Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 01-11-2012

Imperial Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
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Photo of mverity
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nice brown collar throughout. Aroma is lots of chocolate, some coffee, lots of earthiness, and a little scent of bourbon. Taste has a really nice earthy chocolate tone. The rye/bourbon also comes through pretty well. Tons of malt. Tons of malt. Yes, it needed repeating. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Shane for this one!

A: Pours deep black with a small tan head on top that forms nicely, but reduces quickly to a ring on top. Solid lacing all around the glass.

S: Some rye whiskey up front with tons of chocolate underneath. Not much else going on, faint brown sugar.

T: More of the whiskey, some spicy rye, chocolate, more roast on the flavor than on the aroma. The whiskey lingers on the finish as does a bit of rye.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not boozy, but warm as it goes down.

O: Pretty good beer, good fir sipping over the course of an evening.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

A: Very dark in color soft carbonation

S: Aged in rye whiskey barrels but it smells like a good stout on the nose with roasted coffee and chocolate then some vanilla smells

T: smooth rich chocolate with some liquor taste I really would have guessed bourbon very smooth

M: Very smooth and surprisingly creamy for a barrel aged beers just an excellent mouthfeel

O : fairly impressed here, it's got a very smooth mouthfeel no heat the barrel is right there but not in your face it's an astonishingly well rounded BA stout

Photo of glass_house
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours jet black with one finger of dark brown head that fizzles to a thin collar with light lacing. Bright herbal hops are the first aroma I notice. Lots of fresh-ground coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and whiskey as well.

Taste was pretty much as expected. Bittersweet dark chocolate with a hint of dark roast coffee. Smokey vanilla and caramel. Then a fair amount of warming whiskey on the finish. Not overwhelming by any means, but there's no mistaking what this is. The body is a little heavier than medium, but not much. Lightly carbonated and very smooth. Somewhat thick and creamy, coats the mouth well. If this was just a bit heavier and fuller it would be near perfection for me.

Overall I liked it quite a bit. I wouldn't call it "boozy" but it's probably close. It's a sipper for sure, and a darn good one I'd say. I love whiskey and when I'm in the mood for a big strong stout I will definitely look for this one again.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with almost no head to speak of except surface swirls.

Smoky, woodsy, chocolaty. I would have liked it but for the smell of burnt Lego men at the end.

Black licorice, chocolate, loads of spicy rye and wood. Not much whiskey heat to speak of.

Tick and creamy, smooth.

I really liked this one, aside from the burnt plastic smell. It has good flavor and I enjoyed what the rye brings to the table. It drinks surprisingly smooth for 11%.

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to just a small ring, leaving no lace behind

S- lots of spicy rye aroma up front gives some peppery notes and then mixes with barrel juice and a hint of toasted oak. Smoky chocolate malt with a hint of charcoal, more spicy rye on the close

T- the rye is noticeable first on the flavor as well, spicy & peppery. Big flavors of milk chocolate & cocoa kick in with some caramel notes as well. The barrel notes are subtle, but noticeable with just a hint of rye whisky in the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish, abv is hidden pretty well

O- very subtle on the bourbon barrel, but the base stout is quite good, a nice sipper

Photo of kbuzz
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. No bottle date to be found.

A: Pours a thick black monster of a beer. Deep, dark brown and completely opaque. Half finger of fizzy khaki head fades to a thin layer of tiny bubbles on top of the beer. Intermittent lacing and alcohol legs galore.

S: Charred roast and bittersweet chocolate. Some spicy hop notes, not a lot. A bit of brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Don't get a lot of the barrel in the aroma, maybe just a touch of oaky tannin. Maybe.

T/M: Beautifully complex. Thick and juicy. A combo of bitterness and spiciness hits right at the front and opens up the palate. Rye, hops and a bit of cayenne pepper. Then coats the mouth with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. Molasses. A good hop bitterness in the middle to balance out the sweetness. Toward the back of the palate, I get the barrel coming through. But no whiskey, just oak. That's okay with me though. The carbonation is limited. Creamy, but still manages to finish somewhat dry.

O: I can honestly say that I think this could run with many-a BA impy stouts. Not the best "whiskey barrel" stout, but certainly holds it's own in the straight up BA category. A really solid 'A'.

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some whiskey. Taste is whiskey, alcohol, some chocolate, roasted malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different but an enjoyable beer.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The stout is black, dark, noirish even. It poured with a viscosity reserved for beer and maybe motor oil, or somewhere in between. A tan head, no more than a mere band, leaves little head behind.

S: Chocolate and bourbon, equal parts sweet and lush. The rye adds a spicy booze eat but the mildness indicates a blending. The balance is quite nice, the chocolate and roasted aspects playing off of the vanilla and rye. Cocoa powder even shows up.

T: The first few sips don't bring much bourbon, more of the imperial stout. It is black, charred with the chocolate and burnt toast leaving a scathing darkness across my palate. The rye whiskey gradually makes its way through, emerging with vanilla and wood. The rye adds both strength and hot sweetness, becoming more apparent with each sip. The vanilla softens the malt roastedness but that charred presence lingers nicely, a full finish. The barrel aging, as well, comes through nicely - not the full on flavor that I'd like but good enough to be get the job done.

