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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 57
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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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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.

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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.

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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

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color that appears to be more reddish-brown when held up to light. A very large, light-tan color head on this one. Scent is very sweet. A ton of vanilla with some rye spiciness and just a hint of black licorice. A bit of coriander with some banana pudding aroma. Taste is initially sweet milk chocolate with a TON of vanilla. A hint of coconut with a lot of banana and bread pudding flavor. Very interesting and appealing flavors here. Not as much rye as I was expecting, but a delicious beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crispy at first, but ends creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, I'm pretty surprised the ratings so far aren't higher...I really enjoy this collaboration.

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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.

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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.

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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


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

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


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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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.

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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.

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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
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