Chocolate Rain batches

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by AlexFields, Dec 25, 2012.

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  1. AlexFields

    AlexFields Meyvn (1,279) Dec 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    Question for anyone who's had all the batches of The Bruery's Chocolate Rain: is there significant variation across batches? I know 09 Black Tuesday was pretty different from other years, but the first release of CR had 2010 BT as a base right? Is it much different from later batches, and which batch is best?

    Basically I have a b1 CR and am trying to decide if it would be better to drink it or to trade it for a later batch of CR + some other want.
  2. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    batch 1 tastes like a oyster sauce and batch 2 tastes like light soy sauce.
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  3. DrDemento456

    DrDemento456 Poo-Bah (3,382) May 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    That's like your opinion man
  4. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,161) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I'm pretty sure he was asked for his opinion.... Yes? :wink:
  5. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2007 Illinois

    Batch 1 was probably the best beer that I've ever had. I haven't had it for a year or two, but when I did, it was mind blowing.

    Haven't tried batch 2 yet.
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  6. callmeishmALE

    callmeishmALE Disciple (327) Dec 30, 2010 Colorado

    Huh. Honestly on my phone I saw this thread as "chocolate rain bitches", and was much more intrigued. I was hoping for a drunken review of the beer. Oh well.

    BREWSnTATTOOS Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Florida

    Wish I had some in put. ISO Chocolate Rain
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  8. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,883) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Haters gotta hate.:grimacing:
  9. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,883) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    I think Batch 1 has faded on the chocolate notes. And for most people seeking this are probably, I assume, looking for a Chocolate Rain to be well..chocolately. I have had numerous tastings of both batch 1, and batch 2 a few times. My opinion of this fantastic beer is that although it is stunning fresh, it drops off fairly quickly. just my 2 pesos.
  10. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    I dunno if he's hating... I love oyster sauce AND light soy sauce. Mmmmmmmmm Czar.
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  11. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Batch 1 was crazy hot, and still remains fairly hot as of two months ago. Batch two is more cloyingly sweet, but I liked it much better, personally.
  12. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    I was joking... sorta. I am not a huge fan of BT or Chocolate Rain. To each his own.
  13. davesway10

    davesway10 Aspirant (260) Jan 23, 2010 Iowa
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    Just got my first ever Chocolate Rain, Its B2. Let the nay sayers nay and the doom preachers preach, but I'll be enjoying this bad boy weather I want to or not. Here's to hoping B2 is the better batch but I'll probably, personally, never know the difference. Happy New Year all.
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  14. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I've only had a batch 2, but it was fantastic. Soy sauce my ass.
  15. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Disciple (368) May 19, 2011 California
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    Notice you didn't say if you liked their overall flavor...after all, both of those ingredients taste great in Bud Light Chelada.
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  16. AlexFields

    AlexFields Meyvn (1,279) Dec 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    I thought 09 BT was fantastic but that's the only CR/BT bottle I've had.

    Thanks everyone for the input, I'll still have to think about what I want to do but I'm not really a ticket so ultimately I'll probably decide having the first batch isn't so important and trade it to someone who cares about the difference or wants a vertical.
  17. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (852) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    If anyone wants to send bottles to get my opinion on the matter, you are very welcome to do so.
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    BREWSnTATTOOS Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Florida

    So Id really like to get my hands on a current bottle of this. Cigar City FT:slight_smile:
  19. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    Speaking of Chocolate Rain, how does one tell the two apart? I know with BT it's the ABV. Does that hold true for CR?
  20. tbadiuk

    tbadiuk Aspirant (268) Feb 9, 2009 Manitoba (Canada)
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    CR b1 doesn't have the "Contains Alcohol" thing printed on the label.
  21. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    Ok so after some research it looks like the b2 Chocolate Rain has TCHO more prominently


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  22. IKR

    IKR Zealot (579) May 25, 2010 California
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  23. Rckmo10

    Rckmo10 Aspirant (237) Sep 13, 2009 California
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    IMO the chocolate fades rather quickly, as stated above. I have had both batched on different occasions and I enjoy B2 much more. B1 is still a great beer and I suggest drinking it, so you can form your own opinion.
  24. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Meyvn (1,144) Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    He is an acquired taste. Kind of like herpes. He grows on you. And then you can't ever get rid of him.
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  25. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    I don't think either are hot at all, but I drink bourbon neat...
  26. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Beat me to it. I shall bow out respectfully.
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  27. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2010 California

    While moving my "brewery" recently I also organized my cellar and decided to take a side by side to further illustrate my earlier point.

    ---------Batch 1 ------- Batch 2---------
  28. JacobHalling

    JacobHalling Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2010 Denmark

    Batch 1 is 18,5% abv and batch 2 is 19,5 right?
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