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Chocolate Rain - The Bruery

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303 Reviews
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Reviews: 303
Hads: 2,341
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 2,512
Gots: 909 | FT: 120
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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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Photo of Ri0
4.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured about 6oz from a bottle.

A - Deep space black with brown highlights and a thin brown head, no lacing.

S - Boozy with massive dark chocolate notes. Molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit also contribute to the aroma.

T - Rather copious amount of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla with toffee and dark fruit. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't seem like the 18.5% ABV. It is just so chocolatey, but not overly sweet.

M - Medium with lighter carbonation and an alcohol burn at the end.

O - This was excellent to try and I highly recommend it. I'm not sure I would buy it, but it was awesome!

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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black as motor oil.

The aroma has sweet vanilla, some alcohol, bourbon, sweet toffee and molasses, a familiar Black Tuesday aroma, but with punches of dark chocolate come through.

The flavor follows upfront of sweet chocolate and vanilla. Onto hints of bourbon. Toffee sweetness, dark fruits, and then a hit of alcohol on the finish.

Having had multiple vintages, '10 dulls the alcohol very well. '11 is still a bit hot. '13 was obviously the most hot, but the chocolate and vanilla shined through so well. Drink this fresh.

Definitely better than Black Tuesday and its variants. Lovely beer.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful brown ale poured into a Firestone taster. The smell is intoxicating. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of booze. Loads of oak. This is a whiskey lovers desert. The taste is like a whiskey white russian. Very amazing chocolate, whiskey, coffee flavors in there. The best stout I have ever tasted. Lots of boozy bite on the tongue and very warming, but very smooth for 18.5%. Bravo Bruery, bravo! Can't wait to age on of these bad boys. 2013 series.

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Photo of BeerXKing
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A; pours a dark brown colored body with some amber tints to it. created an off-white thin head that quickly dissipated.

S: big alcohol soaked dark fruits right up front, with an awesome sweet dark chocolate toffee/molasses and vanilla bean blats. this beer doesn't smell like its 18.5%..

T: i pick up on an immense sweetness but its not overly sweet. big chocolate, toffee, alcohol soaked figs/raisins, and a bit of heat to it that's actually quite inviting. for 18.5% this is extremely smooth and the finish is an awesome creamy vanilla that helps cut out the alcohol.

M: on the lighter side of full bodied. chocolate, vanilla and touch of alcohol is left on the palate. this is really enjoyable.

O: An outstanding brew. extremely well balanced, and has just the right amount of sweetness to cut out the big ABV.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle crushed druing Sugar Bowl hope solo

A- Rather transparent for a BA stout, especially with this amount of ABV. Little to no head. Thin lacing around the bottle.

S- Big bourbon upfront. Chocolate malty in back. Dates perhaps raisin thin in back.

T- Rich chocolate bourbon. Very smooth. This is for the sweet beer lovers. Probably wouldn't work if you are a die hard strict RIS fan.

M- Pretty smooth, with some carbonation going down the throat. Kinda thin. Surprised by that. I have had this many times, and I don't remember it being this thin.

O- I think?? a well crafted beer by The Bruery. It seems their most popular beers have to have a sweet factor.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage 750ML - NYC bottle share with mdfb79. Thanks Dan – Whalez Bro!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Viscous looking body collects a dark black pearl in the glass with a light edging of more translucent brown. Thin wisp of quick going khaki cream settles out to a partial ring. Minor alcohol runners and a couple dots of stick are left behind.

S: Cocoa nib and booze at the forefront. Loads of dark roast character with more fudgy chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. The barrel aging is there with a touch of woodsy earth, crème brulee, and vanilla bourbon spice. Light undertones of toasted coconut and coffee. I get a touch of soy sauce/umami thing going on in the background as well. Overall nice with good chocolate aromas but a touch boozy and rather restrained bourbon notes.

T: Chocolate mousse cake with toasted caramels, cherry cordial, and plum. Not the most chocolaty beer I have had but with good complementing layers of dark roasted grain, vanilla bean, molasses, and toasted coconut. Boozy alcohol but it is tolerable here. The beers dessert like sweetness is cut by the intense alcohol sting and a higher amount of hop bitterness. Earthy with some mild spice. The vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon really start to perk as the beer warms up which takes some effort. A great beer but not quite up to my expectations. Hits you like a chocolate liqueur majority of the time.

M: Heavy and slick from the seemingly lower amount of carbonation. Has a fairly viscous quality that is relatively balanced by a nice bitter bite and light drying finish. Warming alcohol coats the palate.

D: A nice sipper and definitely a great feat in craft beer but didn’t quite meet expectations. It is chocolate and booze with some timid barrel character. I feel there are just other beers with more developed chocolate and better bourbon character. Would really like to spend some more time with this one though.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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Photo of VernonBaxter
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of alaimoa
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Rain review side by side with BCBS 2013 and Black Tues 2012
BCBS best appearance of the group, not too impressive on appearance with no real lace but jet black but better on second pour nice lace. Smell bourbon chocolate. Taste really good a bit better than pirate.. upfront, chocolate bars dance on the tongue.. could really use some vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake to make a shake with.
Feel is thick and sweet but not disgusting like DL

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blurring the lines of what is ale and what is a barley liqueur, Chocolate Rain is a spell-binding elixir that mesmerizes the taste buds with its succulent and savory dessert-like properties. Even with its ridiculous alcohol, one decadent taste and she'll have you under her spell for hours.

