Chocolate Rain
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #19
Ranked #67
4.59 | pDev: 9.37%
The Bruery
California, United States
Chocolate RainChocolate Rain
Notes: Black Tuesday with Vanilla Bean & Cocoa Nibs.

2011: 18.5% ABV
2012: 19.5% ABV
2013: 18.0% ABV
2014: 18.5% ABV
2015: 18.4% ABV
2016: 19.7% ABV
2017: 19.6% ABV
2018: 19.5% ABV
2019: 19.5% ABV
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BeanBump from California

4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy oh boy. You take an already infamous beer and up the ante by adding vanilla and cocoa. Gnarly. It's a beastly beer that is a true sipper if Ive ever seen one. It's rich, dark, heavy, sweet and delicious. The addition of cocoa and vanilla add flavor to a beer that, honestly, didnt really need any help but somehow serves as an upgrade. Great beer, share it with good friends, dont drive afterward.

Apr 22, 2020
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RMW66 from Australia

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW!!! Just tasted this on tap at Brewski in Brisbane. One of the truly great stouts, IMO. Would have loved to try it alongside CBS, my favorite other stout to date. I would try to expand on this but words cannot do justice to such great beer.

Mar 18, 2020
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jhartley from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottling.
A lot of barrel in the nose, along with vanilla.
Still a lot off booziness in this one. Plenty of vanilla and a slight bitterness from the cacao nibs.
Thick mouthfeel, a zipper for sure!
A big boy imperial stout not to be taken lightly! A great beer.

Dec 27, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this variant. Maybe better than the base beer.

Thin with the mouthfeel. Warming. Semidry when you consider the style, barrel aging and adds.

The high ABV is apparent but not overwhelming. Not over barreled. Oak, vanilla, lower levels of dark chocolate.

The nose is all about the vanilla and the barrel. Quite pleasant and as noted not over done.

Nov 09, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the finest imperial stouts. Tastes like prunes and chocholate with not too much sweetness. It also ages really well. Mouthfeel is think, but not too thick, and the ABV is off the charts.

Oct 16, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bruery Terreux in Anaheim, CA.

Wow. Perfect. Almost damn near perfect. It really is. I’m sure If Buzz Aldrin drilled for oil on the moon and took a sip, this is what it would taste like. Perfect on the eyes like Romee Stijd; perfect aroma like Romee Stijd; perfect taste like Romee Stijd; and you guessed it, perfect feel like Romee too.

I am on the moon. I am in a supermodel’s bed. Slap me, baby, I’m horny. Slap me, baby, I’m alive.

Oct 13, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black withi a still, oily look to it. Head foams up to a finger in height, but disappears quickly. Foam is khaki in color. Aroma is booze from the moment the wax-covered bottle cap is cracked open. In addition to heavy booze (via bourbon) is chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee, molasses, coffee and roasty, toasty malts. There is a hint of char at the finish. Flavor profile follows suit, with sugary notes of chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee, molasses, caramel and brown sugar mingling with lightly bitter notes of roasty, toasty malts, coffee and char. Booze and bourbon is present throughout, adding a substantial level of heat even after aging the bottle for a couple years. Alcohol turns the finish to dry, rinsing away the initial sweetness. Mouth feel is thick and full, but with a rather still texture. Overall, heavy, filling and with plenty of heat. It's a bottle worth sharing, but sparingly.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Aug 25, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015. 18.4% ABV.

Like with all the other Weekday pours, a dark brown color with crimson hues. Small amounts of ivory head that dissipates quickly and settles into the beer.

Dark fruit and booze right away on the nose, with hints of roasty coffee and vanilla. Lots of potent ethanol, with those expected notes of oak and char from the Black Tuesday's sweet, smooth base character. Although there's that high gravity potency, even after 3 years of bottle conditioning, both adjuncts are still very much present.

The vanilla and chocolate have held up so well in the flavors. If you have a bottle of this from 2015, now is the time to open it. Predominantly sweet, with complimentary hints of dark fruit and subtle roasty coffee. Balanced, smooth flavors. Baker’s chocolate bitterness contrasts a sweet vanilla bean finish.

