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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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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Served in a wedding snifter.

For whatever reason, I still feel a decent amount of pride in the fact that I still have not seen the "Chocolate Rain" video in its entirety. Regardless, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of wan sandstone foam. The nose comprises cheap boozy whiskey, wood, and a twinge of chocolate syrup. The taste holds notes of overly-sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla bean, toasted caramel, and bourbon. I don't ever say this, considering my sweet tooth is as long as an average femur, but this stuff was just way the hell too sweet for its own good. It's cloying, o'erwhelming, and wrong. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, I don't get the praise this beer receives. I like incredibly sweet things, and it was too sweet for me. The bourbon is only there to color things in a drunken manner and provide an extra jolt of booziness, which itself is completely unnecessary, given the general booziness already pervading the proceedings. It was hard to finish my glass of this, and that worries me a bit. Not a fan.

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

Absolutely amazing.

Got as part of a trade for a Sede Vacante from a local friend.

Very dark, almost no carbonation, super smooth. HUGE amounts of chocolate.

Not for everyone though, if you're not a fan of sweet heavy chocolates you won't like this one. Barely 'beer' at this point, but still amazing.

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Photo of Michigan
2.51/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Shared with my brewing friends. Served at 50*. 2013 vintage. I am reviewing this as a representation of a barrel aged stout and nothing more.

A- Pours a deep brown/black. Minimal head that disappears quickly. No light is passing through. Viscous liquid, and due to the high alcohol, it leaves legs on the glass. Not what I usually look for in a barrel aged stout.

S- BOOZE and CHOCOLATE. This thing is a mess. Upfront, I get a lot of sweet sweet sweet bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Aromas of toasted coconut and burnt sugar follow right behind. The aroma gave me diabeetus. So far, I don't understand why people are crazy about this. It smells like a Hershey's chocolate bar (cheap chocolate) mixed with Wild Turkey 101 bourbon.

T- Guh.... Cloyingly sweet. More of a mess than I was even expecting. It was boozy, hot, chocolaty, and very sweet. I may have grabbed a bottle of Hershey's syrup instead of chocolate rain. The alcohol is not masked at all. It seemed quite amateur. It doesn't taste like it was expertly crafted.

M- The lack of any real carbonation just made this sit in my mouth. It coated me teeth and gave me cavities.

O- Ok, The Bruery. I understand you guys like your big bottles and fancy wax, but please make the beer taste better. This whole badass, high alcohol, wax dipping thing appeals to high school lacrosse players, but the beer inside doesn't deliver a level of sophistication that I expect from a $40 bottle of beer. This was a total mess and a huge disappointment. I really don't understand the hype.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle gently poured to the rim of a CBS snifter. Proper pour is proper.

A - Pours a deep rich black with very little head that recedes quickly. This beer leaves serious lacing. It warns that doming it may not be the greatest idea, but it's a challenge to accept.

S - Sweet vanilla mixed with bourbon. Strong burnt sugar alcohol smell. Like a decadent dessert. Smells like I may not be able to walk when this is over.

T - This my friends, is a freaking Beer. Up front you walk right into bourbon soaked coconut which fades out into some bittering chocolate and leaves with sweet vanilla and molasses. This is a beer to be sipped and savored. Delicious. There's something wrong with you if you didn't lick your lips after a sip.

M - Big syrupy beer with definite warming alcohol presence. I'm glad I have another saved for winter. Low carbonation, which is preferred in this style.

O - This is a wonderful beer. It may be too sweet for some, but I freakin' love it. It's just a notch behind Black Tuesday overall, but a wonderful change of pace.

Now to prepare for my hangover tomorrow...

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Photo of tarheels86
3.42/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL gold wax shared at Woodshop 7. Pours a full haze mahogany, muddy. Tepid to zero carbonation. Nose is sweet tomato paste, big milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, dark cherry juice. Taste is very sweet, bourbon heavy, loads of brown sugar. Very sticky and cloying. More like an American Strong Ale, no imperial stout character (bitter, roast, hops). More akin to the Firestone Walker anniversary series. Somehow a lighter SRM than Black Tuesday. 7/3/7/3/13=3.3

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Photo of Damian
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz/750ml wax dipped bottle acquired in a trade with surge1311
Served in a tulip

Review #800

Opened in celebration of my friends Matt and Kelly's firstborn child's birth and drank while listening to Tay Zonday's hit single "Chocolate Rain."

