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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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1,567 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,567
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 2,021
Gots: 631 | FT: 81
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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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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Kentucky

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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magictacosinus

California

4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to try this the other night thanks to a surprise bottle opening at a bar I go to. Thanks to everyone who was generous enough to share! One of my top wants for a while. 2013 vintage. Poured into a wine taster glass from a 750ml bottle. Keep in mind that I *haven't* had Black Tuesday yet as of this review, so I have nothing to compare it to.

This actually was a gusher. Are you joking?! Nevertheless, pours pitch black (as expected), with some brownish, tanned streaks, which mostly manifests itself in the head. The alcohol legs are monstrous, but lacing is actually far better than I thought it would be, leaving behind granite looking droplets against the wall of the glass after every swirl and sip. Looks like a chocolate liqueur melded with port wine, plain and simple.

An immediate blast of malty, chocolate and oak laden sweetness reaches the nose, but it's a little more complex than other imperial stouts within the category. The first flavors that hit the nostrils (albeit a brief sting from the alcohol) consist of fudge, caramel, and vanilla, and soon meld into a far more unique profile at the finish - with roasted cashews (seriously, not joking, this is very nutty), tobacco, prunes, dark cherries, and molasses. Quite a complex offering, and while it fails to hide the alcohol as well as I'd want, it's still extremely diverse for a mere chocolate-forward bourbon barrel aged offering.

The flavor is exactly what you'd expect it to be based off of the aroma - an enormous cascade of chocolate and fudge, combined with a brief sweetness of burnt toffee, vanilla, and caramel. Very, very sweet, but luckily other flavors make themselves noticeable at the finish, ranging from dark fruit (blackcurrant, prunes), spices (cinnamon, tobacco), and a brief tannic consistency from the oak barrels. While there's some carbonation, this is extremely syrupy, but luckily it's not overbearingly sweet so it doesn't bother me as much in the long run. As a port wine lover, it's pretty impressive how this tastes very similar to drinking a high quality Tawny with some dark chocolate alongside. Very enjoyable, but 4oz was more than enough.

Very good, but most certainly not worth the $40 price tag they're asking for on this. TCHO is one of my favorites and their chocolate really accentuates the base beer overall. Perhaps improves it, but I will only find that out as soon as I get to crack open my first BT. I'll be honest, though - it's going to be hard to find a beer of this type again that is as decadent and as complex as this one is!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:32:33 | More by magictacosinus
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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California

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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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Wisconsin

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New York

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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VernonBaxter

Texas

4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- much the same as lack Tuesday. Not as black as you might think, dark around the rim and doesn't appear super thick

Nose- straight vanilla, then some sweet milk chocolate then bourbon. Vanilla is really crazy strong, even for a 2012. Slight booze.

Taste: this is a dessert. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Vanilla is still extremely prominent, then sweet chocolate whole bourbon and sweet oak is present throughout. Very rich and decadent, drink this by itself.

Overall: this is a liquid dessert, much like a port or brandy. Would be fantastic with a flour-less chocolate cake with rich vanilla icing. This is a fantastic beer, for sure, but it's so rich is a "this is my only beer tonight" kind of beer




Serving type: bottle

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Maryland

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,567 ratings.