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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,346
Gots: 706 | FT: 86
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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
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle gently poured to the rim of a CBS snifter. Proper pour is proper.

A - Pours a deep rich black with very little head that recedes quickly. This beer leaves serious lacing. It warns that doming it may not be the greatest idea, but it's a challenge to accept.

S - Sweet vanilla mixed with bourbon. Strong burnt sugar alcohol smell. Like a decadent dessert. Smells like I may not be able to walk when this is over.

T - This my friends, is a freaking Beer. Up front you walk right into bourbon soaked coconut which fades out into some bittering chocolate and leaves with sweet vanilla and molasses. This is a beer to be sipped and savored. Delicious. There's something wrong with you if you didn't lick your lips after a sip.

M - Big syrupy beer with definite warming alcohol presence. I'm glad I have another saved for winter. Low carbonation, which is preferred in this style.

O - This is a wonderful beer. It may be too sweet for some, but I freakin' love it. It's just a notch behind Black Tuesday overall, but a wonderful change of pace.

Now to prepare for my hangover tomorrow...

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL gold wax shared at Woodshop 7. Pours a full haze mahogany, muddy. Tepid to zero carbonation. Nose is sweet tomato paste, big milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, dark cherry juice. Taste is very sweet, bourbon heavy, loads of brown sugar. Very sticky and cloying. More like an American Strong Ale, no imperial stout character (bitter, roast, hops). More akin to the Firestone Walker anniversary series. Somehow a lighter SRM than Black Tuesday. 7/3/7/3/13=3.3

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Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz/750ml wax dipped bottle acquired in a trade with surge1311
Served in a tulip

Review #800

Opened in celebration of my friends Matt and Kelly's firstborn child's birth and drank while listening to Tay Zonday's hit single "Chocolate Rain."

The beer poured a surprisingly thin, mahogany brown. No real head and no lacing. Frothy tan colored bubbles dotted the liquid and quickly morphed into a thin ring of froth. With each swirl of the liquid, substantial legs trickled down the glass.

Bourbon came through super strong in the nose. This was perhaps the most bourbon forward beer I have ever sampled. Lots of toffee and brown sugar sweetness. Strong notes of vanilla bean and maple syrup. Hints of coconut. Dark fruits were also noticeable. Plums and raisins were most apparent.

The flavor profile almost followed the nose to a T. Tons of sweetness up front, with a big caramel malt/toffee presence. Very boozy from the start, but the booze was definitely welcomed. At 19.5% ABV, this drank surprisingly well. Super strong bourbon notes. Loads of vanilla bean. Lots of dark chocolate and dark fruits sweetness. Figs, plums and raisins came through strongest. Touch of burnt sugar and oak. Some roasted malt flavors were present, but the roast was surprisingly subtle.

The mouthfeel was rich and syrupy with an appropriately low carbonation. This beer could have been a bit thicker and chewier for something of this magnitude.

All in all, this was an amazingly interesting and complex beer. Although I wanted to compare it to Black Tuesday (which is my favorite beer of all time), this was a completely different beast. With its lighter appearance and mouthfeel and its sweeter, boozier and more fruit-forward aroma and flavor profile, I found more similarities between this and Melange No. 3 than with Black Tuesday.

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.