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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,132
Gots: 660 | FT: 76
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 UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

2012 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some excellent barrel aging going on. I am thrilled I was finally able to try this one.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Wowcoolman, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of MikeRMII
5/5  rDev +10.1%

MikeRMII, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of waltersrj
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bruery RS Initiation 2012.

Pour: Dark chocolate brown, nearly black with a dark brown/tanned head.

Nose: Dark fudge brownie, dark chocolate, loads of vanilla, more chocolate, slight alcohol, amazing.

Taste: Loads of fudge, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Some cherry pits, more vanilla, and fudge. This beer is amazing!

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and chewy, this is perfect for the style.

Overall: Amazing. That's all you need to know.

waltersrj, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to blatantdream for gifting me one of my whales! Shared this 2010 bottle at a tasting last month, reviewed from notes. Opened alongside Black Tuesday '10 for comparison.

Looks about the same as BT, not quite as much head, but who cares? Time to subtract arbitrary beer geek points for something that in no way detracted from my enjoyment.

Massive aroma emanates from my glass upon first pouring and remained potent for hours afterwards as I savored my pour. So incredibly much going on here, but the overwhelming scent is heavily vanilla and reminds me of vanilla cake frosting. Specifically, red frosting. Caramel, booze, cocoa, some roasted malts too. But yeah, cake batter & frosting out the wazoo!

Loved this aroma so much -- I kept about 1oz in my glass for the rest of the night and took a whiff every few minutes. On par with the best aromas I've ever experienced (Morning Wood & Passionfruit Berliner from FB, Cable Car Kriek). Where are the Chocolate Rain scented candles?

Taste is decadent; layers of flavor with strong vanilla leading the charge again. Deeply roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, and plenty of booze. The alcohol doesn't bite at all; rather, it blends in with the other flavors exceptionally well and warms nicely as it descends too. Again: vanilla cake frosting. *Red* cake frosting.

Flavor profile was shockingly different from its base beer (Black Tuesday) -- to the extent that I never would have known they shared the same base just from tasting them both. Also, the huge, creamy body from BT'10 was somehow absent in Chocolate Rain. Needs a LOT more body to carry this much flavor. No idea how it disappeared either, but its return is needed! :)

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've ever consumed. Glad I got to share it with a great group of BAs too! Met or exceeded all of my expectations, minus the body. Cannot wait to sample it on draft this weekend at the Bruery Reserve Society event, and I'm excited about the bottles I'm getting from this year's batch!

brystmar, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of islandboi8204
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 (2010) 750mL split 2 ways.

Pours with a dark foam that settles quickly with no lacing. Body is black, touch of brown at the fringes.

Smell is incredible, once I opened the bottle it filled the room. Chocolate fudge cake, vanilla, caramel, booze, banana.

Tastes of fudge, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Less sweet than I remember Black Tuesday 11 being, so maybe the cocoa, vanilla and some roast character helps balance this one out. A little alcohol heat present, but well masked for 18.5%. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, full-bodied, with mild alcohol warmth. Sticky, viscous, and carbonation is bit too low. Not as thick as I was hoping for.

Overall, a delicious improvement from BT 11, I guess it has to do with the cocoa, vanilla, and aging. A decadent dessert beer that isn't overly sweet. Looking forward to trying my 2012 vintages.

islandboi8204, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jorgemir
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Mattylegend
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Mattylegend, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

The Bruery
Orange, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

The body of the beer is near black throughout, with very dark brown edges, and a very thin dark brown head. The beer leaves thin, wispy, specks of stick to the glass.

The aroma of the rich, dark chocolates is simply divine. Roasted malt, bourbon, and a hint of coffee complement the chocolate as well, but this is a chocolate lover's dream in a glass. There's also perhaps a bit of earthy vanilla and sweet cream. The aroma is rich, decadent, and incredible. It doesn't get much better, if at all.

The flavor is rich and transformed--a much different beer than Black Tuesday. The rich, earthy, bittersweet flavors of chocolate come through first and foremost, alongside barrel/bourbon character, vanilla, and whipped cream. There's a presence of alcohol warmth but it's not at all distracting and small in accordance with the beer's ABV.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. A wonderful dessert sipper. Decadent.

Incredible, though I prefer Black Tuesday.

ehammond1, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

nataku00, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Travisnin, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 - Sampled 1/6/13. Too sweet and boozy compared to Batch 1, so I have to ding this a little on taste. Both were aged about the same amount of time, hopefully batch 3 turns out a little more drier and less hot.

Batch 1 - Pours a silky, menacing, near black color with a small dark tan head. Some solid lacing on the sides of the snifter, especially after a few swirls.

The aromas are out of this world. My first impression is liquid brownie batter; a huge mix of dark and milk chocolate/cocoa powder, equally large vanilla and caramelized sugars. As it warms you get the base beer's presence coming through with a light dosing of bourbon plus some mild roasted maltiness. Booze is extremely subtle at this point and I can only detect because this is at cellar temp (if not warmer). There's a mild coffee presence, but that is more of an undertone to sweeter chocolaty smells.

The tastes begin almost equally as intense as the nose. The chocolate is the dominant character. Melted milk chocolate malt balls, melted dark chocolate baker's cocoa bars and vanilla extract all come to mind initially. This is diabetes in a glass. Next you get lesser amounts of light bourbon and hints of oak plus lesser notes of roast coffee.

The mouthfeel is really thick and full bodied with, thankfully, some medium to low carbonation. Finish is velvety smooth and sweet, and yet thanks to the base beer being barrel aged, it avoids being cloying.

Overall this was stupendous and a great treat to sample. There is no feasible way I could finish this by myself or probably even with another person just because of its luscious flavor profile. Highly recommended for all beer geeks and absolutely a must try; definitely one to trade for and share with a couple beer geek buddies.

claspada, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Rckmo10, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Beezee, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +10.1%

ZX6Chris, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of smarcoly
5/5  rDev +10.1%

smarcoly, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Abrahammer
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Abrahammer, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Destral
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Destral, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of BC4MFRED1
5/5  rDev +10.1%

BC4MFRED1, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

MASPuros, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

StarRaptor, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a few bubbles - no head to speak of. It's pretty clear, not as opaque as I'd expected. The smell is heavy on the bourbon, with some sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla. The taste is big sweet chocolate upfront, some notes of oak and vanilla in the middle, with big bourbon burn at the end. The vanilla became more prominent as it warmed. It's fairly thin, moderately carbonated, easy on the tongue. A nice beer.

gory4d, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

2beerdogs, Jan 20, 2012
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.