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): 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:
#74
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
2,753
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2,599
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1,006
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10/1/17, from notes
2017 vintage
L - Pours deep toffee color with a thin khaki head.
S - The aroma is very similar to Black Tuesday. Lots of bourbon and ethanol. Also lots of dark fruits. I only get hints of chocolate, vanilla, and char.
T - The flavors are typical bourbon notes; vanilla, oak, char, and hints of caramel. There are sweet chocolate undertones throughout. But there is a big ethanol bitter finish.
F - Thin body, but a little sticky
O - I'm a little disappointed. The overall experience is good, but doesn't knock my socks off. That ethanol finish was a killer. This is a relatively fresh bottle and it could just use some age.

Edit: opened a '15 bottle and it's way better than '17 fresh. The reduced ethanol flavors allow the chocolate flavor and aroma to really come out. Score adjusted up from my original 4.3 average.

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Photo of penguinBOMB
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beardown08
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015. Teku pour. LOVE black tuesday but every other variant hasn't lived up to it yet. Hoping CR is the outlier.

L - thin murky brown like BT

S - alcohol and dark fruit. I smell zero of its proclaimed additions and honestly it just smelled like a less pronounced version of black tuesday. Disappointed here.

T - mmmkay. I see you chocolate rain. Massive amounts of milk chocolate overtop of black tuesdays dark fruit and ethanol. Chocolate covered cherries and plums washed down with faintly oaky, and mildly vanilla liquor. Not identifiable as bourbon, and almost more rum like due to its sweetness.

F - dry. Creamier than I believe black tuesday was. Hot (obviously).

O - hands down the best variant. I'd have to try it side by side with BT to decide which I like more but it certainly is better than grey monday, pb and thursday, and the worst them all... mocha wednesday.

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4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016. From bottle into chalice.

Very little foam on pour. Brown/amber in color. More of an appearance of a barleywine rather than a stout. Barrel character here is huge. Loads of bourbon and oak. Chocolate was present on the nose and in the taste, along with some mild vanilla as the beer warmed. But make now mistake, this is hot and this is barrel boozy. If you don't like the heat, you might want to sit on this for a few years.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
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4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings