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Rye Rebellion - Full Pint Brewing Company

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88
very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 19
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 01-11-2012

Imperial Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
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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
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 thain709
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out of the tap with a thick black body...the head stood one finger tall and was brown in color...it receded to a thin ring but still left decent lacing

S - The aroma changes and opens as it gets warmer...chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, woodiness, charcoal, hint of whiskey/alcohol

T - Just as the nose, the flavors open as the beer gets warmer...there is a big roasted flavor that is present throughout the beer...nothing really challenges it at any point...the only sweet flavors coming through are a hint of vanilla and some dark fruits...chocolate and coffee are present throughout, with the coffee providing some bitterness...I don't necessarily pick up the rye flavor, but there is a nice barrel/whiskey/woody characteristic that is lingering...the alcohol presence is kept to a minimum

M - Full bodied...low carbonation, smooth, and big

O - This was a very nice surprise...I didn't hate this, but I also didn't find it amazing...it's great for the balance of flavors...I'm glad it wasn't overly sweet or boozy...the barrel notes were just right and it had a cast of supporting flavors...nicely done

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Louski
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 dtx00
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jeremy13586
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'A Hand-Made Brew with Revolutionary Taste'

Imperial Stout aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels.

12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Hardcore rigorous pour yielded a mere half an inch of light brown head. Some coffee brown hues at the tapers, but this beer is black as night. Head fell to a ring already. Weak retention. Lacing = 0.

Very smoky nose with some malty sweetness. Not picking up too much whiskey or rye whiskey, to be specific. A hint of oaky barrel with some additional mustiness. Blacktop, walnut, camp smoke, nougat, and salty seawater all in the aroma. Simple. Not hot, at all. The booze isn't obvious here.

Big, thick chewy roastiness with some heavy char and malt bitterness. Blackened grain, rye spice, a tinge of soft whiskey that is very muted, some alcohol burn, molasses, bitter coffee, and dark chocolate. Fascinating confluence of flavors. Mind you, if there's one thing you take from this review, it is that this is one darkly roasted stout. Has a bit of that Irish Dry Stout character, but three levels up on the scale. The rye whiskey comes out in the finish with an exceptional spiciness that curls up in the peaty smoke. The (vanilla?) sweetness is mild and shines in the middle-to-end. The hops are a little herbal, but it's a stretch trying to detect them. This is, after all, a malt atom bomb. Pretty nice for what it is.

Thick and chewy with a resting carbonation that makes cameos here and there. Viscous heavy body with not much lip stickage. Smooth, if it weren't for the bite. And, the bite is more rye spice than alcoholic punch. A small sip at a time is the pace. Rich and warming. An impressive beer, altogether.

Another barrel-aged stout, sure. But this one's from my neck o' the woods. Proud to have easy access to it, and this second-time-around is much more fulfilling than my initial impression. A smoky imperial that uses the barrel for rounding and nuance-adding, rather than showboating and upstaging the original recipe. Rye Rebellion holds its own in a tough class. I'm sure that it helps that it's brewed a mere 19 miles from where I currently sit.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 daves1186
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dtivp
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Marty30
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Poured into a Full Pint pint glass. Served pretty damn cold. Aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

A. Extremely dark,black body with a half inch mocha colored head. A tiny bit of spotty lacing stuck on the glass.

S. This was served cold so it muted the smell a good amount.I get a bit of roasted notes with chocolate. Faint whiskey comes through in the end.

T. At first I get good chocolate and roasted notes,maybe some cocoa. The beauty comes as this warms up! I will say that this is not a whiskey bomb but very well balenced. The whiskey and barrel characters come through nicely. A ton of vanilla, with a small amount of oak,it doesn't hide the base beer but lets it come through with chocolate and roast and rye.

M. Very good chewy full body. Heavy feel. Low carbonation. clean finish.

Overall I was very suprised and pleased of this beer. Get it while you can,because they are only going to bottle this once again till January. Must try!

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.