1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

399 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 399
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 399 | Reviews: 315 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cproioi
cproioi

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black body with a tan head. Can't really tell through the body too see what the carbonation looks like. The smell and taste are largely of roasted malts giving it a coffeeish aroma and then in the back was the smell and taste of rye bread. The beer was very creamy and easily drunk.

The beer paried up fairly nicely to a broubon chocolate ball. So with that it seems that semi-sweet chocolate would be a nice pair with the beer.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2006 17:22:57 | More by cproioi
Photo of HimerMan
HimerMan

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens glass.

Nice pour - dark brown/black, like coke, with a very similar head of a light brown/tan.

Smell - faint chocolate and malts.

Taste - again, faint chocolate, malts and a light rye taste with a medium cream and a sour after taste.

Overall, interesting beer with a very different taste than I expected. A bit on the sour side of stouts, with a changing flavor of malts and a sour-mash rye taste.

Worth a try, it was worth the 6-pack I bought, and I am looking forward to drinking another one.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 00:13:49 | More by HimerMan
Photo of SethB2
SethB2

California

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep brown with an OK head, oatmeal in color. Beer pours a bit thin for a stout. Maybe I'm just used the the RISs.

S - Coffee and lots of it. Not as bready as many stouts, but it smells decent. I don't get a really big malt kick, however.

T - Nice. I really like Rye beers. This beer is sweet, almost like a Milk Stout, and that sweetness carries a lot longer than I expected. Coffee starts it out, wanes, but comes back strong at the finish.

M - Again, another Rye characteristic (to me) is the smooth mouthfeel. This one is not different. Feels nice across the tongue and goes down easy.

D - Another good beer from Bell's. Someone tell Larry to ship to California already.

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 00:23:20 | More by SethB2
Photo of sopor
sopor

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep cola-molasses brown with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Very little light shows through, just a hint of brown on the edges.

WOW! Very malty and complex aroma, with hints of chocolate, sweet malt like malted milk balls, dry roasty and nutty malt, all tied together with a hint of spice that must be from the rye, but I'm not sure... Best smelling beer I've had the pleasure of quaffing to date.

Flavor is lighter than expected with such a strong aroma. However, it is just as complex, though accenting the bitter roastiness and rye spiciness, which are a wonderful combination! The hit together at first contact of beer to tongue, and wash away to allow the hints of malted milk, chocolate, and nuts to come through. A hop bittering is barely detectible, either so light or of a variety that they blend well.

The mouthfeel is oilly, but not thick, and not heavy, just very slick. To me, too slick, but not way too slick. I would like to see the rye mashed differently to avoid extra slickness, as something this oilly can't be "refreshing" to me. Carbonation is low. On it's own, not a bad thing, however, some additional CO2 could have helped break up the body a bit.

Despite a slight shortcoming in the mouthfeel (IMO), this beer is very tasty, and combined with such a complex, mind-blowing and amazing aroma, is a pleasure to drink. I wish I had picked up more than one bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 00:05:58 | More by sopor
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 13:52:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of frazbri
frazbri

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bell's Rye Stout poured black with just a hint of light penetrating the edges, topped by a short, creamy, light tan head and good lacing. Aroma was a mixture of chocolate, almonds, cherries, and capuccino. The initial flavor was sweet and fruity followed by chocolate, a slight citric tinge, and enough bitterness to balance. Body had a full, rich texture with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

I find Bell's Rye Stout to be an exceptionally drinkable stout. You won't be overpowered. Hops play a supporting role here. The rye is just part of the ensemble. I really enjoy this stout!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 01:41:33 | More by frazbri
Photo of Bierguy5
Bierguy5

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown to black color, with some ruby edges. Thin tan head disappears immediately. Aroma is certainly rye, roasty, and slightly sour. Milk chocolate flavor gives way to some roasty flavors, cream, rye bread and sour milk. There is also some earthy yeasty flavors present as well. Low carbonation with a decent mouthfeel. This is not one of my favorite stouts from Bell's. Interesting experiment, however this one does not suit me well.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 00:07:27 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of karst
karst

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Bell's General Store behind the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo - May 1st 2006. The Batch ID '7235', was packaged on February 9, 2006.

Is that guy on the label the same person that used to be profiled on the older style Kalamazoo Stout label? Larry’s long time adage, “Art on the inside, art on the outside" provides external cue to the details of brewing unique brews such as the Rye Stout.


Pours black, with garnet glints. one fingered head in the New Belgium 0.4 L rastal sniffer. Unmistakable aroma of rye with high lovibond crystal malts and dark roasted malts. A prune like tartness that I find typical of Bell's yeasts emerges with warming. A little chocolate blends with prunes to soften the rye sourness. Excellent mouthfeel with dextrins and dark roasted malts dominating a weaker than expected bitterness. The rye kicks up the body. Finishes is dry, and tart.

Very nice Rye Stout wish I had tried it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 15:45:30 | More by karst
Photo of trep
trep

West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Indeed, a sad looking gentleman adorns the label. Batch 7235 brewed on February 9th, '06.

