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Founders Black Rye - Founders Brewing Company

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1,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 92
Gots: 188 | FT: 8
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: 1,225 | Reviews: 452
Photo of Hopmarc
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bundy462
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattymoe812
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in dec. Pours a very dark. Nice quarter inch head. Alot of chocolate on the smell same with taste. Back end is where the rye comes in. A ton going on in this beer and i love it.

Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BBlov
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-03-26
12oz bottle served in a tulip. Bottled On date is 12/21/2014. Not as fresh as I would like, but here goes.

Pours pretty darnn black with very little head. Last little gush from the bottle had a cloudy brownish look, so it's probably bottle conditioned or unfiltered. Smell is slightly cherry, slightly chocolate, and quite mild. Very slightly floral.

Taste is coffee and roast, slight bright fruity splash -- more of that cherry characteristic. Strong floral aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent. Overall, pretty good beer.

Photo of Gaddabble
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of midmichmatt
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chopp02
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best Rye beer I have ever had thus far. The taste of this beer is phenomenal!

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a deep black. Forms a finger a half to two fingers of light tan colored head. High head potential, low head retention. Minimal, whispy lacing.
S - 4.5 - Malts, almost to a molasses level, spice, rye and a light dusting of hops.
T - 4.5 - Bold. Lightly sweet malt upfront, tons of rye. Ends on a dry, medium bitter rye finish.
F - 4.5 - Good medium/full bodied mouthfeel.
O - 4.25 - This is an excellent representation of the rye beer style. This works as a slow sipper, but would be even better paired up with some barbecue or other smoked meats. Having mine with a smokey, chopped beef barbecue sandwich!

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of djchrismac
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greels
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No label information. Founders' Black Rye is brewed in the style of a Black Rye beer. Available as a seasonal release in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Re-released after a multiple year-long hiatus.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy mocha brown over a near jet black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Toasted caramel grains, peppery, bready and mildly tangy notes of rye malt, a hint of roasted barley, chocolate and coffee bean combine for a potent above-average bodied Rye ale. Secondary notes of spicy licorice and molasses with an earthy and piney blend of moderately bitter hops, although the density of the specialty malts in the body provides sufficient balancing power to match the sweetness of the malt profile. Potency is medium+. 4

(Taste) Flavors of full bodied malts forward, bready, tangy rye and biscuity caramel with a side of black patent and cold roasted grain rounded out with a touch of earthy licorice. The resinous and earthy hop notes are modest enough in flavor by comparison although there is a perceivable bitterness on the midsection, finishing shortly thereafter with a lasting note of heavily roasted barley. Very flavorful and well presented. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is faintly oily slick, lightly viscous, smooth and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, with a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style and shy of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An all-around enjoyable dark ale with lots of malt density and flavor, nearly thick enough to come off as a stout, but just flavorful enough all-around to remind the consumer that there's more to this beer than simply roasted malt. The rye malt doesn't thoroughly stick out through the malt profile, but contributes considerably to the malt complexity as well as to thickening up the mouthfeel. It seems to sit a bit heavy on the palate but I find the balance and respectable alcohol levels easily warrants a second or third glass. This is a beer I applaud Founders for revisiting, as it seems to be a fitting ale for the palate of today, although this must have been a distinctively stand out beer a decade ago when other breweries were merely dipping their toes into "too much" flavor for the consumer. Black Rye is a solid beer and recommended. 4

Founders Brewing Company's
Black Rye
4.00/5.00

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chiefy770
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Bottled on December 6th, 2014 (Printed on the neck of the bottle)
Reviewed on March 24th, 2014
Served in a Stange

Eyes
Poured a dark brown, nearly black body. A rather dense light brown head slowly collapsed and left a frothy tan cap. Nice soapy lacing, plenty of tan rings throughout.

Nose
Very complex aroma. Floral and earthy hops stood out the most. Heavier notes of burnt grains and coffee served as a dense base for the hops to live on. There was a somewhat perfume-like aroma that lingered in the hops. Nothing held back in the nose, that's for sure.

Mouth
Great hit of floral hops up front. Herbal notes of pine and liquorice developed as the malts started to break through. Burnt malt character all around. Mocha, bitter dark chocolate, and burnt toast. Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Notes
Very unique taste. One could mistake this for a hopped-up Imperial Stout. Great slow-sipper.

Photo of jburd19
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Getalegup
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like root beer with 1 inch foam.
Smell of hops and rye.
Tastes interesting. Not bad. The rye comes out and stays in palate. Dry hops adds some bitterness, smell.

Photo of bsu2005
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoelClark
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,225 ratings.