Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery
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3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film. Thin streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, and cocoa. Taste is of malt, cocoa, vanilla, and some cherry cola flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting smells and flavors.
02-27-2012 04:34:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-15-2012 00:47:07 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-09-2012 07:03:25 | More by womencantsail
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-04-2013 04:18:10 | More by TMoney2591
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-18-2012 22:44:05 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Served in a Bruery tulip just because I can. Beer is black with a nice one finger tan head of small bubbles, lacing on the glass, moderate to low retention.
Aroma is a little weak, mildly chocolate, a little malt.
Beer is medium in body, a little bitter, nice chocolate bitterness on the end, a little sweet leadoff, a decent beer overall. I won't go out of my way to have another but it was a decent beer overall.
05-23-2012 15:07:37 | More by drabmuh
3.84/5 rDev +4.1%
thanks heaps to drlovemd87 for bringing this rare beauty over. a beer I thought I may never get to try, fortunately his impressive cellar unearthed this for us to get into. it pours a flat black color, lacking luster like some of these have, a dead giveaway that cocoa nibs are rocking this one out. its got a nice head, grayish tan in color, and the beer appears quite dense. the nose is unsweetened dark chocolate right out of the gate, with the vanilla additions being really subtle, and the roast of the barley not being as heavy as it looks like it should be. the rye malt is very intense, not quite out of balance, but very forward. very little bitterness to the taste too, although to cocoa gives it an earthy edge. the rye makes a contribution of front of tongue spice and body. the weirdest part of this beer for me is that its a lager. the yeast tries to crisp up and clean up a complexity of flavors that doesn't want to budge, and I think its lost a little in the process. I would like to see this made again as an ale, and then have the two side by side to compare but I think its a little disjointed as it stands because of the lager yeast. still, a very unique and enjoyable brew, with a drying finish uncommon in a beer this dark. the alcohol is minimal, and the body is big but not too big, they rye does a nice job with that. id love to see this made again, but if it isn't, I am grateful for the opportunity to drink with some great folks.
05-30-2013 19:28:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Got a few bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.
a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for one to two minutes and leaves an inch throughout drinking it, no lacing or real retention.
s - Smells of roasted malts, rye, sweet dark fruits, cocoa, bitter chocolate, and light coffee. The cocoa and chocolate are definitely there, as is the rye, but not getting any vanilla. Still pretty nice.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, cocoa, rye, vanilla, cream, fruity malts, light coffee, sweet and dark chocolate. Some vanilla in the taste, overall pretty nice and better than the nose.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body, and no alcohol to it at all. Very nice body.
o - Overall a pretty solid beer. The nose has some nice roasty notes, fruit, rye, and chocolate mixing together, while the taste ties in some vanilla. More sweet dark fruits then I was expecting, and a little of everything, with nothing dominating or being too strong. Very nice body, would have it again.
04-02-2012 00:25:05 | More by mdfb79
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
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-19-2012 22:03:18 | More by orangesol
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-28-2012 18:11:51 | More by stakem
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-20-2012 20:47:12 | More by mdaschaf
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-12-2012 15:53:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
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