Dark brown body with a cream, off-white head that fades instantly to a fringe around the outside of the glass. When held to the light a garnett hue comes forth and allows a shimmer of light to pass through.

Aroma is all apples and yeasty bread as well as a bit of funk.

Very acidic and appley, finishes apple peel bitter.

Too thin, but carbonation is about right.

Easy drinking, but I'm not sure if I could handle more than one of these. Certainly not my style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 05:24:29 | More by trep
Photo of hanco005
hanco005

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of batch 7235, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours solid black with a thin wispy tan head, fades away immediately, laces like swiss cheese down the sides as I drink

S—chocolate is the strongest, hints of rye and bread, faint alcohol smell, too

T—excellent! Not as bitter as other stouts that I have had, chocolate and rye blend together nicely. This is one tasty stout!

M—rich and creamy, full bodied, mild carbonation

D—wonderful! I only bought one, but wish I had bought a six pack. I will have this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 13:35:45 | More by hanco005
Photo of mentor
mentor

Colorado

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

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a one finger brown head that quickly settles. Pitch liquid with a thin brown edging when held to light. Smells roast and black patent sour. A smooth creaminess, too.

Tastes caramel, chocolate, coffee, a mild sour from black malt. Gently sweet and a touch of cream. Rounded hop floral in the end and opening the aftertaste. A touch woody and dry in the aftertaste...plus some iron. Nice mix and well balanced. Not quite as sweet as the Founders Rye stout I just had. A bit more complex, but not quite as easy drinking. Md-thick mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Has a "Bell's" flavor quality about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 07:08:51 | More by mentor
Photo of MDekker
MDekker

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark mahogany (basically black) with very little tan head, even after a hard pout. It smelled of a dark bread - made me think of the little loaves of bread they give you at Outback Steakhouse. I coudn't detect much else. Maybe a little woody smelling.

It had a subtle grainy flavor, but was surprising NOT overpowering. It didn't fit my stereotypical idea of a dark roasted stout. It wasn't so thick and chewy, but a little thin and watery for a stout. But weirdly, that lack of punch made it easier to drink. It felt smooth, with no abrasive carbonation. Overall, it wasn't an impressive stout in terms of character and flavor, but it was a pretty easy and pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 02:12:33 | More by MDekker
Photo of Gaisgeil
Gaisgeil

Michigan

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

This is a solid stout with some nice character lent to it by the use of rye. Pours black in color with just the hint of umber around the edges with a dark tan head that had little retention. Nose is of fresh bread and malts. Taste is immediately roasty and a bit dry. Hints of milk chocolate and a bready undertone. Mouthfeel is medium to style. Drinkability is quite nice, another fine stout from our eccentric friends at Bell's.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 13:58:24 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of RonfromJersey
RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Pours brown, sits black, with a strong ruby tint at the bottom of the glass. Extra large foamy beige head flowed over the top of the glass.

Nose is mostly light chocolate, with a dab of coffee and a slice of bread.

Taste is typical stout-like chocolate and coffee, though neither shines ith any intensity. Not real roasty. The rye comes through a bit at the end, and adds a slight coarseness to the aftertastes, but is surprisingly minimal.

Good moutheel, solid, smooth, sorta slick. Very easy drinkability.

Perhaps after having Triumph's Jewish Rye earlier this year my expectations were too high, but this, while not bad by any means, was a bit disappointing. Its an ok regular stout, but the rye aspects
let me down.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 04:19:32 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of SheepNutz
SheepNutz

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of medium tan head. There is just a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell has a good dose of roasted malt, slightly sweet with bitter black coffee and just a hint of rye. The taste is sweet and nutty at first, with some chocolate and almond coming through. It has a dry rye and coffee finish though. Fairly tasty. The aftertaste is pleasant. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery on the tongue. The drinkability is great though. Another solid beer from Larry Bell & the gang.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 02:52:49 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Brian700
Brian700

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black with brownish-red hues around the edges. It has a small brown head.

The aroma is quite the challenge to put my finger on. There is definately some rye there and there seems to be almost a sour smell but not repulsing.

The flavor is chocolatey with some coffee notes and there is some obvious rye on this grain bill. There is a bitterness that seems to be coming from somewhere besides the hops.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. I liked this one a lot and wish I could still find it in my area. Had to of been a pretty limited release.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 04:07:48 | More by Brian700
Photo of DuqTroops
DuqTroops

Texas

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

Appearance - dark black in color. light white colorish head.

Smell - roasted malts and a different smell i can't place.

Taste - chocolate flavor with a bit of coffee complexion to it. a little sour to finish the taste, but still good.

Mouthfeel - balanced in flavors

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 16:37:00 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of assurbanipaul
assurbanipaul

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a solid half-inch light tan head. Aroma is faint, some dry roasted malts.

