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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
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1,715 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,715
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,103
Gots: 645 | FT: 77
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

MykelJH, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Brew33
3.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Rain Batch 2

Pours a jet black beer with a few bubbles breaking the surface. Syrupy and heavy in the glass, looks like I expected. Menacing....

The aroma is downright bad. Booze. The strongest alcohol aroma I've ever encountered in a beer. I thought I may just have the beer too cold (around 42 degrees) so I let it sit for 15 minutes and revisted, re-sniffing throughout the 90 minute session. Harsh alcohol, solvents, chemical aromas. As it warms, more of the beer and bourbon show up but it's REALLY boozy. Nothing like any of the BT vintages I've had.

The flavor is rich, sweet, and hot. Bourbon is light but there. Vanilla and Chocolate are more forward. The alcohol is very present but works into the whole package. Sweet, decadent, boozy, syrupy, bourbon, vanilla, char, roast, sweet dark fruits. Tasty but way over the top.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, perfect. Heavy, thick, syrupy. No way to complain about it!

Overall, meh? Good. I'd happily drink it but I prefer regular Black Tuesday. And while it's a cool beer and it has a ton going on it's just not worth the price and effort for a non RS member to obtain. Glad I got to try it and it was a perfect beer for Christmas.

Brew33, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

dipaguy, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Zaphog, Dec 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

strangebrew321, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of mbixler
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

beergorrilla, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 19,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/09/2012 Lot 30

Thanks a million to futura123 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Hmmm, Chocolate Rain is far lighter than I expected. The body is dark brown and a back light shows a lot of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour generates a small tan coloured head that dissipates almost instantly and leaves no lacing. As one would expect from a beer that is 19,5%, a swirl coats the glass in thick, yellow tinted alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm this smells absolutely amazing! There is not as much chocolate as I was expecting (it is no Southern Tier Choklat), but who cares when it smells this good! Notes include: Dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, sweet vanilla, cocoa laced butter icing, chocolate liqueur, a ton of sweet dark fruits (cherries, raisins, dates and plums), a little oak and some molasses. For nearly 20%, there is shockingly little booze in the nose.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose and is absolutely delicious. Notes include: A ton of chocolate, sweet dark caramel, toffee, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and some molasses. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a little bothersome, but that has to be expected from a beer of this Abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full, but incredibly sticky and the carbonation is of a medium-low level and nicely smooth. I could sip on a beer like this all day!

Overall: Don't get me wrong, Chocolate Rain is a phenomenal beer, but I think I preferred Black Tuesday.

Thehuntmaster, Dec 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

radio2525, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

scottiethebody, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, courtesy of daryk77 - cheers man, as always. Shared as we watched the end of the presidential election festivities.

Poured into a goblet. Black as pitch, slightly chestnut when held to the light, with a thin off white head that recedes into a thick, but substantial ring.

Nose is very sweet: coffee, cream, booze, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, light burnt sugar. You can smell the weight on this.

Very tasty indeed, "rich" is an understatement. Boozy? At a hair under 20% of course it will be. However, I did find the sweetness and the booze more pronounced than the Tuesday. Vanilla and sugar quite prominent, though the other flavors are certainly there. Don't get me wrong, this is a damned tasty beer, but I give the edge to the Tuesday. Syrupy, velvety feel, with enough carbonation to keep the sweetness at bay.

Very enjoyable beer, definitely worth a second look if I ever come across it again.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of IKR
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Appearance: Very dark brown with a fairly small beige head which dissipated fairly quickly. Considerable legs on this one.

Smell: Upfront Bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate/cocoa, and a bit of coffee/roasted malt aroma. Also a bit of ethanol in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, and some coffee/roast malts appearing in the finish. There is an alcohol presence but no way is a beer that's 40 proof not going to have an alcohol presence. Nice barrel presence and flavor complexity.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied. Some heat but good for it's alcohol level.

Overall: Good beer, which is quite a bit better closer to room temperature. My memory may not be accurate but I feel the cask version I had in 2010 and Batch 1 were a bit better than the batch 2 bottle being reviewed. Nonetheless, it's a big beer that's a stellar sipper.

IKR, Nov 10, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared tonight with several friends.
Pours an inky black without much of a head that musters but dissipates quickly. The aroma from this glass is heavenly. Deep rich caramel and chocolate with hints of brownie batter, roast, vanilla and a fair amount of alcohol. You can tell this is high in abv from the aroma, but it never seems harsh. The flavor follows the aroma but the alcohol is a bit more evident but it really never harsh. Rich chocolate, vanilla, roast, caramel, and molasses flavors melded into a high abv sipper. This would be an excellent brew to sip with a few friends on a cold night with some cigars or brownies. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I/we enjoyed the hell out of this beer tonight, too bad I may never see another bottle of this!

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

EricCioe, Nov 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

sjstraub, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,715 ratings.