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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,003 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,003
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,286
Gots: 691 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikedashg on 10-28-2009

Black Tuesday with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa Nibs.

2011: 18.5% ABV
2012: 19.5% ABV
2013: 18.0% ABV
2014: 18.5% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of VernonBaxter
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- much the same as lack Tuesday. Not as black as you might think, dark around the rim and doesn't appear super thick

Nose- straight vanilla, then some sweet milk chocolate then bourbon. Vanilla is really crazy strong, even for a 2012. Slight booze.

Taste: this is a dessert. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Vanilla is still extremely prominent, then sweet chocolate whole bourbon and sweet oak is present throughout. Very rich and decadent, drink this by itself.

Overall: this is a liquid dessert, much like a port or brandy. Would be fantastic with a flour-less chocolate cake with rich vanilla icing. This is a fantastic beer, for sure, but it's so rich is a "this is my only beer tonight" kind of beer

Photo of ZMDR1975
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of alaimoa
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Rain review side by side with BCBS 2013 and Black Tues 2012
BCBS best appearance of the group, not too impressive on appearance with no real lace but jet black but better on second pour nice lace. Smell bourbon chocolate. Taste really good a bit better than pirate.. upfront, chocolate bars dance on the tongue.. could really use some vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake to make a shake with.
Feel is thick and sweet but not disgusting like DL

Photo of Evan
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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!

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of The-yetti
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from a 2013 bottle.

Appearance: Black as sin, no light whatsoever comes through. There is a thin tan head that I cant believe is there.

Nose: Big notes of chocolate, and bitter dark chocolate. Smells amazing. Light astrigency from the alchohol but that is to be expected with this abv.

Taste: This thing is just dripping with a sweet milk chocolate flavor, if I could make hot cocoa from this I would. This is a big beer but you cant taste any alchohol at all. There is a slight warming in the chest, but it never comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This has one of the thickest mouthfeels I have ever had, there is a slight sweet film left on my teeth.

overall this didnt dissapoint as so many of the whales have been for me. glad I was able to get this.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,003 ratings.