Chocolate Rain | The Bruery

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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

Added by mikedashg on 10-28-2009

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Reviews: 334 | Ratings: 2,635
Photo of ragnar3
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a taster, 2015 vintage. Chocolate and apparent booze on the nose, huge chocolate taste, along with bourbon heat and smoothness from the vanilla. A bit thin for the ABV.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- The beer was a murky jet black color with a deep mocha colored head.

Smell - There is a ton of chocolate with ready barrel aging influence.

Taste - It seems like Hershey bar in liquid form. The bourbon lays perfectly balanced undertone. Vanilla and burnt sugar hints lay under the layers of chocolate. The beer is not overly sweet or cloying. It improves as it warms, and leaves traces of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- The chocolate is so smooth with little carbonation.

Overall - Perfect.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/2/15; drank 5/27/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black appearance.

Minimal khaki head; almost no lace.

Marshmallow, oak & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate & marshmallow flavors up front; faint booze heat on the finish. A delicious & stunningly drinkable treat. Bravo!!

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic beer that I was able to try after Thanksgiving dinner. I have had Black Tuesday and although I can't say for sure since I didn't have them side by side, I think I like this one better. I think the addition of cacoa nibs and vanilla beans actually adds a nice element to the beer. This probably borders on being more of a liqueur than a beer but all I know is it was a damn fine experience.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
3.74/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2016 version, poured from the bottle into an FO glass. Nose of chocolate fudge, wood, vanilla, and molasses. Palate is chocolate fudge, molasses, dark fruit, and vodka. Disappointed with how this came together -- tastes like some sort of vodka-infused chocolate cordial. Needs more time I suppose.

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Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 version poured into a snifter. A nearly opaque deep brown color. A thin and fleeting tan head formed on the pour, leaving behind some wispy laces. The nose was full of cocoa, vanilla, wood, coffee, and cherries. The taste did not disappoint: rich chocolate with fleeting whiskey, vanilla, cherry, and coffee notes. A full and creamy mouthfeel with a slight stickiness on the finish. Also a comfortable warming on the end. Mostly chocolate here - look forward to comparing newer bottles.

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Photo of Djc410
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 Chocolate Rain. I've had it on tap and bottle and it's fantastic and consistent. This beer pours dark brown, and not pitch black like many stout chasers enjoy. I love aesthetics, but with stouts just need to be dark. Darker better? meh.

The nose is quite inviting. The vanilla and bourbon just screams dessert. Hints of roasty malt and oats, and some earthiness.

Take a sip. Bourbon whiskey, dark chocolate and subtle vanilla flood the palate. Definite barrel, but just perfectly balanced and smooth for the heat level. Not a nilla bomb, not a chocolate beer... its just so dang balanced.

Thin feel, but great coat and nothing lacking in experience. Smooth warmth from the ABV makes it's presence known but blends in quickly.

Overall, this might be my favorite weekday stout from the Bruery. I prefer some sweetness to my stouts, and if do too, fine one!

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Photo of colts9016
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 900th review, and I am so stoked to finally try this beer. The beer is dark brown/black with a one finger tan head and good retention considering the high ABV. The head is creamy and foamy and left a little lace on the glass.

N: Rich chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, espresso, roasted malt notes, biscuit, yeasty, citrus, molasses, brown sugar, floral, resin, and earthy notes.

T: Huge dark chocolate flavors, vanilla, rich espresso, lots of roasted malts notes, biscuit, yeast, citrus, molasses, resin, earthy, and some floral,

M: Creamy, chewy, sticky, warming, and full body.

O: Oh my goodness the chocolate flavor is huge and the vanilla just makes a nice accompaniment to this beer. I definitely got the warming from the alcohol, but could not tell it was this big of a monster. Absolutely a fantastic beer hands down one of my Top Ten. I want to get a couple bottles of this and age it for quite a while, I bet 5 years it would be awesome.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: pours light brown, but looks black in the glass
S: huge sweetness no bourbon. Slight vanilla and chocolate
T: there is the vanilla, big time! Also the heat, a huge beer. Very sweet, which hides the alcohol a bit. But again, very nice vanilla.
F: warming for sure, the true definition of a sipper.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I guess its time for the 3rd perfect score. We're almost up to 1900 reviews, might as well break this one out.
I've had this at least a dozen times now, for good reason. I love it.

