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Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 270
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 23.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 6
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, rye, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid rye presence but nothing too remarkable for the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large 4 finger tan head with nice retention and lacing on a very deep amber brown head with red tint. Aroma follows with tart grapefruit, roasted malts, earthy hops, brown sugar, rye and confectioners chocolate. Flavor of dark breads, roasted malts, earthy and citrus hops, minimal resin, wood. Moderate to full body and moderate carbonation. Nice balance between the hops and roast styles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best black ale ive had in a long time, well hopped and very light for the color, clean even on the finish, uncommon. I know the bruery didn't originally create this one, but the sure executed it well. jet black on the pour, huge off white head, milkshake thick and lasting with ring lacing at every sip. the nose is bitter almost burnt malt and all the west coast hops that the nostrils can handle. hints of dark chocolate too beneath the twofold bitterness. the flavor is just like the nose, not a rich or decadent beer, but something drinkably bold. love the highly hopped black malt flavor, pungent and distinct, dry in the finish but a lasting hop flavor stays with me. the complexity of this is tremendous, as is the feel, its somehow light despite its color and depth of flavor. a great addition to their lineup, I would love to see this available all the time. the rye adds a nice touch without being dominant. just an all around world class beer, the best example of the style I can remember ever having.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/22/13 notes. Bought 1 bottle of this in the RS this year. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cascadian hops, dank pine , rye, citrus hops, and some roasted malts. A nice mix of a lot of pine hops and roasted notes, they work well together.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, pine hops, light rye, spices, toasted malts, light citrus hops, and some earthy malts. More roasted notes than the nose and less pine hops, but I like it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel has no bitterness at all and it is pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one. Not my favorite Black IPA and not the hoppiest, but plenty of pine and roasted notes, and the rye is noticable and works well with it. Easy to drink.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoarders Society bottle. The beer is dark brown with a towering beige head. The aroma offers pine, resin, hops, roast. Definitely smells true to style. Well balanced and flavorful. Healthy amount of pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer and fine example of a black IPA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery has promised from the very start NOT to brew an IPA, though they have come close to crossing the line, especially in their Humulus Series. Bryeian is another beer which dances at the line, though technically it's not a Bruery beer, but a homebrewer's concoction. Served on-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Black bodied and topped with a small head of decent retention. The lacing show is a good one as it decorates the glass. Aroma hits the mark for a rye India dark; it's spiced, a little dry, cantaloupe, honeydew, and a hint of roast. To my surprise, the hops are relaxed and not in your face. In this case, I like that.

Very hoppy with a kiss of malt backbone. The hops are oily and bring the flavors of cantaloupe, mixed fruits, passionfruit, mango. The malt doesn't make much mark on the beer until the aftertaste, where a roasty aftertaste takes place. But throughout, there's a dusting of bitter chocolate on those hops. Very tasty and surprisingly easy to drink, and that texture is soft and luxurious.

An Rye India Dark Ale which is also easy to drink? Certainly one here. And probably one of the best one's per style I've had, rye or no rye.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Stellar looking beer. Thick black body with a deep khaki colored head. The creamy foam towers over the glass and has outstanding retention and lace.

S - Dried resiny hops, lavender. Honey, molasses, light toast and a big, inviting rye bread note.

T - Brewed, dark roasted coffee grounds from the bottom of the press: dark chocolate, bitter char, and an oily acidity. Burnt rye toast, resiny hops, bright wood, and black pepper through the finish.

M - Medium light body with great staying power.

O - Big, hoppy, and char forward.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hire with a think almost the finger mocha head that left a thin blanket and sticky lacing that hangs around.

S - Aromas of nice chocolatey malts, light roast, super dank hops, light bitter earthy spicy bitterness. Super wet. Nice rye on the finish.

T - Taste is nice spicy rye, earthy bitter hops, creamy chocolate, roast malts...very light though. Not super bright but solid tasting, alt darker than I'm used to with my black ipas. Lingering bitterness that is pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, I like a bit more citrus with my black ipas though. Solid offering. I like the rye, a lot, but just don't really care for the hops they used.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Completely black. Opaque, with a rich, tight, brown head more suited to a stout than a CDA (Black IPA, whatever). Great lace.

Lightly fruity. Kinda tropical. Hint of chocolate.

The taste is similar - fruit and an undercurrent of chocolate. Orange, zest, dry hops. There is a weird off-taste of something...it's a little, plasticy? I'm not sure.

Dry and sharp. Rich.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Recommended!

