Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | 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

In honor of the brave men who stood up to the tax collector we have created Rye Rebellion, an Imperial Stout brewed with four different types of rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels.
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Ratings: 318 | Reviews: 82
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 randylangford
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at the Giant eagle off Route 8. Amazing election there.

A: Close to black with copper undertones.
S: A little bit of Canadian whiskey and the sweetness of a great stout.
T: Wow, I've been a supporter of this brewery but this time they really pushed it up a notch. This is thebest beer that I've tasted from Pittsburgh.
M: There is little in way of carbonation but the stout is full flavoured and thick on the tongue as I want it to be.
O: Full Pint has finally it the make that I I knew they would. I hope that they keep producing on this level. If they do then we in for some great treats in western PA.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Wonderful. Woody, smoky, worty, bacon, chocolate, coffee, lots of grains. I love it already. I want to buy another bottle and I haven't even tasted it.

Appearance: It's official, the darkest head I've ever seen, topping the previous champion the Alaskan Perseverance Imperial Stout. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Black, opaque.

Taste: Bacon, serious bacon. Rye, chocolate, coffee, wood, smoke. Lots of sweetness, with the bitterness of the rye, coffee and smoke to balance it out. Wow, incredible. No alcohol! Wonderful roasty coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Mild carbonation. Very oily. No warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Impressive. Bold. Complex. Delicious. My first "5" rating, fitting being that this is my 100th review on BA.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pine for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week! Served in a 12 oz snifter.

A- Body is a menacing dark brown, nearly black. Served with a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Held up to the light side by side with Big Eddy this brew was much darker and richer in color.

S- Balance. Great Balance. Dark Chocolate, Roasted Malt, Oak Barrel, Whiskey, rye, malt everywhere.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. The base beer is moslty present upfront with that signature rye backbone. A lot of barrel comes through for the finish-but it balances well with the base beer and does not overwhelm it. There is a big alcohol warmth at end and a moderate, balance flavor-but none of the associated astringency.

M- Exceptional. Low to medium carbonation and a thick, deep, very smooth, complex body.

O- Overall this is a fantastic stout. I love hoppy rye beers because they add such a smoothness to the mouthfeel but I didn't realize what a difference it would make in a stout. Fantastic job by Full Pint in putting this one together. I bought a four pack and I hope its just as good bottled.

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 jeremy13586
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured jet black in to a 22oz DFH snifter. One finger of mocha colored head that disappeared pretty quickly. There was a little bit of lacing that clung on for dear life.

Coffee, chocolate, and a roasted woodiness. The burn of booze that is pretty consistent.

Roasted malt and coffee up front. A bit of oak and astringency. Light, bittersweet chocolate finish. Minor notes of vanilla. Lots of flavors.

The mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. The carbonation was light and crisp. Medium body and a dry and smooth finish.

Fantastic stout that is incredibly drinkable. As one reviewer said this one will creep up on you, and I fully agree.Totally worth the try.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, totally opaque, fine coffee-and-cream head dissipates slowly to a film.

Smells of toasted buttered bread, caramel, a hint of bourbon and mild roasted coffee.

Tastes of rich caramel and buttered toast malts with notable bourbon flavoring and some whispers of molasses sweetness.

Full viscous body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue. Warms a bit going down.

Absolutely stellar imperial stout, very rich which makes it a sipper, but the flavor and body are superb. Would definitely have this again. And again.

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 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 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 brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with an inch of foam that descends on the liquid into an espresso cap, leaving a quite a nice pattern of lacing behind

Smell: The rye whiskey is the dominant element of the aroma, though there is a bit of roast and chocolate in the mix as well

Taste: Roasted malt and dark chocolate, up front, with the rye whiskey adding its unique character by mid-palate; a nice bit of hops adds an earthy, bitter balance, as well; the rye continues to add complexity after the swallow, with oak and caraway elements that linger into the finish; very dry in the aftertaste, though the rye does linger

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Drinking this beer makes me wonder why more brewers don't experiment more with rye whiskey barrels; they provide an entirely different profile than the Bourbon barrel and, frankly, I am getting a bit bored by the Bourbon barrel treatment

Photo of Boto
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a tan head on it. Very little lacing. The nose is quite nice. Definitely has the aroma of rye whiskey, but not overly done. Chocolate malts and some roasted ones also in the nose. The taste os quite good. A bit of the rye flavor, but the alcohol is hidden. Chocolate, slight roasted malts and a subdued sweetness to it. A very fine beer!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FULL PINT : Rye Rebellion
ABV: 11.00%
STYLE: American Imperial Stout

LOOK: Dark brown bordering black. Off white lacing.

SMELL: Roasted malt and vanilla aromas are quite nice to the nose.

