Founders Black Rye - Founders Brewing Company

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90
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1,445 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 100
Gots: 253 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 09-17-2004

78 IBU
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Ratings: 1,445 | Reviews: 494
Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Daughter home for 4th, son home also, pandemic, great flavor, nice combo of a rye

Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is yeast, dark malts complex spiciness/rye. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, grapefruit, citrus/fruit, tropical fruit, oily/slick and mix of sour/acidic/mildly tart in the finish.

Photo of entenduintransit
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer all around. Founders never disappoints. Delicious and feels great for the style.

Photo of CAC329
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no clue what to expect from this beer - it was great experience.
Founders is tops in my book

Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, rye, and hint of wood. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, piney hops, slight wood, slight rye, alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, body, blend, and complexity.

Photo of MaximalC
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*Bottled 12/30/14

Pours dark chestnut in color with ruby highlights and an inch of fine, khaki foam that settles into rocky terrain. Delicate aroma smells of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of molasses or peat.

The taste follows the nose quite closely, with a blend of both dark and milk chocolate, mild, roasty bitterness, and enough rye to make its presence felt without being overbearing. I find the bitterness to be very low key, though that may be due to the fact that this bottle is nearly 6 months old. Whatever hop bitterness exists is earthy and largely ensconced in the bitterness of the roasted malt, which is perfectly fine by me. The medium body and carbonation facilitate a very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel, almost like an oatmeal stout.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise for an unheralded beer in an unfamiliar style. It’s smooth, chocolately, balanced, and dare I say highly sessionable. It carries on Founders’ fine tradition of brewing delicious dark beers.

Photo of Dnalley82
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really bitter but very drinkable

Photo of Jimboice
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a one finger head. Bursting with great smells of rye on the nose. Overall, Founders nails it.

Photo of TH28
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No code date. Appearance: Jet black and opaque, with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma: Roasted coffee, toffee, hint of caramel. Also some resinouse hop notes. Taste: Sweet roasted malt and toffee dominate, a slight peppery rye bite, and strong hop bitterness with hints of resin and pine. Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Finish: Roast lingers long past swallow, along with some bitterness. Overall: Drinks like a Black IPA. Aggressive hopping is evident in the aroma and taste, but to me the balance of roast against the hops isn’t as balanced as I’d like.

Photo of jmasher85
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I open the cap, the toffee hits me. Some burnt brown sugar comes next, once I start pouring this molasses-brown, mildly heady ale into my tulip glass. Smells both sweet and bitter, with a slightly sour rye flavor in there too. A bit of pine and some scent that I can only place from certain cleaning fluids, which doesn't sound like a good thing except that I rather enjoy using that particular cleaning fluid. Later sniffs unlock a bit of chocolate chip cookie - go figure, right?

The taste is impressive as well. Bitter hops and and sweet malts meet once again on the front of my tongue in a smooth, lightly carbonated mix. The strong-ish alcohol presence is there too, but works in concert with the flavor rather than against it. Still heavy on the burnt toffee and some tootsie roll, but without the sugar. I'd say the taste and color suit each other well in this situation - it really does have an almost ashy quality to the bitterness. A bit of a smokey flavor in the hops is probably at work there.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer that's a delight every time I drink it. Just the smell of this one is enough to stop me in my tracks and make me want to drink it every time I see it, like when I see The Godfather on TV and have to sit down and watch the rest.

Photo of NCMatt
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I got this because I found it marked down ridiculous. My local shop had a 4-pack for $5, and while I know rye beers and black beers each aren't usually my forte, I decided to get it anyways, because how can you pass up a deal like that? Well, it's certainly a black rye. That's for sure. For the style, especially considering the ratings on this site, obviously it is amazing. For me however, it was just too much. Too strong on the rye / spice for me personally and has a strong black malt taste as well.

If you like rye beers, you'll probably dig this beer. For me however, it's not one I plan to purchase again.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders Black Rye

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 92/100

Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yup, Yep. Yum yum bubbles

Photo of Skullborous
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well done. Worthy of review and accolade. Among my top 3 black rye brews.

Photo of CNP
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, bitter but fresh, balanced by caramel tastes.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown with ruby accents; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: citrus and piney hops; some coffee; a hint of molasses;

T: rye spiciness is noticeable from start to finish; pine is evident through mid-palate; a touch of smoke in the background; very little aftertaste; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: an interesting combination of flavors and aromas;

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me from Founders; acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown, near opaque in the glass with just a bit of cola brown showing near the surface. About a finger of solid frothy tan head that leaves good scattered lacing. Looks nice.

S - The aroma is a bit tame / simple, but it hits it's mark. Black malts / rye is apparent, with a touch of smoke / peatiness. Piney resinous dry-hopping is also apparent.

T - Taste is the same, only less smoke in the flavor, and more of a sweetened caramel / toffee malt presence is apparent. Melds nicely with the piney, bitter, resinous flavors imparted from the dry-hopping. An earthy, semi-roasty dark malt presence.

M - Smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Piney & bitter. Very easy-drinking for the moderate 7.50% abv. Borderline Black IPA-ish in terms of flavor.

Overall, a nice rye beer offering from Founders. I'm not normally a fan of this style, but this one kept things interesting. Would recommend.

Founders Black Rye -----4/5.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark almost black with a tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: pine hops and peppery spice, nice malt character in the background

T: heavy on hops up front, middle shows the presence of the rye, peppery, spicy, finish is bitter citrus and pine hops

M: thick and slightly sticky

O: nice rye that is heavily hopped

Photo of drunkenmess
2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Way too bitter for my taste... rye beer was never my forte. Too much rye, hops, sourness. Idk no good, at least I tried lol.

Photo of Sardoth
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good solid beer, would drink it again.

Photo of Lare453
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasty and amazing. Great smell from the dry hops. Black as night. Great solid readily available beer.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great like a hearty stout - black with a finger of tan head.

The aroma carries some rye and spice as well as some malt.

Rye, malt, leather, some smokiness or char, coffee, and hints of chocolate shine through the most. I expected more of a spicy rye taste (almost like hop rod rye).

I also expected a more viscous mouth on this beer. It was not disappointing, but could have been better.

Overall, this beer was okay. Not bad by any means, but not my favorite.

Photo of far333
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and opaque with ruby highlights around the edges. A half inch head of rocky light brown foam lingers long.

Low aroma of roasty malt and hops. Rich flavors upfront of dark malt with notes of cocoa, espresso, and leather. Well balanced, no particular flavors dominate.

Rich and full mouthfeel, round and creamy. Very tasty beer.

Photo of Chico1985
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz single dated 12/6/14. Had this once before closer to the initial re-release.

A - Dark brown/not quite black with a small tan head. Decent retention and some lace.

S - Pretty roasty with coffee tones, woodsy piny spicy hops, slight citrus, licorice.

T - Less hoppy than expected after the nose, but really an impressive balance of flavors. Some cocoa joins the roasted coffee malts, I never quite get rye but rather a general foresty citrus spiciness. Again some licorice coming into play.

M - Very smooth and crisp feel to it, not too heavy and a very good body overall, a fair amount of bitterness but never comes close to overpowering. Classic Founders great mouthfeel.

O - Not big enough to feel like a stout or porter and not hoppy enough to be mistaken for a black IPA, this finds a nice comfy in between, though the rye flavor is somewhat lost on me I think it did good things here.

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of rye beers, this beer was a bit maltier than I was expecting but still pretty solid!

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Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.