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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,100
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks Matt! Big want of mine. Served in an Alvinne taster tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa, cream, and toffee. Very nice nose, a wonderful mix of the bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Loving it.

t - Tastes of of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, raisins, cocoa, cream, caramel malts, and tofee. Again, a really great mix; tons of sweet chocolate again. The chocolate and vanilla really comes through; a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Near perfect mouthfeel; a tiny bit more carbonation and it would be perfect. Hard to believe this one is in the 18.5%-20% ABV range.

o - Overall I thought this is a fantastic beer; I think I actually like it a bit better than the normal BT as it had more sweet chocolate, especially in the taste. I love chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon in beers, and this blends all three in a great way. A top notch RIS; very glad I'll get another bottle in the Reserve Society next year.

mdfb79, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

mrsdrabmuh, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Long time want for me.

The beer is dark brown with a thin, beige head. The aroma brings roast, booze, chocolate, vanilla. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. A huge dose of vanilla, followed by chocolate, oak, and light roast with a warming alcoholic finish. Just superb. A beer to savor. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

podunkparte, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

furthurgone, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the epic finewinemike event.

This beer is a chocolate lover's wet dream.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is just a huge aroma of chocolate that overwhelms pretty much everything else. I get some light vanilla and coffee as well, but the chocolate aroma (dark chocolate and milk chocolate) is intense, drowning out pretty much anything else. Much to my surprise, if anything the flavor profile is even more stunning, providing an absolute chocolate tour de force. This beer blows Southern Tier's Chokolat completely out of the water. This beer is rich and very sweet, though there's a hint of bitterness in the finish that buoys the sweetness just a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet, milk and dark chocolate finish. There's a bit of heat in the finish from the high level of alcohol in this beer, but I really didn't think it detracted much from the flavor profile.

Very, very impressive....

John_M, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this at a tasting this past weekend. Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a mild amount of tan head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malt with some cocoa and dark chocolate. There is a lot of really hot liquor in the finish.

Taste: Cocoa and roast hit the tongue right away. The chocolate flavors are mildly sweet, but the roast seems to dominate. There is a heat from the alcohol that shows up immediately and builds throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is a good beer, but didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I would love to try it again with some age on it, but we'll have to see if that happens.

oline73, Dec 19, 2011
4/5  rDev -11.9%

GOGRANDE, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

jobcrackerbah, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

marieow, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Azurelimits, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

mikereaser, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

VAbdoyan, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

davelag, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

ksherry112, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

trodersark, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jeff, you’re the man. Bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: A very slow pour yielded a very dark brown almost black color with no head to speak of.
S: Rich and sweet notes of bourbon, marshmallows, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Bit of roast as well.
T: Big smooth bourbon flavors, sweet caramel, thick chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Flavors are very creamy, smooth and integrated. The finish is full of caramel, and the aftertaste is warm with spicy bourbon and a bit of dark fruit.
M: Super thick body, smooth mouthfeel, slight alcohol warmth but tame. Overall a smooth, rich, creamy, and mellow drinking beer.
O: This is crazy good for a beer so bold and with such a high ABV as this one. Very rich and flavorful, yet wonderfully smooth and integrated. Thanks for the ounces, Jeff.

scottfrie, Nov 24, 2011
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
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