As the beer crawls around in the glass, its would-be onyx-black appearance is shed upon by shades dark brown mocha. A gentle swirl leaves a sprinkle of cocoa on the glass along with an inky and rusty haze. Light on any head character, the ominous ale prefers brandy-type legging over any Belgian lace.

Savory richness exudes from the snifter as the olfactories become awash with fudge-type chocolate, brownie batter and sweet liquor. With a stern scent of port and sherry, its roasted "stout" character, in all its espresso and toasted glory is somehow dwarfed by the immense dark chocolate overtones.

Its taste is nothing short of decadent as its rich chocolate and mocha flavor simply melt the palate, the heart and the soul. It's an absolute culinary delight as the roasted espresso flavors are trumped with all that fuggy, brownie, ooey-gooey richness. As soon as the ale becomes too much, the rise of bourbon-like sweetness, sherry-like tartness and port-like savory notes become almost "meaty-rich" like teriyaki. Finishing long and strong, its flavor hangs onto the palate like tiramisu.

Its absurdly full body is chewy, mouth-coating as the ale coats the palate with a dense film. The Bruery might as well serve it up with a fork and knife. But all that clinging cloying texture ensures a long and savory reward as the beer's thickness is only tempered by buttery and acidic alcohol heat.

The front of its label reads, "contains alcohol" - ya think!? Chocolate Rain is a most decadent ale-sipping experience- especially for chocoholics like me. I'm sold!

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A fudge brown pour, almost pitch black, with a modest mocha head; not much lacing but very leggy

Smell: Boozy aromatics, with chocolate, vanilla and Bourbon pronounced

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla. up front, with a Bourbon blast in the middle; the fusel alcohol burn builds, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; smooth, but plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Rich chocolate and full on Bourbon; quite a concoction and worth sharing

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Photo of The-yetti
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from a 2013 bottle.

Appearance: Black as sin, no light whatsoever comes through. There is a thin tan head that I cant believe is there.

Nose: Big notes of chocolate, and bitter dark chocolate. Smells amazing. Light astrigency from the alchohol but that is to be expected with this abv.

Taste: This thing is just dripping with a sweet milk chocolate flavor, if I could make hot cocoa from this I would. This is a big beer but you cant taste any alchohol at all. There is a slight warming in the chest, but it never comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This has one of the thickest mouthfeels I have ever had, there is a slight sweet film left on my teeth.

overall this didnt dissapoint as so many of the whales have been for me. glad I was able to get this.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Rain pours down in an alluring brown murkiness that holds a deeply thick and robust crown of Brown foam.

The aroma hits sharply with a snap of alcohol but then settles in with coconut and vanilla. Deeper in the aroma starts to really penetrate deep in the nose with fudgy chocolate and molasses.

The fudge, chocolate and brownie like flavors burst on the palate as the finish ends with cream and whiskey notes.

The feel is smooth and quite thick. The alcohol is imperceptible but for a warmth that enters the body and gives you a happy feeling all over.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -pours near black with half a finger if rich chocolate head, OK retention, weak lacing. Doesn't look especially viscous

S - huge woody boozyness, a bit of bold rich chocolate. Dry stale vanilla

T-Initially a great mix of big booze and chocolate sweetness. Transitions to monster chcolaye booze, incredibly sweet. Definite vanilla

M - medium/full bodied OK arb, super super smooth

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Photo of canucklehead
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had. Thick , rich and insane in the complexity dept. Lots of ABV but really noticeable, the chocolate notes are abounding but melded with a lot of dark fruits and thick darkness. So good that it made me verbally say damn and stop to savour the finish. Lots of things are said about Bruery but this is a good indication of the level they are playing at.

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Photo of HookemHoos
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served out of a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. It was really an amazing beer. It poured extremely dark with very limited carbonation. The smell was full of chocolate. The taste was an abundance of chocolate with a big boozy alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kyle

Cccchhhooocccooolllaaattteee, rrraaaiiisssiiinnnsss, aaalllcccooohhhoollll, whooollleee vannniiilllaa beeaannns, bourbon sweetness.

Real good. Nothing spectacular. Would be better paired with a dessert in a nice setting. Would like to age a bottle for a few years to see how it mellows...

