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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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Photo of mcallister
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a large tan head light and fluffy. Things hurting the appearance are thick chunky particulates roaming about.

Lovely aromas of chocolate, rye, vanilla, rustic breads, that clean carbonation like aroma of a lager. Light roast as well.

Very nice. Layered chocolate with vanilla and marshmallow. Rye spice and cinnamon bread. Some dark fruit flavors in the finish with moderate bitterness. Clean with fairly light carbonation. I like.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Nigh on perfect head development, great lacing, thick creamy head that has no imperfections in the least. Its dark soy sauce colored, and it has the lightly roasted bread color... like a perfectly toasted marshmellow.

S- Some vanilla edging, the rye spice is there for sure with the lager characteristics. That toasted bread and earthen, nutty brown sugar sweetness.... its what I expect from perfect brown ales. The cocoa nature is very very faint and it takes a long time for it to come out. This had to warm up a long, long time before I found the cocoa nibs melded with the vanilla. Too much effort for something advertised as so.

T- Opening nutty brown sugar and malted milk balls. The center is rye and bubblegum, rolls into a bitter grain husk, and the finish is spicy... just simple light sharpness that you imagine Italian seasonings would be without the herby/grassy nature. Nutty, and dirty finish.

M- Medium bodied, great carbonation... spot on actually. Flavors are full, are lingering throughout, and has a nice sharp alcoholic tinge around the latter half of the taste. Really gives you what your looking for in mouth feel at least.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

Bottle into a tulip.

Deep, absorbing black. Blacker than space, this brew. Atop the foreboding liquid sits about an inch of dense, cocoa-colored foam that descends very slowly. VERY slowly.

Lightly smoky nose. Some sweet cocoa plays of more bitter dark chocolate, a touch of toasted bread, and perhaps some earthy hops.

In the front of the flavor, we have a blend of soft cocoa powder and sweet vanilla beans. The swallow is like a dive into deeper waters: smoke, raisins and spicy rye. As it warms, I get more fruity sweetness — figs, mostly. The smokiness seems to be all Bootlegger’s — it reminds a little of their Black Phoenix. French vanilla lingers long after the swallow.

A winner in the mouthfeel, creamy and light like whipped cream. Very light, tingly carbonation. A rich body.

The Chocosaurus is a surprisingly tasty brew. Nice complexity of flavor, great body. I shouldn’t have expected any less from the marriage of Bootlegger’s and the Bruery.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is decent and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry roastiness to start. Very schwarzbier-like. "Lager yeast" caramel secondary. Rye is hard to come across. Cocoa nibs and vanilla beans both add pleasant complexity to the aroma.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Roastiness foremost, followed by caramel, cocoa nibs, and vanilla. Actually, the vanilla is a bit more prominent than the cocoa, but it works. The rye gives a very faint earthy spiciness. Tasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier though.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Nothing special, but a tasty chocolate and vanilla treat.

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

750ml capped bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a decent off-brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with cocoa powder and bakers chocolate but quickly turns to chocolate syrup and dark fruits as it warms. There is a hint of rye in the background or maybe it's just the power of suggestion.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice flavors of chocolate, malt, a little rye, and a touch of vanilla. The vanilla is not as pronounced as I thought it would be.

M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit bubbly...not a huge fan of big bubbles in a dark beer like this.

O: I wish the Vanilla was more towards the forefront but the chocolate is definitely great. Recommended if you like chocolate beers...not so much if you are looking for vanilla or rye.

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Photo of orangesol
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought this one to Stakem's Fish Fry.

A - Pours black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of spicy rye, cocoa powder, vanilla, licorice and lots of dark roast. It has a good balance of aromas throughout the glass.

T - Starts off with a bit of chewy rye quickly giving way to a mix of bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla, licorice, and a tiny bit of spice. Finish has lots of dark roast and a bit of sweetness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Sweet, slightly chewy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The chewy rye works well with the chocolaty sweetness, combining for a nice feel throughout.

O - I enjoyed this one. The sweet chocolate + rye combo was an interesting change from the norm but it never really wow'd me. Worth a try but don't expect anything amazing.

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

A: Pours blackish with a 1" tan head leaving splotchy lace. Good head retention.

N: Dry cocoa powder and rye grains. Not getting much vanilla at all. Perhaps it needs to warm a bit.

T: Mostly follows nose with grainy malts and semi-sweet chocolate notes.

M: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: Not quite what I was expecting, but good overall.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is mix of cocoa nibs, burnt chocolate malts, vanilla, and rye. There is a touch of smoke, lager esters, and sweetness.

T - Starts off with some bitter chocolate, vanilla sweetness, and some burnt chocolate malts. Through the middle, some roasted chocolate and coffee flavors come through with some rye spiciness. The finish adds a touch of smoke, with some bitter chocolate, vanilla sweetness, and some rye, and a touch of lager esters that linger.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with sweet roasted chocolatey and and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the mix of the chocolate and rye with the black lager base. The vanilla is also a nice touch that is not overdone.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for one to two minutes and leaves an inch throughout drinking it, no lacing or real retention.

s - Smells of roasted malts, rye, sweet dark fruits, cocoa, bitter chocolate, and light coffee. The cocoa and chocolate are definitely there, as is the rye, but not getting any vanilla. Still pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, cocoa, rye, vanilla, cream, fruity malts, light coffee, sweet and dark chocolate. Some vanilla in the taste, overall pretty nice and better than the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body, and no alcohol to it at all. Very nice body.

o - Overall a pretty solid beer. The nose has some nice roasty notes, fruit, rye, and chocolate mixing together, while the taste ties in some vanilla. More sweet dark fruits then I was expecting, and a little of everything, with nothing dominating or being too strong. Very nice body, would have it again.