The beer poured a surprisingly thin, mahogany brown. No real head and no lacing. Frothy tan colored bubbles dotted the liquid and quickly morphed into a thin ring of froth. With each swirl of the liquid, substantial legs trickled down the glass.

Bourbon came through super strong in the nose. This was perhaps the most bourbon forward beer I have ever sampled. Lots of toffee and brown sugar sweetness. Strong notes of vanilla bean and maple syrup. Hints of coconut. Dark fruits were also noticeable. Plums and raisins were most apparent.

The flavor profile almost followed the nose to a T. Tons of sweetness up front, with a big caramel malt/toffee presence. Very boozy from the start, but the booze was definitely welcomed. At 19.5% ABV, this drank surprisingly well. Super strong bourbon notes. Loads of vanilla bean. Lots of dark chocolate and dark fruits sweetness. Figs, plums and raisins came through strongest. Touch of burnt sugar and oak. Some roasted malt flavors were present, but the roast was surprisingly subtle.

The mouthfeel was rich and syrupy with an appropriately low carbonation. This beer could have been a bit thicker and chewier for something of this magnitude.

All in all, this was an amazingly interesting and complex beer. Although I wanted to compare it to Black Tuesday (which is my favorite beer of all time), this was a completely different beast. With its lighter appearance and mouthfeel and its sweeter, boozier and more fruit-forward aroma and flavor profile, I found more similarities between this and Melange No. 3 than with Black Tuesday.

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Photo of nedvalton
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- very black with little to no head at all. Very viscous leaving noticeable lacing.

S- sweet roasty with definite vanilla and cocoa undertones.

T-very sweet. Not overly hot especially for the alcohol level. Mild vanilla with faint hint of cocoa in the very distant background.

M- thick almost like oil but very nice. Coats the inside of your mouth with the first sip

O- a solid beer especially for the high alcohol. Its worth trying for sure.

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Photo of chrisp450
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, poured in a snifter. It's possible I will be downing the bottle (and might be close already). High hopes after the hype/ratings, and my recent love for Black Tuesday.

A: Dark, and thin appearance/runny, but not translucent thin. Doesn't hold on the glass at all, very fluid.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisins and booze. Definitely some vanilla smell coming through too.

Taste: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Very sweet (did I mention that?). Starts with a lot of sugary vanilla and chocolate, chocolate and caramel even, and leaves me thinking of sugared raisins. Brown sugared raisins. Slightly boozy, but surprisingly low for how strong this is. More sugary raisin aftertaste as I think on it. A bit sweeter than I would prefer (I guess just give me Black Tuesday).

Mouthfeel: Could be thicker, but fairly syrupy too. Obviously similar to Black Tuesday.

Overall: initially thought it was too sweet. After nearly a 750ml bottle down, I still think its a bit too sweet. All that aside, it's still really good. I prefer BT, but am very happy to have had a chance to try this. Wouldn't pass on a glass if it were poured for me, especially after warming a bit. Curious to see how this would age, possibly some sweetness from the vanilla would fade. But might lose a little of the booze too (which surprisingly isn't too much).

Serving type: 750ml bottle, served in a snifter.

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Photo of markchristenson
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was a bit concerned given the chocolate content, but was pleasantly surprised. Noticeable chocolate on the nose, but on the palate it seemed to meld together almost perfectly. Rich and full-bodied, with a pleasant creaminess. Coffee, black fruit notes, chocolate (duh!). The alcohol is noticeable, but considering it is 18% it is surprisingly contained. Really good stuff!

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Photo of tut2528
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

shoutout to LiquidDegenerate for sharing this one!

A; pours a dark brown colored body with some amber tints to it. created an off-white thin head that quickly dissipated.

S: big alcohol soaked dark fruits right up front, with an awesome sweet dark chocolate toffee/molasses and vanilla bean blats. this beast doesn't smell like its 19.5%.. and this could get dangerous quickly

T: following in stride with the nose. again, i pick up on an immense sweetness but its not overly sweet. big chocolate, toffee, alcohol soaked figs/raisins, and a bit of heat to it thats actually quite inviting. for 19.5% this is extremely smooth and the finish is an awesome creamy vanilla that helps cut out the alcohol.

