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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery

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84
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-04-2012)
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Reviews by mcallister:
Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Deep brown with a large tan head light and fluffy. Things hurting the appearance are thick chunky particulates roaming about.

Lovely aromas of chocolate, rye, vanilla, rustic breads, that clean carbonation like aroma of a lager. Light roast as well.

Very nice. Layered chocolate with vanilla and marshmallow. Rye spice and cinnamon bread. Some dark fruit flavors in the finish with moderate bitterness. Clean with fairly light carbonation. I like.

mcallister, May 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

gregmoscetti, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

warnerry, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

acurtis, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ste5venla, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev 0%

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.

mdaschaf, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of JosephThompson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

JosephThompson, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of fullmetal1381
4/5  rDev +8.1%

fullmetal1381, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of joshwith
4/5  rDev +8.1%

joshwith, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Crazydaddyo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Crazydaddyo, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of IKR
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

IKR, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of PowDay
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

PowDay, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +8.1%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of claaark13
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

claaark13, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of NickT1218
4/5  rDev +8.1%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

theminutemen, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 21, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +8.1%

hoppymcgee, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
3/5  rDev -18.9%

CEDAMA, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

jsanford, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%

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.

jmarsh123, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

kk73, May 29, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

largadeer, Feb 18, 2012
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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.