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Chocolate RainChocolate Rain

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by mikedashg on 10-28-2009

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Photo of winningwes91
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Here it goes. Pours out a dark brown color. Not quite black. Smells absolutely divine. Like bourbon soaked brownie batter with some vanilla. Taste follows suit with dark fruits popping. I'm not sure where that 19.5 percent alcohol is, but it's dangerous. Medium full mouthfeel with a nice warming on the backend. Slightly better than black Tuesday. Amazing stuff if you have a sweet tooth

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black in the glass, motor oil like. Tan/brownish oily top collar. No head to speak of but wasn't expecting any.
Smell - Straight chocolate and bourbon on the nose! Wonderful aroma
Taste - Fudgy chocolate, bourbon, vanilla sweetness, brown sugar, some caramel, oak, toffee
Feel - viscous, oily, mouth coating. Cant believe how smooth this beer is for 18.5%!!! Insane. So drinkable it's scary.

Overall - This is going to be one of the better beers in 2016 for me! Absolutely loved this.

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Photo of BigTomZ
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice oily black with just a little head. Some lacing is left along the edges.

S: Smells of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of malt. This is really inviting like a fine dessert.

T: Taste is even better than the nose. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and some of the base malts. This is like a Black Tuesday cookie. Heat actually low for such a high ABV. I am blown away.

M: This is just thick enough, smooth and silky. Feels very smooth with pretty well hidden heat. I've had beers half this ABV with more heat.

D: With such a silky smooth feel and amazing taste I could easily drink a second bottle of this by myself.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge props to Tanger for sharing this 750ml rarity on 2/8/11!

A - Poured a deep, oily coffee brown, almost black liquid with purple hues around the bottom edges and a thin ring with a wispy island in the center that disappeared, leaving no lacing at all.

S - Wow! This is the kind of beer that you just want to sit around and bask in its aroma all night. The nose of Chocolate Rain is a gorgeous amalgamation of baker's chocolate, cocoa, vanilla extract and smooth bourbon notes. While there is a decent amount of alcohol presence, it does doesn't even come close to what I'd envision an 18.5% ABV to smell like.

T - This tastes like licking the wooden spoon after your grandma just baked a cake! This is chocolate cake batter in liquid form with vanilla and mellow bourbon notes blended in with just a hint of wood. Plenty of chocolate and cocoa goodness throughout, followed by a nice bourbon tang in the finish accompanied by a mild earthy hop bite. The alcohol presence definitely gains strength as the liquid warmed up, but it never gets too out of control.

M - While the mouthfeel is lush, smooth and creamy, the texture is quite viscous and oily with plenty of residual stickiness. Carbonation is quite modest, as expected. While there is some alcohol heat in the backend, there isn't that huge burn I was expecting.

D - The drinkability of Chocolate Rain is just silly for a beer weighing in at 18.5% ABV! This is, simply put, amazingly delicious. I am honored to have had the chance to sample this exquisite brew. Thanks Tanger!

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Photo of mikedashg
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ha! FIRST! Beat you Overlord and HopHead84 to the review. What happened to no lineups before 4:30pm? I got there just before 4:25, and I was already in spot 130+. I waited in line for 3 hours outside to the Bruery, but it was worth it for this.

Had about 6oz of this at the first annual Black Tuesday release in Placentia, CA into my Bruery Snifter on 10/27/09. Black Tuesday on cask with Vanilla Beans & Cocoa Nibs.

A- Pitch black used motor oil with little to no head.

S - The Bourbon vanilla and chocolate hit you right away. It's got an amazing nose. Very apparent. Hints of molasses.

T - Similar to nose. Vanilla, and super rich chocolate, bourbon, molasses, raisins, sherry. Every flavor REALLY comes out though. It really hits you. You don't have to search for the chocolate or the vanilla. It's there up front and in your face. But so is the bourbon. But nothing is overpowering, not even the bourbon. Very balanced.

M - Clean and smooth. But really viscous, velvety, silky and creamy all at the same time. This is probably the BEST mouthfeel on any beer I've ever had, and it had little to no carbonation. The creamy/velvetyness was insane. I drank a Black Tuesday after this one, and I could still taste the chocolate on my tongue.

D - Scary scary drinkable. The ABV of this one really isn't apparent. It's for sure a sipper, not something you'd want to quaff. The lack of head or carbonation really didn't detract too much from the beer. Which is weird. It's more like a fine smooth liqueur. You'd really want to sit down and enjoy this one slowly, because it is SO good. Not because it's hot, but the flavors are so powerful and beautiful. I've had a lot of chocolate/coffee/vanilla/bourbon/etc/stouts, but this one takes the cake and makes the rest of them seam like PBR.

