Chocolate Rain | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,665
Reviews:
338
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Wants:
2,594
Gots:
992
For Trade:
130
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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
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 joel66
3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of MWolverines66
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -21%

***2014 Vintage***

Thanks to F2brewers for this rarity.

Pours thick and viscous, decent head actually which dissipates rapidly. Aroma of fudge predominantly; flavor is bourbon soaked chocolate cake and alcoholic chocolate syrup.

The issue i have is this brew is quite hot and boozy and it's felt in the flavor which overshadows the complexities that are surely there but are lost due to the booziness.

Definitely let this one sit a few years to mellow out. Would be curious to taste an older vintage to see the difference, not likely to happen though :)

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of 2ellas
3.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is a deep black with a very minimal dark head. Though not as dark or as opaque as expected.
Smell is of chocolate and not much else
taste is overpowering chocolate. To much chocolate and to sweet for me. I didn't get any other flavors or alcohol burn over the chocolate
mouthfeel is fairly thick given the high abv
overall I would not seek this out again. Simply too much chocolate for me. Like an alcoholic chocolate milk or something

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Photo of Brew33
3.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Rain Batch 2

Pours a jet black beer with a few bubbles breaking the surface. Syrupy and heavy in the glass, looks like I expected. Menacing....

The aroma is downright bad. Booze. The strongest alcohol aroma I've ever encountered in a beer. I thought I may just have the beer too cold (around 42 degrees) so I let it sit for 15 minutes and revisted, re-sniffing throughout the 90 minute session. Harsh alcohol, solvents, chemical aromas. As it warms, more of the beer and bourbon show up but it's REALLY boozy. Nothing like any of the BT vintages I've had.

The flavor is rich, sweet, and hot. Bourbon is light but there. Vanilla and Chocolate are more forward. The alcohol is very present but works into the whole package. Sweet, decadent, boozy, syrupy, bourbon, vanilla, char, roast, sweet dark fruits. Tasty but way over the top.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, perfect. Heavy, thick, syrupy. No way to complain about it!

Overall, meh? Good. I'd happily drink it but I prefer regular Black Tuesday. And while it's a cool beer and it has a ton going on it's just not worth the price and effort for a non RS member to obtain. Glad I got to try it and it was a perfect beer for Christmas.

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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: bottle as a "gift"
2012 bottle labeled as 19.5%ABV

Refrigerated for about a half hour, and allowed to slowly warm while drinking. Decanted into a Bruery snifter, dark cola brown color, translucent around the edges, with a thin, wispy tan head. No real lacing, but a streaky, oily film is left on the glass. Nose is pretty much straight up bourbon and dark chocolate. Taste is pretty hot with booze (my throat is burning as we speak), bourbon is the first thing to hit the palate, followed by dark chocolate, sweet vanilla extract, with notes of oak and cocoa powder. Chocolate definitely comes out more as the beer warms. It's sweet and boozy, basically, with some chocolate in it. A bit chalky in the finish. Body is on the heavier side of medium, but not at all full. The booze cuts back on the drinkability a bit, and I'd like to taste it after a year or two of aging, but that probably won't happen. Pretty good overall, but there are plenty of other chocolate beers out there that are better, made better, and of course much easier to obtain.

Tasty enough. Worth a try? Sure. Worth the hype? No. And I'm not going to give a super-high rating just because it's rarity. Easily the best Bruery beer I've had so far, but just further convinced me that all Bruery beers are overrated. I have other Bruery beers in the cellar, but I'm pretty much done going out of my way for them.

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Photo of Steban
3.59/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,665 ratings.
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