Pours substantially brown and black, perhaps less black than black tuesday because of the heavy amount of chocolate addition to it. The forced carbonation does wonders as it always has at least a full inch of brown head on the top of it. Poured into tulip glasses while in the oversized jacuzzi tub or hot tub outdoors, this one proudly has a 100% score rating with the ladies afterwards.

Well you can't get a bigger chocolate aroma than this . Rogue Double Chocolate, Southern Tier Choklat, they come close. But this gets even better as the bourbon, vanilla, oak and sugar round out the chocolate experience.

Wow, its a warm one, definitely you feel the warmth as it slides down the throat, but there is no burn, so much sweetness and chocolate that it prevents that. Sticky mouthfeel and cling, the bourbon and chocolate never fade, never relent.

Even the vanilla won't take a back seat on this. I guess the oak kind of does, being that everything else is more substantial, but dont downplay the oak, it has a good rounding quality for everything else.

If your lady loves chocolate, you owe it to her and your dick to pop a bottle of this when its just you two (or three if she's cool and brings a friend). YMMV.

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Photo of tbryant21
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured thin, but carbonation was maintained. Strong smell of chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Smooth mouth feel with plenty of chocolate and vanilla at the end (not overly powerful, though).

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle opened in 2016.

I was expecting something more along the lines of Mocha Wednesday in comparison to Black Tuesday, but the differences are very subtle. The pour is surprisingly thin, but still maintains some of its carbonation. The smell is similar to Black Tuesday: molasses, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate; with an emphasis on the last two.

With three years on it, I was expecting something less hot, but the booze is still pretty hot up front. The taste is pretty smooth. It is quite sweet and much like the nose, the vanilla and chocolate are more subtle aftertastes. The chocolate does linger on the palette after each sip, which is a fantastic touch.

Overall, I do like it better than Black Tuesday, but I would rather have a Mocha Wednesday.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 served in a snifter. Mildly fruity on the front end, w baseline semi sweet choco. Alcohol content is well hidden.
Sugary, maybe a touch of molasses. Don't think the taste changed a whole lot as it warmed up. Vanilla on the aftertaste.

How much is that Breury membership? Good or better then Black Tuesday

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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 Rockjocknroll
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage. Still super boozy as to be expected but the malt bill tackles the ethanol with flair. Plenty of bourbon and chocolate fountain on the nose. Sweet vanilla bourbon, turbinado sugar, molasses, and dark chocolate (the good kind) in the taste. The mouthfeel is about as viscous as you can imagine and breathes out ethanol. Delicious and in need of many more years in the bottle.

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Photo of SHODriver
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 bottling

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black with a small tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and bourbon barrel influence with notes of caramel and vanilla. Good bit of alcohol on the nose as well with some slight oak
T: Taste is lots of chocolate with some alcohol, some slight caramel and vanilla with a hint of oak. After warming up there's some coffee and light roasted malt notes as well. Swallowing this one brings on even more layers of delicious chocolatey goodness. Lingering bourbon notes as well.
M: fairly big in the mouth with soft carbonation and a drying finish from the alcohol.
O: Absolutely incredible. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Drinks deceptively well for the ABV and the flavors are just off the charts awesome.

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Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Tuesday on another level! Chocolate is subtle yet noticeable, viscous oil flavor explosion. Lives up to the hype and then some in my opinion. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of BrewClint
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an incredible experience! Pure deliciousness combined with chocolate! Awesome!
2nd strongest Stout I have ever tried!
Pure black! Incredible experience! As expected!

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3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate look. Rich creamy vanilla smell with a strong alcohol smell similar to whiskey. Smooth no bite taste. Very flavorful. Aged 5 years by a friend.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. This is a review of the 2013 vintage bottled on 3/04/13

A: Pours pitch black with no head retention, no lacing, average amount of carbonation streaming up the sides, looks a little more carbonated that other barrel aged stouts, looks pretty oily.

A: Lots of bourbon, toasted coconut, getting a hint of oak, not getting any chocolate, just tons of bourbon, toasted coconuts and some alcohol coming through on the nose, has a lot of aroma.