I preferred this over Black Tuesday. I heard some people say the opposite though. Black Tuesday was really really good, but this was even better for me. The chocolate and vanilla and on cask really took BT to a new heights. Wish they would bottle CR! I found myself struggling to actually order black tuesday over chocolate rain. But I did it anyway, and then got some more chocolate rain taste from a friend.

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Photo of portia99
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4oz pour into a Bruery tulip on tap at the Bruery for the Black Tuesday release.

A - Pours an opaque black with dark brown highlights around the edges when held to a light. No head at all. Pours very thick and syrupy, totally coats the glass wherever it touches.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Very sweet aromas, smells very smooth. Not much of an alcohol smell to this one...hard to tell its almost 20%

T - Taste largely mirrors the aromas. Creamy, milky chocolate dominates. Vanilla presence is quite prominant too and blends well with the chocolate creating a very smooth and creamy flavor. Hints of bourbon too. Again, not much alcohol presence detected, surprisingly.

M - Thick and syrupy. Absolutely still, no carbonation. This beer completely coats the mouth in flavor. Amazingly low perception of alcohol in this - this really goes down easily. Couldn't believe how smooth this is.

D - For a 19.5% beer, this is incredibly drinkable, dangerously so...very low presence of alcohol in the flavor (the other beers on tap had way more alcohol presence - Autumn Maple, for one). Should be a slow sipper, but tastes so good, it is hard to drink this slow. This makes a perfect desert beer all by itself.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had Chocolate Rain on tap at Barcade Philadelphia's 3rd Anniversary party in October 2014. I was floored and stunned and rated it a 4.75. That was a Chocolate Rain 2013 on tap.

1.5 years later, I'm having a bottle of 2013 Chocolate Rain and I am loving the heck out of it. Upon cracking it, it looks menacing and awesome. It smells so complex and intense, I thought I would pass out. Smoke, cigar ash, country ham from the boonies of Appalachia, bacon, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, burnt sugar and dirty porn. Truly heavenly, and then some. Nice carbonated mocha-colored head that vanishes in about as long as it takes to say "The Bruery Chocolate Rain 2013 Vintage"

The taste follows the nose, with a big hit of sweetness that never gets out of control. This is similar to Bourbon County, but way better at the same time; the big sweet boozy beer for those not afraid of big boozy sweet beers. Chocolate all around, nice smoky finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, big and thick and creamy and bold. Heavy and outrageous.

Overall, this is my one of my favorite beers ever and I am so tempted to flat-out rate it a perfect "5" overall. I paid $65 for this bottle and I would do it again. And again. And again... Oh You Chocolate Rain!!!!

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Photo of waltersrj
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bruery RS Initiation 2012.

Pour: Dark chocolate brown, nearly black with a dark brown/tanned head.

Nose: Dark fudge brownie, dark chocolate, loads of vanilla, more chocolate, slight alcohol, amazing.

Taste: Loads of fudge, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Some cherry pits, more vanilla, and fudge. This beer is amazing!

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and chewy, this is perfect for the style.

Overall: Amazing. That's all you need to know.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Wow wow wow.

All I can say after every sip was simply "wow."

This beer was incredible. Changed my whole perspective on what is possible with a beer. Overlord said it well when paired with ice cream, you'd make millions. Seriously, this is a beer of epic proportions, and one I'd trade two Black Tuesdays to have one bottle of this.

Appearance: Brown-black and flat as can be. I know it's cask and that's how it's supposed to be, but still thick and creamy as can be. No head whatsoever, but of little concern here.

Smell: Sweet Jesus. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, almost cookie-like sweetness on the back end, and just the slightest soy sauce, but not in a bad way. Probably from the bourbon. The senses have you brace for some huge bourbon notes, that's for sure.

Taste: Like a slap to the face and the only thing I can think of to compare it to is what it was like the first time I had a sour. My senses were so fooled. Bourbon is so, so mellow and accents the flavor perfectly, not too dominant in the least. Heavy vanilla and chocolate hit 1-2 punches like a dream. Finishes sweet and creamy, and all I can muster is a "wow."

Mouthfeel: The best beer I've ever had as far as creamy texture goes. Almost syrupy it's so silky. Oh my God I get shivers just thinking about how much I loved this beer. Carbonation might change this beer just a tad in both the good and bad direction, but it's of little matter here. Like drinking a liquid dream.

