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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: 39 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

thegerm87, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of AndresR
3/5  rDev -18.9%

AndresR, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev +8.1%

JustinMatthew, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

stakem, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

brotherloco, Aug 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

duceswild, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Collaboration, and on sale at Provisions.

Pours murky dark brown, not quite black. No light passes through the liquid, except for some golden brown on the edges. A huge mocha head slowly dissipated to leave some fine lacing.

Smells of bitter chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and very roasty.

Tastes of the rye tang to start, some bitter nibs, and a touch of the vanilla on the finish. A lingering rye flavor is left in the mouth for some time.

Texture starts out silky, almost medium bodied. The medium bodied brew gets a little tougher as it progresses though. Still a nice beer to drink.

While I liked this beer, I think that making it all sweet, or all bitter would have been more in balance. Perhaps there is one ingredient too many?

DOA

Drinkerofales, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

warnerry, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an impenetrable dark brown with a finger or so of medium brown, nice looking head. Some lacing and pretty good retention.

S: Roasty, dark chocolate and some baker's spices, with faint vanilla bean. Smells like a pretty tasty stout.

T: Very clean taste... interesting. Chocolate and roast flavors dominate. A little of the lager shows through, imparting kind of an odd taste.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Lots of flavor without the typical thickness.

O: Like a clean, tasty stout. Stout stout stout. Kind of interesting but a little fatiguing over the course of a pint.

pmarlowe, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Sean9689, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of chocolate and pilsner malt with a slightly spicy edge to it. The aroma is fairly simple, but very pleasing. The flavor is not what I expected from the aroma. I get a solid punch of milk chocolate with almost too much vanilla and bit of a smokey edge with the spice coming off the rye as well as a bit of oxidation. Silky creamy mouthfeel with a solid medium on the body and a light level of carbonation. Very nice brew that threw me for a second but got a lot better as I eased into it.

johnnnniee, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

leodarko, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark chocolate brown with a big creamy beige head that recedes very slowly leaving nice lacing.

Lots of chocolate malts in the nose. Bit of spicy rye though it's subtle and dominated by the roasty chocolate malts.

Taste is much spicier than the nose with a strong kick up front before the roasted malts and milk chocolate take over. The finish is smooth and tastes like liquid rye bread with milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth with the rye supporting the thick feel which is balanced by the lively carbonation.

As a fan of rye beers, this one doesn't disappoint. It's not overly complex but still tasty if you like chocolate and rye.

gford217, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +8.1%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2012
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at recent bottle share. Poured into 6 oz sampling glass, fridge cold and allowed to warm slightly.

Pours an opaque tan head with a dark body. Notes of sweet chocolate on the nose, hiding the roasted flavours that should be present. A surprising amount of booziness on both the nose and in the body, yet in the end oddly smooth. Light roasted notes in the body with light cocoa. flavours. The mouthfeel is disturbingly watery, and the beer in no way evidences the rye that was used in terms of flavour or viscosity. A little disappointing, though an enjoyable beer to start the night with.

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

acurtis, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of sgoro
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

sgoro, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of beersis81
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

beersis81, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split two ways after a nice BBQ on 5.26.12.

A - Pours a dark-medium brown with a light tan head.

S - Malty and some chocolate, but subtle at first.

T - Chocolate and rye bread, duh. No sweetness at all.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Nice chocolate flavors without being overly sweet or heavy. A nice night cap.

HuskyinPDX, May 30, 2012
Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

kk73, May 29, 2012
Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.