96pointsThe Bruery Chocolate Reign

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Like many stouts from The Bruery, this is not for the faint of heart. A double barrel-aged version of the brewery's Chocolate Rain, this imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs and vanilla beans is rich, creamy and decadent in every way possible. Aromas of bittersweet cocoa, coffee bean, char and a touch of warm, Bourbon—soaked berries immediately waft from the glass. Those notes all carry through to the intense, slick and mouthfilling palate, with light wood tannins to aid in framing all the decadence. The finish is eternally long, dry and evolving, with warm toasted-spice and roasted cocoa-nib tones that transition into comforting accents of earthy forest and tree bark. Lauren Buzzeo

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  • Rating
    96
  • Alcohol
    21%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    American Double/Imperial Stout
  • Date Published
    12/31/2019
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