Rye Rebellion
Full Pint Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,952
Ranked #7,497
3.99 | pDev: 11.53%
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Rye RebellionRye Rebellion
Notes: In honor of the brave men who stood up to the tax collector we have created Rye Rebellion, an Imperial Stout brewed with four different types of rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels.
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Photo of Sabtos
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dull used motor oil black with a short fuzzy tan head.

Taste is chocolatey, but also Brillo pad metallic.

The body is cola-like, but contrastingly, the barrel brings a substantial woodiness, which is quite intensely drying in the finish.

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Photo of Samlover55
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz bottle into tulip
2018 vintage
Pours dark black with thin brown head
Aroma is typical rye aged beer, with vanilla and rye whiskey notes coming through
Taste differs quite significantly as there is an intense rye flavor, followed by a more toned-down whiskey and vanilla
The feel also differs from a typical imperial stout, as the rye gives it a dryness not usually associated with the style
Overall this is quite the beer, and I really enjoyed, the one slight knock is the toned down barrel aged notes

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Photo of Tony210
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark, minimal head. Poured in a mini pint, so I couldn't get a good whiff. Taste is chocolate malt, vanilla, bourbon barrel, strong coffee finish. Light carbonation. Overall an ok BBA imperial stout, not my favorite, but glad I found it at a bar late night in PGH.

3.75 rating

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Photo of CraftBeerBob
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the process of familiarizing myself with the small breweries of Western Pennsylvania, I have taken note of Full Pint and been pleased to see the business prosper. I first saw this offering on the draft list of a country inn in Harmony, PA and was disappointed to learn that the keg had run out. Then I saw it again, this time on the list at my favorite local pub. I included it in my order of a beer flight and liked it enough to leave with a growler of it.

On my next trip to the beer distributor I favor because its square footage supports the best selection I can find anywhere near my home, I was pleased to find it available in cases of 12-ounce bottles. I purchased a case, hoping for the best, because sometimes a bottled beer doesn't quite measure up to how it tastes from the keg.

So you can imagine my delight when I got home from work late the next night, after it was properly chilled, and opened the first bottle to discover that it wasn't as good as from the keg ... it was better!

Some stouts are too sweet. Some are too bitter. This one, Goldilocks, is just right. The blend of flavors - rye whiskey, coffee, chocolate, barley malt, and bitter hops - is perfect. The color is lovely, and the drinking experience, from nose through first impression to lingering aftertaste makes this a completely enjoyable offering from Full Pint. Bravo!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple of/few weeks ago was the occasion of my Hoppy New Full Pint Sunday (Week 704)! I am continuing the eradication of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody & this surfaced after the fact. I am buying fewer & fewer bottles anyway so the end is coming into view.

From the Bottle: "A Hand Made Brew with Revolutionary Taste"; "Imperial Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels"; "Western PA has a rebellious past regarding whiskey, especially rye whiskey. In honor of the brave men who stood up to the tax collector we have created Rye Rebellion, an Imperial Stout brewed with four different types of rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels."; "Beer Nerd Stats: Malts: Pils, Crystal, Aromatic, Roasted, Rye, Crystal Rye, Flaked Rye, Crystal Rye Hops: Columbus, Tettnang OG: 22.1 IBU 55 Alc. by Vol. 11%".

I was really anxious to Pop! the cap on this one since I have a particular affinity for Rye Whiskey. I am not big on Scotch or Bourbon, but I will get rebellious for Rye! I went with a C-Line pour that began with a pseudo-cascade before settling into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with fantastic retention that left a load of lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was not only fudgy and chocolaty, but the rye malts gave it a cool, peppery mintiness! 8=O Mmm. Mouthfeel was thick, full and creamy, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. The taste was rich and chocolaty, but it was also spicy, minty & extremely drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. Phew! The alcohol was really well hidden, plus there were no off flavors or anything to give me pause, making it go down quickly. Wow! Finish had a semi-sweet bitterness, so I am going to call it semi-dry, but YMMV. Me? I'm going to keep on drinking.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-Aged in Rye whiskey barrels. 11%.

A: The darkest of pours is inky black and viscose from the bottle as it slurps into the vessel. A small dark khaki head is 1/4 inch is fairly strong for a large volume abv% beer. Small whispy laces streak down the walls, while a soft presence of golden-micro beads make their way to the surface.

S: Roasted barley with some burnt malt sugar sweetness. Good presence of the rye, adding very peppery and spicy notes of peppercorns. There is a deep sense of roasted chocolate and smoky wood flavors, with soft gentle ash like perception. Vanilla and mocha are a natural pairing, with some coffee and roasted flowery hop flowerys that are bitter.

T: Spicy dark fruitiness of plums add to the wide spectrum of flavors that are very well paired and balanced together with a good level of aromatic strength. The flavor was roasted chocolate and roasted barley, along with some mineral ash of a viscose and thick nature. Coffee and roasted beans along with a soft touch of scorched woodiness and charcoal add to the depth and bitterness. Burnt and acrid feel gives a deep sense to the bitterness and bite from the spicy rye barrel of peppercorns. The malting is thick and slurry like, with some burnt cake sweetness, anise and whiskey like alcohol that lingers long post-swallow with a pleasant effect.