T: Big hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, hint of oak, some brown sugar sweetness, some heat from the alcohol and bourbon, touch of chocolate sweetness in the aftertaste, incredibly smooth for the ABV but there is some heat on the aftertaste. Chocolate is the prevailing note in the aftertaste. Lots of flavors, big flavors.

M: Big oily mouthfeel, heavy bodied, perhaps the heaviest bodied beer I may have ever tasted.

O: A huge beer, with huge flavors, huge mouthfeel, it's amazingly drinkable for 18 % ABV but it does creep up on you. This bottle is almost three years old and probably could have been cellared longer, it has held up pretty good, but I think the chocolate has faded a bit as it's not as prevalent as I was expecting. Overall a world class.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was going to be my happy birthday beer but life happened so that didn't take place.
So tonight after taking in the newest STAR WARS UGH! I came home and popped this baby open.
Well its typical dark as midnight RIS Typical blow open your nasal passages Bruery great smelling Stout coffee malt sweetness in the air. This sucker has an alcohol kick at first but once it warms up its as complex a beer the Bruery makes may oh may this lives up to the hype. 2015 vintage received in my first preservation society allotment and surly hope its this years 1st qt beer again for 2016!

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

found this online. i thought it would be more of a booze bomb considering the abv. had a friend help me drink this. the alcohol wasnt overpowering at all. good chocolate notes.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Wow.. nice and thick, vanilla explosion, not as much chocolate as expected, alcohol but does not seem like 18%. Nice bourbon barrel flavor, would drink as much as i could, nice experience!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle from yesterday's share.

Talk about a beer that looks like a booze! Pouring this beer is like pouring a whiskey, just like Mocha Wednesday, Black Tuesday, and Grey Monday were. There was almost no head to speak of after the beer was poured and the only lacing was just the legs from the alcohol content. In the glass, the beer is almost black. On the nose, there is an assault of big, sweet, and boozy characteristics. There was a ton of brown sugar sweetness and little bit of chocolate, both of which were mostly dominated by a strong alcohol scent of whiskey and barrel. When the first sip hits the tongue, the alcohol is instantly noticeable burn. The rest of the drink is a sweet combination of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and just a touch of marshmallow. At the back end of the drink, the chocolate kicks in again a little stronger and is quickly accompanied by the alcohol flavor and burn that is the lingering characteristic. Mouthfeel on this one is more like a liqueur than a beer, with hardly any carbonation and a sticky, boozy, warming sensation as it goes down.

Overall, this was in line with its brethren in the days of the week series; big, boozy, sweet, and a little overrated. The beer itself it more of a novelty than a normal beer, and it drinks like a sweet, strong liqueur. Take this down with a few friends, otherwise, you'll be lucky to remember anything about this beer.

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Photo of aleigator
3.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a fizzy, hazelnut brown lacing, immediately collapsing to a tiny film at the edge of the glass.

Has a profound milk chocolate aroma, blending into coconut shell and flowery, warming vanilla. Its vanilla quality grows more profound, once detected, complimenting earthy oak and fudge, with a fizzy coca-cola sweetness.

Features almost no carbonation, exhibiting a smooth, big body, due to a hot, profound oakiness, balanced by burned earth and a flowery quality.

Begins with toffee supported vanilla bean among scorched earth and bitter chocolate chips. The Bourbon barrel adds a warming glow to the tongue, which amazingly enough never turns hot or boozy, as well as spiced, dry wood bark. Mocha sweetness, together with rock sugar and a pleasant chocolate bitterness create a thrilling interplay, wrapped up by the omnipotent barrel, including a huge amount of vanilla. Finishes with a mix of earthen malts and a spicy dryness, creating a palate challenging finish, which lasts on the tongue for minutes. After that dryness, a late caramel coated milk chocolate quality evolves, creating a mellowing, silk last impression.

While its nose features a focussed, minimalistic approach, the beers full potential unfolds on the palate, in all its heavy-bodied facetts. It is certainly well executed, but for my personal taste, this is just a tad too over the top. Its richness overburdens my palate, it needs to chill down for a couple of minutes after each sip, which is basically not how a beer works for me. This is closer to being a liquour for me, on which I can sip from time to time. We split the bottle through three people and had problems to finish it.

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