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:
2,684
Reviews:
340
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Wants:
2,591
Gots:
1,002
For Trade:
130
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Ratings: 2,684 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of Futbolmanby
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Golden303
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Borderline of too sweet but one of the better Bruery beers.

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Photo of mikesobi
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of 03_04_81
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 ZenBiscuits
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rugyrl04
2.36/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Wanted so much to enjoy this one and just did not.

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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 Joshmistake
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzed
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Smirk3y
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of stwok21
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatsarealplane
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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 Dismembered_MC
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleHunter805
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erjaq
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,684 ratings.
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