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Chocolate Rain batches

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by AlexFields, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. AlexFields

    AlexFields Advocate (710) Tennessee Dec 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Question for anyone who's had all the batches of The Bruery's Chocolate Rain: is there significant variation across batches? I know 09 Black Tuesday was pretty different from other years, but the first release of CR had 2010 BT as a base right? Is it much different from later batches, and which batch is best?

    Basically I have a b1 CR and am trying to decide if it would be better to drink it or to trade it for a later batch of CR + some other want.
  2. batch 1 tastes like a oyster sauce and batch 2 tastes like light soy sauce.
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  3. That's like your opinion man
  4. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (720) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    I'm pretty sure he was asked for his opinion.... Yes? ;)
  5. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Savant (375) Illinois Apr 17, 2007

    Batch 1 was probably the best beer that I've ever had. I haven't had it for a year or two, but when I did, it was mind blowing.

    Haven't tried batch 2 yet.
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  6. Huh. Honestly on my phone I saw this thread as "chocolate rain bitches", and was much more intrigued. I was hoping for a drunken review of the beer. Oh well.
  7. Wish I had some in put. ISO Chocolate Rain
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  8. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,090) California Jan 31, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Haters gotta hate.:eek:
  9. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,090) California Jan 31, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I think Batch 1 has faded on the chocolate notes. And for most people seeking this are probably, I assume, looking for a Chocolate Rain to be well..chocolately. I have had numerous tastings of both batch 1, and batch 2 a few times. My opinion of this fantastic beer is that although it is stunning fresh, it drops off fairly quickly. just my 2 pesos.
  10. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    I dunno if he's hating... I love oyster sauce AND light soy sauce. Mmmmmmmmm Czar.
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  11. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Advocate (700) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    Batch 1 was crazy hot, and still remains fairly hot as of two months ago. Batch two is more cloyingly sweet, but I liked it much better, personally.
  12. I was joking... sorta. I am not a huge fan of BT or Chocolate Rain. To each his own.
  13. davesway10

    davesway10 Advocate (545) Iowa Jan 23, 2010 Beer Trader

    Just got my first ever Chocolate Rain, Its B2. Let the nay sayers nay and the doom preachers preach, but I'll be enjoying this bad boy weather I want to or not. Here's to hoping B2 is the better batch but I'll probably, personally, never know the difference. Happy New Year all.
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  14. zac16125

    zac16125 Poobah (1,025) South Carolina Jan 26, 2010 Beer Trader

    I've only had a batch 2, but it was fantastic. Soy sauce my ass.
  15. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Advocate (555) California May 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    Notice you didn't say if you liked their overall flavor...after all, both of those ingredients taste great in Bud Light Chelada.
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  16. AlexFields

    AlexFields Advocate (710) Tennessee Dec 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    I thought 09 BT was fantastic but that's the only CR/BT bottle I've had.

    Thanks everyone for the input, I'll still have to think about what I want to do but I'm not really a ticket so ultimately I'll probably decide having the first batch isn't so important and trade it to someone who cares about the difference or wants a vertical.
  17. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    If anyone wants to send bottles to get my opinion on the matter, you are very welcome to do so.
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  18. So Id really like to get my hands on a current bottle of this. Cigar City FT:)
  19. Speaking of Chocolate Rain, how does one tell the two apart? I know with BT it's the ABV. Does that hold true for CR?
  20. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Savant (435) Manitoba (Canada) Feb 9, 2009 Beer Trader

    CR b1 doesn't have the "Contains Alcohol" thing printed on the label.
  21. Ok so after some research it looks like the b2 Chocolate Rain has TCHO more prominently


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  22. IKR

    IKR Savant (495) California May 25, 2010

  23. Rckmo10

    Rckmo10 Savant (275) California Sep 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    IMO the chocolate fades rather quickly, as stated above. I have had both batched on different occasions and I enjoy B2 much more. B1 is still a great beer and I suggest drinking it, so you can form your own opinion.
  24. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 15, 2008

    He is an acquired taste. Kind of like herpes. He grows on you. And then you can't ever get rid of him.
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  25. aasher

    aasher Poobah (1,270) Indiana Jan 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    I don't think either are hot at all, but I drink bourbon neat...
  26. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Poobah (1,030) Kentucky Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Beat me to it. I shall bow out respectfully.
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  27. While moving my "brewery" recently I also organized my cellar and decided to take a side by side to further illustrate my earlier point.

    ---------Batch 1 ------- Batch 2---------
  28. JacobHalling

    JacobHalling Disciple (60) Denmark Apr 14, 2010

    Batch 1 is 18,5% abv and batch 2 is 19,5 right?