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

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Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout

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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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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cute Jewish woman adorns the bottle that screams New York and rye bread.

Opaque liquid topped by fluffy tan head. Thin lacing that's almost nonexistent.

Rich chocolate smell with roasted ground coffee aroma floating around in the glass. As the brew warms up, a slight alcohol smell comes through.

Delicious rich stout taste. Lots of roasted flavor and malty sweetness but it seems the cute old Jewish lady has let me down. Where's the rye taste that the name and label bring me to expect?

This is a great beer with good carbonation and an enjoyable feel. Please come south, Bell's. We need you down here. Thanks to CRJMellor for helping me get my hands on this one.

timtheenchanta, May 21, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tulip. Not a lot of head, it's a dark tan flash then settles to a moderate ring around the edge. Despite the lack of head, large amounts of carbonation sticks to the inside walls of the glass. Color is a murky chocolate brown. Dense hues do not let light through.

Smell has a wonderful dark rye bread aroma. Toasty notes that fill the senses. Hints of chocolate malt and a little lactose. Taste is a creamy sweetness countered with a rye bite.

Mouthfeel is coating as each swallow glides down my throat. There must be some oatmeal in there to make it so creamy. Carbonation is a little too crisp while cold. Let it warm up a little and it expands in it's chewiness. This is not like any stout I've ever had and it's fantastic.

bort11, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of rye beers, so I was very pleased to see this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. It's easy enough to find a rye ipa or lighter beer, much harder to find a rye stout. I really enjoyed this quite a bit. Poured dark brown, approaching black, with a creamy head. Smells of spicy rye balanced beatifully with some firm malt and some roastiness. Tastes similar- and very nice. Lovely gobs of spicy rye supported by lightly roasty malt and a huge creaminess. The rye really shines here and isn't overwhelmed by charred notes. Great beer.

Georgiabeer, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of xymyl
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is almost black with dark red highlights, dark brown head that settles to a thin film leaving lacing.

Aroma is very strong toasted malts, tobacco, teriyaki beef jerky (or maybe even turkey jerkey), pepper, coffee, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is all of those mentioned along with a middle note of dark chocolate/vanilla/root beer, not bad at all but quite unexpected. A very stable chocolate/coffee note carries from beginning to end. Slight peak of sweetness at the start slight peak of bitterness at the end... these are very slight.

Body is medium but the beer itself is huge. Big flavors but balanced and light enough to enjoy at any drinking pace. But drink slowly.

xymyl, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer purchased in Detroit in December 2009. The beer is nearly opaque, dark burnt reddish brown, thin tan foam. The aroma is NICE! Roasted malts, chocolate, a nice dose of rye, just brilliant. The taste is no slouch either, roasted but not overly bitter, some rye spiciness that contrasts the dark malts, possibly some wheat but it's hard to tell through all the other rich flavors. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, maybe some oatmeal was added? Seems like Bell's pulled all stops on this one, outstanding and delicious. Needs to be a standard beer.

TurdFurgison, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of marburg
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap; where did this come from? Oh a whim, I decided to pick up one of the few Bell's beers I haven't tried over the past couple years -- this Rye Stout. I didn't expect a whole lot.

But I was pleasantly surprised.

Deep, black with brown highlights, and a thin, tan head. Aroma is sweetened for a stout -- but well-blended. It's hard to distinguish one scent from another. The nose is very fine -- a beefy dessert consisting of bittersweet chocolates. Flavor is similarly after-dinner-ish. I kept getting these pretty big chocolate flavors -- bitter chocolcate.

This had, on the whole, a much more milky, sweet flavor (and feel) than a standard stout. That bitter, roasted balance is a little absent here -- but not to its detriment. One of the more pleasant beer surprises I've had lately.

marburg, Sep 08, 2003
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 Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color piceous with a gargantuan sized head, the texture frothy, the color a light chocolate with the decomposition of the head a satiny veil of lace forms to obscure the glass. The ray adds a bit of earthiness to the somewhat sweet nose, toasted grains evident, and a fine sniffer for sure. Front is thick and sweet, top full bodied and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is mild in its acidity; the hops are pleasing in their spicy bite, bitter chocolate dry aftertaste a real treat that I sample only rarely.

Gusler, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a mildly spicy and very biscuity toasted malt aroma. A very unique rye aroma.

The taste was ultra smooth with a very doughy and mildly spicy element. The rye imparts an amazing rich flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall an excellent stout. The rye adds an added dimension to this stout. Absoultely delicious.

plaid75, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of wnh
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown, opaque but for a little light coming in around the edges, with a large, foamy light tan head.

