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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

Added by mikedashg on 10-28-2009

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Avg:
4.43
pDev:
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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 2,585
Photo of errantnight
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, viscous deep deep mahogany towards black into a Bruery tulip. A quick swirl reveals outstanding legs... and since this is closer to a liqueur than it is a beer, that's alright.

The aroma is where this truly shines... huge chocolate notes with a bit of plum, fruity with bursting esters and hint of background alcohol (distinctly bourbon) and a hint of roast coffee. Deep and complex.

This drinks like a chocolate liqueur with a bit more complexity (and dryness, although as beer goes this is very sweet). Full flavored is an understatement, although the roastiness takes a back seat, playing more as a milk chocolate and sherry combination. The vanilla really is barely present, really working well instead to compliment the barrel aged flavors and chocolate. That said, this sits sweet and heavy on the tongue, and despite its viscosity is a bit thin on the back palate. Even a volume and a half or so of carbonation would do wonders... or, conversely, a bit more alcohol. Utopias manages to pull off the flatness by having a bit more heat which this masks beautifully, but leaves this a bit cloying.

Delicious to sip, but I wouldn't want more than the 4oz I consumed on any given evening. A bit blended with Black Tuesday produced a spectacular brew... returning some carbonation and just a touch more roast balanced the sweetness and deepened the mouthfeel to produce something truly sublime.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taster at The Bruery Annaversary party. Poured into a 5pz taster glass. Reviewed from notes.

Thin tan head dissipated fast. Left a ring of head. Super dark brown in color.

Aroma is amazing. Sweet malty caramel, dark fruits, figs, raisins, tons of chocolate and a bit of roastyness.

Tastes just as it smells. It's a little boost but expected at 18%. Bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Warming down the throat.

Mouthfeel is not as malty as the above taste discripters would suggest. Smooth but a little high on the carb.

Overall a fantastic beer glad I had it and with their up in production of these beers hopefully I can get some of this next year.

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Photo of claaark13
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure who got me this particular bottle, but thanks! Served at 52 degrees in a HF tulip. Bottled b1 at 18.5%.

A - More of a dark-brown than black pour with a tan head that doesn't wait long to turn into lacing....thin lacing. Seems thick, sticks well. It looks great with the exception of the color....which I suppose is more like chocolate than a deep black. Maybe that was the intention?

S - Fudge, booze and hints of vanilla. Booze is not scared at all here to show itself. Actually, it turns more into a delightful chocolate/cocoa aroma after it sits for a moment and the booze subsides.

T - Lots of chocolate upfront that has a booziness trying to fight through. First sip is a little confusing until the vanilla and chocolate linger in the finish. On second sip, the chocolate comes out first again and then there is a nose-clearing sensation. Some vanilla and charred oak from the barrel emerge, then booze, then a heated but tasty finish of cocoa. The cocoa notes really stick around in the finish. I think the vanilla gives it more of a milk chocolate flavor. There is, however, the heat.

M - Thick, yet on the lighter side of thick....or thicker side of medium? I like it a lot but it leaves me wondering what could be.

O - I love the aroma, I love the flavor, but it is still too hot. I'm not sure how long this needs to mellow out, but I'd say at least another 6 months. The only reason my score is so high on the flavor is because there is a lot of great stuff going on. However, the underlying heat brings the beer down overall.

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Photo of Enochase04
3.39/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour seemed thin for such a big stout. Smell was boozy straight bourbon. Taste was same and chocolate while present seemed lacking. Nice beer for ba lovers but too overwhelming for my taste.

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Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a few bubbles - no head to speak of. It's pretty clear, not as opaque as I'd expected. The smell is heavy on the bourbon, with some sweet notes of cocoa and vanilla. The taste is big sweet chocolate upfront, some notes of oak and vanilla in the middle, with big bourbon burn at the end. The vanilla became more prominent as it warmed. It's fairly thin, moderately carbonated, easy on the tongue. A nice beer.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 19,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 02/09/2012 Lot 30

Thanks a million to futura123 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Hmmm, Chocolate Rain is far lighter than I expected. The body is dark brown and a back light shows a lot of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour generates a small tan coloured head that dissipates almost instantly and leaves no lacing. As one would expect from a beer that is 19,5%, a swirl coats the glass in thick, yellow tinted alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm this smells absolutely amazing! There is not as much chocolate as I was expecting (it is no Southern Tier Choklat), but who cares when it smells this good! Notes include: Dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, sweet vanilla, cocoa laced butter icing, chocolate liqueur, a ton of sweet dark fruits (cherries, raisins, dates and plums), a little oak and some molasses. For nearly 20%, there is shockingly little booze in the nose.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose and is absolutely delicious. Notes include: A ton of chocolate, sweet dark caramel, toffee, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and some molasses. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a little bothersome, but that has to be expected from a beer of this Abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full, but incredibly sticky and the carbonation is of a medium-low level and nicely smooth. I could sip on a beer like this all day!

