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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye - The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus RyeCollaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye

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Ratings: 149
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

beerinNV, Jun 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

TxUltraRunner, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

StonedTrippin, May 30, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

moonknight31, May 14, 2013
Photo of sdpaul
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

sdpaul, May 14, 2013
Photo of vitese
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

vitese, May 10, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a tan head that dissipates to a ring. Not much lacing.

Nose of chocolate and rye, some prunes/dark stone fruit.

Tastes of dark chocolate and rye, with a little prune/dark stone fruit and a hint of cola. Not much hops come through in this. Sort of two dimensional.

Body is light and carbonation is light as well.

A good drinking beer, but some more complexity would make it more interesting.

Beerenauslese, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

billab914, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

BlackTuesday, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pecan, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

jvillefan, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Shirin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Shirin, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

sliverX, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jlindsey, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

AgentZero, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark brown, near black, with a 3" beige head. Big clumps of lacing cling to the glass.

S- chocolate, dark fruits, and spices.

T- dark fruits with some chocolate mixed in. So,e light spice and nice roast from the rye.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very easy drinking with slight acidity.

O- very tasty for a lager. Not spectacular but unique beer with nice flavor.

kawilliams81, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a dense khaki head that settles to a thin cap, leaving a few spots of lacing. Moderate aromas of chocolate, vanilla beans, a touch of grainy rye, and some clean Lager yeast. Not bad. Lots more chocolate in the taste, almost a chocolate syrup thing going on, along with more vanilla bean. Chocosaurus indeed. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. Pretty tasty beer, really digging the chcocolate.

jsanford, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ste5venla, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to jon for sharing this surprisingly tasty brew. enjoyed from a brewery snifter.

a - poured a watery black with a thin greyish milky head. swirling the glass brings things back to life.

s - some smoke, some rye, and some cocoa and vanilla...the rye is there too and quite nice.

t - wow, this is pretty good. nice chocolate and rye mix. very impressive.

m - super smooth. a bit watery. goes down unbelievably easy.

o - overall this is really nice. a very big surprise. super easy drinker. lager with rye and cocoa nibs really works. extremely enjoyable and delicious.

cosmicevan, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

joshwith, Oct 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

silentdonkey, Oct 24, 2012
Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.