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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,789 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 2,131
Gots: 658 | FT: 76
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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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Davihaw, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

nkelley77, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

zenithberwyn, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MI Mega Tasting III, provided by the one and only hoppymeal. Seems I'm thanking him a lot lately, and for good reason. 750ml wax-dipped bottle. Poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.

A - Pours a syrupy black, ever-so-slight tan-colored head on the initial pour which vanishes quickly and leaves only the base beer behind.

S - Huge sweetness, tons of chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol. Decadent. It's pretty messy right now...lots of booze, cloying sweetness, vanilla. It needs some more time, IMO.

T - Again, pretty much a mess. Chocolate, booze, vanilla, oak. The booze is very evident, and at 18.5%, I can understand why. It's like sipping chocolate syrup spiked with booze.

M - Full, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - The alcohol is a bit too much right now. I found 2009 Black Tuesday to be much the same upon release, but after a year, it really mellowed out and came into it's own. For what it is, it's not bad, just not outstanding and a little too much hype. My 3oz pour was more then enough.

Sean9689, Apr 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Mayo2323, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Sethzilla, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

bsuedekum, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

bcerv-ca, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 2012 vintage served in a Deschute tulip. Huge thanks again to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.

A: Pours a jet black with a thin tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and leaves some massive legs on the glass after each sip.

S: Big boozy bourbon with some brownie and chocolate covered raisins. The oak is present as well, but is really dominated by the booze.

T: Dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and some woody oak. Dark fruits, mainly raisins and figs are mid palate. The finish is mainly a vanilla sweetness and some warming booze.

M: Slick and viscous. Low carbonation and some warmth in the throat.

O: This beer definitely needs some time. I enjoyed the sweetness from the vanilla but it couldn't quite cut the big boozy bourbon. I'm glad I still have one in the cellar that I can revisit in a year or two.

Treebs, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Dolfan907, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

dwagner003, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

LockeSD, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

daysinthewake, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

pixieskid, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tom for sharing Batch#2 and Merc for sharing Batch#1

The beer pours a deep black with no visible head. The nose is cloyingly sweet with a touch of chocolate and way too much booziness. The taste is just as sweet and the immensely overpowering alcohol makes this beer less than enjoyable. I literally feel my palate burning with each sip...and none of the beers rich, chocolaty body comes to my rescue. I assumed the beer would have a velvety smoothness that masked the alcohol, but this is not the case. (Batch #1 is significantly better with far less high octane ethanol and much more chocolaty smoothness). I just don't understand the hype...but I'd recommend getting a Batch#1 over a #2 in any case.

2013 batch shared side-by-side with mocha wednesday and BT
Pours a bit darker than Black Tuesday, very dark brown, some sediment, razor thin head around the perimeter. The nose had a potently aromatic vanilla, some deeper chocolate notes, prune as it warms, caramel sweetness, hints of alcohol. The taste has a big chocolatey sweetness and burning ethanol in the finish. The mouthfeel is sweet, but has a vanilla and chocolate presence that cuts through the ethanol (especially compared to Black Tuesday). It's not as thick and full bodied as expected, but the alcohol is well masked, even when it warms. This beer is noticeably better than the base, really drinkable considering the abv and heavy flavors

ThePorterSorter, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Soneast, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

bikesnbeerFtc, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

jb3304, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with the girlfriend and some friends at Eureka! Burger last night. Pours a thick black color with little to no head. Some tiny brown bubbles. Scent is very sweet and boozy. The booze is very up front in the nose, which quickly switches to sweet chocolate and vanilla. Subtle sweet bourbon aroma with more intensified vanilla. Taste is not nearly as boozy as the nose made it seem. Very sweet though. Intense sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors...like literally eating some rich chocolate cake. I feel like there could have been more barrel flavor to this beer...and possibly a little overly sweet. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is fair, as long as you are sharing it with a good amount of people. Overall, I enjoyed Black Tuesday a bit more. This is a well-crafted beer that most breweries could not pull off (a 19.5 ABV stout that is drinkable!)...just good in small doses. Glad I tried it. I have one more bottle and need to decide whether to age it longer or trade it.

DovaliHops, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

emaciated, Mar 04, 2013
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.