Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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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 Bone53
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black with no light coming through when put up to the light. Nice one finger brown head

Smell: A ton of rye spice, slight roasted malt presence, and caramel sweetness

Taste: Rye and roasted malts up front with a sweet caramel finish. Maybe a hint of oak, but no whiskey characteristics whatsoever

Mouthfeel: Very, very thin body for this style. The thinnest imperial stout that i recall in fact. It also isnt all that smooth, sort of unrefined and gritty. If theres a down side to this beer, the mouthfeel would be it

Overall: i didnt have the highest of hopes, but i still find this a bit of a disappointment. The mouthfeel alone makes me feel like im drinking roasty rye water. I also wish it would be more full flavored and more robust and match the 11% abv. The aftertaste also falls off rather quickly. I couldnt really savor this one. Another thing is that there is little to no whiskey presence. I forgot it was even BBA. All in all its still fairly tasty and I'm happy to call this a local brew, but its not something ill buy again to revisit. Ill cellar the other three bottles and see what happens

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a good bit of tight coffee colored head. Nose is dry chocolate cake, faint whiskey note, moderate roast, hint of fudge. Flavor follows suit, whiskey is very light, dry chocolate cake, soft creamy feel, nicely carbonated, a bit of fudge and roast through the finish. A hint of sweetness, roast lingers in the finish.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of dark brownish red are visible near the far corners of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short beige colored head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of whiskey and spicy rye are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the notes of whiskey linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol imparts bits of warming to the finish.
O: Except for the whiskey from the barrel aging, this beer does a very good job at masking its alcohol and is rather drinkable considering its strength. You need to let this warm up to let the whiskey flavors develop.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Tweber78
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The whiskey is very prevalent on the finish, with a hint of spice.

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 dank203
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the aromas are vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate, a little alcohol burning the nostril hairs. the flavor is balanced mostly. it comes off pretty sweet at first mimicking the aroma but finishes dry and spicy. the whiskey lingers quite a bit, sort of a cheap whiskey taste to it but thankfully it is pretty mild

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No trace of the rye barrel, too thin for an imperial stout, devastatingly average despite the good looks.

Had a 2013 on tap at Barcade, much better and well-rounded, the rye is very present.

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 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 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 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 Ozzylizard
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 3.99/12 oz bottle at Vintage estates in Boardman, OH
Vintage 2014 bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma – none
Head small (< 1 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing good – narrow rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of cheap rye whiskey, no roasted malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Stomach burns.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

To me this seems much like drinking cheap rye straight up. The only redeeming characteristics are the appearance and palate, which, incidentally, are the only stout features. I don’t know about any rebellion, but it is certainly revolting.

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 WesMantooth
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee black pour.

Fantastic nose to it. Dark chocolate, smooth whisky, roasted malt, and a little faint tobacco. One of the better smelling stouts I can recall.

The taste has a bunch of bitter dark chocolate, some sweetness from vanilla, and the rye whisky, though nowhere near what the smell would lead you to believe for me. Just a very nice compliment. Also a bit smokey.

Medium bodied. Not too thin, but if it were a tad heavier/creamier it wouldnt hurt.

Otherwise, my biggest complaint would be that it is too bitter in the aftertaste and a hair weak on flavor. Still an outstanding beer that doesnt drink like 11% either. Even at $16/4 pack this is a good barrel aged deal.

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 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 ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a one-finger head
S: Sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla
T: Cocoa, coffee, some char, alcohol towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, dry, some alcohol
O: Packs a punch but worth a try. I'll try to save one for a year to see how it shows with some age

Photo of KevBot89
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, no visible light coming through the beer. Thin tan head that disappears almost immediately

Aroma: Whiskey aromas are dominant. Faint hints of chocolate, maybe some roasted malts. Some noticeable alcohol is present in the nose too.

Taste: this beer starts with whiskey and a gritty rye flavor that competes with chocolate and alcohol for full attention of the palate. The former pair narrowly edges the latter, though it’s a fairly tight contest that suggests a very well balanced beer. As the drink warms, some sweet touches of caramel are faintly detectable.

Mouthfeel: The gritty rye flavors are mitigated by the chocolate malts. A stinging mouthfeel from whiskey and rye is rapidly laid to rest by smooth chocolate and roasty flavors, but makes a brief appearance on the back of the palate. The lingering flavor is light alcohol and chocolate.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I’d prefer either: 1) some more full-bodied whiskey flavor; or 2) more malts and less whiskey. The beer seems to be caught in between the two areas, though it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I certainly appreciate this beer for what it’s worth.

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 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 jbwimer
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle split with a good friend. Have enjoyed this each time I've drank it, and want to support the local beer. Here goes the review.

A- Fairly aggressive pour into a Voodoo snifter yields a thin, light-brown head. Barely any light getting through. Viscous as can be. Spotty lacing with some nice legs (like my girlfriend).

S- Soft bourbon and rye. Lots of chocolate and an enjoyable roasty aroma that balances this out. Faint presence from the alcohol, though it is not offensively boozy.

T- Charred flavors. Roast with some faint alcohol. A little more bourbon presence on the flavor than there was on the aroma. Faint spiciness from the rye. There's also a bitterness that hangs around throughout the whole drinking process. Really interesting flavors here. Not mind-blowing, but they're still nice.

M- A tad oily for my preference. However, this beer is really smooth. Low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable, though far from perfect.

O- A nice offering from a local brewery. I remember enjoying this beer more with some age on it. There are three still left from the four-pack I purchased yesterday. Probably gonna lay these down for awhile and see how they develop. Will probably return for a re-review.

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

Appearance- Black, dark as night.

Smell- Malt front, soy, and whiskey.

Taste- some oak, vanilla, and a bit boozey. Nice chocolate notes. Not as sweet as some barrel ages. It is a rye whiskey barrel and you can tell

Mouthfeel- thick, almost milky. Not syrupy like some barrel aged.

Overall- A solid beer, a bit thick for me. Would have liked some more oak and whiskey flavors. Worth a try and a nice price for a barrel aged beer. At 11% it packs a punch. I didn't find this to drinkable because of the thickness.

Photo of superspak
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a small tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, pear, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid complexity; yeast off notes are quite strong, but don’t completely mask the whole aroma. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, rye, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, rye, light char, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of dark/roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. Even though the aromas were flawed, the taste was very nice with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of themind
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Interesting brew that really had a subtle green apple taste. The ABV was noticeable which was a slight let down. The stout portion of the beer was good but dont expect a massive rye/whiskey bomb. The barrel aging is there but I would not throw this into the upper echelon of BB stouts. The mouthfeel was awesome! if only the beer was better. As the beer warms it becomes much more drinkable and enjoyable. I suggest letting it breath a bit.

Bottom Line: interesting brew.

Photo of BgThang
2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this beer had great potential. Upon pouring I could smell green apples which is a flaw in beer from over stressed yeast. This sucks. I had great expectations for this beer. It has potential. So the term is acetaldehyde. You can google it. It means the beer is too young not had time to condition. Another words the yeast did not finish cleaning the beer up and eat all of the by products of itself. usually meaning the yeast was strained or someother haps. anyway. I would really like to try some more of their beers

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