M: on the ligher side of full bodied. chocolate, vanilla and touch of alcohol is left on the palate. this is really enjoyable.

O: simply an outstanding brew. extremely well balanced, and has just the right amount of sweetness to cut out the big ABV. so damn excited that I was able to try this one out! will definitely try to get one in the future. must share this!

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

750 mL bottle , bottled on 03/04/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark, deep oak brown with a hint of cherry coloring. Leaves behind a solid finger of off-white head.

Smell: Sweet bourbon, strong vanilla, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel. Really delicious combination of aromas. The vanilla really stands out, maybe more than in any other beer I've had.

Taste: Bourbon and vanilla come out right away, front and center, along with milk and dark chocolate, toffee, more vanilla. The layers of strong, sweet flavors mask the alcohol expertly. Some heat is definitely there but it only adds to this beer. Very sweet, but not overly so - really well done.

Mouth-feel: Silky texture with low to medium carbonation. Medium to heavy body. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: This is a terrific monster of a stout for chocolate lovers. Definitely sweet, and the alcohol is masked brilliantly. This one packs a whole lot of flavor and the smell and taste match each other very well, in a good way. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from dak. Thanks! 2013 bottle (I think) shared with beastmaster. Pours dark brown (thin looking) with no head whatsoever. Big vanilla chocolate nose with huge sweet bourbon and a bit of licorice and woody oak. Big thick mouthfeel, velvety, with low carbonation but not flat. Big burnt sugar and molasses up front, with sweet chocolate syrup on the back end. Bourbon booze burns on the time. Packs quite a flavor punch. Serious sipper with a lingering sweetness that is rather pleasant. Starts great, harsh going down and waaaay sweet, then the linger is fantastic after dinner treat. Age might do this well for that middle portion which makes it tough to deal with more than a small pour (5 oz here). Only two of us, so recapping the rest for tomorrow.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught at Beer Belly in Koreatown last night. 19.5% confirmed. Cost was $7.00 USD for an 8 oz pour. Served into a tulip. Expectations were extremely high; I love Black Tuesday. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of milky light khaki colour. Retains for 1.5 minutes, reducing to a floater ring which itself remains for about 3-4 more minutes. Body colour is an opaque solid black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I remember Black Tuesday looking far better and richer. Given the gargantuan ABV, I think the head retention is pretty impressive. Pretty good for the style overall.

Sm: The first thing I noticed about the beer when the bartender handed it to me was the aromatic pungent vanilla bean notes. Chocolate, cacao nibs. Dark malts. Molasses. Raisin. Boozy, but nowhere near as much as you'd expect for 19.50%. Caramel. No yeast character is detectable. Syrup. Light vinous notes. Powerful and strong, but not as rich or evocative as I recall Black Tuesday being. A bit disappointin,g but inviting overall. Certainly not alive.

T: Molasses, chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, raisin. Light vinous character. No roast, to my chagrin. Sweet vanilla bean on the climax; a bit overbearing and creme-brulee esque - definitely too sweet, but not quite cloying. Hot and boozy; it's unpleasant but tolerable. I expected far more from the chocolate/cacao based on the aroma, but it's not rich or high quality at all. Surprisingly shallow depth of flavour. Syrupy and imbalanced. Aside from the alcohol, flavour intensity is actually fairly restrained for the style. No subtlety here at all. Not getting any barrel or wood notes. Average flavour duration.

Mf: Syrupy and thick. Undercarbonated. Smooth and wet. Not at all ideal for the style or flavour profile. Really underwhelming. Average presence on the palate.

Dr: THIS is based on Black Tuesday? THIS is highly sought after and heavily traded? Boy am I disappointed. A boozy mess with lackluster balance and few remarkable characteristics. Honestly, I wouldn't order this again. I'm shocked at its high ratings. Is Grey Monday as mediocre as this? I expected way better having loved Black Tuesday. This emperor has no clothes; I'm sorry for those of you who pay The Bruery exorbitant membership costs just to have the purported privilege of buying bottles of stuff like this. I pray the bottled version is better. I'm almost tempted to figure that the bar didn't serve or store this right, but Beer Belly has quite a good reputation. Wow, I did not see this mediocrity coming. What a waste. Very mundane.

