Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: bourbon, loads of cocoa, roasty malts. App: dark brown body, khaki head. Taste: initial bourbon and light cocoa balance, then pow, chocolate bomb like you wouldnt believe. Sticky fudge, smooth vanilla, and a mouthfeel like the highest calibre chocolate ganache youve ever had. The only reason this isnt getting a five from me is because the aroma is--wait for it--like most other awesome barrel aged stouts. Now that I think about, that misleading aspect, making me think it was going to be like the other kids on the block, actually enhanced the mindblowing experience of its juicy chocolate load.
It is like the bruery made sweet tantric love to fine chocolate, getting it to hold back its full release for a few seconds until it unloads its chocolate rain. I think I know why they call it that now. Could also easily call it Chocolate Reign.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, minimal tan head.
Smell boozy burnt sugar, raisins, lots of barleywine notes.
Taste sweet vanilla, heat, huge heat, sweet as fuck, brownie and rum.
Pretty full body.
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared by CaseyK...thanks Casey! - Okay Brandon, yes I poured out my sample, and yes I gave it a shitty rating, but damn...this thing is liquid ’beetus. But yeah, I didn’t hate it. It lived up to my expectations, so I guess it is what it is. It’s dark black with a thin tan ring of head. Boozy and sharp on the nose, with dark sweet malt, overbearing sugar, vanilla and chocolate notes. The 19.5% is all present and accounted for. Taste is boozy, sharp, biting, angular. Real chocolatey, with vanilla, whiskey. Sweet and sharp--there’s nothing smooth about this beer. Sticky sweet. Thick, slick, and not carbonated. I never want this beer again. Okay, maybe I do hate it.
RobertDale (4430) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Kyle! Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Very warming. Need at least four people to share the bottle.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1 thanks dan
Smell of bourbon and vanilla, dark brown pour with a whisp of head.
Flavor was predominantly vanilla, barrel character.
Mouthfeel was warm..., burp flames with this mofo
jtclockwork (11250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Pours black with thin off white head ring. Nose and taste of vanilla, chocolate liqueur, molten chocolate cake, chocolate syrup and charred oak. Full body. Slight bourbon chocolate burn.
fletchfighters (1285) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany color, little to no head at all.
Massive nose. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Really transforms into a liquor. Reminded me of frangelico crossed with a lot of chocolate. Huge and oppressive.
Taste is oppressive sweetness. Sweet chocolate, sweet vanilla, just plain sweet and boozy.
Feel is slick, sweet and oily. Massive sweetness. Hard to finish.
Interesting beer but just 2 oz is more than enough. Props if you can drink a whole bottle of it.
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Casey at our local tasting, thanks man! First of all, we opened this right before Bois and Brandy Bois so I’m pretty sure I have the beetus now, pours a pitch black with a tan head, the aroma is of straight chocolate and sweetness, the flavor is over powering with the chocolate on the front and the booze coming through in the finish, the abv isn’t completely hidden, and that’s to be expected with how massive it is. My favorite part of this beer was watching Matt taste it and end up dumping his own 2oz sample out and arguing with Casey about how "he didn’t hate it" We will see, we will see.
Maarten1993 (567) - - SEP 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The beer was poured from a bottle into the glass. It looks really dark and nice. It also smells good: very complex. However, I did not like the taste. Not balanced, too sweet and it also did not taste like ’beer’ at all. The beer is also very heavy, a very dominant alcohol and sweet chocolate taste. Overall, the first impression of the beer was good but the taste is disappointing.
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 75 cl. bottle @ home. 2013 Vintage. Another gusher, wth is it with this bottles, serious?! Also the wax looks beautiful but is a whole mess to get rid off. Obtained in a trade with stupac2. I usually always keep bottles like this for shares, trading, whatever,… This time, I looked at the bottle & thought, f@#k this, I just want to drink it, like any other beer, no reason, occasion or anything. I actually want to try a whole bottle instead of my regular ticking. If this is against the sharing part of RB or whatever ehh… I have coming much worse crimes in my life, seriously I mean it. I am just drinking this with there being no reason whatsoever being my only reason. I did wind up sharing a little bit of this. Anyway drank almost room temperature. Pours black but not really very darkest black, quite some wine hue coming through here, no head whatsoever past the pour. I get almost no legs on this. Smell becomes immediate once you open the bottle. Booze thick vanilla oak, big bourbon, vanilla sticks, molasses, huge brown sugar, black chocolate, faint roast, very sweet, even more molasses. Taste is a huge mouthfeel of molasses, very thick, sweet brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla sticks, incredibly thick, warming, bourbon, syrupy, slight bitter roast, dark chocolate, it is pretty hard to express how thick & syrupy this is, huge oak, I get some cocoa powder. It is slightly more complex than Black Tuesday but still not that complex. It is definitely way better than, that beer was. You don’t get the vodka alcohol like finish but you can feel the strength of this. I feel like I am doing a bottle of strong liquor. Very thick syrupy, it has this molasses, syrupy, quality to it, I can feel it sticky to my mouth, it is unbelievable sticky, virtually nothing in the way of carb. It is better room temp than colder. It is a fun beer to do, it is certainly pretty good. Still it is far too simple & considering the rarity, cost of obtaining this etc. Yeah there is better stuff to get that requires a similar effort. One is certainly better of getting a Thornbrige RIS at a fraction of the cost. I must say that whilst I thought that a 75 cl. of this would be very hard to do, it turned out to be pretty easy. Bit of a downer on that end. The Black Tuesday was great for blending with lambic so I had to check out with this one as well. I have nothing truly special so I opened a 2011 St. Lamvinus, not my favourite Cantillon. The bottle turned out way better than I expected, very vinous, huge red grape character. Chocolate Rain still dominated the smell, the St. Lamvinus totally dominated the taste, so this was way less for successful for blending than Black Tuesday. Still pretty happy that my bottle turned out better than expected (the Cantillon). Seriously I got a big old red grape, red tannins, Big red grape profile, only then I got the Chocolate Rain, not a successful blend, this worked better with Black Tuesday. It was overall very fun.