Drinkability: I have never had a beer like this. Never. A thing of beauty, a work of art, and a beast through and through. Would I want 22oz of it? Yes, yes I would. Just maybe not all at once. But at almost 20%, 22oz is like 11oz of Vodka.

Bravo. What a beer. My heart breaks a little every time I've thought of the fact that I may never have this beer again. Makes me want to buy cocoa nibs and vanilla beans and try and make my own out of my Black Tuesday. It's THAT good.

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Photo of VernonBaxter
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- much the same as lack Tuesday. Not as black as you might think, dark around the rim and doesn't appear super thick

Nose- straight vanilla, then some sweet milk chocolate then bourbon. Vanilla is really crazy strong, even for a 2012. Slight booze.

Taste: this is a dessert. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Vanilla is still extremely prominent, then sweet chocolate whole bourbon and sweet oak is present throughout. Very rich and decadent, drink this by itself.

Overall: this is a liquid dessert, much like a port or brandy. Would be fantastic with a flour-less chocolate cake with rich vanilla icing. This is a fantastic beer, for sure, but it's so rich is a "this is my only beer tonight" kind of beer

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Photo of lovethebelgians
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pouring it I was expecting it to have a thin mouthfeel, because that's the way it appeared as I poured. the smell was of vanilla and chocolate, and when tasted the mouthfeel was actually thicker than I had expected. right away tastes of chocolate and vanilla oak so good, and then a peculiar mapley finish as the liquid fades. This was truly a treat last night love this stuff would drink it all the time if I could.

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Photo of DARIVA
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is a really nice black beer with a minimal head.

S: Delicious taste of chocolate and also light caramel.

T: This beer has a great taste of delicious chocolate.

M: Magnificent, delicious syrupy. Top of the bill.

O: Really explodes in your mouth.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stumbled toward the entrance of The Bruery with bleary eyes and a grim countenance from the wanton ash billowing off the post apocalyptic 57 freeway. It had been a good hour since Overlord's pre preline Black Tuesday SUV tasting and the craft beer tremors were beginning to set in. "I'm thirsty, is all," I told myself, "I just need a few ounces of craft beer to tide me over. A few ounces will do the job." I knew that was only a half lie as I thought it. The only thing that could quench my perishing thirst was one specific beer, a pull from the cask of eternal life.

When I transcended the vestibule I walked briskly to the bar and forced a pained smile. I managed to choke out, "One refreshing glass of craft brew, please" before the woman noticed my involuntary convulsions. I knew what she'd say. She'd say exactly what they all say.

"Alcoholism is an inaccurate term," I responded preemptively. "It's just that I've got a tremendous thirst on all of a sudden, and I could use a draught of your delicious Chocolate Rain." At that moment I realized my face and freshly tailored shirt were covered in Barrel Aged Partridge in a Pear Tree from the tasting. I was just a bit too eager to drink that craft beer, it's not indicative of any sort of problem. She had noticed it too. "Look, I've had a bit of a rough journey here. As you can see, I slipped and fell in what is obviously mud just outside the façade and I could really use a glass of craft beer right now."
She hesitated briefly and then poured the elixir into a snifter and set it on the counter before me. I placed a solitary red ticket next to the glass to complete the exchange, and she picked it up with a look of indignation. I gave her another pained smile-half leer as I picked up my glass and said," Well, thank you for your hospitality, I'll be withdrawing to..." I was plagued by another involuntary convulsion and before I could finish my sentence, the glass had managed to find its way out of my hand and onto the floor. "You haven't properly dried your glassware," I cried, red-faced, "How is a craft beer connoisseur to enjoy a refreshing beverage if it slips out of his hand at the slightest turn?"

At that point a full on craft brew frenzy had taken hold of me. Nothing could stand between me and my craft brew as I grabbed one of the nearest champagne bottles that happened to be filled with Barrel Aged Autumn Maple and ripped the cap off with my teeth. I signaled, wild eyed, for a fresh glass, but was only met with a look of horror from the woman. "It doesn't matter," I cried "I've already reviewed this particular beer! I needn't adhere to my normal stringent reviewing standards in this instance!" I fell to my knees upon shards of broken glass and a pool of Chocolate Rain and proceeded to dump craft beer into my mouth faster than I could imbibe it. The mud (Barrel Aged Partridge) on my French cuffs was now joined by Barrel Aged Autumn Maple and my tears of joy. I greedily drained the entire bottle in a matter of minutes and the tremors finally subsided. "You see what I've been driven to? I only wanted a crisp glass of refreshing beer! What could possibly be the harm in that?!" At this point a small crowd had begun to gather around the ghastly scene. "Stop looking at me like I'm some sort of alcoholic! We're all of a like mind here. I'm just so terribly thirsty" I wailed, rising from my blood soaked knees. "Please, someone administer a dram of Chocolate Rain and hand me my notepad."

