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Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 336
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
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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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

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a thick black brew with a thin creamy mocha colored head on top. The lacing leaves some streaks on the glass, the retention is minimal but leaves some bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted with a creamy chocolate aroma and some subtle spice, smells soft though, not boozy at all. The taste of the beer is sweet, lightly roasted and spicy. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, there is a dense thick body to it with a gentle carbonation. Overall I was pleased with this beer, wasn't sure what to expect but I liked the outcome.

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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

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Holy Hound in York, served in a tulip

The color is black, no light passes through, very viscous looking with a head the comes and goes but revives when swirled with fine bead. lace is basically legs on the glass. The smell is very good with some nice cocoa and slight fruit esters which are current-like with mild toast, biscuit and light coffee with some mild spice. The feel is very good, full feeling without an abundance of sweetness, there is a nice balance of malt roasted texture and light yeast with subtle alcohol and mild bitterness.

The flavor is excellent with a malt body that is not overly bitter or burnt but has a mild chocolate malt character with slight creaminess of yeast adding to the taste with some mild toasted and coffee-like flavors which never really come off as overly roasted with slight spice and hint of caramel. Overall I really enjoyed this, the alcohol was mild and the complexity was there with a great sense of balance It did not have the impact of other 11% beers I have had recently a very smooth and drinkable Imperial Stout

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid double stout. There really isn't much deviation on the flavor profile. Only very mildly boozy, which doesn't seem to fit for an 11% beer. Very malty. Seems to be some chocolate on there, but not a ton. This is actually a pretty smooth and nice drinking double stout. Pick it up if you see it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels. 12 oz bottle picked up at Capones for $4 and change. Been waiting to try something from this newish Western PA brewery.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with ruby tinges against light. Thick, quickly receding tan head settles in to a collar and thin film with thin streaks of lace. Nose is a blend of hops, whiskey, ash and oak. Roast malt, chocolate, and spice are there, but in the background and overall the nose is very mild. Flavor is pleasantly sweeter, dark chocolate, silky and smooth with a lighter roast presence than the nose but the oak and whiskey from the nose is nearly non existent. Finish is slightly spicy and hoppy, relatively thin and lacking complexity throughout. Not a bad beer, but just strikes me as completely average in every way. Nice that this in 4 packs, but there is some NC/SC style homerism going on in the initial scores for this. Good job team.

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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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy tan head, which does leave a nice island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate, dark fruits, slight vanilla, slight note of whiskey. The taste is very nice malty, dark fruits, vanilla, slight whiskey note. Full body, ABV is hidden pretty well with this one. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to have a chance trying it. Thanks Ben!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head that died quick on top of a malty aroma; mix of roasted (touch of coffee) malts and some sweet caramel and chocolate but very little rye. Hard to pinpoint "the rye" is; it's like a strong stout that gives off a dry, bready, woody feel with roasted and coffee malts and is balanced with some caramel and chocolate (hint of vanilla). Medium-bodied, chewey, smooth, finishes real dry and not sure how much rye is lending itself to dryness and how much of this is ABV, although the high ABV is contained. A really good if not complex stout.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Sits an ink black with one finger of brown foam. The cap falls quickly to form a thin collar.

The nose presents some metallic notes along with bakers chocolate, rye, and faint whiskey. Some mild roast comes out as it warms.

There's a good amount of rye in here. Dry, earthy rye hangs over notes of bakers chocolate, and mild whiskey. Bitter roast carries mid-palate. There is a long lingering rye flavor.

Medium feel, smooth carbonation and an easy feel.

I'm not so sure I would call this an imperial, but it is a solid beer. Whiskey is faint, loads of rye. Good beer, but not great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a thick deep brown almost black color with a one finger tan head. The head is small but has fantastic retention with it fading very slowly over time to give a very nice amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of roasted dark bread and very light amount of dark fruit. These aromas are mixed with a light chocolate a good dose of a boozy aroma.

Taste – The taste starts out of roasted malt and some sweet dark fruit and caramel taste. These tastes slowly transition in the middle losing some of the dark fruit flavors with the bready flavors getting more intense toward the middle. The breadiness is mixed with some chocolate and a bourbon flavor that intensifies to the end of the taste. In the end the taste is nice of chocolate-rye whisky with notes of booziness, cocoa and rye bread.

Mouthfeel – The body is very thick and smooth and coats the tongue with all the flavors of the brew. The initial sweeter tastes and the later more bitter/boozy tastes really get to sink into the tongue. The carbonation level in some ways takes away from the creamy body however as it is slightly higher than normal for a beer of this beers strength. While slightly over-carbonated, the mouthfeel is still overall quite good giving a nice warming feel.

Overall – This beer has some very nice characteristics. It has a nice look good roasty and bourbon flavors that transition well throughout the taste as well as a very nice creamy body.

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Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, dark brown at the edges. Looks thick. Small brown head. Only a thin coating of little brown bubbles remain after a minute. Aroma has a relatively restrained rye character, compared to many whiskey barrel aged stouts. Lots of chocolate and caramel sweetness. It has a sweet, rich flavor. The barrel character gives the beer greater depth without taking over, just a nice kick of rye spice. The taste has a bit more rye flavor. Pretty health whiskey spice kick. Lots of sweet chocolate, again. Some vanilla and oak show up. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice, but the beer drinks a bit smaller than its abv. It's just a little too light. This is a good beer. Nice to find an imperial stout that spent time in a rye barrel and even nicer to find that the barrel didn't completely take over.

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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.

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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.

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Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
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