Chocolate Reign
The Bruery

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American Imperial Stout
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4.39 | pDev: 2.05%
The Bruery
California, United States
Notes: When it comes to big barrel-aged stouts, Chocolate Reign takes the crown. This elevated version of Chocolate Rain was double barrel-aged with even more cacao and more vanilla. Already laid to rest in wood for over a year, these hand-selected barrels earned the right for a second round of aging. Made with the finest of ingredients, including Columbian Arauca cacao and Madagascar vanilla, you could say this bottle is suited for royalty.
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet chocolate and slightly boozy aromatics on this one! Taste follows with a chocolate bomb on the palate, but has a heavy and boozy finish. This has good depth and feel but the heat is almost overpowering as it warms!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown out of the bottle, leaving a fairly dark walnut opaque body that's rather still, but manages even a touch of red along the edges. Head creation is fairly non existent, and barely a tan pencil thin collar is present. There are some very noticeable rising bubbles along the sides of the glass as well, that come up pretty fast.

The aroma is very nice but also subtle. Touches a very nice raspberry dark chocolate angle on the nose, mixing powdered cocoa and a touch of red wine like quality. It's delicate, not large, but also not hinting anywhere near the 20%+ abv boozy quality I would think one would expect which is very nice.

Palate opens up a bit more. Light body, much more wine like in character than hinting of thick malt barrel richness in mouthfeel. Still supportive of an interesting distinct chocolate dark quality. Slightly prickly sensation of cocoa powder and heat, mostly from fusel richness. Lingering light cocoa with a chocolate bitterness that does have a bit of soft touch to it. Some of the fruity character hinted on the nose doesn't seem to be coming through as much on the palate. Time the beer opens up considerably, with some enjoyable slow sipping. Light oak tannins contribute more later on, making the palate a bit woody spiced, and whiskey like notes of pencil shavings and earthy flavors.

Quite a surprising beer, that doesn't seem to give up it's secrets so easily.

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Chocolate Reign from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 8 ratings