Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

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BA SCORE
86
very good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mhaugo on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Join us in excitement as we release the winning brew from our Batch #1000 homebrew contest - Bryeian! Hard to believe that we've brewed 1,000+ batches of beer and for those who have been with us throughout the years, probably surprising to see that the winner is a hoppy ale! A cascadian, dark rye ale to be exact. Brian Pramov and Bryan Keas, a pair of homebrewers from Denver put together this winning recipe for us and it shined brightly in our competition. The roast of the dark malts, the spice of the rye and the intense hop character combine for a fantastic experience.
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Reviews by beatenbyjacks:
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark black with great lacing on the beer. Lots of chocolate colored head

Smell - rich malt flavor and lots of hops!

Taste - chocolate with a hop finish

Mouthfeel - ends quite bitter but nicely carbonated

Overall - this was a fun novelty beer by the bruery. Nothing special, but stil tasty

More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped bottle. Bottled 8/7/13.

Served chilled into a goblet.

Batch 1000 is a very dark brown ale with thick bone white head. It has great retention, settling very slowly, and leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is a very enjoyable combination of citrusy hops and a sweet vanilla.

Flavor is hoppy but balanced with a sweet roasty malt body. It has great bitterness from the abundant hopping but also from the dark malts. The rye provides a pleasant spice and pumpernickel bread character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and enjoyable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Cheers to the home brewers in Denver who one this prestigious competition. They deserved it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Decent khaki head. Nice surface wisps and even some lace.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Roasty malt. I get some faint rye.

Taste - Aggressive grapefruit hop. Spicy rye character. Coffee roasted malts and some bitterness. A hint of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I wanted dislike it, but it's not bad.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/8/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an extremely dark brown that verges on black throughout the body with only tinges of brown on the outside edges. A gigantic, 4 finger's tall, thick tan head quickly forms as you start to pour. The head offers fantastic head retention and leaves incredibly thick lacing behind as it gradually dissipates.

Aroma: (4.5)
Juicy, piney centric hops burst forth from the glass and slap your nose as soon as you begin to tilt the glass towards your nose. The hops offer aromas of grapefruit, pine, peach and faint tangerine. Beneath these bright hop characteristics are some more dank, lightly earthy hops that sync up perfectly with the surprisingly aromatic spicy rye that is in the malt bill. Layered underneath the rye are some subtle impressions of slightly roasted coffee and creamy chocolate.

Taste: (4.5)
Just like in the nose, big juicy hops character upfront; grapefruit rind, ripe peach flesh and pine. Just as the bitter hops begin to coat your palate, a big spicy wave of grainy rye malts interjects into the mix. Underneath this rye assault are some chewy notes of chocolate malt. The beer finishes very dry and bitter with long, lingering notes of grapefruit rind, pine, spicy rye and faint baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Robust, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
A fantastic example of both a black IPA and a rye IPA; It truly is difficult to tell where the hop bitterness ends and rye spiciness begins. Both of the ingredients really play well off of each other and the malt bill while being dark, still allows the crisp, bright hop character to really shine. This beer is fantastic, rightfully so as the Bruery's 1000 batch. Great stuff. Highly recommend while the beer is still fresh!

Photo of TruePerception
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch #1000: Bryeian, Cascadian Dark Rye Ale. 7% ABV.

A: A finger and a half of tan head. Black, with a warm reddish-brown hue in the bottom. Plenty of very fine lacing, which looks to have no intention of leaving any time soon!

S: Dark rye is right! Very dark rye smell. A little bit of char and licorice.

T/MF: Eww! Creamy texture. Tastes likes toast that has been burnt to the point of being nigh unrecognizable! There's a touch of background sweetness, but I can't place it.

This is not the beer for me. I'm contemplating drain pour, but I paid $9 on this, so I'll try to drink it. Who knows; maybe it will get better as it warms!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, 08/08/13 etched into the bottle.

A - The giant dollop of mouse-like khaki head takes it's sweet time to reduce to a clumpy pile of foam, all the while leaving heavy sheets of lace on the tulip above the dark black beer.

S - Sharp American hops prick the nose with pine needles and sap-caked pine cone while grapefruit rind pleasantries and a rubbery new tire smell floats amidst the spicy rye and moderately roasted barley malt.

