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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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world-class

1,632 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 2,056
Gots: 645 | FT: 82
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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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Ratings: 1,632 | Reviews: 251 | Display Reviews Only:
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-16-2012 23:50:49 | More by ncaudle
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

07-16-2012 22:17:49 | More by jsilva
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev 0%

Do I even need to bother describing the appearance? Pitch black with a very minimal cream head.

This thing reeks of booze and vanilla bean, with chocolate back behind it -- I love it! Taste is the same. Actually reminds me a good bit of World Wide Stout. Big chocolate, licorice, vanilla, "bourbon" (and all that entails) and booze. I keep saying "booze" -- but don't let that fool you. Also, there's some roast on the palate, which I'm extremely sensitive too -- but it's minimal and quickly overwhelmed by the rest of the beer. This is imminently drinkable and smooth, with a nice warming burn as it goes down. Mouthfeel is syrupy, but not overly thick.

I love it, but I think I loved Black Tuesday even more. And quite frankly, I feel like World Wide Stout scratches the same itch pretty well...and WWS is way more readily available.

07-10-2012 22:12:59 | More by Mavajo
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DougVanHoy

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-10-2012 01:41:12 | More by DougVanHoy
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -26.5%

750ml bottle split a few ways

A: Very light for an imperial stout with minimal head. Not very good, but I guess it could be worse.

S: Tons of milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness with caramel and bourbon and tons of booze.

T: Very strong milk chocolate and vanilla again. Booze is a bit overpowering, but doesn't make the beer undrinkable. Bourbon is again strong, but a bit in the background. Very sweet and not very refined or complex.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. A bit too low on the carb.

O: This is a sweet boozy unrefined milk chocolate bomb. It's certainly not bad, but it's certainly not world class.

07-08-2012 23:11:39 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-08-2012 22:39:19 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.7%

07-08-2012 14:17:57 | More by thebouch01
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -33.8%

07-07-2012 21:00:23 | More by dtx00
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s_mart

California

1/5  rDev -77.9%

07-07-2012 15:20:43 | More by s_mart
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geoffsm12

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

07-06-2012 16:06:53 | More by geoffsm12
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leodarko

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-05-2012 23:24:09 | More by leodarko
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-05-2012 05:48:37 | More by Rollzroyce21
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +6%

2012 vintage. A huge thanks to my Reserve Society trustee Brewtifulmind for getting this bottle to me. Thanks Chad! Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown and looked unexpectedly thin during the pour. Settled black with next to no head.

S - Big bourbon and vanilla notes up front with oak, cocoa nibs and a big sweetness. Very robust and inviting nose.

T - A big hit of bourbon up front with loads of sweet vanilla and oak. There is also intense cocoa and lighter licorice and roast flavours present. The vanilla really takes centre stage here with the added vanilla beans accentuating the natural vanilla from the barrels. There is a fairly big alcohol presence, but considering the 19.5% ABV, it isn't harsh at all. In fact, the ABV is just enough to balance out the sweet vanilla and cocoa. Very decadent.

M - Medium body with some viscosity at times. Light carbonation.

O - A truly decadent beer. I haven't had an imperial stout over 14% ABV that was as drinkable as this one. Remarkable.

07-01-2012 14:01:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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tylermains

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2012 05:40:24 | More by tylermains
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-28-2012 15:38:44 | More by Kaydogg
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-28-2012 05:12:47 | More by mdillon86
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GregSVT

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

750ml bottle into a snifter - 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown (not as black as I expected) with a tiny off-brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing.

S: The nose is so similar to BT I probably couldn't tell the difference if they were side by side. There are nice notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and bourbon. I'm not getting much cocoa or vanilla which is surprising.

T: The taste is simply amazing! Unlike the nose this is leaps and bounds above BT. There were massive flavors of chocolate, vanilla cream, fudge brownies, molasses, and bourbon.

M: The feel is medium bodied and thick like syrup on the finish. The beer does get kind of cloying the longer you drink it.

O: I was not as impressed with BT when I had it as I thought I would but this definitely lived up to the hype. I could drink this all the time in small quantities. It does get cloyingly sweet as you get to the end of your glass but it's so tasty.

06-27-2012 19:57:04 | More by GregSVT
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -24.3%

Lucky to get some of this stuff from a couple regular trading buddies of mine. Cheers to jbeatty and hotpipes for the bottles.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter
Second bottling

Note: We drank this right after the 2011 batch of Black Tuesday, so much of this review applies there as well.

APPEARANCE: Luckily this one didn't gush like BT'11 did. Both beers pour very similar though. A very transparent, thin, and relatively light brown pour yields a thin, loose, bubbly, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a thin ring, which eventually vanishes as well. Looks flat by the end and absolutely no lacing at all. Much too thin and transparent for the style as well. Very disappointing; clearly worse than older vintages of the Black Tuesday.

SMELL: Quite a bold nose on this one. Chocolate notes for sure with a good dose of bourbon barrel. Oak and a touch of vanilla in there as well. Still boozy with lots of bourbon barrel, though the cocoa mellows it out a bit and it's not as harsh as Black Tuesday. Lots of chocolate and barrel, though not much stout per se.

