Chocolate Rain
The Bruery

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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #38
ABV:
19.6%
Score:
100
Ranked #122
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 9.49%
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
2,496
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 20, 2022
Added:
Oct 28, 2009
Wants:
  2,606
Gots:
  991
SCORE
100
World-Class
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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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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2017 vintage

It’s been a while, but I’m back with another BIF beer from @Eziel! This guy supplied me with some truly crazy stuff, and I’m hyped to try this one out. I really liked the raspberry cobbler Black Tuesday variant, so I have high hopes for this one too. Let’s dive into it

Pours a surprisingly light muddy brown with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing

The nose here is quite pungent, perhaps an artifact of 5 year old vanilla beans and cacao nibs. I'm picking up on aromas of cocoa powder, raisin, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavily roasted coffee, hot bourbon, light toasted oak, and molasses

Whereas the nose was charmingly pungent, the taste is a bit sharp and aggressive. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting hot bourbon, burnt coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. The swallow brings notes of hot bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla bean, cacao nibs, black cherry, burnt coffee, toasted oak, and caramel

A full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp and boozy (duh) beer. Finishes dry but with a serious alcoholic heat

Damn, I don't know if it was the age, but I really did not vibe with this one. It's hard to say if it was once well constructed, as it doesn't even really show a shell of what it used to be, save for the aroma. Hopefully the Black Tuesday Reserve he sent me is much better
Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
drinking a 2013 in 2022
Look - black and thick no real head
Smell - chocolate vanilla caramel booze
Taste - boozy chocolate vanilla caramel lots of barrel
Feel - full body very very light carb
Overall - not bad for being 9 years old
Feb 14, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by birdsellam from Indiana

Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.51 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Oct 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 28, 2021
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Tummy!
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by rbrefbeerman from California

Jul 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.32 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by ackeeper from Illinois

Jun 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by beefbucket from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2013 Vintage, drank 02/05/21

Look - Black, with a brown twinge

Smell - Very strong Chocolate, tobacco, and bourbon barrel. As it warmed up, the aroma really came through

Taste - WOW, this was better than expected. Chocolate Fudge, Anise, and a heavy barrel presence. At 18%, it hides the alcohol really well. It’s there, but I’ve had 10% beers that are more boozy. Awesome after dinner sipper

Feel - A little thin, but it’s from 2013. Actually not nearly as bad as expected.

Overall - This was a pleasant surprise. Being from 2013, this beer has held up VERY well. Really smooth, bourbon barrel chocolatey stout. Enjoyed this more than it’s base Black Tuesday. Those cocoa nibs must add something special!
Feb 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by terrymoore from Arizona

Feb 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by tblack4d from Georgia

Jan 21, 2021
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Rated by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Super thin and flat.
Jan 05, 2021
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2016 bottle courtesy of hefman.
L: almost pitch black but not super thick. Minimal to moderate mocha head.
S: chocolate, vanilla, bourbon.
T: Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon heat, oak. Roasted malt, date/fig, brown sugar, black licorice notes.
F: medium, slight bourbon burn.
Overall: not overly complex. The biggest feat is making this 20% beast without it being a burny booze bomb, which it does very very well. I’ve had 10% beers that felt more filling and/or boozy.
This is about 4 years old and has the vanilla and cocoa so maybe that has helped even more.
Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Thank you Orca_Whale for this
750 ml bottle, 2017, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Figs, chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla, oak, some toffee, roasted malts.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, some toffee, bourbon, oak, figs, roasted malts, a slightly charred quality to the finish.

M- Smooth, full body, minimal heat for the ABV.

O- This is fantastic. I recently reviewed a fresh can of Black Tuesday, and I will say between the aging of this and the cocoa and vanilla additions it smooths out all the rougher edge of the Black Tuesday.
Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2016 release - consumed on November 12, 2020.
Pours a very dark brown. 1 finger off white head. For the ABV, the retention is good. The head dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass. There's some decent carbonation rising in the glass that makes the ring swirl about. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is a sweet toffee aroma from the barrels. I do get a chocolate and vanilla undertone.
Taste - Like the nose tons of toffee. The chocolate is really muted. I don't know if it would be stronger fresh. The chocolate and vanilla are on the backside.
Very boozy, which isn't surprising. Even aged 4 years, very "hot". It isn't as thick as I was expecting.
This is an interesting beer. good, but you know it's very strong, and must be slowly enjoyed.
Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by JonB25 from Delaware

Oct 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Aug 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.55 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by averagejake872 from Illinois

May 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.51 by Jon4than from Texas

May 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.62 by Hawkfish from Washington

Apr 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.68 by kodt from Illinois

Apr 03, 2020
Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2868 ratings