Low C

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Version, poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A) - Jet black with a head that quickly dissipates. Small amount of foam rings the glass.

S) - Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and Oak.

T) Really digging this the chocolate is semi sweet and it is complimented by the vanilla. The bourbon is very pronounced. This does not drink like an 18% beer. The alcohol heat is well muted and only shows up a bit at the end. Still though this is a sipper as you want to keep the experience going.

M) Velvety smooth.

O) An experience I was glad to have had!

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Photo of ThickNStout
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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Photo of M1A2
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate Rain 750ml, 19.5%, B2. Ahh we finally meet, bottle opened and split between a few other BA's, 6/1/13 ESN2!

Appearance - Poured a deep almost black with dark red edges with very little head but left a thin ring in the center and around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Wow are you kidding me!! The smell of Chocolate Rain is the best smelling beer i have ever had the chance to smell period!!, sweet baker's chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon barrel notes all mixed together in an all out attack on the nose, i could of sat and smelled it all night.

Taste - Taste mirrors the smell!, big sweet chocolate (go figure), bourbon, vanilla, oak from the barrel that all blends together perfectly. 19.5% not here! There is a little alcohol heat in the back end but it never got overpowering even as it warmed up and the after taste hangs around for days!

Mouth feel - Velvety, creamy and silky all at the same time great mouth feel.

Overall - This is an absolute must try and is totally worth it, how ever you can get your hands on a bottle do it!! This beer may have ruined this style of big high ABV barrel aged beers for me as nothing will live up to what this one did. IMO this is perfection in a bottle hype well deserved.

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Photo of beagle75
3.59/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.
2011 vintage

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some light transmission at the edges. No foam head develops and no lacing remains on the glass. Fine brown sediment settles out.

S: Concentrated chocolate syrup that gives an impression of overt sweetness to come. Boozy vapors are profuse, heady, not leaving much room for some of the finer details of oak and spirit-aging.

T: Begins sweet, with a medley of overpowering dark flavors that begin predictably chocolatey before revealing considerable plum fruit. Cloying alcohol reigns throughout the profile. The finish is nutty, tasting distinctly of walnuts. Wood influence is not well-represented, athough vanilla extract seems to go hand-in-hand with the booziness.

M: Thick viscosity, very hot and syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Impossibly extreme, though focused, stout that effortlessly overwhelms the palate with booze. While remarkable in some respects, it proves extremely fatiguing upon the palate. To paraphrase another drinker present at this tasting, it is easier to drink straight bourbon than this beer. Let's not be hasty--although the sentiment is not completely unfounded. This legendary project beer is best taken in small doses, or with a decadent dessert to help cut the alcohol.

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Photo of bashiba
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Rain mean 48 Jersey is dark brown with almost no head to speak.

this smell is so loaded with alcohol burns my nose hairsthere's a bit of saleI'm heading dark chocolate

its so rich its like drinking chocolate boobsvery sweet desert lifethe heavy bourbon vanilla flavormeeting with alcohol add more chocolate and then even more time chocolate a little more vanilla

mouthfeel is tremendously sickvery warm and very on Boise.

highly recommend this second Street.

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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass.

Burnt umber, milky and opaque in the middle and clearer at the edges. A hard pour results in nearly no head, which is expected -- this thing is like liqueur.

Huge bourbon nose, packed with alcohol. Vanilla bean, buttered toffee, acrid charred oak, and dark chocolate sauce. Lots and lots of chocolate sauce.

Wow, is this rich. Vodka-soaked heath bars, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, oak. It's a delicious blend, but so sugary I'm worried I'll get a headache.

The word of the day is: rich. Thick, syrupy medium-full body. Alcohol heat is high, like pepper spice on the tongue. It numbs the tongue a little as well. Carbonation is light and prickly. Heavy stuff.

Like drinking chocolate frosting. Thick, rich, highly inebriating. It is, however, a one-trick pony. There's not a ton of complexity, but you don't really need it. Chocolate? Good. Stout? Good. Bourbon? Gooood.