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

One of the many bottles I lugged back from CA during my multiple work trips in August & September. At one point I looked in my hotel fridge & saw 12 beers. WTF? 750ML bottle split with my wife after the Replacements concert.

The pour is dark & with enough carbonation for a beer six times its size. Nose is a quick jab of pine melded to dark roast; no rye apparent. An odd, but appealing, opening nasal experience.

Bryeian is an odd piece of brewing. What jumps off the canvas is the mouthfeel, which is deliciously thick for a ‘black ale’, more like a higher ABV stout than, well, whatever the hell this ‘style’ of beer is about. The rye comes out nicely, with a shot of spice that builds as the beer warms, with minimal dirtiness. Sticky pine comes on strong, & the roast is subdued enough not to clash too brightly. Could drink mindlessly or mindfully.

A very good beer, especially after it warms up a bit. The addition of the rye causes it to avoid the usual unpleasant flavor clash of hop/roast of the style. Nice.

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Photo of mhaugo
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle decanted into a curved imperial pint glass. Bottle stamped 8/7/13.
Appearance: Liquid obsidian with a leather cap. Beautiful lacing down the glass.
Smell: Aggressive, piney hops that track down my nose from eight inches away. A deeper investigation reveals charcoal and molasses.
Taste: So damn fresh it’s unbelievable. The hop character is sharp and brilliant. Pine so dense it makes me feel like I’m camping. There are also waves of spent coals, peppery rye, and sweet burned sugar. The lingering astringency is more roasted grains than it is hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, easy carbonation.
Overall: The bottle says, “We don’t often make hoppy beers, but when we do, they taste something like this.” The tragedy is that they don’t make more hoppy beers. This beer comes from the “Batch 1000” homebrew competition The Bruery hosted a few months ago, and after tasting this I’m glad I didn’t win. Black IPA is not generally a style that I am particularly fond of, but this beer is unreal. It is now my new gold standard for the category. Well done.

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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hard to tell but I think it says bottled 08/07/2013 so almost two months old.

A: Pours a dark brown with a tall and fluffy light light brown head. Head fades very slowly; fantastic head retention. In fact there is still an island of foam 20 minutes after pouring it. Very dense and heavy lacing. Excellent presentation.

S: Decent roasted malt with quite a bit of spicy rye. Not as hoppy as I expected but has a decent pine presence as well.

T: Yup, definitely piney up front. Loaded with rye immediately following, quite sharp through the middle and finish. Not a whole lot of roasted malt but a mild chocolate presence. Another burst of bitter piney hops in the finish. Rye spiciness accentuates the bitterness. Drying spicy rye aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, quite dry.

O: Not a bad black IPA. Rye stands out here, it's quite dominant. Maybe a little too dominant. Very little roasted malt character and even the pine is buried a bit under all the spice. It's quite good, fairly complex but a little unbalanced.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque, ebony body topped with very thick, very chunky light tan head. Spicy and roasted malt nose; chocolate, pine, and citrus notes. Smooth cocoa and milk chocolate flavors blending together nicely with a zesty hop bitterness and an edge of alcohol sting; minty. Medium-heavy body; slick and oily; slightly dry finish.

A wondrous dark ale adventure with nice roasted and dark grain malt goodness well-blended with nicely balanced hop zing. Flavor and appearance are top-notch. Big, dark, and deliciously drinkable!

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottled on 8-Aug-13
Poured into stemless wine glass on 29-Aug-13.

Intense and dank piney hops in the aroma with some rye and hints of citrus that comes off as a little bit smokey.

The taste is more roasted rye than piney hop, but the bittering hop takes over in the last half. Some burnt orange peel's there as well. As I continue to drink, it gets quite salty.

Overall a decent brew, but hard to grasp that this was chosen as homebrew competition winner for Batch 1000. Was there not that many stellar entries? Batch 300... now that one was worthy.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown to nearly black, essentially opaque, with a big fluffy tan head. Not much visible carbonation, although it's a dark enough beer…who knows.

S: Surprisingly low amount of aroma overall. There's some citrus hops and dark roasted malts. And that's about it.

T: Grapefruit rind, dark roasty malt with just a touch of chocolate flavor (no coffee roast to speak of), very restrained spicy rye malt, and a bit of resin and dank hops. Bitterness in hang, presumably due both to roasted malts and hops.

M: Nice full body, alcohol well-hidden, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: This wasn't bad, but it was a bit of a letdown from The Bruery. Just not an outstanding black ale, but worth a try once.

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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
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