Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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88
very good

279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
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:
Imperial Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

(Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 01-11-2012)
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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight, sludgy black with a small tan head that lingers.

Smells of chocolate, sweetness, some oak, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon.

Taste is up front bready, toast chocolate that goes into a more sweet, bready middle before ending on a slightly oak-whiskey character with a coffee and vanilla finish. This is damned nice actually...really well balanced all around. I HATE when the bourbon character takes over BA beers, but this is spot on in balance.

Full body with low carbonation is right on.

Damned fine BA beer that balances all the flavors nicely. I don't get much rye character necessarily, but this is absolutely worth your money.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours out of the bottle a motor oil black color with a nicely sized light brown head. The lacing and retention are phenomenal 4.5

S: The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate mostly, with underlying notes of rye whiskey. More roasted than I expected, but none of the ABV is noted. 4

T: A decent amount of Rye noted on the taste, but really it tastes like nothing more than a roasted stout instead of one aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Nicely chocolately with the roast and rye showing up on the backend. 3.5

MF: The body is thick and full with a very dry finish. The ABV is hidden marvelously, but the roast makes it not the most drinkable of stouts. Very dry throughout. 4

O: I expected more here, but I didn't hate it. Worth the $3 I paid for the bottle. I wanted more whiskey and more balance. I'd say give it a shot of you see it, but don't expect to be blown away. 3.5

Photo of woosterbill
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Tony, for sharing.

A: Pitch black, pretty flat. Leaves orange legs. Intense, but not too impressive.

S: Spicy and roasty, with dark chocolate, char, coffee, and spicy rye. Plenty of booze.

T: Follows the nose - intense, roasty, boozy. Pretty raw, with a touch of vegetable weirdness. Not that good, unfortunately.

M: Medium-thick, well-carbonated. Nice.

O: This one sounded promising, but never really delivered on its potential. There were some nice things going on in the aroma, but the booze and vegetable off-notes really dominated the flavor. Too bad.

Cheers!

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of queenlerxst
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black without a head or lacing.

Smell - Barrel aged stout, malts, vanilla, alcohol, smokey, oak, brown sugar, slight hop aroma.

Taste - Nice, strong bold whiskey and malt heavy stout. The rye flavor comes alive with the chocolate, vanilla and added sugars. There is a presence of spices also that add some balanced flavor. Alcohol is strong but not overboard.

Mouthfeel - Thick, strong with plenty of flavor. Tounge gets the malts, whiskey and vanilla. The hops come in and hit palate with a little bitterness. Alcohol is present throughout and adds warmth. Aftertaste is malty with whiskey overtones.

Overall - Really nice beer, done well. I dont get alot of rye but what rye i do get, isnt nothing impressive. Id rather see some coffee and more chocolate flavors in this, cause i think it would really work well. A solid beer, worth a drink for stout and whiskey barrel aged fans.

Photo of mscott1975
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of yourefragile
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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 beergod1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Morey, Pours pitch black, but as hard as I poured, there wasn't much of a head. However, it was a nice brown 1/4 inch head, no lace to speak of. Lots of chocolate on the aroma, with light bourbon notes, toasted vanilla and a slight roasted coffee aroma. Some Rye spiciness was also present. Taste at first was Creamy, medium body with chocolate and very noticeable hop presence. As it warmed, is when the beer started to resemble what it really was. A combination of the Rye and Hops was prominent, Roasted malts and the Vanilla and char from barrel are coming through in the end. Pretty tasty, slight Alcohol on the finish, and the spicy Rye coats the tongue. I don't think I ever had a BA Imperial Stout quite like this one. Solid brew, but I wonder what age would do to this BA treat.

Photo of ShanePB
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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 tellish33
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of KnightRider
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Morey
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

INFORMATION: 12oz bottle with no freshness date. I haven’t bought too many of Full Pint other offerings for the this reason. Bottle states that this beer is brewed with four different types of rye, and then aged in rye whiskey barrels. 55 IBU’s.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black in color. If you hold the glass to a bright enough light, you can see a little bit of dark brown and reddish hues near the top of the beer. The head stood just under two fingers following a medium-aggressive pour. Foam is mocha brown and has settled to a spotty layer after about 5 or 6 minutes. Pretty good head retention.

NOSE: I can honestly say that I’m getting the rye in the aroma. The barrel characteristics (wood, vanilla, whiskey) are also present. I’m also getting some resin from the hops and rum soaked raisins.

TASTE: Nice combination of malt and spice from the rye up front. A touch of char starting to surface towards the middle along with some hop bitterness as well. The whiskey is there too, but it’s pretty mild and in the background. There’s a touch of dark fruit-like sweetness near the finish that helps round things out on the back end.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, probably a tad thin for the style. The hops and rye join forces to create a spicy hop flavor the dominates the palate. Low carbonation which is fitting for a barrel aged Imperial Stout.

OVERALL: A good and fairly unique take on the style.

Morey’s Bottom Line: The whiskey actually takes backseat to the rye in this stout. I don’t know if the combination of the hops, rye, and barrel treatment exactly work together in perfect harmony, but I still enjoyed this beer. The 11% is virtually undetectable.

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Apex
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  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

Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.