Chocolate Rain | The Bruery

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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

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337
Ratings:
2,652
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
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Photo of Rinkor16
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle opened on 04/26/13 with my older brother and a buddy.

A: Pitch black with little head that dissipated immediately .

S: Tons of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla.

T: Holy sh*t! Roasted malts with lots of chocolate. Nice bourbon finish with a little bit of vanilla hanging around on your pallet.

M: Very thick and velvety.

O: This was well worth the Bruery membership. I'm very glad that I bought a full allotment. Damn, it's good.

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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
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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 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 mcallister
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish red. Thin looking and unimpressive for a stout of this stature.

Big fusle alcohol aromas almost burns my nose hairs. Thick chocolate, vanilla and toasty oak with a nice layer of bourbon. Some dark fruit lies underneath.

Just a killer tasting beer. Layers of sweet melted chocolate, fudge, vanilla bean, bourbon, dried fruits, burnt caramel, toasted oak, very light coffee. Date, black fig, quince and black licorice. Some cherry and currant as well.

Mouth isn't big and thick but oily and slick with alcohol. But fits the beer well and doesn't interfere.

Mmmmm!

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2012 vintage the other night. A friend had opened it the night before and couldn't finish it, so he re-capped it.

Looks still and black as oil.

Smell is out of this world. Sweet chocolate, potent bourbon and a tannic barrel presence. Truly amazing.

Flavor was great, as well. I think being open all night helped burn off some of the alcohol and open it up into something truly decadent.

Mouthfeel was nice. There was just enough carbonation left to scrub the palate and keep the sweetness from being cloying.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot. Mocha Wednesday still edged it slightly, but it just goes to show how proper aging can vault a beer up in quality.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 750-ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Chris (heresy22 on Beer Advocate)
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A, but received it on May 20, 2014
Consumed: May 31, 2014
Misc.: 2014 edition (18.5% ABV); wax bottleneck

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head, which quickly gave way to a serene setting on the top. Below average-to-minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled a potent mix of boozy bourbon and chocolate right away. Also got cocoa, fudge, toffee, caramel, Hershey syrup and Rolos candy. Definitely no hiding the 18.5 percent alcohol as it keeps coming in strong.

Initial taste was flat out fantastic. Got cocoa, chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs, fudge, toffee, caramel and the Rolos candy. That gave way to a long, warming finish. After the first sip, I could feel it warming down my throat for almost a minute. Not as boozy as the smell for sure. Just so good.

Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

This beer was so good. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500!!! Had at the Bruery Reserve Society Party. Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a slight brown hue with a half finger tan head that subside to a minimal amount quickly (I blame the ABV). Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass (which was surprising). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall impression: Good God this thing is good! It was truly excellent in all aspects. I can honestly see why so many people have been looking for the bottles that were released now. Glad I have one for myself. It hides the massive alcohol present in this one really really well. Kind of scary if I'm honest. This is an absolute must try, whether it be going to the RS Event or pulling out all of your trading ammo to land a bottle. It is TOTALLY worth it. But it is a sipper, so be warned.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 19.5% abv. Very dark brown, approaching black. No head to really speak of, but a very faint tan ring around the edge.

Big whiff of alcohol, even from across the room. Dark chocolate, bourbon and wood.

A bit of sweeter chocolate up front. Heavy notes of bourbon and wood. Perhaps a bit of vanilla comes through to round things out. Chocolate and booze linger on the palate for quite a long time.

A bit light in the body, with an almost oily feel. Alcohol is quite warming, but not overwhelming. Quite the experience.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Black Tuesday release at the Bruery.

A - Pours with zero head. Looks like melted fudge, with the viscosity of a thick, jet black motor oil. There is no carbonation or bubbles.

S - A little bit like heaven. Milk chocolaty goodness dominates with very subtle hints of vanilla. Bourbon and caramelized and/or brown sugar is mixed in for a very balanced aroma.