T - Tasting like a hopped-up porter, Bryeian is heavily roasted with notes of chocolate and molasses feeding into the spicy rye malt bill before American hops take over with overtones of pine and subtle citrus notes on the finish.

M - Between the roasted malt astringency and piny hop profile, Bryeian is slightly acrid, leaving the medium-bodied beer finishing quite dry and bitter.

O - The addition of rye malt to a Cascadian Dark Ale is a logical and welcome progression of the relatively new style but, Bryeian doesn't strike me as either the type of beer The Bruery would choose to produce (had they not held the competition) nor one that would win an award out of 200 entries. While Bryeian is a good beer, I find it to be a little overly roasted and underhopped; roasted malts rise above everything else rather than being complimentary but by no means is it a bad offering.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/8/13. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Black with a significant amount of medium brown head that was thick with good retention.

S - Dark roast, piney bitter hop presence and some secondary chocolate.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with a big piney flavour and some grapefruit. Roast enters mid-palate adding sweetness. The finish is bitter with a touch of chocolate. Good balance between the dark roast and the bitter hop profile.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Some oily/stickiness. Light carbonation.

Photo of Ruderaven52
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Two and a half finger head. Some light lacing - not that stick to the glass lacing, but some tiny bubbles that eventually drink back down.

The smell is fresh hops. Piney with some rye. This is a very fresh brew at just over two weeks. The bottle says to enjoy as fresh as possible. This beer smells great.

The taste is dead on with the smell. Fresh hops and pine. Good rye flavor on the finish. There is some orange peel flavor that helps with the bitterness the more I drink. There is something burnt-like or ash. Maybe burnt orange peel?

Another great brew from The Bruery. At 7%, I think you could session this beer. Why couldn't they wait for football season to really start. Great Black Rye IPA. I would love to taste this against Firestone's Wookey Jack, which is one of my favorites in this style.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

That moment after when you look at the 5th 3+ month old IPA at the liquor store and then say to yourself, "F*** it," and go somewhere else... And where somewhere else was, was Bryeian Black Ale.

Dark, but not dark like my baby mama's soul. Aroma is aite enough; slight roast, prominent rye, but not too crazy like my baby mama's head. Taste is fairly pleasant, nice rye, and a tad sweet, but not overly sweet like, well, not my baby mama, but more like my granmama.

Overall, not bad, and for $8.99 (like the total cost of my first date with my baby mama at In an Out) I recommend it.


Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 8/8/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours dark cola brown with a huge three and a half finger light tan head. Nice retention and quite a bit of thick lacing. A good lookin black ale for sure.

Nice piney aroma with rye, roasted malts and a little cocoa.

Bold, well balanced flavors. Bursting with piney and citrus hops up front, nice lingering rye mid sip then mild chocolate malt on the back. A great mix with no alcohol presence.

Medium body. Creamy yet slick with moderate carbonation. Long bitter hop and spicey rye aftertaste.

Nothing too rich or over the top, just a well constructed rye based black ale. A pleasant surprise to see such a tasty hop infused ale from The Bruery. This is one of the best black ales I've tried and definately worth a shot for any fan of the style.

Photo of pnihan
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a bottle of this for Christmas, bottling date of Aug 2013. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Black with light coming through on the side, beautiful deep brown edges. The head color of a coffee frappe (for you New Englanders). Sticking to the edge of the glass when swirling it around.

S: Piney hops. Milk chocolate, I'm worried that it might be too sweet at this point.

T: Tastes just like it smells, but definitely not too sweet. I think the rye adds a nice contrast to the milk chocolate flavors. Also a lot of bitterness in the finish to round out the flavor. A lot of roasted malt flavor in the finish as well.

M: Medium to heavy body (for a BIPA) with a good amount of carbonation.

O: A very solid black IPA.

