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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 2,022
Gots: 632 | FT: 80
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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle as a "gift"
2012 bottle labeled as 19.5%ABV

Refrigerated for about a half hour, and allowed to slowly warm while drinking. Decanted into a Bruery snifter, dark cola brown color, translucent around the edges, with a thin, wispy tan head. No real lacing, but a streaky, oily film is left on the glass. Nose is pretty much straight up bourbon and dark chocolate. Taste is pretty hot with booze (my throat is burning as we speak), bourbon is the first thing to hit the palate, followed by dark chocolate, sweet vanilla extract, with notes of oak and cocoa powder. Chocolate definitely comes out more as the beer warms. It's sweet and boozy, basically, with some chocolate in it. A bit chalky in the finish. Body is on the heavier side of medium, but not at all full. The booze cuts back on the drinkability a bit, and I'd like to taste it after a year or two of aging, but that probably won't happen. Pretty good overall, but there are plenty of other chocolate beers out there that are better, made better, and of course much easier to obtain.

Tasty enough. Worth a try? Sure. Worth the hype? No. And I'm not going to give a super-high rating just because it's rarity. Easily the best Bruery beer I've had so far, but just further convinced me that all Bruery beers are overrated. I have other Bruery beers in the cellar, but I'm pretty much done going out of my way for them.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:13:04 | More by Rifugium
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TroopScoop

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Epic thanks to BackFat for letting me get a healthy pour of this beer on DLD 2012.

A: Like many of the release-day RIS beers of current day, it is a deep dark brown with a thin coffee head. It still manages to retain a small head, unlike Dark Lord.

S: Dark chocolate. A quick bit of sweetness at first, but its just like a raw chocolate candle in front of your face. I really go for sweet beers, like Curmudgeon's Better Half, so I immediately got excited.

T: You remember the first time you went and bought a young's double chocolate stout, rogue chocolate stout, or anything else that said "chocolate"? A little part of you was really hoping it would be like the real thing. All the beers until now fell short. It is literally like eating a vanilla dipped chocolate bar. Sweetness is just perfect. The vanilla was present but did not take away too much from the chocolate in my opinion. It's just amazing all around.

M: So creamy. The conditioning all around leaves a mouthfeel i'll never forget. The chocolate lingers, as it should - it's the star of this beer.

O: This is one of the beers that have made it into my personally acclaimed "best things i have ever put into my mouth" list. I took one sip of this beer, looked at BackFat and said, "I feel like I just cheated on my girlfriend" Others have reviewed this beer and said it has too much chocolate, but thats why this is a forum - lots of this goes on personal taste and preference. Chocolate Rain hits just about every thing I want in a beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 20:50:16 | More by TroopScoop
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FINEBEERGUY

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-15-2012 13:08:52 | More by FINEBEERGUY
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -11.7%

05-13-2012 21:23:42 | More by klipper
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Madirish76

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-13-2012 04:51:46 | More by Madirish76
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Shilt

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-12-2012 12:56:46 | More by Shilt
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AbeFroman

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-10-2012 07:37:40 | More by AbeFroman
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Domeshot14

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-08-2012 21:14:36 | More by Domeshot14
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Domingo

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-08-2012 20:09:40 | More by Domingo
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a thin black color with good carbonation leaving a nice brown cap

S: Big booze with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and cocoa being secondary. The booze sting dominated

T: Heat w/ big vanilla taste, bourbon, cocoa, toffee, wood and some Earthiness.

M: The body was not as full as I expected from a beer this rich and complex. Finished dry, sweet and boozey but tasty

O: This is very much a novelty beer like 120IPA. While its tasty as can be I find this to be one superbly overhyped beer. Its not practical for drinking nor is it worth the sticker price. Glad I was able to try this.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:54:41 | More by barleywinefiend
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, courtesy of smarcoly. Vintage 2012 served into a Bruery tulip glass. Enjoyed with two friends for a video review. Thank you for the hook-up, Scott!

A: Dark brown on the pour and even so sitting in the glass. There's a blackness to the beer though it's not jet black like other Imperial Stouts. No head at all, only a thin tiny bubble ring around the edges.

S: Chocolate liqueur, milk chocolate chips, fresh split vanilla beans, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Throughout there's a noticeable generic alcohol smell but it actually works nicely with the aromas instead of sidetracking them.

