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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 59
Gots: 6 | 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 scottum
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black witth a thin tan head. Kinda sweet, has a roasty choco-oaty thing goin on. Rye flavors are there with some spicing. Mouthfeel is very smooth and welcoming. A solid stout which I enjoyed very much. I wish Bell's beer were available locally.

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown blackish color with an immensely thick and crispy cocoa brown head that grew to about a finger high only to subside fairly quick to a thin ring, leaves a good amount of spotty lace all over the glass as it goes. Smell has a big time sweet roastyness, tangy dark cherryness with sweet chocolate, vanilla, and cookie dough notes, but mostly a very heavy roasted black malt heft on top with some coffee beans and a juicy tart-like sweetness. Taste is more of the same, light roastyness starts it out but is headed off quickly by a major tangy sweetness of dark cherry and maybe some dark orange that coats the palate and mouth with a chewy tanged sweetness which resides some as it fades out bringing in some light sweet chocolate and notches of coffee. Trails of the tangyness lead into the finish which dries out slowly bringing in a touch of bitterness of hops and coffee. Feel is a solid medium body, pretty smooth and creamy with a moderate sweet/tarting bite and a lightly dry finish showing through late. Its a fine stout with a sweet/tart effect thats OK, maybe if that tang were held off by just a bit it would be better. Seems to closely resemble the Cherry Stout, with a bit bit more roastyness in the nose. Possibly the same ingredients as the Cherry with a slight twist in the recipe?

Big thanks to my drinkin' buddy Feloniousmonk for the bottle!

Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a very dark, murky blackish brown. a very thick and dense head sticks around to leave rings of lace. dark roasted malt aroma...definite sourish yeasty notes with hints of odd fruitiness. what an out of the ordinary taste profile...spice and rye, fruit and coffee, chocolate and alcohol. full bodied and magnificently smooth and silky. this is a nice take on the stout style. nice aftertaste and lingering warmth in the belly. nice drinkability, although one or two would be my limit in one sitting. since i have only one, it hits the spot!

cheers to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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.

Photo of waughbrew
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks ok with an opaque black body and a small beige head with no retention. Very little carbonation.
Smells incredible, as a sweetish stout should, with a LOT of chocolate, oats, roasty and a little burnt, and some strawberry esters. Tastes very interesting, with the rye adding an acidity and certain "twang" to the otherwise pretty simple malt profile. There is definitely a little sourness present, which I love. A bit of higher alcohols, that fluffy Bell's yeast character. I found similarities in the yeast characters of this beer with those of Westy 12. Feel is very full-bodied. From the flavor and feel I would guess 8% alc. but the web site says 6.7%. Got almost TOO creamy when it warmed.
Alcohol flavor and rye spiciness team up in the flavor to subtract a bit from the great drinkability.

Overall an amazing beer. Hopefully it will be more available in this area in the future.

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.

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

This beer comes to me via Feloniousmonk in Bell's Land. This stout poured a very dark, nearly opaque brown/black colour with a small tan head, that had pretty good retention and lacing. The aromas were a mixed bag of coffee, fruits, green tea, chocolate, caramel, various malts, and more. The taste was sweet, like a milk stout, with a strong coffee flavor, and a nice lactic (sour/bitter) after-taste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, but quite syrupy and full and the drinkability was nice.

This is a very interesting stout from Bell's (one of my favorite breweries) i'll have to re-visit it sometime in the near future!

Cheers!

F

Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted malts and slightly spicy. Medium bodied stout. Deep roasted malts are chocolate and coffee. The rye adds a nice spiciness to the beer. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a solid sized head that lasted until I was midway through the drink. Aroma showed that this did in fact have rye in it along with some roasted flavors. The taste backed up the aroma. Roasted coffee/espresso begins the taste trip. Rye flavor comes in the middle and provides a dry, spicyness to this beer. Caramel malts are noticed throughout along with some earthy hop flavor. Finishes with a roasted barley taste.

Photo of TheDM
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small head of light brown bubbles and an opaque black colored body. It had a strong coffee and rye taste with good lacing. Its initial fizzyness made it hard to taste the initially flavor, but it finished well. We had this beer at the festival in Frankenmuth Michigan.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no freshness / bottling date.
Pours dark brown, almost black, with chestnut higlights. Thin, but bubbly tan head.
Nose - chocolate, alcohol, and a whiff of grapefruit.
Medium / full bodied.
Roast grain, chocolate, apples, and a slight metallic taste. Sour rye lingers, passing hop bitterness. Not particularly dry, but sour rye keeps it balanced.

Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour gave a small, light beige, dense head. The liquid is black, with garnet highlights. Minimal lacing. Sweet roasty chocolate dominates the nose, with a little coffee in there too. Grains and some tanginess join the chocolate in the front. Sour, tangy fruit shows up in the middle, lasting through to the tart finish. Just a little fishy. There's some coffee in the aftertaste.

This is another good offering from Kalamazoo, but that tartness isn't quite my cuppa. But it tames with temperature and I'd definitely try this again. Thanks, of course, to felonious!

Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 23 November 2002. I'm writing this review from my notes. This pours dark brown. The aroma has hints of coffee & roasted nuts. It's hard to describe precisely what the rye adds here, but it's definitely in the mouthfeel. It's different & not outstanding.

Photo of Realale
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brownish-black with some burgundy highlights. Big rocky large bubbled light brown head settles rather quickly to a thin incomplete cap.

Nose is typically fruity, with a deep bready maltiness. Good roasted malt component, but not over-powering. Earthy-spiciness emerges with some time.