Photo of hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: a thick, solid flat black color - no light. largeee 3 finger rocky frothy white head. looks delicious

s: i love black ales. dark fruits, tropical hops, juicy apricot, roasted malts. so much ripe mango and passion fruit. the kind of smell that makes your mouth water. dank earthy hops - like smelling a columbus pellet.

t: right away the roasted malts and ripe passionfruit are fighting for dominance. they then blend together and fade to a nice smooth chocolate note. then we taste some of the sweet malts - light toffee. finishes with a hint of earthy pine bitterness - just the right amount.

m: medium mouthfeel, that feels a little fuller with all the carbonation. slightly syrup-like

o: super impressed with this. such a nice blend of malts, roast, and hops. tropical fruits and roasted malts and chocolate all harmonized so well. just enough bitterness to add a nice crispness to this and make it savory and refreshing at the same time. i highly recommend this. only complaint is i think it would benefit from a lighter mouthfeel, perhaps

Photo of rand
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 750 mL bottle to oversized wine glass

The winning entry for The Bruery's Batch 1000 Homebrew contest, Bryeian forms a sudsy, marshmallow-head on a gentle pour, and reveals a rich, deep, dark brown color. Earthy, floral hop-essence combines with nutty, toasted notes to provide the brew's rather dry and subdued bouquet. More pronounced on the palate, the modestly oily complexion supports rather bitter, astringent roasted notes, with tinges of black coffee and tannins along the edges. Bitter hop oils and wood accentuate the brew's surprisingly dry palate. Interestingly, its long finish reveals most of the beer's nuances; honeyed squaw bread, earthy tea, a subtle hint of citrus zest.

An interesting beer, unlike a lot of the black ales floating around the local market, but I'm not sure it would win many competitions outside of their homebrew contest.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud as usual. Again American Black Ale not really my fav style, but we'll see how this goes.

Huge creamy head of 2 fingers, foamy, fades semi slowly with lots of soapy lacing, pretty much pitch black semi thick beer.

Nose nice dark malts, little roasty and tin, hint bready yeast, caramel and dark choc. Hops are a plenty, floral, fruity, little citrus, bit earthy spicy, candy hops, green grassy wet hay hop, dank, then some rye, lots of rye and pumpernickel bread.

Taste starts with more rye and bitter hops, earthy spicy hops, little fruity with hint citrus. Rye and dark bready malts bring pumpernickle bread, light spicy rye and spicy hop. Some sweet malts, light caramel, little roast, hint choc, little bready dough. Finish is dry and sticky, long semi bitter earthy spicy hop, fair bitterness, little dark grainy malt and rye. 3

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, decent malt and hop balance even for a black ipa, nice rye component that really shines through, hops aren't the best but not too bad.

Photo of Samuel906
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with some dark khaki tinge and a fluffy off white head with great retention. Smell is rye, malt, and hops, very rich nose. Taste is hoppy and bitter up front with some grains and bread finishing it off leaving a distinct rye flavor on the aftertaste. Taste gets a bit muddy with all the different bitter flavors. Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth, moderate to high carbonation. Overall, a good dry dark ale, but nothing extraordinary. What this beer has going for it is tons and tons of rye which is great, and where most rye beers unfortunately fail.

Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are of bitter bakers chocolate, rye, mixed grains, and an earthy note.

Taste is spicy up front, grainy, with notes of rye, bakers chocolate, and light faint cream. Finish is earthy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with good carbonation, a touch on the thin side.

Overall, a good black IPA, but not a great one. And not really worth the price IMHO.

Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of persistent light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively piney, with relatively mild milky chocolate and baking spices.

T: Begins dry, with volatile resinous hops aromatics and dark cakey malt. The first half is very green, while the second half is dark and bitter--but with a spicy edge.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slick on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A very good black IPA; similar to some of Sierra Nevada's best small batch beers of the style. Hops qualities soar over the malt, but remain stolidly focused on coniferous qualities. Flavors are generally good, but with a monotonous tendency.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.3.13

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge fine mocha brown head with great retention.

S - Sublte hoppy-orange citrus, roasted rye malts, subtle.

T - Roasted rye malt with hints of orange zest and hoppy bitterness.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - A typical Cascadian dark, different for the Bruery. Light and enjoyable.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from CraftShack
Pours a fairly dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that that sticks to everything, glass, mustache, etc. Aromas of pine, resin and spice with hints of green onion and citrus. Bready caramel and light roasted grain round out the nose. Bitter resinous spice and pine flavor dominates with a fairly high level of bitterness. Mild caramel, bread, and chocolate provide hints of balance, but this one skews heavy to the hop. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick ashy resinous mouthfeel. Nice Black IPA I really enjoyed this.