TASTE: Smokey flavors, some dark fruit, spicy rye. Alcohol flavor is well integrated but not overstated. Woodsy notes of whiskey and oak, to go along with earthy hops. Mild peppery rye and intense roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee flavor. Certainly has a good deal of bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

OVERALL: Perhaps my favorite beer made by Pittsburgh's Full Pint Brewing. It's good beer. Drink it.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tulip glass on cask at The Memphis Taproom. I gotta say 'Full Pint' might not be the best name for a brewery.

A nice black color in the glass. This one is pretty slick looking and thickish. Off the cask pull the head is an inch up, frothy, tannish, with retention and stick.

Smell is nice and pungent mainly full of luscious malts and a whole lot of rye. I pick up some crystal malt and some chocolate with the smallest bit of barrel character.

Taste is off the chain, im not a huge stout guy, but I know a good one when I taste it, and this is nice. Chocolate, rye, crystal malt. This does not give off a big roast/coffee thing at all. The barrel is there, but not the main picture, slight bourbon, no heat.

Like said above, no heat and no real alcohol presence. The body is full and smooth sailing going down. This is great off the cask and I wanted another, but I had to drive home. Looking forward to more from this brewery.

Photo of Omnium
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A - Pours absolute black, no transparency, a thin fizzy rustic brown head that fades swiftly.
S - The whiskey is no joke, you smell its presence instantly, some chocolate, vanilla, a little fresh roasted coffee, and sweet malts.
T - Whiskey, chocolate and other sweet malts, a touch of bitterness, some coffee roasts, hazelnut, whipped cream. Pretty complex, but not overbearing in any one certain area, its very balanced for what it is.
M - Flat out incredibly smooth, you dont get a major alcohol burn at all, and it leaves a very pleasant flavor with you for a long time.
O - All around solid, this is better than KBS for me for sure. A very complex Stout that distributes its traits evenly, and is not boozy or overbearing, but incredibly masks the 11%. Disturbingly smooth, yet outrageously rich in flavor. Excellent brew.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a great trader. Pours a dark black with a verrry small brown head, very creamy looking. Rich aroma of chocolate and spice, a bit of roast, sweet brown sugar, and light barrel notes of whiskey and anise. Flavor is a big chocolate balanced with a beautiful whiskey sweetness from the barrel, a good bit of caramel flavor, and a roasty bitter finish. Very little heat here and nicely balanced spicy rye chocolate. Definite influence from the rye whiskey. Beautifully creamy on the palate with lowish carbonation. Like velvet. What a great beer. Seems very underrated to me. This is damn good.

Photo of dtivp
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with amber highlights, no head.

Aroma of roasted malt, light cocoa sweetness and whiskey.

Taste starts a little sweet with chocolate and vanilla, then a nice drying balance with the rye and malt. Hints of spice and surprising the whiskey was there but didn't dominate. You felt more alcohol as it warmed.

Mouth Feel was full bodied, little if any carbonation, syrupy, smooth and a nice boozy feel.

Overall this is a very good imperial Stout to enjoy cautiously, it does sneak up on you. I have been very impressed with the beer from Full Pint. Keep up the good work.

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…

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 jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2013 vintage

pours oil black, just a few bubbles of dark tan head that fades. great aroma, the whiskey is prominent, but its soft and nice but not harsh. nice roasty espresso flavors, with oak and vanilla whiskey flavors. no booze heat. medium to full slick body, low carbonation. smooth feel.

overall a real nice barrel aged stout, and not over priced.

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 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 maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read the description of this beer's promo before it came out & ran to the bat-signal. As usual my personal Bruce Wayne, beerisheaven, came through with flying colors: a little growler before it was bottled, then the bottles. Definition: good guy. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is stout dark, darker than the night sky that's weirdly lit up right now. Smell is rye, whiskey, sweet malt, & roast. That's a good smell. Smear it on a door handle & I'll lick it. Unless it's below freezing.

Rye Rebellion is a cause I'd sign up for. The rye whiskey raises a lovely cloud of good that hangs over the beer. The rye malts slink underneath, but for the quantity, they're less aggressive than I'd imagined, mostly showing as an earthiness with a shadow of spice in the middle. Roast comes in full throttle. Ends with a lovely stab of vanilla & more bitter roast. Smooth despite all the roast. 12 ounces? I'd do 22. Or 25.4. Or just a hose hooked up to the local supply.

Excellent beer. Plenty of stuff going on & the sum is as good or better than the parts.

Photo of DIM
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body of course, this came with a thin tan ring around the snifter.

Aromas of intensely dark chocolate, vanilla, oaky graham crackers, and some mild whiskey. More intense on the palate than in the nose. Ashy, charred dark chocolate dominates the flavor profile. Stout first barrel second, but the barrel characteristics are absolutely present. Woody coconut, vanilla, and a mellow, lingering whiskey note. The mouthfeel was oily rather than thick.

A damn good stout overall, I need to find a couple of four packs.

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.

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Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.