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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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399 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of mentor


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.


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

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -8%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +1%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +10%

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?

04-30-2006 22:41:44 | More by nlmartin
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a black/brown with the ruby hue round the bottom, with a thickish one inch head dissapating to a thin foam, lacing that hangs around for a bit, falling in bubbles down the glass. Aroma is of roasted malts, a darkish chocolate and a faint bready something that just must be rye I suppose. A rather nice mouth, smooth and warm and dry. Tastes of a rich, almost subdued roasted malt with chocolate tones, and where the nose was faintly bready the taste is fainly wood-like. Most perplexing, yet highly enjoyable, I'm going to have to go pick this up for another go-round.

04-25-2006 23:19:00 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours to a deep, dark brown...almost black with a light brown head that diminishes to a thick ring. Leaves a nice amount of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of mixed grains. I get oats and grains and what must be rye. I haven't had to many beers with rye, but I'm guessing that is what I smell. I get toasted malt and chocolate smell too.

The flavor is a bit tangy, with what must be the rye again. It has a slight chocolate taste too, along with some roasted grains. It has just a slight sourness typical of the Bell's yeast, or it just might be the tanginess of the rye.

It is pretty light in body and creamy smooth in texture. Damn this one goes down easy. I really like this. I'd love to have this on tap.

04-22-2006 01:14:17 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of GreenWBush


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Black impression; glints of ruby at bottom, edges, and throughout. Head is hide-colored, modest, but with exemplary cling.

Nose is filled with a slight rye twang and powdered cocoa. My mind also instantly conjures up freshly baked German Dark Rye Bread. A slightly metallic maltiness pokes through the roast also.

This is one of the most flat-out smooth and well-balanced stouts around. Downright sessionable, or so it seems - I had no clue that this was nearing 7% alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is incredible too, smooth and schwillable but with plenty of flavor to boot.

I see this as a great every-day (read: mellow) stout that could work wonders as a newbie-converter.

04-17-2006 15:23:14 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Winter


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a dark brown/near black with a brownish tan head. Full-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Nothing really special on the nose. As it warms a chocolate and rye or grain-like aroma emerges. This is a hearty rye stout. It's almost chewy. Nuttiness and dark malt are noticed, but it's a hard taste to describe. Hops balace nice with the rye flavor. Great beer to pair with a German dark wheat bread during lunch. Or any other hearty sandwich. Not something I'd drink everyday, but a beer I feel would accentuate certain foods.

04-17-2006 02:39:33 | More by Winter
Photo of scruffwhor


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Bottled on 2-5-06.

Appearance- Pours a one finger hazelnut head with poor retention but still leaves a film on the brew. Color is a dark brown slash mahogany with a few reddish highlights when hld to the light.

Smell- A dry chocolate mixed with a hint of sweet rye bread and roasty malts.

Taste- Only a little dry malt flavor on the sides of tongue with the chocolate, hops and rye making their appearance on the center of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and chocolatey. But the entire palate is covered with flavor.

04-16-2006 17:47:29 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of TastyTaste


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: Jet black body, hard to entice much of a head from this beer.

Smell: A very cereal grain scent is met with a roasted/burnt smell. Smells rich and malty.

Taste: Burnt grain with a very small amount of hops, mostly roasted malt and a good amount of chocolate make up this flavor. Very different.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, not enough carbonation. Drinks like a glass of skim milk.

Drinkability: Not my favorite stout, even among bell's products. I can appreciate that they tried something different, though.

04-15-2006 01:35:48 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Dithyramb


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Purchased in Columbus back a few weeks ago. Tried in concert with the Double cream stout, and liked this one a lot better. Poured pretty black with the nice tan head and lacing. Loads of coffee on the nose.
Creamy, sugared coffee flavor comes in first, but is mellowed with a very nice rye finish. I dug the dry/sweet mix and thought rye should be tossed into more stouts.
Worth having several.

04-13-2006 17:43:27 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours an opaque black/brown, small tan head forms, some nice lacing. Smell is roasty, with some rye spice, wheat, caramel, and a little citrus. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffee, caramel, some citrus and rye spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nicely done, first for me for a rye stout. Thanks DrJay!

04-13-2006 02:03:49 | More by Viggo
Photo of maddamish


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Can a stout be both dry and sweet at the same time? Well this one was. The appearance was a bit watery and the head on the stout wasn't that impressive.The body was thick and creamy. Very nice!

Rye, Sugar and coffee with more than a hint of dryness. The aroma included coffee and a hint of dark fruits. Not a terribly complex beer but for what it does, it does well. I will be picking up more of these in the future.

04-11-2006 09:40:12 | More by maddamish
Photo of bahumutx


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with ruby highlights. Has a very small brown head.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt, coffee, and rye.

Taste: Starts of with a rye then moves on to a roasted malt and coffee. End with a great sweetness that balances out the roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thicker mouthfeel

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Yet another good beer from Bells Brewing. This is a good stout and I like the unique rye taste. Keep up the great work!!!

04-07-2006 23:47:03 | More by bahumutx
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87 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.