Taste is dry black patent malt, roasty and rich. Flavors are a bit richer than a typical stout, rye flavors are quite evident. A mild sweetness, nowhere near lactic but with a tiny bit of sourness. Some traces of espresso, some traces of cocoa, no flavors of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy but smooth. Milky texture without milky flavor. Love my rye beers. Now, love my rye stouts even better. A glass was gone far too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 01:35:26 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of timtheenchanta
timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cute Jewish woman adorns the bottle that screams New York and rye bread.

Opaque liquid topped by fluffy tan head. Thin lacing that's almost nonexistent.

Rich chocolate smell with roasted ground coffee aroma floating around in the glass. As the brew warms up, a slight alcohol smell comes through.

Delicious rich stout taste. Lots of roasted flavor and malty sweetness but it seems the cute old Jewish lady has let me down. Where's the rye taste that the name and label bring me to expect?

This is a great beer with good carbonation and an enjoyable feel. Please come south, Bell's. We need you down here. Thanks to CRJMellor for helping me get my hands on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 02:32:21 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of rajendra82
rajendra82

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of BIF 33, from orbitalr0x, Bell’s Rye Stout poured out dark brown and very well carbonated. The head was four fingers thick, and occupied nearly half the pint glass. The smell was mild, and had the typical chocolate aroma typical of the stouts of this strength. The taste was a little too light for the style, with sweet, sour, and grainy flavors. Not sure if I detected any rye in here. The mouthfeel was thin and dry, and aftertaste minimal. I could not detect any alcohol at all, which made this very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 02:13:26 | More by rajendra82
Photo of merlin48
merlin48

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark mahogany body, opaque but not inky. Small tan head quickly subsides and leaves minimal lace. Smells like a sweet stout, initially, with a lacto note. Spicy rye, old coffee, and a vague hint of bittersweet chocolate come on as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium, but thins as it warms. Carbonation is moderate. Taste has lots of spicy rye which infuses the dark roasty stout flavors with a pleasant bite. Some earthy hop character works well. No hint of the abv, making this an easily drinkable addition to the worthy array of stouts by this fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 20:10:23 | More by merlin48
Photo of BeerFink
BeerFink

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's see what the K-zoo boys have for me tonight...

Pouring a 12oz into my pint glass, I have sitting before me a nice looking stout. Obsidian in appearance, though not 100% opaque it is close. The head doesn't stay for long, but forms a creamy khaki ring that clings to the sides of my glass. The aroma is big and bold, rye and raw grain up front, with plenty of coffee and chocolate, as well as some caramel and breadiness, spicy notes becoming more pronounced as the beer warms. Flavor is crisp, the grains sharp, these impressions accentuated by tight carbonation. Raw grain collides with roasted barley and produces some bitter espresso and unsweetened chocolate flavors in the process. Possibly some oats too, there is a smoothness under all of the brackish grain. There is an obvious spiciness, can't quite be attributed to hops, most likely due to the rye. Yeasty breadiness is also floating around in my mouth. Finish is complex - spicy, dry & roasty, and some bitter, slightly sour lactic flavor that borders on acidity. Definitely an interesting take on an American Stout. Bell's knows their stouts, and aren't afraid to experiment. This isn't a beer for everyone, but is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 03:55:28 | More by BeerFink
Photo of meathookjones
meathookjones

Virginia

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

Pours out almost black with a tan foamy head that leaves a scattering of sticky lace around the glass. Dark chocolate and roasted malts over a light rye aroma. Some what sweet but pretty mild. Light roasty notes with a bit of grainy rye and bitter sweet chocolate. Fairly simple but enjoyable taste ends with a touch of chocolate. Smooth enough mouthfeel and pretty easy drinking overall. Nice and enjoyable but this would get boring fairly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 19:32:56 | More by meathookjones
Photo of evanackerman
evanackerman

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this seems almsot like Bell's version of an Irish Dry Stout, it is lighter in body and flavor than all their other stouts that i've tried.

beer pours a dark brown, almost standard porter color, with a nice head that is still there half way through.

aroma is standard stout aroma with a hint of black olives.

flavor is roasted barley with a hint of black olives, strange but not bad.
overall though, the flavor is a bit weak.

mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side for a stout. very dry finish.

drinkability is high, this one goes down easy.

overall, not bad but not something i have any desire to return to, especially at Bell's prices.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 19:19:51 | More by evanackerman
Photo of nlmartin
nlmartin

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased at the party source for $1.90. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dead black. There is no opaqueness to light. The head is nearly three fingers high with a creamed coffee coloration. The head seemed to last forever. The lacing was like pancake batter on the side of my glass.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted grainy smell. The beer has a medium roasted cafe mocha smell.

Taste: The beer has a very pleasing cafe mocha base. The beer has supporting vanilla and chared grainy taste. The beer has a bit of cloves coming along with hop bitterness. The beer taste nice but I cannot find the rye.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has a clinging oilyness that helps the flavor linger. This is a very good beer treat. I just have one question where is the rye?

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:41:44 | More by nlmartin
Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.