Batch #1000: Bryeian | The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mhaugo on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 273
Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a toffee colored creamy looking head.

S - Light maple, chocolate, cream, spice.

T - Roasted chocolate, smoke, very resiny orange and tangerine, and a lingering citrus/chocolate.

M - Medium velvet-like body, somewhat creamy, slightly lip smacking sticky.

O - This is a really easy drinking beer, even with age on it.

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Photo of cvm4
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a black body, like coffee, with a fluffy light tan two finger head. Great retention to the head and lacing on the glass.

S - Big rye and roasted malt nose. Even after a few years, still a great hop presence on the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose, except there is little hop bite. A bit disappointing, but given the age I expected it.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Really a watery mouthfeel, which is surprising given the plethora of carbonation on the head.

O - I never had this when it was fresh, but I could only assume it has fallen off some. Still solid, from an older black IPA perspective.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're into Black IPA's pick this up. Tons of Rye and the hops stand up to it nicely. Darker than I anticipated.. I would like to try this again in a tasting setting... it was pretty late when we cracked this.

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Photo of Wolfrd24
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm bummed that I only purchased one bottle of this elixir. Wow!

I was surprised at the flavors and complexity of this brew. I'm normally not a Black IPA/Rye beer drinker, but this bottle pleased from the first touch on my palate, until it settled into my gullet.

If you can find a bottle, I highly recommend it!

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Photo of the_stove
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion, more of a Belgian IPA type of beer than anything else. True to the advice on the bottle, this is definitely one of the hoppier beers from the Bruery but excellent nonetheless.

It looks like something a cross between a black IPA and a double, with a good amount of head foaming on each pour into my snifter.
The overall smell is that of hops with some sugary notes.
Starts out like a nice Belgian before a strong hop presence overtakes the sip. I get some intense Belgian Dubbel tendencies before this careens back towards it's hoppy nature. I found this to be more a slow sipper than usual. Thought some of the black ale characteristics could be confused for extra body given the effervescent mouth feel.

Also would call a bitter Belgian. Enjoyable to drink but I don't think I need many of these.

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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 slackattack
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A- black, completely opaque even held up to bright light. Thick, rocky, tan head.

S- rye comes through first, gives way to sweet chocolatey malt.

T- taste follows smell rye, then chocolate, then some bittering hops at the end that linger nicely on the back of the tongue.

M- coats the tongue, feels viscous and full bodied.

O- not the best rye, not the worst. The uniqueness of bringing in the chocolate malts adds a nice complexity.

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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 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 hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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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 ISmith87
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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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 Samuel906
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

23.4 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Obsidian darkness with noticeable single chains of carbonation. Frothy, bubbly, tall mocha head that is sticky, lacy, and retains it's presence through most of the drink.

S: Powerful citrus and pine hop aroma and slight hints of anise, roasted malt, and toffee.

T: Sweet grapefruit and piney hop flavors provide a big bitter flavor that melds with a smack of charred rye. Some earthiness and biscuits under the hop flavors. The end is more on the peppery, bitter side but not too much bite.

M: Smooth drinking, not quite velvety, but there is a richness and stout like quality to the mouthfeel. Bitterness is there, slightly drying the tongue, but tempered enough by sweetness and creaminess. Warming on the throat and slightly boozy.

O: This beer is atypical for The Bruery but it provides a legitimate hoppy option that rounds out their their predominantly Belgian / Wild portfolio. A visually appealing and smooth on the palate beer. There is a lot going on from flavor and smell perspective, but these qualities do not stand out as much as appearance and mouthfeel. Still you combine all of them together, and you have an impressive beer.

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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 TruePerception
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of travolta
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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Photo of pnihan
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 RaulMondesi
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Brianofthemarsh
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, borderline black. Thick fluffy tan head.
s - A bit of piney hops and roasted malt. A wee bit of rye.
t- Oh goodness! Lots going on here. Grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit and pine, roasted malt, chocolate, rye toast. More earthy hop notes came out as the drink warmed.
m- slick on the mouth but with moderate carbonation
o - An excellent beer. Bold , complex and drinkable at the same time.

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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 GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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