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Founders Black Rye - Founders Brewing Company

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286 Ratings

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 63
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

64 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-17-2004)
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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not at all (!) what I was expecting from a rye beer, which probably made this one that more enjoyable.

The beer poured a clear dark mahogany with an inviting, nice looking creamy tan head.

The hops are what surprise you (at least they did me). The hops hit you first in the aroma, but the malt is not left behind.

Flavor is dominated again by the hops, but not to the detriment of malt (chocolate, crystal). The darker malts are present, along with a noticeable rye coming through.

I'd almost describel this as a dark IPA. This is a fun beer to try. I found it to be a unique brew and would certainly recommend it.

ncbrewerbun, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of winomark
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep, dark brown with a thick, pillowy light tan head. Dark malt aromas, along with a healthy dose of rye in the nose. Some hoppiness noticable. Roasted malt flavors dominate, but once again the rye component is very noticable. Hops add a nice bitterness and spiciness to the palate and finish. Flavorful mouthfeel, but surprisingly light, thanks to the adequate carbonation and the hops. A very nice beer. Drinkable, but not a session beer for me. The combination of rye, hops, and dark malts makes this one worth trying.

winomark, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark rust, nice head. Smells of dark chocolate and black raspberries. Flavor is slightly tart and definitely dry. A nice round mild-coffee-like roastiness with steakiness and a fudgy finish. Toasted hop leaves are left lying on my tongue. Medium-thin body. The attenuative neutral-flavored yeast leaves some compexity and body to be desired, and for a beer that is obviously supposed to be full-flavored, I can only wonder why they would use such a strain.

Overall very nice and experimental.

I really wish that they left more mystery with this beer. Instead of announcing with the name/label that it is a black rye beer that is dry-hopped, why don't they just let the resultant flavor speak for itself?

Many thanks to Spiledriver for the goods.

waughbrew, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of yen157
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body that is barely cola-colored at the thinnest parts around the glass. Frothy tan head that hangs in there for a very long time. Citrus hop nose with roasty notes and sweet malt underpinnings. Beautifully crafter beer. Great roasted malt flavors, bittersweet chocolate, and a little sweetness brings up the rear. Moderate yet fine hop bitterness which keeps everything very clean. It kind of reminds me of Storm King (because of the bitterness) but without the fruitiness of the hops and depth of malt. OK, it’s not Storm King, but I would call this an imperial stout because I’m not getting much rye besides from suggestion. Yeah, I guess a little as it warms. Very good mouth feel from creamy carbonation and medium body. I’m impressed more and more by these guys. I would definitely buy this if it were available in Jersey.

yen157, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew with chocolate and de-bitterized black rye malts (among other things). 7% ABV, 40 IBUs, unfiltered, winter seasonal.

Pours to a very clear, nearly black, very dark brown, forming a large cream and soapy light tan head with just wonderful retention and gorgeous lacing. Nice looking brew. The aroma blows my mind...very fresh, green and oily hops (with a touch of skunky MJ...Amarillo anyone?) expertly balanced by a beautiful deeply roasted malt gestalt with notes of coffee, vanilla, black walnut and burning wood, but not with the expected density of a stout. Wow...this is just killer stuff. The mouthfeel is akin to a porter...medium bodied with a nice hop sting and light chalky astringency. Taste...reminds me of a perfect mix between what Bell's Porter used to be and Sierra Nevade porter...you have the hop intensity of SN but the mouthfeel/roasted sweetness/black walnut 1-2-3 of Bell's. Coffee, black patent without the empty charcoal, and a strong hop bite all meld into a wonderful brew. The bitterness is moderate, and the moderately astringent lingering deeply roasted notes mixed harmoniously with hop bite and light chalk. Cleanly fermented with no off-flavors...imperceptable alcohol.

Damn, I'm spoiled to be a Michigander. We've got some great brews here and Founders is in the top 3 as far as I'm concerned. Comparable to the quality of the other Underdog, Bear Republic. Just another wonderful brew from a world-class brewery. Another exceptional brew from Michigan. Highly recommended!

