Founders Black Rye | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Black RyeFounders Black Rye

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
78 IBU

Added by maxpower on 09-17-2004

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a black color with a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head that didn’t leave any lacing. The smell had a sweet sticky roasty coffee and light citrus bitterness combining nicely. The taste took those previously mentioned flavors to combine and spark in a light roasted edged citrus aftertaste leading into a slightly sticky finish. There also was a light spice in the initial taste probably from the rye. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality to it. Alcohol not felt but might have assisted in preserving the mouthfeel a bit as a light spice came rolling out over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a nice dark rye beer that I would have again.

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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timc32
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AuSablePine
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I always know a good beer(albeit personal opinion), when I go to it when I'm out consecutive weeks in a row.
It's a winter brew so I time is of the essence.
I liked it a lot.
Guess I have a taste for Rye beer. Some don't.
Try it.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of token_23223
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/6/14; drank 1/14/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Big tan head; frothy lace.

Coffee & orange citrus nose; smells Cascadian to me!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & roasted coffee flavors up front; a pleasantly dry grapefruit finish. A nice, enjoyable black IPA as far as I'm concerned; above average for that genre.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, with a fluffy tan head with very good retention. Fairly low amount of visible carbonation. Very nice looking, and reminiscent of a stout.

S: Oranges, bitter cacao, and coffee. Some notes of resin and grapefruit rind.

T: Coffee and dark roasted malts hit first. Citrus (orange and less grapefruit) with mild bitterness and some bittersweet chocolate next. Some rye and caraway spices round things out. It finishes with some roasted bitterness, hop bitterness and residual chocolate. As it warms, it seems to me there's hints of smoke that come out too.

M: A big full mouthfeel, likely helped by the rye addition. The alcohol content is well-hidden, and average carbonation sensation.

O: This isn't terribly hoppy, and has a big malt body. I think I would have called this a somewhat hoppy porter, rather than a "Black IPA" or Cascadian Ale, or whatever we're calling them. Still, it's tasty for what's there. But don't go into it expecting a Stone Self-Righteous level of hops. I'd drink it again if someone offered, but not gonna actively seek out a refill.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianMandeville
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCon5
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean32
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 01/05/16. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Quite black and letting no light through. Thin white ring of foam, no initial lacing, but with a swirl some small islands and fine strands of semi-persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and an underlying dark fruit + pine aroma.

Taste: Definite dark chocolate, mixed in with some caramel sweetness, rye spiciness, roasted malts, cold black coffee, and some simple bittering hops with a tea-like bitterness. To me, most of the bitterness flavors are coming from the chocolate/coffee/rye flavors - the hops are there, but they are somewhat muted.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick - quite creamy. Some lingering hop oils on the teeth. Just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting beer. Definitely one to sip and savor. I feel it is more of a hoppy American stout with a rye accent rather than a Rye beer. I may pick it up again when it is fresher to see if more of the hops and rye come out and contrast the chocolate malt rather than just barely complement it. But maybe that was the point of this beer. The rye isn't very prominent to my taste buds and maybe it was just meant as an accent. Anyway, still a good beer and while one per evening is enough, I think I would definitely pick it up again next winter now that I know it is a winter seasonal.

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Photo of jsmith313
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extremely dark brown body, almost black with a dense and creamy light brown head with thick lacing.
Smell: Cocoa, butter, sweet roasted malts are strong. Mild pine and coffee too.
Taste: Rye, cocoa and coffee, sweet overall and mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, creamy mildly dry.
Overall: Great tasting, smooth and keeps wanting another sip every time.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass. Cola dark, thinnest ring of beige head with honeycombs of lace.

Nose is sweet and roasted.

Taste has faint chocolate and coffee, lots of dark rye + malt. Bitter end note of hop.

Pretty smooth on the mouth.

Not a bad little number at all. Dark junkies should enjoy. For fans of stouts, porters, schwarzbier, and of course rye.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black with a tan one finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin tan film along the top of the beer. Looks like a thin stout, really interesting.

Smell is RYE. Smells like a freshly baked loaf of rye bread. Tons of malts coming through with undertones of some pine and coffee. I fully expect to drink liquid bread based on aromas alone.

Taste is really interesting. Lots of rye as expected but not as bread-y as I expected. Solid thick malty backbone with notes of pine, mild green coffee, toasted bread, and chocolate. Slight sweetness that is quickly countered by a hoppy bitterness on the finish. Not a ton of hop character but this bottle is a few months old so that may play into it - I like it as is though.

Feel is thin and oily but not at all watery or weak. There are tons of flavors in this that balance out the light mouthfeel. I find the rye profile to be more conducive to sipping, but that may just be me.

Overall I went into this with no expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. Really solid and unique beer here. At first its a bit weird, but the more you sip it the more it grows on you. Definitely a cold weather beer in my opinion.

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