Chocolate Rain - Cherry | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 08-24-2010

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by slayer3604:
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This thing haunted my glass for the rest of the night. Thanks Bruery....everything tasted like CCR...

A- Cask conditioned and lacking a head, but its to style and its pitch

S- HUGE amounts of pure chocolate and cherry with a little bit of a phenolic alcohol presence with a faint background of bourbon and oak.

T- Milky, creamy, cherry, bourbon, and pure (consentual) sex. Awesome beer. Can't thank Pat enough for this explosion of goodness.

M- Thick and a tad cloying. Wish it was as dry as the new BT, but you can't have everything.

D- for its alcohol content I'm surprised it didn't kill me on the spot, but I went back and used a second ticket to try it again. So damn good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well lets break out some notes from an early Bruery party. Was this the one with peanut butter & balls? I don't recall. That era though. This one was pretty flat, I believe a cask type of offering. The black is a little thinned out I guess by the cherry? Who knows. Aroma still crushes it on the cherry and bourbon notes. More bourbon, chocolate than cherry. Some vanilla there. Very enjoyable.

The taste is very sweet like chocolate rain, but the ceherry seems to make it less sweet compared to the chocolate rain version in and of itself. Even though it is cask, and the adjuncts and whatnot, the heavy amount of barley stays chewy keeping everything afloat without getting mired down in any one aspect, and there's the awesome job it does covering up the massive amount of alcohol to it. The cherry tartness was a welcome respite at the moment.

I can't think of any beer I wish they bottled more than this one. Make it for Hoarders!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#900, let's break out the scratches constituting blithering notes from BT. Massive black, red hued edge, almost no head (no surprise there), because of the red, its less black than BT or CR.

Aroma is barely bourbon, much more intense chocolate and maybe its psychosomatic, but I swore I could smell cherries and a dallop of vanilla. Just fantastic stuff in the aroma department, like they said on the Old Milwaukee commercials "it doesn't get any better than this!"

Super sweet taste, not as much as Chocolate Rain, the cherry took some of that sweet heat off I figure. Resonates all over every nook and cranny in your mouth, I reckon this stuff is a dentist's nightmare. The cherry flavor is way better than those shitty brandy soaked cherries someone in your family breaks out every Thanksgiving/Christmas. Mixes with the chocolate happily. Motivated me to seriously consider becoming a Reserve Society member from 500 miles away (having a tiny Russian in Hollywood don't hurt either).

Massively chewy throughout, always covering the alcohol up more than most beers half its strength. I began to get a little down as the glass revealed one final sip left. It would be some time until I got to try it again. The cherry flavor itself seemed multi-faceted, as tart was a great pairing with the immensity of everything else. Of course, sweet was ever present, and prolly is the most dominate characteristic of any of the BT variants.

If you like KBS or cherry, you'll love this. If you're one of those people who equate cherry with cold medicine and can't get passed that, stick with whatever they're rockin' at the corner mart.

Only reason the drinkability points are down is because its not drinkable that easy, because its never around, and furthermore, it is the most challenging of the BT variants.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cask. So this is what those British guys were talking about with subtle, balanced cask beers? I like it! Need to get to England.

Pours a thick, leggy dark brown - less black than Black Tuesday it seems - with pretty much no head. Slight reddish hues even.

Insane aroma - really really complex and crazy. Huge chocolate-covered cherries, along with sweet caramel, bourbon, -bals, and molasses.

The flavor is just insane. Gigantic bourbon-soaked chocolate cherries of the awesomest kind. A little boozy, but in a good way. A little sweet, but in the BEST way. -Bals are not absent either. This is better than Black Tuesday OR Chocolate Rain, as crazy as that sounds.

Smooth and slick on the mouthfeel, like silk. The ABV is present but well-hidden. Carbonation is nearly nonexistent, like a Lost Abbey beer, but in a good way.

Overall, awesome, just awesome. Drinkable for the ABV and thoroughly enjoyable. Tay Zonday wasn't kidding when he talked about how awesome chocolate rain (and its variants) were.

