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Chocolate Rain (Black Tuesday with Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Beans)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1048) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
Tasting at DLD. Poured almost black with ring head. Strong bourbon aroma over powers any choc. Taste is similar. Lil hot but I like it

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
5/IV/14 - 75cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2014-343) Big thanks to Filip for sharing the bottle!

Very dark brown to black beer, small aery beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sugary, sweet, banana, some chocolate, lots of vanilla. MF: quite some carbon, full body, thick syrupy texture. Taste: chocolate, cocoa powder, sugary, vanilla, alcohol burn, banana. Aftertaste: sugary, alcohol, lots of caramel, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, a bit of an alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (611) - Burlingame, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of vanilla and bourbon along with some cocoa. The flavor is strong alcohol, with chocolate and bourbon up front and a slightly malty vanilla and chocolate finish bee a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1423) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
2014 release.
Appearance: Murky opaque chestnut body with no head, just a short tan ring.
Aroma: Big oak aromas with brownie batter and cocoa powder along with hints of booze and coconut.
Taste: Big oak and coconut with semi-sweet chocolate leading to a boozy bourbon finish. Finish lingers of semi-sweet chocolate and booze.
Palate: Big and chewy, mildly carbonated.
Overall: Way too drinkable for a beer this big. Huge flavors and sweet leaning. I could easily enjoy half of the bottle of an hour or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3341) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
This was courtesy of Darren, the proprietor of the LOCAL BEER BAR in Eureka, CA. Poured sark brown, Small tan head. Hose of chocolate and vanilla. Very bold body and exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is really rich with chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon. This is sipper but and exceptional one. Loved this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ricoslim (116) - - APR 11, 2014
Boozy chocolate heaven. I felt like I was outside getting chocolate rained on. Aroma is of chocolate and cherries. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (187) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
Boozy, chocolate, cherries and vanilla dominate the aroma. Taste is thick, syrupy and Tina of flavor. Tons of flavor. Really good. Thanks Carlos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Advocate_Ames (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Aged 1 yr, 2013 bottle. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and has a dissipating foam head that ends up forming a ring of foam around my glass. The aroma is of vanilla, hazelnuts, minor oak, sweet bourbon, chocolate, and lite sweet dark malts. In the flavor I noticed rich flavors of vanilla, cocoa, nice bourbon booze intensity, potent sugar sweetness, minor nutty malt flavor. The finish is rather amazing. It boozy but the intensity was not there as I would have thought. The bitterness is almost nonexistent and the sweetness over powers the alcohol. Overall I enjoyed this beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2014
I split a 750ml with five friends. I poured my share into a snifter. It was bottled on 12/5/13 and sent to me in a trade (thanks, Christopher!).

Appearance: Dark brown proper with blood red highlights. Pours to a tiny, tan, soapy head which fizzles away and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Not quite as aromatic as expected. Barrel character, vanilla and strong alcohol presence.

Taste: The Bruery’s “Chocolate Rain” is a variation of their “Black Tuesday” imperial stout. The difference being this brew is aged on cacao nibs and vanilla beans. I was a little apprehensive going into this beer as I found Black Tuesday to be cloyingly sweet – imagine that beer with added chocolate and vanilla notes. I was surprised to find the opposite to be true – Chocolate Rain was actually less sweet and more balanced, though the flavor wasn’t quite as appetizing (but still tasted great).

I guess it goes without saying that the palette here is pretty similar to Black Tuesday. A strong presence of vanilla, wood, grape, plum and cherry are present from start to finish. Ironically enough, I didn’t get a lot of chocolate flavor per se, though I don’t think this is intended to be taken as a chocolate-flavored beer despite its name. Bitterness is low, though the overall sweetness is low, too. The alcohol is a major component of the palette and it works quite well. A bit of nutty or earthy character on the back end, though not much roasted malt flavor. Overall, a tasty, interesting palette, and definitely one of the best extreme beers I’ve had.

Drinkability: I was surprised to see that Chocolate Rain is 18.5% ABV, just a little lighter than Black Tuesday. The alcohol makes up a bigger part of the palette here, imparting warmth throughout – not just on the finish. Regardless, it’s tame and not harsh, hot or slick. The mouthfeel itself is calm and comfortable with a smooth finish and relatively clean aftertaste (I was expecting a sticky, syrupy body). An interesting and impressive beer best enjoyed as a novelty and shared with friends on a special occasion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Shared with jrob21 and Westmeister. Dark. Sweet. Chocolate and Bourbon. Boooooooooooooooooooze. Bottle - Shared at Tasting

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