12 ounces consumed on 10/27/2009 in a snifter juxtaposed alongside Black Tuesday. The beer pours dead black and deader still, lost to some indifferent sun. A miniscule dark brown head pleads for clemency as it retreats into nothingness and night, into a blackness without depth or dimension. A swirl of the glass reveals the same legs I witness on Black Tuesday. It's a nice looking beer, grim and terrible in its ebony viscosity. Though, without carbonation it cannot fully reach the beauty of Black Tuesday.

The nose is brown sugar, dark cherries, grapes, plums, black licorice, anise, cocoa and bourbon. Strong vanilla notes radiate from the beer like light from a sun. The beer is sweet, with prominent dark chocolate and brown sugar.

The beer has lost balance and become more of a desert beer, but I can't argue with the final product. Alcohol is well hidden. I notice oak, barrel tannins, toffee, plums, dark cherries, and grapes. The sweetness reminds me of brown sugar. Blackstrap molasses is well integrated, and I again detect subtle black licorice notes. The finish is a satisfying recapitulation of all the aforementioned flavors with lingering notes of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a silky, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is low but fitting. This beer is decadent and delicious.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared side by side with 2011 Black Tuesday with nhindian

A: Brown pour, amazing how less dark this is than fresh Black Tuesday. Extremely noticeable change in color. Neither have a very distinct head. What head there is is light brown and leaves no lacing or retention. BT gets the nod in terms of appearance.

S: The smell is very boozy and sweet, but also extremely complex. Booze and bourbon mix with chocolate, vanilla, and molasses to create one of the biggest smells I've ever encountered in beer. I must say I am worried about the booziness and sweetness here. Hoping the taste is balanced and not too over the top. Going to call this one a push between BT and CR.

T: All I can say is wow. I graded BT before taking a sip of CR and fully developed an opinion on it first. I must say, this is better. All around the taste simply blows me away. This has to be the best thought out beer I've ever had the privilege of tasting. The way the tastes develop on my palate simply cannot be put into words. The initial taste is boozy, offensively so, but once you become accustomed to it, the booze becomes an afterthought. As soon as the booze subsides, a TON of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and dark fruits simply attack the palate. Roasted malts, warming alcohol, and dark fruits finish the beer off perfectly. The complexity and balance is unmatched in craft beer and honestly until you taste it, you could not possibly understand how a beer could encompass so much with each and every sip. A 5 if I've ever had one.

MF: Extremely similar to BT. Not quite as thick as I was expecting, but by no means is it light. It is not syrupy or creamy like other big stouts. The ABV will catch up with you before too long.

O: Overall this was the best beer I've ever had. I'm aware it might not be the highest rated beer on this site, but this was simply the cream of the crop. Blew me away. The drinkability is not terribly high, as the sweetness and extreme ABV are not easy to deal with, but this category is now considered 'Overall,' and overall it is a 5.

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Photo of 1424IpA
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

man am i glad my brother is a reserve bruery member....shout out to him (rau71) for this one.
beer pours a heavy 30 weight consistancy, lacing decipates immediately, smells of straight bourbon with a hint of vanilla, taste like a dark expresso bean chocolate stout with hints of marshmellow and vanilla, the bourbon profile is extreme but pretty much what i expected from a 19.5% beverage. This beer is awesome, much better than black tuesday in my opinion and definately worth its hype. Might even be my new favorite, the only negative for me is that can be a little hot and its limited availability.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever had. Thick , rich and insane in the complexity dept. Lots of ABV but really noticeable, the chocolate notes are abounding but melded with a lot of dark fruits and thick darkness. So good that it made me verbally say damn and stop to savour the finish. Lots of things are said about Bruery but this is a good indication of the level they are playing at.

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Photo of ButtWizzard
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looked marvelous sitting there in it's glass being all pitch black. I tried to look through it to the ceiling but failed. I was like, "Aw, hellz yeah." Some people trip on beers having a head, but I've never been caught up upon that.

