Batch #1000: Bryeian | The Bruery

Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian
BA SCORE
72.2%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 273 ratings
Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
273
Liked:
197
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
10.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
33
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Cyclone8
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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 PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SoCalSuds
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ISmith87
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
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 MrGone
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Buck_Jones
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of oldsailor
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Chuggernaut00
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Williaar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
Beer rating: 72.2% out of 100 with 273 ratings
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