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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.03%
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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Photo of Murrhey


2.3/5  rDev -37.7%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a dense, finger-width mocha head. Long retention and nice lacing. Very dark brown, almost black. No light peeks through.

S- Dark rye malts and a funky raw cocoa smell. I'm getting a hint of overcooked malts or some other fairly unpleasant thing. Sugary with hints of dark fruits, cherry maybe. Vanilla present.

T- With as dynamic as the smell is, I expected the taste to follow suit. Bland, flat flavor. Some roast malts and rye, but none of the chocolate, vanilla or dark fruits really come through. Disappointing.

M- Thin and aggressive carbonation with a bitter linger.

O- This beer could have been a lot worse. It also could have been much better. Avoid unless you are a fan of the style.

03-19-2012 04:45:47 | More by Murrhey
Photo of jmarsh123


2.53/5  rDev -31.4%

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.

03-01-2012 22:33:45 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of vitese


2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

05-10-2013 14:09:33 | More by vitese
Photo of CEDAMA


3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-12-2013 04:54:46 | More by CEDAMA
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-11-2013 01:45:05 | More by N17shelfside
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-12-2013 19:06:07 | More by Greenplastic615
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

06-12-2013 19:52:28 | More by TxUltraRunner
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

09-10-2012 22:50:20 | More by AndresR
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-03-2014 21:37:20 | More by Brabander
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-22-2013 23:44:00 | More by jvillefan
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-25-2014 20:19:43 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of oline73


3.1/5  rDev -16%

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.

05-26-2012 04:57:47 | More by oline73
Photo of Popp24


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured this from a bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A - Black as night with little to no head.

S - I get a lot of dark chocolate up front and maybe a bit of vanilla but not much. Coffee smell as well.

T - You get chocolate and then not much else. I can taste the coffee on the finish but this beer really falls flat for me. I get a bit of rye too. I was hoping for more from a Bruery/Bootlegger's colab.

M - It's ok. Kinda thin.

O - I am disappointed with this one it just feels like it's missing something. There is really no vanilla taste in this one and It's kinda like a flat soda.

02-05-2012 06:42:24 | More by Popp24
Photo of Halcyondays


3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with good clarity. Solid cap of tan foam, solid lace.

S: Woody nose, some dark chocolate, rye bread.

T: Definitely has that rye spiciness, but the lager yeast smooths everything out. Definite notes of cacao, a bit of a tannic flavour too. Not super full-flavoured, but solid.

M: Medium-bodied, the carbonation is a tad harsh, a bit astringent. Creamy mouthfeel at times,

O: A solid effort, really feels like it has some Bootlegger's influence.

02-04-2012 01:52:08 | More by Halcyondays
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-28-2012 22:30:28 | More by AgentZero
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-27-2012 00:54:23 | More by brotherloco
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-13-2013 19:59:38 | More by spycow
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-27-2013 02:32:59 | More by BlackTuesday
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-21-2012 01:32:41 | More by bsuedekum
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-25-2013 23:07:17 | More by Knapp85
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-08-2013 23:36:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a huge mocha head that takes awhile to settle. There is a nice rocky layer across the top of the beer that leaves minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a mix of sweet raisin bread, yeast, spice, caramel, and bitter chocolate. It's a weird mix with the major scents being the bready and stone fruit notes.

T: It starts out with sweet malt, raisin bread, and plums. There is a blast of spice in the middle. I get a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The finish is sweet, and slightly spicy.

M: Medium bodied beer. I has a good amount of heft to it. The flavors are a bit muted, and it is a really heavy on the soaked bread quality.

O: This beer is pretty interesting, but it's not something I really need to drink again.

07-25-2012 11:32:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of KevinDiana


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-07-2013 19:30:15 | More by KevinDiana
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance: Muddy brown, decent head and lacing

Smell: bready dark malts, sweet and bitter chocolates, vanilla and coffee

Taste: Odd mix of rye, roast, smoke, faint chocolate and roasted dark malts. Seems to be very rough around the edges

Mouthfeel - medium-light mouthfeel and body

Overall: Doesn't feel like it is there yet, and the rye elements do not blend well with the harsher dark malts and roast for some reason.

03-14-2012 02:28:32 | More by craytonic
Photo of Sean9689


3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

Bottle at Alex's Birthday Bash.

A - Pours a darker brown color, tan head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Chocolate, malts, and oak. Pretty straight-forward here.

T - Chocolate, toasted bread, oak, malts, light rye. Alcohol is well-hidden and doesn't shine through all that much. Finish is creamy chocolate with some bready malts.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice mix of chocolate & rye, but not something I'd go for all that often. If I'm going to have a rye beer, I prefer hops with it and if I'm going to have a stout, I prefer more sweetness and booze. Something "different" but just an average beer.

07-16-2012 17:33:26 | More by Sean9689
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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
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