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Brau Brothers Rainwater Stout

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Rainwater Stout is the product of patience and time. Layers of toasted and roasted malt contribute flavors reminiscent of coffee, dark cocoa, dried fruit, nuts and caramel. Loads of Estate-Grown Hops give way to a surprisingly silky - smooth beer. Additions of Dark Belgian Candi Sugar provide balance as well as strength. Aged for months on Madeira Oak, this stout gains complexity with walnut and vanilla notes. An ale worthy of the designation - Very Special Old Dark - perfectly suitable for cellaring.

vikingguy's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (1064) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Pitch black with brown head. Chocolate malt aroma. Taste - Complex rich flavors of cocoa, roasted malts, cabernet, vanilla and dark fruit. Rich, malty, chocolatey, and some sour vinous notes. A real nice 2X stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Chocolate and coffee with a good dose of vanilla and roasty malt. Very very good but also very boozy. Wish I had another one to let lay down for a while longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2013
750 bottle-thanks DalzAle @RBSG-Minni-offwhite ring-mahogany. A-dk fruit with some sour. T-follows.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Medium-thin palate. High carbonation. Chocolate and roasty - very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Fairly black, large frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Musty roasted malt nose, slight coffee, a bit of ash.   Moderate roastiness on the tongue, soft coffee, minor woodiness, very minor.   Not as heavy as I would have liked, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft roastiness lingers, even softer wood aspect.   Had it not incidated it was aged in Oak, I may have totally missed it.   This is not your average Oak aged Imperial Stout in that its very subtle.   Its not over the top, and for what it is its rather pleasing.   Decent offering, even tho its not as big and thick as other examples.   Clean and roasty, with minor woodiness that lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2043) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours black stuff a 1/2 finger of tan, fluffy head. Aroma is boozy oak. Flavor is dry oak, booze, nice malts and finishes very clean. The abv is very well hidden, awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
16th April 2011
Opaque black beer, small brown head. Light airy palate, semi dry. Dark malt, not bitter or roasty and in fact a little creamy. Tiny bit of dry oak. Coca cola sourness - well integrated. Not getting any Madeira. Semi dry finish. All right but was hoping for so much more from this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s, corked bottle
Black color, with medium sized beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some yeast, spices, cardboard. Good caramel and chocolate flavor, moderate residual sweetness, lean body; not much Imperial, and not evident cask, but quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
750 ml bottle a gift from Odeed. Nose is chocolate, port wine, some woody notes, and a slight hint of smoke-roast. Black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is red wine-woody up front with some dark bitter chocolate in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Thanks to Bob for the 750mL bottle. Poured deep brown with a fine, tightly-bubbled tan head. The aroma opened a bit tart, with vinous notes, cherry skins, and oak leading (all makes sense considering the Madeira barrel).. some coffee and cocoa beneath, but the barrel worked a bit too hard.. still enjoyable, though. The flavor started started the same way, with sour vinous notes and barrel, but more of the base beer came through afterward.. cocoa, ashy black patent, and well-roasted coffee settled onto the core.. coffee-inspired bitterness and grainy oak on the edges.. finished with a big dose of dry roasted malt with vinous notes and barrel. Medium-bodied with a choppy flow through the palate.. lots of good components in there.. overall some tasty stuff, and I really enjoyed the Madeira barrel treatment.

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