M: The rye adds an interesting finish, a little spicy caraway amongst the roasted wasteland. Before that, the stout is bold and the barrel soft. A good beer.

Photo of Louski
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap into Pint Glass

Appeared a deep, dark black with two fingers of dense, tan head. Smelled of chocolate, coffee and malt. The smells come through immediately in the taste with a very slight bitter finish. The use of rye in this beer is evident as the heavy flavor and body of a typical stout are thinned out nicely. Overall, an excellent rye stout that is well-balanced and very easy to drink. Will certainly have it again.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with "Vintage 2013" stamped on the label. Brewed with rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels, should be interesting. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, rye, dark bread, and whiskey. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some coffee and dark fruit noticeable. The whiskey doesn't seem strong to me in this brew, but it's still tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, even though the whiskey wasn't as strong in this beer as I thought it would be. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JM03 for this bottle!

Pours mostly black...there may be a few lighter blood red edges. Head was about a finger of a light mocha color. Dissipates to frothy ring.

Lots of chocolate on the aroma, with light barrel notes, toasted vanilla and a slight roasted coffee aroma.

Plenty of chocolate and some light espresso notes on the taste, with a nice vanilla, toasted oak and a nice rye whiskey finish. Not overpowering, which is a good thing for me.

The feel is good, pretty much full bodied with a creamy, clean finish.

Quite the nice BA stout if I do say so.

Thanks John!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a thick black color with an ample cap of brown head. Modest retention and good lacing.

Nose is an interesting combination of marshmallows, dark fruit, licorice and cocoa powder. A little whiskey barrel in there, but its low.

Taste is better than the aroma. Most of the fruitiness and licorice I was getting goes away and the wood comes into play a bit more. It has a nice s'mores thing going on, though more of a dark, roasty chocolate as opposed to milk and the graham cracker is not as noticable. Still has some hop character on the finish. This is a pretty dang good...Im impressed. Mouthfeel is robust and rich, carbonation low...just about right for the style. I agree wih others that say the rye flavors become more apparent as it goes along.

Photo of ShanePB
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a 4-pack
Served in a snifter glass

A: Dark brown body on the pour, but it's verging on the edge of a full blown black in the glass. Little to no head, what's there is mocha in color. Settles out into absolutely nothing, no lace or retention of any kind.

S: Rye, chocolate, dark patent malt, roast, coffee and subtle hints of sweet whiskey. Almost a woody aroma but the barrel is not the centerpiece of this beer so far.

T: Dark chocolate, lots of rye, roasted malts, oak and hints of vanilla. The whiskey is so subtle you'd almost miss it if it weren't for the bottle telling you. The rye is the dominating quality here, perhaps to a disadvantage.

M: Nicely carbonated, a bit thinner on the body than expected but it's not watery. A full body on a beer this size and style would have been more appropriate.

The bottle makes this sound stellar and while it wasn't a total flop, it was far from meeting expectations. The rye was welcomed but easily can be toned back to allow the rich malts and barrel to come through more.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip.

4.5 A: Black color. One finger of light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lots of smoke in the nose is the first thing you'll notice. Spicy rye, but also some tannic astringency from the barrrel. Plenty of roastiness, light chocolate, earthy mineral, and a touch of ash. Dry overall with not quite enough molasses to balance it out. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 T: The taste isn't bad, but it's missing balance. It's too dry, roasty, and charred without having enough sweetness to make it work. Heavy roast, burnt toastiness, some tannic astringency from the barrel, and smokiness. Light chocolate, molasses, coffee, and currant. Rye adds an earthy spiciness and some light booze.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not a lot of creaminess, but not none either. Not bad here.

3.25 D: I usually like Full Pint brews, but it looks like they haven't figured out the barrel aging yet.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"An Imperial Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels"

Found a bottle of this at my local Beer Nutz. Said they already went through 2 cases!

A - As black as a stout can get,viscous, no escaping light. I was surprised with the ABV that I got a full inch of dark mocha head. Good sticky lacing.

S - Faint cocoa nibs, mild roasts, and some spicy rye fill the nose. Not getting much whiskey but it's there.

T - The rye works pretty well in this giving it a bit of drying effect. Body is smooth and velvety with chocolate and roast characters mixing pretty well with the four types of rye. Some whiskey in the taste but it's not very cloying.

M - Medium to thick bodied. Gets better as it warms.

Overall I think the best part of this beer was that it was $10.49 a six pack which surprised me that such big stouts could come in six packs. Whatever it comes in I will be glad to pick up some more since it's a very well made stout.

