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Bell's Rye Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 59
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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Reviews by GreenWBush:
Photo of GreenWBush
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black impression; glints of ruby at bottom, edges, and throughout. Head is hide-colored, modest, but with exemplary cling.

Nose is filled with a slight rye twang and powdered cocoa. My mind also instantly conjures up freshly baked German Dark Rye Bread. A slightly metallic maltiness pokes through the roast also.

This is one of the most flat-out smooth and well-balanced stouts around. Downright sessionable, or so it seems - I had no clue that this was nearing 7% alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is incredible too, smooth and schwillable but with plenty of flavor to boot.

I see this as a great every-day (read: mellow) stout that could work wonders as a newbie-converter.

GreenWBush, Apr 17, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a light mocha colored head that is gone pretty quickly,aroma is marshmellow-like and slightly nutty.Taste has a sour note to it with with a roasted malt favor that comes thru in the aftertaste with an almost cola like flavor as well.It was a nice beer to try but not really something I would go out and get again.

oberon, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Maduro.

Opaque brown with an interesting aroma of chicory, highly acidic coffee, burnt rye toast, bitter chocolate, cream, and tea leaves. Taste is almost smoky from the rye with an sour quality from the coffee flavors. Tea leave hop finish with well roasted dark malt base. Feel is thick and very dry, an odd combination. Heavy body. Twangy from the coffee and chicory at certain points as well. Not very drinkable for me. I just am not too excited about these flavors. I don’t think they blend or balance well.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black color, mostly opaque with a light tan head that is somewhat small and hard to bring out, even with an aggressive pour and a swirl of the glass. Aroma is chocolaty with slight coffee flavors surrounding it; silky, creamy, with a sweet aroma, much like a coffee loaded up with cream and sugar. Very smooth initial mouth feel; bittersweet chocolates come out and darken up as they warm on the palate. The heavy coffee flavors come out about halfway though - very similar to the aroma, the coffee profile is sweet, silky, and creamy rather than dark and bitter. Huge gashes of roasted malts hit the palate left and right, providing a nice ground for all of these other flavors to stand upon. Some bread-like rye finally comes out, but not much until the aftertaste. Slight hop presence, dry and ashy, provides a touch of bitterness to help balance the malty sweetness. Silky mouth, medium-thick body, low carbonation.

Seems like more of a milk/sweet stout than a regular stout. I would've liked the rye to play a more prominent part, but overall it was a pretty tasty beer.

tectactoe, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany pour with a frothy, tan head.

Nose is spicy with rye bread and coffee coming forth.

Body is full and smooth, rich with spice and chocolate finishing with a dusty dryness.

A very solid winter stout. I can't really find much wrong with this.

brownbeer, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with little head, unpleasantly reminiscent of blended black and tans. The flavors are lacking in coffee notes but almost compensates with nice toasted malt flavors. The smooth dry finish is a high note for this blandish understated stout. While the carobonation is nice and the brew is smooth it lacks the creaminess expected. Overall, eh.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 13, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Batch 9370

It pours a almost pitch black with a head that dies as quickly as it came.

The aroma is just jumping up and down with rye malt. Its like opening up a loaf of rye bread. I'm also picking up some roasted and coffee character as well.

The taste is like biting into some dark rye bread. I've had more than a few rye beers and this one has the most rye flavor I've ever tasted. It's pretty roasty as well. I'm picking up a hair of astringency at the end.

A little too carbonated off the bat but once I got to the end of the glass it felt just perfect. the roasted malts are a little too sharp for an excellent drinkability

weatherdog, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7235. Packaged on February 9, 2006. Hooray for fresh beer. Pours from the bottle a deep dark charcoal black with a big foamy two finger tan head. Some nice lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of spicy, roasted rye entangled with dark chocolate and a blast of bitter ground coffee that I wasn't expecting, yet enjoy. Burnt rye bread that was left in the toaster a bit too long.

First sip brings a deep roasted maltiness that has a slightly gritty rye spiciness. Mellow slightly milky chocolate tones along with a bitter coffee flavor that runs through the middle of each sip. Finishes with a burnt, bready malt aftertaste. I really enjoy the rye flavors that come through here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingly carbonation. Goes down easily, however I could've gone for a little more body here. Seems a bit on the thin side to me. Drinkability is good. The fairly low abv would make it easy to have a few in a sitting. Yet another tasty stout from one of the masters of the style! Bell's puts a smile on my face yet again. Now quit reading this and go get some :-)

orbitalr0x, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark mahogany body, opaque but not inky. Small tan head quickly subsides and leaves minimal lace. Smells like a sweet stout, initially, with a lacto note. Spicy rye, old coffee, and a vague hint of bittersweet chocolate come on as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium, but thins as it warms. Carbonation is moderate. Taste has lots of spicy rye which infuses the dark roasty stout flavors with a pleasant bite. Some earthy hop character works well. No hint of the abv, making this an easily drinkable addition to the worthy array of stouts by this fine brewery.

merlin48, May 20, 2006
Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, leather brown, 1/4 inch head

Smell: rye, toasted malt, toffee

Taste: rye, toasted malt, toffee, touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium light carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: I like it because i can taste the rye in this rye beer. I also love the hints of smoke. This is a winner from Bells, but I do think that two in a sitting is the most I could do.

tigg924, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with very thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and just a slight spiciness.

Taste: Light roasted malts with notes of chocolate, coffee, spicy rye and some bitterness at the end. Very subtle beer overall, but the bitterness, while not too high, seems strangely out of place.

