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

Black colour with off-white head. More tangy than roast chicory for a stout. Malty though carbonation was significant. Hint of cherry midsip. Spicy tangy aftertaste. Unpasteurized. Had it 2.5 years later and still excellent stout, chocolate malt, smooth, rye for edge.

Seven and a half years later I had on tap and the colorur was brown witha little head. Big chocolate Sweet-spicey, not as edgy so I am keeping up the bottle review.

Sammy, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Nov 07, 2014
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 nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7235

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights; not the blackest stout I have ever seen; the modest tan head forms nicely but drops quickly leaving little lacing

Smell: Understated, but there is a bit of roast, chocolate and dark fruit

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that is joined by chocolate and dark fruit by mid-palate, with a sour tinge that I will put down to the influence of the rye; after the swallow, the flavors mellow out with not much of distinction lingering around

Mouthfeel: Meidum body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I fear I should have consumed this a while ago, but it got buried in my cellar; a decent but unremarkable stout

brentk56, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's delivers again. Very sweet, smooth, creamy, and characterful. About as black as you get with very little light permiating. A thin, dense head remains to the bottom of the glass. Smooth and sweet in the same Oatmeal Stout sort of way. Sweetness depends on big barley additions, roasted grains, and lactose. Smoothness depends on oats and milk sugars. Rye (pumpernickle rye bread) flavors add a grain, earthy, dusty character. A grain-husk bitterness rides into the finish. Lowly hopped and to offset the sweetness only--contributes little to the finish brew. Quite clean in the finish with a light residual milky flavor and texture.

BEERchitect, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light peat notes. Taste is very particular with some good peat notes and deep roasted malt. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very singular since I am not used to rye being used in a stout but still very interesting.

Phyl21ca, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt pecan brown with generous reddish gold highlights. In fact, with sunlight behind the glass, it's just possible to determine that Rye Stout isn't opaque. A heavily creamy crown of toasted tan foam sits atop the beer and is beginning to lay down a thick layer of barely broken lace. A quality stout look through and through.

Ditto for the nose. I'm a little disappointed that I can't identify rye in the aroma, but I imagine it would take a huge amount of that grain to overcome the roasted barley, and that the beer wouldn't taste very good as a result. Along with black coffee and bittersweet chocolate, I think I can pick out a little spiciness that I'll happily attribute to rye malt.

Once I get over the fact that this isn't a huge, meaty, mouth-filling stout, I'll be fine (color rarely lies). Actually, I'm having a hard time getting over that initial disappointment because, even though I have no problem with a lighter than average stout, I need more flavor and more flavor linger than has been provided. I blame the body.

The flavor profile is a study in subtlety. Cocoa and weak coffee are still in the lead with very little evidence of spicy rye. I'd like to see more barley malt and much more rye malt. Neutrality reigns in terms of bitter versus sweet, another characteristic that keeps my excitement at a relatively low ebb. This is clearly good beer, but just as clearly, it could be so much better than it is.

The body is along the lines of an American porter. Nothing to sneeze at, but certainly not worthy of a Bell's stout. I know that Larry had the challenge of trying to distinguish the '10 Stouts of November' from one another several years ago, but at least 50% more heft would be welcome here. Although the 6.7% ABV is unnoticed on the palate, it effectively keeps the beer out of sessionable range.

Rye Stout has to be classified at a letdown, in large part because I've come to recognize the brilliance of Bell's beer and have very high expectations whenever I crack one open. If I read the tea leaves correctly, Rye Stout is a one time only re-release to pay homage to an old friend of the brewery. That's fine by me since I'd rather drink the other Bell's stouts, but I'm still glad that I was able to make its aquaintance today.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have passed this one by many times and just decided to get around to trying it this evening. I am always a fan of bell's and being the stout lover that I am figured it would be a nice fit. This one poured out a nice deep dark brown with a good opaqueness to it. A nice small tan colored head rose up above it and lasted for a few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace that covered the top and left behind a good amount of side glass presentation in its wake. Some slight reddish tints on the sides and bottom of the glass, but this one was nearly black in its presentation.

The aroma was subtle, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be. Light aromas of coffee and smoked wood were the dominant players here with a touch of a spiced note playing in the back of it. Not the big smoky aroma you would have expected, much more subtle. Good amount of sweetness mixed in as well, hints of caramel and lots of malt. The flavor followed suit pretty much exactly. Nice smooth creamy feel, with a good carbonation gave it a very full body. The flavor of roasted coffee came rolling through first, with a good dose of caramel thrown in on top of it, lightening it up. The middle seemed to have that nice smoked wood flavor that I was looking for, except it was very sweet, with caramel playing a good bit of a roll here. The slight bitterness of some hops presented itself in the finish, really just drying it out and leaving you with a long sweet, wood like flavor that blended well with the coffee. Very sessionable, as it was not thin and very well carbonated, and low on the ABV. I would love to have tried this on tap, and would have no issue throwing down more then one.