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rye Rebellion pours out black with a small head. The aroma is a bit muddled, with the rye barrel not quite integrating with the base beer - although the base is apparently brewed with a good portion of rye malts. The taste is much better, with some chocolate flavors at first that get kicked in with a big rye character from both the rye malts and the rye whiskey barrel. The whisky flavors are forward, but not boozy. More of the whisky becomes evident on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice thickness, and the drinkability is fantastic. Although it's not the greatest imperial stout I've had by any means, something charmed me about Rye Rebellion. It's a bit rough around the edges, but the rye whiskey character really works with these rough edges. It doesn't hurt to like drinking ryes to begin with though.

Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2014 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a small tan head that fades and leaves decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are full of dough along with dark chocolate. Some cocoa malts. Hints of coconut. The bourbon is present. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but there's still a solid bitterness. Lots of oak/wood notes in the flavors. Very earthy. Some black pepper. The rye is there, giving it a subtle spiciness. More chocolate. Some vanilla and caramel is in the mix. Pretty roasty. There's a slight warmth and the alcohol is noticeable, but not in a boozy way. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel feels thin, but it's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. This makes a solid sipper.

This is an okay barrel-aged stout, but it's not something that really grabbed my attention. It's a little rough around the edges. It isn't bad, but isn't something that can hang with the big boys, in my opinion.

Photo of beerdedking
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light on the barrel, however this is an otherwise nice stout. Scents of mocha, licorice, and sweetness lead to a full creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of vanilla, breakfast blend, cocoa, give way to a bit of booze (actually leans toward more toward vodka than whiskey) with a dry oaky finish. Would revisit...

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker: Black body under a finger of mocha head that leaves some thick lacing.

Smells unfolds slowly, at first with only some dark fruit skins, then a mildly spicy, peppery character, then some dark bread, like pumpernickel, then a very subtle, very dark chocolate character that's juuust noticeable. This might be one of the least sweet noses I've smelled in a stout. Oak character really picks up later.

Whoa, yeah, the taste definitely backs that up. I kind of wish I hadn't taken that first sip so quickly, because my tongue is inundated by intensely dry, roasted flavors. Wow, deeply, darkly roasted off the bat, like espresso, followed by a savory kind of spice character, & almost getting a bready sweetness that's cut off by a strongly woody & tannic character.

Full-bodied, thick, roasty & tannic. I think my mouth will remember this beer for a long time.

Wow, this is like no other stout I've had before. I've had plenty of stouts that tasted roasty & burnt-ish without any body or substance & somewhat callow, insipid. I've had barrel-aged stouts that fell under the weight of the oak. Most stouts I've had were somewhat sweet. This is a strong, serious, stoic stout that's intense & rigid with enough backbone to be intensely bitter, dark, & tannic without backing down & turning ridiculous. I honestly don't know that I enjoy this that much, but I really respect & appreciate it. I think everyone should try this stout as a lesson about what stouts *can* be: strong, uncompromising, & complex while making you think rather than smile.

Photo of Grodd87
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this was just an imperial stout it would be a good stout. I don't really get any barrel in it at all. Overall not bad for the price.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a snifter, a dark black liquid, opaque, with a nice compact cap of brownish head. Aroma of dark roasty malts and cocoa beans. Taste was very nice, dark malts, moderately roasty, not too sweet, cocoa, pumpernickel, a hint of ash, and a drying whiskey quality. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth, heavy-medium body, and the alcohol was pretty well hidden. A very nice drink overall.

Photo of Mikus
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine my delight (upon reviewing and enjoying this beer) on finding that Full Pint brews in the Pittsburgh area! Definite end of summer road trip! Poured from a 12oz into my tulip glass. Midnight with a few small bubbles... recipe for visual excellence in an aged IS, right? Aromas of coffee, rye, and roasted malt. Everything slightly subdued, though of course, more came to the surface as it warmed up, including the elusive whiskey notes. The taste (for me) was almost off the charts good. Coffee, cocoa nibs, rye bread deliciousness, a hint of whiskey, overall mild and enjoyable. Such a great balance, and not alcohol-heavy (even at 11% ABV). So subtle and nice. Complete 180 degrees from a (to remain unnamed) BBA Imperial that I had the other night that basically broke a bottle of whiskey over my face. Rye Rebellion gave nice, balanced flavors that evolved over time, and changed my mind about the style (which I often find overpowering). Nice, velvety mouthfeel. This hit the spot. Can't wait to age a couple of these bad boys. Thumbs straight up for this one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light chocolate brown head. In the aroma, light whiskey notes and an alcohol note. In the taste, whiskey, roasty coffee, and small alcohol presence all the way through. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry whiskey and coffee in the aftertaste. Nice whiskey presence and a big coffee taste, but little to no rye, but nice nonetheless.

Photo of 57md
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. The thin layer of beige head quickly dissipates into oblivion. The nose has roasted notes but it is quite difficult to detect the rye whiskey. This offering is full bodied and the flavor profile has both roasted notes and the much anticipated rye whiskey essence. The whiskey presence is soft and merges nicely with the roasted bitterness on the finish.

This is well done and enjoyable, but it does not hold up to the very best barrel-aged stouts out there. Then again, I did not have to wait in line and deal with a one or two bottle limit to purchase this beer. So, there’s that…

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Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.