Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour, no head. Thick like oil. Aroma punches you in the face - cherry pie, decadent chocolate, tons of bourbon, vanilla. So complex! Flavor follows suit - chocolate syrup, tons of wood, alcoholic but not as much as you’d expect from 18.2%. Definitely a sipper - would be amazing after a huge meal.
JoeTheYounger (1125) - Claremont, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at The Reserve Society Barrel Tasting event. Reddish brown pour with no head. Aroma was cherry syrup and cocoa. Taste was tons of alcohol and cough syrup. Low carbonation. Liked regular choc. rain better.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at The Bruery. Pours darker than Carrie Nation’s bonnet. Tastes like Black Tuesday with more chocolate and cherries. Hot and syrupy.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2010 Cask at the brewery. Rating# 5. Murky dark brown with very little carbonation. Chocolate and cherries in the aroma. Pretty hot, a little like cherry cough syrup, choc. rain was better. (1429)
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to largadeer for hooking this one up. 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.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dark brown color, nose is loaded with cordial cherries. Taste has a hint of medicinal cherry when it warms up completely, but when still chilled it was a perfect replica of a cherry cordial. Little booze heat for being 18%+, lots of chocolate, hints of roast in the background.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with no head. Leaves a brown syrupy coating on the glass.
Aroma: Brownie mix, cherry candy, bourbon and cough syrup.
Taste: Cherry syrup, bourbon and milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Goopy with no carbonation.
Overall: This was way too sweet for my liking, and the cherries didn’t come across as real cherries, but more like cherry candy or cherry syrup you would pour over ice cream. Speaking of ice cream, this beer would be magic poured over a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at Black Tuesday 2010 (session 1). 18.2% ABV. Rating number 4300. Pours with a viscous black body and a few brown bubbles. Huge legs when swirled. Truly glass coating. Aroma is tart cherries, pie cherries, chocolate, wood, vanilla and light alcohol. Sniffed for about 5 minutes without sipping. Very big, bold and complex. Flavors are syrupy, chocolate, alcohol burn, cherry pie, wood, and bourbon. Completely AWESOME! Much sweeter than the other versions of Black Tuesday (this year), but very complex in small amounts. Mouthfeel is syrupy, big, mouthcoating, with light bubbles, and a satisfying burn of a good distilled beverage. A great dessert beer. I know a few others didn’t like it because it is sweet (or because the openly do not like cherries). Its sweet, but that’s fine by me. Delicious!