Chocolate Rain
The Bruery

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #21
ABV:
19.6%
Score:
100
Ranked #77
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 9.39%
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
2,861
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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
Reviews: 370 | Ratings: 2,861 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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bret27 from California

4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
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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larryi86 from Delaware

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev -7%
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
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BeanBump from California

4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +3.7%
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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beerjerk666 from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -8.3%
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 +2.2%
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 +0.9%
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 -10.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.6%
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 -3.1%
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 (AB)

4.49/5  rDev -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 -19.4%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.6%
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 +5.9%
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 -3.1%
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 +0.7%
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 Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -5.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -11.8%
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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