Very full in the mouth, with a nice spicy element and a lot of rich malt. A bit fruity, but everything is well-balanced, yet intense. Nice acidic spine that also does not over-power as has plagued some of the other '02 Bell's special stouts.

Excellent mouthfeel from the bottle-conditioning. This one just slides right down.

Purchased at the Brewery in November, 2002. Served at cellar temperature.

Photo of jreitman
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque with a slightly red hue. Very little head was evident. Slightly chocolatey aromas with a hint of some spice. Flavoer had a bizarre tang that sat on top of the chocolate flavors. Fruit and a good sweetness are also present but only start to really show themselves after drinking a few mouth fulls, coincidentally when the tang started to go away too. Finishes dry and spicy.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Rye Stout by Kalamazoo Brewing Co. 12 oz amber bottle.

This stout poured a dark, dark brown (black) with tan foam that settled fairly quickly to leave a thin foam head. The smell was rich and malty with an earthiness and some rye. The taste was initially sharp with dark malt and coffee flavors and a hint of licorice and perhaps a bit of chicory. There was also a slight touch of sourness, perhaps from the rye (?). The mouthfeel was fairly full, with sharp carbonation. There was a crispness with a bit of a dryness in the finish (again, perhaps from the rye). The drinkability was good. The taste sort of grew on me as I drank the glass, but there was a persistent hint of sourness that brought the rating down a bit for me. Overall, though, an interesting and very good stout.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Virtually black, with cloudy deep garnet perceptible when held to light. Sticky one fingered head leaves sparse lace. Dryish spicy rye hits the nose at first, then is contrasted by dark caramel malt sweetness and mellow chocolate malt. Hints of prune like tartness and cassis provide a dark fruity undertone in aroma. Fairly tame, but pleasant aromawise. Currant laced sweetness at first in flavor is ceded by a melange of candyish chocolate and mellow prune tinged tartness. Non descript malt sweetness both from residual, unfermentable dextrins and caramel malt persists throughout due to the understated hop bitterness. Moderate bodied, with a enjoyably thick, rye induced gluey proteinaceous mouthfeel. Light, tamarind like rye spiciness emerges mid palate and serves to contrast sweetness. Faint earthy hop flavor. Finishes surprisingly dry, with a snap of trace citric tartness. Bell's Rye Stout is flavorful for sure, but was perhaps a touch lacking in depth of malt character. It's reminescent of a Boulder Singletrack Copper ale and Kalamazoo Stout hybrid. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle of this unique and tasty brew.

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.

Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much like the spiced stout minus the spices. Dry, less espresso flavor, flavor seems a bit thin. Can't really say this is their best offering since the thin bitter flavor underneath grows the further into the glass you get.

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

Pours nearly black, with brown/amber highlights showing up only under the scrutiny of a bright light. Substantial creamy tan head that slowly breaks up to leave a sparse filmy head and clingy lace. The smell is very sweet with only faint hints of dark, roasted flavors--not what I expected for a stout. Taste seems rather watered-down but is otherwise pleasant. Sweet and light at the start with grains gradually taking over. Relatively light body for this stout gives it a nice mouthfeel and good drinkability as well.

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

Bell's is liquid crack for Stout lovers like me. This beer pours almost black with a medium thin light brown head. Very little lacing. Nice bittersweet aroma of chocolate and black cherry. Flavor is a smooth blend of roasted coffee and what I am assuming must be rye. Points for pulling off something unique so well.

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

This is a beer that really grew on me. I didn't much care for it at first. But now that the last bottle of my 12 is dwindling, I know I am going to miss it. Nice, unique take on the style.
Pours a deep brown orange. Basically black unless held to a light source. Pale brown head serves up a cooled bacon grease consistency. And just as clinging and sticky.
Rye is noticed first on the nose. But it is buried beneath the light roast and chocolate whaffs. Bells funky old yeast in a major player scent-wise as well.
Taste begins with a dash of roastedness and a smoothed out chocolate impression that slides directly into the somewhat grainy rye notes. The rye profile is overall slight, but provides hints of mixed nuts and, well, rye bread. The Kzoo yeast enters next with the typical lactic and lightly fruity sourness. There is a oat-like sweetness here also. Hops dry things at the finish, but are not otherwise noteworthy.
Medium bodied, with a rolling smoothness. Perhaps on the thin side. But well liked by my oral cavity.
A tasty little stout, aided in memorablity by the rye. Sessions are possible, as this one never gets too overpowering to enjoy more of.

Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours opaque black with brown highlights, crowned with a small, dark tan head that you can hear fizzing away to a ring around the glass.

Smell: I pick up on a roasted grain smell, a touch of coffee, and a rye spiciness. Perhaps a touch of sesame seed oil too... Unique nose on this stout.

Taste: Combines a roasted flavor, the spiciness of rye, and a slight sour tang. Starts strong with the coffee bitterness and rye, then finishes with a lactic note. Very interesting flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy thickness with an oily mouthfeel. Like most of Bell's stouts, goes down really smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty good considering the unique flavor profile. I don't know if anybody else makes a rye stout, but this one's o.k.

Another of the November stouts...this is quite the interesting ride!

Photo of mjohn27603
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black opaque with a finger of head. Maltiness and roasted aroma. Taste is of roasted malt. The one thing that seems a bit distinguishing to this beer is a slight sour tangy taste. Rye taste hangs in the background. Well it seems everyone has few words to describe this and I'm no different. It's OK but I don't miss it too much the rest of the year.

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

Pours almost black in color, roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, starts sweet with a thick mouthfeel, full bodied sweet with a nice bitter finish, not bad, then agian I like all of Bells stout.

Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.