It smelled alright I guess.... It smelled a lot like bourbon, which is something I do not like. HOWEVER, compared to normal Black Tuesday I was impressed, and could smell it without thinking, "Science damn this smells like bourbon." I could actually smell other delicious scents instead of being overwhelmed with bourbany odors. I imagine it was as delicious as other people thought Black Tuesday smelled - very.

Once it hit my tongue I nearly creamed myself. I was like, "Hey, I thought y'alls said this had 19.5 ABV?!?" I immediately thought my chain had been thoroughly jerked.... or had it?
So much flavor it's pretty hard to explain. It was a taste explosion of awesomeness. It was a very wee bit chocolatey, but enough to make me notice it. I'm pretty sure the oakey vanilla had some say in there as to why it was so good. I'm at a loss of words to accurately describe what I want to. That's how I feel about Choco-Rain - words cannot precisely explain the flavor so I will not even try very hard. Instead I suggest you try this on your own. I highly recommend it.

The mouthfeel was great. I now know what Zapp Brannigan of Futurama was talking about with his love of velour.

I was also quite impressed by the drinkablity. I sincerely expected it to be something I could only sip on every minute or two. I thought the overwhelming flavors would blow my mind so hard that I couldn't come back to reality for minutes at a time. Quite the contrary, as I wanted to gulp it down and claim the "chugability" of Bud Light.

All in all, this was grand. I would have given it all fives, but I just do not like bourbon. If you love bourbon I expect you'd rate this flawless. I would have given the taste portion six if I could have.

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Photo of the1DarkLord
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Rain... A beer whose unavailability will be the bane of my existence until they choose to bottle that lovely dark liquid.

It is sexy.

Dark and mysterious. It pours thick and almost syrupy looking. Imagine the way a Dark Lord or similar big stout looks, the way it coats the glass, except that it is flat (cask).

Cacao nibs, fudge, roast, oak, alcohol sharpness, bourbon, sweet brown sugar, chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate... mmm this beer smells good.

Obviously, you can taste the base beer of black tuesday a bit. you get the roast, the bourbon, etc... but the chocolate is really special in this beer, and it takes the front seat.

Magical, amazing. Like the best 60-75% gourmet dark chocolate that you have ever had. the flavor evolves from roasty bitter chocolate to sweet fudgy chocolate and leaves a lingering ruby port type warming finish. It is amazing how many different types of chocolate flavors are going on here.

There is a bit of an alcoholic burn on the back end, but it is not unwelcome enough to hurt the score too terribly. The lingering finish is really quite spectacular. It actually feels like I just swallowed a teaspoon of fudge.

If 'Drinkability' refers to the way Anheuser Bush markets Bud Light, then this is not drinkable. But, by my definition, since I would gladly sip on this for hours, I consider it mighty drinkable (moreso in fact, than several beers that are half the ABV).

I have gone back for repeated tasters of this every time it has been available for me to taste. They shouldn't mess with this recipe (i.e. Cherry Chocolate Rain). Patrick, please just make more of this and sell me cases of it.

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Photo of jegross2
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Chocolate Rain from The Bruery.
Score: 98

2012 vintage bottle (batch 2) served in my brand new Kate The Great balloon glass and enjoyed on 05/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color. This looks like motor oil. Completely opaque. A thin layer of brown/milk chocolate head quickly and completely settles. Minimal, oily lacing and minimal retention. This nearly 20% ABV beer is intimidatingly heavy on appearance. 4.5/5

Smell: Rich milk chocolate, vanilla beans and lots of modestly sweet raisin/dark fruit. Smooth molasses. Sweet on the nose, but not Dark Lord sweet. There is a little alcohol heat, but not nearly as much as you'd expect from a 19.5% ABV beer. 5/5

Taste: Sweeter taste than the aroma, but this beer is still far from cloying, "diabetes-inducing" sweetness (or even Dark Lord-like sweetness). Sweet and creamy vanilla and milk chocolate throughout. Ample warming alcohol heat on the midpalate, but no "booziness" flavor in conjunction with this palate sensation. Plenty of bitter cocoa, bourbon and molasses flavors to boot. As the beer layers, I detect a little sweet dark cherry flavor akin to the Black Albert. Just a little bit of oaky/wood flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little short of full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Has a slick mouthfeel that falls between syrupy and oily. Sweet and warming finish. 4.25/5

Overall: Sweet, rich and decadent. This beer is incredibly/surprisingly smooth and drinkable for the ABV. In my opinion, Chocolate Rain absolutely lives up to its hype. I can see why some think it's too sweet of a stout, but I did not think it was. I personally prefer this brew to Bell's Black Note. I doubt I could drink a whole bottle of Chocolate Rain -- be it because of the ABV or the layering sweetness -- but I probably could and would regularly knock this one back during the winter months if it was readily available in 12 oz bottles.