M: Thick and viscose mouthful is sticky and full, warming of roasted bitterness on the tongue. Softly carbonated, spicing of peppercorns and whiskey alcohol tones against the inner cheeks.

O: A huge first and good impression. Thick and viscose roasted chocolate malts and roasted barley add smokey charcoal and ash like tones that are in your face from the start. The rye influence is heavy, adding a complimentary spiciness, with a deep body weight making for a slow sipper. Let it warm for a more intense experience. Alcohol is very well manageable. Outstanding.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.
The beer pours a rich cocoa brown color with creamy tan head of 1 cm that fades quickly to a sturdy edge layer and one large island in the center of my glass.
The aroma is dark malt with brown sugar and some bourbon notes mixing. There is also dark chocolate and a little spicy rye, but not really boozy or any hops at this point.
The first sip reveals a smooth textured medium bodied beer with fine tingly carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, the beer does leave a bit of a sticky coating on my palate.
I get similar flavors to what the nose predicts with dark malt and brown sugar, and dark chocolate mixing together. This moves to a bit of bourbon note and some vanilla that lingers through the finish.
The alcohol is fairly well hidden with no warmth but I do sort of feel it through the end of the bottle.
Nice easy drinking sort of sweet stout with a good mix of flavors.
Id drink it again as I enjoy it, but I wouldnt chase it around to find a bottle.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin tan head that dissipated within less than twenty seconds. Speckled lacing clings and falls adequately. The smell has a wonderful combination of spicy rye to blend into some chocolate and coffee. Light sweetness runs about to entice a light vanilla to even show its face. The taste was slightly sweet with the roast to also allow a nice little bit of rye spice. There’s a sticky sweet and semi-spicy rye aftertaste to lead into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style as it seems to have a nice smoothness to it. Overall, this was a well crafted Imperial Stout and to add the rye whiskey was a nice touch. If I had another, I’d love to age one.

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Photo of AndreRus
2.56/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2017 batch. Really poor Barrel Aged beer. Unless you know that it is supposed to be Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout it's really hard to distinguish it from just Imperial Stout. Maybe it wasn't aged long enough. Or just a bad batch. First time trying it. I like Full Pint and want to support local breweries but I'm really disappointed about this one.

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Photo of michaelbritten
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the best "risk it and see" purchase I've ever made: cocoa, coffee and a light smokiness melds into vanilla-tinged bourbon/light rye spice. A picture-perfect example of a barrel-aged imperial stout that melds the best of its booze with a rich, complex, and deceptively easy-drinking experience. Rescue this from any shelf you may find it on.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark and smoky beer with a quickly fading brown head. The aroma is the aforementioned smoke, molasses, raisins, and a heavy malt presence. The taste is malt forward with chocolate, rye and smokiness with a sweet and bitter finish.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow glass: color is solid black, light tan head, head presents 1/4 inch thick and lingers at least 1/8 inch thick, some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is some moderate strength rye whiskey, solid booziness, moderate roast character some lighter coffee flavors.

Taste is on the order of the aroma with rye whiskey, boozy esters, some roast and coffee; roast and coffee come through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is moderate with some crisp flavors then a fairly moderate drying quality.

Overall a very good aged imperial stout, pleasant rye whiskey character for the most part and some lingering roast and coffee flavors.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


12oz. Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: thick black, like motor oil, minimal head.
AROMA: whiskey is very present, though not overpowering. Chocolate, caramel, raisin.
TASTE: charred malt and wood up front, whiskey/alcohol in the finish.
FEEL: thick and chewy, minimal carbonation. A little slimy.

Overall, a very nice beer. Something is missing, but I can't put my finger it. Maybe it is just too fresh for a bold stout like this. Unfortunately, I have only this one.
Still, this is very high quality....I am just expecting the world when I see the words Rye, Whiskey and Stout on the same bottle.


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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pour is dark, dark brown... nearly black with no light getting through. Thin brown head that still manages to leave some lacing.

S: Roasted malts... coffee/espresso, chocolate, and booze.

T/F: Big time roasted malts and scorched sugars. Coffee is present in the background. A bit of char and vanilla from the barrels. Not nearly as boozy as I thought it would be and the rye adds a sharpness that is quite pleasant. Complex and more carbonation than I typically see in a barrel aged beer. Medium mouthfeel and the finish is dry and warm. Leaves some stickiness on my tongue.

O: This is a very nice whiskey-aged beer... and a 4-pack just might not be enough. Balanced and delicious... and this bad boy hides his ABV WAY too well. Gets even tastier as it warms. Sipping is key!

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great for a night cap - last beer of evening - almost like a massive glass of wine. Well done on all fronts. Try 24.

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a standard punch black with an inch of tan foam that resolves like an espresso cap, leaving lots of lacing to frame the glass.

Smell: I find it equal parts roast malt, chocolate, and rye whiskey.

