Black Rye
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Rye Beer
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
1,147
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 16, 2020
Added:
Sep 17, 2004
Wants:
  122
Gots:
  297
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Black RyeBlack Rye
Notes: 78 IBU
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
FOUNDERS BLACK RYE 6/16/20

Bought a fourpack at Kelly's in Dalton Ma. Sunday. Bottled 12/6/14!

a: Mostly opaque black with some clear ruby towards the bottom. Half finger beige head receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slightly sweet mild dark malt.

t: Follows the nose along with a light to moderate hop bite (light for 78 IBUs) on a sweetish finish.

m: Medum, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: This was a great find. Officially it is BA archived and the most recent review is three years old. Could be the aging helped like many dark malted brews and muted the hops, but however, this was excellent; balanced, smooth and substantial, easy drinking, surprisingly refreshing and flavorful. Enjoyable in any season.
Jun 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Mar 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by Ale_Lover from Georgia

Apr 07, 2018
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Rated by Nass from Florida

2.46/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Not too impressed with the Black Rye or maybe I am just not a fan Rye IPA's because I have not found one that I liked. Cheers! C-
Apr 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.55 by red_5_sooner from Oklahoma

Mar 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by DanJ1979 from Michigan

Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

1.92/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2
This beer was horrid, all the bad characteristics of the ingrediaents came out in this one. Taste like sweaty, dirty socks. The rye, malts and hops all worked against each other and instead of balancing and highlighting each other it was just a big stinky mess. Worst founders beer to date.
Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Oct 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2017
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Rated by Fizzer from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Got this it was bottled 2.5 years ago. It basically resembles black licorice in every senses, which is cool cause I like black licorice.
Sep 30, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rye is a good malt to use for an added spiciness
Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by sethcroisant from Nebraska

Aug 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

Jul 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.
Jun 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by axf4129 from Indiana

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Timc32 from Michigan

Mar 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 14, 2017
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Reviewed by AuSablePine from Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
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.
Feb 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by token_23223 from Virginia

Dec 27, 2016
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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.
Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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.
Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by SebastianMandeville from New Jersey

Oct 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Sep 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.07 by BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by Sean32 from Pennsylvania

Aug 13, 2016
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.
Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by jsmith313 from Texas

Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by Nrod from Argentina

Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.36 by Griphon from Florida

Jun 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dirtinabottle from New York

Jun 02, 2016
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Reviewed by vickersspitfire from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.
May 31, 2016
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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.
May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by HeartofMiami from Florida

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.
Apr 29, 2016
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