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

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Ratings: 416
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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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Bell's bar and cafe in Kalamazoo. It's a really cool place and I'd recommend you checking it out if you're ever in the area. Unfortunately, this wasn't my favorite beer.
It looks nice enough. A dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Smell was pretty nice, too. Dry baker's chocolate, roasty grains, a bit of coffee. But the taste wasn't as smooth as I thought it could have been. A bit too dry and not as well balanced as I would have hoped. Decent medium mouthfeel, though.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Maduro.

Opaque brown with an interesting aroma of chicory, highly acidic coffee, burnt rye toast, bitter chocolate, cream, and tea leaves. Taste is almost smoky from the rye with an sour quality from the coffee flavors. Tea leave hop finish with well roasted dark malt base. Feel is thick and very dry, an odd combination. Heavy body. Twangy from the coffee and chicory at certain points as well. Not very drinkable for me. I just am not too excited about these flavors. I don’t think they blend or balance well.

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of beerphan
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle -> goblet
batch #7235

Pours a shiny black with a one inch caramel brown head, which disappears rather quick. Light falling lace.

Smells of bread, coffee and some sweet malts.

Light coffee and sweet tangy malt. Crisp.

Mouthfeel is silky thin for a stout.

This a very drinkable stout, just not to my personal preferences.

Photo of blackie
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is given to me in a Bell's tumbler by the barkeep with at 1" dark mocha head that recedes to leave a nice layer behind. The beer is a deep, dark brown in color.

smell: The aroma is of subdued medium roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and a low hop presence.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the medium range, and the body somewhere around medium, maybe lower. Seems a little thin and fizzy for a stout.

taste: On the tongue are moderate flavors of roasted malt and cocoa with a medium level of sweetness and just a hint of rye. The hop flavor is light and carries with it a moderate bitterness that comes through in the finish and lingers with some roasted coffee bean flavors. Not much depth.

drinkability: easy enough

on tap at Maduro with dirtylou

Photo of cproioi
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.

Photo of HimerMan
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.


Photo of SethB2
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of sopor
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of frazbri
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of karst
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of trep
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of hanco005
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of MDekker
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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.


Photo of RonfromJersey
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
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.

Photo of Brian700
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of DuqTroops
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

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.