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
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.