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

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316 Reviews
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Reviews: 316
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 62
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 316 | Hads: 418
Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Bell's Cafe. I enjoyed the earthy, roasted character, but overall the stout was just a little too thick and sweet for my liking. This is a pretty big, thick stout, but didn't have the complexity I'd want from a higher-ABV American stout.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at KBE.

A - Black with a thing layer of white head.

S - Light nose. Roast and a light chocolate aroma.

T - Roast, light chocolate and a hint of coffee. Fairly light overall but a decent flavour profile.

M -Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle shared with Mughugger and others during the ill-fated PtE Tasting.

A: The stout is a dark brown ale with a moderate sized head that retains nicely.

S: The aroma coming off of the stout is chocolatey roasted malts and a bit of rye spiciness.

T: The stout has a very sweet chocolatey caramel flavor, clearly the result of a pleasant malt mixture. The flavors meld together seamlessly, allowing the stout character and a bit of rye sharpness to come together nicelessly. The rye sharpness is a nice undertone that keeps the stout together.

M: The velvety smooth stout is a joy to drink, chocolatey yet silky smooth. A delicious ale.

D: The ale is smooth and sweet, delicious without going overboard on the roasted malt element. This stout is sessionable and very good.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black that's completely opaque with only the faintest of dark mahogany edges and a one finger frothy beige head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Slight spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee and sweet rye. Slight roasted notes with some dark fruit notes and subtle burnt toast.

Slightly viscous medium body with a nice balance of roasted malt and sweet caramel and rye malt notes. Hints of toffee, roasted coffee bean and hazelnut with a nice hoppy dry finish. Very nicely balanced with subtle alcohol heat. Very drinkable with lots of silky chocolate malt and sweet ruye notes balancing out the roasted notes and alcohol heat.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Michigan. Bottle is numbered 7235, packaged on February 9, 2006.

A: Black; pours with a little tan head; verly little retention or lace.

S: Dark chocolate, dark rye bread, brown sugar, slight roasted acidity. Aroma isn't very intense, but it's pleasant & has some depth.

T: Very roasty, but not burnt. Dark rye bread, nut, coffee, grainy, raisin, caramel. Bitterness is fairly smooth, with a slightly sharp finish. Very slight hint of acidity (mainly in finish).

M: Moderate body, carbonation is slightly higher than moderate.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, nearly black, but really more of a clear, deep ruby. A short tan head of fine bubbles appeared after a fairly aggressive pour. Great lacing. The aroma is very roasted with a bitter coffee character. Kind of caramel sweet and chocolatey too. Milk chocolate and roasted flavour, mild bitterness, with a bit of spice and a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. Full, creamy body with low carbonation. Luxurious texture. Another high quality stout from Bell's.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black/brown, small tan head forms, some nice lacing. Smell is roasty, with some rye spice, wheat, caramel, and a little citrus. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffee, caramel, some citrus and rye spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nicely done, first for me for a rye stout. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice opaque appearance with some yeast sediment noticeable. Thick brown head that is a bit fizzy. It disappears quickly. Smells of oats to me. Very inviting aroma. Very creamy mouthfeel. A slight spiciness is present, presumably from the rye. Medium body. Just a little viscous but not overbearing. At times, I think it tastes a bit like a chocolate candy bar. But I don't get that in every taste. Not overly bitter. Easy drinking. Quality Stout.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from Liquor Barn, Louisville, KY (Springhurst). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and rye. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and a little bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a good overall brew, and a great beer for a cold winter day. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2-5-06.

Appearance- Pours a one finger hazelnut head with poor retention but still leaves a film on the brew. Color is a dark brown slash mahogany with a few reddish highlights when hld to the light.

Smell- A dry chocolate mixed with a hint of sweet rye bread and roasty malts.

Taste- Only a little dry malt flavor on the sides of tongue with the chocolate, hops and rye making their appearance on the center of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and chocolatey. But the entire palate is covered with flavor.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Batch #9370.

(A)- Pours a dark black that produced a non existent head, just off-white to gray bubbles, even those dissipated quickly.

(S)- Strong rye bread & caraway seed with a light roasted coffee & raisins.

(T)- Again, potent & dense rye breadiness with a raisin & molasses combination. Let this warm up.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a good overall balance. Very dense; almost has a chewy feel to it.

(D)- A good stout with a good balance to it. I wonder how much rye they added to this, cause it is seriously potent in that regard. Not Bell's best effort though.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich cocoa and peppery rye dominate the aroma.

Flavor is modestly roasty and very chocolatey at first, finishing lightly bitter and rye dominant. There's some dark fruit notes that add complexity.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's, batch #7235

appearance: pours a dark mahogany, bordering on black...opaque appearance, bubbly-foamy tan cap with just a little lacing around the rim

smell: roasty, dark roasted malt, roasted barley, smoke, burnt rye loaf, hints of cocoa powder, coffee grounds, light molassess perhaps

taste: interesting stout from bell's and this is my first tasting of it...I didnt even know they were still brewing it....big bready rye presence up front provides an interesting spin on thier normal stout direction...hints of cocoa powder and medium roast still found throughout, sweet caramel

mouthfeel: creamy yet chewy, medium-full body

drinkability: somewhat hindered by the nature of it, but still solid

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Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.