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Photo of Fux
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Pixieskid to ruin our palates after an awesome sour tasting! Bottle from batch #3.
A: Very dark, black pour, with creamy mocha head, which falls into a thin collar around the glass.
S: Nose is on chocolate, vanilla, molasses, also toffee and wood. Not too much alcohol given the ABV.
T: Palate is rich and very expressive, on chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. There are also underlying notes of toffee, some sweetness, and some fruitiness with figs and plums in the background. The finish is quite alcoholic, really warming in the back of the throat, a bit disturbing actually.
M: Velvety, oily, a little bit sticky, and also warming mouthfeel.
O: The flavor profile of this beer is great, rich and dense. There is however a bit too much alcohol in this to be truly perfect. Thanks for sharing Brandon!

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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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Photo of jaasen64
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle stored in my cellar for over a year. Poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter, bottle split three ways. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a dark black that has some translucency, actually slightly lighter then I was expecting. Pretty much no head, very still top, minimal carbonation, just some alcohol legs along the sides of the glass.

S- Rich chocolate, vanilla beans, lightly bourbon, extremely well balanced booze. Can tell it's got a high abv, but fits very nicely for how high it is and integrates well with the other aromas. Fairly aromatic.

T- This is where the beer gets really interesting: flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, bourbon, vanilla, hints of booze on this finish but nowhere near what you would expect at almost 20%, extremely well balanced. Aftertaste that lingers with chocolate and balanced vanilla.

M- Very smooth especially for 19.5%, a beer definitely should not be this smooth with an abv this high- feels more like 9%, fairly minimal carbonation but nice for the style. Can't believe how easy this is to drink.

O- This was a fantastic high abv stout that was incredibly easy to drink and extremely flavorful. I was expecting this to be overly boozey but the abv was well hidden and was surprisingly easy to drink with all the flavors coming out very nicely. I highly recommend seeking this out, just be careful with how dangerously smooth it is.

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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 dbc5
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. 750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a cream colored head that fights to just cover the top of the beer before quickly dissipating into a nearly non-existent ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal head is to be expected from a beer of this size. Obvious alcohol legs with each swirl and sip.

S: Booze soaked dark fruits. A definite port-like character. Dark chocolate and brown sugar. Some vanilla-bourbon presence, but well integrated with the other aromatic complexities.

T: First impression, "this is better than Black Tuesday." The cocoa nib additions cut some of the intense sweetness; not to say this isn't a sweet beer (obviously given the ABV), but less so than the base beer. Picking up more roast in the back end than with normal BT. The cocoa addition is apparent with a nice bittersweet baker's chocolate presence. Over the course of this tasting, I've picked up flavors of plums, chocolate, caramel, burnt chocolate, coffee, and vanilla throughout. Ends milk chocolate and espresso, followed by alcohol warmth.

M: This beer is about as thick as it gets; borderline syrupy. Minimal carbonation and slick on the tongue. An appropriate mouthfeel for supporting the massive flavors and complexity of this one.

O: Excellent beer, one I prefer over the 10 and 11 vintages of Black Tuesday (the only vintages I've had).

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling, 750ml bottle split into snifters with my brothers - much thanks to Sean for this one -

A: Can't figure out how this is possible but it isn't even close to opaque...dark brown pour with ruby highlights...nearly no head but epic alcohol legs. Still looks good.

S: Huge boozy dark fruits here, lots of rum-soaked raisin character...smoothed-out caramel and lots of vanilla...big bourbon tones...lots of chocolate character too after you get used to the vanilla and boozy dark fruits.

T: Milk chocolate like a boss...chocolate and vanilla liqueur...dark caramel and burnt residual sugars...bourbon sweetness...booziness is apparent but totally manageable, the warmth is actually pretty nice and cuts some of the sweetness...

MF: Very low carbonation, moderate warmth from the booze, viscous and full-bodied...this is the epitome of a sipping beer.

O: Pretty awesome, as you get used to all of the boozy characters (dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon) the chocolate is pretty epic in this thing. Totally recommended if you can snag one.

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Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,569 ratings.
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