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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 585   ABV: 19.5%
Chocolate Rain (Black Tuesday with Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Beans)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Boozy sweetness for the most part. A ton of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, cherries, all dipped in warm bourbon. Alcohol is hidden very well (under all that sugar). Its thick and syrupy. Low carb. Its good but too much sugar for me. Its a once a year beer to keep you warm and mess you up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (2688) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2015
2013 bottle shared with wife. Pours the part with a thin tan head. Lots of boirbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa, full body, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2015
2014 vintage. Very hot. There is alcohol in here. Very boozy. Not getting much chocolate. Vanilla. Just booze. Tasted at tims bottle share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1409) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
Un grand merci à Dominique pour le partage! Cette bière est décadente, peu subtile, intense...j’aime ça! D’abord le liquide est loin d’être noir. Celui-ci est brun foncé et même peu opaque. Surprise. Est-ce le vieillissement en barriques qui en aurait aminci les des courbes? Possible. Avec cette absence de mousse et un pinceau de lumière qui perce le liquide, j’anticipe soudainement une bière plus mince et moins riche que prévu. Nez de gâteau forêt noire, de chocolat noir, de malts légèrement torréfiés et d’un alcool chaud de sud américain. Les 18% d’alcool on les sent! En bouche, l’attaque est dirigée par un chocolat noir mesuré. Ça ne goûte pas le chocolat artificiel et bon marché d’un calendrier de l’avant. L’alcool prend rapidement le dessus au rythme où le chocolat se métamorphose en caramel vanillé. Ma bouche se sature cependant plutôt rapidement, tout comme mon verre dont les parois tachées par le sucre semble avoir été peint au rouleau.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle at home - Bottle Share - Thanks to Kaj. Pitch black - offwhite head. Vanilla. Sweetness. Roasted. Bitterness. Dried fruits. Cocoa. Light boozy. Light chili. Nice malty. Not too boozy. High chocolate. Dark chocolate. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleigator (804) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2015
Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a fizzy, hazelnut brown lacing, immediately collapsing to a tiny film at the edge of the glass. Has a profound milk chocolate aroma, blending into coconut shell and flowery, warming vanilla. Its vanilla quality grows more profound, once detected, complimenting earthy oak and fudge, with a fizzy coca-cola sweetness. Features almost no carbonation, exhibiting a smooth, big body, due to a hot, profound oakiness, balanced by burned earth and a flowery quality. Begins with toffee supported vanilla bean among scorched earth and bitter chocolate chips. The Bourbon barrel adds a warming glow to the tongue, which amazingly enough never turns hot or boozy, as well as spiced, dry wood bark. Mocha sweetness, together with rock sugar and a pleasant chocolate bitterness create a thrilling interplay, wrapped up by the omnipotent barrel, including a huge amount of vanilla. Finishes with a mix of earthen malts and a spicy dryness, creating a palate challenging finish, which lasts on the tongue for minutes. After that dryness, a late caramel coated milk chocolate quality evolves, creating a mellowing, silk last impression. While its nose features a focussed, minimalistic approach, the beers full potential unfolds on the palate, in all its heavy-bodied facetts. It is certainly well executed, but for my personal taste, this is just a tad too over the top. Its richness overburdens my palate, it needs to chill down for a couple of minutes after each sip, which is basically not how a beer works for me. This is closer to being a liquour for me, on which I can sip from time to time. We split the bottle through three people and had problems to finish it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Large shared 2013 bottle that went quickly! Sweet aroma with some alcohol esters precedes an even boozier and markedly sweet flavor. Near cloying sweet level. Little chocolate before the aftertaste, and then it’s more milk than dark chocolate. O: didn’t quite live up to its reputation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
simont1 (575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2015
18% bottle. Aroma of intense bourbon, earthy cocoa nibs, molasses, the bourbon to start with was very well integrated and gives a top of caramel, coconut and vanilla to the intense dark chocolate molasses that is this beer. Quite easy drinkable, it is boozy, to start with, this beer was pretty cold (12C) and I think I preferred it that way, the flavors were muted, but so were the booze, as it warmed up the bourbon overtook everything, and the nuances of the beer disappeared. In taste the booze isn’t that hard hitting, I’d guess a 13-14% beer. Taste is bourbon, burned sugar, vanilla, creme brulee, toffee, with a mellow dark chocolate note running through, which is very well accompanied by the chocolate and oak. It is quite thin, more so than the Mocha Wednesday I had a week before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - SEP 27, 2015
From 750ml bottle. Thanks Constantin! Black color with brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits, raisins, figs, plums. Heavy sweet taste like aroma. Almost full body, silky with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1920) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle at home, acquired in a trade. Very sweet, chocolate, alcohol-warmth present. Decent but quite onedimensional. Why the hell do they release this in such big bottles anyway. You’ll enver finish this bottle with less than 10 people, or you just get diabetes.

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