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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,884 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 2,177
Gots: 674 | FT: 80
Brewed by:
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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: 1,884 | Reviews: 259 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brendan4532
3/5  rDev -33.9%

brendan4532, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
020912 Lot 30

Another huge thanks to Redbeeron for sending over this big time want in a trade!

A: Pours a quite thin appearing dark brown with lightening on the edges. An aggressive pour yields approximately 1/2 fingers width of light tan head which dissipates down almost immediately to a think outer ring. Leaves no appreciable lacing. Actually appears very similar to a cola.

S: Tons of bourbon and dark fruits. Cinnamon, caramel, vanilla bean ice cream, rich dark and milk chocolate, balancing booze, maybe even a hint of coconut. Jesus. Its so sweet and delicious smelling. Intoxicating. Incredible.

T: Huge sweetness up front, with a big caramel/toffee presence. Dark fruits, fig and cherry. Pretty boozy from the get go, but it has to be to balance out the huge sweetness. Cocoa is significant and hangs around for ages in the aftertaste. Taste is similar to dark chocolate covered cherries, soaked in booze. I also get burnt sugar, bourbon, raw oak, some roasted malt flavors and vanilla which makes itself known but is mild. Awesome palate profile here.

M/D: Smooth, slightly syrupy with an appropriately low carbonation. By no means thin, but could be thicker and chewier. Drinkability is actually very good, but this one is a slow sipper, thats for sure. And although this has a boozy component throughout, it does an incredible job of keeping the 19.5% ABV in check. Its the highest ABV beer I have had to date, and even with that ABV it is not necessarily even hot going down.

O: Overall, another big hit from the Bruery in my book. Its literally one of the best smelling beers I have ever had, and the taste is excellent (but not quite to the degree of the nose). Im very glad I was able to try this one, and will definitely seek it out again. As far as in comparison to Black Tuesday, I like CR more. Better aroma and greater balance in the flavor profile (less of the straight up diabetes-inducing sweetness bomb that BT is). I'd drink both any chance I got, but BT is great, and CR is excellent.

zac16125, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Adamostella, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

millelacsmark, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +10.1%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by largadeer. Thanks, Beer Jesus. From notes.

A: Pours a pitch black with no edge translucence. Very viscous, leggy (nice!). It has a small mocha-colored head.

S: Rich, burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, raisins, bourbon. Some coffee, and of course, booze. As with many other Bruery beers, this is dessert in a bottle. Extremely rich.

T: The taste is rich, as well, but it's not cloying. It comes off as a liqueur; the heavy body delivers burnt caramel, bourbon-soaked raisins, molasses, vanilla, coffee. It's tannic in the finish, which probably helps it feel a little drier than it actually is.

M: I'm not sure who these people are that claim the beer isn't boozy. Of course it's boozy. But it's not quite as hot as I would expect (see some 120 Minute IPA for how to do it wrong). Even the sugar burn I typically get off Bruery beers is muted here. I don't know if that's from the oak suppressing it, but I'm impressed.

O: I like this beer more than Black Tuesday; but I liked the small handbottle of Cherry Chocolate Rain (from cask) even more. I hope that comes around again. I don't think this is really worth $35 or whatever the cost was, but it's a tasty beer.

Arbitrator, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of markrmoser
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

markrmoser, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of daysinthewake
4/5  rDev -11.9%

daysinthewake, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of hoserking
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

hoserking, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Kinephys
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Kinephys, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of stxSS07
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

stxSS07, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -11.9%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black with some surprising tan and brown bubbles/froth considering the massive ABV on this thing.

(S)- A very dense but rich burnt caramel and cocoa with vanilla oak. In the far background is a more pronounced rich dark chocolate component. Very nice.

(T)- Similar to the smell, only a far far greater rich and silky chocolate flavor amidst dense caramel and vanilla oakiness. Some heat as well at the end, but definitely not nearly as much as I was expecting on a near 20%ABV beer.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits this well. Very strong and rich overall. I like the deep chocolate middle of this beer's flavor profile; that richness definitely helps mask the huge ABV.

(O)- Definitely a fun and successful spin on the regular Black Tuesday. To me it is a bit hotter, but still not as massively crazy going into it. Extremely rich though. I daresay I almost like the regular BT version over this actually.

sweemzander, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
3.68/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from memory, had this 3 nights ago. Dark brown, not much foam. Subtle carbonation. The nose struck me initally as very estery, almost banana, with vanilla bourbon notes galore. The booziness seems limited at first, but keep on smelling and it starts to get heavy with alcohols. I was expecting lots of chocolate and more roasted malt character but those were not very evident at all.

The taste is much of the same, lots of vanilla character with more estery fruit. It's rich with bourbon, yet not overdone. The alcohol does not burn, and is well integrated in the flavor, but the warming is certainly felt throughout the body. It's a slow sipper but never gets to be too much, and a 4 to 5 ounce sample is a very nice amount to quaff.

Overall a nice beer, and drinkable enough for 19% ABV. It's certainly not worth the hype though, and considering many in the group I shared this with said it was better than Black Tuesday (which I've not tried), that doesn't bode well for Black Tuesday. Worth a try if you get the chance, but don't trade away your gold for it.

bennetj17, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ms11781, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 2012 bomber into snifter glass. Poured dark brown with a mild mannered khaki head; the retention was light, with a non-existant lacing. The nose picked up some cocoa, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and paramount bourbon. The flavor profile was really impressive out of the gate. It wasn’t initially boozy, but it was very heavy on the cocoa nibs and vanilla. However, the booze hit quite hard in the back finish which pretty much dominated the rest of my drinking session. The malt profile was dominant throughout – more caramel, molasses, cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark fruits, biscuits, and some more booziness. Sticky mouthfeel with a thin to medium presence. Unfortunately, the booze took over the pleasant aromas and flavors which were much appreciated initially.

CuriousMonk, Sep 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

kjyost, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle courtesy of Shane! Thanks. Split 3 ways. Consumed 9-3, reviewed from notes.

A: Sludge and tar. Heavy pour yields a very thin mocha lacing which will quickly dissipate. Not as viscous in the glass as it first appears.

N: Tons of prune and bourbon. Fudge and soy sauce. The promised vanilla is plenty obvious, and there's a very good similarity to blackberry brandy.

T: Very much like a port heavily laden with chocolate and cherries. Snapping vanilla and rough dark chocolate similar to mocha powder. Prune and some more of the blackberry brandy. Huge alcohol presence. And oh yes, chocolate deserves another mention.

M: Drying and thick. The drying aspect is somewhat unique as its similar to the way baker's chocolate scrapes your mouth clean. Don't find this terribly successful.

O: Very glad to try this. Was very intense, but I feel like it could benefit from some more body and less chocolate. And this is coming from someone who's a bit of a choco-nut.

Sarlacc83, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

ffOpusx, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of BentLegBrewer
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is martha stewarts double fudge brownies meets yoohoo spikes with pappys. unbeliveable when paired with some nice aged cheese and salami. had it right after a sour and it is one of those that your imediately mad you dont have another in the cooler or cellar. delivers a fudgy aftertaste that is not soon forgot. supreme stout

BentLegBrewer, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKevin
5/5  rDev +10.1%

CarolinaKevin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

mtbdonn, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

marine1975, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of TheBronze
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

TheBronze, Sep 02, 2012
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.