TASTE: Lots of cocoa up front, accompanied by plenty of bourbon, oak and vanilla from the barrel. Booze and a touch of roasted malt through the middle, then a big, boozy burst at the swallow with some vanilla and chocolate following through. Big, bold and boozy aftertaste of bourbon, oak, vanilla and enough cocoa linger and linger on the palate. This is very much Black Tuesday plus cocoa and vanilla. A boozy, flavorful desert beer. Boozier than the '10 and '09 vintages of Black Tuesday for sure.

PALATE: Medium-light body with medium levels of carbonation. A little lighter than the base beer, and definitely lighter than older vintages of Black Tuesday. Goes down with a decent burn after the swallow and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Lots of heat lingers. Too light and harsh really. A little challenging here.

OVERALL: This is a huge beer for sure. The nose and flavor are quite decadent, thought it suffers from being wholly too hot right now. This and the '11 Black Tuesday were way hotter than I remember the 2010 and 2009 vintages of the base beer. Moreover, the look was sad and the feel simply too light and harsh to really be an enjoyable drink. While the appearance is a lost cause I'm afraid, some time will hopefully let the booze mellow and the feel smoothen out a bit, which will move this in the right direction. There is a lot of potential here, but there's too much "big" in the way. Thanks again for the bottles boys. I look forward to seeing how this one develops with a couple years on it.

06-23-2012 12:24:04 | More by Jeffo
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.4%

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew streams a dark brown that settles in the glass more toward black. An initial 3/4 finger of tan froth dissolves to a fine ring around the edge of the glass. Some spotting of lace sticks to the glass that is minimal. There is a greater amount of alcohol legs that sticks to the glass than lace. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution that again creates a quick dissolving film. When held to the light, the brew looks more of a clouded brown with some yellowish/orange highlights around the edges.

The aroma is fairly strong with notes of cocoa and vanilla. These 2 characteristics are also present in the base beer but it is really exaggerated here in Chocolate Rain. The overall nose is quite sweet smelling and inviting with character that is reminiscent of brownie batter. As the brew warms up, the alcohol starts to come through with some solvent burning to the nostrils and a faint amount of dark fruity character.

The taste is sticky and sweet with an immediate rush of chocolate and strong vanilla flavoring. There is no hiding that 19.5% abv though. It comes surging out with bold fusels and a solvent kick that strips the sweetness from the inside of the mouth and burns all the way down the gullet. There is a bit of bitterness here towards the back that seems like unsweetened chocolate and a bit of fruity hop accent. Black licorice is evident in the aftertaste.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is thick and chewy yet a smooth sipper. This is an impressively bold brew with a shocking amount of cocoa and vanilla inclusion (moreso than I expected.) As far as drinkability goes, this one is a brute and is not something to be drank glass after glass of. It is rich and inviting and something I would like to be able to take in small samples on multiple occasions, not try and tackle an entire 750ml of. Fans of Black Tuesday will love this but in my opinion this is really hot right now. I wish I would have waited a year or more to open this.

06-22-2012 01:44:29 | More by stakem
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night. 2012 vintage

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with 1 finger light tan head. Almost no lacing and head resides nearly immediately.

S- Tons of chocolate and vanilla! Big bourbon nose as well.

T- Beer follows nose almost to a T. Big bourbon burn at the finish.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Huge sipper with a fairly predominate alcohol burn at the finish.

O- Crazy beer! The vanilla is amazing and the chocolate ain't to bad either.

06-19-2012 13:31:31 | More by kawilliams81
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Duff27

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev 0%

A- Dark brown body with brown highlights around the edges collar left.

S- Vanilla pops out immediately. Sweet, minty smelling. World class aroma.

T- I'd say vanilla in the forefront, not an aggressive vanilla though...very mellow. Bourbon heat mellow as well.

M- Low end of carbonation. Chewy thick mouthfeel.

D/O- Coco Rain, a real pleasure to sip. only BCBVS competes on the vanilla scale. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

06-19-2012 03:29:28 | More by Duff27
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TATURBO

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Black. No head or lacing to be seen. Pure Stout here!

S: Amazing! Wow! Lots of Vanilla, Bourbon, Chocolate, Alcohol. A Seriously intoxicating smell that you could enjoy for a long time.

T: Chocolatey, Vanilla, Bourbon Barrel then the heat. Simply Amazing, again WOW! Great tasting beer.

M: Thick and full bodied but still very smooth. No carbonation.

O: I loved this beer and would love to seek out some again. It's Amazingly smooth, Tastes incredible. Chocolate/Vanilla/Bourbon Barrel Perfection! For it's 19.5% it's even more amazing to be so well integrated. Sip and enjoy this one! Thanks to 4DaLoveOfSTOUT for sharing this with us.

06-17-2012 15:35:57 | More by TATURBO
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

06-17-2012 14:07:56 | More by Reagan1984
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gueuzegossage

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-16-2012 20:36:14 | More by gueuzegossage
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sbricker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-13-2012 02:13:03 | More by sbricker
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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