Overall: Don't get me wrong, Chocolate Rain is a phenomenal beer, but I think I preferred Black Tuesday.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful brown ale poured into a Firestone taster. The smell is intoxicating. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of booze. Loads of oak. This is a whiskey lovers desert. The taste is like a whiskey white russian. Very amazing chocolate, whiskey, coffee flavors in there. The best stout I have ever tasted. Lots of boozy bite on the tongue and very warming, but very smooth for 18.5%. Bravo Bruery, bravo! Can't wait to age on of these bad boys. 2013 series.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to Dyan for bringing this bottle out to our recent tasting. Beer number 21 of the tasting overall, tasted side by side with Black Tuesday. The bottle opens with a hiss and some nonsensical lyrics courtesy of Tay Zonday. Dyan poured the beer as he wondered what the F they mean...

The pour is the same as Black Tuesday...thick and viscous looking. Definite pitch black and tar colored, with nearly no light getting through at all. Extremely nice boozy legs, even more so than I found with Black Tuesday. This is one sexy looking beer. Obviously, at nearly 20%, there was no lacing.

The aroma is nuts. Sniffing the mouth of the bottle, it smells like straight vanilla extract. Once poured, it opens up a little more giving a medley of sweet and dessert-like aromas. Vanilla, more natural and subdued than the extract, chocolate, light booze, oaky vanilla, and maybe a hint of coffee. The palate is similar...vanilla bean, more subdued bourbon than the base beer, again, and plenty of warm alcohol. This almost flies away as it is intensely sweet, but a light roasty flavor moves in with chocolate to bring this back to imperial stout from the edges of boozy dessert.

Silky and creamy, the high abv comes along with a surprisingly low final gravity, as this variant of Black Tuesday feels a bit thinner on the palate. Very complex, though less so than its non-chocolate laced brother, this is a phenomenal beer.

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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 mlhyatt
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- very dark brown with no little head. Its a little light for a stout. Kinda looks more like a quad.

S- so much chocolate. Delicious. Some heat from the alcohol. Lots of vanilla as well.

T- just like the nose. Chocolate with a lot of vanilla. The heat is actually not as bad as i thought it would be. But there is still a lot there.

M- pretty smooth for it. The sweetness is very strong though. Little heat from alcohol. Silky sticky deliciousness.

Such a great beer. Don't have time to do the whole review right now but this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of treyrab
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An every so generous Dyan brought Chocolate Rain featuring Tay Zonday to our Philly Tasting Part Deux tasting. Thank you, Dyan! Here is a video of the Chocolate Rain pour, in which Tay made a surprise appearance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLWGA4FeTsI&feature=related

A: Chocolate rain opens up with a nice melody of tunes. Further, the hiss evidences nice carbonation, which is not expected for a beer of this size. Pours into the glasses a pitch black, oil, with surprisingly lively carbonation. A tad thinner than I was expecting for such a large beer.

S: When smelling the rim of the bottle, it smells identical to a sweet vanilla bean. Literally on other flavours at all besides vanilla. It was pretty awesome. However, that scent did not carry through to the actual beer. The beer itself was also very nice, with sweet vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. The vanilla really kicks the shit out of all other scents, and it smells extremely sweet. Smells like a very, very solid dessert beer.

T: Having this side by side with Black Tuesday, this one was a tad thinner and not as complex. Definitely more of a dessert beer than an Imperial Stout. Sweet, complex vanilla blends with nice bourbon and chocolate. Super sweet all around.

M: For a beer this big, it was a tad thin. Expected a tad more viscosity, but it is still very nice.

Overall, I am glad I tried this one. A little too sweet for me (and I am a big fan of sweeter beers), and not as complex as Black Tuesday. Still, very, very solid!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage poured into a Bruery Reserve tulip.

L - Dark brown with minimal tan head that dissipates quickly

S - Very heavy bourbon with a bit of chocolate/vanilla sweetness

T - Bourbon up front followed by delicious sweet chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and some faint coffee. Good amount of booze burn.

F - A little thinner than I would've liked. Med/high carbonation.

O - Another very good Bruery stout. Some booze burn here but still drinkable as well. Very decadent and sweet beer.

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Photo of spicelab
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. 2013. Shared at tasting and transcribed from notes.

Conspicuously light chocolate brown with an anaemic tan head that quickly dissipates to a collar.

Ripping vanilla, 70% dark chocolate, frangelico, liquorice, cocoa and steadily growing hazelnut presence. Big and brash.

Similar but booze and sweetness causes a loss of structure and focus. Mainly big, sugary barrel contributions of vanilla essence, coconut and Frangelico.

Not hugely thick or heavy, but marred by the distracting, hot booze presence.

