The label calls it the decadent version of Black Tuesday. While having the characteristics of Black Tuesday within the base, Chocolate Rain definitely stands on its own. Weighing in at 19.5% ABV, this beer is bigger than a big, it's huge. Both Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain carry the alcohol like a badge of honor when fresh, but age tells a different story.

The beer pours thick and creamy with very little head that diminishes to just a lacing around the edge. It's dark, but not fully black. Deep chocolate brown that appears black at some points. The smell is big on chocolate, vanilla bean, and a fair amount of sweet bourbon, but not nearly as much as it was fresh. The cocoa has definitely come through more and gives more of a milk chocolate sense, like a candy bar.

The taste is like sipping on a liquified brownie. The cocoa really comes through a lot more with vanilla and caramel notes following. There is almost a nutty characteristic that comes into play, perhaps from the wood, but again it is like a liquid brownie complete with crushed walnuts. The bourbon lingers throughout the taste but is dominated by the sweet malts and cocoa nibs. Any type of hop bitterness has almost left, beaten down by the sugars.

This is a thick and creamy beer. Very rich and filling and takes a toll on your palate. It is full through and through but ends slightly dry with a sticky warmth of booze that lingers in the aftertaste.

Chocolate Rain is one of those beers that can be really tricky to come by. Once you get your hands on one, it might be a struggle to decide what to do with it, who to share it with, and so on. If you happen to land one, don't think twice about holding on to it for the right moment or groups of friends to share it with. This brew can last for a really long time, easily. At this point, I believe it is best consumed with some time on it, and definitely with a few people.


Our CELLARED series aims to explore the world of aging beer and sharing the effects of time in the bottle. Bottles have been kept away from light and at temperatures between 44-60 degrees. Individual experiences may vary depending on storage environments.

Posted on April 4, 2014 .