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Chocolate Rain | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
4.54/5
World-Class
2,719 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.60%

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
Ranking:
#72
Reviews:
345
Ratings:
2,719
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,592
Gots:
1,006
Trade:
136
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,719 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of nvbrew
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of festizio
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Felgenlager
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RealDeal
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle! Booze bomb desert beer!

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Photo of osseo222000
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ale_addin
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -11%
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 -12.8%
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 -16.1%
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 -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Narkee
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of J_Mueller
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fireazzi
4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbaker67
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,719 ratings
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