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Photo of claaark13
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, nearly black with a low head that turns into lacing. Sticks better than expected.

S - Cocoa, grain, touch of sweetness. Vanilla comes out a little after a few whiffs.

T - Rye flavor with grains, sweetness pulling through and then cocoa turning into chocolate. The chocolate finish is quite impressive, actually. Vanilla becomes evident as well. If the beginning flavor was better, this would be a home run. Roast comes out in the transition into the chocolate flavor.

M - Medium going on low.

O - I like it and don't like it at the same time. I think the back part of the flavor is beyond fantastic. The beginning, though, is par. A thicker body on this one would've done wonders.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a very dark brown in color and had brown highlights when held to the light with a finger of frothy head which left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there definitely was tons of chocolate character in the aroma with some roastiness, a touch of vanilla, and lots of malty sweetness as well.

T: the chocolate character was also the star attraction on the flavor alongside a slight rye spice, lots of sweetness, and a touch of vanilla.

M: the brew was full to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, slight spice, and silky finish.

O: thought it was a damn good beer and was really impressed with collaboration.

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Photo of ms11781
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbeer88 for giving me access to this one. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown color but looks black once it settles in the glass. Towards the end of the beer some reddish tinges showed up at the sides and the bottom of the glass but it was mostly opaque throughout. A big, foamy off-white heads provides a nice contrast to the darker body. The head has decent retention, leaving spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose isn't very potent but there is a bit going on. Some light chocolate is matched by a bit of spicy rye. There is also a subtle sweetness, almost vanilla-like, and a bit of a smoky character. Some of it tough to pick out and some comes on stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is a huge step of from the nose. It starts with a nice touch of some mellow chocolate that is met by the same spicy rye character that was in the nose. Both are stronger and more pleasant than they were in the nose. The striking difference is an excellent hit of sweet vanilla at the finish. The taste is pretty straightforward but the vanilla pulls it through and makes it interesting.

Medium body with lower carbonation. The lower carbonation probably gives the beer the illusion a bit of a fuller mouthfeel than it has. It drinks in the range of a decent sized porter.

This beer was surprisingly enjoyable. I personally enjoy rye a lot and the vanilla on the finish of this sip was excellent. That being said, it's probably not a beer for everybody and is something that I may or may not seek out again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head on top, not much retention. Minimal/spotty lacing.

S: Mostly chocolate on the aroma, there is a little bit of vanilla and cocoa. Very faint spice, which I can only assume is the rye.

T: Again, chocolate forward, not as thick as the aroma was though. Mostly milk chocolate, with a little bit of cocoa. Some grainy malt and slight vanilla sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little grainy, but fine overall.

O: Pretty good beer, not a ton of rye, but not really sure I would have wanted any more anyway.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, sent out to me by JRSD. I let it sit out of the fridge for a bit before I poured it into my Bruery tulip.

The Bruery/Bootlegger's Chocosaurus Rye pours stout-like in appearance. It's solid black, with three fingers of caramel foam. Head retention is good, and there's some lacing, but it is a little spotty. The nose is very chocolate forward, with the vanilla giving the impression of milk chocolate rather than dark. It's supported by a secondary dry spiciness from the rye. Similarly, the flavor profile opens up with big notes of roast and chocolate. As someone who's a fan of chili peppers being used in beer (and especially stouts), I dig the earthy, delicate spicy character I get from the rye. It's not as intensely hot as when actual peppers are used, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The body is just a tad on the full/hefty side. The carbonation its paired with though is definitely dull. The beer's not big/rich enough to come across as syrupy, but it really just sits lifeless on my tongue. Chocosaurus Rye pulls together a lot into a beer that you wouldn't think to combine, and the result a solid, pleasantly surprising beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a dense, finger-width mocha head. Long retention and nice lacing. Very dark brown, almost black. No light peeks through.

S- Dark rye malts and a funky raw cocoa smell. I'm getting a hint of overcooked malts or some other fairly unpleasant thing. Sugary with hints of dark fruits, cherry maybe. Vanilla present.

T- With as dynamic as the smell is, I expected the taste to follow suit. Bland, flat flavor. Some roast malts and rye, but none of the chocolate, vanilla or dark fruits really come through. Disappointing.

M- Thin and aggressive carbonation with a bitter linger.

O- This beer could have been a lot worse. It also could have been much better. Avoid unless you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Thorpette. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours near black with a nice off-white head. Fairly rocky with good retention. Some spotty lacing on the way down and then a thin cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some nice notes of chocolate behind a good dosing of vanilla, though neither is overpowering. A faint bit of roast in the background. The flavor focuses heavily on the vanilla with some smooth milk chocolate in the background. Not really getting much of the rye out of this in the flavor or feel, but still quite enjoyable. Medium-full body with low-ish carbonation. Quite chewy.

Overall, nothing too snazzy, just a nice vanilla beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Muddy brown, decent head and lacing

Smell: bready dark malts, sweet and bitter chocolates, vanilla and coffee

Taste: Odd mix of rye, roast, smoke, faint chocolate and roasted dark malts. Seems to be very rough around the edges

Mouthfeel - medium-light mouthfeel and body

Overall: Doesn't feel like it is there yet, and the rye elements do not blend well with the harsher dark malts and roast for some reason.

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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 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 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 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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