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The Bruery / Bootleggers Provisions Series: Chocosaurus Rye

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Specialty Grain
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Orange County is surrounded by fantastic breweries these days and in the spirit of the growing local craft beer movement, we have decided to team up with some of our friends for a series of collaboration ales. The first beer is Chocosaurus Rye, which we brewed with the fine folks of Bootlegger’s Brewery. Located less than four miles from our own brewery and started within months of each other, Bootlegger’s have been great friends of ours since the beginning and it seemed fit to brew our first local collaboration with them. Chocosaurus Rye is an amalgamation of our two breweries styles: a dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. There aren’t many lagers that work well in the winter, but this one, full of rye spice and chocolate should do the trick.

CaraCurtis' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2012
Dark pour, minimal/slim toasted color head, just around the edges. Pours deep brown. Aroma picks up both the rye and chocolate. Not much vanilla in the aroma, but you can get hints of it in the taste. Clean on the palate. It’s very nice. I think it will get better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (1375) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a thinner dark brown with a nice light mocha colored head, a couple fingers high, and a decent amount of lacing as it slowly falls down. The aroma is incredibly lagerish. There is a strong metallic that I get only from lagers. Beyond that, it’s pretty decent. There is a lot of rye spice in here. In the end, I’m getting a couple of things: chocolate milk, and a bag of malt. Namely, it would be like someone made Cocoa Pebbles out of malts, and I just opened the bag. Not bad, but not great. The flavor is pretty similar in structure. There is a little more chocolate and a sugariness that I wasn’t expecting. The rye spices are there as well, but for a bottle that says conditioned with vanilla beans, I’m disappointed. The mouth feel is light, thin, watery, and less than ideally carbonated. It’s thin and light. Aftertaste is lingeringly powdered cocoa and metallic lager. It didn’t kill me, but I don’t think I would have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2015
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted grain, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor of cocoa, roasted rye, licorice, smoke, and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle at tasting, thanks for sharing all the beers! APPEARANCE: black beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, mocha, vanilla, biscuit-like, kinder bueno... TASTE: chocolate, kinder bueno again, vanilla, mocha

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (6130) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Thanks! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ the “pre-Club 54 tasting”. Dark brown, big mocha head. Nose is metallic, iron in a lager kind of way with some sweet cacao puffs & sweet herbs. Taste is sweet cacao, lightly herbal, brown sugar, mlaty, lots of cacao, cacao puffs mixed with iron,..; Thick lager body; Lots of cheap chocolate. Roasted malt. Pretty nice for what it is supposed to be, I liked it for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7863) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"The barrels used, though still making this a totally different beer than the dubbel base, complemented (or supplemented the base) very very well. The brandy was subtle but prevents the sour tannic aspects of the red wine barrels to completely overtake things. What you are left with is a very highly drinkable moderately tart and funky beer with a firm malty base and hints of belgian yeast and sweet brandy. No hint of booziness. Quite good. (For approval purposed and to verify barrel percentages, check the photos for 9/28 from Sierra Tap House facebook page as there is a picture of the keg collar)."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with a scattered slick of tan foam. Light chocolate and ashy roast in the aroma with a fairly out of balance shot of heavy, dark fruit malt sweetness. Some spice and light chocolate in the taste with darker malt and a flat, generic finish. Light mouthfeel. Okay but didn’t come together that well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maarten1993 (632) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
Drank with Thijs, Mark, Andy & Marjolijn 31-1-2014. Light coffee smell. A bit sour as well. Taste is a bit soury, alcohol, coffee. A milky, soft finish. The beer is a bit watery, not depthful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7435) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by?? from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have a mix of dark and milk chocolate, spicy rye notes, dry grains, a splash of fruit and vanilla. Decent, but I like their big stouts and sours better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, mild fruitiness, rye finish. The taste is tart fruits, rye, chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent, but a little simplistic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6616) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is roast and chocolate malts. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate flavor and light nuttiness and roast in the finish. Good.

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