Some delectable flavours but lack of drinkability is a big problem. Going to sit on my other bottle for a good few years.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

L - Pitch black. Slight dark brown on the edges. No head at all.

S - Massive sweet bourbon and chocolate with marshmallow and a touch of alcohol.

T - Very sweet with that bourbon barrel which is overpowering everything else. I've had Black Tuesday and I will say that this has some more candy-like, sugary flavors. There's definitely a chocolate presence. but I wouldn't say there is a vanilla bean flavor as I interpret it as more of a sugary vanilla extract which just adds to the overkill of sweetness from the bourbon.

F - I mean, it's an 18.00% BBA stout and it feels as such. The sweetness can get cloying, but I don't care that much. It's very sticky with some alcohol presence, but I expect that with such a gargantuan beer.

O - This is, as expected, a giant BA Bruery beer. It has the roasted notes and alcohol of Black Tuesday, but the chocolate and vanilla flavors are most definitely there to add complexity and even a dessert-like component to this. I think the alcohol taste can be a bit much, but it still is subdued for 18.00%. This is a sipper for sure with enough confectionery notes to add complexity to the base Black Tuesday and make Chocolate Rain its own being.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mini brandy snifter, shared with many BA's at the Darkness Eve Tasting. Thanks Lenny1203 for brining this beer.

A- Thin bubbly brown head, dissipates to nothing, no apparent carbonation, dark black opaque color.
S- Big alcohol aroma, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, sweet, really hot in the aroma, definitely some chocolate, cocoa.
T- Wow this is a big beer, a lot of heat as it goes down, big vanilla taste, huge bourbon flavor, toffee, slight chocolate, the vanilla really takes over.
M- Big mouth feel, coasts the palate, smooth drinking, big alcohol feel, dry finish.
O- Wow huge beer, not the greatest BA stout, but very satisfying, not really balanced, really hot as it goes down, still a great experience and very grateful to Lenny for bringing this beer.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle courtesy of Shane! Thanks. Split 3 ways. Consumed 9-3, reviewed from notes.

A: Sludge and tar. Heavy pour yields a very thin mocha lacing which will quickly dissipate. Not as viscous in the glass as it first appears.

N: Tons of prune and bourbon. Fudge and soy sauce. The promised vanilla is plenty obvious, and there's a very good similarity to blackberry brandy.

T: Very much like a port heavily laden with chocolate and cherries. Snapping vanilla and rough dark chocolate similar to mocha powder. Prune and some more of the blackberry brandy. Huge alcohol presence. And oh yes, chocolate deserves another mention.

M: Drying and thick. The drying aspect is somewhat unique as its similar to the way baker's chocolate scrapes your mouth clean. Don't find this terribly successful.

O: Very glad to try this. Was very intense, but I feel like it could benefit from some more body and less chocolate. And this is coming from someone who's a bit of a choco-nut.

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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 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 tregan_20
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle poured into a snifter and shared with friends. The look (upon pour) was extremely dark with a small amount of head and lacing. The smell is similar to Black Tuesday; I got heavy vanilla, cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate on the nose. The flavor of chocolate really takes over here! I also noticed caramel and molasses in addition to the smells aforementioned above. The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this beer is surprisingly easy to drink given its super high ABV. This one definitely lived up to the hype in my opinion. Worth seeking out, cheers!

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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 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 domtronzero
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery 10-26-2010

A - Murky dark brown with a small thinly formed head, basically a ring around the glass. Little lacing.

S- Huge cocoa, bitter chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup-like notes. Bourbon and pleasant boozy alcohol.

F/M - Again, bitter chocolate, cocoa, roast, vanilla, bourbon. Very nice alcohol warmth and sligh alcoholic bitterness helps this beer finish very smoothly. Sweet, rich, full bodied, oily and slick. Moderately low carbonation. Lingering chocolate flavor.

D- This is such a delicious beer but its so rich and at 18+% it is one heady beer. I could drink a lot of this though. Oh so good.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leftovers of a bottle saved from the previous night, poured in a Bruery tulip. Dark brown, delicious and cohesive aroma of bourbon, raisins, a moderate dose of dark chocolate, and something herbaceous, almost minty. Sweet and moderately boozy on the palate, with rich dark fruit like raisins and figs, dark brown sugar, bourbon, super smooth and tasty. Long bourbon barrel finish, finally going dry at the very end with just a touch of bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from bottle into my bruery snifter glass
pours dark and very little head if any very little lacing
smell is overwhelming chocolate and vanilla
which is reflected in the taste first upfront is heavy chocolate
and the backend is vanilla heavy
very strong not hott but definite can tell it has a high abv
i split half the bottle and was slowing down by the last of it
may need to split three or four ways next time
overall i really enjoyed this bottle it was sweet but not as sweet as some people tend to describe it as a sugar bomb
definite something to try if you have not had

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