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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by Drinkerofales:
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Collaboration, and on sale at Provisions.

Pours murky dark brown, not quite black. No light passes through the liquid, except for some golden brown on the edges. A huge mocha head slowly dissipated to leave some fine lacing.

Smells of bitter chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and very roasty.

Tastes of the rye tang to start, some bitter nibs, and a touch of the vanilla on the finish. A lingering rye flavor is left in the mouth for some time.

Texture starts out silky, almost medium bodied. The medium bodied brew gets a little tougher as it progresses though. Still a nice beer to drink.

While I liked this beer, I think that making it all sweet, or all bitter would have been more in balance. Perhaps there is one ingredient too many?

DOA

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from May 2012

A - Pours black with almost three fingers of tan head. Head has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Interesting combination of rye spiciness, vanilla and cocoa. Lots of lager yeast aroma. A bit of toasted grain and smoky aroma as well. Pretty good.

T - All the elements of the aroma are in the taste as well, they just don't seem to meld together very harmoniously. Though the vanilla is actually quite nice.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel with some drying from the cocoa. Somewhat sweet as well.

O - Decent, but not very harmonious.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out, mostly dark brown and black. Tan head, pretty nice looking. Aroma definitely delivered on the chocolate. Rye took a back seat.

Taste, ample carbonation keeps a beer full of flavor relatively light in the mouthfeel. Still plenty of chocolate, a hoppy zest and depth that may be the rye coming out in an unusual way compared to what I'm typically used to. No discernable lager yeast flavor to it, I think the chocolate and cocoa really covers up some of the rye/lager aspects of the beer, but in other ways, it still has a relatively thin body more akin to lagers. Vanilla smoothing things out.

This beer isn't going to be on anyone's must have list, but it is still solid nonetheless. Probably a nice beer on a mild summer day, I know on a warm spring day, it was worthy.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head on top, not much retention. Minimal/spotty lacing.

S: Mostly chocolate on the aroma, there is a little bit of vanilla and cocoa. Very faint spice, which I can only assume is the rye.

T: Again, chocolate forward, not as thick as the aroma was though. Mostly milk chocolate, with a little bit of cocoa. Some grainy malt and slight vanilla sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little grainy, but fine overall.

O: Pretty good beer, not a ton of rye, but not really sure I would have wanted any more anyway.

Photo of IKR
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest frothy beige head that gradually faded.

Smell: Vanilla, chocolate, and some spicy rye notes. The nose is fairly subdued at the recommended serving temp, but let it warm up a bit and the vanilla steps up.

Taste: The vanilla, faint chocolate, and rye notes in the nose come through in the taste. I also get some roasted malts. It finishes dry featuring the spicy rye notes, but as it warms, some of the vanilla sweetness also shows up in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Body is on the medium side with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: A good beer that for me should be drank at a hotter temperature than recommended on the bottle.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip (proper!). Poured black with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, spice, rye, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, smoke, and subtle spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like how much was going on in this one while still maintaining a fairly nice balanced aroma and flavor. It wasn’t the best I have experienced in my ticking career, but definitely up there. This fact made it quite easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. No sign of booze anywhere at all. Definitely a must try if you get the opportunity.

Photo of claaark13
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, nearly black with a low head that turns into lacing. Sticks better than expected.

S - Cocoa, grain, touch of sweetness. Vanilla comes out a little after a few whiffs.

T - Rye flavor with grains, sweetness pulling through and then cocoa turning into chocolate. The chocolate finish is quite impressive, actually. Vanilla becomes evident as well. If the beginning flavor was better, this would be a home run. Roast comes out in the transition into the chocolate flavor.

M - Medium going on low.

O - I like it and don't like it at the same time. I think the back part of the flavor is beyond fantastic. The beginning, though, is par. A thicker body on this one would've done wonders.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured in to Bruery tulip. Thanks to my Reserve Society Trustee BrewtifulMind for this one.

A - Dark black with one finger of creamy espresso coloured head that receded to a thin layer.

S - Spicy rye up front with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate in the background. Somewhat of a weak nose overall.

T - Big chocolate flavour up front that is fairly sweet but well balanced by the spicy rye malt base. The vanilla shows up in the finish. As I continue to drink this it becomes fairly sweet and the vanilla becomes more central. The rye plays off nicely with the big sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla.

M - Creamy and silky. Light carbonation.

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a dense khaki head that settles to a thin cap, leaving a few spots of lacing. Moderate aromas of chocolate, vanilla beans, a touch of grainy rye, and some clean Lager yeast. Not bad. Lots more chocolate in the taste, almost a chocolate syrup thing going on, along with more vanilla bean. Chocosaurus indeed. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. Pretty tasty beer, really digging the chcocolate.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep chocolate with a thin bubbly tan head that fades quickly.