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No head and very minimal scattered lace marks on a very deep brown but light getting through body. Aroma is dominated by milk chocolate and oak barrels and bourbon. Hint of vanilla. Flavor as my good friend describes it is more chocolate like than actual chocolate almost like a chocolate typhoon more than a chocolate rain. Obviously dark and milk chocolate dominate with large amounts if vanilla, coconut and brown sugar. The sweetness is really too much. Even as you drink this one it doesn't get any easier to bare the sweetness with the alcohol and bourbon taking a back seat even to how sweet it is. Full body and light carbonation, very smooth. Good but way too sweet for me. Glad I tired it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2013 poured into short highball glass 11/10/13, big props to Adam for opening this monster

A dark cola, no head or lace as expected, long legs, like Tuesday its not as dark as expected, no too worried though, looks aren't everything

S holy fudge batman, milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbons there, chocolate liqueur, there's booze but not the massive amount there should be, I don't get much of the barrel that should come with the bourbon but this smells awesome either way

T a little more wood then the nose but still not all that much, not the extreme chocolate fudge on the nose but still strong, vanilla and booze still play a big part, tastes great but the nose was a hard act to follow

M thick and syrupy, a little heat but there should be much more, my lips are stuck together, bourbon and I get a hint of smoke on the finish

O half chocolate liqueur, half bourbon, half big fuck off stout, yes I realize that's three 1/2s but I'd say this is easily a beer and a half

I could have sat there smelling this all night but I kept drinking it and before I knew it my glass was empty. I was expecting much more heat from this 2013 bottle, I'd love another crack at this one with a few years on it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some tan head, and some clarity around the edges. The aroma starts with heavy bourbon and oak paired with candy sweetness. Loads of cacao comes in towards towards the end which tempers the intense sweetness. Some light vanilla highlights noticeable at the very end. The flavor follows suit with the nose. It starts
very sweet with the heavy cacao quickly following. Notes of cream, coconut, and vanilla come through as the sweetness subsides with one last wave of dark chocolate at the end. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. Overall, a nice feature of cocoa, very sweet, strong, but well balanced considering its monstrous 18% abv.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle, vintage 2012. Generously shared by lunarbrew at a crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass.

Review #225.

Looks like Black Tuesday. Pours motor oil and looks like liquid chocolate, like fondue. Opaque, black and chewy. Even came out with a 1cm mocha head that had fairly good retention. Not much lacing. Looks like freakin' dessert.

Heavenly is what I'd call the smell. We had just drank 2011 Black Tuesday before opening up this one, and it smells even better than BT. The massive sweetness of the base BT is tempered a bit by cocoa bitterness and raw vanilla, which is perfect. It's intense and over the top, which is the Bruery for you.

I love how this beer tastes. The sweetness is pretty much a straight up caramel-molasses-sugar bomb. So intensely sweet, but not overly so because of the bigness of the vanilla essence and the bitterness of the cocoa nibs. A good bit of barrel contribution, giving us some sweet bourbon and some oak.

Mouthfeel is BT plus. Medium bodied, basically liquid dessert, much like Bourbon County Stout. Carbonation is low which is expected here. Best thing about it is that there is no booziness whatsoever in this 19.5% beer. Dang! Finish is complex as hell with a nice resinous quality to it. Not too sticky, not too dry. Its great.

This is an awesome imperial stout. Much better than Black Tuesday for sure.. the adjuncts do a great job of taming down BT's ridiculous sugar bomb aspect, and there is no heat in this. None at all. This is a treat, but I would agree that you have to open this bottle with 4-5 other people to be able to fully enjoy this.

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Photo of spicelab
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. 2013. Shared at tasting and transcribed from notes.

Conspicuously light chocolate brown with an anaemic tan head that quickly dissipates to a collar.

Ripping vanilla, 70% dark chocolate, frangelico, liquorice, cocoa and steadily growing hazelnut presence. Big and brash.

Similar but booze and sweetness causes a loss of structure and focus. Mainly big, sugary barrel contributions of vanilla essence, coconut and Frangelico.

Not hugely thick or heavy, but marred by the distracting, hot booze presence.

Some delectable flavours but lack of drinkability is a big problem. Going to sit on my other bottle for a good few years.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage bottled, served in fff teku at the abs ballers meeting.

Obsidian with ruby tint, no lasting head or lacing, strong alcohol legs.

Strongest vanilla I have gotten off a beer on the nose, boozy, chocolate. The vanilla hit quickly and bites hard but lets go long enough to enjoy the roasted coco, oak, sweet molasses notes. Very sweet, pretty boozy, but very pleasant bourbon heat.

Full body, low carbonation, chewy, warm etoh.

Amazing beer but still needs a year or two longer on that vintage for the vanilla to mellow, I was bummed the coco nibs didnt shine through as much, but still, this is liquid gold, eould love to try older years!

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Photo of MaartenvanDoorn
2.61/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

The beer was poured from a bottle into the glass. It looks really dark and nice. It also smells good: very complex. However, I did not like the taste. Not balanced, too sweet and it also did not taste like 'beer' at all. The beer is also very heavy, a very dominant alcohol and sweet chocolate taste. Overall, the first impression of the beer was good but the taste is disappointing.

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Photo of ucis
1/5  rDev -77.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Cocoa sweet boozy drain pour. I want with all my heart to praise this beer and to say that what I gave for it was remotely worth it. I wouldn't trade a six pack of your favorite AB-INBEV product for another bottle. Overly sweet, overly misplaced boozy in a very non clever way. This smelled like something my brother would have cooked up in his "cooking class" when he was postulating drug addled kittens. The mouth feel was nice and thick, like poisonous pancake syrup.

I'm sorry.

(2013 bottle...maybe this is ten years too fresh)

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.