Founders Black Rye | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Black RyeFounders Black Rye
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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with lots of creamy head. Boozy and roast stout aroma. Some chocolate. Very faint rye, nothing like Red's Rye.Creamy and well carbonated taste, toast, spice, nothing too intense. Buit of roast on aftertaste. Very drinkable. Thanks Dr. Jay.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another strange brew that I've come across in the past couple of weeks. I'm still learning about rye in beers and haven't decided yet if its worth trying in a homebrew or not. This beer was basically a nice balanced thick porter/stout with decent amount of rye in it. This extra ingredient surprisingly gives it a whole new dimension.

I poured my half of the bottle into a pint glass and it foamed nicely with a brown/tan color that left a nice sticky lacing behind for the duration of the drink. The foam that remained floating sat as island in the middle of the glass. Interesting to note that there was some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, possibly yeast possibly hops and other particulates.

The smell was half of chocolatey coffee malts and half of rye. Upon first smell I thought I was smelling hops but I'm pretty sure that, unless they used a ton of chinook or some piney powerful hops in the aroma, I was smelling the rye malt. Odd but interesting and eventually inviting once I figured out what everything was. The taste was along the same lines as the aroma. It had a nice chocolatey sweetness and a solid coffee spice and this was all slightly enhanced by the bite of the rye. By the time I got half way through my glass I was really starting to enjoy this, despite my general hatred of coffee flavored anything.

The body was slightly heavy and the carbonation as well as the sticky foam made it a nice thick drink. Even though it had an unimpressive abv it was moderately warming.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to the light the bottom is clear and very dark red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of burnt and roasted malts along with notes of piney hops; the rye lends lots of spicy flavors to the finish that linger into the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the boldness in burnt/roasted malts and spicy flavors offered by this rye beer. It is definitely one I could try again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black and rye, and without owning any style delineation of porter, stout or brown- Founders Black Rye lives in that obscure world that prevent preconceived anticipations, yet creates curious anticipation that's all its own.

With its overt black appearance, the beer pours frothy, but with a sense of dry aridness that releases its carbonation quickly- suggesting dry ale. But with its stern coffee aromas, coupled with citrus, pine and burnt toast the nose is both robust and quick.

Evading much of its initial sweetness, the burnt sugar taste of toffee is cast to the side in order to favor those toasted and coffee flavors. Faint of toasted marshmallow and french-press coffee, the beer drifts into a spicy rye grain flavor that's both husken and earthen in taste, favoring root, sod and spice.

Its clean and citrus flavor captures the fleeting bitterness of white grapefruit particularly well even while burnt pine needles and peppercorn offer a special zing in its dry and drinkable finish; despite butting up against the friction of imperial strength.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

01.31.15: brief impressions below. Full review to follow.

Served chilled, not cold. Bottled 12/30/14.

HEAD: Healthy and long-lasting. Apt khaki colour. Not much lacing. Good consistency overall.

BODY: Opaque dark black with cola-brown ridges.

Looks decent, but it's not unique or special.

AROMA: Heavy on chocolate malt, with rye's signature spiciness shining through as well. The dry hopping is evident.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The roasty malt characteristics don't play well with the dry hopping. There's a dragging bitter harshness at the heart of this beer, which I'm not big on. The harshness that accompanies its burnt sugar characteristics is equally off-putting. Molasses. Cream. Dark malts. Schwarz malts. The chocolate malts lend it a chocolatey sweetness that feels out of place, and rye's spiciness isn't well showcased. Its scratchy unrefreshing feel doesn't help, and it suffers from slight astringency; this has a tannic husky feel to it, with subsidiary notes of starch. This is pretty disappointing.

OVERALL: Drinkable but underwhelming and overpriced for its quality. A forgettable rye beer from Founders, Black Rye won't be appearing on my receipts ever again. I hoped for better considering the quality of the brewery behind this, but I suppose it's above average.


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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with ruby highlights and a prodigious head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and nut aroma along with some leafy hops

Taste: Starts out with a rich espresso and chocolate flavor; after the swallow, the hops and sour rye (pumpernickel?) flavors kick in to complement the malt profile; on the finish, the rye kicks into third gear and joins with the nut flavors to complement the earlier elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly astringent finish from the rye

Drinkability: I really enjoy a beer that stakes out its own turf and this beer clearly accomplishes that goal. Highly recommended!

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of hops is dominant with some traces of malt being noticeable. Taste consists of predominantly citrus hops with a bitter finish and some light roasted malt. Body is a bit thin IMO and rye is very hard to detect. I would have appreciated a bit more complexity and less reliance on hops personally.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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