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

Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout

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396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of drabmuh


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I actually worked a beer fest earlier this year and poured this beer for 4 hours, I must have had a gallon of it but I didn't bother to review it, on tap tonight at Meridian Pint, this particular stout is brown and hazy with almost no head and no lacing, low carbonation.

Beer has a mild aroma, with perhaps a little smoke / peat in it. Mostly just mild roast and malt.

Beer is medium bodied and finishes drier than it probably should. There is a ghost of an aftertaste of smoke, subtle smoke that creeps in from the back of the beer. The forward is mildly rye flavored with a little barley sweetness. The roast character in this supposed stout is completely absent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 04:57:26 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Magpie14


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Butch's Dry Dock.

A: heavy red and brown hues. Light orange hues at the base and top of my tumbler. Nice head and decent lacing

S: smells of bittersweet chocolate, barley, and malts. Not much in the way of rye. Or at least that I can tell. Nothing unusual here

T: flavors range from cocoa, barley, some toasted malts. Solid balance between these flavors, slightly bitter and mildly sweet. Waiting for the rye to show up, no luck. Maybe a timid showing of rye/spiciness in the finish. Bulk of this beer is chocolatey bread and coffee notes

M: slick and very good feel. Nice heavy body

D: session all over this one. Very tasty brew

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 00:52:48 | More by Magpie14
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 16:14:45 | More by glid02
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

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)

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 00:28:34 | More by bruachan
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 11:09:16 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brickskeller in DC.
Appearance: Off white head hides a nice reddish brown beer.
Smell: You really get a nice aroma of the grains and malt used in this, you can't help but call it bread.
Taste: The rye really makes this a dry stout but the malt really smooths it out to almost have a sweetness to it. It has a real bite to it which I think was the intent of the brewers.
Drinkability and mouthfeel: Very good stout, not too heavy but carries enough of a presence to fill you up. Might need a little more carbonation but overall a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 13:15:05 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of zeff80


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan. head of thick foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of rye, chocolate, toffee and sweet caramel. There was a slightly floral nose, too.

T - This is a sweet and bitter stout. It tasted like a blend of a milk stout and an oatmeal stout. Bitter oat flavor with sweet caramel, toffee and molasses.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good stout. The rye added a sweetness to a bitter stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 02:13:08 | More by zeff80
Photo of BARFLYB


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Union Jack's in Glenside twice, I missed this when it was last brewed and glad that I can try it.

A- Dirty brown mud covered ground with some small amounts of debris floating around. I've seen this poured at a few establishments and it always looks the same, as if the keg was shaken up before tapping. I guess this is how it's supposed to look with a floating yeast look. A nice light brown/tan head that faded into a small cap leaving small patches of foam.

S- It's a rye stout and the scents indicate that with the rye coming in underneath the other stout like smells, but I also detect some porter qualities with alot of roasted malt and some chocolate. The rye is at a level where it's almost like lightly smelling some rye bread. Trace amounts of coffee plus some toffee and some spicy yeast like scents. Not very bold but pleasant.

T- They should of called this Bell's Rye Porterish Stout as I get some qualities from both of those styles. The porter from the roasted malt and minimasl coffee, the stout from the chocolate and the small amount of dark fruit in the finish. Along with that fruit the rye component comes in making for a nice mix. No flavor is really over done and are all light within the mix. I liked this a lot better than the double cream that was also on tap.

M- A bold medium body that is not all that heavy in the mouth and going down. The liquid does not coat the mouth like a stout, moreso it glides across leaving it's mark while leaving a very light spicy finish at the end. A nice little prick from the minimal carbonation, not a very crisp beer, more like a smooth sail.

D- I need to find a six pack of this because it opened my eyes being that there are not a lot of rye stout's out there, this moved me. I also want to see if there is any difference in appearence vs. the kegged version. This is easy drinking and probably my favorite of Bell's lower ABV 'dark beer' offerings. Will have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 19:25:17 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Slatetank


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's on 1/6/10. Served chilled in a pint.

A - A very dark brown w/ caramel brown highlights. A practically opaque clarity w/ very thin pale tan head. The bead is pin sized and barely any lace clings

S - A dark roasted coffee and mild cocoa nose w/ spice and subtle caramel scents. The vanilla aroma from the malt is prominent w/ mellow breadiness in the nose

M - A full roasted texture w/ mild nutty and dry toasted feel w/ rye spice accent. There is moderate carbonation and a creaminess w/ mildly sweet finish

T - A very tasty stout - it has a light dry start w/ coffee and caramel creeping in w/ pretty substantial rye flavor. A hint of smoke is noted which accents the dark malts well and has a gentle vanilla taste from caramel malt in the finish

D - This is a seriously tasty stout - Bell's is a master w/ so many great tasting stouts. This is one of the best they make as the rye addition is not overdone, just enough to compliment the caramel and dark malt flavor. The smokiness adds complexity-truly drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2010 15:06:42 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Rye Stout, poured ontap into a pint glass. A very dark brownish black with an off white head and just a bit of lace.

