with almost no head to speak.

this smell is so loaded with alcohol burns my nose hairsthere's a bit of saleI'm heading dark chocolate

its so rich its like drinking chocolate boobsvery sweet desert lifethe heavy bourbon vanilla flavormeeting with alcohol add more chocolate and then even more time chocolate a little more vanilla

mouthfeel is tremendously sickvery warm and very on Boise.

highly recommend this second Street.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 04:26:37 | More by bashiba
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2012 vintage
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours out a deep reddish brown. I see others describe this as pitch black, and doing a side by side with BT '11 that is not what we got. Definitely some reddish hints in there and not a thick black at all. I got a layer of off white, light tan head. I was actually surprised to get any head on this high ABV. Tons of alcohol feet.

S: Well, it smells like chocolate that is for sure. Lots of dark and milk chocolate character on the nose. It's masking the vanilla and oak character a little bit that I was pulling more from the BT, but you can still get some coming through. There is a little alcohol booziness coming through, but it's to be expected.

T: Up front, dark super high cocao chocolate. As it progresses, you get more vanilla meshing in to give it sort of a milk chocolate like feeling. I wish there was more roast and/or coffee, but what is there is still delicious. We had this bottle open for a while between us, as it's certainly a sipper. I think I prefer the BT to this, that year did BT well. This is still fabulous beer though. Warming brings out more flavor but also some more booze.

M: Full as full could be.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 18:26:54 | More by inlimbo77
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger slightly off white head.

S-Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, nice bourbon, slight coffee.

T-Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Great balance, mild bourbon, roasted malt and coffee is there.

M-Heavy to medium in body, nice carbonation.

O-The addition of chocolate and vanilla take BT to another level.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 18:53:37 | More by rlee1390
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 19.5% abv. Very dark brown, approaching black. No head to really speak of, but a very faint tan ring around the edge.

Big whiff of alcohol, even from across the room. Dark chocolate, bourbon and wood.

A bit of sweeter chocolate up front. Heavy notes of bourbon and wood. Perhaps a bit of vanilla comes through to round things out. Chocolate and booze linger on the palate for quite a long time.

A bit light in the body, with an almost oily feel. Alcohol is quite warming, but not overwhelming. Quite the experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:47:28 | More by Bierguy5
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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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

Poured from 2012 bomber into snifter glass. Poured dark brown with a mild mannered khaki head; the retention was light, with a non-existant lacing. The nose picked up some cocoa, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and paramount bourbon. The flavor profile was really impressive out of the gate. It wasn’t initially boozy, but it was very heavy on the cocoa nibs and vanilla. However, the booze hit quite hard in the back finish which pretty much dominated the rest of my drinking session. The malt profile was dominant throughout – more caramel, molasses, cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark fruits, biscuits, and some more booziness. Sticky mouthfeel with a thin to medium presence. Unfortunately, the booze took over the pleasant aromas and flavors which were much appreciated initially.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 03:37:45 | More by CuriousMonk
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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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aasher

Indiana

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

Batch 1. First off, oh my god. Eternal thanks to Bob for this one. It pours a dark molasses esque brown in color and poured very thick and syrupy. It smells like sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of roasted malts. It's awesome and very well integrated. It tastes of sweet yet not cloyingly sweet milky chocolate with a touch of coffee. The bitterness at the end is light and compliments the sweetness quite well. It drinkable thick and syrupy but drinks well for the size of this monster. Great beer. I almost hate when beers live up to the hype like this one does. Phenomenal beer, and actually a nice upgrade of Black Tuesday.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:41:58 | More by aasher
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from dak. Thanks! 2013 bottle (I think) shared with beastmaster. Pours dark brown (thin looking) with no head whatsoever. Big vanilla chocolate nose with huge sweet bourbon and a bit of licorice and woody oak. Big thick mouthfeel, velvety, with low carbonation but not flat. Big burnt sugar and molasses up front, with sweet chocolate syrup on the back end. Bourbon booze burns on the time. Packs quite a flavor punch. Serious sipper with a lingering sweetness that is rather pleasant. Starts great, harsh going down and waaaay sweet, then the linger is fantastic after dinner treat. Age might do this well for that middle portion which makes it tough to deal with more than a small pour (5 oz here). Only two of us, so recapping the rest for tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:10:53 | More by BMMillsy
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Gobzilla

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with maroon brown highlights when held up to the light that had a half finger of brown head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Very nice bourbon vanilla and chocolate aromas pop out on the nose with cocoa, caramel, and toffee notes but with some booziness as well. The taste was also very chocolatey like the name says with bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa accents roasty character but did have a touch of caramel toffee plus there was definitely lots of booze but it didn't overpower the overall flavor. The brew was medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation which had a roasty, chocolatey, bourbon, sweet, creamy, and chewy finish. Definitely an amazing tasting black Tuesday hybrid that will knock everyone socks off. I'm glad I got to try it and was a sipper faux show.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 00:04:43 | More by Gobzilla
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.