Overall, this was not bad; however, it was a little underwhelming for me. I expect everything from bell's to really push through and hammer down styles; I was just not so sure this one was really that big of a winner. Definitely worth a try, no doubt, just not as big as I hoped it would be.

mikesgroove, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one to be pretty interesting. This beer pours out like most stouts do with a deep black color and brown head. The lacing was pretty good on this one. The smell of the beer had a deep roasted aroma and had a pretty good amount of rye on the nose. The taste had an impressive amount of spicy rye too. The mouthful was at a good thickness, overall I enjoyed this stout quite a bit.

Knapp85, Jun 26, 2011
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 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.

zeff80, Jan 21, 2010
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 TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #9370, acquired from hawks10 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains, roasted rye malts, and touches of chocolate, coffee, spices and hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit and spices. Then the bready and hearty rye malt character comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of the "rye stout" sub-style, this is a good beer to drink when you want something that's a bit different than you're normal stout.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Kegatron, Aug 05, 2013
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

Slatetank, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe as a part of a sampler.

Appearance: Pours almost black with very little light coming through at the edges. There if a finger of thick tan head with great retention.

Smell: Mildly sweet and roasty with some dark chocolate notes as well as some burnt malt.

Taste: This one is very smooth. Mild rye spice. Roasty but not very bitter. Dark chocolate notes with a sweet and roasty finigh.

Mouthfeel: Silky with body on the thicker side. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I really liked this stout. The rye was there, but it complimented the other flavors and didn't take over. I would definitely have another.

oline73, Sep 05, 2011
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.

drabmuh, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label features a pencil sketch of a sullen old women, casting her eyes downward, perhaps grimly reflecting on a miserable life, soon to end, or sadly summarising the pathetic events she has yet to endure. Haven't these guys learned anything about marketing from the Swedish Bikini Tean????
Perfect ebon color, large fizzy brown head. Aroma is richly roasted and spicy, with hints of graininess. Heavy mouthfeel, but smooth on the palate. Sits sturdily in the mouth, leaving a nice, pleasant finish, and an abiding sweetness, with hints of cherry, coming through in the middle. A very satisfactory stout, and an accomplished experiment from Kalamazoo.

feloniousmonk, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2.8%

MarkyMOD, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7235, February 2006; Sampled August 2008
Quite the viscous appearing brew, it definitely pours with a certain thickness to it. I easily rouse a full three fingers of a light brown colored head that fills my 25cl tulip glass to the top. The beer is a deep, almost black, concentrated brown color that shows just a hint of light in its depth when held up directly to the light. The aroma has quite a bit of spicy grain character to it, though this is not the most prominent note. Instead a nice, mellow roasted character is most notable; aromas of dark chocolate, toasted whole grain bread, smooth espresso, an earthy burnt note. A touch of fruitiness (almost a bit of prune juice) and a sweet malt note are just noticed in the nose towards the finish. While the aroma is mellow, smooth and well integrated, I would never have guessed this was two years old from the nose.

A fullness to the body does not keep this beer from having a quaffable character; this definitely has a viscous rye character to it though. A smooth roast character delivers flavors of roasted prunes, blackened raisins and a rich, deep, darkly toasted grain character that comes off with quite a bit of a biscuit / cracker character. Up front, there is a nice cocoa quality to this beer that doesn't quite become lush chocolate flavors before a touch of roasted grain acidity kicks in. This last is quite light and the acidity actually helps to counter-balance the viscous body of this brew. This really has a nice fruitiness to it as it warms up and it definitely reminds me of a dark, sweet dried fruit (like those mentioned previously plus some fig). A significant nutty note (almost toasted hazelnut really) is in the finish and adds quite a bit of another dimension to this brew. This nutty note is likely a touch of oxidation showing through, but it adds a really nice touch here.

This has held up quite well and I am quite enjoying the cocoa notes and the bright, concentrated fruit flavors that are offset by the smooth roast character.

Gueuzedude, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed during my 9 month on and off again pregnancy agreement.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Received as part of a trade with Jetsbeer.

Appearance- Off black colored pour. Smaller 1/4 inch head with an off brown color. Spotty lace prevails.

Smell- Seems very burnt and well roasted. Extreme dark chocolate and espresso grounds notes.

Taste- Thankfully not as dark as the scent. A touch of malty sweetness followed by some bittersweet chocolate. Didn't really notice the coffee notes I got in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation. Brew is fairly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- Good example of a sessionable stout. Good flavor and texture. Thanks for the brew Steven!

GClarkage, Mar 08, 2007
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Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.