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:
2,666
Reviews:
339
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
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2,594
Gots:
993
For Trade:
130
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Photo of deekyn
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of wsnich
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mbixler
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of MeLikeyDaBeers
3.76/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of AdrianC31
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jale
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of our tasting at Jackie-o's.

A: Pours almost black with just a slight tan head.

S: Big chocolate aroma, oak, vanilla and some booze.

T: Wow! Lots of chocolate and sweetness. This is a real dessert beer. Oak and some vanilla. The alcohol heat is huge. I feel the alcohol in my teeth and travels up into your sinus cavities.

M: Higher side of medium body.

O: This needs some time to mellow out. Maybe a year or longer for the flavors meld.

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Photo of kimjongill
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

too sweet for it's own good. a true dessert beer.

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Photo of fuberwil
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid stout, the alcohol was very prominent when drinking

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Photo of GJ40
3.87/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. 2014 edition.

A - Black with a limited head of large bubbles that struggle to group together. It seems a little thin as it pours.

S - Big bourbon and vanilla!

T - Intense! It took a while for my palate to calibrate. Big bourbon with dark chocolate, molasses and roasted marshmallow. The alcohol is intense and there's a moderate sweetness.

M - Thin with a low carbonation.

O - Too intense for me. I may as well have had a bourbon. But I can see what others love about it.

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Photo of CheChe
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopislovehopislife
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrnyc
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Way too sweet for me.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.9/5  rDev -12%

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 izzyismyrott
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had this at a Jackie O's tasting in May, provided by brew3crew (thanks Jason!). Huge ABV of 18.5%, biggest and baddest beer of the day.

This looked initially opaque, but it's a little transparent at the edges. Dark copper brown color (not as dark as expected).

This smells boozy, the alcohol is definitely apparent behind the cocoa. Maybe hints of bourbon too, mostly chocolate, ethanol, and some vanilla.

It tastes very hot, sweet and chocolaty, with massive malt character. Overwhelming might be too much of an adjective, but this is definitely a big beer and it feels like it. Sweet aftertaste of brown sugar.

Carbonation is on the low side, still adequate though. This was a treat, and was the beer I was looking forward to most at the tasting. I'd definitely try it again any time it might be offered.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Mike for a perfect beer to end the night with... pours a medium brown, shocked how much lighter than black tuesday this is, medium tan head is gone right away... smells like a chocolate brownie, super decadent, no alcohol or vanilla... tastes just like it smells, tons of chocolate, cocoa nibs all over this, no vanilla again, a bit rich to drink a ton of but still enjoyable and very drinkable for the abv

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3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to Richard (Khazadum) for sharing this with all of us. There aren't enough high-fives in the world to cover that check...

Appearance -- Pours a dark chocolate hue with absolutely no head. Looks thick and menacing...I like it.

Smell -- In a word: indulgence. The glass exudes with decadent milk chocolate and vanilla bean, sweet Kentucky bourbon, roast malt, and a hint of dark fruits. it's incredibly aromatic, and considering the name, this is spot-on to what their intentions were. Good luck to any brewer thinking of trumping the nose on this.

Taste -- Again, lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness, sweet bourbon, some roast and coffee-like character, and a modicum of dark fruit. It really doesn't live up to the aroma, but the flavors are still quite nice. The 19.?? abv is definitely apparent - as the beer is still cold the alcohol burn is not horribly perceptible, but that's all out the window after about 10 minutes of the glass held in hand.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation and a heaping helping of booze bite. Meh.

Overall -- Incredible aroma, but everything else about this beer falls short of Black Tuesday. The extra percent or so of ABV is so incredibly apparent. In the case of BT, letting the bottle sit a year or so will significantly diminish the booziness, as can be seen in the first batch. With the introduction of the cocoa and vanilla, these two will fade over time and I can't imagine there being a sweet spot in this beer's lifespan where there will be that incredible chocolate/vanilla flavor but with less booziness.

As it stands, I would definitely take a year-old bottle of Black Tuesday over Chocolate Rain. However, I'm curious to see what future batches of Rain will be like.

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Photo of jdimento
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottles shared by two different people today at the Plan Bee Savage release.

Pours a dark amber-brown, a lot lighter than I'd expected. There's no head or lacing at all.

Smells like chocolate milk on steroids. Smells creamy, vanilla and chocolate all over the place, plus bracing alcohol.

And, unsurprisingly, this also tastes like chocolate milk on steroids. It tastes like chocolate liqueur more than beer. Amplified chocolate flavor all over. It tastes like chocolate milk, with about 50 additional Hershey's bars melted into it. There's some sweet marshmallow vanilla flavors. This is so sweet and cloying, the smaller pours definitely helped this stay relevant for me. Much more than 4 oz or so and this would be tiring. The alcohol burn is noticeable, but not quite as prominent as I would've expected.

This is surprisingly and weirdly thin bodied, I thought it would've been fudgy. The mouthfeel is incredibly syrupy and sweet, though, with basically no carbonation.

Quite an extreme beer. Tastes great, but not without its problems.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ericat78
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chocolate Rain from The Bruery
4.43 out of 5 based on 2,666 ratings.
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