Chocosaurus Rye
The Bruery

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Rye Beer
3.74 | pDev: 9.63%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Chocosaurus RyeChocosaurus Rye
Notes: A dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 160 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by largadeer:
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largadeer from California

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Feb 18, 2012
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klipper from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7%

May 13, 2012
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown. Raises over an inch of dense, tan head in my tulip. Lots of carbonation evident in the liquid. Very mild aroma, lightly herbal and spicy, very slight chocolate. The taste is quite unique and interesting. It's got the chocolate and roast (but not burnt) flavors of a big stout, but without any sweetness and with a much lighter, drinkable body. I'm quite pleasantly surprised by this beer, definitely tastier than I expected.

Apr 26, 2012
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smarcoly from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Feb 13, 2012
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is a bit of an artificial chocolate along with caramel malt. Flavor isn't bad, but is certainly odd, the chocolate dominates everything else in this beer, which gives it a strange taste because the beer is so light. There's just nothing to support the chocolate. Mouthfeel is too thin, this could use a little more body. This is an interesting idea, but doesn't quite come together like I'd hoped. It's a little too thin and there's just not enough other flavor to support the chocolate.

Apr 14, 2012
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sgoro from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Jun 02, 2012
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Aug 12, 2013
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass to a black beer topped by a half finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of dark chocolate, cocoa powder and spicy rye
T: Taste is chocolate and some slight spicy rye malt but mostly chocolate. Slight hints of faded vanilla at times as well paired with some sweet chocolate notes. Swallow is rye spice, slight oxidation and more dark chocolate.
M: This one is on the lighter side of medium with carbonation that's soft but just below prickly. Slightly velvety and slick in the mouth. This beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall not bad but probably a bit better fresh. It still drinks pretty well but there are some low spots that were probably filled by other flavor notes. It has some decent complexity and flavor and I'm happy to have tried it.

May 25, 2016
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bsuedekum from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Mar 21, 2012
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Aug 02, 2013
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Wowcoolman from California

4/5  rDev +7%

Mar 17, 2012
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jun 08, 2012
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Jan 08, 2013
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ste5venla from California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 18, 2012
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 18, 2016
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Popp24 from California

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Feb 05, 2012
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JRod1969 from New York

4/5  rDev +7%

Jul 15, 2013
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pmarlowe from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Jul 18, 2012
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richkrull from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +8%

Sep 29, 2014
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CelticAleMan from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Feb 08, 2012
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brotherloco from California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Aug 27, 2012
BUNZILLA from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Sep 08, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

May 30, 2012
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leodarko from California

4/5  rDev +7%

Jul 06, 2012
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joshwith from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

Oct 30, 2012
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