Photo of ISmith87
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a stout/porter glass
Bottled 8/8/2013

A - 5 - Quite possible the best looking dark beer I've seen. Pitch black beer with a nice khaki colored head that's super smooth looking, almost like a nitro tap. As it dies down it leaves great lacing and has little peaks and valleys in the head (believe it or not) that make you want to just stare at it for hours.
S - 4 - Pine is the first thing you notice when smelling this beer, followed by the roasted malts and a little bit of grapefruit. Citrus zest. Rye malt.
T - 4.5 - Great tasting beer. Taste is actually a little sweeter than you'd expect with the smell. Grapefruit, pine and orange/nectarine from the hops. Roasted malt and coffee in the background. A bite from the rye malt that keeps the flavor complex and earthy/woody.
M - 4.5 - Nice medium-thick mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit/pine/roasted malts.
O - 4.5 - This is a beer deserving of a better rating than it has IMO. For the price it's debatable whether or not it's worth it. $10 for a 750 ml of what's basically a 7% black IPA. 2 Wookey Jack's for $10 at BevMo is probably a better deal, but it's worth it to try it once!

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seriously dark color, near black, with a lovely sudsy appearance in the Duvel tulip. A rich mouthfeel with lots of creamy carbonation.

Aromatic flavors and a great example of the spicy rye flavors. The hops are a little over the top but it's not insanely bitter. Gummy, grapefruity hop flavors. Pleasant sweet mouthful of hops to go with the bitterness.

I guess it doesn't matter what style this is, but since Black Ale is a category based on nothing but color, I'd rather call it a Rye Beer, which is what the Bruery folks call it. Even the name has rye in it. In any case it's very tasty, and my favorite Bruery beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip, in two stages. The head on the first pour was huge, so I let it settle a few minutes then poured again. The result resembled a chocolate frappe with a thick, bumpy tan head over a dense black body. Super long head retention and gobs of lacing.

Aromas of rye bread, dark chocolate, roasty coffee, pineapple fruit, and earthy, arboreal notes of pine/juniper and forest floor.

This tastes complex with a lot of different notes of bitterness--dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, pepper. It also has a strong rye tanginess that comes across a little fruity and an evergreen hop character that rounds it all out. Tastes delicious.

Body is medium and the carbonation is just right. It is a bit of an assaulting ride on the palate that finishes with a peppery burn on the tongue and a lasting bitterness.

I am liking these dark rye hoppy beers like Wookey Jack--whatever you want to call them--and this is another good example. An odd-ball in The Bruery's repertoire, it is a well-made beer inspired by good home-brew. It is tasty yet just 7% ABV, and is not so expensive--just under $10. This bottle is 3 months old now, and the idea was to consume it fresh. While some hop character may have attenuated, this is still drinking great right now.

Photo of travolta
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Almost pitch black, light brown head with excellent retention, lacing and volume. A rocky and voluminous head, like a whipped cocoa cream puff..

Nose:
Sweet carmel, raisin, fig, vanilla, ash, and dark chocolate.

Taste:
Crisp and perfectly balanced. Crispy and dry in the middle a bit surrounded by sweetness. Figs, carmel, and piney hops bitterness. Some rye dryness.

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki head. Some stringy patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

This is very roasted and earthen with notes of tobacco, minerals, citrus and pine coming forward. I enjoy how the roast of the grain is seemingly the first thing noted and while the hops are a big player, they fall secondary to the roast of the grain.

The taste is earthy with tobacco, leather, roasted almost chocolate-like grain feel that blends into the aftertaste with almost a smokey appeal. The hop flavors are strong with notes of pine before getting more herbal and dank.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall quite decent but nothibg id want to buy multiples of. I enjoyed that the grain aspect of this was able to stand up to the assetiveness of the hops. Worth a try if you like black ipas.

Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark, almost black, nice medium tan head, leaves pretty quick. Some spotty lace.

S - Rye, cocoa, licorice and hops all blended together.

T - Taste simliar to smell, with Rye is the first thing I taste, backed up by the rest of the smell attributes.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation (enough) , not overly sweet nor dry and a nice balance.

D - Not a HUGE abv, and the flavors are not palate killers, so pretty good session.

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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.