Founders Black Rye - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,464
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 101
Gots: 255 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (189 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
3.08/5  rDev -24%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (192 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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; (446 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (379 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK style stout glass. Bottled on 12/5/14, consumed on 1/9/15.
Look = 3.75 Pours brown into an opaque black in the glass with brown highlights. .5 fingers of brown head quickly fades to a ring. Spotty lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Hop hit me first, citrus notes, balanced by roasted malts and rye. The roasted malts dominate the aroma. Coffee notes come through too.
Taste = 3.75 Rye flavors upfront, a little spicy, with roasted malts on the finish that linger into the aftertaste. Moderate bitterness. There is a little bit of citrus hop flavor too.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.
Drinkability = 4.0 Standard drinkability for a black IPA, the rye neither adds or detracts here.
Overall = 3.875 A pretty solid black IPA and the Rye adds a second interesting dimension. (810 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of far333
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate to the eye, refined for purity. An inch of tan head fades away before the first drink.

Chocolate, coffee and a faint whiff of citrus on the nose - enough nose that one might mistake it for a stout.

The rye is immediately prominent, spicy as any rye beer I've had. Coupled with an undercurrent of of chocolate and pine, it's a curious concoction and one that is as unique as they come.

Prickly on the tongue, with a big hops, booming from the tongue.

Good beer, unique in many aspects. (507 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass. Thanks, Darren.

A: Black with a one-finger tan head that lingers. Curtainy lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and rye with light hops.

T: Follows nose with a robust charge of dark chocolate and heavy rye. A nice hoppy backbeat. Warming only makes it better.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A terrific rye beer. One I would drink again. I bet it's great on tap. (427 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single the first of February from TW Arrowhead for $3.39, Bottled on 12/17/14.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head that is long lasting.

Nose is rye bread, citrus, and a hint of cocoa.

Taste is full of different flavors that meld well together. There is a slightly roasted malt with light cocoa, touch of rye, and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat smooth yet decently carbonated.

Overall another winner from what is seemingly been my favorite brewer over the past year since entering the Arizona market! (546 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been awhile since I had this, but I didn't get any rye notes whatsoever.

It was pretty much a stout with a different name, coffee and chocolate notes took most of the spotlight, smooth and creamy. Medium bodied. (212 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/06/22014:

Pours black with a thin lasting tan head.

The smell is of chocolate with some pine, dark bread and rye.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, with earthy/piney hop spicing and bitterness. Minty rye in the finish.

Full-bodied (or close enough to call it that.)

An all-round well-brewed beer. Well-hopped but doesn't clash with roast. A nice touch of rye gives it a unique character. An enjoyable dark, hoppy, rye beer. (444 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Pours a dark black color. There is a tiny amount of light penetration with back lighting. The pour forms a 1/4 finger of tan head. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass. The bottle clearly lists the ABV (7.5%), the IBU (78) and the bottled date (12/17/15).

S: [2.75] I get chocolate and roasted malts. If I was handed this beer I would guess a stout based on the appearance and the nose. After a few sips the nose has a "chlorine" like scent. Chlorine is the best descriptor that I have for it. It starts to dominate the nose.

T: [3.50] The taste follows the nose but there is something in addition to the chocolate (which is present throughout the palate). The malt is there too - but some other "spicy" element exists too. The flavor is a bit like chlorine.

M: [3.75] Smooth and creamy. Very nice body overall. There is a little bitter flush right at the end.

O: [3.25] This is a great beer with a flaw. There is an off taste and smell that keep this from really knocking it out of the park. I'd be tempted to buy another one of these and see if it was a bad beer. I enjoy Founders brews but I have to rate what is in front of me. That being said I have to knock some points off this one for the "chlorine" smell/taste. (1,253 characters)

Photo of Daktah
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black. Great smell of hops and dough. Taste is more of the same with creamy body. Perfect balance of hops and rye malt - not trying to kill you with hops or rye or roasted notes like a lot of beers in this category. Great overall beer and something I hope to see again. (274 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque espresso color with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh coffee and earthy whole wheat bread, with some spicy rye.
T: It tasted like spicy marbled rye bread and dark roasted coffee, with some earthy whole wheat and copper hops. It had a clean and earthy bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was like a black IPA with extra rye added. Nice balance in the scent and taste, although the body was a little weak. The finish was fairly smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Nothing ground breaking, but a unique, high quality brew. (614 characters)

Photo of Mateer
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz typical Founder's bottle with a black label, no date.

Pours black in color with little head retention. A slight red, brown hew when put directly under a light. Otherwise, this looks more like a stout than an ale.

Thick hops, burnt coffee and bready notes. A little alcohol sting and lingering bitterness pushes through at the end but nothing extreme.

Again, Founder's calls this a "hopped dark ale brewed with rye" and I think it tastes like a stout with rye. It is similar to their Breakfast Stout with less of everything but hops. (542 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken the day this arrived in Kentucky 2015.

12 oz Founders 'stout' shorty bottle with a black label with Black Rye written in AC/DC style font. What a totally bad ass label. Poured into a Founders standard American pint glass.

A - in reality this is an extremely dark blackish brown with blood red ruby painting the bottom corners though this is as black as it gets when the light is pulled away. Nearly opaque anyway. Burnt dark malts, citrusy hops, and whole grain all balance well with the spiciness of the rye. Even some coffee notes in this aroma.

T - man, this is superb. Floral hops with light citrus appeal. Toasted malt, dark chocolate, black roasted coffee, and a well done spice from the rye make this offering extremely tasty. Almost a burnt sugar sweetness to the malt as this warms up a bit with more spice from the rye and hops.

M - medium bodied and pretty robust. The rye and dark malts balance the hops to perfection. Smooth, thick texture is as expected for a brewer with this sort of reputation.

O - Black Rye is down right awesome! There's just something about black ales (ipa) brewed with rye that do me in. It just goes well and makes it a brew I can enjoy any time. I didn't get to try this back the first go round, but I'm glad they released it. I'm hoping this is one that will be around for years to come. One of the best black ales I've ever had. (1,390 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Rye is a beautiful opaque obsidian shade, and a stubborn antique white head encircles the perimeter of the glass after the initial pour. Quite a bit of lacing is left artfully behind. A lively woodsy aroma comes off the brew, with bitter citrus, oak smoke, whiskey grains, burnt toast, and a touch of brown sugar as well. I am loving this! First of all I must say that this is very soft and smooth, and lighter-bodied than expected, however, there is a bit of a warming sensation following a good gulp. The hops are in the foreground, and they present themselves in a nicely dry and bitter way. I'd say these are almost herbally pungent, in essence. The roast and rye serve to compliment the hops with subtle grace. I would strongly recommend this to any person who likes to explore the complexities of hop bitterness in a unique way. (840 characters)

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Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
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