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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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2,002 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,002
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,284
Gots: 690 | FT: 82
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikedashg on 10-28-2009

Black Tuesday with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa Nibs.

2011: 18.5% ABV
2012: 19.5% ABV
2013: 18.0% ABV
2014: 18.5% ABV
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Massive thanks to Morgan in socal for sharing this one with myself, mnphish, amyhran, icecoldphatty and others - 2012 vintage:

As you'd expect, it pours pretty much identically to the base beer... edges if copper clarity, a thin khaki head and loads of oily alcohol aftermath that coats the cup.

Surprisingly mellow bourbon quality - takes a back seat to a variety of figs and dates, milk chocolate, vanilla oak, fresh coffee beans, some sweet dessert notes... caramel or toffee. More chocolate goodness.

Wonderful. Sweet assertive bourbon layered with caramel, fudge cake, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate liqueur, just as big and bad as BT with chocolate addition that somehow draws everything together instead of pushing the diabetic envelope.

Incredible stuff. I remain in search of...

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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Rain Batch 2

Pours a jet black beer with a few bubbles breaking the surface. Syrupy and heavy in the glass, looks like I expected. Menacing....

The aroma is downright bad. Booze. The strongest alcohol aroma I've ever encountered in a beer. I thought I may just have the beer too cold (around 42 degrees) so I let it sit for 15 minutes and revisted, re-sniffing throughout the 90 minute session. Harsh alcohol, solvents, chemical aromas. As it warms, more of the beer and bourbon show up but it's REALLY boozy. Nothing like any of the BT vintages I've had.

The flavor is rich, sweet, and hot. Bourbon is light but there. Vanilla and Chocolate are more forward. The alcohol is very present but works into the whole package. Sweet, decadent, boozy, syrupy, bourbon, vanilla, char, roast, sweet dark fruits. Tasty but way over the top.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, perfect. Heavy, thick, syrupy. No way to complain about it!

Overall, meh? Good. I'd happily drink it but I prefer regular Black Tuesday. And while it's a cool beer and it has a ton going on it's just not worth the price and effort for a non RS member to obtain. Glad I got to try it and it was a perfect beer for Christmas.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 19,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/09/2012 Lot 30

Thanks a million to futura123 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Hmmm, Chocolate Rain is far lighter than I expected. The body is dark brown and a back light shows a lot of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour generates a small tan coloured head that dissipates almost instantly and leaves no lacing. As one would expect from a beer that is 19,5%, a swirl coats the glass in thick, yellow tinted alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm this smells absolutely amazing! There is not as much chocolate as I was expecting (it is no Southern Tier Choklat), but who cares when it smells this good! Notes include: Dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, sweet vanilla, cocoa laced butter icing, chocolate liqueur, a ton of sweet dark fruits (cherries, raisins, dates and plums), a little oak and some molasses. For nearly 20%, there is shockingly little booze in the nose.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose and is absolutely delicious. Notes include: A ton of chocolate, sweet dark caramel, toffee, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and some molasses. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a little bothersome, but that has to be expected from a beer of this Abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full, but incredibly sticky and the carbonation is of a medium-low level and nicely smooth. I could sip on a beer like this all day!

Overall: Don't get me wrong, Chocolate Rain is a phenomenal beer, but I think I preferred Black Tuesday.

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 2,002 ratings.