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RATINGS: 349   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cpetrone84 (1658) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
pour is dark chestnut brown with very little thin light tan head. The nose is huge, faint notes of chocolate, cloying sweetness, light ash note, tons of booze and a complete mess. The taste is almost as bad. The booze is overpowering, the sweetness is insanely high, it is completely unintegrated, the faint notes of actual malt body are completely blanketed by the huge abv and under attenuation. It is a burnt sugary mess. The body is thick and heavy, high carbonation. The burn and finish are similar to straight liquor mixed with pure sugar.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Tepid mud brown, some large brown gravity bubbles. Nost is ethanol and hershey, hot and cloying, totally offensive in each of the contradictory elements. Flavor the same. What a fucking mess, synthetic and imbalanced, no sign of quality, balance, or even brewing. Hershey shots taste better. And as Chris put... "This is what was intended. This is at its peak."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Borresteijn (5239) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
75cl Bottle at AHBS. Black, brown head. Aroma of chocolate sprinkles, coffee, moccha, hard roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, coconut. Flavour is sweet, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cognac and bourbon, hard roasted malts, coffee, more chocolate, light bitter finish with a little booze. Fullbodied, thick fat mouthfeel. Great and glorious stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
Nose is tar, ash, mega sweet chocolate syrup. Charred pavement tar. Mouth is ultra sweet chocolate syrup with a finish of ashed, charred pavement. Not trying to be a dick here, but what do people see in this? Thanks for this -whal tick Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1423) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 Bottle; Pour is dark brown with a mild mannered khaki head in this glass; the retention is light, with non existent lacing. The nose is cooca, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and booze honestly. The flavor profile was really impressive out of the gate. It wasn’t initially boozy, but it was very heavy on the cocoa nibs and vanilla near the finish. What I found is that the booze came through later, though. The malt profile is dominant; more caramel, molasses, cocoa nibs, vanilla, dark fruits, booziness... biscuits.... light bitterness. Wow. This is quite the experience - Very nice for what it is

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38083) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

ABV: 18.5%. Hazy matt dark brown colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocoalte, wood, coconut, bourbon, moderate caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, alcohol, chocolate, wood. Body is medium, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20120322]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 9, 2012
@HallingHansen tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, heavy chocolate, vanilla and caramel, Flavour is roasted malt, heavy alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and light coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate and vanilla flavor with weak hints of bourbon. Sweetish malty bitter chocolate and vanilla flavor with woody bourbon hints. Has a sweetish roasted malty warming chocolate and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DesertDevil (625) - Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 Poured from a 2013 bottle. The appearance is cloudy dark brown with no head at all. The aroma (wow!) is incredible, with a heavy boozy nose mixed with chocolate and sweet molasses. In my humble opinion, this has the second-best aroma for a stout I’ve ever tried (after Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee Stout). Unlike the 2012 vintage, the beer doesn’t hammer the taste buds on the first sip; instead the hot bourbon, dark chocolate, and a nice roasted sweetness combine for a more refined submission of the palate. Some vanilla joins the party late. A very hot, dry palate that finishes quickly. While it’s still a boozy beast, this vintage isn’t as hot as previous releases. Overall, just freakin’ gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (3368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø. Black, low almost no beige head. Wauw. Bourbon nose, chocolate, and alcohol, but hey... ...no way near 18%. Taste is dark fruits, chocolate, and bourbon. "Morten, hvor blev du af...? Best chocolate beer ever. No way as dense as expected. That is actually surprising given the 18% ABV. But taste is out of this world:-)

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