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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 585   ABV: 19.5%
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Chocolate Rain (Black Tuesday with Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Beans)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1499) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
The strongest beer Iíve ever had. It delivers with the chocolate and warmth. A great wintertime sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (787) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
Pour very dark/almost black, with so very little white head. Aroma is so very complex with all sort of stuff: chocolate, licorice, portwine, cocao nibs, vanilla, coffee, slight rum-soaked dark fruits. So very Nice and complex. I truly like this shit. The taste is really swee upfront, with some faint bitter notes at the end. But surely is a sweet monster of ar beer. Full ní oily bodied, with a very little amount of carbonation. Thanks to the mashmaster for sending me this. Truly is a tasty mofo!!! Some slight heat in the throat, but nothing like 19 % abv. This is even more adult candy than the "black tuesday"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1976) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Thanks to tom10101 for this one! Bottle shared with tom10101, czar, Minderbinder, David and myself. This is so intense that we hardly finished the bottle even split 5-way. Hot hot hot alcohol notes in the aroma at first but revealing nice vanilla notes later on. Booze is not hidden at all but I guess that is to be expected. This really is more like a boozy sweet liquor, a chocolate liquor. I did enjoy it but it is just too extreme to be something Iíd want to drink regularly as a digestive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Traded by jp7161, thanks! Black with reddish reflect and almost no head. Aroma is of nail polish at first, but given some time it dissipates. Intense vanilla notes, wood, bourbon/rhum and chocolate. Really complex but Iím not sure if iím able to enjoy. Taste is heavily sweet with a lot of vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate and, of course, alcohol. Body is surprinsgly not too heavy. Sirupy. Warming/burning alcohol. Boozy. This beer is the antithesis of drinkability, but itís expected at 19,5% abv. Weíve splitted it 5-ways and we had too much of it... a 10-ways splits would have been more reasonable. Donít get me wrong, this beer is really complex and itís not all bad... itís even a "good" sipper, but thatís too harsh for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5383) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks! pours very dark brown withtout a head. nail polish (thankfully dissipating), vanilla, chocolate, maple, rum, bourbon, betty crockerís cream cheese frosting, peppery-spicy, hint of acidity, cloying maple sweetness and booze?. flat carbonation, full body - syrupy, boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
brystmar (1313) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Batch 1. Smells like vanilla caramel cake frosting. Chocolatey? Yes. Boozy? Absolutely. Vanilla bomb on the palate. Seriously, frosting galore. Clearly superior to batch 2 (2012), this stuff is glorious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Batch 1, thanks to Dave S. Super dark brown pour with a small offwhite head. Huge bakers chocolate, cocoa nib, and brownie batter, giving way to luscious vanilla bourbon and fudge. Significantly better than batch 2 of itís constituent base beer. Full body with low carbonation and a boozy finish. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2602) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle of Batch 1 thanks to Dave ! Pours a thick viscous deep burnt umber color with a trace head of mocha foam. On the nose its pretty tight with a warm boozy bakers chocolate and touches of vanilla peeking out of a deep dark blanket. On the palate this beer opens beautifully with rich chocolate cake like sweetness on the front that slowly rolls int a complex mixture of cocoa, vanilla and rund coconut like richness that is really the shining moment for this bottle.... from there it gets a touch hot as the beer flows down the hatch but there is enough lingering goodness to balance out the warm booze and make it a very pleasant beer from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
26th March 2011
Opaque black - brown beer. Small dark tan head. Nice chocolate nose! Crispy palate, semi dry. Rich chocolate! A mixture of dark chocolate but with a good dose of mild chocolate. Brandy like alcohol underneath provides mild warmth and dryness. Left some aside for a week and the alcohol really calmed down leaving a lovely chocolate that tastes like a fine bar of Green and Blacks!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2012
The beer is very light colored from what I was expecting; the head is nicely brown / dark-tan and the beer itself has legs like a strong, sweet Port. The nose smells of alcohol, and then more alcohol. After trying to get past that for a bit I start to get notes of chocolate, and coffee liquor. A weird melon note seems noticeable at times (is that a Bourbon influence?); and there does seem to be a signature of spicy oak in the aroma.

The beer is viscous and sweet, though the latter is not nearly as much as it could be. Lots of chocolate flavors, leaning towards sweet milk chocolate almost, are accentuated by flavors of vanilla. The finish is hot with alcohol, spicy Bourbon notes, and a lingering oak bite, all of which contribute to a certain astringency here. Interestingly enough, pairing this with a cherry Baklava really thins the beer out significantly and even makes it taste tart somehow. This recovers after a few sips though and quickly punches the palate into submission with its sweet alcohol. This is definitely a belly warming, hot, and spicy beer in the end; the predominant flavors are chocolate and alcohol with some supporting vanilla and Bourbon notes. Lots of vanillin notes and other Bourbon like flavors are found in this beer once you start digging around. About what I expected, but I really have a hard time with beers that are much above 10% abv, and this one is definitely pushing it, but is enjoyable in small amounts.

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