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:
2,690
Reviews:
344
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
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2,590
Gots:
1,006
For Trade:
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Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Rristow
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany with red edges and a fuzzy tan head that fizzles out quickly to a thin ring at first, then to nothing at all, ending up like glass of dark rum--the surface appears sticky and slick, and a swirl leaves clear legs on the glass. Those legs stay damn near permanently which I don't think I've ever seen in a beer before today.

Smell is chocolate syrup, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It gives off an overall sweet aroma, developing into full on brownie batter in no time at all.

First sip brings candied almonds with brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It honestly tastes like a brownie dipped in bourbon--and it sure is hot as red coals just like that would be. I'd have to say I prefer actual brownies, but this isn't a bad second. Some smokey date arises in the aftertaste.

Slick, sticky and thin to medium bodied with an obviously hot, numbing swallow and a semi-wet, sharp, mildly carbonated finish. And I'm sure you won't be surprised by this next bit, but it's also hot on the exhale.

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Photo of Shogun250
3.81/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Just too boozy. Had a 2014 and it was still too hot. I mean you get tons of chocolate it's dark as night and it's thick, but it's booze followed by chocolate. Tough to have more then a 5oz. pour.

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Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Narkee
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of J_Mueller
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fireazzi
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbaker67
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DevinK
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brob245
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of uturn
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmryan8
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BWood
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Typical big Bruery beer look. Little head that goes away fast. But at 19% what do you expect. Big chocolate smell and bourbon. Taste is fudge with some alcohol bite at the end. Feel is slightly thin. But that's how all these weekday stouts are so it's expected. Amazing overall beer from one of the top brueries to do the big stout.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Chocolate aroma upfront, boozy, with lots of vanilla character, followed by a moderate oak and bourbon presence.

A: Black color, so dark it almost looks opaque, with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass.

T: Lots of chocolate like flavor, fair amount of malt sweetness with lots of bourbon character, moderately light cherries and a moderate roast bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Big and boozy, there is definitely some alcoholic warmth, but is not sharp or hash.

O: Tasty; the beer is huge and has a great chocolate and vanilla aroma and flavor. However, the last few years the beer has been gaining ABV strength and has made the beer a bit less approachable, because of the ample alcoholic warmth, dialed back a bit this would make the beer even better.

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