Smooth and the softest mouthfeel of all the other Weekday variants. Warm, boozy, with low carbonation that is still present but not at all distracting.

Dec 31, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Brown. Foamy, short tan had that lasts a little. Color is surprisingly light.

Smells bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, caramel and chocolate.

Taste roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit hints, and caramel. Lots of barrel character it should be called bourbon rain instead. Finishes dry with a roasted and bourbon linger. Lighter medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation. Flavor is not as sweet as I was expecting but tastes amazing. The body was surprisingly thin though.

Nov 24, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/2015 - 2013 vintage - Wow, this is exactly what I wanted from this Black Tuesday variant; the chocolate takes it to the next level - big fan! The mouthfeel is even better, too.

Sep 27, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation was a bit low with pour head retention. Not what I have seen with the other black Tuesday varients. Otherwise this is basically black Tuesday with the chocolate notes turned up to 11, which is not a bad thing.

Aug 22, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a 2017 bottle from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass. This beer, just like Black Tuesday, pours out way lighter in color than expected when pouring a stout of this nature. Medium-dark brown color with highlights all the way through. On the pour, as quick as bubbles could form they would pop. Eventually the carbonation got ahead of the disippation and formed a thinner light tan crown. The smell is quite demanding and confident with booze and alcohol. It burns the nostrils and honestly doesn't leave much else to show you along the way. The taste comes in more inviting, showing you smooth chocolate and vanilla, while still having a rather pronounced burn. I do enjoy the thickness of the body to these but I will say that I wish this and Black Tuesday were both more complex. They really aren't blowing me away. I get it, it's impressive they made a 20% stout blah blah blah, but I still want it to have complexity and blow me away. And these just haven't been.

Aug 20, 2018
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SippingInHolland from Netherlands

4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big chocolate bomb and very tasteful.
Great beer when you take your time to drink it during a part of the day.

Also had one during a sharing evening and that 19.7 abv was a little to much for most of us.

Jul 16, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a teku glass. B #510 February 5th 2018.

Fleeting and sudsy tan head, that dissolves pretty quickly, to barely a thin collar. Interesting body color though. Opaque and dark but has this giant amount of purple to it somehow.

This is an interesting aroma. Wine like fruit flavors mixing in with an interesting cocoa bent. Rich dusting cocoa powder, almost husky and carob thick ripping on the nose. Not sweet at all, but not much barrrel hinting character on this. Impressive but not sure the angle this is going.

So down the hatch and what do we get? Big richness. Light bodied but with excellent silky quality and maybe a touch of cutting fizz, filling with rich flavors. Light warm touches of raspberry and cherry like kirsch heat, mixing with a dark decadent cocoa powder that blankets and even neutralizes the sweetness so perfectly. Rich dusting finish on the aftertaste, while large, doesn't come off as a hot boozy mess. I am literally feeling fine powder on my lips and tongue with this brew.

Impressive and punchy. Goes aggressive but with some control, but not without some sacrifices. Impressive stuff.

Jul 04, 2018
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chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska

4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Over the last year, I have had pours of the 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 batches. This beer ages phenomenally, love the chocolate aromas and taste. Will continue to buy and drink this lovely beer.

Jan 16, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mixed opinion. Have been waiting to try this for years. Bought 3 and will try out over at least 9 Years. Beer #1: Beer had outstanding nose and flavor, and is easily considered an excellent beer. Appearance was fine and head/lacing consistent with an almost 20% ABV. Very disappointed in mouthfeel... had expected something full and rich and instead a bit hot (understand), very thin (don’t understand) and even a touch astringent. Hard to believe it’s a Double IS. Almost a mix of Black Tuesday, Vanilla, nibs... and Sang Noir.
It’s not going to get any thicker or creamier... so much less excited about aging. A very delicious beer... just not my style for body.