Very roasty nose, leaning primarily toward a spicy, crusty rye bread aroma--bread that is almost but not quite burnt. Just a touch of malty sweetness underneath, with a mineral-like note reminiscent of a dry Irish-style stout. A light, fruity aroma from the yeast comes through as the beer warms.

Smooth and somewhat bready on the palate, turning sweet in the middle with milk chocolate and caramel before finishing quite abruptly. Fades back into the spicy, crust breadiness, but nowhere nearly as strong as the nose suggests. There's a slight roasty bite on the swallow which quickly fades into a smooth creaminess.

Medium bodied and quite soft; very quaffable. The rye seems to work well with this beer. Whereas most rye beers seem to be hoppier expressions where the hops overpower the rye, here the rye has a chance to express itself. Well done, Bell's.

wnh, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just picked this new (to me) offering from Bell's along with a 6er of Java Stout. I love stout season!

A: Pours black and appears to have somewhat of a thin body. A slight head forms which is bone white, but quickly fades to nothing. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass as it goes down.

S: A predominant rye character comes through on the nose along with bold roasted notes. The roasted malt back bone has a hint of smoke along with coffee.

T: Like the nose, the rye is very predominant. This is my first rye stout and I am impressed with the way that typical stout flavors marry with the rye. The flavor of rye transforms into roasted barley and a hint of coffee and smoke. Very complex on the tongue, leaves a lasting impression on the aftertaste.

M: medium body with a velvety mouthfeel. The carbonation is subdued, but it works well with this beer.

D: This is a wonderful and highly drinkable stout. It has all of the roasted flavors I look for in a stout and the rye really works well here. I will have to drink this stuff up while it's around. This beer has definitely piqued my interest in rye stouts. Perhaps I will try to brew one of my own!

homebrew311, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,pitch black with a tan head that didnt stick around too long.

nose is mostly roasted coffee,bit of chocolate as well.taste has alot of roasted malt/coffee flavor,dark chocolate,with alot of rye flavor in the finish.finishes somewhat dry and pretty clean.

mouthfeel on this beer is impeccably smooth,the rye gives this beer such a great body.feels like an imperial stout quite honestly.

drinkability is high with lowish abv, great flavor, and mouthfeel.really an excellent beer.

wyattshotmaker, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of rabsten
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another dark ale from Bell's...yippie!

Okay, with that out of the way: poured into a pint glass, deep, dark brown to black with thick brown head. And by thick, I mean it's not just tall (it's several inches) it's thick and gooey. Nice retention, good lacing.

Smoked grain, alcohol. Very "stout" in the nose. Nice.

More toasted grain flavor up front, moving into a smooth, malty finish. Some hop bitterness throughout, but it's subtle.

Slightly thick but smooth. Good drinking stout. It hits hard and instantly warms the throat and belly. Perfect drinking beer for a cold fall evening; probably wouldn't work during the summer.

Bell's = dark ale goodness. Another winner. Worth getting a few.

rabsten, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of sopor
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep cola-molasses brown with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Very little light shows through, just a hint of brown on the edges.

WOW! Very malty and complex aroma, with hints of chocolate, sweet malt like malted milk balls, dry roasty and nutty malt, all tied together with a hint of spice that must be from the rye, but I'm not sure... Best smelling beer I've had the pleasure of quaffing to date.

Flavor is lighter than expected with such a strong aroma. However, it is just as complex, though accenting the bitter roastiness and rye spiciness, which are a wonderful combination! The hit together at first contact of beer to tongue, and wash away to allow the hints of malted milk, chocolate, and nuts to come through. A hop bittering is barely detectible, either so light or of a variety that they blend well.

The mouthfeel is oilly, but not thick, and not heavy, just very slick. To me, too slick, but not way too slick. I would like to see the rye mashed differently to avoid extra slickness, as something this oilly can't be "refreshing" to me. Carbonation is low. On it's own, not a bad thing, however, some additional CO2 could have helped break up the body a bit.

Despite a slight shortcoming in the mouthfeel (IMO), this beer is very tasty, and combined with such a complex, mind-blowing and amazing aroma, is a pleasure to drink. I wish I had picked up more than one bottle!

sopor, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of PretzelCity
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to thank Grumpy for sending me this one off of my wants list. Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Chocolate and lightly roasted malts in the nose with a touch of rye. Taste was nice and simple. Chocolate, roasted malts and some rye all perfectly balanced, each flavor complimenting the next. Although the head wasn't too impressive the carbonation was present in the mouthfeel, which added nicely to the beer. Very smooth and super drinkable, medium to full body, this beer doesn't try to overwhelm you with flavors, it just uses each flavor extremely well. I really enjoyed this beer, I had high hopes and it did not disappoint. Hope to get more soon.

