Rye Rebellion | Full Pint Brewing Company

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Rye RebellionRye Rebellion

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by DrDemento456 on 01-11-2012

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Photo of michaelbritten
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.6%
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 +5.8%
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 +19.7%
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 -3.8%
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%
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 -2.5%
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 +9.9%
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 -9.1%
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 +1.3%
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 -4.6%
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 -6.8%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of Antg8989
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a medium-brown head. Aroma is creamy and whiskey. The flavor is burnt very alcoholic. I guess you could say it's "rich", but not the kind of rich I prefer. It's not as smooth or silky as others of it's style either. Overall, this is just a "good" Imperial. Definitely not worth the $15 plus price for a 4 pack though. I will not be purchasing this again, despite my rating - there are more notable beers of this style available.

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Photo of dank203
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the aromas are vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate, a little alcohol burning the nostril hairs. the flavor is balanced mostly. it comes off pretty sweet at first mimicking the aroma but finishes dry and spicy. the whiskey lingers quite a bit, sort of a cheap whiskey taste to it but thankfully it is pretty mild

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No trace of the rye barrel, too thin for an imperial stout, devastatingly average despite the good looks.

Had a 2013 on tap at Barcade, much better and well-rounded, the rye is very present.

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Photo of DIM
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body of course, this came with a thin tan ring around the snifter.

Aromas of intensely dark chocolate, vanilla, oaky graham crackers, and some mild whiskey. More intense on the palate than in the nose. Ashy, charred dark chocolate dominates the flavor profile. Stout first barrel second, but the barrel characteristics are absolutely present. Woody coconut, vanilla, and a mellow, lingering whiskey note. The mouthfeel was oily rather than thick.

A damn good stout overall, I need to find a couple of four packs.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to just a small ring, leaving no lace behind

S- lots of spicy rye aroma up front gives some peppery notes and then mixes with barrel juice and a hint of toasted oak. Smoky chocolate malt with a hint of charcoal, more spicy rye on the close

T- the rye is noticeable first on the flavor as well, spicy & peppery. Big flavors of milk chocolate & cocoa kick in with some caramel notes as well. The barrel notes are subtle, but noticeable with just a hint of rye whisky in the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish, abv is hidden pretty well

O- very subtle on the bourbon barrel, but the base stout is quite good, a nice sipper

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Photo of beerdedking
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light on the barrel, however this is an otherwise nice stout. Scents of mocha, licorice, and sweetness lead to a full creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of vanilla, breakfast blend, cocoa, give way to a bit of booze (actually leans toward more toward vodka than whiskey) with a dry oaky finish. Would revisit...

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

A: Very dark in color soft carbonation

S: Aged in rye whiskey barrels but it smells like a good stout on the nose with roasted coffee and chocolate then some vanilla smells

T: smooth rich chocolate with some liquor taste I really would have guessed bourbon very smooth

M: Very smooth and surprisingly creamy for a barrel aged beers just an excellent mouthfeel

O : fairly impressed here, it's got a very smooth mouthfeel no heat the barrel is right there but not in your face it's an astonishingly well rounded BA stout

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 3.99/12 oz bottle at Vintage estates in Boardman, OH
Vintage 2014 bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma – none
Head small (< 1 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing good – narrow rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of cheap rye whiskey, no roasted malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Stomach burns.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

To me this seems much like drinking cheap rye straight up. The only redeeming characteristics are the appearance and palate, which, incidentally, are the only stout features. I don’t know about any rebellion, but it is certainly revolting.

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Photo of Mikus
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine my delight (upon reviewing and enjoying this beer) on finding that Full Pint brews in the Pittsburgh area! Definite end of summer road trip! Poured from a 12oz into my tulip glass. Midnight with a few small bubbles... recipe for visual excellence in an aged IS, right? Aromas of coffee, rye, and roasted malt. Everything slightly subdued, though of course, more came to the surface as it warmed up, including the elusive whiskey notes. The taste (for me) was almost off the charts good. Coffee, cocoa nibs, rye bread deliciousness, a hint of whiskey, overall mild and enjoyable. Such a great balance, and not alcohol-heavy (even at 11% ABV). So subtle and nice. Complete 180 degrees from a (to remain unnamed) BBA Imperial that I had the other night that basically broke a bottle of whiskey over my face. Rye Rebellion gave nice, balanced flavors that evolved over time, and changed my mind about the style (which I often find overpowering). Nice, velvety mouthfeel. This hit the spot. Can't wait to age a couple of these bad boys. Thumbs straight up for this one.

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