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

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 60
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 417 | Reviews: 318
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch # 7235

This one pours thick and syrupy. Looks like used motor oil running out of the bottle. Very dark brown, pretty much black, in color with a tan layer of head, leaving lacings all up and down my glass.

The nose is roasted and sweet. Smells of molasses, maple syrup, coffee, and carmel seep out of the glass.

It is quite malty in the taste with a bit of coffee ground flavor here and there. Finishes with tastes of carmel and fresh cut grass.

The mouthfeel is much thinner than the pour led me to expect, but definitly not thin at all. I've had much heavier stouts, but nothing wrong with this one. Adequate.

Drinkability is great on this one. It goes down smooth, there's nothing crazy about this one that makes it difficult to suck down. Damn good beer here.

Photo of beerinator
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark blackish brown beer with a grayish tan head. Stick to your ribs retention on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Burnt roasted nuts swimming in black coffee smells. A bit nutty and a bit sweet in the nose, with maybe a slight hint of spicing from the hops.

Taste: Upfront roasted burnt caramel. Followed by some bitter chocolate and a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is good, but not as solid as I was expecting. The finish is dry enough, but there is still some lingering sweetness.

Notes: Solid beer. Definitely not my favorite Bell's stout, but this one is very drinkable and it certainly isn't obvious that it is almost 7% abv. Seems almost sessionable.

Photo of putnam
2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Burning rubber scented dark brown liquid. Alfalfa sprout, over roasted coffee, over extracted cocoa, until these are sharp and intensely sour and resinous. Smoky like the butt end of a good cigar. On the palate it's sweet and simple with burnt earth flavored structure underneath. Oddly vegetal. Wilted lemon essences on the finish. Charmless/boring to drink.

Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great stout by Bell's. This beer gives an enveloping amount of rye in the nose with hints of choclate malt and caramel. Very easy to drink not a big bold imperial. Can definitely drink a few of these babies. Same taste as smell with an added hint of vanilla.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fascinating, I didn't realise that Bell's still bottles Rye Stout, but here one is, with a recent batch number...life is good!

The pour on Rye Stout is what you would expect, stouty black. The head is a little more white than tan, but the beer still has the appearance one would expect.

The smell is very heavy on the malts with some chocolate aspects also present. Appealing.

Flavour starts out softly sweet, malty and it never seems to let up in that department. Chocolate also fades in and out of the flavour, and some of the coffeeish tones that one expects in a stout, but neither of them ever really diminish the softly roasted backbone. A certain spicy aspect is also present throughout, and is particularly noticeable on the tip of the tongue after the swallow. Quality.

The mouth hits the notes that one would expect, some tingle is present, and the body is reasonably full. Drinkability, quite solid. Because the main character of the beer is that soft, malty aspect it is quite drinkable.

Overall, yet another interesting beer in Bell's vast stable of stouts. The spicy character in the finish is what makes it unique, and this beer is pretty close to the Kazoo Stout / Special Double Cream league for me. All of those beers are closely related, they just showcase slight variations, the Rye is just another good option if you're looking for a stout from the guys in Kalamazoo.

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

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse

Appearance: Dense black with chocolate edging. A tight and fluffy tan head developed.

Smell: A little disappointed in the aroma but I think it was served too cold. As it warms I pick up wheat bread and some solid roasted barley notes.

Taste: Roasted barley, a nuttiness, maybe some coffee bitterness, a bit of a lactic twang, and just a hint of the rye that kind of puckers the lips at the end. Very dry and high on the roast. This reminds me of a very well done Irish dry stout. The rye really makes for an interesting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: Immensely enjoyable. Nothing over the top here. Just a very well made stout that would be strongly recommended especially for the non-stout drinker.

Photo of ahking
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this beer in my basement from several years ago. So I am reviewing this beer now after about 3 years of cellaring. I don't really remember what this beer tasted like when I first had it, but I will say that cellaring must not have changed much with it. First of all, it survived the time well, no off flavors, nice carbonation. Aroma is nice and full, roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and fresh baked bread. Rye is one of my favorite malts and it works well here, adding a spicy edge to the malty stout. Hops are well balanced and go well with the slightly smoky flavor. Overall this is quick drinkable, but nothing special (even after aging it).

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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!



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
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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