Cherry Chocolate Rain | The Bruery

43 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by womencantsail on 08-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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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Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with maroon highlights that had no head and left no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really boozy was able to detect vanilla, chocolate, cocoa character, slight coffee, toffee, and faint cherry notes. It also had a little oak as well. The taste was also filled with chocolate which dominated the work on the palate alongside, toffee, cocoa nib, and cherry accents but had some underlying vanilla. It had a very complex flavor and was a very good black Tuesday hybrid. The brew was full in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, very slight fruity, roasty, boozy, and silky finish. It drank decent considering the ABV on this booze bomb but was really tasty. I was glad to have had a taste from the left over reserve society party.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the source itself, a flavored version of Black Tuesday. On to the beer:

It's black, not quite pitch black, with no head on top. It looks like liquor. The aroma is liquor-like in strength, but without the alcohol smell. Cherries hit the nostrils hard from the start, and then notes of cocoa beans, vanilla wafers, oak, and sherry create a sensation that's hard to resist. It makes me want to drink.

Sweet cherries and alcohol heat are not afraid to introduce themselves in the mouth. The heat extinguises itself quickly, though you will be feeling the heat of it in the throat. Once you get past the cherries, it turns into a fest of flavors. Chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, oak, wafers, somebody stop this! The cask serving type allows the proper temperature and almost no carbonation, it almost becomes like drinking a wine. It's full bodied and has that coating feel, which acts as a second wind for the flavor. The alcohol shows very little of itself in the mouth after its introduction, but get a fire extingushier ready for the throat. For an 18.2% ABV beer, it drinks very easy...I was even tempted to take bigger sips towards the end of my serving after taking tiny liquor-sized sips.

It's hard to beat the original, but the cherry chocolate flavored version is no slouch. This is a wonderful drinking experience, and it was a priviledge to partake in its drinking.

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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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Photo of aknight
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a very dark, dark brown, almost black. No head present, just a tulip glass of oil. The smell is chocolaty sweet with a hint of cherry. The taste is the familiar Black Tuesday, intensely flavorful and sweet but the chocolate adds another level of complexity without really adding to the sweetness of an already very sweet beer. The tartness of the cherries help to cut the sweetness and really rounds out this beer. This may be my favorite of all of the Black Tuesday beers. I wish this beer would be bottled but Black Tuesday is hard enough to get, I can't imagine how difficult this one would be to find. This is one of those beers that I will drink over and over in my memory as I drift to sleep thinking of good times.

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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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Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not as big of fan of this Black Tuesday variant as most people at the release party. I would in fact rank them Black Tuesday = Chocolate Rain > Cherry Chocolate rain, but I still enjoyed this beer.

Beer served on cask at the Black Tuesday event in a Bruery tulip, drank after Chocolate rain. Beer is black / brown with no head, a few floating pieces of cherry (?) debris in the beer. Looks OK.

Aroma is really nice on this, its got that bourbony, nice, malty, sweetness, with a late nose of sweet fruits. It smells really nice.

Beer is sweet and the cherries come into this one late, its really nice but after several sips the cherry flavor gives way to almost a cough syrup or candy artificial cherry flavor. It was really good but the 6 ounces I had was more than enough honestly.

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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 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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Photo of domtronzero
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Bruery 10-26-2010

A - Murky dark reddish brown with a small thinly formed head, basically a ring around the glass. Little lacing.

S- Tons of sweet cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup-like notes. Bourbon and pleasant boozy alcohol. Rich and very inviting.

F/M - Tastes like a freakin' cordial cherry! Dark, rich chocolate, cherries and tons of vanilla and bourbon. Very nice alcohol warmth and slight alcoholic bitterness helps this beer finish very smoothly. Sweet, rich, full bodied, oily and slick. Moderately low carbonation. Lingering chocolaty cordial cherry flavor.

O- I waited until the end but i should have used all 3 of my taster tickets on this one. I absolutely cant wait to try this again; I hope they pour it at the RS Barrel Tasting. Smooth, rich, delicious and finishes like silk. World class!

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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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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 slayer3604
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 abecall98
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, some slight scribbled notes on my phone from last nights events.

A - Pours a thin watery black. Not much lacing, but the stuff is dark dark dark. Being that it is cask conditioned, the look fits the style, I only wish there was a little tiny head. The beer was very rich and glass coating, with was nice to see.

S - sweet dark fruits is the first thing I notice. Fresh cherries blended with a slight bourbon hint and some chocolates, melting in the beer.

T - The taste is first a flavor packed shot of bourbon, with the warming sensation, but without the bourbon burn, and that is what I love. As I coat my mouth, more of the barrel notes are noticeable, wood and vanilla. Chocolate and cherry finish the flavor profile by lingering a sweet goodness after the taste.

M - Not as thick as I remember last years Black Tuesday, that could be the fault of the batch being slightly different, or the casking, I don't really know. However, it still is an adventurous mouthfeel. The beer, when sipped, floods your mouth, looking for every tastebud available and just starts whaling them with an explosion of flavor. The be is sticky, and it creates a long lasting aftertaste long after you gulped the beer. The aftertaste is best described as leftover cherry skins all over your mouth. The sweetness lingers, and smacking your lips only deepens the experience of the aftertaste.

D - Simply amazing. The beer is 18.3% abv. yet it drinks smoother and cooler than some beers I have had at 10% abv. I don't know what hallucinogens they are putting in this stuff, but The alcohol flavor is just gone from my mind as I enjoy this beer. The beer, for being casked with cherries, is not cloying at all. The sweetness is very complimentary in this very deep and complex beer.

O - an experience I hope more people get to try. Black Tuesday is the real deal people. This variation is just an added treat to an already amazing base beer. I love it.

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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 Overlord
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happened by the Bruery and this was on cask. Neat.

Pours .... not really black! Well, black-ish. Very dark brown edging almost giving it a wooden-ish looking border. Light bubbling. Wisps of a hint of foam. Basically flat.

Insane chocolate and cherry aroma. Just mind blowing. No tartness to be found, this is all sweet cherry pulp. The chocolate smells almost syrup-esque. Wow.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet. My poor dentist is going to have a heart attack when he sees what I brung him! Cocoa, millk chocolate, cherry juice and cherry pulp, a bit of bourbon on the back-end (but it's muted here) .... what this beer really needs is some ice cream! I'm serious, it needs ice cream. It would be unbelievable.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick, and viscous, but frankly, it needs bubbles. Chocolate Rain can get away with it as it isn't quite as unrelentingly sweet (though it's a sugar bomb, too), but this almost feels underattenuated without some hint of carbonation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a moderate off-white head, good lace and retention.

S: Cherry chocolate cordial, it smells at it should, very pleasant.

T: Concentrated milk chocolate flavour, truffle like. Cherry is not direct but hints at itself throughout, very tasty.

M: Incredibly smooth, very full-bodied, medium viscosity, great feel to this beer.

D: A fantastic relative to the regular Black Tuesday. Better than Chocolate Rain, not as good as the '10 BT which I thought was pretty much as good this year as it was last year. Taken alone with no comparisons, definitely one of the better Double Stouts I've had.

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