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Photo of IKR
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 Vintage

Appearance: Clear dark-brown color with a hint of red when held up to the lightt. The beer has a medium-sized beige head which subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Upfront Bourbon aromas, some tart cherry notes, brown sugar, and some straight up alcohol, A nice nose on this one.

Taste: While the Bourbon from the nose is prominent the cherry notes from the nose give it a nice battle for dominance. I also get brown sugar some chocolate and mild oak notes. The cherry notes and bal-aging work well with each other resulting in a tasty flavor profile.

Mouth-feel: On the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation is moderate and works well in this beer but the alcohol at first swallow is upfront but at 19% that's not a shock.

Overall: I first had this beer on cask at the 2010 Black Tuesday party. I was floored at the time not having had anything like it. i had multiple good Black Tuesday variants since and other good Imperial stouts but this one still hits the marks for me going on almost a decade later.
Edit: 2018 vintage full review on 5-18-2018

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jbtice0315
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask after one of the Bruery's reserve society meetings.

This cask was extremely hot, which brought down a few notches, but the cherries and cocoa nibs added so much to the Black Tuesday.

Still an awesome beer.

Alcohol, sour from the cherries, chocolate, and coffee on the nose.

Joined the reserve society - can't wait to have more of this next year!

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been meaning to review this but have been busy.

Appearance - Poured into a Bruery tulip at the Black Tuesday release party from a cask. Not completely black in color, though extremely dark brown with what perhaps I'm imagining but a reddish tinge. As with Chocolate Rain, just a hint of head and every so slight lacing.

Smell - Also, as with Chocolate Rain, I was able to smell this beer while drinking Black Tuesday. The aroma was just utterly intense. I could smell this beer even before I planned to. Massive sweet cherries (brandied), more rich chocolate than Chocolate Rain in my opinion, slight bourbon and vanilla. The overall winner here is the chocolate and cherry aroma, which is heavenly.

Taste - As another BA put it, it tastes exactly like a cherry cordial you get at Christmas (but this gets you drunk! Haha). The flavor was actually quite a bit sweeter than I was expecting. However, that just makes this an absolutely perfect after dinner beer. I absolutely would share this with friends and family after a big Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner while having some peppermint bark to nibble on while enjoying the beer. As others have said, it is almost like a port. Very enjoyable - if I had tried BT and Chocolate rain before, I would have spent all my tickets on this. Defiantly a highlight of the night.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, low carbonation, massive viscosity, finishes a hint dry and sweet.

Drinkability - This one was a bit harder to drink than the others merely because it was so sweet and honestly while you are supposed to savor the other two variations, this one to me is the choice to savor the longest. Still, very drinkable for what it was and I'd buy this in a heartbeat. A perfect beer for those special family times when everyone is relaxing by the fire on a cold winter night.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Black Tuesday 2010. Dark chocolate brown with a reddish tint, pretty much opaque and flat.

Sweet brandied cherries and chocolate fudge nearly overwhelm the senses; this beer packs a ton of aroma. There's a bit of noticeable bourbon barrel and vanilla, but it's overwhelmingly chocolate and cherries.

It tastes a lot like a cherry cordial, or one of those booze-infused cherry chocolate candies you'd find at a fancy candy store. Intensely sweet, but absolutely delicious. Vanilla peeks through ever so slightly, and the bourbon barrel melds harmoniously with the cherries and chocolate. The body is syrupy and flat, which works just fine in this context.

Opinions on this beer seemed to be mixed, but I thought it was delicious.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antioch
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Bruery's Black Tuesday Release Party, Session 1.

A: Dark dark brown with a slight red tin, no light exits, no head.

S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, booze and a slight cherry aroma coming through.

T: Extremely sweet, lots of chocolate and cherry. Almost tasted like I threw one of those dark chocolate's with cherry filling in it into my mouth. Some booze burn comes through, but mostly covered by the sweetness. Too sweet for my taste and I was glad it was only a small pour.

M: More carbonation would've done this beer a lot of justice. It was too viscous and chewy.

D: As mentioned above, the alcohol isn't coming through too much, the lack of drinkability for me is the viscosity and the sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at Black Tuesday. I had a few tastes of this and my opinion changed greatly throughout each of them.