T - What you smell is what you get. Chocolate hit my palate immediately, with the bourbon coming on next, followed by the hints of vanilla, roasted malts, more bourbon. There was a lasting finish on the chocolate that just lingered and stayed there for a while. For being an 18-19% beer, there is no "bite" from the alcohol. So f'n smooth... And at one point, it did weaken my knees as I was standing there sipping it.

M - Thick, and a little chewy with absolutely no carbonation and a very creamy texture. I know it's barrel aged, and it's out of a cask, but something is lost, to me, with no bubbles.

D - One sip can last a few minutes with all of the lingering notes in there. I don't think it's as drinkable as it's counterpart, Black Tuesday. I wouldn't want to have more than 8-10 oz of this at a time. It's a perfect dessert beer that'll cap your night off with a big smile. But I think it also loses something with 0 carbonation.

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Photo of dboon
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dstructo for sharing a cooler full of Bruery gems. Dark brown/black pour with a small brown head. Wonderful chocolate, malt, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. The taste is wild and totally reminds me of Coco Puffs. Very smooth for a 19.5%. Just an outstanding stout from the guys in Placentia..

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Photo of orangesol
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Bruery Line Party...I mean R.S. initiation party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours black as the devils soul with a small tan film of head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Holy sweet heat batman. Tons of rich chocolate sweetness, vanilla, sweet malt, and bourbon heat. The alcohol is strong but it blends in quite well with all the other strong flavors. Very nice overall balance, all things considered.

T - Lots of chocolaty sweetness up front never really fading throughout consumption. Hints of vanilla, sweet malt, and strong bourbon help round things out. Finish is a mix of sweetness and bourbon, lingering for some time. This stuff is awesome. I can't wait to see what a little bit of time in the bottle will do to it.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, sticky sweet, feel with plenty of lingering sweet heat in the finish.

D - Finally a beer that lives up to its own hype. I made sure I got a pour as soon as I walked into the party and I was glad I did. I enjoyed the overall mix of sweet chocolate and warm bourbon. One of the best stouts I have ever had. Glad I have a bottle of this in my cellar.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I still can't believe that this was just there, at the Bruery, waiting for me to try it. This beer was as good, perhaps slightly better on every other Thursday than Black Tuesday. Think Black Tuesday plus chocolate.

Beer is served on cask into a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown / black with a diffuse head of small and big bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. Looks OK.

Beer smells like bourbon and chocolate, it smells amazing. Its sweet, molasses, chocolate, liquor, some alcohol, its so amazingly complex, I could have smelled it all night.

Beer has this creamy mouthfeel from the cask, its sweet and has some minimal bitterness on the back from the chocolate. The forward flavors are like a hershey bar dipped in bourbon, its great, its not cloying or overpowering its just really solid. The finish is nice and not too dry, a little dryer than the regular Black Tuesday but overall its a great beer. I would definitely have it again, only if they would bottle this.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter - 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown (not as black as I expected) with a tiny off-brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing.

S: The nose is so similar to BT I probably couldn't tell the difference if they were side by side. There are nice notes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and bourbon. I'm not getting much cocoa or vanilla which is surprising.

T: The taste is simply amazing! Unlike the nose this is leaps and bounds above BT. There were massive flavors of chocolate, vanilla cream, fudge brownies, molasses, and bourbon.

M: The feel is medium bodied and thick like syrup on the finish. The beer does get kind of cloying the longer you drink it.

O: I was not as impressed with BT when I had it as I thought I would but this definitely lived up to the hype. I could drink this all the time in small quantities. It does get cloyingly sweet as you get to the end of your glass but it's so tasty.

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Photo of AndrewP17
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW... amazing ba stout. lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nose. great balanced chocolate on the taste. covers the booziness of the ba very well.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review.

Appearance: Black with minimal tan head. Fades almost instantly. No lacing.

Smell: chocolate, vanilla, a bit boozy, but no where near the 18.3% abv.