Aroma is heavy with roasty malt and a little bit of cocoa with a rye spiciness. Barely any vanilla.

Taste is all over the place. Some roasty malt as in the nose with a little of an earthy spicy bitterness with some cocoa. Again vanilla is barely noticable although at times it gets overly sweet. I'll say it's complex, but the flavors don't necessarily go together well. Every sip is a new flavor.

Ample carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel.

Release as many bottles as the Bruery and there are bound to be a few duds. This is far from the worst beer I've had and some of the flavors are there in burst. Overall though it just balanced out to mediocre.

Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown with ruby highlights. It's rather effervescent, with a sticky, lasting head.

This beer benefits from warmer temperatures. Not much aroma when it's cold, but it opens up with some nice rye earthiness, bready dark malt (Munich?) and a bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The vanilla is lost beneath the malt and cocoa.

Pretty interesting palate, a decently even mix of rye, toasted dark malt, light roastiness and chocolate with a very slight vanilla note balancing out the earthiness. It's sort of doppelbock-esque in body and sweetness, and is generally pretty easy drinking. Solid stuff, not exactly mind-blowing but I'm glad I bought 1 bottle. Feels more like a Bootleggers beer than a Bruery beer to me, which isn't a bad thing at all.

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown color with some red when the light hits the beer. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: The smell of this beer is pretty mild. I'm getting some roast along with a chocolate note.

Taste: Chocolate is the dominant flavor here, more like chocolate sauce than bitter dark chocolate. There is a very mild spice from the rye. Overall I would say that this beer is slightly watery, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of medium with prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a bad beer, but it's not particularly complex or super interesting. I don't necessarily need more in the future, but I won't mind drinking my other bottles.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours blackish with a 1" tan head leaving splotchy lace. Good head retention.

N: Dry cocoa powder and rye grains. Not getting much vanilla at all. Perhaps it needs to warm a bit.

T: Mostly follows nose with grainy malts and semi-sweet chocolate notes.

M: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: Not quite what I was expecting, but good overall.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges and a thin white head

Smell: Faint chocolate notes very weak nose

Taste: The flavors are a bit more complex than the nose was. Upfront is some rich cocoa nibs which is then backed up by some vanilla beans and finishes with just a touch of rye

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side but it is a lager and mild carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: For what it is it is well done

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is decent and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry roastiness to start. Very schwarzbier-like. "Lager yeast" caramel secondary. Rye is hard to come across. Cocoa nibs and vanilla beans both add pleasant complexity to the aroma.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Roastiness foremost, followed by caramel, cocoa nibs, and vanilla. Actually, the vanilla is a bit more prominent than the cocoa, but it works. The rye gives a very faint earthy spiciness. Tasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier though.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Nothing special, but a tasty chocolate and vanilla treat.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Thorpette. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours near black with a nice off-white head. Fairly rocky with good retention. Some spotty lacing on the way down and then a thin cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some nice notes of chocolate behind a good dosing of vanilla, though neither is overpowering. A faint bit of roast in the background. The flavor focuses heavily on the vanilla with some smooth milk chocolate in the background. Not really getting much of the rye out of this in the flavor or feel, but still quite enjoyable. Medium-full body with low-ish carbonation. Quite chewy.

Overall, nothing too snazzy, just a nice vanilla beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I'm pretty sure I remember some crappy knock-off cereal from back in the day either being named or having a mascot named "Chocosaurus"... Regardless, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, chocolate powder, toasted rye bread, and a touch of what seems like clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with no clove and a bit of really light dark fruits hiding, almost cowering in the background. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little beer, though I think I was expecting a bit more chocolate flavors. That said, it's still pretty good.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

Pours almost black in color with a thick off-white head. Quite a bit of roast on the aroma. Appropriately, lots of chocolate, too. There's a fair bit of coffee and only minimal rye. A mild sweetness to it. A somewhat surprising flavor of licorice followed by the anticipated roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. As with the nose, a subtle sweetness, perhaps molasses.

Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours black in color with a thick finger plus of frothy mocha colored foam with good staying power. Head falls over a couple minutes nad leaves behind some light, foamy lacing.

S - Interesting aroma - lots of caramel and molasses, tons of maltose - quite sweet overall on the nose. Some spicy rye, hints of vanilla, and touches of burnt, acrid malt.

T - Mildly tart up front, followed by burnt malt, some charcoal and a light hoppy bitterness. Molasses and dark caramel.