Mitchster, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my last brew from the faithful BIF12 batch. I wanted my first rye to sit apart from the rest. The black label, dark beer, and dark bottle really set the mood for the “black” rye.
Nice dark, but not completely opaque brew. Pours an almost black with a light brown head. Very faint red tones can be seen when held up to the light.
Smells like hoppy pumpernickel bread.
A chewy, malty rye-ness is the main flavor. A bit of the caramelized malts come in as well, but it is nice to have a rye beer that actually has a significant rye flavor. Although creamy and smooth initially, it gets bushwhacked by hops in the end. Citrus hops wash the malts away, finishing dry. Nice, medium sized hop belches after the first few drinks compliment a medium mouthfeel.

Has a very nice flavor profile, and I wouldn’t mind having a few. Think passing current convention and mellowing out the hops could improve it upon. Still, it is a very nice beer. If I could find it in MD, it would be sampled quite often. I’d like to try it as a compliment to nice, fresh pumpernickel with spicy mustard, onions, and liverwurst.

Dithyramb, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out black with some crimson colour around the edges. Slight head is off tan, just a dusting after the pour faded away. Scent, mainly the rye, as one would expect, along with some definite floral tones from the hops and something that reminds me of sod, strange, yet appealing.

Flavour, starts out gently on the rye flavour, but then the hops start to show up, first a flash, then a fade, and then a strong return on the back of the tongue with that expected grapefruit and pine aspect. Flavour definitely has some softly malted aspects, and the vaguest hint of chocolate, but you have to dig for the secondary flavours because the hops are front and centre and finally lend a decent bite to the finish. Probably quite good for hop heads, I'm lukewarm to the trend myself, so it's a shade above average and essentially boils down to rye tinged IPA.

The mouthfeel and drinkability both come in at average; the mouth is very light, hence that score while the drinkability reflects the nature of the hops, I enjoy them for a while, but then they start to become a liability.

Beer that has some interesting aspects, but could have done with more rye and less hops.

CortexBomb, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of frazbri
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn accented black body with an expansive cream color head, and extensive lacing. Peppery aroma with a little floral note. Chocolate, pepper, lemon zest, corriander backed by bitterness. modest cabonation and almost creamy texture.

This is a beer not easily defined by labels. This tastes almost like a combination of Stout & Wit, even though I'm sure the spiciness comes from the rye. Founder's has come up with good beer. If you like stouts, porters, or wit beers, give it a shot.

frazbri, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of marburg
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm still not sure what to make of this one. Pours beautifully -- burnt marshmellow brown, nearly black, with flashes of burgandy -- with a puffy cloud of brown foam that sticks, at times in chunks, to the side of the glass.

Smells like rye and pumpernickel with a distant, muddled aroma of nutella and a sort of pale ale citric quality. A certain milky quality to it -- chocolatey, sweet, creamy up front. You can certainly get a feel for the rye in the dark, pumpernickel aroma and flavor. Slides into a bone dry hoppiness. Piney and citric, the finish dominates, and while it's cleansing, it's abrupt and disjointed. Like a darker, more chocolatey west coast pale ale. I feel like the beer itself is an original, but the concept is merely following the herd -- more hops, more hops, more hops. I appreciated the crispness of it all during the first bottle, but after that, it got a little grating.

marburg, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown almost black color with decent creamy head that leaves lacing in my glass. Chocolate and pine aromas, chocolate, oatmeal and rye bread flavors. Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel, finishes clean. Very tasty and drinkable almost reminds me of an oatmeal stout.

maxpower, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a sixer of this at the brewery for $8 out the door which is definitely a good deal. It's also available on-tap at this time. Just thought you might like to know

Anyways onto the beer. It pours a dark brown nearing black in color with crimson highlights when held to light. The head is a mocha tan color and a little small in size but it holds well. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is strong on the bready rye notes. It kind of reminds me of oatmeal. The taste to me is very similar to their Chocolate Rye Porter. Except this time the rye is more dominant and the chocolate is more subdued but those are the two main flavors. An earthy hop flavor lies in the background. I notice the hops but the thickness and roasted flavors in the body hold them back from coming foward. The finish has more of a grainy roasty astringency to it. Like most Founder's beer this isn't the smoothest but the flavors draw me in to continue to drink more. I really liked this beer and it improved the more I drank it. Definitely recommended.

granger10, Sep 17, 2004
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Founders Black Rye from Founders Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.