Taste: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate milk, not boozy at all, a hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, no carbonation, smooth, creamy, slightly boozy.

Overall: delicious. Very drinkable. Alcoholic chocolate milk.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 6/27/15

Opened this bottle with 3 other people. Probably a good thing since it is so big. Pour a thick black body with pretty much no head. Huge sweet cocoa aroma. Almost overwhelming taste. Just a ton of cocoa and vanilla with lots of bourbon. It has a pretty strong bite on the tongue. You can tell there is a lot of alcohol. Still, I very much so enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 served in a snifter. Mildly fruity on the front end, w baseline semi sweet choco. Alcohol content is well hidden.
Sugary, maybe a touch of molasses. Don't think the taste changed a whole lot as it warmed up. Vanilla on the aftertaste.

How much is that Breury membership? Good or better then Black Tuesday

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Photo of cjer53
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had it on tap on RS party on 1/8/11

app- dark chocolate, thick, almost no head

smell- chocolate moose, chocolate morsels, sweet, dessert

taste- silky smooth thickness, very peaceful, tastes like bourbon dessert chocolate, extremely drinkable and possibly very dangerous! hints of vanilla throughout. an exceptional beer!

MAKE IT RAIN!!!

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Photo of Resuin
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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 mrn1ceguy
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy diabetes batman, but tasty tasty diabetes. Very good beer with a lot of smooth, chocolate taste. Hard to enjoy more than 6 ounces, but very enjoyable none the less.

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

Bottle at NWI Tasting group Black Tuesday 09-12 and Variants tasting

A - Chocolate brown with a thin looking body. There was a very small chocolate head that faded quickly

S - Milk and dark chocolate, light vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Not as boozy in the nose as Grey Monday

T - This is a delicious beer. There is sweet vanilla, light oak, caramel, sweet bourbon. This sweetness is balanced perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate cacao nibs. Finish has slight cinnamon spice, heat from the bourbon and light oak

MF - This is a super thick and velvety smooth beer. It is really thick and coats the tongue. The finish is slightly astringent

O - This is really a good beer that I liked more than BT and Grey Monday. It has such a great flavor profile that is balanced between the dark chocolate and the sweetness of BT. Plus, it was super creamy and smooth when drinking. This one was definitely worth the hype

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

2013 Wow.. nice and thick, vanilla explosion, not as much chocolate as expected, alcohol but does not seem like 18%. Nice bourbon barrel flavor, would drink as much as i could, nice experience!

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

Thanks to 2beerdogs for this beer! You rock!
Chocolate and vanilla blend together well in this beer. Definitely improves as beer warms. Smooth taste with some mild sweetness. Delicious! Have had fresher and aged in bottle for 10 months. Aged at 10 months was perfect!

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Photo of seeswo
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Mark (Rempo) at DLD. Thanks man!

Pours a sugar-shimmering black with a small ring of whitish-tan head. This is obviously a big one and it looks great. The nose is big vanilla, fudgy brownie chocolate, a touch of oak and booze, maybe a hint of coffee. Really, what stands out is the vanilla and the fudge. Could probably sit and sniff this for days. The taste is outstanding - big dessert fudge, chocolate, vanilla, some present booziness, a bit of bitterness like baker's chocolate. Really decadent and quite good. Rich, but in a totally different way than Bourbon County Rare. That flavor was deeper and smoother. This is a bit rough around the edges. The mouthfeel is fantastic, big, sticky with low carbonation. Overall, this is quite the fantastic beer. There is a touch too much heat and cocoa bitterness in the taste to give that a 5, but regardless, this is a fantastic beer and totally worth the hype.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 in aTeku

L: Dark siege head with an aggressive pour, bubbles appear and continue to build over the dark brown thick liquid
A: Bourbon, wood, alcohol, vanilla, the vapors sting my eyes
T: Sweet, Bourbon with chocolate in the back
M: chewy, hot, syrupy
O: Overpowering in a delicious sort of way - seek tout

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