Aroma is of chocolate malt, espresso, rye. Very bready and inviting.

Taste consists of alot of stout flavors. Roasted malt, chocolate and a nice helping of peppery rye spiciness. Everything works together quite well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth.

Rather fair drinkability. Big and flavorful, this beer is worthy of a good session in the winter months.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 13:44:51 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout, a bit short on the rye expectations but rather pleasing nevertheless, and with an enticing finish.

Presentation: 16 oz draft offering. Menu only notes that it is the special rotating tap. Served on a Bell´s pint shaker glass.

A - Black with deep brown edges, short head (little room left for it on this serving) with good retention and lacing.

S - Very faint, subdued roasted malt, a tad of a fruity note.

T - Roasted malt, a bit of a sour distant note including dark fruit, that turns into a faint sweet coating. Little rye perceived but flavors overall works well.

M - Medium body with soft but adequate carbonation, and a gentle and smooth finish that includes a touch of a crispy note in the texture.

D - Rather drinkable. Goes a bit over the average with a nice and enticing finish that emerges half-way through.

Notes: Maybe not outstanding, and surely for my liking I would be expecting a far more assertive rye profile, and still leves me wondering what a stout like that would be like. Here it works on a rather subtle, and balanced side, giving a decent and fairly likeable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 00:42:29 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of beerman207


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer had a nice tan brown head and appeared as close to black as I could see with bar lighting.

S: The nose of this was quite good with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla being the highlights.

T: The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, and malt coming through once more.

M: The body of this was decent and light.

D: It had high drinkability. I could have kept drinking this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 00:25:40 | More by beerman207
Photo of thain709


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a black body that did not show any hints of brown...a one finger tan head was present and retained to a spotty cap...nice lacing

S - Nice roasted malt aromas...hints of chocolate and coffee are present with a touch of vanilla

T - The roasted malts were again present up front...they presented nice flavors...the chocolate really dominated while the coffee beans lingered in the background...there was a touch of sweetness up front as well...there was no middle to this beer...it went from tasting good to a straight spicy rye finish...the addition of the rye was nice but it was too aggressive for me and didn't pair well with the stout qualities

M - Medium bodied...wanted this to be fuller...a little too carbonated

D - This started off as a nice stout and it really could have finished as a good stout...but the addition of the rye kind of knocked it down for me...I like both stouts and rye beers but this combination just didn't work for me...it was just an okay beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 22:46:05 | More by thain709
Photo of projectflam86


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick toffee colored head that leaves some good lace.

S- Roasted malt and some bittersweet chocolate.

T- Huge rush of coffee beans and cocoa nibs. A touch of smoke and burnt malt with some rye-like sourness in the finish.

M- A touch thin in body with low carbonation.

D- An interesting brew that was different but quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 05:06:06 | More by projectflam86
Photo of PrinceDarren


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brixies served in a snifter.

I don't have much to say about this other than it looked, smelled and tasted decent enough.

In short, I would describe it is a stout with hint of rye. I realize that this is a boring description and that it only reflects the style. But that is all there is to it.

I will add that it is very drinkable for a 6.7% ABV. I would drink this again.

It is an "above average" Rye Stout. A solid "B"

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 20:13:15 | More by PrinceDarren
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: black in color, 1.5 finger brown head, long lasting, had good lacing down the glass.

S: moderate dark roasted grains and malt aroma. no rye noted.

T: faint toasted malts and dark chocolates. still no rye noted.

MF: light bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: this was all right. much prefer their other stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 17:07:35 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of neorunner


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Half inch of thick dark tan head that lasted for a bit over a minute. Beer was a dark black with small but noticeable carbonation bubbles.

S- No apparent aroma but was served in a chilled glass at a fish stand so most likely environmental issues.

T- Chocolate and rye flavors mix well, very little hop presence except at first. Nutty and coffee notes in the background.

M- Sharp carbonation taste on the front of the tongue and a slightly wet finish.