A: The pour is pretty much black with a bit of brown murkiness to it. There is a thin ring of bubbles hanging out around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Right from the word go the cherries come through. But as more pours came from the cask, the chocolate, vanilla, and (surprisingly) maple qualities really started to shine through. Lots of bourbon and alcohol, unsurprisingly.

T: The cherries are an interesting mix of sweetness with just a touch of tartness (especially later on in the evening). The chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, and bourbon flavors are intensely sweet and can be cloying.

M: The body is full and slightly syrupy due to the lack of significant carbonation.

D: I think the Chocolate Rain is my favorite of the two variations here. This one just became far too sweet after a sip or two.

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Photo of Azrael
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a very dark brown, there's no real head here, but what did you expect from a cask pour of a mega imperial stout. A touch darker than Chocolate Rain. Reddish brown highlights are present. Nice legs.

I was told that this version of CCR (from the Barrel Tasting) spent less time on cherries than the one available at the BT release, and it shows. While very similar to Chocolate Rain, there's a mild cherry character. A little more oxidized than CR, there's a mild port like character that's further amplified by the mild cherry note. Again, there's chocolate syrup, bourbon and a little less booze than CR.

The palate is sweeter than CR, a definite fruity, cherry sweetness to go with the mildly syrupy chocolate. Coupled with the big bourbon character which is more heat and less bourbon and vanilla (unlike BT or CR). Sweet on the finish with a boozy heat, this is rather spectacular. Just a little sweeter than I'd like, this aspect hurts the mouthfeel and drinkability just a hair. Full in body, low in carbonation, and boozy on the finish with chocolate, this is great stuff. I'd drink it again and often if I could

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jminsc76
2.86/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap while at The Bruery last Saturday. And it was the SOUR Cherry Chocolate Rain, which I hope is close enough.

Pours a dark, prune-juice like consistency with no head or lacing. Looks like a port. Another f'ing beer that looks like a port.

Well there's definitely strong aromas of sour cherries emanating from this one. Strong hints of chocolate, molasses, and prunes. God, why the f' do so many stouts of this strength have the smell of prunes in the bouquet? Is it me? Must I get my nose fixed?

Tastes of sour cherries, oak, with nary a hint of chocolate. Also a little rye and either port or Shiraz near the finish. Aaaand some booze. Actually a lot more booze than I would like. It's actually burning my throat, and I'm quite annoyed. In addition, a slight taste of chocolate near the finish as I inhale.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, medium-bodied.

Overall, not a fan. The aromas are the best this beer seems to offer, and even with that there isn't a whole lot to distinguish it. It's a big monster of a port...I mean beer, and I shan't return its way again (and don't tell me the heat is from the 19.5%; Black Tuesday is about equivalent and that drinks smooth and booze-free).

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Photo of HopHead84
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I stumbled toward the entrance of The Bruery with bleary eyes and a grim countenance from the wanton ash billowing off the post apocalyptic 57 freeway. Wait, that was last year. Getting into the Bruery for Black Tuesday was a painless process this year.

A cask pour into a Bruery snifter at Black Tuesday 2010 Session 2. Apposed alongside Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday.

A: Appears black in the glass with some brown near the edges with a small bubbly head. It appears to have a little more carbonation than its non Cherry brother.

S: The aroma is a cross between a fine port, a cherry liqueur, and a delicious Imperial Stout. It smells like a sugary dark chocolate covered cherry with milk chocolate drizzled on top. I get notes of plum, bourbon, and vanilla, but the main focus is the candied cherry aspect. A ridiculously decadent aroma, and unmatched in complexity by other desert beers. I can't smell any alcohol beneath this sweet aroma.

T: Very, very sweet. Again, my mind is drawn to the port comparison. This is very port-like, though in addition to grape and plum, there is a very strong sugary cherry flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are evident, and there is a big chocolate presence. Alcohol is well hidden, mostly apparent in the warming finish.

M: Viscous, sticky, and smooth. The low carbonation didn't bother me at all because, again, this reminded of a port and I sipped it as such.

Overall: A decadent desert beer meant to be consumed in small quantities. Delicious.

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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