Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye | The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus RyeCollaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.

Added by Halcyondays on 02-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting much because: 1) It's a lager, and 2) Bootleggers has a terrible reputation in my tasting group (minus the exceptional Knuckle Sandwich). Pleasantly surprised to discover this nice little beer.

Tons of chocolate in the nose, hints of vanilla and rye right behind. There's another sharp aroma here that I honestly cannot finger.

Strong chocolate & vanilla flavors; very bready too. Tastes like drinking a s'more. Still a touch watery in the taste because, again, it's a lager. Lingering milk chocolate aftertaste.

Light to medium body. A pretty good beer; MUCH better than I expected, to be honest. The previous reviews don't do this brew justice: it's an above-average brew that, at $8.50, I'd happily buy again.

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Photo of SpillyBeers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of furthurgone
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JMRSN
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rtaps
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with about a 1 finger frothy khaki head, that has decent retention leaving spotty lacing

nice aroma, chocolate with the rye spice.

taste fallows the nose, although the rye wasn't as strong as I expected.

medium bodied and carbonated, creamy and leaves the mouth wet

overall real nice brew, balanced well smooth and easy to drink

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle pours a nice sexy dark chocolate brown, nice hints of caramel and mocha when held to the light. Atop the beer sits a big lovely head, nice and billowy that yields moderately decent lacing and actually has some good retention. The aroma is really nice, chocolate is definitely at the forefront, mild vanilla supports the chocolate quite well and tones down some of the rye malt which has a bit of an odd spicy element that doesn’t quite pair with the chocolate in the same way chipotle or another spice might. The flavor is nice, a bit mild, definitely bigger on the malt, highlighting that this is still a black lager. Chocolate supports the grain bill with some pleasant sweetness, but also lends some bitterness as well, again the vanilla plays a great supporting role and tones down a bit of the spice and sharpness from the rye and definitely smooths the palate. A nice body, not overly bubbly, a bit thin for the flavors at times, but still pleasant and smooth.

Verdict: Definitely a success, but not a triumph. The flavors actually mesh together well for such a unique style, I wish it had a bit more of a body, but all in all it holds together quite well, especially as it warms.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep chocolate with a thin bubbly tan head that fades quickly.

Aroma is heavy with roasty malt and a little bit of cocoa with a rye spiciness. Barely any vanilla.

Taste is all over the place. Some roasty malt as in the nose with a little of an earthy spicy bitterness with some cocoa. Again vanilla is barely noticable although at times it gets overly sweet. I'll say it's complex, but the flavors don't necessarily go together well. Every sip is a new flavor.

Ample carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel.

Release as many bottles as the Bruery and there are bound to be a few duds. This is far from the worst beer I've had and some of the flavors are there in burst. Overall though it just balanced out to mediocre.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of iskeptopotamus
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film. Thin streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, and cocoa. Taste is of malt, cocoa, vanilla, and some cherry cola flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting smells and flavors.

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Photo of Kuemmelbrau
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HovsepJO
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 @ home poured into a bruery tulip

Look: black with medium off white head. clear hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, malt, rye and a touch of spice. Taste was much like smell. There were also hints of sweetness which could have been molasses. The beer lacked consistency on the mouthfeel, especially as it got warmer. Through interesting, I expected more from the collab. Wouldn't buy again but it was nice to try.

Hovsep J. Oghlian

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Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges and a thin white head

Smell: Faint chocolate notes very weak nose

Taste: The flavors are a bit more complex than the nose was. Upfront is some rich cocoa nibs which is then backed up by some vanilla beans and finishes with just a touch of rye

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side but it is a lager and mild carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: For what it is it is well done

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color that appears to be more reddish-brown when held up to light. A very large, light-tan color head on this one. Scent is very sweet. A ton of vanilla with some rye spiciness and just a hint of black licorice. A bit of coriander with some banana pudding aroma. Taste is initially sweet milk chocolate with a TON of vanilla. A hint of coconut with a lot of banana and bread pudding flavor. Very interesting and appealing flavors here. Not as much rye as I was expecting, but a delicious beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crispy at first, but ends creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, I'm pretty surprised the ratings so far aren't higher...I really enjoy this collaboration.

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Photo of smarcoly
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MikeRMII
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of billyshears
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

Pours almost black in color with a thick off-white head. Quite a bit of roast on the aroma. Appropriately, lots of chocolate, too. There's a fair bit of coffee and only minimal rye. A mild sweetness to it. A somewhat surprising flavor of licorice followed by the anticipated roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. As with the nose, a subtle sweetness, perhaps molasses.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions.
Pours black with a light penetrating brown edge and a small off white head that fades and leaves a lasting ring around the top of the beer. Smells predominantly of sweet milk chocolate and a mix of bitter dark chocolate. The taste is the same being dominated by chocolate with some present smokiness. But where is the rye? Rye you do this? Decent mouthfeel with a medium body and good carbonation. It's a good beer just wish the rye was a little more forward.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Dan25D
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Collaboration Series: Chocosaurus Rye from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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