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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 585   ABV: 19.5%
Chocolate Rain (Black Tuesday with Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Beans)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 Bruerys 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 wasnt 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 didnt get a lot of chocolate flavor per se, though I dont 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 Ive 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, its 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 (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Shared with jrob21 and Westmeister. Dark. Sweet. Chocolate and Bourbon. Boooooooooooooooooooze. Bottle - Shared at Tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle at EBF, 3/22/14
Dark brown pour, quite black but showing decent clarity and a small but moderately well retained grey head.
Sweet and rich chocolate, fudge, peanut brittle, vanilla-soaked raisin liqueur and touches of coffee and bit of punchy hoppiness. No alcohol or heat, and despite smelling very richly fudgey, it somehow works well and dosent seem to smell like its going to be a sugar bomb.
Yep, sweet as all hell, but I dont know if its my newfound tolerance for malt, or this is just somehow adeptly malted, but I can really get behind the chocolate flavors and malt richness. Drawn out vanilla helps balance to some extent, while roastiness and a touch of char, very nicely executed, keep it just balanced enough to keep the chocolatey-rich malt balanced and make you want to drink another sip. Rich, velvety, but importantly, not syrupy texture also exhibits nicely tight carbonation, further helping keep things drinkable. Didnt think I was going to like it, but Ive got to admit to being very impressed. Probably helped that I was just drinking a sample, but honestly, I would have had another 6 ounces more. Uh oh, I hope my tastes arent changing for the worse....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (5639) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 chantillonn du Extreme beer fest 2014: Les vapeurs dalcool sont infiniement plus percante que la Black tuesday ou la White chocolate. Chocolat, mlasse, sirop de poteau et vanille sont les principaux acteurs de soutiens.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
berntholer (1612) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2014
slight beige head that disappears fast without lacing. coffee colour. aroma is boozy, bourbon, sweet, coconut, vanilla .. overwhelming and artificial. the taste is like the aroma but coated with an overdose of sugar and syrup that just keeps on going. rather dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation. gets tiresome to drink just after a few sips, just an unbalanced sugary mess imho and i dont get all the hype. bottle 75 cl / 2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
At EBF high alc. Sipping after dinner beer with chocolate and vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark pitch black with brown head. Aroma had dark fruit, chocolate/cocoa, and vanilla. Taste was very sweet chocolate, with huge alcohol boozy burn. The sweetness lingered with me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (10124) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bomber. Deep murky rich brown pour with a small soapy head. Huge aroma of vanilla, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and booze. Same on taste. Killer - bold and aggressive - love this!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rood (92) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2014
Thanks to berntholer for sharing this one. If you want to smell & taste alcohol, molasses, sugar, coconut and artificial vanilla (Bruery trademark); this is your beer. Sugar all over the place, Im instant diabetic. f you would like to drink stuff like this, it is cheaper to eat a Bounty and mix it with some Coca Cola. After the regular Darklord, this is again an overhyped American one. To me, it is rather Chocolate Drain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from birdmachine and the doodler Thanks guys! Black thin pour, not much head to speak of which isnt surprising given the abv. Aroma..holy shit balls, its a cup of brownie batter, with lots of oak an bourbon. Taste, well I poured way to much of this, it is very sweet, not cloying per say but you best like rich desert beers, lots of chocolate and vanilla, finishes with hits of oak and bourbon, hides the booze better than its BT predecessor. Personally I like Black Tuesday better but this was a really fun beer to try, make sure you share cause getting through a bottle of this on your own would be like that one time you thought it be cool to chug four litres of milk.

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