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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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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 58
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 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!



francisweizen, Sep 02, 2003
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.

beerguy101, Aug 26, 2003
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.

granger10, Jul 25, 2003
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.

TheDM, Jul 19, 2003
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.

xgrigorix, Jul 14, 2003
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!

kbub6f, Jul 06, 2003
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.

jcalabre, Jun 22, 2003
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.

Realale, Jun 17, 2003
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.

jreitman, Mar 18, 2003
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.

UncleJimbo, Feb 13, 2003
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.

marc77, Feb 01, 2003
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 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.

aracauna, Jan 01, 2003
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.

BitteBier, Dec 25, 2002
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2002
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.

cokes, Dec 09, 2002
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!

MJR, Dec 02, 2002
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.

mjohn27603, Nov 27, 2002
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.

maxpower, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark, almost black and formed a nice light bubbly brown head that subsided quickly and left trace lace. The aroma was of malt & rye and the flavoer of rye and chocolate. A silky body and medium finish. Not as good as their other stout's like expedition and kalamazoo, but not bad.

Wildman, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, darkest brown aided by lots of floating chunkies. Poured the beejeezuz out of it to get just a trace of a head. Sweet aroma, definitely tinged with a rye sense. Nice mouthfeel, a trace of an oily presence I like in some Stout styles. Deep roasted flavors, a trace of dark chocolate sense with some spice. Subtle rye flavor (good for me, love the bread, have problems with Rye Whiskey)...pretty nice beer, what Stout is next, Kalamazoo?

ADR, Nov 09, 2002
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 Jon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rye Stout is a good looking, almost opaque stout with a substantial amount of yeast floating throughout. It had minimal head that disappeared quickly. The nose was of roasted malt and rye. The taste was the same and was rather easy to drink. Kalamazoo is one of my all-time favorite breweries and it certainly knows how to craft good stouts. This one did not disappoint.

Jon, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of Viking
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown body with a big tan head. Head retention is a bit weak, but a clinging lace lasts the life of the beer. Rye really stands out in the smell, perhaps too much. Flavor full of rich roasted malt with chocolate. Rye also stands out in the flavor, but not nearly as strong as in the smell. The brew feels great on the tongue - just thick and oily enough for a solid stout. Certainly not the best of Bell's stouts, but still better than many other stouts on the market. Rye is also an interesting change up for those with stout-heavy diets.

Viking, Jun 14, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Bighuge, Mar 23, 2002
Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.