Feel: Low carbonation, fairly light body for a Stout but pretty smooth. I actually like the mouthfeel although it may have led to the beer being too subtle.

Drinkability: Very light and easy drinking Stout despite the 6.7% abv. However, it is also a little light on flavor. Mostly seems like a tamer version of their Kalamazoo Stout.

bsp77, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours less dark than expected, a dark brown moreso than used motor oil black like in many of the Bell's stouts. Aroma, could discern the rye portion of this. Other than that, it was pretty average in every way. Average roasting, sweetness etc. . .

Taste, solid. Some toffee which probably helped with the darker brown appearance. Still not really getting what makes this a rye stout, just can't taste or smell it. Mild chocolate malt. Seemed like it was more of an oatmeal than a rye stout at times. Hint of smoke.

For a Bell's stout (cherry, expedition etc. . . ) it was below average, but easily above average for every other stout out there. Enjoyable and would drink again. I think the next bottle I'll drink as my first beer of the day to try and get a better grasp on the rye aspect.

Beerandraiderfan, May 24, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, darkest brown aided by lots of floating chunkies. Poured the beejeezuz out of it to get just a trace of a head. Sweet aroma, definitely tinged with a rye sense. Nice mouthfeel, a trace of an oily presence I like in some Stout styles. Deep roasted flavors, a trace of dark chocolate sense with some spice. Subtle rye flavor (good for me, love the bread, have problems with Rye Whiskey)...pretty nice beer, what Stout is next, Kalamazoo?

ADR, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Available at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH...appears a dark caramel brown near black with a nice tan head leaves even thick bands of lacing with each sip from my saturated pint. Aromatics contain creamy doughy chocolate with a hint of Irish cream coffee, evident spicy rye in all it's grainy herbally goodness. Flavor has a slight vinous feel to it quality soft chocolate notes streak across the palate with mellow herbal hop layers and subtle spicy rye finish characteristic unfiltered doughy Bell's touch as well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied low key gentle carbonation silky smooth going down great brew. Drinkablity...I love all stouts outta Kalamazoo another reason to love Bell's brewing I could definitely enjoy a few of these.

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an inky black color with a thin brown head. The head fades very fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very strong roasted malt aroma. VERY strong. It has a smokey aroma as well. Some caramel sweetness is present. It has an ever so slight bready aroma also.

This beer has a sweet caramel flavor. Also, I taste some smoky flavors. As with the aroma, this beer tastes very roasted malt like. It has a biscuit like flavor also. It also has a slight woody flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a smokey roasted malt aftertaste. It is a little higher carbonated than I would expect. Also, it is slightly thinner than I expected.

This beer might make a good session beer. It tastes good, and is not overly aggressive. Also, it is not overly high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks go out, once again, to HimerMan for this tasty brew. It was on my wants list, and now I can take it off. I liked this one, and would drink it again if I could get it.

OStrungT, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +2.8%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zonian1, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of baker's chocolate and lighter amounts of spicy rye. Also present are slight hints of smoke.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet roasted malt flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip equal amounts of dark and milk chocolate flavors make an appearance. Before the end of the sip mild amounts of spicy rye flavors work their way into things and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I had higher hopes for this beer however I found the rye influence to be more muted than I would have liked. Still, an easy drinking beer with a good deal of complexity that's worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours an opaque deep brown body with a faint light shining through in the very base of the glass. A coco colored creamy head fades a bit and no sign of carbonation in the deep abyss.

S- This beer has a slight tart dark chocolate note with some alder smoke hint is very well balanced.

T- The very light tart but earthy chocolate malt note has some black malt flavors but no black roasted grain qualities. There is a light spicy finish that is a bit salty. The finish is spicy but not really hoppy. As the beer warms there is a slight note of dark roasted rye also.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slippery finish but the beginning of the beer has a velvety feel.

D- This beer is very interesting and it has more layers to its complexity with every sip.

rhoadsrage, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of shadytony
4/5  rDev +2.8%

shadytony, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium-dark brown in color with red hues shining through. It's dark enough that it can just barely be seen through, and not well. The light brown head doesn't tower but isn't small either, about a finger, and thick. It leaves patches and some legging of creamy lacing sticking to the glass as it recedes.
The aroma's a bit light, and not quite what I've come to expect from Bell's. The rye really doesn't come through clearly, and I wonder if rye can really work in a stout the way it can in a less malt-forward style. Caramel sweetness lingers in here. There's a little bit of coffee ground and some smokiness with a woody / earthy touch to it.
The flavor, again, is a little light, but the rye comes through just a little bit more strongly than in the aroma. Sweetness rolls on the tongue with a hint of nuttiness before the smoky woods pull through, finishing out with the malted barley, biscuit / breads, and a touch of sourness I attribute to the rye hiding in the background.
The body is full with a fairly lush, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is light to moderate and the somewhat lingering finish is a mix of sweet and bitter tinged with a note of sourdough.
This is a good beer, though Bell's for me has always been top-notch to this point. Still, I'd drink this again for sure.

Brenden, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DerekQXQX, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Definitely a black stout topped with a smallish tan head that melts to nothing.
Aromas are burnt chocolate, strong black coffee, and tobacco.
Flavors of dark coffee, dark chocolate, sharp spices from the rye drying everything out. Nothing sweet here but nothing bitter either.
Just dry, spicy and very flavorful.
Aftertaste is rye spice and burnt chocolate...maybe a little tobacco coming through as well.
We need more Rye beers. This is an excellent example of why.
Great stuff.

IntriqKen, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of AndyH
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

AndyH, Oct 05, 2012
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Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.