Chocolate
Rain

2021 Vintage: 20.2% ABV. Pale gold waxed and capped.

I have to be honest, I did not check the ABV before cracking this beer, and had I been paying attention I probably would not have opened it under the circumstances that I did. (I had assumed it was in the 10-15% range).

Jet black pour which actually gives some kind of mocha head with a very aggressive pour.

You can smell this beer from across the room. It’s a soft, sweet alcohol and not really vanilla or cocoa based.

For all intents and purpose this is not beer. It’s closer to a fortified wine like a port, There’s no “Chocolate” here either. There’s not a lot barrel either TBH. Don’t get me wrong, there is a strong liquor element, but it never feels overwhelming. What is close to verwhelming is the sweet palate fatigue that sets in. I’m somewhat amazed that the alcohol doesn’t burn or abuse more than it does. It’s certainly there but not in the typical EtOH way, more in terms of sweetness.

In the end it wasn’t actually the alcohol that got me it was fatigue of the sweetness and the unrelenting teeth coating notes, The beer is just way too hard on the tastebuds for me. However the mouthfeel is never really cloying. It’s a weird combination of stuff, which on reflection is hardly surprising given this doesn’t feel like a ‘beer’ per se.

In the end, not a beer. I’d treat this like something like Utopias and drink 4-6 oz at most, not closer to the 12 that I actually consumed in the end.

 

 

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03/05/2024
Brewery:
The Bruery
Format:
bottle
ABV: 20.2 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 3.0
Smell: 3.0
Overall: 2.5
Total:
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Year: 2021

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