M - Medium body, light astringency and tartness, burnt character, spicy rye. Carbonation is lowish mid-level with a slight tingle to it.

O - Ehhh...kinda non-descript. One of those beers that is just kinda "there". Doesn't impress, doesn't really turn me off - just nothing special. Malty and sweet, seems maybe a bit underattenuated. Lots of worty, unfermented maltose aroma and flavors found here. Not one of my favorite Bruery offerings.

Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1087th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ml

2012

App- A very dark brown pour that was a bit of a velvet consistency. Slow forming 1-1/2 finger khaki was even quicker to recede with minimal dots of cling.

Smell- A great mix of the fresh vanilla beans and smooth bakers chocolate open. Moves to a bit grainular boozy note. Touches of rich malt round it all out.

Taste- When this is cold its a different beast. Much more rich and smooth and chocolate forward. When it slowly warms the grainular notes progress into the lager profile and takes away the richness and smoothess. Small pours and very cold are best for this one.

Mouth- A light-medium body with a light-medium carbonation. A bit prickly and a bit grainular. Some chocolate and vanilla notes remain.

Drink- I loved the thought of this beer and for the most part they pulled it off. The lager needs to be a bit more tame (for me) with keeping that smooth balance and rich blend of two flavors that battle for dominance

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split two ways after a nice BBQ on 5.26.12.

A - Pours a dark-medium brown with a light tan head.

S - Malty and some chocolate, but subtle at first.

T - Chocolate and rye bread, duh. No sweetness at all.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Nice chocolate flavors without being overly sweet or heavy. A nice night cap.

Photo of Khazadum
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Nigh on perfect head development, great lacing, thick creamy head that has no imperfections in the least. Its dark soy sauce colored, and it has the lightly roasted bread color... like a perfectly toasted marshmellow.

S- Some vanilla edging, the rye spice is there for sure with the lager characteristics. That toasted bread and earthen, nutty brown sugar sweetness.... its what I expect from perfect brown ales. The cocoa nature is very very faint and it takes a long time for it to come out. This had to warm up a long, long time before I found the cocoa nibs melded with the vanilla. Too much effort for something advertised as so.

T- Opening nutty brown sugar and malted milk balls. The center is rye and bubblegum, rolls into a bitter grain husk, and the finish is spicy... just simple light sharpness that you imagine Italian seasonings would be without the herby/grassy nature. Nutty, and dirty finish.

M- Medium bodied, great carbonation... spot on actually. Flavors are full, are lingering throughout, and has a nice sharp alcoholic tinge around the latter half of the taste. Really gives you what your looking for in mouth feel at least.

Photo of HovsepJO
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 @ home poured into a bruery tulip

Look: black with medium off white head. clear hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, malt, rye and a touch of spice. Taste was much like smell. There were also hints of sweetness which could have been molasses. The beer lacked consistency on the mouthfeel, especially as it got warmer. Through interesting, I expected more from the collab. Wouldn't buy again but it was nice to try.

Cheers,
Hovsep J. Oghlian

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of chocolate and pilsner malt with a slightly spicy edge to it. The aroma is fairly simple, but very pleasing. The flavor is not what I expected from the aroma. I get a solid punch of milk chocolate with almost too much vanilla and bit of a smokey edge with the spice coming off the rye as well as a bit of oxidation. Silky creamy mouthfeel with a solid medium on the body and a light level of carbonation. Very nice brew that threw me for a second but got a lot better as I eased into it.

Photo of ms11781
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbeer88 for giving me access to this one. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown color but looks black once it settles in the glass. Towards the end of the beer some reddish tinges showed up at the sides and the bottom of the glass but it was mostly opaque throughout. A big, foamy off-white heads provides a nice contrast to the darker body. The head has decent retention, leaving spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose isn't very potent but there is a bit going on. Some light chocolate is matched by a bit of spicy rye. There is also a subtle sweetness, almost vanilla-like, and a bit of a smoky character. Some of it tough to pick out and some comes on stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is a huge step of from the nose. It starts with a nice touch of some mellow chocolate that is met by the same spicy rye character that was in the nose. Both are stronger and more pleasant than they were in the nose. The striking difference is an excellent hit of sweet vanilla at the finish. The taste is pretty straightforward but the vanilla pulls it through and makes it interesting.

Medium body with lower carbonation. The lower carbonation probably gives the beer the illusion a bit of a fuller mouthfeel than it has. It drinks in the range of a decent sized porter.

This beer was surprisingly enjoyable. I personally enjoy rye a lot and the vanilla on the finish of this sip was excellent. That being said, it's probably not a beer for everybody and is something that I may or may not seek out again.

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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.