Taste: Follows smell. Roasted malt and dark chocolate, up front, with rye whiskey becoming the core, framed by earthy, bitter hops that balance. The rye and whiskey continue past the swallow with oak wood and caraway that linger.

Mouthfeel: Totally full body with syrupy (good weight) feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Yay for originality found here in 4 kinds of rye and rye whiskey barrels. Brave. Try 24. But strictly 1 at a time. A sipping beer.

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Photo of FairBeer11
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours midnight black color with a inch+ tan head. Nice lacing as the head fades.

Smell has notes of rye, whisky, chocolate, vanilla, barn leather, coffee and smoke. Very intense and inviting

The taste follows with a very smooth balanced attach of rye flavors, dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. The carbonation is persistent but not overbearing or light. The Alcohol cant be missed at 11%ABV but is more integrated than some of the other beers of this style.

If is not heavy on the palate which is more normal for this style. Dry and complex.

Overall One of the better beers in this category available. Looking for the new release coming out soon.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very attractive almost completely black with a 2 inch light tan head that leaves a few patches of lace behind.

Smell is smoky, vanilla, leather, tobacco, coffee, and bourbon.

Taste follows vanilla, smoke, leather, tobacco, coffee, and very aggressive bourbon and that isn't a complaint.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, almost moderate carbonation, a little dry, and pretty good drinkability for its heft.

Overall this is a very nice BA Imperial Stout, very complex beer and different. Well done thx @jzeilinger.

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Photo of phillygeoff
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 'vintage 2015' and opened January 2016
Cost: $6 for the bottle
Temperature: cold

Look: frothy, root beer-meringue head of foam. Just a root-beer-y appearance all around.
Smell: barely a trace of rye and coffee. Was it too cold out the bottle?
Taste: Alcohol burn with dark cacao nibs, roasted espresso beans, rye, and copper. Yes - a boozy, metallic baker's chocolate, basically.
Feel: meh - I wanted thicker. Not thin, but too medium for this style.
Overall: VASTLY overpriced at $6 for the bottle. Improved as it warmed up. I'd have it again at room temperature, and for half the price.

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Photo of Bonis
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013. Black as night with a small head that quickly fades. Carbonation more lively than I'd expect just by looking at it. Aroma is straight barrel with a touch of rye and roasted malts. Taste is more exciting than the aroma with an initial taste of whiskey quickly transforming to a nice blend of coffee roast and bakers chocolate. A touch of spice from the rye lingers on the finish along with some boozy barrel. Still pretty hot for being two years old. Wish I had a couple more in the cellar. May or may not revisit this beer, but it's pretty good overall.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy tan head, which does leave a nice island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate, dark fruits, slight vanilla, slight note of whiskey. The taste is very nice malty, dark fruits, vanilla, slight whiskey note. Full body, ABV is hidden pretty well with this one. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to have a chance trying it. Thanks Ben!

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Photo of thebeers
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color, approaching black, with an overly-large tan head that's slow to dissipate and leaves annoyingly large-and-clumpy lacing. Rye whiskey up front in the nose, along with chocolate, smoke, nuts and some creamy, roasted malt. Pretty similar taste, with the rye subdued and the smoke fairly prominent. Thick, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel with high carbonation for the style. The over-carbonation negatively impacts the taste, and smoked beers aren't really my thing, either. Others may enjoy it more.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the union beer house Lebanon, Pa
Dark as night body, aroma of was light of rye and caramel. taste had a some whiskey notes just enough not overpowering. a very good sipping stout.

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Photo of Bone53
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black with no light coming through when put up to the light. Nice one finger brown head

Smell: A ton of rye spice, slight roasted malt presence, and caramel sweetness

Taste: Rye and roasted malts up front with a sweet caramel finish. Maybe a hint of oak, but no whiskey characteristics whatsoever

Mouthfeel: Very, very thin body for this style. The thinnest imperial stout that i recall in fact. It also isnt all that smooth, sort of unrefined and gritty. If theres a down side to this beer, the mouthfeel would be it

Overall: i didnt have the highest of hopes, but i still find this a bit of a disappointment. The mouthfeel alone makes me feel like im drinking roasty rye water. I also wish it would be more full flavored and more robust and match the 11% abv. The aftertaste also falls off rather quickly. I couldnt really savor this one. Another thing is that there is little to no whiskey presence. I forgot it was even BBA. All in all its still fairly tasty and I'm happy to call this a local brew, but its not something ill buy again to revisit. Ill cellar the other three bottles and see what happens

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a good bit of tight coffee colored head. Nose is dry chocolate cake, faint whiskey note, moderate roast, hint of fudge. Flavor follows suit, whiskey is very light, dry chocolate cake, soft creamy feel, nicely carbonated, a bit of fudge and roast through the finish. A hint of sweetness, roast lingers in the finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of dark brownish red are visible near the far corners of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short beige colored head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of whiskey and spicy rye are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the notes of whiskey linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol imparts bits of warming to the finish.
O: Except for the whiskey from the barrel aging, this beer does a very good job at masking its alcohol and is rather drinkable considering its strength. You need to let this warm up to let the whiskey flavors develop.

Serving type: bottle

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