Batch #1000: Bryeian | The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

Brewed by:
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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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 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 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 rand
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 750 mL bottle to oversized wine glass

The winning entry for The Bruery's Batch 1000 Homebrew contest, Bryeian forms a sudsy, marshmallow-head on a gentle pour, and reveals a rich, deep, dark brown color. Earthy, floral hop-essence combines with nutty, toasted notes to provide the brew's rather dry and subdued bouquet. More pronounced on the palate, the modestly oily complexion supports rather bitter, astringent roasted notes, with tinges of black coffee and tannins along the edges. Bitter hop oils and wood accentuate the brew's surprisingly dry palate. Interestingly, its long finish reveals most of the beer's nuances; honeyed squaw bread, earthy tea, a subtle hint of citrus zest.

An interesting beer, unlike a lot of the black ales floating around the local market, but I'm not sure it would win many competitions outside of their homebrew contest.

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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 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 beatenbyjacks
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark black with great lacing on the beer. Lots of chocolate colored head

Smell - rich malt flavor and lots of hops!

Taste - chocolate with a hop finish

Mouthfeel - ends quite bitter but nicely carbonated

Overall - this was a fun novelty beer by the bruery. Nothing special, but stil tasty

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: very dark brown, almost black. A half finger tan head that slipped away. Not much lacing.

S: Hoppy and smokey. What a strange combo.

T: Roasty, hoppy. Smooth, sweet. Chocolate arrives to settle among the hops. Sticky resin. A dry finish.

M: Light to medium with medium dry carbonation.

O: Oddly tasteful. Glad I tried it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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