Recommendation: Everyone should seek a bottle of this stuff out to share with a small group of friends.

Pairings: A cocoa-nib rubbed filet.

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of biggied
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperearance: black w/ no head

Smell: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, more vanilla and even more choclate.

Taste: chocolate, port, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness, brown sugar, caramel, and a malty finish. Complex, balanced, drinkable.

Mouth: Very thick and flavorful all the way down. Not much alcohol taste or burn at all amazingly. Can't believe that this beer is this strong and you can't tell. Would have like a little carbonation as it is almost like a port then a beer.

Overall: It's the 2nd best IS I've ever had, with Black Tuesday being the best. I'm shocked by the abv and it is way more drinkable than any other beer or wine of this strength I've had.

Serving type: on-tap at the Bruery release

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Jlabs
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one insane ba stout..easily of of the 5 best I've had..might be the best..the bourbon barrel and vanilla are mixed perfectly here..and the booze is fairly well hidden for such a high ABV beer.

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Photo of Overlord
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the Black Tuesday release day. Glad I got there early, as the line looked ridiculous. Had 8 oz. of this.

Pours a black sludge. Looks like some form of motor oil. No head, insanely viscous. Sits there lurking with no motion, like a turbid bog.

Smells. In. sane. Huge bourbon-y vanilla (like, three different types of vanilla), sweet milk chocolate, and supple brown sugared malt assault your nose. Wow. Epic.

Taste is a liquid dessert. Blend this with ice cream, you'd make millions. Dappled vanilla, brown sugar, tons tons tons of sweet milk chocolate, a hint of roasted malt, and a layered bourbon overtone with a hint of roasted chocolate malt melts on your tongue. Amazing flavor.

Just like Black Tuesday, insanely drinkable for the ABV. Now, it's not getting as high of a score from me, as I like to be consistent in my preference for beers with some level of carbonation. While the thick mouthfeel is pleasant enough, I must admit that the pancake flat cask effect could have been enlivened by some bubbles.

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Photo of TATURBO
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. No head or lacing to be seen. Pure Stout here!

S: Amazing! Wow! Lots of Vanilla, Bourbon, Chocolate, Alcohol. A Seriously intoxicating smell that you could enjoy for a long time.

T: Chocolatey, Vanilla, Bourbon Barrel then the heat. Simply Amazing, again WOW! Great tasting beer.

M: Thick and full bodied but still very smooth. No carbonation.

O: I loved this beer and would love to seek out some again. It's Amazingly smooth, Tastes incredible. Chocolate/Vanilla/Bourbon Barrel Perfection! For it's 19.5% it's even more amazing to be so well integrated. Sip and enjoy this one! Thanks to 4DaLoveOfSTOUT for sharing this with us.

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4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured about 6oz from a bottle.

A - Deep space black with brown highlights and a thin brown head, no lacing.

S - Boozy with massive dark chocolate notes. Molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit also contribute to the aroma.

T - Rather copious amount of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla with toffee and dark fruit. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't seem like the 18.5% ABV. It is just so chocolatey, but not overly sweet.

M - Medium with lighter carbonation and an alcohol burn at the end.

O - This was excellent to try and I highly recommend it. I'm not sure I would buy it, but it was awesome!

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4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. The Bruery has apparently stopped bottle dating but this is the 2013 vintage just released in April. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours jet black with about one finger of brown head. Head receds to a tiny halo which doesn't lace. Swirling my glass shows nice thick legs that fade slowly.

Smells incredible! Bourbon chocolate cake and vanilla dominate with oak, roast and booze thrown in.

The nose, while excellent, couldn't prepare me for how awesome this tastes. Rich chocolate cake, strong yet smooth bourbon, vanilla bean ice cream, sweet creamed coffee, booze soaked dark fruit, heavy roasted malts, that kind of funky sweet almost signature Bruery yeast character and a little alcohol burn. So freakin delicious with the rich flavors coating my tongue. The alcohol is present but this drinks so smooth like only half of it's 18% abv bill.

Thick, heavy, chewy, viscous feel with light carbonation. Coats the mouth for a long, sweet bourbon chocolate cake aftertaste.

Truly outstanding! This was one of the main reasons I joined the Reserve Society and I couldn't be happier. So rich and full. Even better than the already stellar Black Tuesday. Very highly recommended.

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,648 ratings.
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