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Chocolate Rain batches

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

  1. AlexFields

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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

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

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    That's like your opinion man
     
  4. Reagan1984

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    I'm pretty sure he was asked for his opinion.... Yes? ;)
     
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    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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    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.
     
  7. BREWSnTATTOOS

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    Wish I had some in put. ISO Chocolate Rain
     
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    Haters gotta hate.:eek:
     
  9. 2beerdogs

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

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

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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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    I've only had a batch 2, but it was fantastic. Soy sauce my ass.
     
  15. Vanlingleipa

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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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    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

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

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    CR b1 doesn't have the "Contains Alcohol" thing printed on the label.
     
  21. StarRaptor

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

    b1
    [​IMG]

    b2
    [​IMG]
     
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    Yes
     
  23. Rckmo10

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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.
     
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    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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    I don't think either are hot at all, but I drink bourbon neat...
     
  26. TheBeerAlmanac

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    Beat me to it. I shall bow out respectfully.
     
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  27. StarRaptor

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

    [​IMG]
    ---------Batch 1 ------- Batch 2---------
     
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    Batch 1 is 18,5% abv and batch 2 is 19,5 right?
     
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