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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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1,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 2,026
Gots: 636 | FT: 80
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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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-20-2012 06:04:14 | More by TKEbeerman
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

04-18-2012 05:22:17 | More by StoutFest
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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-17-2012 19:54:19 | More by theminutemen
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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-16-2012 16:17:43 | More by beerexplorer1973
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Florida

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-16-2012 14:52:42 | More by CGMLS3
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-16-2012 03:13:59 | More by surlytheduff
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-15-2012 04:54:19 | More by Juvenile_insanity
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-14-2012 23:49:11 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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rtaps

California

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours pitch black with a very small khaki head that doesn;t hang around long at all looks viscous leaving spotty lacing

it's hot, with the cacao nibs, coffee and some vanilla

wow that is damn good, up front is rich and thick chocolate that covers your pallet, that fades to the vanilla bean(a lot more vanilla than expected and i loved that) some coffee and still hot

full bodied low-medium carbonation viscous, creamy and smooth as can be

overall was really happy with this can't wait to see my other bottle age

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:14:39 | More by rtaps
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DARIVA

Netherlands

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is a really nice black beer with a minimal head.

S: Delicious taste of chocolate and also light caramel.

T: This beer has a great taste of delicious chocolate.

M: Magnificent, delicious syrupy. Top of the bill.

O: Really explodes in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 17:29:38 | More by DARIVA
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -11.7%

04-10-2012 23:00:18 | More by phingdong
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-08-2012 19:58:33 | More by Texasfan549
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Rain
Dang!
Thanks Andrew!!

Dark brown, clear, not much head yada yada. I thought Black Tuesday was liqueur like, Chocolate Rain is liquor like. Thin, boozy and hot, in the best way. Chocolate, vanilla, toffee... it tastes like one of those fancier candies.

It is so damn good, I would consider killing an entire bottle myself. Definitely. Now I said that it was thin... it's not thin in the sense of final gravity I guess, but because alcohol is such an excellent solvent, this beer “flows”. Just a great beer with marvelous complexity and deliciousness. Believe.

4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:13:05 | More by tewaris
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split the bottle 4 ways with some friends. My portion was poured into my CBS snifter.

Pours jet black with a miniscule brown head leaving a good chocolate sludge of lacing.

Aroma consists of cocoa, booze, vanilla, roasted malts and toasted wood more or less in that order. The nose leads to me believe it's going to be coming in pretty hot.

Wow I am floored by the taste. Same flavors come through as in the aroma, but it is wonderfully balanced. The booze grabs you at first, but despite the nearly 19% ABV it is not overpowering. It's somehow less hot than Black Tuesday. Some good roasted malts along with vanilla and oak come through and it finishes semi-sweet with a delightful cocoa presence. The loads of cocoa in the finish help to balance out the boozy bourbon.

Rich and luscious mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Amazingly despite all the components it isn't overly sweet or cloying at all.

This beer is amazingly smooth and terrifically well balanced. All the flavors work well in harmony with one another and despite the high ABV and bourbon it manages to not be too sweet which is amazing. I struggle immensely with overdone sweetness and everyone at the table including a few who don't like big boozy stouts thought it was delicious.

Bottom line: one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 13:40:01 | More by jmarsh123
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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