PretzelCity, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black that doesn't appear to be too viscous. A pretty decent-sized medium brown head. Plenty of rye and roasted malt in the nose. Flavor is similar along with a little bit of coffee. Medium to full body with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. Good take on the rye beer category; one of the more unique ones I've had within the style.

Thorpe429, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of GFTeacher
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be quite good. The head was nice and dense, leaving nice lace behind. The color, when the glass was tipped, was as expected: a deep orange-red fading into the darkest brown. The aroma was a nice combination of rye malt and dark malts, though I didn't detect the roastiness I usually associate with stouts. I wanted the flavor to have a touch more rye character, which I could detect but thought was overshadowed by the dark malts (mostly chocolate malt?), but not drowned out. Overall very good.

GFTeacher, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Staunton Baja Bean into a shaker pint.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights and a half-inch of tight, soft tan head. Good retention of what little's there, with sticky lacing. Quite nice - excellent pour for a bar.

S: It's hard to get much, what with the shaker pint and the smokiness of the bar; I do detect some sweet chocolate, some rye spice, and light hops. Pretty solid.

T: Opens with a rich blast of sweet malt that carries through into a more complex rye and chocolate middle, and ends with a delicious kiss of citrus hops and a roasty coffee aftertaste. Excellent.

M: Substantial body with the carbonation to match. Very rich and smooth.

D: No idea what the ABV is, but I'm loving the blend of rich flavor, bitterness, and the lack of noticeable booze. I think I'll get another.

Notes: This beer was tasty enough to make me ignore the bar's impressive bottle list and get a second pint. Very tasty, easy-drinking stout. Surprised to see how low this is rated on here.


woosterbill, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased at the party source for $1.90. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dead black. There is no opaqueness to light. The head is nearly three fingers high with a creamed coffee coloration. The head seemed to last forever. The lacing was like pancake batter on the side of my glass.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted grainy smell. The beer has a medium roasted cafe mocha smell.

Taste: The beer has a very pleasing cafe mocha base. The beer has supporting vanilla and chared grainy taste. The beer has a bit of cloves coming along with hop bitterness. The beer taste nice but I cannot find the rye.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has a clinging oilyness that helps the flavor linger. This is a very good beer treat. I just have one question where is the rye?

nlmartin, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this might have been the tastiest beer i sampled at Bell's (i guess my review will be an empirical test)

the aroma is deliciously roasty, and perhaps featuring coffee? chicory

deeply roasted without kilning astringency. it's a sweet beverage--almost desserty--complex, rich, yet manages not to be cloyingly sweet. i frickin love rye and this one delivers: that prickle, that sour spice...mmm. oh yeah, slight chocolate thing going on. balanced bitterness

i'm not sure if they followed my advice after my last review (bottle) or if it's just that much better out of the tap or if my palate changed...i enjoyed this much more than i have before (and i tasted it from a tap at a bar in chi recently and i think my thoughts then were what my past review in 6/07 reflected)

bruachan, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of zerk
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and opaque... with a thin tan head and clinging lace. Aroma of rye, chocolate, and coffee with a touch of sweetness. Assertive aroma that I really enjoy. Flavor begins slightly acidic... some burnt malt, then rye... finishes with a bitterness and sweetness that reminds me of cappuccino. Medium full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. This is a finely created brew from the masters of stouts. It's brews like this that make me happy to drink local!

zerk, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-30-11

Was surprised to see this on tap at an Oberon release event, I didn't even know this beer existed.

A - opaque black body, small tan head. Simple, but strong. Good look

S - coffee, hint of rye spice, some fruity hops. Interesting

T - coffee, earthy notes, rye spice, dark fruit. Nicely complex beer, and it is even a bit hot.

M - really nice body, very smooth and full. Robust and a touch dry.

O (D) - A very solid, fairly interesting stout. A good drink.

ColdPoncho, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of boonejag75
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

boonejag75, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... "The Batch ID that you entered '7235', is a Bell's Rye Stout. Your Bell's Rye Stout was packaged on February 9, 2006."

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" brown head over the cloudy, barely translucent dark brown brew. Head holds on well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is hearty dark grains, almost some smoke in there, very nice. Taste is sweet dark malts as well, reminds me of a milk stout, which is always cool. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good, smoothness and coffee bitterness keeping the sweetness in check well. Wouldn't mind seeing more of these Bell's Stouts out this way, for sure.

ppoitras, Aug 27, 2006
Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.