D- Pint went down smooth and clean. Left me satisfied and slightly full yet I could easily session a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 03:00:21 | More by neorunner
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a balloon shaped wine glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark walnut brown color with a ¼" tan head that recedes fairly soon to a ring and a patch of foam. Initially sipping leaves a pattern or leggy speckled lacing. But the head and lacing fade quickly and by the end of the beer there's little lacing to be seen.

Smell: While the soft subtle aroma is predominantly chocolate and dark caramel from the roasted barley malt there is a soft spicy undertone that comes from the rye.

Taste: While the flavors here are predominantly a nice dark chocolate and some mild espresso, the spiciness of the rye comes through as a counter point that moderates the other flavors and lets you know there's more than just barley malt in this beer. The rye backs up the other flavors and compliments them without ever taking charge. The alcohol is well concealed.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. The finish has a dry spicy character from the rye.

Drinkability: I found this a nicely drinkable beer that I could have more than one of with no trouble at all. I enjoyed each sip, wanted more and was disappointed when it was finished. While I'll not go out of my way to track this beer down, I'll be happy to drink this one again the next time we cross paths.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 01:20:28 | More by drtth
Photo of billab914


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Paridiso in Georgetown. Dark brown appearance with a small head that disappeared quickly. Almost no lacing as I drank it. Aroma is good with caramel coffee tones and the rye as a nice addition. Very good taste, all the roasty chocolate and coffee flavors go well with the rye flavor. Very drinkable, could have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 00:14:27 | More by billab914
Photo of weeare138


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a near black With dark brown edges and a crimson hue. A thick, tan head slowly fades into a floating cap.
Smell is of cocoa, milk sugar, caramel, rye, and wheat.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugar and wood like bitterness pulling through. Definite presence of lactose, along with the rye makes it interesting.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, bitter, sweet, and...a bit weird. I'm really on the fence with the whole thing. The beer screams that it wants to be toasty but it's not. It's dry from the rye.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 22:17:45 | More by weeare138
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Busy Bee served in a standard pint glass a nice opaque black with a decent khaki head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is exactly what I expected, roasted malts and rye. The taste is an interesting blend of roasted malts and rye, complementing themselves nicely alongside slight espresso and bitter cocoa. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 20:26:39 | More by atsprings
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never turn down a Bell's on tap, especially one I haven't tried before. This one is a solid stout, if pretty straight forward. Black beer with a very small head that left no lacing and just a touch of film. Nose was standard stout - roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and maybe a touch of hoppy spice. Spice (rye) comes through a little stronger in the flavor but is generally mild, making way for the stronger roasted malt and chocolate. Body is nice and full, good for the style. Overall a nice offering from Bell's, if not quite the monster stouts that the Kalamazoo, Java or Expedition are.

Pizzaria Paradiso/$6/Pint

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 21:31:07 | More by soupyman10
Photo of BarrelO


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RFD. Served in a pint glass.

Black body with no head or lacing. Smell is typical stout roastiness with detectable rye notes. Taste is chocolatey and roasty with the rye bringing an extra dimension, adding both sweetness and tartness. Finishes sweet. Rather bready mouthfeel. This is definitely a good change-of-pace stout. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 23:19:40 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flying Saucer Charlotte. Deep brown pour, not really all that thick in appearance. Some nice off white head. Aroma of roast malt, light chocolate and roast nut. Definetely has that rye mouthfeel, add nice body to it. Being on tap attenuates the carbonation I could see this having in bottle form. Not very aggressive with the roast, some oat, rye and bakers chocolate with a good dose of peaty nut. I liked, a good change of pace stout. Somewhere between a stout, porter and nut brown. Interesting and very drinkable. Would recommend anyone to give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 22:56:15 | More by Bung
Photo of adamette


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured from tap at Eccentric Café into a clean, clear glass.

A Dark beer but surprised to find that it is a deep mahogany brown in front of direct light. Moderate creamy head that lingered for a while (more than 10 minutes). 4.0

S Smells exactly, to me, like an oatmeal stout. Dark roast malt and some nice grains like an oatmeal stout would have. I do not smell any "rye" but I am not sure that I should. Despite the apparent absence of a "rye" smell, this is a good smelling stout. 4.0

T Tastes like a nicely brewed oatmeal stout. I do not taste any "rye" and now I am not sure that I am supposed to. Dark malt and maybe even some sweet chocolate notes. 4.0

M Full feel with stout bigness but no alcohol bite. Nice, smooth bigness. I really like the feel of this beer. 4.5

D Fair to good as this is a nice stout. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 03:35:00 | More by adamette
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