Jan 16, 2018
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brewaddict from California

4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10/1/17, from notes
2017 vintage
L - Pours deep toffee color with a thin khaki head.
S - The aroma is very similar to Black Tuesday. Lots of bourbon and ethanol. Also lots of dark fruits. I only get hints of chocolate, vanilla, and char.
T - The flavors are typical bourbon notes; vanilla, oak, char, and hints of caramel. There are sweet chocolate undertones throughout. But there is a big ethanol bitter finish.
F - Thin body, but a little sticky
O - I'm a little disappointed. The overall experience is good, but doesn't knock my socks off. That ethanol finish was a killer. This is a relatively fresh bottle and it could just use some age.

Edit: opened a '15 bottle and it's way better than '17 fresh. The reduced ethanol flavors allow the chocolate flavor and aroma to really come out. Score adjusted up from my original 4.3 average.

Dec 30, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015. Teku pour. LOVE black tuesday but every other variant hasn't lived up to it yet. Hoping CR is the outlier.

L - thin murky brown like BT

S - alcohol and dark fruit. I smell zero of its proclaimed additions and honestly it just smelled like a less pronounced version of black tuesday. Disappointed here.

T - mmmkay. I see you chocolate rain. Massive amounts of milk chocolate overtop of black tuesdays dark fruit and ethanol. Chocolate covered cherries and plums washed down with faintly oaky, and mildly vanilla liquor. Not identifiable as bourbon, and almost more rum like due to its sweetness.

F - dry. Creamier than I believe black tuesday was. Hot (obviously).

O - hands down the best variant. I'd have to try it side by side with BT to decide which I like more but it certainly is better than grey monday, pb and thursday, and the worst them all... mocha wednesday.

Dec 15, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016. From bottle into chalice.

Very little foam on pour. Brown/amber in color. More of an appearance of a barleywine rather than a stout. Barrel character here is huge. Loads of bourbon and oak. Chocolate was present on the nose and in the taste, along with some mild vanilla as the beer warmed. But make now mistake, this is hot and this is barrel boozy. If you don't like the heat, you might want to sit on this for a few years.

Dec 04, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. Chocolate and bourbon greet nose. Bourbon on front, vanilla and chocolate on back. For a HG BEER this is smooth. 2017 bottle 6/14/17

Aug 20, 2017
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Rristow from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark brown/black with minimal head. Aroma is dark chocolate and vanilla. Moderate bitterness with alcohol burn on the finish. Flavors of cacao and vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel and maple. Huge beer and very dangerous.

Aug 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany with red edges and a fuzzy tan head that fizzles out quickly to a thin ring at first, then to nothing at all, ending up like glass of dark rum--the surface appears sticky and slick, and a swirl leaves clear legs on the glass. Those legs stay damn near permanently which I don't think I've ever seen in a beer before today.

Smell is chocolate syrup, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It gives off an overall sweet aroma, developing into full on brownie batter in no time at all.

First sip brings candied almonds with brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It honestly tastes like a brownie dipped in bourbon--and it sure is hot as red coals just like that would be. I'd have to say I prefer actual brownies, but this isn't a bad second. Some smokey date arises in the aftertaste.

Slick, sticky and thin to medium bodied with an obviously hot, numbing swallow and a semi-wet, sharp, mildly carbonated finish. And I'm sure you won't be surprised by this next bit, but it's also hot on the exhale.

Aug 10, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Just too boozy. Had a 2014 and it was still too hot. I mean you get tons of chocolate it's dark as night and it's thick, but it's booze followed by chocolate. Tough to have more then a 5oz. pour.

Aug 07, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a mild chocolate and bourbon. Taste is also a smooth mild chocolate and bourbon that is a little thin.

Jun 19, 2017
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BWood from California

4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Typical big Bruery beer look. Little head that goes away fast. But at 19% what do you expect. Big chocolate smell and bourbon. Taste is fudge with some alcohol bite at the end. Feel is slightly thin. But that's how all these weekday stouts are so it's expected. Amazing overall beer from one of the top brueries to do the big stout.

Jun 10, 2017
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