Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 5.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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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.
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Photo of Murrhey
2.34/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (769 characters)

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. (729 characters)

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. (805 characters)

Photo of Popp24
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (587 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (505 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (627 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (765 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (424 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/4/2012

On tap at The Bruery.

A: Black with an enormous off-white head. Excellent retention and a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Milk and dark chocolate with some licorice and molasses. It smells quite sweet. There's some cocoa as well. Maybe a little rye, though the power of suggestion might be at play.

T: Lots of chocolate, which isn't surprising. It's a blend of milk and dark with roasted grains. There's a little molasses. The finish is clean.

M: Upper medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer. I enjoyed my glass but it's not something I'm anxious to try again. (593 characters)

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. (709 characters)

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. (351 characters)

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. (731 characters)

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

On-tap at Provisions.
Pours black with a light penetrating brown edge and a small off white head that fades and leaves a lasting ring around the top of the beer. Smells predominantly of sweet milk chocolate and a mix of bitter dark chocolate. The taste is the same being dominated by chocolate with some present smokiness. But where is the rye? Rye you do this? Decent mouthfeel with a medium body and good carbonation. It's a good beer just wish the rye was a little more forward. (481 characters)

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 (447 characters)

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. (566 characters)

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. (965 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is a bit of an artificial chocolate along with caramel malt. Flavor isn't bad, but is certainly odd, the chocolate dominates everything else in this beer, which gives it a strange taste because the beer is so light. There's just nothing to support the chocolate. Mouthfeel is too thin, this could use a little more body. This is an interesting idea, but doesn't quite come together like I'd hoped. It's a little too thin and there's just not enough other flavor to support the chocolate. (544 characters)

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. (772 characters)

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 (443 characters)

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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought this one to Stakem's Fish Fry.

A - Pours black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of spicy rye, cocoa powder, vanilla, licorice and lots of dark roast. It has a good balance of aromas throughout the glass.

T - Starts off with a bit of chewy rye quickly giving way to a mix of bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla, licorice, and a tiny bit of spice. Finish has lots of dark roast and a bit of sweetness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Sweet, slightly chewy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The chewy rye works well with the chocolaty sweetness, combining for a nice feel throughout.

O - I enjoyed this one. The sweet chocolate + rye combo was an interesting change from the norm but it never really wow'd me. Worth a try but don't expect anything amazing. (867 characters)

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. (786 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared with friends and poured into a bruery snifter. The brew appears black with brown clarity around the edges. A light tan head a finger strong leaves stringy fingers of lace on the glass.

The smell starts off with licorice and roast. Some fruit and citrus seem a bit out of place when mixed with hints of chocolate and fruity rye and alcohol esters. A bit of mild must makes itself known across the back.

The taste is fruity rye malt mixed with alcohol esters. Roasty grain, licorice and chocolate. A mild hint of coffee and some citrus hops are there but dont seem to fit in well. The vanilla is tame with roast and earth into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking swarzbier but the addition of rye made it fruity in a strange way. The advertised additions made this one sound good but the final product isnt great. I had this brew 4 months ago and really liked it. Relatively speaking I wish I would have drank more of this then, now the vanilla seems to be tapering off and fruity quality taking its place. (1,092 characters)

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. (389 characters)

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. (614 characters)

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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
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