Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of BgThang
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Black with real quick mocha head. No lacing. Carbonation seems absent.

Smell- Malt forward imperial stout. Light cherry and chocolate, vanilla bourbon hints, a lil coffee. Not too much going on, but smells nice.

Taste- That oak with a light bourbon comes through first. Decent hop bitterness which is unexpected. Super light notes of the above aromas. Maybe I'll get more as it warms up. Don't know how long it was aged in barrels for, but its not very strong. Lacking in flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel- Super light carbonation, no booze heat (nice for 11%), medium viscosity. Drinks pretty smooth.

Overall- A decent bourbon barrel stout. Nothing impressive, but maybe a nice intro to the style? The bitterness lingers for a while. (792 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight up slick black, super black. Creamy smooth pour with minimal carbonation. Head is small and dark khaki. Drops to a small creamy collar with no head thanks to the barrel aging.

Smell: Holy hell. Whiskey is aggressive and everywhere. I cracked the cap and it hit like a straight bottle of rye whiskey. Sweet, very sweet, but not cloying. Vanilla, some wood, and a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness. Cocoa, bitter chocolate, and licorice. It's all there. Deeply roasted with some burnt edges. Chewy fudge, almost candy-like. Some dark fruit, mainly berries. Alcohol is high and hits the nose harder as it warms. Malt sweetness tries to mask it, but ultimately can't hold up.

Taste: Solid roasted malt with a bitter cocoa. Some smoother dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Small hints of dark fruit. Some old coffee. A lot more chocolate than the nose indicated. Bourbon drops to a tiny backing note, offering some vanilla and toffee, but not much else. Very vague sort of rye in the back that I probably wouldn't have picked out without the hint on the bottle. Mellow. Very slight smoke, char, and burnt malt. Caramelized with some some toffee. A bit harsh on the finish. Almost nutty and grassy at times. Slight lingering roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body. Light carbonation. Slightly oily. A bit thin for the style.

Overall: Unsettled grumbling.

Where's my rye? Smells like a whiskey bomb for a minute and then drops to a rather average imperial stout. (1,505 characters)

Photo of wraynathan
2.44/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type:

On-Tap

Appearance:

Dark, black as night. Usual color that I'd expect for a Stout. Had a very small head it to it.

Smell:

The beer had strange smell to it. I could get the hint of Rye, but there was something else I couldn't quite place. After some smelling of the beer, I finally placed the smell. The smell reminded me of the smell of the noodles that come in the "A little taste of Thai" Microwavable/Stove Top Quick Meals. There is a certain oil that 'A little taste of Thai' stores their noodles in, in which the smell of this beer reminds me of. Kind of a weird smell to have for a beer.

Taste:

This beer, in small sips, has a taste of rye and a hint of chocolate. However, in bigger drinks, the beer hits the pallet harshly. The taste starts off with a very intensely sweet, sugary taste and then finishes off with a bitter, beer taste.

There have been a few beers that I have had, including this one, that have been intensely sweet. It makes me think that they are tying to mask the high alcohol content with a sweetness, but just add way entirely too much sugar. I believe this beer, if it had a lesser sweetness to it, would have been a better.

Mouthfeel:

I found this beer to be Medium bodied. It was not heavy like some stouts that I have had. It was harsh due to the abrupt sweetness of the beer. (1,333 characters)

Photo of wrayjustin
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: Draft
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

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Appearance:
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Deep black, dark as a calm Arizona night. The pour glimmers a hint of red and brown when the light hits just right. Starts with a respectful dirty-white head that lasts through most of the session while turning darker and darker. The lace is sparse but present.

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Smell:
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Strong alcohol scent, with a dark roasted undertone. The scent reminds be of dark chocolate dipped raspberries, with a slight caramel linger.

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Taste:
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In small sips, you get an amazing roasted flavor, a nod to smoked Stouts. A larger mouthful will tell you what's really going on with this beer: the insane level of sweetness. Its overwhelmingly sweet, followed by a strong alcohol aftertaste. It's as if the brewers were attempting to hide the 11% alcohol with sugar.

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Mouthfeel:
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Very carbonated, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Overall a genuine medium body.

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Overall:
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A decent sipping beer, but horrible session beer. If I'm in for the long haul it's off the list. If I'm looking for something to sip on while a smoke a nice Drew Estates its worth considering. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (425 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much Love, Thanks, & Maximum Respect to nhindian for this gem.

Pours a deep mahogany with a rich, malty head.

Smell: I get a hint of rye whiskey in the nose with hints of chocolate and earth.

Taste: Some of the whiskey, albeit subtle, chocolate, a roast hinting of peat moss.

Mouth: A bit full & creamy. I like it.

Overall: A very interesting & worthy beer to imbibe.

Cheers... (386 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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%. (452 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (1,089 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-18 i8n Columbia, PA

A - Dark brown with a short dark tan head with an aggressive pour. The headed faded completely away in 30 seconds. Mild lace.

S - Rye whiskey, medium-dark roast, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, alcohol.

T - Tart apples, sour cherries, char, dark roasted grain, cacoa, vinous, tannin, bitter citrus. Alcohol is apparent but reasonably well-integrated. Initially finishes with a decent balance between the molasses sweetness and roasted/hop bitternes but ltowards the end of the glass, I enjoyed the long-lasting aftertaste less due to a lightly sour, earthy metallic tang (probably the rye flavor); I don't want to make too much of this though, since I did enjoy the taste of the beer. but it reduced my appreciation.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Somewhat creamy, prickly, sticky. Coats the mouth nicely.

O - Interesting stuff. There are quite a few flavors going on with this brew. I liked the fact the bye bourbon barrel flavor wasn't dominant as is too often the case with this style. I'll look forward to having it again.. (1,080 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,045 characters)

Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.