T: Huge milk chocolate, it tastes like I'm chewing on gooey chocolate chips. Touches of bourbon play throughout the palate, with hints of vanilla beans and dark roasted malts in the background. This is such a big, rich and sweet beer but it's not disconnected or overdone at all. Really amazing stuff right here, beautiful beer.

M: Not too thick but full-bodied. Almost chewy in a sense from the chocolate but not from the actual mouth feel itself. A bit hot from the alcohol and a little sticky.

Simply put, this beer was incredible. It delivered on so many different levels and took Black Tuesday which is an amazing beer on its own to the next level. The fresh chocolate and vanilla flavors were incredible additions. Absolutely one beer everyone must try. Amazing stuff right here!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 19:27:12 | More by ShanePB
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At 18.5% abv this beast can sneak up on you. A nice looking beer, pouring dark with ruby highlights. Goes downhill from there.

For a beer called 'Chocolate Rain' there's a crap-ton of vanilla in it. The nose is sweet and vanilla. Other things exist, but they are pounded mercilessly by Mr. V.

And the taste is vanilla. Sweet and dull. That flavor just pops out and kills enjoyment of other flavors, like cocoa (little) and caramel (very little). Drain pour here.

Could pair well with ice cream, or something else too sweet...like cotton candy.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 16:35:13 | More by Mebuzzard
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gregmoscetti

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-04-2012 19:48:33 | More by gregmoscetti
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GRG1313

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-04-2012 04:29:38 | More by GRG1313
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pour is dark chestnut brown with very little thin light tan head. The nose is huge, faint notes of chocolate, cloying sweetness, light ash note, tons of booze and a complete mess. The taste is almost as bad. The booze is overpowering, the sweetness is insanely high, it is completely unintegrated, the faint notes of actual malt body are completely blanketed by the huge abv and under attenuation. The body is thick and heavy, high carbonation. The burn and finish are similar to straight liquor mixed with pure sugar.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 15:54:20 | More by cpetrone84
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kerklein2

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-02-2012 16:41:35 | More by kerklein2
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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-30-2012 13:11:10 | More by brycevolk
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-30-2012 02:56:13 | More by monitorpop
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rjacobs6

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-30-2012 02:07:10 | More by rjacobs6
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jrcmlc

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-29-2012 18:06:21 | More by jrcmlc
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-29-2012 14:39:47 | More by ADTaber
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Treebs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 2012 vintage served in a Deschute tulip. Huge thanks again to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.

A: Pours a jet black with a thin tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and leaves some massive legs on the glass after each sip.

S: Big boozy bourbon with some brownie and chocolate covered raisins. The oak is present as well, but is really dominated by the booze.

T: Dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and some woody oak. Dark fruits, mainly raisins and figs are mid palate. The finish is mainly a vanilla sweetness and some warming booze.

M: Slick and viscous. Low carbonation and some warmth in the throat.

O: This beer definitely needs some time. I enjoyed the sweetness from the vanilla but it couldn't quite cut the big boozy bourbon. I'm glad I still have one in the cellar that I can revisit in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 13:57:02 | More by Treebs
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MrVonzipper

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rtaps for sharing this 2012 bottle
Pitch black. Viscous and pretty oily looking. Short dark khaki head. Pretty low retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is nice but obviously young. A bit boozy but I like a bit of booziness. Rich chocolate and vanilla with a touch of bourbon.

Flavor IMO is fantastic. Huge and rich. Vanilla and chocolate are nice although it needs to age to perfection. Very deep dark sweet but not overly sweet.

Mouth is very full bodied. Low carbonation.

Overall this beer is fantastic and will be amazing with about two years age IMO. Can't wait to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 04:50:05 | More by MrVonzipper
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

04-23-2012 22:01:40 | More by Rochefort10nh
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the RS membership party

Look: Black and totally opaque thin tan head and some spotty lace

Smell: Chocolate and a touch of alcohol

Taste: This beer is pretty straight forward in terms of flavor. Quite a bit of chocolate and quite a bit of harsh alcohol which create a bit of a rubbing alcohol finish. Definitely needs to mellow out

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation a bit warm from the alcohol and slightly sticky

Overall: This beer is what you expect it to be. Lots of chocolate and alcohol. Sadly the alcohol is not well hidden like the it is in black tuesday but you get what you think you will

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 01:08:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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